Alison moving on

So, a bit of sadness but also happiness in our announcement that my colleague and friend Alison is moving on to set up a new consultancy. We have worked together closely for about 8 months now, more or less, and its been awesome. It has been a very hard year at times, and yet somehow we pulled through and have put Coko back on its tracks. For this I am grateful to both Jure and Alison. However Alison and I worked together very closely these last months and so the loss feels more visceral. At the same time, I’m glad I’ll be working with Alison in the future. We are working with Alison in her new consultancy, and also very happy Alison has joined our Advisory Board AND the Advisory Group for Editoria…anyways… y’know how it is, itsĀ  a sad but beautiful world.

Tirana Earthquake

You probably won’t hear about it as not much news from Albania gets into the big media news bloodstream, but there was a 5.6 earthquake just outside Tirana today.

I have the impression (I was there a few weeks ago) that the buildings there are not prepared for such shakes. Some countries can take a 5.6 and be totally fine but I expect there will have been quite some damage in Tirana.

I hope all the folks there are going to be ok. Sounds like water etc is cut off.

Pretty sweet

I have some pretty lovely emails from people that have submitted nominations for the Open Publishing Awards. It’s funny how you doing things like this is a way of magicking appreciation out of the air. People appreciate it. Of course šŸ™‚

Also, speaking of appreciation, I just had a drink with an old buddy Ted Byfield. He’s one of the smartest people I know and generous with his intelligence. Lovely guy. Great to see him and catch up.

Get outa dropbox

If you want toolĀ similarĀ to dropbox or google drive, then have a look at these folksĀ  –

I know them, buddies from Tirana. Good people doing good things withĀ  a good heart. They offer Nextcloud hosting – Nextcloud is an open source tool which is kinda like a shared drive. Cloud68 offer a good price for hosting. check them out! (we are using them)


I’m in Manhattan, NYC. IĀ got up earlyĀ for a walk around before the city-that-never-sleeps woke up. I took my fancy pants camera as I haven’t been in the photo mode recently – my head has been too crammed with other things. So, I’m pondering along andĀ I see these legsĀ atop the longest stilettosĀ I have ever seen in my life, sticking out from behind a wall. No one around, just these legs and these crazy long shiny black needle point stilettos. It was a crazy sight, and I mused my way past it to see a woman behind the wall sitting by herself checking her phone. I got about 100 metres past it and thought..Ā  ..i should have taken a photo! Darn…ok…next time…got to get back in the photo-taking zone…

SoĀ I dabble up some ave or another, no oneisĀ  around, and then I see a woman crossing the road carrying a surfboard! no one around, middle of Manhattan. this timeĀ I got really excited becauseĀ I wanted to know where she surfs and where the good breaks are (only locals really know). So she gives me some info and i get going on my way..and then think SHIT!…. oh man…Ā I mean, why bother even carrying this frigg’n camera around… Really…

Old Muscles

It’sĀ strange being the business end of Coko. All these old muscles coming back to life. I used to manage radio stations in NZ and I did a pretty good job. But I’ve learned so much since then and somehow it’s all coming into gear in a kind of reflexive way. It’s surprising how much you learn that you just aren’t aware of. Unless you change contexts, you never know it’s there. I think we all have tonnes of latent knowledge waiting its time. I’ts kinda bonkers.

Anyways, I’m enjoying it. Hard work mate. Enjoying it though.