Michael Camilleri

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2019-10-18: I don’t know whether this is real but Wi-Fi performance on my iPhone has been terrible since …

2019-10-17: Consider there to be three people on this hill.

2019-10-17: For no reason that I can discern, the use of ‘parse’ to mean ‘scrutinise …

2019-10-16: Weird: there are two long-form magainze articles out about Amazon this month. It’s an …

2019-10-16: Posting this is probably just asking for trouble but so far Catalina has been fine on my 13” …

2019-10-13: First Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for Japan!

2019-10-08: Bravo, Adam Silver.

2019-10-08: This is a disappointingly pissweak statement from the coach of the Golden State Warriors on the …

2019-10-07: Disappointed to see that the NBA will stand up to the U.S. but not China.

2019-10-04: The word ‘secular’ is one of those annoying English words that now has two diametrically …

2019-09-30: I’m curious as to who at Apple thought it made sense to hide all the message actions behind …

2019-09-25: Feedbin won’t work without third party JavaScript. I can’t wait for 1Blocker to support …

2019-09-25: I’ve decided to try turning off JavaScript on my iPhone. Presumably this can’t last but …

2019-09-24: Another thought about the Apple Watch Series 5: how successful would this product be if it worked …

2019-09-24: Just had the worst product exchange experience I’ve ever had at an Apple Store. I usually find …

2019-09-24: It was a delightful surprise to open Feedbin this morning and see all the stories from the latest …

2019-09-20: I’m now proudly wearing a Apple Watch Series 5. I really like it. Feels like a good choice.

2019-09-20: Not sure if this is an AirPods problem or an iOS 13 problem but my right AirPod refuses to connect …

2019-09-20: Another thing to note about iOS 13: still can’t change the ordering direction of items in your …

2019-09-20: I will say this about iOS 13: Apple Arcade is terrific. I’ve already grabbed Overland, Mini …

2019-09-20: So the ‘move to folder’ option in Mail on iOS 13 is now behind the reply arrow. Because …

2019-09-20: Oh wow. Mail in iOS 13 is missing key features. Messages no longer go edge to edge making …

2019-09-20: I decided to ignore all good advice and install iOS 13 on my iPhone. (I regret nothing!)

2019-09-19: I released a new gem! Feedstock is a (very rough) library for extracting information from a webpage …

2019-09-17: TFW you’re waiting for Luminary to die so that the Rewatchables can cover 90s movies again.

2019-09-15: The wait to find a 3v3 game of Rocket League (in Asia at least) is at crazy levels.

2019-09-15: There’s nothing like your kids’ excitement to get you interested in your own birthday …

2019-09-14: Watching Australia choke away a guaranteed medal in the Spain game was tough. Congrats to Spain—you …

2019-09-11: For the first time, I’ve got the number of outstanding PRs in Rouge down to 50. Woohoo!

2019-09-10: Just finished watching the Australia v France game from earlier tonight. What an absolute corker.

2019-09-09: I should be finishing the string of games I’ve bought since getting back into the PS4 but …

2019-09-07: I’ve finally got a working version of the Robot Framework language lexer. DSLs are the worst.

2019-09-05: It just looks like I’m avoiding going back to work.

2019-09-04: I first came across the term ‘charterparty’ in my second year of law school. I’ve …

2019-09-04: Back at inbox zero.

2019-08-31: I’ve just discovered I’ve been singing the James Bond Jr. theme song wrong for the past …

2019-08-30: I can’t be the only person who wants to save links from macOS’s Mail.app to Reading …

2019-08-28: HER: I don’t want to eat egg. ME: When you live in your own house, you can eat whatever you …

2019-08-26: Ugh. I really made a meal of that merge. Probably not a good idea to be working through PRs while my …

2019-08-25: I think I’m going with isync as the tool I’m going to use to back up Gmail.

2019-08-24: I know it’s undoubtedly 85% nostalgia but goddamn—this playlist of 1997 alternative hits on …

2019-08-23: I think my favourite thing about Micro.blog is replies of (effectively) arbitrary length.

2019-08-23: I love Paul Ford.

2019-08-21: Speaking of Apple Watch, I still think Apple should make a smartband. Here’s the short version …

2019-08-21: Surprised to hear Jason Snell say on the latest Upgrade that Apple didn’t need to upgrade the …

2019-08-21: Having difficulty finding a robust solution for archiving all my e-mail.

2019-08-20: I use Safari’s Reading List all the time but I wish it could be sorted so that oldest links …

2019-08-20: I’m not sure I’ve loved anything as much as I love this album cover.

2019-08-20: I would be interested in a Clojure Native akin to Scala Native.

2019-08-20: Do I have any friends who listen to The Rewatchables?

2019-08-19: I’m sure I’ve said this before but it is surprisingly difficult to find high quality …

2019-08-15: Regarding my comment on Tuesday about Yahoo being incorrectly blamed for Tumblr’s failure, …

2019-08-15: My Apple Watch Series 2 seems on the verge of giving up the ghost again. Its battery magically got …

2019-08-13: I find the discussion about Tumblr failing because Yahoo bought it oddly disconnected from reality. …

2019-08-13: So it seems like if you have a bunch of data files (i.e. PST files) open in Outlook and you reorder …

2019-08-12: I’m spending my holiday Monday fixing my Synology.

2019-08-09: Does anyone else use Reading List on the Mac? Do you notice that stories don’t disappear from …

2019-08-05: I can’t shake the feeling that I forgot to back up something from my Digital Ocean account …

2019-07-31: I’m a little surprised YouTube only has one upload of the scene between Tom Cruise and Jon …

2019-07-25: I really want to write a trilogy of blog posts about Pixar’s Cars movies.

