A freelancer's blog

Introducing Dear Leonard

Harry Dymond is a man who notices the little things and tries to fix them. Like a dripping tap, or a box left behind in a skip. Unfortunately, he’s not so good at the big things, like seeing any purpose in life after retirement, or working out why his wife is on the point of leaving him. Then things get interesting. Way too interesting.

When bad UX is a sneaky nudge

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”

Also appearing at: talking plastics and blogging about all things green

Last night I spoke at Oxford Brookes University about my experience of doing Plastic-Free July last year – and why I’ll be doing it again this year. My talk was part of the university’s Sustainability Week, organised by the Oxford Brookes sustainability team.

The grammar of herbs and spices

Buying spices in the supermarket always feels harder than it should be. I know they’re alphabetically ordered, so I look for basil between allspice and cinnamon, but fail to find it. Then I look down and see basil on a completely different shelf. I vaguely wonder why it’s on a different shelf, but I rationalise it away: “Maybe it’s a different brand or something.”

Not a lawyer: making a request under the Freedom of Information Act

I’ve always tried to avoid blogging about the law. I’m wary of looking like That Guy, the one who thinks that a mixture of received wisdom and googling makes you practically a barrister because hey, this law stuff is easy. It’s a fine line between contributing to an online debate and suddenly turning into the Queen’s Counsel of the Comments Section, saying things like “I think you’ll find that’s technically assault,” when you really have no clue. It’s easier to steer clear of the whole subject. But... you can guess what’s coming next, can’t you? I’ve changed my mind.