The Third 6 Months

The Third 6 Months

Finding the time and clarity of thought to write is an ongoing personal battle that I have with myself. After much procrastination and a few months late I've taken some time out from the trade mission I'm on here in Chicago, taken advantage of the free wifi in my hotel lobby, ordered a pot of truly terrible tea and turned my current playlist right up in an attempt to get this article over the line. So here goes.

Q2 Sketchpad

Q2 Sketchpad

What a busy quarter this has been and we are already nearing the end of Q3 as well! We have worked on some exciting projects during this time, which has lead to, as you might expect, pages and pages of sketches. Nothing shows this more than the header image which is a blend of all my pages on top of each other. Among the splashes of colour and pen scribbles are sketches from projects such as the re-branding of AltViz with a new name and logo.

The Second 6 Months

The Second 6 Months

It's a Wednesday morning and there is a tube strike on. During a tube strike, London life gets messy. Lots of bikes get dusted off, high-heels are swapped for comfortable walking shoes, husbands and wives are drafted in to provide human courier services to get bodies to offices promptly. It's the travel apocalypse, an event that brings out the best and worst in Londoners.

The Great Tech Expedition - Brazil

The Great Tech Expedition - Brazil

Conventional wisdom suggests that a 9 month-old bootstrapping data visualisation startup should stick to its home market, carefully mind its resources and focus on getting through the first few tough, lean years. Conventional wisdom doesn't countenance sharing management time and scarce resources across markets in two geographically disparate locations. Despite this in September of 2013 Coolgarif Tech took part in the first trade mission of its brief existence.

Getting Started with NEO4J in Python [Part 1]

Getting Started with NEO4J in Python [Part 1]

I've been using relational databases of one sort or another for most of my career. Back when I was a derivatives trader at HSBC we used to use MS Access to hack VBA applications together on the fly for the trading desk (in fact that was my initial exposure to the world of software development!). Since then I've primarily used Postgres for client development work at Coolgarif Tech. I like its stable setup and psql cmd line editor is excellent!