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2023

  • My CSS Is a mess Half atomic (millions of classes), half “going with the grain, work with the cascade”. I...
  • Morning! Bit of a cheap sh*t #FallFriday considering ex-band members’ recent activity, but so it goes. From The Fall having...
  • Not sure what I think about the House of All. On one hand, they’re talented musicians, Bramah’s a good frontman,...
  • Well, that’s a first. My single biggest readability gripe on the web is when a site changes its default font-weight...
  • Drafting something on what a “pure” indieweb web – i.e. with just blogs for writing and RSS for reading and...
  • TFW you remember a website from 10+ years ago and it was (maybe) really good. Then you Google it and...
  • …and another thing that’s good about blogging is seeing bloggers riff off each other. When you can tell blogger x...
  • Morning and happy #FallFriday Ersatz GB is largely unloved — unfairly, natch — but there are some great tracks on...
  • Realised the moral of the-machines-taking-over science fiction isn’t that we shouldn’t play at being God, or that the law of...
  • Netlify has some really nice – and free – plugins (look under the Integrations menu). Includes Webmentions, which sends outbound...
  • Remembering Apple’s all out marketing efforts – TV ads, huge website animations, big scientific images and explanations (“glass-filled nylon fibre”,...
  • I’ve created a Mastodon RSS feed for my blog for POSSEing. It’ll change the toot depending on whether I’m publishing...
  • Current social media position: Hoping Twitter doesn’t cut off NetNewsWire’s API access before most people move to Mastodon and NetNewsWire...
  • “It’s January 20th.” — City Dweller (or Cab Driver, to me). Happy #FallFriday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4a3UnCgQFE
  • I want my Forestry replacement CMS to be as invisible as possible, which means I just want a web interface...
  • Prose – which is as old as the hills – might well be the answer to my CMS ills. It...
  • It doesn’t really make sense for a service that makes its (theoretical) profits through ads to offer an API that...
  • Ah, webmentions… So apparently simple, but so many moving parts. Currently testing my outbounds (Netlify deploy → Ping webmention.app with...
  • The satellite He was lucky this week Midnight Happy #FallFriday (This is such a beautiful song!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QyNGkrZiCY
  • As the current version of Forestry is being sunsetted, I’m on the look out for a new headless CMS. I...
  • Good, good, always great to wake up to your DNS provider reverting your newly migrated domains to their default settings,...
  • So #itfc fan group Blue Action are proposing to move into the centre of the North Stand. This is near...
  • This is our Melie, in her bed, looking fairly adorable and a bit stupid.
  • Right, I’ve got most the #webmention work done on https://www.thisdaysportion.com They’re now split into links, likes, reposts and replies (I...
  • Website plans for the weekend: Sort out webmentions so likes and reshares are displayed simply as an icon (they appear...
  • Morning and happy new year to all #Fall fans. It is #FallFriday and it’s MES in shoulder pads: On New...
  • Post bubbling around my brain about how to syndicate from your website to your chosen social platform so the toot/tweet/whatever...
  • The Guardian’s Open Platform API is currently down, which means https://www.skinnyguardian.xyz isn’t updating at the moment. (It’s actually been down...
  • Michał Woźniak: Not everyone has the privilege to quit Twitter. Not everyone has the spoons to set up an account...
  • Been fillling my boots with free, out of copyright eBooks from Standard eBooks. These are better than Gutenberg as the...
  • Finally moved my work site DNS from Godaddy. Been meaning to do this for literally 10 years, mainly because back...

