JT's Scribblings

a.k.a. a blog of some description.

Ten

Wednesday February 3rd 2016, at 11:56 pm

February 3rd 2006 marks the official date of incorporation of Go Squared Ltd.

Fast-forward ten years and GoSquared is still here and still going strong.

Ten years.

It's been an amazing journey and it's far from over. The next weeks, months and years can only hold more excitement.

To James, Geoff, to our fantastic team, and to everyone else who has helped get us to where we are after ten whole years, thank you.

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Wait, what happened to re:Invent this year?

Sunday October 25th 2015, at 7:10 pm

The more observant of you, who follow the exploits of GoSquared will know how we're somewhat regulars at re:Invent, Amazon Web Services' big yearly conference in Las Vegas. You'll probably also have noticed a suspicious lack of such a post on our blog this year.

So what happened? Did we not go?

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Why write?

Thursday July 16th 2015, at 8:35 am

I'm under no illusion to the fact that almost every post on this blog has been read by absolutely nobody other than me. Some of them aren't even discoverable unless you actively go looking for them. So why do I write them?

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What Makes a True Pianist?

Saturday July 11th 2015, at 9:12 pm

Let me start this post by saying that I'm fairly good at playing the piano. I can't tell you exactly how good because I stopped taking the Associated Board exams very early — I didn't like the pieces and wanted to focus on playing what I loved. I did play the Grieg Piano Concerto in my final concert at school though, so that gives you an idea. It doesn't really matter. Point is I'm fairly good. I certainly wouldn't describe myself as anything more, like “really good” or “virtuoso” or anything like that, though. I certainly wouldn't call myself a pianist. Yes, I play the piano, but I'm not a Pianist. And that's the point of what I want to explore.

I recently had a fairly long and protracted conversation with my family about Things I Can Do With My Life. Most of the conversation is irrelevant, but one part really got me thinking. My mother was adamant that, if I put my mind to it and practise hard enough, I could be a Really Great Pianist if I wanted to. I, on the other hand, was staunchly of the opinion that, no matter how much I practised or how hard I tried, I simply don't have what it takes to be a Proper Pianist. But that got me thinking: if there really is a particular quality that makes a pianist great, and I'm so sure I don't possess it, what actually is it?

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A little Grammar Rant

Sunday June 7th 2015, at 4:15 pm

Earlier today I tweeted this:

This is the longer version of that Tweet.

English grammar is one of those things where it's pretty much impossible to know everything. No matter how well you grasp the language, there's always bits of usage and little edge-cases that you don't understand. Also important to understand is that there is always someone who understands things better than you.

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