2022-08-05: 📺 The Sandman is out today. The comics were a big deal for me as a teenager, so I’m really …

2022-07-15: I’ve not seen a red weather warning before 😮

2022-07-07: Amazon’s being weird again.

2022-06-30: Maybe it’s the baggage I carry from growing up in Northern Ireland, but plastering the Union Flag …

2022-06-13: Waiting outside the older boy’s swimming lesson and the coffee machine is broken 😩

2022-06-11: Grass cuttin’ time 🤧

2022-06-06: I realised today that my one trip to WWDC in person was ten years ago. That was a fun trip, but I’m …

2022-06-01: Well, it’s not wrong.

2022-06-01: 📺 Finally got to the first couple of episodes of Stranger Things S4 last night. I stayed up too late …

2022-05-31: I’ve been looking at email services to maybe get away from gmail, and I remembered how years …

2022-05-30: I spent £100 putting unleaded in the car today. That’s not much fun. Makes me even more glad …

2022-05-27: 🍿 The boys have selected Pacific Rim for this evening’s movie. Excellent choice 👍🏻

2022-05-14: 🍿 First cinema trip since before COVID. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was… pretty …

2022-02-18: 🎵 I’ve put some Journey on for the afternoon. Which always makes me think of Scrubs, but there …

2022-02-14: 🎵 I don’t remember hearing this song covered before. I like this a lot: …

2022-01-25: The haggis is in the oven.

2022-01-01: 🎵 Yesterday evening, a friend introduced me to the music of Laurel Premo. This is gorgeous: …

2021-12-31: At 41 years old, when something is delivered and you look at the shipping box and say, “That’s a …

2021-12-01: That thing where you open the AWS console and the whole infrastructure is gone and you don’t …

2021-11-27: My son told me I’m playing my music too loud. Isn’t it supposed to be me telling him …

2021-11-19: 📺 Cowboy Bepop and Hellbound have both dropped on Netflix, Wheel of Time has hit Prime, and …

2021-11-17: 🎵 This afternoon I have taken a notion for Pocket Full of Kryptonite …

2021-11-03: YouTube has started recommending me videos on Dunning-Kruger. I’m a little concerned the …

2021-11-03: This morning I am listening to Regina Spektor singing No Surprises on repeat. www.youtube.com/watch

2021-10-27: If you ever hear me say the words, “It should just work,” please give me your most …

2021-10-06: I’m not usually all that cynical about signature instruments, and there are some crackers out …

2021-07-22: I am pleased by the new Dune trailer. youtu.be/8g18jFHCL…

2021-07-21: I don’t know why I’m only discovering Cory Wong now. Some of those live shows on YouTube …

2021-06-29: It was bound to happen. I just dipped a pen in my mug of tea instead of putting it in my pen mug.

2021-05-05: Back on the new Greta Van Fleet album this afternoon. That’s the stuff right there.

2021-04-21: Youngest told me today I should make videos for YouTube of me playing guitar. Parenting achievement …

2021-03-28: Met a man with a ferret standing outside a coffee shop this afternoon. We are in Yorkshire, after …

2021-03-16: When the embargo expires and all the guitarists on YouTube publish their video of the new Fender …

2021-02-26: It’s Friday and I have tea.

2021-02-08: YouTube just served up a reminder of why Nuno remains my favourite guitarist: www.youtube.com/watch

2021-01-15: Four people in this house, today, all either working or schooling from home. And at one point …

2021-01-12: Naming things remains hard.

2021-01-06: Pianist on YouTube records Piano Man to hit the opening line right at 9 o’clock on a Saturday 😂 …

2021-01-03: I took a notion for an egg and onion sandwich, so my lunch tasted of christenings, the evening party …

2021-01-01: I, a software guy needing to make holes in a brick wall, have been introduced to the concept of an …

2020-12-27: I admire my children’s ability to be at each other’s throats one minute and be best of …

2020-12-18: About to attempt to fill my own tooth. 🤞🏻It only has to last three weeks.

2020-12-04: And the snow turns to rain 😞

2020-12-04: I may have turned 40 not that long ago, but seeing snow falling outside still gets me giddy.

2020-11-29: Tree’s up.

