Kickstarting Home Espresso: ZPM Nocturn

Nocturn Machine

Update ZPM’s espresso machine Kickstarter project failed to produce the machine. What follows is the original interview, published back in March, 2013: ZPM‘s Gleb Polyakov and Igor Zamlinsky introduced me to Kickstarter through their Nocturn espresso machine. I’m geeky enough to know what a PID controller is, and why that’s something £5k+ professional machines tend […]

Cycling: I cannot know your context

It is cold. I have just decided to carry on, trying to ignore the tightness in my chest, and the retching tickle at the back of my throat that says one thing: “Cough!” My ears are already tingling. “We are the Hellequin,” I pick up the dialogue from a new audiobook. It had faded as […]

Nodmag

Every aspect of society and economy that has been touched by the Web has been changed radically. Even the way we interact socially is very different to 15 years ago. … These changes are being brought about by the Web’s ability to link documents together into a single information space. The Semantic Web extends this […]

How do you begin a piece like this?

Does it start with: “It is time to move on…”? Should I begin biographically, and tell a story, ending with: “and now, I’m on to something new,”? When I met Talis towards the end of 2007, I knew very little about the web, but suffered from a problem of perspective and believed I knew quite […]

Why not utilise use?

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Choosing a word with extra syllables seems like a kind of one-upmanship over drab, simpler words like: use; and do. Is this a form of snobbery even more unbecoming than non-standard, corporate English? Such marked words display a kind of vanity that doesn’t add much value. Let’s look at utilise. Taking the definitions from Wictionery: […]

Spite and Malice

“She’ll sit on you!” my mother said as I tried to play when I should have been quiet. “Huh? Why will she sit on me?” i asked, confused. “Because that’s what Gi-gi does. She’ll sit on you if you’re bad!” she said ever so seriously. Gi-gi, my great-grandmother was out in Colorado to visit along […]

Mozilla Festival: Media, Freedom, and the Web

Originally appeared on Kasabi’s Blog: This last weekend, I found myself wearing a lab coat, meeting people working on some of the most interesting projects on the web, while in the queue to an entirely free espresso bar. And, I kept seeing human-sized foxes walking about and dancing. I was fairly sure I needed to […]

Some lessons learned from injury

“You’ve had an accident on your bike,” a familiar voice gave me something I knew. “You’re in the hospital,” and the familiarity fled with being awake. A few more dreams, and I slowly recognised myself lying in bed, surrounded by scrubs and unfortunate people. I pushed myself upright, and oddly felt the mattress move beyond […]

Reflections on Royalty

The internet is full of information of dubious quality, and I have recently spent quite a bit of time trawling a particular subsection of this by trying to trace family information. I have found many lists of names, and I appear to be lucky that my maternal side seems to have been recorded doing things […]

Tablets

The more I use it, the more conflicted I am about the iPad. It’s bright and renders images beautifully. I love the way designers are now taking this big screen into account when they produce apps like Pulse news reader and FryPaper. It’s really fun for showing photos to people. But—and there are so very […]