Category: Writer’s Log

  • Blocksplain & column highlights


    I’ve been doing a lot of writing recently. While I’m taking a break from the book world, I’ve been full-on with a new blog and my weekly newspaper column. Here are a few quick highlights… My new blog about blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Blocksplain, has been making an impact in the emerging “Web 3” ecosystem. As […]

  • 2017 wrapup & 2018 predictions

    We’re now a couple of weeks into the new year and it’s an exciting time for several key Internet technologies. Blockchain and cryptocurrency are enjoying an almost Dot Com level of hype right now, while Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality continue to impress. I covered all of this and more in my annual technology wrapup […]

  • Curbing social media addiction & more

    social media addiction

    Every week I write a technology column for Stuff, New Zealand’s largest news media website. In a recent column, I wrote about controlling your social media diet. It struck a chord with many people. The problem is that social media is addictive and – to continue the diet metaphor – full of empty calories. Here’s […]

  • Twitter controversy & reading recommendation

    The Remains of the Day

    I’ve written five articles over the past month on Stuff, New Zealand’s largest news website. By far the most contentious was my column on Twitter, about how the tone of conversation on Twitter has gone from banal to brutal over the past decade. The point I was trying to make was that it is almost […]

  • Latest Stuff columns & my Twin Peaks experience

    Twin Peaks 2017

    My weekly columns on Stuff, New Zealand’s biggest news website, continue to generate interesting comments on the site and good feedback on social media. Last month we had a general election in New Zealand, so a couple of my columns focused on the tech policies of the major parties. Since the result of the election […]

  • Stuff columns, book update, reading recommendation

    In July I started a new column at Stuff, New Zealand’s largest news website. As well as appearing online, my weekly columns sometimes make it into The Dominion Post (look out for it every Wednesday, in the Technology section). My columns have been getting a lot of comments on the Stuff website, so they seem […]

  • My Debut Newsroom Column: Why Google Puts AI First


    My weekly tech column has just launched at Newsroom, a New Zealand-based news and current affairs website. My debut column is about how Google is ushering in a new era of “AI first” technologies. This won’t be an era of shiny devices. To paraphrase Doc from Back to the Future, “Where we’re going we don’t need […]

  • Writer’s Log, 7/3/14: Publishing Contract Signed

    An update on my book writing activities. As you all know, I completed my first book, about self-tracking, at the end of 2013. Today I signed a publishing contract for that book. It’s with Bateman Publishing, one of New Zealand’s top indie publishers. Just remember that last year’s Man Booker Prize winner was published by […]

  • Writer’s Log, 31/12/13: Book Completed!

    Just in time for the new year, I have completed the final manuscript of my book about consumer health technology. Weighing in at 72,965 words, the writing and editing is done. Now I just need to get it published! But that is a task for the first part of 2014. I’m feeling proud that I […]

  • Writer’s Log, 25/10/13: First Draft Done!

    Today I completed the first, rough, draft of my book about consumer health technology. I’ve now got a 70,000 word document sitting inside my computer. 12 chapters. A friend suggested I print it out, so it feels like a real book. I think I’ll do that, to feel the weight of paper on my fingertips! […]

  • Writer’s Log, 22/8/13: Over 50k Words

    This morning I completed the ninth draft chapter of my book, on the topic of consumer health technology. I’ve now written 55,000 words, so I’m roughly 3/4 of the way there. I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve made since my previous Writer’s Log at the end of June. My goal at that point was […]

  • Writer’s Log, 28/6/13: Half Year Report

    We’re halfway through 2013, so it’s a good time to update you all on my book project. My book is about how Internet technology is revolutionizing the health and wellness industries, by empowering you – the consumer – to take control of your day to day health. I’ve had fun researching and writing it. I’ve […]

  • Writer’s Log, 9/5/13: Book Interviews, Structure & Editing

    It’s been nearly a month since my last Writer’s Log update, when I reached the 20,000 words mark in my book. Today’s update is focused less on word count and more on the work I’ve been doing interviewing people, editing, and iterating on the book’s structure. For those people who don’t know, I’m writing a […]

  • Writer’s Log, 12/4/13: 20,000 Words

    I just went past the 20,000 words mark in my book. It took me about 3 weeks to write the first 10,000 words, but just over half that (8 working days) for the second 10,000. And yes, I am tracking my daily book progress too, amongst all the other self-tracking I’m doing! I’ve now written […]

  • Writer’s Log, 28/3/13: My First 10,000 Words

    Today I reached the 10,000 words mark in my book. 10,335 words, to be exact. I’ve finished the first draft of one chapter and am about 75-80% of the way through a second. I actually started the latter chapter first, but I’m waiting on some extra information from the company I’m writing about. So I moved […]