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The Problem of Power

31 Jul 2016   philosophy  power 
Thinking about the propagation of any particular ideology, or more broadly, any framework of thinking (and potentially even feeling), we simply can't ignore the role of power and social influence. It seems far too hard-wired into our very humanity. Read more

UX and System Architecture

12 Jul 2016   architecture  philosophy  software  ux 
What is the relationship between user experience and system architecture, and what works and what doesn't? Read more

Building a Static Site Generator

06 Jul 2016   projects  software  statik 
I've recently built and published my own static web site generator: Statik (, aimed at software developers. Read more

Unravelling the Agile conundrum

24 Feb 2016   agile  process  scrum 
I've been trying to figure out what exactly people mean by "Agile" (in their implementation of it, as opposed to the definitions in the manifesto), as well as where it's actually applicable. Read more

Continuous integration with Drone

A step-by-step guide to setting up a Hugo static site for automated deployment using Drone CI. Read more

New static site

14 Feb 2016   blogging  go  hugo 
After playing around with Jekyll for a while, I decided against it in favour of Hugo for a variety of reasons. Mostly subjective, gut-feel-based ones, as are quality reasonings in general. For the most part, both static site generators work really well. Both generate static sites. Both support ... Read more

Innovation and Happiness

13 Apr 2015   happiness  innovation  philosophy  quality 
What, exactly, is value? Or, in a less philosophical way: how is it that you practically know when you have experienced something of value? From my experience so far, I believe that our experience of value is deeply related to our true emotions and feelings, and is thus rooted in our common ... Read more

On (White) Privilege

02 Mar 2015   apartheid  power  privilege  racism  social influence 
"Irked" is the best way I could describe my feeling after reading a recent opinion piece on the Mail & Guardian's site on the topic of "white privilege" in South Africa. It took me a while to understand why, exactly, I felt this way, but I've since established that it has a lot to do with the ... Read more

The Challenge of Innovation

17 Nov 2014   business  innovation  marketing  philosophy  process 
Many a 2x2 matrix has been developed around what we tend to call "innovation", but are these existing ways of thinking about innovation actually useful to us? Are they practical enough to help guide our daily thinking and activities to actually facilitate real-life innovation? Of course, the ... Read more

Building in a little fat

Several times now I've wondered if there are perhaps lessons we can take from real-world, successful projects and approaches the ICT industry that we may be able to apply generally to society. A simple example is how the Agile management approach speaks rather deeply, on a philosophical level, ... Read more
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