Personal posts about life, the web industry, and things that I've been up to

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Semantic calendar emoji

9 February 2019

Since returning to employee status I've been thrown back into having an absolutely stacked calendar. Over the last couple of weeks I've been playing with an emoji-based system to help me work better.

Learning Japanese (part two) 🇯🇵

27 January 2019

This week I received the very happy news that I'd passed my second Japanese exam - the JLPT (日本語能力試験) at level N4. In this post I'll outline my exam experiences and go through the resources I used.

2018 into 2019

3 January 2019

I really enjoy this time of year. Christmas is always a bit of a whirlwind due to numerous individual family gatherings and birthdays, but New Year is always a nice lull. As always I’m using a blog post as a prompt to look both back and ahead.


A new chapter

20 November 2018

I’m so excited to announce that I’m soon going to be starting the next chapter in my professional life. I’m going back to employment, and joining Monzo on their mission to “build a bank with everyone, for everyone”.

A foundation for technical investigations

8 October 2018

A high-level structure for asking people about their technology, with a view of looking at how things are and identifying how they might be.

Thinking about permissions on the web

27 September 2018

A collection of musings on the topic of web permissions, and the kind of questions that we should be asking for the future.

Learning Japanese

24 August 2018

Since the beginning of this year I've been taking my Japanese learning a lot more seriously. Having been asked about it by quite a few people, this post is intended to summarise my journey so far.

Japan, January '18 (part two) - EVO

9 February 2018

This is the second post in a two-part series, capturing my latest trip over to Japan. In this post I'll be talking about the main reason for our visit - EVO.

Japan, January '18 (part one) - Tokyo, snow, and skiing

9 February 2018

In January I headed back to Japan, jumping on the opportunity to spend more time in a country that I love. The trip was prompted by my husband competing at EVO Japan 2018, but ended up being so much more. In these two posts I'll talk about the trip in general, and the event itself.


2017 into 2018

30 December 2017

Another end of a year means another time to look back, but also to look forward. As they usually do, 2017 has had both extreme highs and lows, as well as plenty in the middle.