Categories

  • Personal
    • 40 years of gaming

      I've been playing video games of one kind or another for more than forty years now.

    • 2023 retrospective / 2024 resolutions

      Happy New Year!

    • 2023: My year in books, film, and music

      For the seventeenth year in a row – probably the longest I've stuck at any habit, although the fact that I only have to do this once a year does make it slightly easier to sustain – it's time to collate and rate my media consumption during the last twelve months.

    • To riff or not to riff

      I'm still struggling to figure out exactly what sort of music I want to make.

    • Ghost, Node 18, and ECONNREFUSED ::1:3306

      An appropriately spooky ghost-related update, since we've just had Halloween; when I tried to update the Ghost installation that this blog runs on, I ran into a succession of problems.

    • Learning Z80 assembly is hard

      When I set out to write something I could play on my ZX Spectrum, I was fairly confident in my abilities. Sure, it's been a while since I really did any programming, I'm pretty sure I can understand something that is by its very nature far simpler. I mean how hard could it possibly be?

    • Music making

      Recently I've been making a concerted effort to get back into making music – and a few recent purchases have helped.

    • On reading

      Last week, motivational writer and bookshop owner Ryan Holiday published a post on his blog titled These 38 Reading Rules Changed My Life. I read it, and several of the points he made definitely chimed with my own observations after forty-odd years as an avid reader.

    • Zenit EM

      On a whim I recently bought myself a new toy. The Zenit EM is a 35mm SLR, manufactured in the Soviet Union for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. And, after almost 20 years using a smartphone, it's been a bit of a steep learning curve.

    • Writing ZX BASIC on your PC

      One of the projects I'm slowly chipping away at in my spare time is a game for the ZX Spectrum. I really don't want to type it in using my actual Spectrum, so I started looking for a method that would let me write BASIC on my PC using a comfortable, familiar IDE.

    • My favourite authors

      Now that the office bookshelves were ostensibly mine and mine alone, I decided that I would rearrange them in order to gather together the works of my favourite authors.

    • Meditation

      I find meditation to be similar to exercising or writing: you never really want to do it, but you always feel better after you have.

    • My 2022 in books, films and music

      Year sixteen of sitting myself down in front of the computer on New Year's Eve and totting up (almost) everything I read, watched or listened to over the previous twelve months. I'm not even sure whether I enjoy this exercise any more, but it's been a thing for too long to give it up now.

    • How I became a web designer

      As I grow older, I increasingly often find myself indulging in nostalgic reminiscences, reliving periods of my life and reflecting on the multitude of decisions that led me to my present situation. One such recent reflection struck me as sufficiently interesting to share.

    • Some Observations On Visiting Edinburgh, By A Visitor From The Low Countries

      When one arrives into Edinburgh from the west, the city slowly grows out of the ground before you. Squat houses with flat roofs cluster in ones and twos along the roadway, numbers nailed to their lintels, as if they aspire to one day grow taller.

  • Life
    • 40 years of gaming

      I've been playing video games of one kind or another for more than forty years now.

    • 2023 retrospective / 2024 resolutions

      Happy New Year!

    • Nostalgia

      Increasingly frequently, I find myself submerged in overwhelming nostalgia. My YouTube feed is full of reviews of ZX Spectrum games, people painting Warhammer miniatures, obscure histories of comic books, retrospectives of musicians and genres that haven't been big in the last three decades or more. I re-read books that I

    • Meditation

      I find meditation to be similar to exercising or writing: you never really want to do it, but you always feel better after you have.

    • How I Get Things Done

      Over the years, I’ve experimented with many different techniques for time- and task-management; here’s how I do it, 2018 edition.

    • How I became a web designer

      As I grow older, I increasingly often find myself indulging in nostalgic reminiscences, reliving periods of my life and reflecting on the multitude of decisions that led me to my present situation. One such recent reflection struck me as sufficiently interesting to share.

  • Music
    • 2023: My year in books, film, and music

      For the seventeenth year in a row – probably the longest I've stuck at any habit, although the fact that I only have to do this once a year does make it slightly easier to sustain – it's time to collate and rate my media consumption during the last twelve months.

    • To riff or not to riff

      I'm still struggling to figure out exactly what sort of music I want to make.

    • Music making

      Recently I've been making a concerted effort to get back into making music – and a few recent purchases have helped.

    • Metric @ The Roundhouse, Feb 1st 2023

      If you're a fan of Metric, it's a little surprising to come across them playing in such a relatively intimate venue. The multiple Juno winners seem like they should be selling out stadiums. Perhaps back home in Canada they are – but here in Europe the stops are decidedly on the smaller side.

