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  • Dan, shortly before inpatient admission but already recovering from the worst parts of his hospital visit, last week.

    The Bladder Monster

    24 June, 2015

    Complications associated with a series of urinary tract infections cause Dan a stay in the hospital and a long battle with the bladder monster. Eww.

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  • Calculating Pi (when you’re ill)

    14 June, 2015

    Dan's stuck in bed while he recovers following a medical issue. But while his body's recovering, he's been occupying his brain by writing software to visually approximate the digits of pi!

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  • A Sainsbury's Brand Match voucher advising that my shopping was 1p cheaper than the competition. In total. Photo with thanks to Brett Jordan, used under a Creative Commons license.

    Supermarket “price match” deals are marketing genius

    9 June, 2015

    Almost five years ago, Sainsbury's supermarkets started giving you vouchers to the value of how much cheaper your shopping might have been elsewhere. That's a win for the consumer, right? Not even remotely, says Dan.

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  • Solar Power, part 2

    12 May, 2015

    Last year, Dan had solar panels installed on his roof. Four months on, he takes a look at how much money they're saving (and generating) for him and his tribe.

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  • EEBO-TCP Hackathon

    22 April, 2015

    Last month, Dan attended the EEBO-TCP hackathon, and worked alongside humanities researchers to collaborate on software that extracted previously unexplored data out of 25,000 recently-digitised 15th-17th century texts.

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  • Greg, Marc, Blair and Dom, as depicted in Greg's 2007 blog post.

    Squiz CMS Easter Eggs (or: why do I keep seeing Greg’s name in my CAPTCHA?)

    27 March, 2015

    When using the Squiz CMS, Dan noticed that his CAPTCHA kept containing the same patterns of letters. These turned out to be the names of early developers on the system, which in turn lead Dan to uncover Easter Eggs in the software that have been deliberately concealed by their authors.

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  • Too Many Cards

    4 March, 2015

    This week, Dan performed a magic trick (via webcam) for some friends in an exclusive part of Reddit. And then he thought he should share it with you, too.

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  • From bottom to top: potato waffle, cheese, potato waffle, egg, tomato ketchup.

    Health. Food.

    12 February, 2015

    You can tell when Dan's recovering from illness, because he starts craving the most otherwise-disgusting foodstuffs. Here's a recipe...

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