Sunday

I've been trying to take it easy lately to let my arm get better, but it's super annoying not exercising when you're into it. So this morning I got up and went for a ride up the horrible hill by our house to fly the drone. Sadly all the photos I got were ruined by lens flares except this one.

Tabitha and I went to play some basketball, then walked to meet Charlotte at the allotment.

She's getting a bit good at this allotment lark. Just in time for Brexit when we all begin to starve and die of curable diseases.

A squirrel thief was stealing these beans but I stopped him like the hero that I am, and I like the colours a lot.


The most unhealthy meal


Allow me to present the leftover curry pizza.


Frontierer and We Never Learned to Live


This lineup was a no-brainer. Two of my favourite bands to see live; the only issue being that the show was in north London. It turned out super expensive but totally worth it. Both bands put on an amazing show and I got to see WNLTL perform some new songs, which they did beautifully.

I tried to make a recording of the show but I don't think it really worked, for some reason. I suppose that's what happens when you try to do something with absolutely no prior experience; sometimes it just doesn't work!

Boston Music Room has a "no detachable-lens cameras" policy so I left mine behind. Still can't resist snapping pictures of the crowd with my phone though.


Look after your stuff

I love controllers. This one is a particular favourite of mine, but I didn't get one new when I could because I'm an idiot, and now they're £130 sealed and I'm not paying that! Instead, I bought one used from the cex website (never do this), returned it because it looked like it'd been in a house fire, exchanged for this one, which worked well enough for me to keep it but I still wasn't happy.

I've been wanting to revisit some of my older games. Namely, I want to play some older Zelda games. I've got the carts and the hardware to play them on, but I pretty much always have my laptop and it's more convenient and one less thing to keep charged, so I've been trying to make it happen on there. I decided to use this controller but I was just sick of the sticky, unresponsive buttons, so decided to spend my Friday night taking it apart to see if I can improve the situation.

Turns out, the previous owner had apparently spilled a drink on this. Inside, it was brown and it took a load of cotton buds and acetone to get it clean. Reassembled it and now it works great. I still think it's going to need a new battery, but now I'm ready to set out on a couple of new adventures. However, it's 1am and I'm sleepy so Hyrule can wait another day.


A Day in Amsterdam

I wanted to buy a Club Mate, but I'm being good. I love Club Mate


I never normally get to go to cool places for work because people always want to see Dan. That sounds like I'm bitter, but I'm not. I accepted my fate as a vault-dwelling mole-person when I decided I wanted to pursue a career in programming. But, as I progress through my career, I'm doing more planning, consulting and meeting, which means more travel.

I'm putting together a video of this trip because I want to make videos, but I don't know how to make videos. I have in my head that I'm going to make something like Mr Brainwash's first edit of his footage for Exit Through the Gift Shop (this is potentially a niche reference. Even Charlotte, who loved that movie and loves street art, didn't remember what I was talking about!) which puts me off making the sort of thing that I think is my style. That is a sort-of Werner Herzog/Peter Draws narrative over the footage I gathered for the subject. I don't know if that's the sort of thing people would want to watch, but we'll see when I've made it, I suppose.

Gavin Strange, the constant fountain of inspiration, reminds us to not overthink it, and just start making something. So, I guess that's what I should do. Who cares if it sucks; making stuff is fun, and you don't get good at making stuff without...making stuff.