OK, I tried to move quicker than the Web could move and failed again. Sigh.
Sorry everyone (everyone? Sorry Matt, Fabio). I had been holding off 'officially' telling anyone I'd moved until:
a) I could finish building the new place at TypePad i.e. all my posts needed their images putting back in, bit by bit, many links fixing etc. ... Things still won't work in general! Bear with me - I'm currently sorting the archives at the rate of one month's worth per night. I'm up to April 2003 working backwards!
b) I got the categories sorted (as much as categories ever can be) and a new design in place perhaps (though that can wait - this one works, which is an advantage on the old one).
c) The domain mapping that TypePad hope to have in place in September (perhaps) is done, so that I can point cityofsound.com back at at.
d) I could sort out a new email address. The old one got spammed to death anyway.
e) Er, that's it.
f) Oh, and my hosting at Verio disappeared much quicker and more efficiently than anything they've ever done for me before, typically, so I got caught on the hop somewhat.
Mea culpa. Sorry sorry sorry.
Obviously, I've also lost 2 years worth of google placement via a load of broken links now. More importantly, that means many of your sites may have some broken links on them. I apologise for those wholeheartedly - hence me wanting the domain name to be back, to help just a bit with redirects etc. perhaps. Am fully aware that I've broken one of the Web's rules - moving URIs - but I couldn't see an alternative. I'll try to make it up to you with some useful summary links - the categories headers, such as this one, might do that.
It's frustrating that TypePad renames links - they are more friendly in the new format, but I've lost all those links, and so have you. Sorry again ... but, er, welcome back I guess.
Bear with me if I disappear temporarily shortly. I'm switching my hosting away from Verio. No doubt something will go wrong, and I'll disappear for a bit. And also, all the usual apologies if you sent me an email in the last 3 weeks - I haven't been checking. Really sorry. Telewest have been pretty bad in terms of getting me online at new pad thus far. They actually had to close down Gower Street to get cable into my flat. Wires! There must be a better way!
Blogs are strange things: when you're feeling good and therefore writing, it's the proverbial outboard brain; when you're not and therefore not writing, it becomes a source of guilt ("Must-update-my-blog-with-something-good"). In short, I feel I owe you, and my blog, an apology. I've been more or less absent from these pages for a couple of months now, as some have noticed.
Basically, I started a new job at the BBC in February which has taken a vast amount of time and energy - almost like a startup phase. I'm now responsible for the tech and design across all the BBC's Radio & Music sites; which means I'm responsible for trying to weld the vagaries of XP and Scrum to UCD to the opportunities afforded by RSS or XSLT, say. Whilst trying to revamp the Radio Player (more soon!), say, and instigate some blue-sky thinking time, some coherent multidisciplinary experience design project management processes, advocate user research, and solve some little local difficulties with bureacracy (in the bad sense of the word) - bringing new ways of thinking about a new medium to a division of the BBC which has been around, one way or another, since 1922.
Amongst other things. Which anyone who manages a team of any size will be familiar with.
I'm also trying to find a way of sticking close to products too; I'm a designer, for better for worse, and still think of myself as one - yet am struggling to find the time - and opportunity, without treading on toes I should be, er, nurturing - to actually design. (Nurturing toes? Jeez). Of course, design by proxy, via a team, is a fabulous thing when it works. And that's the stage I'm at, but I'd be intrigued to know if others felt this way about their work ...
Don't get me wrong - it's a fantastic job, I'm very lucky, and I'm enjoying it very much. And I aim to bring much of the development work back here, for public consumption or criticism ... However, as I work flat out, it's difficult to find as much time as I'd like for this. Folks will know I don't usually use this blog for personal matters, but folks will also know that personal matters affect everything nonetheless.
All this naval-gazing is merely an excuse to myself really, though. As somehow I have to figure out a way of achieving all of above whilst writing here, thinking here, responding to the brilliant people who mail me via this ... I'm horribly reminded of Clay's aside that blogging is a daily activity.
Anyway, just wanted contextualise the lack of input here a bit. Somehow I'll figure it out.
Similar to Matt's excellent new word, lifted from the mind-warping Doors experience ... Possidifficulty.
I made up a new word, walking around Amsterdam, spotting a couple of ill-judged apostrophes in vernacular signage. I'm susceptible to the badly-timed apostrophe myself, so feel well justified in announcing a name for this class of grammatical error, to be henceforth known as the Prepostrophe.
As Matt says, another dumb idea we had in Amsterdam:
Self explanatory, really. Go add your selections.
I've long wanted to make a site for showcasing 'ideas great enough to spend much time talking in the pub about, but too dumb to actually realise'. I guess I never will (unless ... perhaps ... this is it?).
JG Ballads is a good one. As is The Pub Stenographer, Luxury Motorway Service Stations, and Squirty Chips. Remember - you heard them here first.
Apologies for the lack of entries here recently. It's not that I'm not finding interesting things at the moment - far from it. I'm just deeply submerged in a particular work project until the 24th or so ... More to follow, particularly on new rationalism and adaptive design notes I posted before, and which people have been commenting on. Add your thoughts there, and I'll collate, summarise and follow-up, particularly with more context from How Buildings Learn and Emergence (aka in this household as 'How Cities Learn'). These are my main obsessions so far this year!