Tag Archives: work

Hello 2013: My Birthday

A tealight candle burning in the dark.

Dan managed to spend the afternoon of his birthday away from his computer and in the pub… but only because his office caught fire! This, and more from Dan’s early-January trip to London. Continue reading

A Surprise Christmas Gift


A surprise package arrives outside Dan’s office door. What’s inside? A whole heap of goodness, that’s what. Continue reading

QR Codes of the Bodleian


For the Bodleian Libraries’ latest exhibition, Treasures of the Bodleian, Dan’s produced some unusual QR codes to sit alongside the exhibits. Continue reading



Some people are goldfish, and some people are midgets. Dan’s a goldfish. What are you? Continue reading

Work Calendar [NSFW?]


Dan is momentarily alarmed by an abstract art piece – supposedly inspired by a flower – that appears in his office’s calendar. Might be NSFW? Continue reading

First Class Film

Dan watches X-Men: First Class, and spots his office in the background during a part of the film. No; not the part with the battle between the jetfighter and the levitating submarine. Continue reading

Fonts of the Ancients

Man standing on two giraffes.

Dan adds UTF-8 support to the CMS that powers the Bodleian Libraries’ websites, and ponders how he’d justify the scope of Unicode to a (hypothetical) time-traveling scribe from ancient Egypt. Continue reading

My New Pet Hate, part II

Dan shares a screenshot of a screenshot within a screenshot.
I N C E P T I O N. Continue reading

A Small World Conspiracy

Dan is contacted by somebody he met many years ago in a chance meeting, which quickly goes on to lead to an even more bizarre coincidence… Continue reading

The Final Hours


It’s Dan’s final day working for SmartData: on Monday, he starts his new job at the Bodleian Library. As I’m sure you might have guessed, he has a nice, relaxing weekend planned between the two… Continue reading