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Jamie Lawrence

Jamie Lawrence

I help non-technical founders start their business, build their product, get their first customers, and grow their technical team. I'm a generalist software engineer and I've worked with many different languages over the past 15 years but my current tool of choice is Ruby on Rails. I'm also an enthusiastic photographer and a novice archer

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March 19, 2014 0

Why I swam 2 miles this morning — the power of habits

Swimming a mile is as easy as packing a bag

Because I like it. True, although the first 1000m are pretty much torture and I can’t skip them. I have to swim the hardest lengths every single time. 30-60 minutes listening to the sounds of lapping water can be quite meditative and/or a bit like sensory deprivation depending on your point of view. In the […]

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November 11, 2013 3

On dashboards, metrics and chartporn

There’s a trend, nay a bubble (bubbles are all the rage these days), in all sorts of dashboards and metrics services. Librato, StatsMix, Klipfolio, and Ducksboard are just a few that I’ve looked at over the last few days They’re all really really pretty, achingly beautiful… but what are they telling us? They can show […]

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July 2, 2013 0

The Beauty of Hopelessness

Since 1995, I went by the username hopeless as my online identity. In explaining it, I would tell the story of how when I went to university I was replaced by a puppy called Hope (from the Hope Valley near Sheffield — my mum barely waited an hour to find my replacement). But, in truth, […]

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May 31, 2013 0

The curious case of the lost Fitbit — and how to prevent it

Update below A few days after my last post about measuring things, and enthusing about my Fitbit Zip, I lost it I synced the Fitbit on Monday night, and wasn’t using the computer again until midday Tuesday so it must have been in the morning that I lost it. I’ve retraced my steps, checked around […]

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May 23, 2013 0

You can only change what you measure

This is a pretty familiar concept to (good) software developers but perhaps not to everyone. A bad software developer will look at a piece of code, think it is inefficient in someway, and procede to “fix” it. But without actually measuring the performance you have no idea whether the performance really was unacceptable and by […]

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January 26, 2013 0

Curing the SAD

About 2.5weeks ago I was ridiculously sleepy in the middle of the day, couldn’t think and was basically wiped out. It was like having the flu only without the fever or any actual sickness. I eventually realised that a lot of the symptoms pointed to Seasonal Affected Disorder. Yes folks, I haz the sad. After […]

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October 9, 2012 1

Nothing changes unless you change it

Today, I was reminded of this passage from Jonathan Fields’ book ‘Uncertainty’: In art, business, and entrepreneurship, there is no coasting. There is no neutral. No sideways. It’s a myth, an illusion. There’s only up or down. Leading or trailing. Which means that if you’re teetering on the edige of happiness, health, liquidity, and contentment now […]

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August 20, 2012 0

Reflections on the Accident

My previous post about the car accident was a fairly concise explanation of the car accident but I also wanted to reflect on it from the luxury of years later. There’s very little to comment on physically: my injuries all healed up eventually and I rarely think about them. Occasionally the knee gets sore, my […]

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August 18, 2012 0

The Accident

[box style="notice"]This was written a few weeks after the incident but I’m publishing it now for the first time. I’ve left the content and tone exactly as written even though in hindsight I might have written it differently.[/box] [box style="alert"]WARNING: contains possibly traumatic subject matter. Stop reading if you’re squeamish.[/box] January 14th, 2008 The day […]

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August 10, 2010 0

My New Leica

I’ve joined the exclusive Leica club! Some people lust for months, years or even decades over a Leica camera due to the huge expense involved in buying into that system. The idea of getting a Leica occurred to me in town on Saturday and today, Tuesday, it was finally in my hands. What’s more, it […]

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