Technology

Earlier today, though Linzi is 9000 miles away, she and I both watched the first episode of Game of Thrones, season 5, simultaneously on our respective devices while using separate devices to video chat. Technology is pretty great.

New PC Parts

It’s always the same when it comes to buying new PC parts. Particularly if that PC is a dedicated gaming machine. Once you’ve clicked ‘buy’ on that new component – provided it’s not a peripheral, like a mouse – you spend the whole of the delivery time playing every game...

New Monitor

Some of you may have seen on Twitter today, in amongst the general flak I got for having a dirty keyboard, that I took delivery of a new monitor. The Dell UltraSharp U2515H, to be specific. After it was delivered, I unpacked it, plugged it in and checked to see...

The 100

As I trawled through Amazon Prime TV shows one evening, a show called ‘The 100’ presented itself. It seemed to be well reviewed, according to the Prime reviews, but you really can’t base a lot on those kinds of scores. Anyway, the premise appeared mildly interesting: “In the series premiere,...

Spotify

I read on the Independent today that “Spotify is nearing the end of a funding round that will see it nearly double in value”. This post is not about that. It is, of course, about me. I used to use an Apple TV. The iOS version of Spotify could natively...

The Leisure Limit

I’ve been struggling to think of a better way to phrase it, but I guess it’ll do. You see, rather than a point at which something must end, it is, conversely, the point at which can only happen from. Let’s rewind. What I’ve been finding lately is a creeping malaise....

The Witcher

Over the last couple of days I’ve sunk a bit of time into The Witcher, the first game from Polish company, CD Projeckt, sister company to GoG. Based on a popular Polish series of books by the same name, there are currently two Witcher games already out and a third...

Seaford

The weather did not start out well, which is typical as I’d planned to go and see my friend, Al Power, who now lives over in Seaford, an area I’d yet to explore. But thankfully by the time I made it over there for lunch, it was near perfect blue...

Beerleft

Sometime last week, it was decided that we should totally make our own beer for UX London. Several enthusiastic ‘Hell Yeah’s and a week or so later, 8 Clearlefties found ourselves in the arse-end of Croydon at the brewery for Cronx beers. Here, we were given an overview of the...

No delivery

Whelp. Today was spent WFH (working from home) while waiting for a delivery which never came. But, on the upside, I ‘got hold’ of the first season of Steven Universe, which sounded like it could be good. So I’ll find out if that’s true or not.

Fightlab

Just across the road from our office, is a place called Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. It serves as both a bar and gig venue for smaller acts. But, on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, it is also host to an event called ‘Fightlab’. The name may conjure...

Seoul Retrospective

It has been a full two days since returning from Seoul. Two days of Easter weekend on which to end my holiday, mostly on a couch or in front of my PC, simply decompressing. But now I think it time to write a final piece about Seoul, draw a line...

Civ 2

Much of our time spent in Seoul was in palaces, museums and cemeteries. Korea’s past is fascinating, tragic and inspiring. Though, I don’t know what it is about reading the history of a culture, but I get a rising urge to play one my old favourite games growing up, Civilization...

Gravity Falls

During an adventure to foreign lands, of all places, is where I came across a great new cartoon series to watch, courtesy of my wonderful Linzi, which is Gravity Falls. Created by Alex Hirsch and owned by Disney, Gravity Falls is a fun show about twins, Dipper and Mable, who...

Flagging

I’ve been up for at least 24 hours and then some. With a 12 hour flight in-between. Then there was the obligatory 2 hours travelling from the airport to home. Fast-food, beer and some crappy TV before passing out in bed is the plan for this eve. Just trying to...

Last Day in Seoul

We are currently one beer away from the end of our last day in Seoul. A week, while just enough to see almost everything that interested us, was barely enough to time to spend together in the midst of Linzi’s year in Japan. Tomorrow morning we must wake early-ish and...

A Valuable Lesson

During our trip to the DMZ, we were able to buy North Korean wine. In related news, today we learnt that North Korean wine is freakin’ terrible. I think it may have fizzed a bit when opened. It also had bits of, what we assumed to be, grape still floating...