2022

  • I agree with Michael – ideally, a band should post to a website first and point fans there. Establish a...
  • I don’t know… a platform where you feel you’ve got to change your password and deauthorise every app because it...
  • One of the many brilliant things about NetNewsWire is that it lets you follow your Twitter stream as an RSS...
  • I think “Roseate” is going to be my word for 2023; partly because it’s optimistic, partly because its so Nabokovian....
  • Hello @help – is it now no longer possible to reply to other people’s posts in micro.blog if I have...
  • (Reply to How do people integrate their long form blogging with their micro blogging?) It’s all one website with 3...
  • As Zoho have (without warning) suspended IMAP and POP access to email accounts from their free tier, I need an...
  • #Fosstodon’s down at the mo, so this is your periodic reminder that posting to your site first and then syndicating...
  • I’m not so sure it’ll be such a comfortable majority, but hard to see this as anything but the long,...
  • If I do end up building the Fall Lyric in Caps bot for Mastodon it’ll be with Jekyll (with Zapier...
  • Slightly baffled by some of the UK left’s attitude to Mastodon. A single, privately-owned service is inherently hostile to the...
  • Probably unlikely, but I wonder if my blog to Mastodon via IFTTT posts fail because I try and send the...
  • I cannot post from my site to Mastodon using IFTTT, but it looks like brid.gy might be able to do...
  • “Kindly look her up in my index, Doctor,” murmured Holmes without opening his eyes. For many years he had adopted...
  • One thing I prefer about micro.blog over Mastodon is that it rethought things like follower counts. Your follower count is...
  • I have spent way too much of my two weeks’ leave trying to redo my comments system – simply because...
  • Realised Airtable only displays a max of 100 records on each API request page, which means some comments weren’t appearing....
  • Not sure about going ahead and using Mastodon in the same way I used Twitter. It looks really nice and...
  • Not only did we get a Jekyll update last week, but there’s a version 5 on the horizon. I was...
  • On leave for a couple of weeks. Do I: completely reorganise the whole posts/notes/links taxonomy on TDP (and possibly leonpaternoster.com)...
  • I have a Fostodon account so I’m going to test whether I can autopost to it from my website.
  • Slightly disconcerting seeing a few of my international RSS feeds popping up with Sorry to see what’s happening to the...
  • Raindrop looks good, and I have a self-hosted Wallabag instance, but the fact the Kobo comes with Pocket built-in means...
  • I’m currently researching something for work (i.e. actually using the web rather than creating pages) and my number one gripe...
  • I’ve filtered out all monarchy articles from Skinny Guardian. So if you want to read The Guardian with no royal...
  • Noted in the field, this site working on a Nokia 225: (Many thanks to Gary for photo.)
  • Looks like extractive capitalism isn’t as robust a model for football club ownership as murderous petro-chemical state sportswashing or oligarchical...
  • Planning a series of articles on designing work sites for mobiles — 1. Set up a local server and view...
  • Downside to my new(ish) job: using a Windows laptop. I know there’s a feeling Macos quality is declining, but the...
  • I know one of the downsides of SPAs is managing stuff like retaining your position on visited pages, but is...
  • Winning in the 37℃ heat by writing a Word doc that has reached the sixth heading level #winninghere
  • Guess it’s odd my Twitter account is private but I only post to it from my website, which anyone can...
  • It’s like 2008 all over again! I’m about to publish to the work website for the first time and I’m...
  • This web page has two search boxes. One is top right, but can you find the other?
  • The last two posts I’ve drafted ended up at >1500 words, and remain unpublished. Long posts are fine, but it’d...
  • Ha! I posted about Robin Rendle’s MVP site design just a few days ago. Looks like he’s entered the making...
  • It’s my last day at Suffolk Libraries, where I’ve been for 9 years. I start at ARU on Monday! Trad...
  • Quick win for hero and video addicted uni websites. — Add img sizes to markup, squoosh, lazy load where appropriate...
  • I started on Owen Hatherley’s Modern Buildings in Britain and can report, local followers, that Ipswich is “very ordinary”. Fair...
  • … Musk said he planned to grow revenue by developing new features such as charging for embedding or quoting popular...
  • It’s really great having a smart TV because it will display adverts for GB News when you turn it on....
  • (Sorry for the slew of links. Lot of good articles out there!)
  • Genuine question. — Is there widespread uptake of the WordPress block editor in the real editing world? I find it...
  • Perhaps the best lens to examine compulsive, unproductive, inexplicable use of social media is not technical, or sociological, or economic,...
  • Added a retrospective taxonomy to dozens of articles I’ve linked to from my site. It works – would probably serve...
  • You don’t see many cats on leads.
  • This seems right, no? Some people make an awful lot of money from their Twitter accounts, so get them to...
  • Just when you thought NetNewsWire couldn’t get any better, it implements article themes.
  • ’s good live updating a work web page for someone and taking PageSpeed tests before (with YouTube vids) and after...
  • Phil Gyford (who I’m pretty sure created Today’s Guardian and indirectly the whole reader mode thing) has webmentions. Which is...
  • FWIW, this site scores 100 on a (Google) PageSpeed test. If I add a YouTube embed, it scores 37 🤷🏻‍♂️....
  • The latest in my The Fall rip off Can series: Oh! Brother is Can’s Oh Yeah, jollied up a bit....
  • I feel bad and guilty using -moz-osx-font-smoothing: grayscale; and -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;. – How long will it last?
  • There’s a rich history of The Fall appropriating Can, to which I’d like to be the first to add Shoulder...
  • Wordle 246 3/6 ⬜🟩🟨⬜⬜ ⬜🟩🟨⬜🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Wordle 243 3/6 ⬛🟨⬛🟨🟨 🟩🟩🟩⬛🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Wordle 239 3/6 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬛🟨🟨🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • In that strange hinterland where a domain has propagated in Hamilton New Zealand, but not London England. I guess it’s...
  • Wordle 238 4/6 ⬛🟨⬛🟨🟨 ⬛🟩🟨⬛🟨 🟨🟩🟩⬛🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Wordle 237 4/6 ⬜⬜🟨⬜🟨 ⬜🟩🟨⬜🟨 ⬜🟩🟨🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • I love these Rockwell Kent Moby Dick illustrations (and Kent was an interesting man to boot).
  • Wordle 234 5/6 ⬛⬛🟨🟨⬛ ⬛🟩🟩⬛🟩 ⬛🟩🟩⬛🟩 ⬛🟩🟩⬛🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Wordle 233 5/6 ⬛⬛🟨⬛🟨 ⬛🟩⬛⬛🟨 ⬛🟩⬛🟩🟩 ⬛🟩⬛🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Wordle 232 3/6 🟩⬛⬛⬛🟩 🟩⬛⬛🟨🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Hmm.
  • Wordle 231 4/6 ⬛🟨⬛🟨🟨 ⬛🟩🟨⬛🟩 🟨🟩🟩🟨🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Nice twist in this one.
  • Wordle 230 2/6 ⬜🟨🟩🟩🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 [smug]
  • Wordle 229 4/6 🟩⬜⬜🟨⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Annoying could-have-been-one-of-three-words puzzle, which I only got on the third attempt.
  • Wordle 228 3/6 🟨🟨⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Wordle 227 4/6 🟨🟨🟨⬜⬜ 🟩⬜⬜🟨🟨 🟩🟨🟨⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Good while it lasted :-(
  • Wordle 226 4/6 ⬜🟨⬜⬜🟨 ⬜🟨⬜🟨🟩 🟨⬜🟨🟨🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Wordle 225 4/6 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨🟩⬜⬜🟨 ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Wordle 224 4/6 ⬛⬛⬛⬛🟨 ⬛🟨🟨🟨⬛ 🟨🟩🟩⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Googling Do It Again – 2m24s of driven transcendence by fairly well known pop combo THE BEACH BOYS – returns...
  • Wordle 223 5/6 ⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜ ⬜🟨⬜⬜🟨 ⬜⬜⬜🟨🟨 🟩⬜🟩⬜🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Wordle 222 4/6 ⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜ 🟨🟩⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟨⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Wordle 221 6/6 ⬜⬜⬜🟨⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨🟨⬜⬜⬜ 🟨🟩🟩⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 A struggle, this one.
  • Wordle 220 4/6 🟩⬜⬜🟩⬜ 🟩⬜🟨🟩⬜ 🟩⬜⬜🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Wordle 218 4/6 ⬛🟩⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩⬛🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Wordle 217 5/6 ⬛⬛🟨⬛⬛ ⬛⬛🟩🟨⬛ ⬛🟩🟩🟨⬛ ⬛🟩🟩⬛🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Wordle 216 4/6 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨⬜🟩⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Got very lucky on the 3rd guess; was only really trying to confirm...
  • Wordle 215 6/6 ⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜ 🟨🟩⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟩🟨🟨⬜ 🟩🟩⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Learned a repeated letter has to be explicitly added.
  • Wordle 211 3/6 🟩⬛⬛🟩🟨 🟩🟨🟨🟩⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  • Several years after everyone else I discovered Wordle. The share option copies the puzzle image and text to the clipboard;...
  • When you hover on something, that thing should become more distinct/heavier to indicate potential activation. Examples of not doing this...