2019-07-24: Hey, remember how I lamented yesterday that that essay by Craig Mod about fast software was trapped …

2019-07-23: Craig Mod has a beautiful essay about software and speed but I’m a little sad it’s not …

2019-07-23: Overall, becoming a maintainer of Rouge has been positive but I’m a little sad that with all …

2019-07-19: The number of outstanding pull requests on the Rouge library that I’m helping to maintain is …

2019-07-18: Here’s a handful of scattered thoughts about the tension between being a father and being …

2019-07-16: I’m a bit sad to discover almost all traces of the venerable Evangelion mailing list have …

2019-07-13: Have you wondered to yourself, How do I rebase a contributor’s pull request on a GitHub …

2019-07-09: I spent the last couple of days working on Tenter, a new gem for providing webhooks to GitHub. This …

2019-06-26: As I keep nodding off at work, I’m thinking that maybe these late night coding sessions are …

2019-06-26: Version 3.5.0 of Rouge is out the door. It’s still taking all of my free time (which is, …

2019-06-25: I really hope this find by Joe Cieplinski about duplicate songs in iTunes carries through to the …

2019-06-22: I’m curious what effect (if any) Evangelion streaming worldwide on Netflix will mean. I still …

2019-06-21: It seems kind of broken how difficult it is for me to sign up to a mailing list versus how easy it …

2019-06-20: I made it through all 100 or so e-mail notifications. Let’s never do that again.

2019-06-20: Slowly working through the 100+ e-mail notifications about stale issues in Rouge.

2019-06-19: I’ve discovered how to push to other people’s branches on GitHub when they’ve used …

2019-06-12: I’m glad Apple Music now shows what your friends are listening to at the top of ‘For …

2019-06-11: Awww yiss. Take that, StringScanner.

2019-06-10: Ruby’s StringScanner class is a house of cards that keeps collapsing on my head.

2019-06-07: Wheee! Managed to reduce the memory usage of syntax highlighting library Rouge in a simple case from …

2019-06-06: TFW Lindsay Ellis is in Japan but there’s no way to bump into her in a way that isn’t …

2019-06-06: Requiring people not to use epithets when discussing issues might restrict free speech but it …

2019-06-06: Switched to the Arlo Baby from the Withings Home. I like the simplicity of the Home but Netgear …

2019-06-04: That was the greatest WWDC keynote I’ve ever seen.

2019-05-29: I’m rewriting the Clojure lexer for Rouge and have just discovered a whole bunch of errors in …

2019-05-24: I both want a native e-mail client and feel like the ones that are out there never work as well as …

2019-05-24: After listening to @coreint, I signed up for Setapp and while it’s interesting, I don’t …

2019-05-23: Disappointed that the latest update to Fantastical doesn’t fix the change they made to one of …

2019-05-23: I’m watching Gattaca again. Such a great movie. I love Loren Dean’s performance as …

2019-05-22: I bought a new iPad Mini yesterday and spent three hours trying to set it up for my 3-year-old. …

2019-05-21: The redesign to the For You tab of Apple Music seems to be overwhelmingly preferred but I miss …

2019-05-17: I think Paul Ford may be my favourite living essayist. I wanted to highlight every sentence in this …

2019-05-17: I had cause to look up the word ‘avatar’. It means the opposite of what you think.

2019-05-16: Has anyone else noticed the similarities between John Williams’ JFK and Jurassic Park scores? …

2019-05-14: Wow, I just did one of those fast payment things between two bank accounts with different Australian …

2019-05-13: What’s up danger?

2019-05-10: I contend that the direction to turn the Digital Crown to adjust the volume in the Now Playing …

2019-05-09: Almost invariably the Japanese band I finally like the sound of is Korean.

2019-05-09: I feel like someone’s finally written the mainstream article about the generational divide in …

2019-05-09: I stayed up all last night trying to get the favicon on my blog to look right in macOS’s dark …

2019-05-09: I unreasonably love Björk’s ‘Immature’.

2019-05-07: About a week ago I started using Twitter again. I have some thoughts.

2019-05-07: And so ends Golden Week.

2019-05-06: After Time Machine kept refusing to backup to a network drive, I wrote a short guide on how to …

2019-05-06: This is probably not a good use of my time but I’ve started an unsolicited rewrite of …

2019-05-05: I feel like we don’t talk enough about how crazy it is that a film like Pokémon: Detective …

2019-05-04: I don’t know if it’s because I’m using it wrong, but items in Safari’s …

2019-05-04: My daughter just told me she wasn’t playing with her ‘jelly button’.

2019-05-04: In Thomas & Friends, are the tenders sentient? Seems more likely that they’d be akin to a …

2019-05-03: I guess this is now a thing that I do but I’ve written again about the podcasts I’m …

2019-05-01: How is it that it’s 2019 and there’s still no streaming service I can pay to watch Law …

2019-04-29: I’m thinking of braving the crowds and heading back to Disneyland sometime this Golden Week. …

2019-04-28: After watching my kids leap around for 10 minutes, I’ve come to the inescapable conclusion …

2019-04-26: You know how women are biologically programmed to forget the pain of childbirth so that after a …

2019-04-26: According to the doctor, I have compressed the radial nerve in my left arm and that’s …

2019-04-26: A couple of days ago, I woke up after a short nap and part of the back of my left hand was numb. …

2019-04-25: I’ve been trying a time-restricted eating regimen for the past two months. It helped me lose a …

2019-04-25: It shits me to an unreasonable extent that Twitter capitalises the word ‘tweet’.

2019-04-24: I love the little details in The Matrix. One of my favourites is that the song Neo is listening to …

2019-04-24: I couldn’t agree more with this post by @brentsimmons. I have a difficult time ever seeing …

2019-04-23: I finally had a bit of time to catch up on the game between the Spurs and Nuggets from the weekend …

2019-04-20: I’m slowly getting closer to getting this Planck feature working properly. Related: debugging …

2019-04-18: Woohoo! I have taps working on my ClojureScript pREPL!

