In June 1994, my father died at the age of 41. In May this year I outlived him, but for psychological reasons I needed to celebrate my 42nd birthday to make it “official”. Well, I made it. Saturday 22 December was the big day and now I kind of feel like counting birthdays is noContinue reading I made it
This week has hearkened back to the days of yore (i.e. 2006) when I used to write a lot on this site. I can’t pretend I will keep up the pace, but I’m pleased to breathe some new life into my blog. Speaking of breathing new life into things, this post is for those peopleContinue reading Wash your hands
I’ve been following a site called Shady Characters, created by Keith Houston. In his own words, “Shady Characters is all about the stories behind different marks of punctuation”. Recently, Keith went into some detail about the history of Emoji, which I encourage you to check out. The brief history of emoji is far more interestingContinue reading A history of Emoji
Gritty is the recently unveiled mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers, an ice hockey team in the National Hockey League. Researching that sentence just now, I learned more about Gritty than I knew before. Despite not being au fait with Gritty’s origin story, I’ve been enamoured with his image and without realising it, I have contributedContinue reading Now I’m envisioning him talking like a wookiee
Look at this. Witness the audacity of the Fall 2018 collection from Moncler 1 Pierpaolo Piccioli. I must have one.
I’m a regular user of Flipboard, the app that tells me what’s happening in the world that isn’t Twitter. I have a carefully curated list of interests. One of the things I do with my lovely spouse is share links using Flipboard. In the user interface on my iPhone (I don’t use it elsewhere), thereContinue reading Flipboard and the case of usability that doesn’t care about you
This post is not long enough to be a fully-fleshed out post on my technical blog, so I’m putting it here. Understanding Optimizer Timeout and how Complex queries can be Affected in SQL Server by Joseph Pilov is a worthy read if you’re at all interested in how query plans are built.
[Last edited 5 December 2018.] A few weeks ago I started limiting my time on Twitter significantly, although I reactivated my account a couple of weeks later and it was like I never left. One network I feel more strongly about is Facebook, a company I describe as evil without a hint of irony. IContinue reading Wither social media?
Since I first heard the word dumbass, I’ve been a fan. It is delightful way to describe silly human behaviour. However, I retired it in 2006 because some people take offence at it. For one thing, it ends in an ass, which doesn’t mean donkey. That has the potential for tripping up web filters andContinue reading I’m retiring a word (tomcruise) in favour of a better word (obliviot)