2020-11-27: TIL that when the kids are “working on their YouTube” they don’t appreciate me …

2020-11-25: My brain is weird sometimes. I look at pictures like this one and my first thought is to wonder …

2020-11-20: It’s a great album. I’ve been listening to it all day. twitter.com/LarkinPoe…

2020-11-14: Tonight our big watch through the MCU with the boys reached Doctor Strange. I do enjoy that one, …

2020-11-12: This is cool: 7-colour e-ink display for a Raspberry Pi. I can think of a bunch of things to do with …

2020-11-11: This story on tor.com is right up my street. I loved it. And apparently there are more to come. …

2020-11-10: Listening to The Incomparable, thinking I should watch Aliens this weekend. It’s been a while.

2020-11-06: It has been a week.

2020-10-31: Nine: “I don’t wear shirts.”

2020-10-26: Every year the clocks going back scunders me for days.

2020-10-26: A spent (we thought) LR44 button cell sitting on our mantelpiece all by itself just exploded. Bang, …

2020-10-26: Caught a gap in the rain, yesterday.

2020-10-21: Definitely autumnal this morning.

2020-10-15: Saw a big old Irish Wolfhound lolloping about in Leeds this morning. Day: made.

2020-10-11: Blue sky.

2020-10-09: Ooh. This is niiiiiiice. twitter.com/LarkinPoe…

2020-10-09: Went outside for the first time in several days (having been at home with an isolating younger child …

2020-10-05: I’m sure weekends are shorter than they used to be.

2020-10-01: I’d forgotten just how much fun this is, the track and the video: Weapon of Choice

2020-09-30: The Pacific Rim soundtrack makes even this morning’s administrivia dramatic. …

2020-09-28: I hadn’t really thought of brass band RATM covers as something I need in my life, but then …

2020-09-24: Youngest: “I heard it from [brother], who heard it from [brother’s friend], who heard it …

2020-08-03: Craster Harbour, towards Dunstanburgh Castle made tiny by the phonecam.

2020-07-20: Watching our youngest (nearly nine) working in Roblox Studio is reminding me of my days noodling in …

2020-07-02: “Boss! Boss! I know how we can sell more window blinds!”

2020-06-24: I suppose Facebook does provide the opportunity for the racists to show themselves for what they …

2020-06-24: I must stop looking at Facebook. It always leaves me raging at some racist I thought I had respect …

2020-05-26: PJ is right. twitter.com/pauljhold…

2020-05-25: How do they rise up? twitter.com/terryandr…

2020-05-25: This is not a bug, but a memory use optimization.

2020-05-24: Stonegate Road, Leeds.

2020-05-11: Our children just Do Not Get spoiler etiquette.

2020-04-07: Looks like a solid list of Hugo finalists: conzealand.nz/about/exp… Genuinely includes some …

2020-04-02: Moon.

2020-03-30: For the days we’re in, “kick at the darkness ‘til it bleeds daylight.” …

2020-03-22: Marvelling at how, for our family, our friends and our neighbourhood, WhatsApp and Zoom have quickly …

2020-03-21: “Somewhere in the darkness, the gambler he broke even.”

2020-03-04: The time has come to introduce the eldest to KotOR.

2020-02-29: Remote working life: when, on a video call with your boss, you take a massive cramp in your thigh, …

2020-02-13: In the bakery this morning, I asked for a slice of Battenberg to have after my lunch. The lady …

2020-01-31: Happy National Self-Own Day, UK 😞

2020-01-03: Had a moment and bought the boys a cheap looper pedal. I don’t regret it yet.

2020-01-01: Roundhay Park in New Year’s Day.

2019-12-28: I have opinions on the Honours system. My opinions are conflicting and not completely internally …

2019-12-25: 🎧 When both boys have new guitars 😱

2019-12-22: I’ve been to the cinema twice this weekend. Of the two films I’ve seen, wouldn’t …

2019-12-21: Just a handful of days left in 2019, and I’m only now discovering John Mayer’s version …

2019-12-13: It’s a pair of winter-ready squirrels hanging out on our front fence.