2019-04-17: I’ve been reading Ben Thompson for a long time and have been frustrated by his (albeit …

2019-04-16: TIL ‘angst’ is originally from German and was only introduced to English in the 1920s.

2019-04-16: When I was 10 years old, my fifth grade teacher made a reference to Bon Jovi’s Slippery When …

2019-04-15: I’ve only listened to the album all the way through once but, for me, MAH is the top track on …

2019-04-15: Time Machine has started complaining of late about the integrity of my remote backup. I’m …

2019-04-14: On our way to the aquarium!

2019-04-12: A friend of mine was asking what podcasts I listen to at the moment and I realise it’s almost …

2019-04-12: We took the kids to Tokyo Disneyland for the first time on Tuesday. It was a good day overall but …

2019-04-08: Staring at this code is melting my brain.

2019-04-06: We may be going to Tokyo Disneyland this coming Tuesday.

2019-04-02: I posted to Instagram for the first time in a long time today. I really think they need to get rid …

2019-03-30: I’m going to try playing the Secret of Monkey Island using Steam’s streaming feature. …

2019-03-27: Why does GoodReads have banner ads in their app still?

2019-03-27: I understand why a lot of people like Beto but I am hoping against hope that Buttigieg somehow lands …

2019-03-27: People have been asking why Apple is getting into video. The most generous interpretation I can give …

2019-03-27: So I think at least part of the problem I was having yesterday was cache invalidation. Right again, …

2019-03-27: The issue I mentioned yesterday appears solved. Not sure how Apple did that since the News app …

2019-03-26: Ugh. Everything with this feels like one step forward and two steps back.

2019-03-26: Ooh, I think I’ve made a minor breakthrough!

2019-03-26: Trying to understand this ClojureScript build process is going to kill me.

2019-03-26: I’m intrigued by Apple News+ but the way News+ works in the News app is pretty buggy. One …

2019-03-25: Compiling like a boss.

2019-03-20: The interview with the iMac Product Manager on Upgrade was rough. I’m sympathetic to how …

2019-03-15: Why do very young children love posting things so much?

2019-03-15: I can’t be the only person who dances to the Law & Order theme. Do-do-do-do doo doo do do …

2019-03-14: I’m still disappointed Daft Punk didn’t have a tour in 2017.

2019-03-13: It seems absolutely nuts to me that there’s no way to disable inline images in Mail.app on …

2019-03-05: This is me truly being a broken record at this point but I continue to feel that the variety of …

2019-03-05: I just arrived at the tax office and I already want to kill myself.

2019-03-04: I just spent two hours debugging a Bonjour protocol issue. Zero configuration, my arse.

2019-02-28: I had high hopes about being able to build a cross-compilation build server for building certain …

2019-02-22: It seems crazy that Swarm doesn’t have a sticker for soup restaurants.

2019-02-21: I do hope @manton brings back syncing of Micro.blog posts to GitHub. I know you can always export …

2019-02-21: I was talking with @jonkit about the differences between Apple Music and Spotify and he said that …

2019-02-14: I don’t know if I’m imagining things but DuckDuckGo seems to be getting worse.

2019-02-14: I’ve been trying to convert Clojure for the Brave and True to Markdown by hand and realised …

2019-02-13: Just not feeling it this afternoon.

2019-02-13: Alas, the additional margin between posts in Icro does not fix the untappable link problem. I …

2019-02-13: It was probably not a good use of my time but my fork of Rouge now generates HTML for code blocks …

2019-02-12: My eyes haven’t adjusted to the spacing between the posts in Icro. I hope the real purpose for …

2019-02-08: Game Night was better than I was expecting. I especially want to call out the soundtrack, though. It …

2019-02-07: It feels like an increasing number of times lately that I’ll stumble across an interesting …

2019-02-07: I tried finding a way to compile Lumo for ARMv7 devices last night but got nowhere. I love the speed …

2019-02-06: I’m glad to see David Smith argue for a low-cost Apple Watch. He doesn’t make quite the …

2019-02-05: Wow. Didn’t realise that Hugo could be installed without the entire Go toolchain. Since …

2019-02-05: I’m working on transcribing Clojure for the Brave and True to Markdown that I’ll update …

2019-02-04: I’ve complained about this before but I cannot for the life of me understand why Microsoft …

2019-02-04: I’m listening to old Café del Mar compilations so I can pretend it’s 2000 again.

2019-02-02: So tempted to buy an Intel Compute Stick. I really don’t need it but it’s so cheap and …

2019-01-31: There’s some kind of poetic justice in seeing Apple struggle to move from a business built …

2019-01-31: The new theming capabilities of Micro.blog are pretty exciting. As a Ruby guy, I’m sad to see …

2019-01-28: I thought episode two of season two of Star Trek: Discovery showed the limits of modern TV being …

2019-01-26: Osaka won! 🎾

2019-01-26: I’m thinking a lot about @siracusa’s rant about iterative development on the latest …

2019-01-26: I’ve been on a run of releasing open source projects. Tonight I published a simple gem that …

2019-01-24: I don’t know if it’s just the placebo effect but the silver lining of having to pay for …

2019-01-23: I’ve hit that moment after being awake for almost 24 hours where you wonder why you’ve …

2019-01-23: That feeling when you need to pay another ¥13,000 to Microsoft because their latest update to …

2019-01-22: I’ve written a blog post exploring the differences between let and let* in Clojure! :D

2019-01-21: Today is a really nice winter’s day in Tokyo. It’s a shame to be cooped up at work :(

2019-01-20: I’ve successfully installed iTunes 10.7 and Requiem 4.1 on my little Windows machine! Glad to …

2019-01-19: It’s almost four in the morning and I still need to do the dishes but I’ve finally fixed …

2019-01-18: One of the great things about being a nobody online is that leaving Twitter wasn’t difficult.