2021

  • Couple of post ideas for this weekend, should I find the time (I do have something else to get written...
  • If there was one website designed just for me, Design Regression is it. I’ve started with the article on line...
  • A while back I wrote about how great traditionally static (not SPAs or jamstack) sites are. I’ve had the work...
  • (The headline reads: Johnson accused of corruption as he tears up system to fight Westminster sleaze.) The headline is clumsily...
  • I am, however, building a very focused Jekyll theme with no comments. It’ll send webmentions nicely, but not display them....
  • I’ve done a lot of work getting comments and webmentions working on this (static!) site, but my current urge (which...
  • (Current mood: Mademoiselle Non.)
  • Confusingly, individual songs from the Faust 1971-1974 box set are appearing as either singles or whole albums on Spotify. No...
  • Yes, ironically enough, Safari 15.0’s diabolical tab styling (and Gruber is 100% right about how poorly designed they are), has...
  • Erm, sorry for all the malformed micro.blog links. I’ve been updating mt MB RSS feed today, fairly unsuccessfully.
  • Thinking about classifying website and user navigation needs and resultant navigation UI (hiding, laying bare, TOCs, headers and never hamburgers)....
  • The platform is down but My website is not.
  • I wish I’d added a section on how font size, measure and leading relate to the reader’s distance from the...
  • So, we have a plugin which appears to trawl through a folder of images and output webp versions. I see...
  • Noted, graffiti on this morning’s walk with Melie, down an unnamed folly.
  • Colin writes on brutalism in web design: This site is predominantly text (with the occasional image, video or audio file)...
  • The ZX spectrum cost about £130 back in the early 80s You’re no doubt swimming in nostalgia pieces from (mostly)...
  • 512kb is huge :-) Still, made me look at my home page again. About 77kb, of which 51kb is fonts....
  • Jessica is right. For example, this exchange would be a lot easier on micro.blog (or Twitter, for that matter) 😃...
  • Even The Observer is showing him what to do: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/sep/04/pressure-grows-on-starmer-to-back-tax-on-rich-to-pay-for-social-care
  • Sometimes you get a Saturday where you can do pretty much what you want. For me that would be cycle...
  • I can’t think of many organisations I’d rather not give my phone number to more than Twitter, but they’ve decided...
  • I will probably ditch it, but Avenir Next set in bold and italic makes for a grand title font (you...
  • Added a section on narrow screens such as mobiles to my article about measure (or line width). TLDR: don’t sacrifice...
  • I’ve added a wide image option to the website. Here’s some art that uses it (you’ll only notice a difference...
  • Did you know. — Belgians (and presumably denizens of other nations) refer to ragged right (i.e. left aligned) text as...
  • I’m on leave, so naturally enough I’ve done some work on my website. I’ll stop short of calling it a...
  • Yesterday I read these two opinions on placing a logo in the top left hand corner of your web page:...
  • Reading comfort. — Measure (words per line), leading (the gap between lines) and proportion are all related – and let’s...
  • Noted: Google Search has finally joined the fixed header bandwagon. Does this add anything useful to the page? Sad moment...
  • A mobile phone tower at Great Bentley, Essex.
  • So, a couple of body typeface don’ts to start with: i) don’t use a condensed font and ii) don’t use...
  • Things I remembered (TIR?) today (TIRT?) MacOS comes with the Charter typeface installed, which is very nice indeed.
  • A butter dish IRL today (cc @Archimage).
  • As I wrote this on measure, I might do something on choosing a body typeface, looking at family, size, weight,...
  • I went to a football match with 21,000 other people today. It was a pretty emotional experience, but this image...
  • Twitter often changes its website login UI. Most of the time it seems to be A/B testing different approaches, which...
  • One very good thing about Macs is how much life you get from them. This bottom-of-the-range Air is more than...
  • It arrived today… It’ll always be a ticket and always the North Stand.
  • Looks like the Firefox Facebook Container plugin flags all email input fields as a potential risk, which is ridiculous. Also...
  • Notes for a post on online ads. — If surveillance advertising is made impossible (unlikely, but desirable) then contextual advertising...
  • Got good comments. — Clarified my thoughts on something I’d blogged and thought I’d got wrong. Yes, I definitely did...
  • Current mood: Ascending to heaven with the aid of the Lo Boob Oscillator morphing into Hallogallo.
  • Anybody else having problems grabbing their @Feedbin feeds with @NetNewsWire? Got the problem with NetNewsWire on MacOS and iOS. Feedbin...
  • Thinking about :– Putting lots of space between big things makes them easier to read, lightens the cognitive load etc....
  • There are few better sights than the Netherlands in orange playing skillful, attacking football at a big tournament 👍
  • To get up in the morning, in the fullness of youth, and open a book — now that’s what I...
  • Noted: Tom MacWright is selling his website (Jekyll) theme. Which makes me think I could sell a version of this,...
  • My blogging “set up”. MacOS in full screen mode, Typora on the left and Firefox on the right. You can...
  • We took Melie here today as it’s her fourth birthday – it’s enclosed, so we could let her off the...
  • Forget looks a great service (via @hjertnes) – automatically delete older tweets according to whatever rules you set. If you’re...
  • I spent a day this week using Linux (Zorin, specifically) as my work OS. It was horrible. Buggy, endless workarounds,...
  • Websites! – Please don’t make me have to change your body (or even html!) font-weight to normal from 300. Thanks!...
  • Not really looking forward to everything going “back to normal”, but I have missed lunchtimes in the St-Mary-le-Tower churchyard when...
  • I think adding a webmention like or reply to is as simple as adding the appropriate class to an a...
  • To tell the truth and to shoot well with arrows: that is Persian virtue — Nietzsche, Ecce Homo Which is...
