Those who can, should teach

“He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.”

George Bernard Shaw

Man and Superman (1903) “Maxims for Revolutionists”

Both of my parents were teachers and I was privileged enough to actually enjoy most of my schooling thanks to lucky placement within the UK comprehensive system and some dedicated and top class teachers. As such, I’ve always considered the above maxim to be somewhat unfair but at the same time could understand the underlying point especially when taken in the context of the more vocational subjects where the true subject matter experts tend towards actual work in their chosen sphere.

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Lessons from the start line. 3 years as a startup CTO

It’s midnight and I’m sitting in the bar at a local hotel while a group of Germans attempt to convince the manager that they should be allowed to continue playing their horrifically heavy industrial techno on the PA in the ballroom. the manager sighs, capitulates and I turn back to the code editor, open on my laptop.

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Thirteen years, looking back and moving forward

It seems strange to think that this particular corner of the web has been around in one form or another since 2003 and yet today marks the 13th anniversary of my first proper blog post.

Of course the archives of those previous sites (I’ve lost count but at least four domain names and half a dozen CMSs have powered all of the various incarnations) have long since been tidied away, memories are great to maintain but not necessarily something you want for all to rummage through. They’re still out there if you know where and how to look, I’ve nothing to hide, but prefer not to make it quite so easy for the voice of 23 year old me to echo out over the cocktail party hubub of history.

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