2019-01-17: Gadzooks! Why did nobody tell me that Jamie Cullum released an album of covers last month? …

2019-01-17: Has anyone noticed an occasional glitch in the home screen of iOS 12 where there’s a flash of …

2019-01-12: I’m going to try out using MB with only replies that include followed users showing. …

2019-01-11: That feeling where you push a commit to GitHub with a half-complete commit message.

2019-01-11: I’ve started learning Clojure and didn’t really get what people meant by ‘code is …

2019-01-09: It’s been almost 20 years since I graduated from high school.

2019-01-07: I am enjoying Emacs. I don’t know who I even am any more.

2019-01-06: The good news: I’ve made my budget spreadsheet thingy for 2019. The bad news: This rate of …

2019-01-01: Happy 2019!

2018-12-31: I’m not sure if running Spacemacs on a Raspberry Pi is that good an idea but here we are.

2018-12-29: I’m really enjoying the ‘new’ (started in 2013) Mickey Mouse short cartoons.

2018-12-24: It’s Christmas Eve and my daughter said she wanted to go to Tokyo Station. We were there …

2018-12-21: iA Writer is like this app from a parallel universe in which no other text editor works with …

2018-12-20: I’m tempted to switch away from Tokyo Electric purely out of spite. Who thought it was a good …

2018-12-20: One thing not enough reviewers stressed about the MacBook Escape and the MacBook Air is how …

2018-12-19: I need to move to somewhere that recognises siestas.

2018-12-19: I’m intrigued by the new domain registration service offered by Cloudflare but wow is their …

2018-12-18: I think I may be ready to move on from The Talk Show podcast. As best as I can tell, I’ve …

2018-12-17: So I’ve started exploring Clojure.

2018-12-04: Smart assistants are still surprisingly stupid. Both Siri and Google Assistant failed when I asked …

2018-12-03: I dropped my XS on the weekend and now have a dinged corner. I’m trying to remember being …

2018-11-30: I’ve been studying Japanese for the past couple of days with Kanshudo and have been enjoying …

2018-11-26: I’m trying to watch The Last Jedi again and while I think the one star I awarded it after the …

2018-11-25: On the Yamanote line.

2018-11-21: My wife eats Kit Kats by first breaking them inside the wrapping and then taking the fingers out …

2018-11-21: At the hospital.

2018-11-20: Finally got my son to go to sleep and now need to go out and pick up my daughter. Can’t leave …

2018-11-14: Turns out leaving the planning of your wife’s birthday present to the day before her birthday …

2018-11-14: It’s been more than a month and I’m not in love with the iPhone XS the way that others …

2018-11-12: I’ve had a blog post about how I first started sitting at the back of the class in draft form …

2018-11-06: I’m working from home for the next two weeks. It’s nice to be able to spend so much time …

2018-10-26: I still think about the phrase ‘carry-o’ the champ’ multiple times a year.

2018-10-25: Apropos nothing but I’m listening to R.E.M.’s Green and I can see the appeal of this …

2018-10-22: I share the desire that people like @marco have expressed for custom watchfaces on the Apple Watch …

2018-10-17: Still haven’t used Siri shortcuts.

2018-10-17: I remain a fan of Droplr but it’s really disappointing they still don’t have a …

2018-10-16: It’s kind of a relief to see people start criticising the Apple Watch. Admittedly, it’s …

2018-10-15: It’s been a long five days.

2018-10-08: I’m not quite sure where the day went.

2018-10-05: I don’t mean to say people are wrong about their feelings about Dark Mode but it seems to be …

2018-10-04: I wrote a how-to guide on pushing from 1Writer to a remote Git repository. It includes the …

2018-10-03: Dear iOS Autocorrect It’s been more than ten years and I can assure you that …

2018-10-03: I’ve got an action in 1Writer that saves the currently open file to a local copy of my …

2018-10-03: I’ve had an iPhone XS Max for a week. Here are some thoughts.

2018-10-03: Face ID is both incredible and disappointing. The number of times it doesn’t work (or takes …

2018-10-02: I want to enjoy reading fiction more but it always feels like a slog.

2018-10-01: I started Creative Selection last night and I’m already halfway through. It’s excellent.

2018-09-29: Keybase wouldn’t let me reuse my device name so I decided to stop using Keybase.

2018-09-29: It’s 2018 and I cannot set up a recurring payment with my Japanese bank.

2018-09-27: Reinstalling 1Writer solved the crashing loop but I lost the custom actions I spent all last night …

2018-09-27: I completely broke 1Writer with a JavaScript action that called editor.newFile('Some text.', …

2018-09-27: The silver lining of needing to switch from Editorial is discovering the expressivity of …

2018-09-26: Oh no. Now I understand why everyone was saying Editorial had died. It’s not been updated to …

2018-09-26: How can it be that none of the animoji have an eyebrow you can raise?

2018-09-26: Overcast’s new Now Playing screen just looks weird on the XS Max. The amount and position of …

2018-09-26: First impressions of the iPhone XS Max (coming from the iPhone 7+): (1) feels the same in hand; (2) …

2018-09-26: Just looked at my 7+ and the screen already looks tiny.

2018-09-26: Better luck transferring from an iCloud backup. I don’t know if all my health data has come …

2018-09-26: My attempts to transfer my settings to the iPhone XS haven’t gone well. I stepped down from a …

2018-09-25: I might be going to pick up an iPhone XS Max 64 GB I purchased this evening.

2018-09-25: I might have purchased an iPhone XS Max 64 GB for pick up this evening.

2018-09-25: I’m glad that Medium still supports RSS feeds but wish there were an easy way to just get the …

2018-09-23: Ian Buruma being in the news reminded me of my unsuccessful attempt to introduce the term …

2018-09-21: I’ve been trying out Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12 with a simple ‘Resume Overcast’ …

2018-09-20: I wish you could reverse the order of items in Safari’s reading list. I’d really like …

2018-09-20: I’m not a huge fan of unnecessary haptic feedback. Why does Overcast give feedback if I press …

2018-09-20: Interesting article on the failure of 3D Touch. It’s a little strange it doesn’t discuss …

2018-09-20: Stayed up most of the night finishing the outstanding documentation for Tenji. Now it’s done, …

2018-09-19: I cannot get used to how fat the GPS icon looks in iOS 12.

