It’s been a very long time since I’ve done anything on this blog, much less write a new post. This shall therefore serve as a marker in the ground, for when I finally migrated to a new server (and all the rigmarole that comes with that). End.
There was a lot to like in 2016, and also a lot to dislike.
Likes: Hiking Scotland. Meeting new people. The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet. Writing 250K words. Arrival. London. London Calling & Dirt. Dishonored 2. Bliss n Eso. Arabic Abjad. Puffins. Gravity waves at TEDxBrum. Seeing Chris Hadfield. Victoria auf Deutsch. New swimming PBs. Knowing Birmingham, roughly. Family, all of them. Shipping code to millions. Rebel Rounders. Stranger Things. Trying things.
Dislikes: Surgery. Recovery from surgery. Trump. Cancelling Bali. Build tools. No running PBs. Brexit. Nationalism.
I don’t do resolutions. The best time to start something was yesterday. The next best time is today. I lost a kilo while lying in bed 18 hours a day. I can read the Arabic alphabet and simple words. 2017 I will travel, make more friends and learn more trivia because I already am.
Happy New Year.
This week has been pretty stand-up incredible for my consumption of science fiction. I stopped writing reviews a while back, but two recent pieces have just taken ahold of me. Continue reading »
So it’s November and I’m doing October’s links. Stuff happens and I’ve spent most of my time lying in a bed. Anyway, this should suffice. Continue reading »
Ignore August. Pretend it never happened. It was hot, a lot of stuff got shipped, and a whole backlog of links piled up once more. So here is to me emptying my Instapaper queue once more. Continue reading »
Far too many links, far too infrequently. A random collection gleaned from my Instapaper over the holidays. Continue reading »
Yesterday I attended my first TEDx here in Birmingham. It was an amazing collection of topics covering everything from gravitational waves through to food start-ups in Detroit. I can wholeheartedly recommend finding your nearest one and going. What follows is a big pile of links, none of which are related to TED, but which I’ve been meaning to get out for a while. Continue reading »
Yeah, I haven’t done this for a very long while. In between writing a lot of words and fixing a lot of systems, my Instapaper queue has just been growing and growing. So here’s three dozen links to stuff I’ve found interesting so far this year sans descriptions. Continue reading »
When I was eight, I wrote some words on an aging RM laptop using Word 97. They were terrible words and they ran together to form an even more terrible sentence. But it was the first ‘thing’ I had created with a plot, characters and a purpose and I have continued ever since; through terrible fanfics, introspective ramblings and enough robots and aliens to thoroughly exhaust the subject, I’m still putting words on digital paper. So far, five months into 2016 I’ve written a few sentences shy of 100,000 words.
And last week I received my first payment for it. Continue reading »
Nowadays I take it for granted that everything is in git. Even my Uni dissertation was stored in a git repo. But this is a story of the first time I was exposed to source control, back when SVN was the top dog, and someone had a genius idea of how to set it up on a server. Continue reading »