2019-12-12: Having been shopping for my sons’ Christmas gifts, it seems that these days you can get a …

2019-12-12: Turns out that if I put a # character in a title, it confuses the crap out of Jekyll and mistitles …

2019-12-08: Tree’s up 🌲

2019-12-03: Campaign for it to be customary for the owner of the trees to come and rake the leaves that fall in …

2019-11-28: Thinking about how Have I Got News For You still sets the standard for empty-chairing a politician. …

2019-11-28: Modifying a hand-me-down UNNAMED BRAND hoover attachment to fit our slightly newer model. …

2019-11-27: I’ve been unable to #makevember for the last week and a half thanks to general busyness, but …

2019-11-11: Everybody loves new notebook day.

2019-11-06: Very much enjoyed listening to The Incomparable talking about one of my favourite movies, Edge of …

2019-11-05: Uncomfortable as I may feel about the occasion, the firework show in Roundhay Park doesn’t …

2019-11-02: I revisited yesterday’s #makevember determined to get the batteries inside the jar. Sadly, even …

2019-11-01: A string of cheap Aldi LED skull lights left over from Hallowe’en makes for a very light-weight …

2019-10-29: That’s a birthday cake!

2019-10-26: Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon was fantastic. Laugh out loud the whole way through, with a pleasingly …

2019-10-12: All dressed up and ready to go for the indoor season.

2019-10-09: Having to open the hex editor is rarely a good start to the day.

2019-10-08: Huh. One of the “other Marks who occasionally (unintentionally?) use my email address” has signed up …

2019-09-26: Did iTunes break “Play Later”? It now seems to do the same as “Play Next” 😞

2019-09-23: I think it might be time to put the shorts away for the winter.

2019-09-23: Gee. Thanks, iTunes.

2019-09-19: “Use your administrator privileges to merge this pull request” Click.

2019-09-18: I recently learned of (can’t remember from where, sorry) Nick Cave’s Red Hand Files, an email …

2019-09-09: Email: “Your Hue Bridge has been reset to factory defaults and removed from your account.” No …

2019-08-28: 🎵 Getting round to giving the new Taylor Swift a listen. That is some poppy loveliness.

2019-08-21: Having a little “Good grief, Kid A was nineteen years ago” moment.

2019-08-14: Experiencing Worldcon FOMO 😞

2019-08-14: Just catching up that Automattic is buying Tumblr. That’s an interesting development.

2019-08-08: Kirkcudbrightshire.

2019-08-08: Five boys on holiday, aged eight to thirteen. The thirteen year-old loves D&D. They’re now all …

2019-08-04: 📚 Somtimes you finish reading a book and are left with the realisation that it was something really …

2019-07-30: Woo! My tipping-bucket rainfall gauge has arrive. Plans proceed..

2019-07-29: My day would be going a bit more smoothly if Xcode wasn’t so fond if its wee spinning …

2019-07-26: Today is a Regina Spektor and Ben Folds singing “Dear Theodosia” kind of day. …

2019-07-26: ❤️ the recently-added “Viewed” checkbox on files in Github’s pull request review …

2019-07-25: The pharmacy is air conditioned. I might just stay here ❄️

2019-07-24: Conversation discussing our (presumed) soon-to-be prime minister, discussing anything he might …

2019-07-24: I bought a fan. The fan didn’t work. I took it back to the shop. I now have a different fan, that …

2019-07-11: Just finished Stranger Things 3. Now I’m waiting for my eyes to stop leaking 🥺

2019-07-11: Hi to the mother who dropped her kids off to school with the instruction to “Dominate at …

2019-07-05: I can hear my son downstairs videoing himself playing his Grade 1 Rock Guitar songs. Not going to …

2019-07-03: One more sleep.

2019-06-30: I didn’t even know floating solar was a thing. twitter.com/MikeHudem…

2019-06-29: “Dad, back then was it a luxury to have windows?” “… Back when?” “When you were a kid.”

2019-06-29: Jeepers, it’s getting warm ☀️

2019-06-27: Big garlic is big.

2019-06-27: Three weeks without lifting a bow and nursing a sore back, I wasn’t expecting much today. I …

2019-06-26: If I remember the dates right, it’s three years today since we moved back to the UK from Toronto …

2019-06-25: That (mixed) feeling when weeks of work is represented by one short line in the release notes.

2019-06-23: Total agreement with this. Being interrupted, switching contexts… That’s working in a team. …

2019-06-23: Pool empty and lessons cancelled after someone… polluted the environment.