2018-09-18: Great to finally have favicons in Safari tabs but boy does it look weird.

2018-09-18: It’s silly the extent to which this bothers me but the reactions to the Apple Watch Series 4 …

2018-09-18: So far iOS 12 hasn’t really rocked my world. Outside of Apple finally adding back notification …

2018-09-17: I’m unreasonably upset by the lack of realism in the latest season of Thomas & Friends.

2018-09-16: I quite like the new look to Gmail and Google Calendar that’s now rolled out to me.

2018-09-16: It’s just occurred to me that the fact that E. Honda’s given name is Edmond makes no …

2018-09-15: I almost pre-ordered an iPhone XS Max in the early hours of this morning. I think if it had been …

2018-09-14: I only just noticed that his name is Schiller and his job is shilling.

2018-09-14: Sad to discover that the Exponent podcast has, for all intents and purposes, ended. The guys are …

2018-09-13: Apple’s chip team deserves all the plaudits they receive but the performance gains have …

2018-09-13: Not sure what to do about the new phones and watches. Battery life is fine again on my Series 2 and …

2018-09-12: Pet peeve: calling interviews ‘conversations’.

2018-09-12: The quality of the cellular connection in this part of Tokyo is driving me crazy.

2018-09-12: There’s no better demonstration of the human capacity for ingenuity than developers using …

2018-09-11: Saying that I’m strongly considering upgrading to the new Apple Watch seems to have put the …

2018-09-11: I’m excited to see what surprises Apple has in store for us!

2018-09-10: How did I not get a notification at any point that Passenger had released an album of covers last …

2018-09-10: We were just switched to Windows 10 (from what was effectively Windows 7) at work and I’m …

2018-09-09: I’ve been experimenting with Mastodon via the ruby.social instance for the past few days and …

2018-09-09: I’m pleased to report that the battery life on my Apple Watch has been much better the last …

2018-09-06: The pundits may be right on the moral correctness of political appointees defying the President, but …

2018-09-06: The battery life on my Series 2 Apple Watch has gotten noticeably worse in the past week. I struggle …

2018-09-05: I’m considering having my Jekyll image gallery plugin generate an RSS feed. How many entries …

2018-09-04: I don’t know if it’s the typhoon or not but my home Internet speed is woeful today.

2018-09-04: I managed to remove the 3TB hard disk that was in an extremely difficult to open Western Digital …

2018-09-03: A couple of years back I read an article about the launch of the original iPod and the physical CDs …

2018-09-03: So far, so good with the Synology. Setup was very easy and I’ve copied all the data from the …

2018-09-02: I love ‘American Pie’ but ‘Bad news on the doorstep / I couldn’t take one …

2018-09-01: I just did what I should have done at the start of the year and bought a Synology. Not sure what …

2018-08-30: I’m trying to work out whether I hate OpenVPN’s old skeuomorphic interface more or the …

2018-08-28: Inbox zero!

2018-08-27: I feel silly for not using my Kindle more (all the moreso given that I bought two) but as continuous …

2018-08-27: So I’ve bought a shredder.

2018-08-27: It’s really too hot for late August. I worry about what things are going to be like as they …

2018-08-25: I finally went and saved the rewrite of the Jekyll plugin I’m working on as a new branch. I …

2018-08-24: I never wanted to be one of those people who stopped listening to new music but it’s shocking …

2018-08-24: Inspired by @endonend’s home screen, here’s mine.

2018-08-23: The NYT removing the bylines of journalists on their home page is a mistake. Hoping it’ll be …

2018-08-22: Currently listening to Nightconcert by Erroll Garner.

2018-08-22: Despite saying they’re out til tomorrow, DayOne Support replied to my ticket almost …

2018-08-22: Just upgraded to DayOne 3.0 only to be told on launch that my premium subscription has expired (it …

2018-08-22: I wonder if there’s a point with AirPods where you choose the correct side of the case for …

2018-08-21: I’m not sure anything makes me as happy as deleting code. /notices kids

2018-08-21: I feel like people don’t talk about Ugly Betty enough.

2018-08-20: I’ve mostly avoided the discussions about Micro.blog for reasons explained at the beginning of …

2018-08-20: I finally went to the effort of hiding the New Yorker’s autoplaying videos with 1Blocker. …

2018-08-19: I hate that they’re called ‘toots’.

2018-08-18: It’s been almost a week and I’m the umpteenth person to tell you that the AirPods are …

2018-08-18: Really beautiful weather in Tokyo today. It felt like the first great summer day… maybe this year?

2018-08-16: I wish Mastodon had used an alternative to @ for fully-qualified usernames. Almost anything else (., …

2018-08-16: That feeling when your new tests pass far too easily and you’re left with a nagging sense that …

2018-08-16: The song stuck in my head currently is Common’s ‘Testify’.

2018-08-15: I never stop being disappointed that Japanese KFC doesn’t have gravy.

2018-08-14: I’m enjoying deadmau5’s Where’s the Drop?

2018-08-14: Finally managed to get our daughter to take her afternoon nap. Go me!

2018-08-13: I ended up getting a set of AirPods after all. I miss the controls you have with the clicker on the …

2018-08-13: I’m pretty sure of two things: (1) my BeatsX earphones are dead and (2) I’ll buy a new …

2018-08-12: My beloved BeatsX earphones won’t turn on :(

2018-08-11: Ugh, it’s probably the fact that I’m doing a full-scale rewrite but I’m finding it …

2018-08-09: I support the idea of publishing to open platforms but it’s a mistake to think open platforms …

2018-08-08: That thing where, near what you thought was the end of a software project, you rip the guts out and …

2018-08-08: Remember WiMAX? No, me either.

