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Analytics as Code

Posted: 2018-10-04 | 19 minute read

This is a partially-baked idea, so be warned. But I really wanted to get this out there in writing, mainly to see how the idea unfolds. Since thinking about this quite a lot, I’ve only seen a couple of other examples of it in the wild and I’d love to take it beyond being theoretical. You may have heard of Infrastructure as Code, described as: Infrastructure as code (IaC) is the process of managing and provisioning computer data centers through machine-readable definition files, rather than physical hardware configuration or interactive configuration tools.


Using Amazon Rekognition to produce better alt tags

Posted: 2018-09-25 | 7 minute read

I haven’t had a tech post for a while so I figured it was about time I discussed one of many AWS services available today: Amazon Rekognition. It’s certainly an awkward word to type, but what can we do with it? I added a ticket to my backlog, simply: “Do something interesting with AWS Rekognition”. This post is the result of doing something interesting! I’m a bit lazy when it comes to adding alt text to images on my site and I know this has direct implications for SEO and accessibility.


The Humble MiniDisc

Posted: 2018-08-29 | 14 minute read

Ah, the humble little disc in a hard shell known as a MiniDisc. It’s a little hard to believe how old the format really is! Today’s blog comes to you with kind support from ATRAC and the magneto optical community. Yes, it’s the world of MD. A history lesson Today’s blog will focus on the period I know best: late 1990’s until more recently. But first… Sony worked to develop the MiniDisc technology as a competitor to Panasonic’s Digital Compact Cassette (DCC) and Sony’s own Digital Audio Tape (DAT).


Why I openly share my calendar across the whole org and you should too

Posted: 2018-08-24 | 5 minute read

I’ve spent more than a decade working in large organisations across a variety of roles with an open calendar, so here are my thoughts on why I did it and why I think everyone else should give it a try, too. Some Background Previously, I worked at Lendlease for 9 years (yes, I gave up long service leave). Early on, I decided to open my calendar as ‘read’ for whole organisation.


Ryuichi Sakamoto's Coda: A Review

Posted: 2018-08-16 | 8 minute read

Recently, Cynthia and I had the pleasure of watching a film called Coda which showcases more recent musical endeavours of Ryuichi Sakamoto and the very personal impact of dealing with the news of cancer. This post is probably full of spoilers in the traditional sense and less of a film review, however don’t let that deter you. His story is very real and for me, the film was more about the experience and how it changes the way you see the world.


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