Damn it, Animal Crossing, with your cute pumpkins and halloween decorations! Fine I'll play some more.
The last few weeks has not been the most fun. I can't find time to take pictures, so here's a montage.
I'm finding myself increasingly irritated by how bad the internet is becoming.
Remember when we thought popups were annoying so we blocked them, and what followed has been the systematic dismantling of any and all pleasure that could be derived from the internet. Now we have constant popups, overlays, cookie warnings, ads that you can't differentiate from content, services that try (and succeed) to build a map of your entire life online that they can keep and know for themselves, then attempt to make you feel guilty for blocking it!
And it seems to be getting worse. I'm finding myself needing to enable stripped-back reader views on every site I visit, just so I can actually parse the content I arrived for. I know some websites are trying to make money, but doing it by annoying everyone in the process doesn't feel like a super sustainable business model.
This week felt like it lasted forever. Work has seemed never-ending, evenings have been hollow respite where I have no motivation to do anything
We're watching classic Mr Bean from the 90s and Tabitha hasn't stopped laughing her head off since it started. I never liked this show when I was younger but it's hard to argue with its effect on her!
This week has been non-stop but a lot of fun. Starting to get out of my super-busy-focus period, which is always bittersweet.
Charlotte set up some desk space again. Sitting at the dining table became problematic months ago.
Until I read them to Tabitha a year or so ago, I had never read a word of the Narnia chronicles. They immediately became some of my favourite stories. I was obsessed with them until we finished.
We're watching the films now (and Netflix are making them too, apparently!) and they've done a pretty reasonable job with them, but it makes me want to read the books again.
They're some of the most vivid works of fiction I've ever read and, compared with things like Lord of the Rings, remarkably sparing with their exposition considering the payoff.
In my opinion, LEGO have done a really poor job of communicating what this actually is. Maybe I've just conveniently missed the message in everything I've read, but even so, if I've managed to entirely miss it, others probably did too.
Getting to the stage with this site where I have learned so much about GraphQL, Node, and React that it all needs to be ripped out and redone. I can't decide if I'm looking forward to that or not.
I've heard David Walliams described as "this generation's Roald Dahl", which is utterly ludicrous and does a huge disservice to Roald Dahl. But it's nice to occasionally test how hard I can roll my eyes.
I thought this was going to take all day. Nowhere has switches in stock, and I have a board with really good switches that I'm not using