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19 October 2016
11 October 2016
Atomic design is a mental model that enables designers to create both the parts and the whole of a UI design system concurrently. It is not a rigid system that dictates a particular process, but rather a framework for building design systems efficiently and consistently.
Vitaly Friedman - Taking Pattern Libraries To The Next Level
10 October 2016
Around 5 years ago I had to put my belongings in storage due to a pending move.
5 years later I finally got them back, and while unpacking my cameras I realised that the Coronet 6-6 still had a film in it.
Yesterday I got the film back from the developers.
As best as I can remember (comparing them to existing digital shots from the time, plus when I received the camera), they were taken in Cornbury Park, during the winter of 2010, while I was working at Torchbox.
This camera was a present from Auntie Marie, who is now sadly gone. So although the memories are bitter sweet, it’s a nice reminder of the power of photography.
31 August 2016
Everyone has an idea about how to make it easier to find needles in the haystack, but no-one bothers to ask what all this hay is doing here in the first place.
11 May 2016
- 7pm Moogieman & the Masochists (are cleverer than you or us and have songs about the murder of Rosa Luxembourg, astronauts leaving their phones on the moon, and Wolf-Rayet stars)
- 8pm The Aureate Act (smart enough to realise there’s nothing wrong with teenage musicians declaring a love for Genesis, Pink Floyd and King Crimson)
- 9pm Being Eugene (purveyors of metalcore of a particularly virulent strain)
- 10pm Drore (a malevolent, doomy crustcore supergroup)
- 7.30 Great Western Tears (roadhouse country-blues)
- 8.15 Slate Hearts (grunge riffage)
- 9.15 Kanadia (Radiohead/stadium pop)
- 10.15 STEM (electro duo, Portishead and Sneaker Pimps)
- 8pm The Beckoning Fair Ones (tightly reined-in rage)
- 9pm Cherokee (mighty heavy rock songs)
- 9.45 Crystallite (big ol’ 80s stadium rock and blues given a goodtime grunge kick up the backside)
- 10.30 Too Many Poets (in-your face gothic rock)
Turl Street Kitchen
- 8pm Charlie Leavy (hints of soul, jazz and even funk, Alicia Keys)
- 9pm Coldredlight (frankly astonishing emo-blues)
- 10pm Little Red (twist folk music into sublime new shapes, Imagine Nick Cave leading First Aid Kit into the forest to have tea with the Big Bad Wolf)
- 11pm Crandle (lo-fi cabaret duo armed only with the cheapest Casio keyboard in the shop)
- 8.30 Kancho! (lo-fi, high-octane two-man hardcore assault, At The Drive-In, Shellac)
- 9.30 These Are Our Demands (taught, Sonic Youth-flavoured rockabilly ruckus)
- 10.30 Lucy Leave (energetic and lo-fi noise approach, underpinning tigerish Pixies pop with bulldozing Hawkwind basslines)
- 11.30 Brown Glove (Victorian gothic and dark sexual themes)
27 April 2016
my take: you want opinions, but you also want committed opinions. Your poll/survey/vote will erect (or fail to erect) barriers to participation, and those barriers represent a measure of commitment. No barriers = lots of votes, but high risk of Boaty McBoatface. High barriers = few votes, but from those who care.
05 March 2016
Thanks to a lovely bit of integration work by Bytemark that automatically integrates Let’s Encrypt with any servers that are running their Symbiosis system (like this one), this site is now SSL only, along with another 7 domains I look after.
And all it took was about 10 minutes on the command line, and a cup of tea.
If you want a system that is easy to manage, but gets out of your way when you want to tinker, Bytemark are fantastic.
11 January 2016
Today, listen to “Hunky Dory” and “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”
Tonight, watch “Labyrinth” and “The Man Who Fell To Earth”.
29 December 2015
Continuing the semi-regular (i.e. not at all regular) list of my favourite films and albums from this year.
(It’s been a fantastic year for music, and it’s been tricky to narrow this down to ten, so I didn’t)
In no particular order:
- Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Style
- Black Casino And The Ghost - Until The Water Runs Clear
- Blur - The Magic Whip
- Eliza Rickman - Footnotes For The Spring
- Esther Joy Lane - Esther Joy Lane EP
- Fort Romeau - Insides
- Lady Lamb - After
- Low - Ones and Sixes
- She Makes War - Direction Of Travel (technically not out until next year, but I was a backer and have an advanced copy so I’m including it here anyway. I’ll probably include it next year too)
- Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
- Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer
Again in no particular order:
- The Force Awakens
- Ex Machina
- Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
- Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
- The Martian
- Inside Out
- Mad Max: Fury Road
14 July 2015
10 years ago, I and 434,737 other people, filled out a form on the NASA website, submitting our names for inclusion on a CD that would be attached to the New Horizons probe for launch on January 19, 2006. Sent off to the outer Solar System to study Pluto.
Today, 9 years later, at 12:03:50 UTC, those 434,738 names streaked past Pluto at over 36,000 miles per hour.
Congratulations to everyone on the New Horizons team, and Hello Pluto!