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Thu 20 August 2020 by Jim Purbrick

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8 years ago London was hosting the Olympics and I met Philip Su for the first time at Browns in Covent Garden to talk about the engineering office Facebook was planning to open in London. By the end of this year Facebook London will have thousands of people working in technical roles. It was an amazing ride.

Along the way I was lucky enough to work with some incredible engineers to help build numerous things that I would have considered impossible 8 years ago: a static analyser which defies the halting problem to finds bugs in massive code bases in minutes; immersive multi-user VR experiences that support hundreds of mutually aware people running on a mobile phone strapped to your face and a working siege engine built overnight on the roof of a castle.

8 years on it feels like mission accomplished. Despite the incredible recent events, I can’t remember the last time I heard anyone question the future of Facebook London engineering: I can move on and it will continue to succeed without me, so that’s what I’m doing.

Recent events have also made me think more about where I want to spend my time. In the near future I’m going to spend more time with my family and friends in Brighton, more time supporting XR, more time making music and software and then, eventually, some time thinking about what comes next. If you’d like to make some music or software with me, let me know.


This blog is 10

Mon 02 July 2018 by Jim Purbrick

Just over ten years ago I set up The Creation Engine No. 2 after previously blogging on the original Linden Lab hosted Creation Engine and before that on Terra Nova. So, while I’ve been blogging for almost 14 years, 10 years of The Creation Engine No. 2 seems like …

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Pelican Powered

Tue 02 July 2013 by Jim Purbrick

Almost exactly 5 years ago I set up The Creation Engine No. 2 as a Byteflow blog running on Django when the original Creation Engine blog hosted by Linden Lab stopped being a suitable place for my thoughts on technology as a platform for creativity.

Byteflow and Django served me …

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Hello World

Tue 01 July 2008 by Jim Purbrick

Well, not exactly. Having blogged previously on Terra Nova, the original Creation Engine and currently on the Official Second Life Blog, I’m not exactly stumbling blinking in to the blinding light of the blogosphere. Recently a number of things have come up that I’ve wanted to write more …

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