Archive for the ‘wibble’ Category

August 2020

29Aug20

ICYMI It’s been something of a busy month for blogging, with posts on Cloud Migration, Java, the UK exam fiasco, Hugo. and RIP Dougal. BBQ The new Kamado Joe that I mentioned last month got its first run, which looked good, but ended up being a little dry: Hawksmore @ Home The Hawksmore at Home […]


RIP Dougal

28Aug20

Born on 22 May 2005, Dougal came home with us on 16 July 2005: He loved hanging out with other dogs, and had to run hard to keep up since he was little: He loved exploring the local woods, and would join me for my daily trips to the shop. Just last weekend some other […]


TL;DR Standardised tests like A Levels will inevitably have winners and losers, and in normal circumstances those people will usually know why they won or lost. For the losers it’s likely that they experienced some bad luck; but the key point here is that experience – they know why things didn’t work out. When that […]


‘Filter failure at the outrage factory’ is a term I’ve been using on Twitter[1], usually as part of a quote tweet for something describing the latest social media catalysed atrocity, but I thought it deserved a longer form explanation, hence this post. I fear that I buried the lede in a note when I first […]


I’m not much of a podcast fan, but I came across Sam Harris interviewing Michael Hayden and set aside some time to listen to it. I wasn’t expecting much common ground between the interviewer and interviewee, but a mutual dislike of Glenn Greenwald seemed to get their rapport clicked into place, and I very much enjoyed […]


Lovely

22Apr17

My wife took me out to the ‘Supper Club‘ at the newly opened Waitrose in Haywards Heath earlier this week. I wouldn’t be writing about it here if the Daily Mail hadn’t done a hatchet job review that totally misaligns with own experience. The title of this post comes from the head chef’s introduction to […]


Shortly after I got my first PDA (a Palm OS Sony CLIÉ) my friend Gav showed my Bejeweled on his Palm Pilot. I got it for myself, and I played that game a lot. It was some years later when Bejeweled Blitz came along on Facebook. I played that a bit, but Flash games on […]


Green Earl Grey

04Jul13

A few years ago I accidentally gave up coffee. It wasn’t pleasant at the time, but I felt much better afterwards, so I stuck with it. I still enjoy a very occasional double espresso, and caffeine is a wonderful thing when it’s not part of a regular habit or dependency. When I returned from the […]


There’s been a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking over last week’s shutdown of Boston during the pursuit of terror suspects. I have my own opinions about what went on, but don’t feel this is the time or place to get into that. The point of this post is to examine whether if many (or even […]


I get to go along to a lot of industry conferences, and goody bags are pretty standard fair. I expect that most of them quickly find their way to landfill, which is always a shame. A couple of years ago I was visiting somebody who I’d met at a conference, and I had one of […]