Yaks, alligators and bikes

At Buffer we have a focus on self-improvement. We share what we are working on each week and get encouragement and tips from other members of the team. Here is a recent example. One of my improvements for the last few weeks has been to get a side-project up and…

On Running

This post started as a somewhat long-winded reply to a simple question in the Buffer Improvements HipChat room. As such it's quite informal and peppered with smileys! :) As always, I am grateful for all the amazing comments that this generated. I have tried to mix the original email up a…

Running in San Francisco

It's been a long time since my last post. Various reasons, no excuses - the usual! Anyway, it has been brought to my attention (thanks, Heather!) that I kind of left the reader hanging a little after the last article with such tantalising wording as "that is a story for…

Maintaining the Running Habit

I wrote previously about the challenge that faced me due to being away from my comfort zone in Cambridge for a week. If I wanted to keep up my running habit I would have to continue my runs in a new country away from my familiar routes. I was a…

Using Firebase and AngularJS with AngularFire

This past week I been taking a closer look at Firebase. In particular I have been looking at using AngularJS in combination with it in order to create web apps which don't require any significant back-end code. This has been made a bit easier with the recent(ish) release of…

My Ideal Day

I wrote previously about why programming is a part-time job, where I extolled the virtues of having breaks to allow time for my brain to think about problems I am working on. It seemed to resonate pretty well with people, and it is definitely relevant to fields other than programming…