I’ve fallen into the world of podcasting and listening to radio plays whilst on my way to work or running or even chilling in the evening when everybody else has gone to bed. Some of them are excellent. Here’s the ones that I am currently listening to and can recommend:

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward / The Whisperer in Darkness

An awesome remake of some of HP Lovecraft’s greatest works imagined as a couple of paranormal experts falling into an eerie story that covers missing people, cults, Rendlesham Forest, weird buzzing noises, Government agents, memory loss, paranoia, witchcraft, conspiracy, family affairs, Summarian Gods, dead bodies, not quite dead bodies. The usual.

There’s an excellent monologue part way through where a historian explains and ties together a bunch of disparate things into a massive conspiracy theory reminiscent of the 15 minute monologue in JFK by ‘X’.

website // Apple Podcasts

REWORK: A Podcast by Basecamp

I’m obsessed by all things basecamp. It’s a great project planning app, they have a unique way of working that they write about. A lot. They have this excellent anarchic spirit of doing things their own damn way. A perfect role model for anybody wanting to start, build and run a good organisation.

The podcast just builds on this and has interesting interviews with different folks and how they work.

website // Apple Podcasts

Star Wars Minute

What’s that Duncan? A podcast where two people (plus guests) talk about ALL the Star Wars films one minute at a time? In release order?

Yes. That is correct. And it’s fascinating.

website // Apple podcasts


Remi Malik (he of Mr. Robot fame) stars in this small tale of local radio DJ Simon Itani who survives a run-in with a shadowy gunman as a mysterious blackout rocks his isolated community.

It’s really quite tense listening to people slowly falling apart as their world slowly changes from the comfort they once knew.

website // Apple podcasts


It’s a sci-fi story based in a broken earth in a place called Tier City in some weird future where all the resources have gone. A drone pilot receives a package her estranged father that…

…and you’ll have to listen to find out. Really good sound editing. A bunch of interesting characters. Nicely realised world.

website // Apple podcasts

The White Vault

A dark little tale about a repair team that goes to a remote artic outpost and what they find there.

Genuinely creepy horror tale done in the form of a series of findings, recordings and reports. Warning: may contain claws. Black claws. Travel is not advised.

website // Apple podcasts

Welcome to Night Vale

Night Vale is a lovely town in the American Desert where you’d love to live. As long as you didn’t mine the Secret Police and don’t look at the hooded figures in the dog park. And it’s a very safe place to live as long as you know how dangerous librarians are and don’t become an intern to the local radio station there where regular broadcasts keep us updated with the latest news (and weather) from this remarkable and lovely little town.


website // Apple Podcasts

Let me know what your favourite podcasts or recommendations are via Twitter.

Personal Development

Courses Completed 2019 Edition

I’m a great believer in adult education. Learning should not stop once you’ve gone through school. Lifelong learning is a great way to stay current, improve oneself and to increase opportunities in life.

I’ve done a bunch of online courses this year. Quite a lot of them were refreshers to make sure I still remembered how to do stuff (Project Management, HTML, CSS, JavaScript–I’m looking at you!)

Here they are:

DateCourse Duration
MarchSide Hustle: Develop the Skills you need to Succeed3h30
AprilWhat Is Programming?2h50
Godot: Beginner to Advanced4h19
Godot Game Engine — The Complete Course6h00
Intro to Unreal Engine 40h39
HTML, CSS, and JavaScript: The Big Picture1h28
Modern Java: The Big Picture1h58
MayHTML Fundamentals2h20
Beginner’s Guide to Project Management1h40
Fundamentals of Agile Project Management1h30
Play by Play: Visual Studio Live Share0h36
CSS Positioning0h50
Python: The Big Picture1h05
Kanban Fundamentals1h31
Less: Getting Started1h11
JuneGame Character Concept Design Fundamentals1h40
Play by Play: Software Development in Swift – Beyond IOS0h51
Swift Fundamentals3h48
Responsive Websites With Bootstrap 32h53
Play by Play: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with Lea Verou2h15
Introduction to CSS2h9
JulyJavaScript: Getting Started2h46
JavaScript for Beginners1h30
HTML5 Fundamentals3h47
React: The Big Picture1h11
Vue.js: Big Picture1h06
Angular: The Big Picture1h07
Introduction to Logic Pro X1h39
AugustAlchemy Synth Fundamentals in Logic Pro1h22
Introduction to Ableton Live 92h09
Semantic HTML1h49
Learn JavaScript from Scratch1h06
JavaScript Fundamentals3h00
OctoberJavaScript Objects and Prototypes0h48
Python: Getting Started2h59
DecemberGetting Started with Django CMS1h02
Code School: Try Django0h36

I’m fairly sure I’m going to be doing more courses and it looks like the focus is going to be on Django (because I have this idea of a web app that I want to build for myself), Python (because it can do anything–web, games, scripting for OS software like Blender, Krita, Inkscape, etc…, security, all sorts) and maybe Ruby / Ruby on Rails (because I’m impressed by the work of Basecamp and because the language principles seem to fit how I think).


Exploring AI in novel writing

I found this website called that uses AI to write articles based on keywords and the first sentence.

I thought it might be fun to add in the opening sentence of some of the top novels of all time to see what alternative versions might read like. Check it out.

Quick Note

Welcome to my Notebook

Hello! How are you?

Welcome to my all-new website. I’ve got rid of everything that’s no longer relevant to me any more. There’s a whole collection of old projects that no longer represent what I do and how I feel about things.

I’ve also decided that these pages from my notebook should be of use to people. I’m not the sort of person that can crow about their achievements. There’s no need for me to write posts about that. But I am interested in how things work and what they mean and how systems and processes work. And so I can use this platform to examine that.

Much more interesting.

The Newsletter

I’ve got a Mailchimp newsletter and I’m going to start using that to post out interesting articles and whatnot before they get posted into this notebook. So if you sign up to the newsletter then you get all these articles way before everybody else.


I’ve also been collating Spotify playlists since 2013 and I’m going to shortly release them onto this website as creative inspiration. I have had to transfer them across to my musical alter-ego to access them, but I still have them.