2018-08-06: The ad reads in Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Revisionist History’ are delightful.

2018-08-02: I wonder what Shaun Inman is doing these days. I miss his presence.

2018-08-02: Every couple of months I get curious about Mastodon and check to see if there’s a nice looking …

2018-08-02: I wish the bug in Icro that prevents certain links from being tapped on was fixed :(

2018-08-01: I wish Safari (especially Mobile Safari) had the concept of ‘workspaces’ so I could keep …

2018-07-31: Back to Inbox Zero.

2018-07-30: Is there any better feeling than writing a test that catches a bug?

2018-07-23: Ugh, just damaged the back of a rental car. Not sure how much this is going to cost me. Oh, and …

2018-07-10: How did I get into the position where I needed to read a 170+ page contract by the end of the day?

2018-07-09: After a year of working from home three afternoons a week, I’ve cut that down to one. Feels …

2018-07-04: My image gallery plugin for Jekyll now allows the maximum quality to be set. If something other than …

2018-06-29: Refactoring like a boss.

2018-06-25: I’m supposed to be working from home but it’s a really nice day and my daughter wanted …

2018-06-24: Look, I’m not saying I’m solely responsible for Apple’s keyboard repair program, …

2018-06-23: In retrospect, it really seems like it should have been Donnie Duck.

2018-06-17: With the new beta of Sunlit making the app much more of a true Instagram replacement, I’ve …

2018-06-16: Ho-ly shiiiiiiit: the new timeline in the beta version of Sunlit is basically Instagram. It is …

2018-06-15: The problem looks like it might have gone but I just had the left-hand side command key stop …

2018-06-13: Is there a secret document that explains how Jekyll’s generators work? The official …

2018-06-11: I’m fascinated but how much ‘cooler’ you can make a bog-standard common noun by …

2018-06-08: That feeling where you’ve been reading too much and words start to look wrong. Has …

2018-06-07: I had some of these at the end of my post on the BeatsX earphones but here’s a wishlist of …

2018-06-07: Here’s a truly great post by @danielpunkass on why Apple’s ersatz free trials are a long …

2018-06-07: I don’t see the point of ARKit unless Apple has a pair of glasses coming. None of the uses …

2018-06-06: I’m refactoring some code I wrote six months ago and while I know I should, I’m finding …

2018-06-06: I didn’t realise until I saw a poster this morning that 2018 is the 150th anniversary of the …

2018-06-05: The Siri shortcuts stuff announced at WWDC was the most interesting thing to me. I’m not sure …

2018-06-04: I’m worried the reason there’s not been much that’s leaked in respect of WWDC is …

2018-06-01: I wrote a post breaking down an evening as a parent. I always feel like I’m doing things too …

2018-05-31: Shea Serrano gets at it. The reason the success of the Warriors isn’t fun to watch is KD.

2018-05-30: I may have said this already but that’s simply additional proof that it’s difficult to …

2018-05-30: I’ve finally given up trying to use Apple Maps as my default mapping app. The proverbial straw …

2018-05-26: This is some incredible basketball.

2018-05-25: Finally completely the mobile number portability process for my wife’s number only to realise …

2018-05-25: While we’re all talking about Bond themes can I be the hundredth person to point out that …

2018-05-24: A regular reminder that it’s 2018 and Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ still isn’t …

2018-05-24: Related: I need to go through my old blog and put some of those posts on the new site.

2018-05-24: I (finally) finished the list of podcasts I’m listening to in spring of 2018. I got curious …

2018-05-24: I still want to tweak things a bit more but I stayed up last night and pushed out the mini redesign …

2018-05-23: I think I’m going to become a person who writes it ‘e-mail’.

2018-05-23: I’m loving almost everything about 1.0.2 of @hartlco’s Icro. The exception? The size of the …

2018-05-22: I made a little more progress with my blog design refresh. It’s not that different to what I …

2018-05-22: I’m not sure if this is of interest to anyone following me but there’s a cool …

2018-05-20: There was a good discussion initiated by @jasonshew about a Beijing ad for a English classes …

2018-05-18: I’m thinking about creating a Jekyll plugin for generating photo galleries. I can’t find …

2018-05-17: I’m not going to lie: Infinite Jest is not easy going. I’m very tempted to give up and …

2018-05-17: Time to write that blog post about the podcasts I’m listening to.

2018-05-16: I’m worried I’ve acclimatised my body to always wanting to eat more (and particularly …

2018-05-14: I got a bit further in the blog redesign. I think I’ve got the basic layout of the template …

2018-05-14: Why’d the American Embassy need to be moved to Jerusalem the week my parents are there on …

2018-05-14: I desperately hope iOS 12 improves notifications. It’s perhaps the place where I’m most …

2018-05-14: I’m having a crack at redesigning my blog and am finding it taking forever. I’ll bring …

2018-05-13: Tried to show my daughter Beauty and the Beast and she instead wanted to watch Aladdin. Maybe the …

2018-05-13: Ooh, new Arctic Monkeys album. More push notifications like this, please Apple Music.

2018-05-11: I made my little mock-up yesterday entirely on my phone in Adobe Comp. The app is incredible. This …

2018-05-10: Mocked up on my phone so it’s pretty rough. I wanted to embrace the fact this is about …

2018-05-10: Maybe the problem with the Internet is something to do with my phone. I’m not noticing anyone …

2018-05-10: Following the discussion with @sakurina, I have an idea for a new landing page for MB. (Unsolicited …

2018-05-10: It’s crazy how much more I’m checking MB with Icro.

2018-05-10: The Internet connectivity in central Tokyo is really atrocious right at the moment.

2018-05-08: Problem with connecting to my work VPN seems to be something in 10.13.4. On my old MacBook Air …

2018-05-08: I’m sad the new Micro.blog app Icro by @hartlco is taking so long to propagate through the App …

2018-05-07: I didn’t make as much progress with my ‘free’ time last week as I would have …

2018-05-07: Great post by @jamesshelley about how the independent web needs to be a human web.