    • My 2022 in books, films and music

      Year sixteen of sitting myself down in front of the computer on New Year's Eve and totting up (almost) everything I read, watched or listened to over the previous twelve months. I'm not even sure whether I enjoy this exercise any more, but it's been a thing for too long to give it up now.

  • Books
    • 2023: My year in books, film, and music

      For the seventeenth year in a row – probably the longest I've stuck at any habit, although the fact that I only have to do this once a year does make it slightly easier to sustain – it's time to collate and rate my media consumption during the last twelve months.

    • On reading

      Last week, motivational writer and bookshop owner Ryan Holiday published a post on his blog titled These 38 Reading Rules Changed My Life. I read it, and several of the points he made definitely chimed with my own observations after forty-odd years as an avid reader.

    • My favourite authors

      Now that the office bookshelves were ostensibly mine and mine alone, I decided that I would rearrange them in order to gather together the works of my favourite authors.

    • My 2022 in books, films and music

      Year sixteen of sitting myself down in front of the computer on New Year's Eve and totting up (almost) everything I read, watched or listened to over the previous twelve months. I'm not even sure whether I enjoy this exercise any more, but it's been a thing for too long to give it up now.

  • Film
    • 2023: My year in books, film, and music

      For the seventeenth year in a row – probably the longest I've stuck at any habit, although the fact that I only have to do this once a year does make it slightly easier to sustain – it's time to collate and rate my media consumption during the last twelve months.

    • John Waters

      Two pieces of John Waters-related media showed up in my feeds this week, and it got me thinking about my own 25-year fascination with the filmmaker.

    • My 2022 in books, films and music

      Year sixteen of sitting myself down in front of the computer on New Year's Eve and totting up (almost) everything I read, watched or listened to over the previous twelve months. I'm not even sure whether I enjoy this exercise any more, but it's been a thing for too long to give it up now.

  • Retro
    • Learning Z80 assembly is hard

      When I set out to write something I could play on my ZX Spectrum, I was fairly confident in my abilities. Sure, it's been a while since I really did any programming, I'm pretty sure I can understand something that is by its very nature far simpler. I mean how hard could it possibly be?

    • Zenit EM

      On a whim I recently bought myself a new toy. The Zenit EM is a 35mm SLR, manufactured in the Soviet Union for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. And, after almost 20 years using a smartphone, it's been a bit of a steep learning curve.

    • Writing ZX BASIC on your PC

      One of the projects I'm slowly chipping away at in my spare time is a game for the ZX Spectrum. I really don't want to type it in using my actual Spectrum, so I started looking for a method that would let me write BASIC on my PC using a comfortable, familiar IDE.

  • Gaming
    • 40 years of gaming

      I've been playing video games of one kind or another for more than forty years now.

    • Learning Z80 assembly is hard

      When I set out to write something I could play on my ZX Spectrum, I was fairly confident in my abilities. Sure, it's been a while since I really did any programming, I'm pretty sure I can understand something that is by its very nature far simpler. I mean how hard could it possibly be?

    • Writing ZX BASIC on your PC

      One of the projects I'm slowly chipping away at in my spare time is a game for the ZX Spectrum. I really don't want to type it in using my actual Spectrum, so I started looking for a method that would let me write BASIC on my PC using a comfortable, familiar IDE.

  • Productivity
    • How I Get Things Done

      Over the years, I’ve experimented with many different techniques for time- and task-management; here’s how I do it, 2018 edition.

    • Personal Productivity Hacking

      When I look back over the last year, one area in particular stands out as needing improvement. Towards the end of the year, I resolved to address this petering out of productivity.

  • Writing
  • Review
    • Metric @ The Roundhouse, Feb 1st 2023

      If you're a fan of Metric, it's a little surprising to come across them playing in such a relatively intimate venue. The multiple Juno winners seem like they should be selling out stadiums. Perhaps back home in Canada they are – but here in Europe the stops are decidedly on the smaller side.

  • Photography
    • Zenit EM

      On a whim I recently bought myself a new toy. The Zenit EM is a 35mm SLR, manufactured in the Soviet Union for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. And, after almost 20 years using a smartphone, it's been a bit of a steep learning curve.

  • Site
    • Ghost, Node 18, and ECONNREFUSED ::1:3306

      An appropriately spooky ghost-related update, since we've just had Halloween; when I tried to update the Ghost installation that this blog runs on, I ran into a succession of problems.