A month of complicated blog migrations, new iPhone 13, plenty decorations, personal training, engineer recognition, Finesse milestone, Personal Dashboard focus, revived 80s movies and dyslexic heroes.


  • Loads more decorating and DIY in the bedrooms to get ready for Christmas (thanks to local handyman help)
  • Viruses doing the rounds with the Boy off school for at least a week, me off for a few days and Mrs J fighting through
  • Christmas tree and lights went up mid-November to get the feels going
  • Trip to Birmingham’s German market marred by The Boy randomly fainting on the train
  • Princess featured in school newsletter dressed in full Children In Need outfit with her “unicorn” teacher
  • Compiled a presentation of dyslexic heroes with Princess for her school class
  • Swapped my iPhone 11 for iPhone 13 using Apple’s trade in and switched from Three to Vodafone – now cheaper and more reliable
  • Restarted personal training in the London office gym with focus on core, stretches and toning up
  • Kept a food diary in MyFitnessPal for 2 weeks to understand the nutrition balance of my average week (focus on protein rather than calories)
  • 17 workouts totalling 7 hours 53 minutes (according to Personal Dash Strava data)


  • Successfully got three engineers promoted from End Of Year reviews, my main goal in the EM role #AchievementUnlocked
  • Another successful probation review with our latest recruit
  • Resignation from one of the team’s LSE’s, spurring some creative thinking around people movements
  • Joined one of our WITs on their STEM Social virtual panel discussion
  • Lined up Laveena for next month’s Tech Develops
  • Three steps forward, two steps back on the podcast project (pilot episode, business proposal and OKR shared, still pending feedback and agreement to continue)
  • Presented a PETALS framework for measuring morale (blog post pending)
  • Prototyped objectives in GitHub projects alongside our new inner-sourced competency framework with Ryan


  • Outlined a high level roadmap for the next 12 months based on primary personal goals in Confluence (to be published in 2022)
  • Recorded guest podcast with Matt Asbury from Gymshark on Leadership in Engineering
  • Started booking in (relatively successful) international guests for Make Life Work S08
  • Impressive weekly downloads on House Finesse thanks to two guest DJ’s, Disco77 (our 100th episode) and Black Dynamite
  • Subtle growth in engagement with our On The Side community following the October slump
  • Loads of updates and improvements in my Personal Dashboard (inc tech/entertainment Monzo split, Twitter metrics and Untapped feed parsing), along with a (prolonged) blog post explaining my process
  • Several failed attempts to migrate my blog from Linode ($120/yr and difficult to maintain) to EasyWP (£30/yr and managed)
  • Recognised 15 years on Twitter
  • Let jobl.in go (again!)


Watched 📺

  • V for Vendetta (timely)
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife at Cineworld (reminiscent)
  • Red Notice on Netflix (indulgent)
  • Home Sweet Home Alone on Disney+ (disappointing)
  • Last Christmas (festive)
  • Brassic S03 on NowTV
  • Expanse on Prime
  • Mr Robot on Prime

Read 📚

Listened 🎧

  2. Ep 126: Jack Dee on Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
  3. #FinesseFriday – Born In October on House Finesse
  4. #232 – How to Punch Above Your Weight with Sonal Chokshi of a16z on Indie Hackers
  5. Driving Engagement through Career-Making Moments, Disruptive Perspectives, and Data with Phylicia Jones (Senior Director, Global Talent Development at PagerDuty) on Supermanagers
  6. S12, Ep8 How to Fail: Meg Mason on How To Fail With Elizabeth Day
  7. Mark Zuckerberg: metaverse dream on The WIRED Podcast
  8. House Finesse 99 – Halloween ’21 on House Finesse
  9. Ep 140. NOT a Halloween special on Sh**ged Married Annoyed
  10. S03 EP33: Can we start with the f**king clocks…. on Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Parenting Hell
  11. 4 To The Floor Show Ep 26 presented by Seamus Haji on Defected Radio
  12. A Conversation with Kevin Sahin, Co-Founder of ScrapingBee on Software Social
  14. S03 EP34: Harry Hill on Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Parenting Hell
  15. Ep 127: Timothy Spall on Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
  16. These Parents Built a School App. Then the City Called the Cops on The WIRED Podcast
  17. S03 EP35: You can’t put a nappy on a dog… on Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Parenting Hell
  18. Ep 141. That’s a crow on Sh**ged Married Annoyed
  19. Founder Summit Takeaways on Software Social
  20. #FinesseFriday – Featuring… Disco77 on House Finesse
  21. #FinesseFriday – Funky House Finesse 1 on House Finesse
  22. Glitterbox Radio Show 241: Presented by Bob Sinclar on Defected Radio
  24. S03 EP36: Sophie Ellis-Bextor on Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Parenting Hell
  25. Ep 128: Miquita Oliver on Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
  26. #234: Money, Kids, and Choosing Your Market with Justin Jackson of Transistor.fm on Indie Hackers
  27. Defected Radio 12.11.21 with Sam Divine on Defected Radio
  28. Ep 125: Ed Sheeran on Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
  29. S03 EP37: My back went holding the baby! on Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Parenting Hell
  30. Ep 142. Classic Borisina on Sh**ged Married Annoyed
  31. S12, BONUS EPISODE How to Fail: Holly Willoughby on How To Fail With Elizabeth Day
  32. #HKR44/21Hedkandi Radio on Hed Kandi Radio
  33. #HKR45/21Hedkandi Radio on Hed Kandi Radio
  34. Mary’s gone blind. Again on One Footer in the Grave
  35. Friyay Foos Aboot 21 on The Disco, Funky and Soulful House Sessions
  36. Glitterbox Radio Show 242: Presented by Melvo Baptiste on Defected Radio
  37. Ep 129: Jason Reitman on Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
  38. #FinesseFriday – Featuring… Black Dynamite on House Finesse
  39. S03 EP39: “Can you ice a vagina?…” on Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Parenting Hell
  40. So This Is Burnout on Software Social
  41. The Mood of the Meeting: How to Keep Energy Levels High and Be a Good Steward of Time (with Steven Rogelberg, Author of The Surprising Science of Meetings) on Supermanagers
  42. The Art of Being an Optimist: Framing Meetings as Ceremonies and Obstacles as Opportunities (with Matt Davey, Chief Experience Officer at 1Password) on Supermanagers
  43. Brains: Talking Money with Anthony Pompliano and Sam Parr on Indie Hackers
  44. Glitterbox Radio Show 243: Presented by Melvo Baptiste on Defected Radio
  45. Defected Radio 26.11.21 with Monki on Defected Radio
  46. Ep 130: Bridget Christie on Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
  47. S03 EP40 – Ian ‘H from Steps’ Watkins on Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Parenting Hell