2019-06-21: I have yet to accidentally set anything on fire today. That’s an improvement on other days …

2019-06-20: Slightly tempted to shift my blog from Jekyll to Hugo just so that I don’t have to fiddle with …

2019-06-20: We could count the ways this is funny. twitter.com/iannmcdon…

2019-06-18: 📚 This evening I read Tade Thompson’s The Murders of Molly Southbourne. Wow. That really was …

2019-06-17: Jeremy’s been watching Logan’s Run again. twitter.com/Jeremy_Hu…

2019-06-10: Well, hello there, new Divine Comedy album. I didn’t know about you.

2019-06-07: I read this going, “Yup… Yup… Yup…” When programmers’ string opinions meet the Real World™. …

2019-06-06: All the websites that republish StackOverflow content surrounded by their own ads and clog up the …

2019-05-29: Sits in a little metal tube for an hour, sharing the air with 80 other people. Gets sick. ✅

2019-05-28: Contemplating those going for the Tory leadership. Rory Stewart seems to have a history of being …

2019-05-28: Leaving the house before 6 is much less painful when it’s daylight.

2019-05-26: Camping in Wensleydale over the weekend. Sadly this weather didn’t last.

2019-05-24: www.buzzfeednews.com/article/k…

2019-05-24: Chills. twitter.com/SirPatSte…

2019-05-21: Found this wee boyo crawling round my office this morning. I’ve no idea what it is.

2019-05-19: All go at the Selby Open.

2019-05-16: “Of course I’m going to go for it” are clearly the words of someone who grasps the …

2019-05-10: I have questions.

2019-05-07: 🎙️ I’m a bit late to the party, but I really enjoyed Tim Ferriss interviewing Neil Gaiman. …

2019-05-07: This looks like a great lineup. Sad I won’t be able to make it. twitter.com/NIDevConf…

2019-05-02: Older child turns 10 today. Is this what getting old feels like?

2019-04-25: 🎵 I wanted to listen to something different today to what I’ve had lately. I’ve ended up …

2019-04-19: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-n… I don’t know what to say. I only met Lyra in person once or …

2019-04-17: I don’t know what the birds round here are eating this year, but getting the car clean nearly took a …

2019-04-16: 🎬 It’s a shame The Silence is such a dull film. I quite enjoyed the novel it’s based on.

2019-04-11: I successfully spent a Scottish banknote in an English shop. I am invincible! I can do anything!

2019-04-06: Looking north up Gare Loch this evening. Great view of the mountains.

2019-04-02: Words to live by. twitter.com/tdierks/s…

2019-03-31: SF starting to get political. Mustn’t have read much SF before… twitter.com/WIRED/sta…

2019-03-29: Nice to see BBC News getting their troll on a wee bit. www.bbc.co.uk/news/news…

2019-03-27: MS OneNote is pretty good, but I really hurt for the lack of proper Markdown support 😞

2019-03-27: Days since I accidentally typed “:w” in a Slack window: 0.

2019-03-26: Woo! Swag! For when I need distracted from politics, stickers!

2019-03-25: Another from Fountains Abbey. It’s a very peaceful place. Until my children started shouting 😬

2019-03-24: As above, so below.

2019-03-23: We took a trip to Fountains Abbey this afternoon. It was much bigger than I expected, both the ruins …

2019-03-20: So, I take it you all have watched the new Stranger Things trailer?

2019-03-20: 📚 These should be worth watching out for. The Themis Files were an excellent trilogy, and the recent …

2019-03-19: A lone nail, spotted in the wild.

2019-03-16: I have just learned that orange Smarties are orange-flavoured. At 38, how did I not know this?

2019-03-13: Is Tory party internal shenanigans not what got us into this entire mess in the first place? …

2019-03-12: Every time we talk about moving (or do move) from one project management product to another, it …

2019-03-09: OH: “I don’t need to get washed. I got washed on Wednesday.” #parenting

2019-03-07: 📚 I love when Kindle pre-orders drop and new books appear in my hand! Today is Elizabeth …

2019-02-28: “Far-left”. Ha. twitter.com/GOP/statu…

2019-02-26: Oh no. It’s World Book Day next week.

2019-02-24: There’s a broken tile on our bathroom floor and, when someone stands on it, it sounds exactly like a …

2019-02-22: Sneaky spot for a geocache, down a wee entry in Whitby.

