Dave Cross

Recent Writing

  • TwittElection
    I was convinced that the general election in 2010 was going to be the “Twitter election”. I built a web site (now sadly lost somewhere in cyberspace) that monitored what PPCs were saying on Twitter in my local constituency. But, all in all, it wasn’t very impressive. I gave a talk about how disappointing it had all been but then I forgot about it all. But there’s another general election coming. And, surely, this one must be the Twitter election? A lot has changed in the last five years. Everyone is using Twitter. Surely this time some useful and interesting… ... read more
    From: davblogPublished on 2015-01-27
  • Taxing Affairs
    People complain about the Inland Revenue. Of course they complain about the taxes they have to pay. But they also complain about the level of service they get from the people in the tax office. Sometimes they might question the level of intelligence of people in the tax office. Here’s an example of why they might do that. It concerns my company’s VAT return. At the end of November I needed to fill in a VAT return. My accountants have a great online system where it does all that calculation for me. I can even submit the return online. The… ... read more
    From: davblogPublished on 2015-01-17
  • 2014 in Gigs
    Slightly later than usual, here’s my overview of the gigs I saw in 2014. I saw 45 gigs in 2014. That’s 25% down on 2013’s 60 (which is my current record). Letting it drop below an average of one a week is disappointing. I’ll have to try harder this year. I saw both Martin Carthy and Chvrches three times in 2014 and Annie Eve twice. Martin Carthy is definitely the artist I’ve seem most since I’ve been keeping track of such things. And it’s the first time for many years that I haven’t seen Amanda Palmer. But that’s only because… ... read more
    From: davblogPublished on 2015-01-17
  • London Perl Jobs Mailing List
    London.pm is undergoing one of its periodic reorganisations. We’re in the process of moving our web site over to a new server and as part of that move, we’ve decided that we’ll move our mailing list infrastructure to a third party system. Both the main discussion list and the announcements list will be run on Sympa. But that’s not all the lists we currently have. In particular, we had a London Perl Jobs list, which anyone could use to post details of Perl jobs in London. It’s been decided that this list is too much hassle to keep up. Apparently,… ... read more
    From: Perl HacksPublished on 2015-01-06