A Little Bit of History

I have never been good with history. Memorizing all those facts and figures, then writing billions of pages in answer to a single exam question. It was not enjoyable. But, strangely, when I visit a new country, my first thoughts are to learn about its history. Over the last few...

A long day

Thankfully, after yesterday’s fiasco, today was conversely fantastic. I lie here, mere minutes to midnight having not the time to really cover our antics, but suffice to say, we saw palaces, art museums, an history museum, a markplace, drank beers, and ate Korean BBQ. Nice.

Not quite the plan

It turns out that on Mondays Seoul is closed. Like, the whole place. Every time we thought ‘Oh, that place is closed today, what about we do this other place, then?’. Nope. That place was closed, too. The fallbacks of our fallbacks were closed. We did manage a lovely trip...

Coffee and Palaces

Coffee in Seoul is not very good. We’ve tried it numerous times and it has always disappointed. Good thing I had some Small Batch coffee to use up and decided to bring my Aeropress. Today we explored the the ‘Palace District’ where we stumbled upon an underground museum, sauntered for...

First impressions

Maybe it’s due to being based in the outskirts of South Seoul, but taking a trip to the Han riverside reveals it’s not the city of sprawling super structures I had expected. Of course, with all the smog, they could just be hiding… I’ll uncover more in due time as...

Korean Air

After what seemed like 3 billion years, I am now lying comfortably on my hotel room bed, some atrocious, cringy Korean J-Pop (K-pop?) on the TV and the remains of travel Pringles in hand. I’m not allowed to enjoy Seoul until Linzi arrives tomorrow so I’ll use this time on...

Rendezvous

At this moment, I’m sitting on a relatively empty train, headphones on, bag of Twirl bites open and a can of G&T in hand. We’ve stopped at Gatwick. But I’m not getting off here. I ride this train to the end of the line and further still, all the way...

Jekyll

There was, and in fact still is, one mental barrier to my involvement in our 100 Days Project, which is that this site is powered by Jekyll a static site generator. Unlike certain other static site generators, such as Statamic, there’s no admin panel. Jekyll appealed to my inner (and...

Visual Thinking

Today us Clearlefties were honoured to receive Dave Gray to host his workshop on visual thinking. It came highly recommended from a handful of my colleagues, so much so that they were right back there doing the workshop again! The day started out with us listing several techniques we’d like...

100 days

As of today, various members of Clearleft are participcating in a 100 days challenge, of which there are many examples. Ours lives at clearleft100days.tumblr.com. The idea is to, and I quote, ‘Repeat a design operation for 100 days straight’. The ‘design’ aspect is flexible. Choose a thing and do it...

Scraping Twitter Feeds with NodeJS

Well, the time finally came. I had been using Remy Sharp’s handy little twitter.js script to show one tweet on the homepage of my latest live site, Pulse, and Twitter’s API changes finally caught up with it. Now, I’m not the sharpest cookie in the drawer (see?) so wrapping my...

Setting up a FreeNAS server

Intro The Hardware Installing FreeNAS Configuring Conclusion Intro I’d planned on setting up a Fileserver/NAS for quite a while now. Who hasn’t? I even bought all the hardware over a year ago. But, for whatever reason, I’d felt that it would take forever to sort out and put it off...

Occasional Git

Welcome to Occasional Git! For when you’re working on your own, on small-ish sites. These are the things I encounter sometimes only once a month, if that. I’ll be supplementing the commands with examples I’ve used personally. Ignoring files already committed git rm --cached I’m horrendous at knowing what files...

The Case of the Linux Box and nginx

Following on from the last post which laid the landscape covering the whys, we now get on to the hows. The server I’ve been with MediaTemple for many years, first with their (dv) servers for client work, then their (gs) servers for my personal sites. I’ve never had a problem...

Welcome!

Welcome, fine folks, to the all-new gablaxian.com. It was back in May when I vowed to take this back to basics in a blog post called, ‘The Rebrand’. I wanted to get a bare-bones server and configure it the way I wanted, from the ground up. Well, I got the...