About. Bloody. Time. 🍻

“Beer duty could be cut in pubs and raised in supermarkets”

www.thetimes.co.uk/article/c…

This video of the Perseverance rover landing on Mars after being lowered by a sky crane(!) is straight up incredible. What an age we live in.

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So I read the UK PM’s announcement as a very slim but possible chance that I will be able to have a beer in a pub garden on my Birthday (12th April). Let’s hope for the best!

Having Dustin from Smarter Every Day explain how sonar works has to be one my favourite video of his. I learnt so much in such a little amount of time. Would love to know more! youtu.be/AqqaYs7Lj…

Yes! @ynab have added widgets to iOS for budget categories! https://www.youneedabudget.com/widgets-for-ynab-on-ios/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=weekly_newsletter&utm_campaign=weekly_roundup&utm_content=weekly_roundup_253&utm_term=253_widgets_btn

Hooray! My Backblaze Backup has finally completed the initial seed. 7 Days total over our 6Mbps upload, pausing during work and TV time. Now, time to start with the external drives.

The efficiency of Safari over Chrome is absolutely incredible and with the battery life improvements that brings on M1 it simply makes no sense to use Chrome on MacOS. Well, unless the site doesn’t work in Safari 🙄. www.macrumors.com/2021/02/2…

It’s now been a year since I got on an aeroplane or left the country. Bit sad, but I’m powering all my energy into hope that we’ll be free soon.

Little concerned that I won’t be able to maintain any self control once that ‘book’ button arrives back in my browser.

🤞

Commiserations to Team Ineos UK over in New Zealand, knocked out during the Prada Cup Final. Italians simply had the faster boat and executed well. Some good tactics and starts from Ben and the UK team, impressive work. 👏

Cheering for Italy now, let’s bring that cup to Europe.

For a couple that despise media attention they’re certainly doing a good job of attracting it. 🙄

www.thetimes.co.uk/article/h…

Think I’m a bit late to the party on this but can’t wait to give it a try #Marmite

Thinking about travel in 2021 andrews.io/blog/Trav…

I feel rather embarrassed that I did not know about the Medway Megaliths until today. Shall be visiting them when we’re all allowed out again.

This week’s #TescoTuesday was much more successful. Only one sub, which isn’t bad at all. 😁

Made the switch to use Safari as my default browser last week, switching from Chrome. It’s taken a little bit of adjusting, but so far so good. I’ve found that 1Password integrates much better, Safari is much better at not hogging system resources and when I get a security code vis SMS, it pops up as a suggestion. Also switched to using duckduckgo as my default search engine and that’s working out well too.

There are a few sites that don’t play nicely with Safari, Microsoft admin portal is one notable one and YNAB Toolkit (a chrome extension) of course doesn’t work. I will have chrome installed for these but do my best to limit my ‘Chrome time’.

Blogging with Jekyll

Moving my blog to use Jekyll and GitHub Pages was a really good move, it’s a great setup and it makes me happy that my precious blog is stored locally, is super simple but hosted properly too. It used to really stress me out that I might one day lose everything. The fact that it has version control as a result is a bonus too.

I have some frustrations with the setup, but some of these applied even when I was shelling out for Squarespace:

  1. Managing images for upload. This is a pain, I have to first find the images I want in Apple Photos, I then have to export them from Apple Photos, although granted some of this process works quite well because I can resize them, set them to be jpeg and add to the correct directory. Annoyingly though while I have the option to name based on album name Apple adds “1 of 1” rather than just “1” so I have to go and rename them, i remove the spaces here anyway. I don’t like having any EXIF data in the photos so I then have to run exiftool from terminal to strip everything. Not the worst process, but not the simplest. Perhaps some of this could be improved with Automator or another tool. The other frustrating part is that I have essentially just fixed the image size, which isn’t really ideal for web hosting. I’d rather publish the full resolution image and some other function figure out the optimum size/scale to deliver in the browser.

  2. Posting. I’m using Atom, which is a pretty good app. I have two frustrations with it, the first is that I can’t put posts into folders within the “_posts” folder because it breaks Jekyll, the result is that I have an enormous long list of posts in the left pane of Atom. Maybe this is something that can be changed in Jekyll’s code. The second is that I want to be able to just post, I don’t want to have to stage, commit, and push. I want one button. Maybe there is a way to be ignorant of Git’s process or even a simple script that I run that does those three things. The answer here is probably just to use a CMS tool like Forestry or Siteleaf, it’s just a little frustrating that they are both web apps rather than a local Mac app.

  3. Image Galleries. I have lots of pictures on the blog but I can’t see any of these unless I actually read the post where they are shared. I want a page that automatically updates with my most recent images, formatted in a consistent way (much like gallery of Micro.blog) which link back to the post where the image was shared. I’d also love a way to share photos in albums on a page, where a particular trip has lots of pictures and perhaps I didn’t add all the pictures into the post. I think this plugin by ggreer should do what I’m thinking, but I need to invest some time in making it work right.

In short, why can’t everything just work the way I want for my very specific use case?

Good! I plan on buying once it’s released, my XS’s day will be numbered by then. I don’t need to have a big device and have never wanted one, very pleased they brought small back. My iPad/TV/Mac is for big-screen content consumption.

www.macrumors.com/2021/02/1…

I have discovered PowerPhotos from Fat Cat Software - The answer to my prayers for a number of features missing in Apple Photos, such as, how big is this file?

Hat update

Victoria has been very busy indeed. Expect first fitting tomorrow afternoon some time. Can’t wait to give it a whirl.

Today’s project: Hat

Alpaca and Merino from Cascade Yarns in Seattle, WA 🇺🇸 Wool made in Peru 🇵🇪

Victoria is going to be busy. 😁 @tigziefc

Pattern: sweetfiberyarns.com/blog/2015…

The ‘Free Churo’ (The Eulogy) episode of Bojack Horseman is troublingly dark, but one of the best episodes the show. Absolutely fantastic.

I C U.

I am exactly 0% surprised or shocked about this. Don’t be fooled by the frill and pomp, the Queen is very much still the boss.

www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2…

It’d all be so much simpler if we instead consumed the energy that nature gives us for free. 🤷‍♂️

We owe Russia the Nord Stream pipeline over Nazi atrocities, says German president

www.thetimes.co.uk/article/w…

This whole thing gets more and more sickening. All the while, this shit is still strapped to the sides of hundreds of occupied buildings.

www.thetimes.co.uk/article/g…

Bought this during the ‘on-prem’ #TescoTuesday trip. No idea what it was, seemed like a good deal.

Google says it’s a pomelo, which is a fancy citrus fruit, biggest of them all.

See, despite lockdown, we can still find excitement in our lives 😂

Ofc it’s wrapped in plastic..