2018-05-05: I’ve been following his Twitter for what must be the better part of a decade and I still read …

2018-05-05: Happy Children’s Day! Alas, now at the end of Golden Week.

2018-05-03: I’m typing this on my laptop supercomputer that is connected to the Internet through my pocket …

2018-05-02: Very glad that Sunlit now allows you to set a different MB-hosted blog for your photo posting. I …

2018-05-02: Yay! Sunlit now lets you post to a different MB than the one associated with your account in the MB …

2018-05-01: Disappointed I forgot to check-in to the place I had lunch today. With the travel for Golden Week, …

2018-04-30: It’s been two days since I checked genius.com and I’m still disappointed that Camila …

2018-04-30: I wish I’d brought that bottle I was thinking about this morning. I don’t really feel …

2018-04-30: Aww, no dinosaurs?

2018-04-29: Dear iOS Predictive Text, nobody means to write ‘st least’. Feel free to change that …

2018-04-28: I can’t find anyone else with this problem but I switched my router’s DNS over to …

2018-04-26: I have the Westworld theme stuck in my head and I can’t get it out.

2018-04-26: That thing where people talk to their phone by holding it up to their mouth like a taco.

2018-04-24: One episode of Westworld down and, while it was to be expected, I miss Hopkins deeply. The current …

2018-04-24: I would also suggest that if you’re not following @kimonostereo already, you should. Unlike …

2018-04-24: Thank you to @kimonostereo for suggesting me in his Micro Monday post today. If you’ve been …

2018-04-23: Currently listening to Common’s ‘The Corner’.

2018-04-20: It’s weird that Spotify still doesn’t work with Amazon Echos in Japan.

2018-04-20: My favourite thing at the moment is New Zealander and NBA centre for the Oklahoma City Thunder, …

2018-04-19: Joel Breckinridge Bassett has been documenting Suica error flicker on the iPhone X. I don’t …

2018-04-19: Yahoo! Japan’s (very good) iOS map app displays its name as ‘MAP’ and it is …

2018-04-19: How would you pronounce ‘Dara’? I’d say ‘Dahra’ but the Americans I …

2018-04-19: I’m seeing a lot more AirPods these days.

2018-04-18: I started an Apple Music playlist to collect acoustic covers of recent hit songs.

2018-04-18: With the latest series of scandals in the U.S., I’ve found myself drawn back into Twitter. …

2018-04-15: Is ‘tapcafe’ a word that Timothy Zahn simply made up?

2018-04-10: God, the icon for the iPhone’s Apple Watch app is still so ugly.

2018-04-10: The suggestion that the upcoming Mac Pro would be ARM-based seems crazy and yet I don’t …

2018-04-05: CRAIG MOD: What’s so insidious about the advertising stuff online is that… every single page is the …

2018-04-05: Speaking of @mentions, I’m constantly frustrated: if you reply to a @mention you wrote, it …

2018-04-05: As I understand it, @manton didn’t include a like/heart mechanic in Micro.blog because …

2018-04-02: ‘Desiccated’ feels like it should have two Ss and one C.

2018-04-01: I don’t know if this is a pleasant side effect of a bug or new intended behaviour but after …

2018-03-31: I got a GEDCOM file from my grandfather this evening and loaded it up in MacFamilyTree. Didn’t …

2018-03-30: I hate everyone who ever had anything to do with double-width strings.

2018-03-29: Well today I forgot the syntax for a for-loop. Middle age, here I come!

2018-03-29: This is so ridiculously petty but one of the things that bugs me the most about discussion regarding …

2018-03-27: Conjecture: The Switch is successful because Nintendo can release games at an unnaturally fast pace …

2018-03-26: The ball-tampering scandal involving the Australians in South Africa is absolute disgusting and a …

2018-03-25: The thing I miss most about iAd was retina quality images. Why is this still not standard?

2018-03-23: I don’t know what spurred it but I’ve gotten back in the movie watching saddle. After …

2018-03-23: Another episode to add to my series of delayed realisations. My father often refers to pushy people …

2018-03-22: It’s not strictly connected to the current controversy but today I moved the Facebook app off …

2018-03-22: It’s only just occurred to me why a company that made storage media (I remember them from …

2018-03-20: I broke down earlier this morning and checked Twitter again (I keep it stashed in a folder on my …

2018-03-20: Not sure if I have a cold again or really severe hay fever.

2018-03-17: My current home screen.

2018-03-17: After a bit of a hiatus, back to hacking on blessed. Although this time, rather than submit a PR …

2018-03-16: Apple Music has a playlist for every Triple J Hottest 100 list since 1993. Every playlist is in the …

2018-03-16: It’s weird there isn’t a Blu-Ray release for Snow Falling on Cedars.

2018-03-16: I’m noticing a disturbing trend of men using their mobile phones while standing at urinals.

2018-03-15: My friend Brandon has a post about his trip to Japan toward the end of last year with some truly …

2018-03-15: Nothing better encapsulates the absurdity of the sexist division of labour than the notion that a …

2018-03-15: Why aren’t Yahoo Japan’s apps available outside the Japanese App Store? I don’t …

2018-03-12: I’m stumped as to why Safari is so shithouse at connecting to a ‘local’ server …

2018-03-10: It’s astounding how good the first nine minutes of A New Hope are.

2018-03-08: I’ve thought for a long time that Apple should release a smartband. Today I bothered to write …

2018-03-08: Am in the process of moving from GitHub Pages to hosting on my blog on my actual server. I assume …

2018-03-07: Reading about the PC-98 (via a link from @JacksonOfTrades) and struck by the similarities between …

2018-03-05: So here’s a book review of a children’s picture book. With no pictures!