2019-02-22: Also, what is the point of butterfly? Every other stroke seems to have a use or purpose. Butterfly …

2019-02-22: I will never not chuckle at my son’s swimming instructor standing by the pool demonstrating the …

2019-02-21: Today was a cracking afternoon to start getting back into the swing of things for the outdoor …

2019-02-20: It was a pretty dreich afternoon at Eccup, but the geocaching was successful.

2019-02-19: It’s Whitby Abbey. No sign of any vampire, though.

2019-02-18: I’ve never seen it in action, but I have seen this roller parked in different places, so I think it …

2019-02-17: It’s not apparent from this picture just how busy Roundhay Park was yesterday afternoon. It was the …

2019-02-16:

2019-02-12: Creepy dog robots are better at doors than I am. twitter.com/OnlyInBOS…

2019-02-11:

2019-02-06: Too many pens inked. I should clean some out 😞

2019-02-06: 📚 This is interesting. Ararat was great fun. twitter.com/DEADLINE/…

2019-02-05: Everybody loves new notebook day.

2019-02-02: A chilly evening out.

2019-02-01:

2019-01-31: It was a little bit frosty this morning. Still is, seven hours later.

2019-01-27: Older son: “The book I’m reading is really old. It was published in 2003.” Me: 😶

2019-01-26: Not pictured: the doughnut the size of my whole hand.

2019-01-25: I do like the look of these, especially the Pelham Blue. twitter.com/cultpens/…

2019-01-25: Adds Doctor Who GIF to the pull request description 👍

2019-01-24: 🎬 Hard to express just how much I enjoyed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It looks incredible, …

2019-01-23: Wee problem with working remotely today: when I’ve lost my voice, the mic doesn’t pick me up …

2019-01-19: The first snow of the year started to fall.

2019-01-18: 😱 It’s just started snowing here.

2019-01-12: More Sagrada this evening. We quite like it, and it’s a very nicely produced game.

2019-01-11: The gas is off today, so I’m huddled round a candle for warmth 😃 I’d light the fire, but it runs on …

2019-01-11: An old satchel was in a box since a house-move or two ago. I found this in the bag 😁

2019-01-08: Since the gas was off at home, I spent the morning somewhere warmer. With a rather nice breakfast, …

2019-01-06: Dice from a new game: Sagrada.

2019-01-05: Over Kirkgate Market, Leeds.

2019-01-04: I can’t remember if I posted this. I meant to. The Mournes, from the centre of the maze at …

2019-01-03: One more from in and around Tollymore last week.

2019-01-03: Bye, Liverpool!

2019-01-02: A small splash of colour from Tollymore last Friday.

2019-01-01: The first bauble of 2019.

2018-12-31: Trassey Road, Newcastle.

2018-12-26: Whenever I read The Gruffalo, in my head Fox is voiced by James Mason. Just me?

2018-12-24: Responded to a Brexit post on Facebook. Why did I do that? I know better than to do that.

2018-12-24: Probably credibility-damaging observation: My niece is sitting here watching Frozen and Let it Go …

2018-12-13: Well-played to the Amazon delivery person who decided our black wheelie bin was both a sensible and …

2018-12-13: OH: “I’m about to make this experience as rich as Jeff Bezos.”

2018-12-11: I’m four episodes in to Netflix’s The Mist series. So far, not one likeable character, but balanced …

2018-12-11: According to Goodreads, my Year in Books was only one long. More of a Year in Book. Which …

2018-12-03: Good morning. Happy Monday, folks.

2018-12-01: Fletching my arrows the night before a competition. Is that typically organised for me?

2018-11-26: 🎵 This afternoon’s debugging has been brought to you by Apple Music’s Essential 90s Soft …

2018-11-24: Good job, Internet, keeping me free of Crimes of Grindelwald spoilers. Now I’ve seen it: 😮

2018-11-21: This sounds good to me. twitter.com/monzo/sta…

2018-11-15: That thing where you log out of App Store Connect and back in again and the build stalled in …

2018-11-15: A watched build is never processed…

2018-11-15: 📚 New Rivers of London, today. Yeooo!

2018-11-15: “Mrs May. “We handed you a pile of cold horse droppings on the understanding that you would change …

2018-11-07: Downside of working from home: spending lunch peeling the spuds to get the stew on for tonight. …

2018-11-03: /me declares RSS bankruptcy.