A short play about a dark world where unionised pigeons help flockfund the fall of a promising politician.

Characters

Ethel: An aspiring mayor with more ambition than campaign funding. Flirts with life in the hope it will flirt back.

Walter: Ethel’s part-time love interest. A jaded, though somewhat charming, philosophy professor at an average university.

Setting

Various locations around a large unnamed metropolis.

Time

The months leading up to the Mayoral election. The months following the Mayoral election. The year is 2037.

ACT I

Scene 1

SETTING: We are in a smoky bar. It’s late and the crowd is thinning.

AT RISE: Ethel and Walter are talking with eachother.

(Ethel scans the room with a look of disappointment on her face.)

Ethel…


What I learned working with crowdfunding for over two years.

A crowd of happy people.
A crowd of happy people.
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Introduction

Crowdfunding is neither an exact science nor an art. There is no recipe you can follow to achieve guaranteed results over and over again. While this is true, there are many steps you can and should take to enhance your chances of reaching your crowdfunding goals.

My first piece of advice is that you should take time to prepare thoroughly. Your success is largely decided before you even launch your campaign, depending on how much preparation you have done.

This checklist outlines many of the steps you can take (I am sure there are others that we chose not…


Becoming a programmer: Diary entry #6

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OK, HTML. So what is it used for?

In short, HTML is what you use to add content to a web site and to label, group, and link that content meaningfully.

So what is HTML not used for?

HTML is not used to manipulate how the content on a web site looks. This includes things like the type and size of font, the colour of the background, or the layout of content on a page.

(A different language called Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is used to apply style and alter the visual representation of a web page’s content.)

And, how does HTML work?

HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. The two key components here being Hyper Text because it…


Choose a team with numbers, not with heart.

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It’s that time of year again. You’ll start getting request from your mates to join a Fantasy Football league that they’re starting.

Just £20 and the winner takes all, Dave said.

Last year there were 15 people in the league, that’s £300 for doing something you enjoy. Not bad, you think. Plus, there’s the glory.

Shame you came 7th last year though.

Dave seemed to rake the points in every week and your favourite players never seemed to do that well.

Your initial selections need to be spot on this year and the deadline is fast approaching (Sat 12 Sep…


Becoming a programmer: Diary entry #5

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At this point of my coding journey I have ploughed through countless resources, online and in books.

I’ve carefully taken note of the most useful resources, categorised them, and listed them here. Some are learning resources, others are tools, others are inspirational.

All of them are free and I will continue to update this list over time as I stumble upon new resources and topics.

CONTENTS:

  • Front end overview
  • Code/Text Editors
  • Integrated Developer environments/Dev Tools
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Fonts
  • Responsive Web Design
  • JavaScript
  • Git & The Command Line
  • Images (& Responsive Images)
  • Icons, Vectors, Clip Art, Favicons
  • Accessibility
  • Visual Design Process
  • User…


Becoming a programmer: Diary entry #4

An image of three soldiers at a training bootcamp, intended to be a play on words with coding bootcamp.
An image of three soldiers at a training bootcamp, intended to be a play on words with coding bootcamp.
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Assuming you have already decided you want to become a programmer, the next question relates to how/where to learn the required skills.

As with anything nowadays, there are many ways to learn about it. With coding it seems you have three main options:

  • university;
  • a (paid) bootcamp (online or onsite);
  • self-teaching (either a free online bootcamp or your own blend of online resources and books).

You’ll then of course continue to learn on the job.

Let’s begin by assuming you don’t already have a computer or information science degree from a university or three or four years to get one.


Becoming a programmer: Diary entry #3

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After a few weeks of hesitation, floundering around trying to find an entry point to the vast world of programming, I settled on HTML (because its the simplest place) and frontend web development (because it logically progresses from HTML).

But what is front end web development and what does it entail?

The more I read, the vaster this field seemed to grow. It’s not just HTML. More than this, it’s not just learning some programming languages. There are a whole range of skills (hard and soft) and what appear to be entire standalone sub-sectors that frontend web development encompasses.

I…


Becoming a programmer: Diary entry #2

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The decision to become a coder (at the age of 32) is just the first in a forest of infinitely branching decision trees.

You’ll need to decide what you want to achieve through coding, which sector you want to work in, and relatedly, which languages you want to learn, among other choices. The good news is that many programming languages — from what I have understood so far — require a similar thought process. And so, while there are different languages to learn, the theoretical fundamentals are often the same or similar.

Each coding language you learn should be easier…


Becoming a programmer: Diary entry #1

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An array of variables (programming pun intended), left me wanting to quit my job at the age of 32.

First, I didn’t love my job. I used to work in the international development sector in a generalist role. The job didn’t allow much space for creativity; the industry can be quite bureaucratic; the sector is exceptionally competitive and recruitment processes are slow, making it hard to switch organisation or role; my particular role was quite repetitive and only required a small set of soft skills (which became an issue when I started to look for other types of work). I’d…


A short, abstract story about mental health, confinement, and facades.

The light in the room flicks on. With an urge I’ve not felt before I flick mine off. The street amid our window fronted boxes is illuminated to an intensity level somewhere in between.

One human shows another human around the space. How stupid. It’s an empty square. Ha! I laugh at myself. A square? I’m stupid! I can be stupid at times — it’s a cube.

It’s an empty cube and it has been this way for a while; though, I fear for not much longer. Human number one’s arms are flailing around filling the space that Human number…

Greggor Metoande

Overcoming a fear of public displays of writing (PDW) while teaching myself coding and hoping to make a career transition.

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