  • I will say this for WordPress. — Our work intranet has been built on it for three years and handled...
  • Favourite Carpenters song? Superstar is pretty peerless: The Carpenters’ 20 greatest songs – ranked!
  • Looks like a strong pro-independence majority in Scotland. From a selfish point of view, this offers me a route to...
  • This is great. If you’re hosted on Netlify, you can use deploy notifications to send sites webmentions whenever you post...
  • I’d somehow missed that the webmention API has a per-page parameter – handy as my Jekyll API plugin can’t handle...
  • It is easy to imagine a language consisting only of orders and reports in battle. Or a language consisting only...
  • Melie’s first encounter with the sea at Langard Fort in Felixstowe.
  • Looking at Wordpress again and taking a child theme approach. I guess it’s just indicative of front end development in...
  • It got through :-) Couple of things: i) I have a comment form switch, so the form only appears on...
  • Taking this opportunity to write a blog post as we get absolutely outplayed by Wimbledon, but pluckily hang on for...
  • Signal versus Noise ended today. That’s a big thing, I think. It was the only management kind of blog I...
  • He he he! Looks like the ESL lasted less than 48 hours ⚽️ Ed Woodward quits Manchester United after Super...
  • Very strong want for Berlin Typography by Jesse Simon, found via an excellent Tribune article on the meaning of city...
  • Hello @aaronpk is it possible to increase the number of webmentions per page the API returns? The default appears to...
  • If discussion doesn’t take place below the line and you’re publishing everything on your website before syndicating it to social...
  • I know it’s not news, but, since enabling comments and webmentions on my site, it’s become clear to me that...
  • It’s that time of year when my pension statement arrives – usually the cause of some amusement. Evidence of neoliberalism’s...
  • TIL today: Anthony Burgess gave the address at Benny Hill’s funeral.
  • I’m enjoying micro.blog at moment, having spent time bothering to follow people, chat and post short updates. The micro.blog world...
  • After nearly four months of lockdown glad to report that my hair has settled on looking like Shaun William Ryder’s...
  • This is Melie having agreed not to lay her head across the laptop keyboard.
  • Common web wisdom is that the web itself is some form of huge archive, to be categorised, searched, tagged and...
  • Is there any particular reason micro.blog sites are built on Hugo? Of all the popular static site generators, I think...
  • Lolz at my SEO failures. Although why Google thinks my alt text is what sums up this page more than...
  • Grr. I’d assumed micro.blog would generate a link to a user when I tagged them in a syndicated post from...
  • I thought this post on the primacy of blogging in the indiewebsphere from @AndyNicolaides was interesting as it indirectly touches...
  • I had a vague feeling this might have been a slightly early April’s fool from The Quietus, because, of course,...
  • Melie, in the garden, capable of sleeping anywhere, anytime. Melie, 31 March 2021
  • It’s spring, warm and I’m on leave. Rushmere Common, 30 March 2021.
  • Gyms in the UK re-opened today, for outdoor classes only. I got to spin for the first time since 23...
  • Something I do need to think about should webmentions take off on my site. — I can get the site...
  • I’ve managed to roll my own webmentions on thisdaysportion.com, which is built on Jekyll. I should post something, but in...
  • Not sure if this is a bug… the comments link on this page just beneath the title should link to...
  • I guess as I’ve actually got a couple of webmentions on this site now, I should dust down the code...
  • As I order cases from Wines of Interest, I should probably review wine here. A very nice 🍷🍷🍷🍷 for this....
  • This is interesting. My Apple RSS reader of choice NetNewsWire now has a feature where you can convert your Twitter...
  • Been using Forestry (a headless CMS) to publish and edit content for a week now, and it works well. A...
  • I’m not sure, really. A noble effort to wrest content from the man and fight the pernicious influence of Facebook?...
  • These days, CMSs should offer editors ways to build pages from smaller components, such as callouts, promos, accordions etc. But...
  • I’d forgotten about Forestry, a headless CMS provider for a range of SSGs, including Jekyll. It’s virtually zero config, so...
  • I’ve come to the conclusion that loading fonts on a blog is unnecessary – the system sans and/or Georgia will...
  • TFW the words are flowing nicely and you’ve got to paragraph three of a medium length blog post only to...
  • Your RSS feed list probably has some value to advertisers and bad faith political actors – it may well provide...
  • Having one of those moments when you start writing about one thing – in this case what’s so good about...
  • Looking at my site through time via the Wayback Machine is an impossibly melancholy process – all those people in...
  • We bought this poster for the front room. Yes, it’s predictably Swiss, Kraftwerk too, but I like it a lot....
  • You can put pretty much anything (or nothing) in an RSS feed’s title or content elements. You can therefore set...
  • I publish notes, I publish links, I publish posts. Publish, publish, publish, write about publishing posts, notes and links. —...
  • Think I would like this Remarkable 2 tablet. Remarkable 2 tablet I had a real need to sketch a simple...
  • I’m posting a series of website aphorisms as part of a refocusing exercise. Obviously, the real world doesn’t allow us...
  • We may regard our websites with some fondness (or they may be a millstone), but the effort we spend on...
  • PDFs are for paper, HTML is for digital.
  • The Fall, Lovecraft and communists. That’s probably how you’d sum up my cultural interests these days, and my two book...
  • :-(
  • Gutenberg’s txt version of Anna Karenina consists of 2,068,079 bytes, while this picture of a disused mill between Dunwich and...
  • People are not “visual” (nor verbal, kinetic, social etc.) learners or interpreters of information; to start with, how one learns...
  • Websites are UI and decoration in any form should only serve the purpose of making the interface easier to use....