2018-03-05: Am wondering if wanting to have separate Micro.blog accounts for my status updates (Twitter) and my …

2018-03-04: There has to be a killer thesis on Doraemon and the rise of consumer culture in postwar Japan.

2018-03-03: Netgear’s routers use MD5-signed certificates for the OpenVPN networks they host. …

2018-03-02: So I’ve been generating a 4096-bit prime for more than an hour.

2018-02-26: After listening to @gruber and @marco discuss to do apps, I’ve decided to try out Things. …

2018-02-26: The lyric ‘as the second hand unwinds’ is one of my all-time favourites.

2018-02-24: Adding a navigable cursor to blessed’s text inputs is melting my brain.

2018-02-22: About a week ago, I posted on Micro.blog about how much I loved my BeatsX. Here are some more …

2018-02-22: There was a period in the 2000s where I would diligently edit the metadata of any song to move …

2018-02-21: ‘Goldman Sachs’ is one of those names that if it were the name of a fictitious bank you’d say is a …

2018-02-21: For reasons I can’t explain, I’ve decided to patch Blessed to allow cursor key navigation in text …

2018-02-15: I don’t know if the RapGenius guys ever built a viable business but I’m going to be sad if/when they …

2018-02-15: Good piece by @joec about ‘smart’ speakers but I wanted to answer a stray aside about the name of …

2018-02-13: BeatsX earphones are terrific. I’m sad they don’t get the same love as AirPods. They’re like a …

2018-02-12: Frank Chimero wrote up a talk he’s given a couple of times about avoiding unnecessary complexity in …

2018-02-11: A couple of days ago I discovered there’s a guy on Twitter, @HowMichael, who has the same given name …

2018-02-11: I’ve updated my personal home page with a new look. Got rid of the link to Twitter and replaced it …

2018-02-09: Did you ever wonder why Japanese iPhones have an unmutable camera shutter? Did you know Japanese …

2018-02-08: Need to write a blog post about using Travis CI to generate a Jekyll site for hosting with GitHub …

2018-02-07: Upgrade to Raspbian Stretch appears to have been a success!

2018-02-07: I’m upgrading my Raspberry Pi remotely from Raspbian Jessie to Raspbian Stretch. Wish me luck.

2018-02-07: I’ve been having an issue using Mosh, Vim and Screen together. After a period of time, the arrow …

2018-02-06: Am I the only one who doesn’t feel much when reading those ‘death of blogging’ posts? Nobody reads …

2018-02-05: I have thoughts on the beta of Sunlit. Not sure if it’s all that relevant for anyone other than …

2018-02-04: Customising a blog set up with Jekyll and GitHub Pages feels hilariously more difficult than it …

2018-02-02: I wish the Micro.blog client on iOS would load new posts above the current position rather than …

2018-02-02: Taipo is up to version 1.4.0. Namespaces for class names now work! And I refactored the parser to be …

2018-01-30: Ugh. I realise I need to redo the parser for Taipo.

2018-01-30: Blake being traded to Detroit was not what I was expecting.

2018-01-30: Apple removing the telnet and ftp commands in High Sierra is… an odd choice.

2018-01-29: I now have a development version of Taipo that supports optional types (ie. String? matches both …

2018-01-29: I’m up too late.

2018-01-26: I saw my first ad in Facebook Messenger (showed up in the contact list). Kind of gross.

2018-01-26: I had originally set the domain for my microblog as briefs.inqk.net but changed it today to …

2018-01-26: I wrote a new introductory message for my website. Maybe something to copy and paste tomorrow on the …

2018-01-24: There really are only two hard things in computer science. I just can’t decide on how to name some …

2018-01-24: Still no Spotify support for the Echo in Japan, which seems strange given there’s support for …

2018-01-24: Taipo now supports bare symbolic value constraints as type definitions. That means that instead of …

2018-01-24: I seem to have a really spotty Internet connection today.

2018-01-23: There was quite a lot of snow yesterday in Tokyo. No more forecast for today but still a lot around.

2018-01-21: On a spur of the moment thing, decided to go out with Emma. Now on a train on the way to Nakameguro. …

2018-01-20: Have released my first gem!

2018-01-17: Have started using Vim.

2018-01-15: I really wanted to like Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Feel the Love Go’. Alas, it sounds like what a machine …

2018-01-15: I watched the Letterman interview with Obama over the weekend. It was fine—nothing spectacular. …

2018-01-11: Wondering whether in testing a Ruby program it’s best/possible to stub a method called within the …

2018-01-11: I wondered if maybe a bug was preventing me from seeing Facebook Messenger’s emoji. Nope. Turns out …

2018-01-10: I need to find more Micro.blog users to follow outside the U.S. time zones. A bit quiet here in the …

2018-01-10: I don’t understand parents of very young kids who have free time. My wife is a stay-at-home mother …

2018-01-08: Bought the Chromecast Audio today and it basically solves my volume problem. I have it plugged into …

2018-01-07: I bought a Google Home Mini. Overall, it’s good but it weirdly has no audio output (so you can’t …

2018-01-05: I’m finding the commitment of YARD’s documentation to spelling it ‘meta-data’ strangely …

2017-12-26: The new syntax for my little Ruby type checking method is now (in part) …

2017-12-24: This is the first time I’ve ever had Internet connectivity on a plane. I’m somewhere over the …

2017-12-22: First international flight tomorrow with two kids. I’m equal parts apprehension and excitement. …

2017-12-22: Upgrading Armbian on my Orange Pi PC Plus has caused it to freeze somewhere in the boot process. I …

2017-12-21: A little over a month ago, I started developing a set of Ruby scripts for parsing arbitrary feeds. …

2017-12-21: I stopped checking Twitter a couple of months back after feeling like it was a huge productivity …

2017-12-21: I’d be more confident in my negative opinion of The Last Jedi if I didn’t seem to be surrounded by a …

2017-12-20: Call me shallow but I created a paid Micro.blog account purely because of the new icon.