I’ve updated my Links page, adding RSS/feed data to every record I could, so Inoreader will pick up the feeds from my OPML file. I’ve also started adding all of the missing “follows” I have – starting with my old Feedly export, then I’ll add any missing from Aperture. So far I’ve added a bunch of blogs on various topics, and a new category for Scotland-focussed content.

Classifying sites has been one of the tricker aspects of this exercise so far! Some of my subscriptions date back 15+ years, and no site remains confined to a single topic for that long. For many I’ve been going with “what does this person do?” rather than what they’re currently writing about. Others are matched up with how I categorised them when I first subscribed (more or less). If I end up adding more categories I’ll reevaluate where some sites sit, but I’m keeping the number of categories as small as I can.

I’ve trimmed off a few dead sites, but – I confess –  I’ve left just as many still on the list in the hope they spring back to life one day.

I’m giving Inoreader a quick go, based in part on Chris’s experiences using it as a Social Reader. The idea of hooking into IFTTT to create various posts on this blog based on what I read appeals to me. Inoreader allows subscribing to OPML feeds instead of importing a static file – allowing for dynamically managing my subscriptions. Chris manages this through his Following page, and I’m planning to do something similar with my Links page, although to get this working I’m going to have to go back through my list and add any RSS feed URLs to the entry.

I should take the time to get all my “followings” back in sync during the exercise. I dropped Feedly last year, and I’ve never quite finished porting everything I had there to Aperture/Monocle, or to the Links page. I’ve not synced everything I’ve added to Aperture back to the Links page either. So much housekeeping to catch up on.

Even though I’m all for fulfilling civic duties, after this week, I never want to be on a jury again. I can’t imagine the toll it takes on those in the legal profession who are exposed to these matters all the time.

That’s my service over with, although I think I’m going to need to take a few days to clear my head.

Tempted to stop giving money to stores who add that PayPal “would you like a copy of this cart…” overlay.

It’s intrusive, annoying, slows down browsing, and very often appears on *every* page load. Including the cart itself.


“Dark mode” for this site has been one of those things on my todo list for a while. The in-development theme I’m working on has been built from the ground up to support it through the use of media queries and CSS custom properties — but I hadn’t actually implemented it. After a nudge from reading this post by Jeremy I’ve finally implemented something to try out:

In progress theme in ’dark mode’

For now I’m borrowing Jeremy’s colours, but I’m planning to tweak these as the design evolves.

I’m starting to pull together a theme based on the changes I was thinking about a few days ago. It’s nothing “earth-shattering” or revolutionary, but it fits where my mindset is right now.

I need to think carefully about how I handle Post Kinds, like Bookmarks and Likes… these have had such divergent ways of formatting over the years that there’s probably no one-size-fits-all approach I can take. So far I’ve managed to keep everything IndieWeb-compatible too, with h-feed, h-entry, h-card, and other building-block microformats working more-or-less as they do now (as far as I’ve tested with X-Ray, Parse This, Indiewebify, etc).

Layout is being handled by Flexbox for the moment. This article has continued to be invaluable. I could/should switch to CSS Grid for the final version, but I haven’t yet. So far only the content has been worked on. I still need to figure out the header/footer/secondary information.

If I can get a good run at things, I should have the theme finished some time in November. October is unlikely, as my evenings are fully-booked until at least the 19th.

Apologies if you got/get a webmention from my dev site – I just refreshed it with some more recent content, so I could see how things were looking with a wider variety of posts.

Today is off to a great start already. The main corporate network seems to be down. I’d connect to another network and remote in… but I’ve forgotten my work phone, which has the security token app required for the VPN. Classic Monday.

Disappointed and a bit angry to find someone had drawn swastikas and celtic cross in the morning condesation on my bus stop this morning. Even though it wasn’t a permenant defacement and would’ve vanished in a couple of hours, I scrubbed that shit out as soon as I spotted it.

I wouldn’t have had time to see it if I hadn’t missed my normal bus and had to wait for the next one, so now I’m going to be looking warily at the people getting on the same time as me.

I generated 1.1TB of string data for a project, overnight. It’s just one big text file on a disk. Now I just have to grep through it to find the particular patterns I need… that 1.1TB will probably come down to 500-600GB by the end of it, but I can see the pattern-matching process taking the rest of the weekend…

Python and command-line utilities have been super useful at generating this data, and definitely helped the process along. As a reminder to myself, these are the commands I’m using to “post-process” the data:

Look for lines in input.csv which don’t match this pattern, and echo them to output.csv:

$ grep -vE "([A-K]{3}),\1" input.csv > output.csv

Split output.csv into files 800MB in size, called data_n, where n is an 8-digit incremental number (e.g. data_00000001):

$ split -a 8 -d -b 800M output.csv data_

For each data file in the directory, give it the .csv extension:

$ for f in data*; mv "$f" "$f.csv"; done

Cool. Sometime recently, Flickr migrated their signup process to their own native system. I’ve been curious about Flickr under its new owners, but as recently as a couple of months ago, signing up still required creating a Yahoo account — something there was zero chance of me doing.

I’m not sure what I’d use Flickr for nowadays, but I do have fond memories of the service in its heyday of the mid-2000s. I can syndicate from this site to my Flickr photostream, although that means I’ll probably have to start using the full-sized original images in posts instead of the resized versions I use currently.