2020

  • Mozilla Corp laid off a quarter of its staff and promptly announced a new search deal with Google. Odd timing,...
  • It was our 20th wedding anniversary today, so we went for a walk. Westwood marshes mill. I can confirm there...
  • I wrote a page explaining what RSS is for someone who had no idea, perhaps seeing the Subscribe to RSS...
  • Would like text-decoration: solid underline 2px #0000FF to work so the text colour could differ from the (slightly thicker than...
  • Been off Twitter for 2 weeks and can attest to how good that is for you. I do miss some...
  • As just posted, Netlify has started to charge me. I’ve had five or so really good years with Netlify, but...
  • So, I got my first Netlify build minutes bill for $7, probably because I’ve been caning this site over the...
  • … web performance will suffer if you don’t say no to the marketing department because you’ll suddenly find yourself with...

2019

  • Whenever you add things — even if the app remains just as fast, even if there are no bugs —...
  • Obtrusive design is the result of every project manager, business analyst, designer, and developer unwilling or unable to question ill-considered...

2018

  • (Dons marketing hat.) Perhaps Labour’s got itself in a position post-austerity, post-Brexit, post-whatever where it can talk about a grand...
  • This is very good (via @adrianshort) on how recreating offline government online isn’t bold enough (bearing in mind just how...
  • This is apposite for me at the moment, and something I need to explain. Gerry McGovern: Findability, navigation, search; these...
  • Hiding things on web pages. Why? Hiding skip links, hiding navigation menus on a narrow screen, hiding an antispam field...
  • My twopenneth on #itfc’s current (early doors) position: Not surprised if we do worse having got rid of MM, but...
  • This is worth re-reading over time, one of those once-every-two-years posts that changes how you how you think about —...
  • Designing for yourself (and maybe a few others) — for when you’re using a system font (probably the right thing...
  • This is a great Ask Jack article – typically detailed and methodical – on buying “ethical” (in this case “not...
  • One way to put it is that New Puritan, like many of the best Fall songs, isn't content to say...
  • There’s more than one way to skin a cat, but this was easy and quick. My project builds and serves....
  • 1) is absolutely the best approach: Don’t use AMP. There’s also an interesting point about historical efforts to make websites...
  • This is to test production environments in Jekyll. If you’re interested, I will post something in a bit more detail...
  • …the problem with Thatcherism is that eventually you run out of other people’s assets has become the quip du jour,...
  • Almost a badge of honour to achieve a Jekyll site build time of more than 90 seconds.
  • The nation awaits Amber Rudd’s resignation. Dinner is cleared from tables, families settle on sofas. It’s hard to express how...
  • At the start of every WordPress project all is sunny because you can do absolutely anything with plugins. Two months...
  • What’s your space? — All post-2000 internet innovation is vile, always was vile and must be ruthlessly excised from our...
  • Noted: Apocalypse now for Britain’s retailers as low wages and the web cause ruin: But major change can require major...
  • Mark as a lyricist on sickness: Fit and Working Again, Dedication not Medication, Dr Buck’s Letter, Everything Hurtz, Sleep Debt...

