• 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • La Chapelle Notre-Dame des Neiges, near Montagny, as seen across the valley from La Nouvaz

    The Right Place At The Right Time

    6 February, 2015

    While hunting for an Alpine geocache, Dan discovers two lost hikers and rescues them from a blizzard.

  • Three checkboxes -


    13 December, 2014

    Where organisations that have no reason to discriminate based on gender ask for Dan's title, he usually gives Mx....

  • Solar panels on our roof.

    Solar Power, part 1

    8 December, 2014

    Solar power is awesome. That's why Dan looked at the roof of the house he co-owns with Ruth and...

  • JTA and Ruth at the supermarket after shoping before Murder... At The Magic College

    Means-Assessed Household Finances (Socialism Begins At Home!)

    12 October, 2014

    For the last four years, Ruth, Dan, JTA, and those who've lived with them have used a system of...

  • The completed pizza cake, ready to be sliced.

    Pizza Cake

    4 October, 2014

    When you make a pizza on top of a pizza on top of a pizza on top of a...

  • A 2-year-old using a MacBook. Photograph copyright Donnie Ray Jones, used under Creative Commons license.

    Teaching Kids to Code – Why It Matters

    28 September, 2014

    Teaching children to program computers should be seen as being about making a new generation of computer programmers. It...

  • Dan holds up a card for a spectator.

    Secrets of Magic

    24 September, 2014

    Do you know the secret of magic? The secret of magic isn't, as many people think, secrets, but something...

  • Dan reprogrammes Box One in a forest

    You Can’t Do It Alone!

    13 August, 2014

    Dan places his most-ambitious geocache to date: a cache that requires two people to find it - on different...

  • Cheese and pickle.

    How to make a Cheese & Pickle Sandwich

    8 July, 2014

    What a strange species we are! Dan contemplates the complexity of a cheese & pickle sandwich.

  • Poker


    30 June, 2014

    Dan and his coworker Liz take a day's course in blacksmithing, and discover quite how much hard work it...

  • Annabel looks out over the Eden Project

    Devon – the trip we’ll never forget

    16 June, 2014

    Dan, Ruth, JTA take a holiday in Devon. And for better or worse, it becomes a trip that they’ll…

  • Dan holding the geocache he's found above his head, triumphantly.

    Geocaching Like Batman

    18 May, 2014

    Dan finds his first "terrain 5" geocache. They said he needed a boat, but Dan laughs in the face...

  • Social Engineering of the Day

    15 May, 2014

    Dan goes to deliver a lecture on security and, before he's even identified himself, manages to find out from...

  • Ice and Lemon, by Pete Hartley

    Ice and Lemon

    22 April, 2014

    Recently, Dan read a book about an alternate-universe version of himself, authored by somebody who very-nearly shares his father's...

  • @SelinaWilken: Sometimes I'll read horoscopes, and just go down the list until I find the one I like best. This month I'm Aquarius.


    17 April, 2014

    A long time ago, Dan dated a girl who would read several different horoscopes for her star sign, and...

  • Sarah and Richard announce to the rest of the family that they're now married.

    Surprises, e.g. a Brother-in-Law

    18 March, 2014

    While on the way to a stag night in Edinburgh, Dan stops to perform magic in Preston and is...

  • Lookin' for some hot stuff baby this evenin'. I need some hot stuff baby tonight. I want some hot stuff baby this evenin'. Gotta have some hot stuff. Gotta have some love tonight.

    Cosmo – Building A Watercooled PC (Part 1)

    10 March, 2014

    Mostly-irrationally, Dan decides that it's time to build a new computer, and sets out to make a souped-up, liquid-cooled...

  • Dan rocking the baby, in the sunlight.

    “Uncle Dan”

    14 January, 2014

    Dan reflects briefly on the birth of "tiny", and the crazy week that's come since, along with some adorable...

  • Gypsies, a Turkey, a pan of French Fries, and the Kings of Leon

    Odd One Out?

    24 December, 2013

    Which is the odd-one out: gypsies, turkeys, french fries, or the Kings of Leon? It's a simple riddle, but...

  • A hanged man being quartered by his executioner.

    The Hardest Hangman

    15 December, 2013

    What's the hardest possible word to guess in Hangman? Many have wondered, but Dan felt the need to find...

  • Narrowboating

    12 December, 2013

    Back in the summer, Dan went narrowboating with Ruth, JTA, and Matt P, and the experience slowed his thinking...

  • De Klerk, by Philip van Djik.

    Pen testing

    13 November, 2013

    When testing a pen, some people write their name, some people scribble, and some write something. Dan looks at...

  • Dean is accused of the murder.

    The Ambassador’s Notebook (Murder Mystery)

    4 November, 2013

    Dan, Ruth and JTA host a murder mystery party based on a kit given to them for free by...

  • The Ambassador's Notebook

    Wanted: Two Murder Suspects

    29 October, 2013

    With apologies for the short notice, Dan, Ruth and JTA seek players for a murder mystery party this weekend!...

  • Pocket Searching

    22 October, 2013

    Accidental pocket-dialling is so last decade. Dan's been practicing accidental pocket-searching, and he's coming up with some strange results.