After living in England for the last 18 years, I finally returned to Oz with my wife and 2 youngest children 10 days ago. This is a bit of a public diary of the my personal happenings and observations (no tech content in this post - it will resume shortly) The Flight The flight over … Continue reading Australia Diary: First 2 Weeks
On the 10th July 2018, I gave a talk to the London Java Community on the topic "Who do you want to be?". It was a talk that came out of my experiences with mentoring as part of Meet a Mentor, as well as an event on the topic at the Extreme Tuesday Club. The … Continue reading Who do you want to be?
For those of you who don't yet know, I'm making this official: I'm heading back to Australia. My family and I are currently planning to move back to Canberra in early September (just over 3 months from now) It's been a long time: nearly 18 years in England (I'll be leaving about 1 month short … Continue reading The Road to Oz
What do I Want? I've been thinking a lot about my ideal workplace, and my role in it. What I put into my job, and what I get out of it. My mission. I think I can describe it like this: My mission is to bring mutuality, mastery and respect to the process of making … Continue reading The Joy of Work
I commute. 75 minutes each way, every day. That's 2½ hours every day of otherwise slack time which I like to fill in with some sort of learning, which come from various podcasts I've picked up over the years. Here's my current list, in alphabetical order... Agile Uprising Topics: Software, Agile Website: http://podcast.agileuprising.com/ Interviews with … Continue reading Joe’s Favourite Podcasts (2018 Edition)
After dipping my toe in the water a number of times, I've finally taken the plunge. Over the last couple of weeks I've been migrating a private project from Java to Kotlin. This is a report of how it's been going... Firstly, my main interest in Kotlin was the cleaner language design, the clear Java … Continue reading Converting to Kotlin
Charlie Stross has written a series of blog posts which extrapolates current events into the next 12 months. It's a glorious imagining of the future, but I'm afraid it doesn't end well for humanity... Part 1: Things can only get better Part 2: You're only supposed to blow the doors off! Part 3: And the … Continue reading Charlie Stross Predicts 2017