2017

  • Ipswich is an old town, and I work in the oldest part, opposite Pykenhams Gate (1470). I often eat a...
  • Smashing Magazine asked a common question in web development circles: Do you use a framework? Interestingly enough, I guess, about...
  • Listen to the first few seconds of this song. When and where do you think it’s from? (Perhaps you know...
  • So Labour wasn’t destroyed and the Tories failed to even get a parliamentary majority. Politics changed over the space of...
  • Jaki Liebezeit died yesterday. Perhaps surprisingly, he was 78, born just before the Second World War, nine years ahead of...

2016

  • Like 24 Ways, we have an advent calendar on the Suffolk Libraries site, consisting of a staff Christmas present suggestion...
  • Speed is important. We know this, and there are a few ways to gauge how fast your website is. These...
  • My iPhone has stopped charging without me having to perform an antagonistic dance with the charger and the phone’s port....
  • Your vision isn’t 20/20 anymore, just like 65% of the population, it’s worse than that. Like 4.25% of people on...
  • Specialize. Put in the effort to be the best—or one of—at something. “Full service“ is not a positive. —  Oil change...
  • We tried a new way of coming up with ideas for web pages today. The normal process is: A colleague...
  • If you publish a website someone will try to hack into it in order to flog Viagra (read my sorry...
  • Noted: if you were looking for a cheap smartphone, the Wileyfox Swift (cheesy name and logo aside) looks a good...
  • Today I finished moving posts from various places to this website. Give or take a handful of things I posted...
  • Is it worth getting bothered about the Forbes’ full screen hijack? I wondered. After all, this is Forbes, a magazine...
  • Florent asks an interesting question, from a feminist/race perspective: So street photographers are white men because… who gets to linger...

2015

  • Labour needs to overcome itself. At least the Labour that’s failed to win an election for a decade, and the...
  • Gideon is in trouble – or rather, Gideon should be in trouble. In fact, Gideon should have been in trouble...
  • There is a type of product that does require lots and lots of content marketing and will continue to require...
  • Even in Living in the End Times Zizek strikes a modest tone when it comes to the idea of revolution....
  • So much to read into that May defeat. Yet no-one seems willing to learn the hard lessons and make some...
  • I’m old enough to remember this: A pre-1997 Tory election poster Got that wrong, the Tories. Not sure it’ll work...
  • Maybe I’ll post something more cogent on Labour’s tragedy soon, but, as the players learn their fate and the clock...
  • Show me the Next is an incredibly simple app (or rather, an incredibly simple website). You visit, it displays an...
  • … language in general actually tends to the simplistic, offering a reductive account of what it seeks to represent –...
  • British elections are won from the centre. But where is the centre? As in all things philosophical, the centre is...
  • Dieter Moebius died earlier this week. Dieter Moebius performing in 2010. Image: Wikimedia If you haven’t heard of him, that’s...
  • OK, so I’m no analyst, academic, journalist, politician or philosopher and, if you’re interested, you will have heard or read...
  • Reader, I am rich. And, because I’ve been gaming the benefits system, George Osborne is about to crackdown on me....
  • … if one looks closely at the proposals offered by Syriza, one cannot help noticing that they were once part...
  • Sunny makes a good point about some leftwing communication, quoting Podemos’ Pablo Iglesias: The enemy wants nothing more than to...
  • Mondeo Man, White Van Man, squeezed middle, aspirational working class, white working class – Labour’s search for a constituency continues...
  • The newspaper reader says: this party will ruin itself if it makes errors like this. My higher politics says: a...
  • … in keeping with a technocratic mindset, you appear utterly oblivious to the notion of interest, that the organisations of...
  • Harry poses an interesting question: Is there a word for the practice of sugar–coating deplorable business models with a fantastic...
  • Gideon is popular. But why? we ask. I think Andrew Rawnsley’s reasons are all plausible, but I’d add another. Being...
  • This is interesting. There’s a French film adaptation of (or rather, a French film about) Sebald’s masterpiece Austerlitz, something I...
  • I really wouldn’t pay for any type of news because as a citizen it’s my right to know the news....
  • Tommy asks for some advice: Saw @bryony1963 et al earlier in my local. Still undecided. Leaning towards @IpswichGreens but need...
  • Adrian argues – quite rightly – that libraries shouldn’t block websites on the basis of commercial practices. That includes gambling...

