Intense Sunday

Intense Sunday

I like helping at the allotment. I'm much better in the morning when my energy levels are high


Sharing games with Tabitha

Sharing games with Tabitha

Was really nice to share this with Tabitha


I'm trying not to focus on the General State of Things too much. It's outside my control, and people are making stupid decisions that annoy me. One of us isn't thinking enough, and if it's me that doesn't make me less annoyed.

I'm burying myself in work a bit, but I am also really enjoying figuring out ways to spend time with people I care about but can't be near. I equate this to trying to figure out what to buy someone for their birthday: how can I let this person know that I value them and care about them?

One of the easiest people I've ever known in this regard is My Friend Hugo (sounds like a movie about an intervention). We have so much overlap in things we like that I frequently feel guilty for not making more effort with him. I feel like things that require less effort shouldn't receive less effort; it should be the opposite.

I digress.

Hugo and I played Streets of Rage 4 online together and it was great. They've done a brilliant job with that game. Like they've been watching people trash the Sonic formula and annoy people and gone "hey let's not do that; people don't like it". I've played a lot of Streets of Rage, and this is a great addition to the series. I'm very glad that SoR continues to be a series that you don't have to say "oh skip that one, it sucks".

Hope you're staying safe. If you want to do something together, hit me up.


Everyone's doing this music thing of 10 albums that shaped their taste. No-one on Facebook cares about my music taste. No-one cares here, but at least I know that!

The Offspring - Americana
Slipknot - Slipknot
Royksopp - Junior
Run the Jewels - Run The Jewels 2
Death Grips - The Money Store
yndi halda - Enjoy Eternal Bliss
La Dispute - Wildlife
Incubus - Make Yourself
Jose Gonzalez - Veneer
Carpenter Brut - EP I


Garden Squirrels

Garden Squirrels

We've got squirrels in the garden at the moment. I'm not sure what's up with them but a couple of the younger ones have almost no fur on their tails.


Speedrunners is 50% off on Switch right now. We used to have a Mario Kart Lunch, which was me, Max, Hugo, Charlie, James, and it was so good. We got really good at it, and super competitive, which I'm not normally into, but I love playing Mario Kart as if it's important.

To take a break from Mario Kart, we occasionally played things like Gang Beasts and Speedrunners, and I loved playing them. Max is some sort of savant at Speedrunners. I've never known anyone with such incredible reflexes. I miss playing games with those guys.


The cows in the meadow

The cows in the meadow

I deviated from my route slightly to incorporate a hill I've never done before


More ducks!

More ducks!

Returned with a proper camera after watering the allotment. I love ducks.


Windmills by the Ocean

Windmills by the Ocean

Walked the dog again this morning, but brought my camera because last time there was tonnes of wildlife around


I crashed my drone in an exceptionally stupid way today. I don't want to give details, save for the fact that I had delusions of grandeur whilst trying to save a frisbee from our roof. To add insult to injury, said frisbee was later saved by some sticks gaffer taped together.

But! DJI has a new one coming out soon. It wasn't intentional, Charlotte, I promise.


Ducklings!

Ducklings!

The ducks have been busy making some food for the seagulls


Hands

Hands

Beto wanted some photos of a hand opening for use in a design. They're super simple but I really like how they look.


Early morning dog-walking

Early morning dog-walking

Took Sudo on our slightly-longer-but-still-short route this morning. Feel bad for him not getting the walks he normally does but he just sleeps most of the day so I don't think he's miserable.


I hate XML

I hate XML

The above screenshot is the difference between an XML product feed that Facebook can't be parsed (top) and one that can (bottom). A default namespace declaration. Why does this matter?


There's a documentary about the McDonalds Monopoly scandal, which was one of my favourite stories (behind a paywall now sorry, but you can find out everything about it by Googling!) in the last few years.

Stories from the last couple of years that I hope also get made into a film/documentary:


The Lunar Hybrid Collection

The Lunar Hybrid Collection

All throughout my Animal Crossing: New Horizons playthrough, I've been a victim of my own laissez-faire attitude to planning. I have moved six houses, demolished a bridge, moved the museum and the shop. All because, at the time, the decision of where to put them was in my way.


Street of Rage 4 came out! I didn't even realise it was due. So far it is a brilliant reincarnation of the series and I'm looking forward to playing more of it.


Lockdown cuisine

Lockdown cuisine

I've been enjoying taking photos of some of our more photogenic meals during lockdown. Or, at least, what passes for lockdown in this country.


I tried to make a logomark

I tried to make a logomark

The table flip guy was getting on my nerves so I wanted to try and make a logomark


Socialising in 2020

Socialising in 2020

Dinner and pre-drinks, followed by a pub quiz.