Afternoon naps. 👍🏻

Made some improvements to the sidebar of the blog, added in an hcard powered by the Indieweb plugin. It adds a little something that was missing, a brief and easily accessible about me portion along with an avatar to put a face to my name.

Had a trip into the unknown this afternoon, my parents attic. Lot’s of boxes now in the garage to sort, one trip to the tip, and now chilling out watching the football and playing with my blog.



Went for a walk in the evening sun last Sunday, took the opportunity to take some more photos as I went. Since I stopped using Instagram I’ve noticed I’ve stopped taking as many photos, trying to change that.

Wool (Silo, No. 1) by Hugh Howey
WOOL is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the people who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

Author: Hugh Howey
Book published: 2012
Finished on: 09/08/2108
Rating: ★★★★☆

It took me a bit to get into this book, but once I did I found it becoming more and more engaging. An enjoyable read.

Instapaper Returns to the EU

I’ve been an Instapaper user since it launched so I’m delighted to see it return to the EU now that it is an independent company once again.

When it disappeared from the EU when GDPR hit, I tried to find a way of replacing it first with Pinboard then with Safari Reading List. Neither of which really stuck, so despite the slight concern over why they couldn’t hit the GDPR deadline, I’m back using it and we’ll see if I start using as regularly again.

Decided to do a meat free Monday today in an effort to eat more vegetables. Made basil pesto to serve with tagliatelle, French beans, and potatoes. Added too much garlic to the pesto, so I’d avoid my breath for the next few hours… 😷

What’s the best way to handle locations from Sunlit on a WordPress blog?

The Championship kicked off today, I made it a long to Forest’s first game of the season for the first time in years. Of course it helped that it was in only 45 minutes down the road in Bristol and that Tim and I got renew rivalries once again.

With all the tension of the game I only took these two photos. I really need to start taking more pictures.

It finished up 1–1, Forest looked very strong in the second half so I’m hopefully all the early season optimism that’s building up will actually have something to stand on this season.

Ashton Gate Stadium.

#nffc

It’s football day! There’s nothing quite like the optimism of the first game of the season, but this time it feels slightly more like a genuine chance of challenging for promotion.

Looking forward to seeing Forest’s first game of the season for the first time since I had a season ticket.

Turns out, that when the UK has a heat wave, in early August it’s impossible to find navy shorts in your size.

Yesterday I moved my podcast setup to Apple Podcasts. Today I tried to listen to a podcast without Overcasts smart speed and I lasted 10 seconds.

There’s something about having the test match on in the background while I work. It’s as if it’s not a proper British summer without a bit of cricket going on while I work.

Having spent some time playing around with Indie Web features on my WordPress blog, I’m now considering moving to a hosted Micro.blog instead.

Unsplash ›

I love Unsplash. Whenever I need an image that I don’t have in my own library this is my first port of call. It has been for quite a while, but recently I’ve noticed that it’s library has grown so much I can regularly find images for specific locations in the UK.

I’ve been using iCloud Drive for the last couple of years, since it became able to sync desktop and documents. The one thing that has been irritating has been the lack of folder sharing. Debating about using iCloud Drive for my personal files and Dropbox for storing all my design related files since those are the ones I need to share most often.

I managed to lock myself out of my flat yesterday, the perils of front door that locks on close. An awkward phone call to my landlord to arrange getting their spare key, and a kind lift from my church pastor meant I was locked out for 4 hours in total. The technologist in me kept thinking if I had a smart lock I would’ve been fine.

I really enjoyed Le Tour de France this year, it reignited my interest in cycling. Great to have another Brit win it, @GeraintThomas86 has always been one of my favourite riders, so all the sweeter to see him in yellow.

#LeTour 🚴🏻‍♂️

The best Saturday lunch times are the ones when there’s a mixed conditions #F1 qualifying session. Desperately hoping a big gun gets caught out.

Two days in a row I’ve fallen asleep on the sofa for an unplanned nap after I’ve gotten home from work. At least from next week my working week should become more sustainable, looking forward to a work week with more days of design work than coffee work.