2014

  • Warning: this is inessential stuff. It was going to be so long, too, a detailed analysis of my site’s font...
  • Went to see Mr Turner earlier this week, Mike Leigh’s biopic of (arguably, obviously) Britain’s greatest artist. I’ve always loved...
  • At work, our approach (or ‘strategy’, if you like) is to incorporate as many services on our own website as...
  • Today I updated the work site to WordPress version 4. Updating WordPress work sites is never a pleasant experience. It...
  • You have, of course, read the best article of 2014: Labour’s message to the electorate is clear – austerity is...
  • I’ve been reading Matt Gemmell’s blog recently, which is definitely worth subscribing to if you’re interested in writing (and I...
  • Unless you’re an academic or a journalist, writing to a deadline every day is a perverse past time, and not...
  • We had training at work today, where we talked about employee engagement; a buzzphrase that seems to have lasted a...
  • I taught a few GCSE groups in my short career as a teacher of English. As well as studying Romeo...
  • Noted: an article on the Nieuwe Bibliotheek in the Dutch town of Almere. This is what you want libraries to...
  • I was bad and didn’t get to blog yesterday so I’m going to cheat and give this post yesterday’s date....
  • I’m wary of blogging about politics and economics; partly because I’m underqualified and partly because I may not seem to...
  • I, uh, I think I’m gonna get better as I get older, you know? I think I’m gonna be the...
  • Like most reasonable people, I try not to use Amazon, but yesterday I sinned and bought an album because it...
  • Two problems that affect millions of UK people (me included): Transport The train service in East Anglia is awful, and...
  • I saw this idea in the comments on a post somewhere or other, and my immediate reaction was nope. Too...
  • Thought I’d share my current website set up and some links I used to get to this stage. If you’re...
  • My blog’s older than Twitter and Facebook, and it will outlive them. It has seen Flickr explode and then fade....
  • History repeats itself quickly in the world of web design – it seems like only yesterday we were lambasting Design...
  • Just in case you were wondering how it’s done: [Vodafone] has parked losses of around £70 billion in Luxembourg. These...
  • Liked this picture of an 18th century book Conjectures on Original Composition by Edward Young: From Collision Detection It shows...
  • Overall, Ukip has not so much won new friends as polarised public opinion. Ukip did better this time at turning...

2013

  • Enough. If an employer hires me to do a job, it means they have deemed me qualified to do it....
  • How is a football club related to its community? Should it offer anything beyond match tickets and merchandise? For example,...
  • Well, I liked this spirited Morrissey/40–somethings hatchet job: The class that he now represents – a middle–aged, capital–rich, metropolitan elite...
  • Switzerland will hold a vote on whether to introduce a basic income for all adults, in a further sign of...
  • According to Hechinger Report, a scheme to roll out iPads for students in California has been an unmitigated disaster (via...
  • As I might be on Radio Suffolk tomorrow to discuss two books (Nabokov’s Pnin and Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans) I...
  • Just a quick note to mark my move from WordPress to Jekyll. If you were using this common WordPress permalink...
  • I’m referring to this article about… well, what exactly it’s about I’m not sure, but it’s a superlative 167 words....
  • But in the Sudetenland, news of the Anschluss provokes an extraordinary enthusiasm. Suddenly people talk only of their ultimate fantasy:...
  • A month or so ago we bought a new television. We’d used a trusty 20 inch Toshiba for 10 years...
  • A bunch of people seem to find >20 pixel body text readable/preferable. Something weird afoot here. And… Yes, the further...
  • … the traditional broadcast advertising model feels increasingly intrusive and annoying. Why should we be forced to sit and watch...
  • Enjoyed this Smashing Mag piece on building layouts based on line width, particularly the I’m no expert tone. Exactly what...
  • You could do very much worse than browse this database of Krautrock reviews on a Sunday evening, read Julian Cope’s...

2012

  • Borgen–the Danish political drama–returns to BBC4 next Saturday. It’s my favourite television programme of the last ten years or so....
  • It’s a (not entirely unexpected) irony that since going back to teaching I’ve stopped reading. Actually, that’s not quite true....
  • The Magazine (which is, as far as I can tell, an iPad-only magazine that you pay for) has been generating...
  • Does anyone actually come from Aldeburgh, Southwold or Woodbridge? I ask because I’ve visited all three recently and overheard the...
  • Had one of those going through the boxes in the garage days on Saturday. Rediscovered my (small and completely boxed...
  • The industrious races find leisure very hard to endure: it was a masterpiece of English instinct to make Sunday so...
  • The irony of being a teacher of English (and an English teacher) is that you don’t get to read much....
  • Today we learnt: The h1 element. It makes things bigger and thicker. The font tag. We use it to change...
  • I sometimes think about a web typography apprenticeship, especially when I’m fiddling around with blog themes at the weekend. The...
  • Here’s how I’d go about building websites now. Strip the design back to the bare minimum. Use just one column...
  • The republican, radical protestants have all the best poetry. I wonder if I would have enjoyed Paradise Lost if I’d...
  • Reading Sebald again, which is always a deep pleasure. This is my second run through his East Anglian pilgrimage. On...
  • A few stories tagged onto The Kreuzer Sonata. A bit meh, apart from some somewhat socialist visions of the future...
  • I went to see Patience (After Sebald) at the Ipswich Film Theatre last night. Highly enjoyable, it touched on some...
  • The problem with the Queen’s English Society wasn’t its obsession with apostrophes (tiresome though that no doubt is to 99%...
  • Some inbetween reading while I consider my next move. Tolstoy was a serious man. He’s one of those true Christians....
  • If you design long form texts for the web your readers shouldn’t sigh or wince when they open one of...
  • I don’t mean Conservative and Labour, Democrat and Republican or Socialist and Christian Democrat (the correct answers are Labour, Democrat...
  • —’My sister, mayhap,’ quoth my uncle Toby, ‘does not choose to let a man come so near her….’ Make this...
  • Beguiling. Starts with some some beautiful descriptive stuff; seems like a standard novel. Folk–like feeling to the story of Bela....
  • Incredible, really. A seemingly impenetrable account of a Dublin day. Often the narrative becomes unfollowable as the voice changes mid...
  • A Žižek essay I’ve restyled on my website because it’s unreadable on the original website. The answer to the essay’s...
  • Tolstoy’s meditation on marriage. Obligatory scene where the husband to be presents his diary to his wife to be just...
  • A free short story by Téa Obreht, winner of the 2011 Orange prize. In a normal world the relationship between...
  • So it begins. It’s a beast (a megalosaurus, to be precise). The original was published in twenty instalments. Perhaps that’s...
  • The job of book design is to make a text as easy to read as possible. Once it’s done that,...
  • First, the confession. I have never read a complete Charles Dickens novel (and yes, I know, Dickens died before completing...
  • I don’t own an iThingy. Partly because I can’t afford one, partly because I don’t need one and partly because...
  • Been meaning to read this for a long time. Partly because I really liked ghost and horror fiction in my...
  • See: A website with two pop over adverts. The background has been dimmed. New(ish) year, same old problems. This time...
  • Read to accompany Francis Wheen’s biography of Marx and because the British left is debating what it stands for at...
  • Wheen argues that mythologising or demonising Marx for twentieth century mass murder misses the point. From this point of view...
  • It is good to be reading Sebald again. Had a rather odd moment when a description of something suggested Nabokov...
  • A collection of aphorisms dealing with the lives and (mainly) deaths of artists. Not a narrative so not a novel...
  • Read most the short stories, none of the poems and none of the essays. From what I remember, Poe’s poetry...

