June 2024

I’ll put the big news up front: I’ve left Fastmail! After four years and eight months and four job titles, this chapter of my life is now over.

I’m pretty confident that I know what’s coming next, but it’s not yet time to announce it publicly. 😉 Feel free to send me a message if you haven’t heard me talk about it yet and don’t want to wait until next month. Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to a little bit of time off in July.

This month, I built a pretty silly macOS app, which I’m calling 📣📅 Calendar Klaxon. It draws a moving border on your screen when you have a calendar event coming up. You can find it on Github. This was a nice distraction; it was nice to learn a little bit more about Swift, and a lot more about the macOS development ecosystem.

I watched quite a lot of the UEFA European Championship this month. It’s been a really great tournament, with a lot of quality on display.

Other than that, it was a pretty quiet month! M was out of town for a few weeks, so I was just hanging out with the pets, trying to keep cool.


Woah, it’s a new music playlist! I’ve been making sure I spend more time listening to music lately, so after a five-month break from putting these together, I have a new one for you this month.


This month, I finished 4 books:

  • Null States by Malka Ann Older — it was really good! Maybe not as good as the first one, but that’s a pretty high bar to clear.
  • Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks — this was a re-read, but what a phenomenal book.
  • The Engineering Executive’s Primer by Will Larson — comprehensive and enlightening. I’m really glad that I had a chance to fill in some of the gaps in my perspective and expertise.
  • I also read a book about startups that isn’t worth getting any further into, but I mention here for my own metrics.

Right now, I’m reading:

  • Chip War by Chris Miller
  • Tokyo Ueno Station by Miri Yu


This month, failbetter published:


This month:

  • I typed 786,000 keys and clicked 108,795 times.
  • I listened to 2,035 songs.