I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Feeling the itch to redesign my blog for the first time in a long time. Might use it as a way to establish my own base theme as a starting point and then design on top of that.

Art Direction for the Web Using CSS Shapes — Smashing Magazine ›

Sadly, you won’t find many inspiring examples of websites which use CSS Shapes. That doesn’t mean that inspiration isn’t out there — you just have to look a little further afield at advertising, magazine, and poster design.

I’ve been thinking about my own web designs lately, and realising how often they can lack variation in the shape combinations I use. This is a great introduction in to using better art direction for the web, CSS shapes isn’t a technology I’m overly familiar with, perhaps its time to do some more learning.

He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.

Matthew 28:6

Quoted

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5, ESV

Excited for this to arrive today! Big fan of @austinkleon’s other books.

Read Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1) (James S.A. Corey)

Leviathan Wakes is James S. A. Corey’s first novel in the Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction where humanity has colonized the outer planets.

Author: James S.A. Corey
Book published: 2011
Rating: 4
Finished on: 26/03/2019

Read Assassin’s Fate

Author: Robin Hobb
Book published: 2017
Rating: 5
Finished on: 21/01/2019

Read Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

Author: Michael Pollan
Book published: 2008
Rating: 4
Finished on: 2019/01/07

The follow up to the book and film documentary which gives a few practical hints. I still like the main premise the most:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. This was the bottom line, and it was satisfying to have found it, a piece of hard ground deep down at the bottom of the swamp of nutrition science: seven words of plain English, no biochemistry degree required.

Really encouraging morning at church seeing three of the youth get baptised, followed by an afternoon hanging out with my fellow youth leaders planning the a future youth weekend away.

Trying to limit myself to only having two books on the go at any one time this year. One fiction and one non-fiction. Part of that will mean deciding to stop reading a book if I’m not enjoying it or getting anything from it.

How good would it be if we could attach Shortcuts to notification types? For example, if I have a shortcut that makes it easier for me to add purchases to YNAB, I could attach it as an action to Apple Pay notifications so that with one touch the shortcut could take the value and vendor, fill in the right fields and let me categorise the transaction. It would be so useful.

On a somewhat related note, I have two draws of DVDs that I never use. I feel like I should get them on to some storage and make them easier to watch, but not sure if it’s worth the effort or cost.

Had a productive yet restful Saturday, managed to sort out a load of paperwork and do a grocery shop. Lots of my flat feels pretty organised now, but I still have a few black holes that become dumping zones. Those need to be sorted and reviewed.

Had to reset my Apple ID password, now things aren’t syncing in iMessage. Not a good experience.

Arrived in the office to this. Brilliant 👍🏻

Took the church youth out bowling this evening, great fun had by all as far as I could tell. Got my best score in a while so I’m pretty pleased!

Over the last year I’ve been using YNAB to help manage my finances. It wasn’t all plain sailing, I had to start fresh on it a couple of times, but it certainly helped me steward my money more wisely. Going into 2018 I had one big goal: get rid of my credit card debt. On 31st December I made the final payment and for the first time in a long time I head in to a new year debt free. As I setup some new categories in YNAB this afternoon, it was incredible how freeing it is not having something there nagging at you.

My Apple TV seems to have gained some new flyover screen savers, some particularly interesting ones of London and a great one flying over Italy at night.