2011

  • The Grapes of Wrath is partly about homelessness (or landlessness). What happens to people when they lose the connection with...
  • Been reading The Grapes of Wrath. It suits these times. See how the haves describe the have–nots: Outlanders. Foreigners. Sure,...
  • Many moons ago I linked to the Rainfall Daffinson website as an example of confident, simple design. At lunch today...
  • If you write long form texts for the web you should know HTML. If you don’t know HTML and you’re...
  • I’m not a McDonald’s snob. We eat there occasionally and it’s fine: the staff are friendly, the food’s OK and...
  • A little knowledge goes a long way. Conversely, a little technical knowledge is a very dangerous thing. Far better to...
  • You’ve made it when your brand name becomes interchangable with an object. These things take time. Meaning accrues over decades....
  • The failure of the markets goes hand in hand with human blight. Meanwhile, the view is gaining ground that social...
  • Cities appear to be burning (well, there’s some rioting) but the thing that’s keeping me awake at ten to two...
  • Fittingly enough — given Julius Caesar’s fondness for long, declamatory speeches — Chris Shiflett has asked us to write a...
  • Not Martin Amis. The most vile and hateful thing about money is that it even imparts talent. And will go...
  • Item. It is no better for laymen to say the pater noster than to say “bibull babull” Conclusion no.18 of...
  • Came across this wonderful passage from The Idiot: Here you have the large round writing common in France during the...
  • I’ve really been enjoying the BBC’s Human Planet series, which films some of the most extreme and isolated environments and...
  • Finally got round to watching The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band), a German film set in a North German village...
  • On the theme of circularity and time (and William Blake fans) — there’s lots of temporal playfulness in Your Future,...
  • The child was calling out to someone. Hamo turned the corner of Paternoster Row, into the street of the illuminators...
  • It’s fun to be able to see meaning in our name or place of birth. There’s a Nabokov short story...
  • To celebrate the new office tea pot: We had a kettle, we let it leak; Our not repairing made it...
  • Two ways to say sorry for the same misdemeanour. First, Andy Gray: I am very sorry that certain comments made...
  • Another Radio 3 discovery. The presenter suggested an emotional response beforehand; something along the lines of meekness. I guess this...
  • Today I got a short, jolly email from the WordPress theme reviewers: Congratulations, your new theme Scherzo is now available...
  • One of the few good things about never going out at the weekend is BBC4 and Scandanavian cop shows. For...
  • I’ve been somewhat gushing but unspecific in my praise for Freedom. I do like the book because of its satire...
  • Reading eminent WordPress blogger Justin Tadlock’s latest post on his goals for 2011. The first — to read more —...
  • Occasionally I get to listen to Radio 3’s lunchtime concert. And I was very lucky to do so today; I...
  • There’s a lot of references to creativity in my world at the moment, most of them unflattering. I’m reading Jonathon...

2010

  • The notion of tethering content delivery to a particular proprietary platform or hardware device is admitting defeat Arc 90 This...

2009

  • [caption id=”attachment_828” align=”aligncenter” width=”762” caption=”The rather lovely looking Apple tablet (image from Gizmodo: https://gizmodo.com/5370252/apple-tablet-aiming-to-redefine-newspapers-textbooks-and-magazines)”][/caption] The Tablet and (maybe) the future:...
  • This image has been doing the rounds on Twitter recently: [caption id=”attachment_715” align=”aligncenter” width=”590” caption=”Online newspapers: now and then (from...
  • Pah. Graphic designers. As we all know, typography isn’t about choosing a font face. If we only have a handful...

2008

  • Preliminary notes for an article: What is a ‘good’ font size for reading from a screen?  Lots of variables: screen...
  • I’m a Fall fan. Any Fall pop biog will inevitably mention two facts about the band: Singer Mark E Smith...
  • I actually rather like the design of this site, but one does have to wonder if the writers have written...
  • Referring to A Wainright; a rather likeable if somewhat stereotypically uptight Englishman who was famous for writing guides to walking...