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Journalism New Statesman Things

Why I’m sick of fake theorists lamenting the “millennial problem” (New Statesman)

Here’s me bitching about that stupid viral video where Simon Sinek pretends to be sad about millennials not having alarm clocks.

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Podcasts Things

Talking about walking on the CityMetric Skylines podcast

This episode includes, among other things, a discussion between host Jonn Elledge and I on whatever it is that makes us want to spent entire days walking from one arbitrary point to another.

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CityMetric Journalism Things

Lost Eiffel Towers and Euston Arches (CityMetric)

I covered the CityMetric desk for a couple of weeks in early November, writing about ersatz tube maps, the lost London ‘Eiffel Tower’, pointless plans to restore the Euston Arch and the centuries-long impact of St Paul’s Cathedral on the development of London, among other things.

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Client Work Data Journalism/Research Things

The Changing Face Of The BBC (GoCompare/Distilled)

I wrote some code to scrape samples from 80 years of BBC schedules (and then spent a lot longer manually categorising them) to help Distilled build this interactive guide to the history of the Beeb. Please forward all complaints to the BBC.

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Journalism New Statesman Things

How likely are the plots of each Black Mirror episode to happen? (New Statesman)

Imagine a dystopian world in which I was asked to evaluate how plausible the premises in the first two series of Black Mirror were.

How likely are the plots of each Black Mirror episode to happen?

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Podcasts Things

PodCage interview

I had a nice chat with the excellent PodCage lads, who are attempting to watch every Nicolas Cage film ever made. What kind of idiot would do that?

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Journalism New Statesman Things

The most misunderstood man in Hollywood? What I learned from watching every Nicolas Cage film (New Statesman)

For some reason the New Statesman have allowed me to make a passionate defence of the work of some actor called Nicolas Cage.

The most misunderstood man in Hollywood? What I learned from watching every Nicolas Cage film

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CityMetric Journalism Things

“He died in a wheelbarrow, for gin-related reasons”: the strange tale of London’s Mayors of Garratt (CityMetric)

An argument that, if we want to stop property developers ruining London, history tells us that we need to get drunk and appoint a fake Mayor.

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Client Work Things

Message from the Unseen World (UVA/Futurecity)

I was very slightly involved in this bit of algorithmic art that’s been installed near Paddington – I did some proof-reading to make sure the algorithm didn’t accidentally say anything rude.

Message from the Unseen World

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Client Work Copywriting Data Journalism/Research Things

Ventures of the PayPal Mafia (Fleximize/Distilled)

I worked on this interactive about the sprawling reach of PayPal’s sinister techbro alumni, and it has been shortlisted for an Information Is Beautiful award, which is nice.

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(I did the Information, rather than the Beauty.)