Nicholas Lativy

Acai – Guice for JUnit4 tests

1 December 2014
I recently open sourced a small personal project for using Guice in JUnit4 tests called Acai. The aim was to make it really simple to write functional tests of a...

Student Loan Overpayment

18 May 2011
Recently I have had the misfortune of discovering how student loan repayments actually work in the UK. For those paying out of their salary the Student Loans Company calculates the...

San Francisco

4 February 2011
For the last week I've been in San Francisco, commuting to work in Silicon Valley. Attempting to explore the city as much as possible I've been making use of mornings...

The Book of Disquiet

2 September 2010
From jumbled scraps of paper found in the trunk of Fernando Pessoa after his 1935 demise The Book of Disquiet is formed. Written as the character, or heteronym, of Bernardo...

Clang Sayne at Cafe Oto

30 August 2010
Cafe Oto is quiet on this bleak bank holiday weekend night, even the sound technicians are on holiday. My only familiarity with tonight's artists prior to the show was one...

A Weekend in Ukraine

9 August 2010
I have just returned from a weekend in Kiev with some work colleagues. Having slept at most five hours over the whole weekend, including the occasional nap on a bus...

Richard Youngs - Ultra Hits

26 July 2010
I found myself in Kilburn on Sunday night, enjoying the local park and pubs while waiting for the Richard Youngs gig at The Luminaire. Richard performed a "greatest hits" set...

By The Throat

31 May 2010
Part Wild Horses Main On Both Sides kick off proceedings at The Luminaire taking us to another place with flute, drums, sampled birdsong and bells. The crowd sits on the...

The Fall at Shepherd's Bush Empire

9 May 2010
I last saw The Fall on the tour of Imperial Wax Solvent in Cambridge only a few days before I moved to London. Mark E Smith was wheelchair bound at...

Carla Bozulich

5 May 2010
On a cold Monday night we migrate from nursing a pint in The Kingsland pub for over an hour to the short line outside Cafe Oto. After some grumbling about...

Finding a loop in a linked list

12 May 2009
I have been reading through the excellent SICP recently which has been an enlightening experience. The book takes a unique approach to the introductory programming textbook focusing not merely on...