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Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

Checked in at Queen's Park. Spring is springing — with Jessica map

Checked in at Queen’s Park. Spring is springing — with Jessica

Friday, April 30th, 2021

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Beer and fish tacos on the beach. 🍺 🐟 🌮

Checked in at Bison Beach Bar. Beer on the beach — with Jessica map

Checked in at Bison Beach Bar. Beer on the beach — with Jessica

Saturday, April 24th, 2021

Taco time! 🌮🌮🌮

Taco time! 🌮🌮🌮


Checked in at Casa Azul Taqueria. Taco time! — with Jessica

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Casting my vote in this year’s Fritzes:


I’m not saying which film I voted for, but let’s just say @GavRov owes me a kickback.

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021


Checked in at The Hartington. Having a pint and a read. 🍺 📖

Saturday, April 17th, 2021

Checked in at Queen's Park. with Jessica map

Checked in at Queen’s Park. with Jessica

Monday, April 12th, 2021

رمضان مبارك

Sunday, April 11th, 2021

Checked in at Queen's Park. Watching the dogtectives. — with Jessica map

Checked in at Queen’s Park. Watching the dogtectives. — with Jessica

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Compat2021: Eliminating five top compatibility pain points on the web

Good to see Google, Mozilla, and Apple collaborating on fixing cross-browser CSS compatability issues:

  1. flexbox
  2. grid
  3. position: sticky
  4. aspect-ratio
  5. transforms

You can track progress here.

Sunday, March 28th, 2021

Replying to

The occassional non-Irish tune is okay but you should balance it out with four of five trad Irish submissions.

A good rule of thumb is: would I play this in an Irish session?

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Good form

I got a text this morning at 9:40am. It was from the National Health Service, NHS. It said:

You are now eligible for your free NHS coronavirus vaccination. Please book online at https://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119. You will need to provide your name, date of birth and postcode. Your phone number has been obtained from your GP records.

Well, it looks like I timed turning fifty just right!

I typed that URL in on my laptop. It redirected to a somewhat longer URL. There’s a very clear call-to-action to “Book or manage your coronavirus vaccination.” On that page there’s very clear copy about who qualifies for vaccination. I clicked on the “Book my appointments” button.

From there, it’s a sequence of short forms, clearly labelled. Semantic accessible HTML, some CSS, and nothing more. If your browser doesn’t support JavaScript (or you’ve disabled it for privacy reasons), that won’t make any difference to your experience. This is the design system in action and it’s an absolute pleasure to experience.

I consider myself relatively tech-savvy so I’m probably not the best judge of the complexity of the booking system, but it certainly seemed to be as simple as possible (but no simpler). It feels like the principle of least power in action.

SMS to HTML (with a URL as the connective tissue between the two). And if those technologies aren’t available, there’s still a telephone number, and finally, a letter by post.

This experience reminded me of where the web really excels. It felt a bit like the web-driven outdoor dining I enjoyed last summer:

Telling people “You have to go to this website” …that seems reasonable. But telling people “You have to download this app” …that’s too much friction.

A native app would’ve been complete overkill. That may sound obvious, but it’s surprising how often the overkill option is the default.

Give me a URL—either by SMS or QR code or written down—and make sure that when I arrive at that URL, the barrier to entry is as low as possible.

Maybe I’ll never need to visit that URL again. In the case of the NHS, I hope I won’t need to visit again. I just need to get in, accomplish my task, and get out again. This is where the World Wide Web shines.

In five days time, I will get my first vaccine jab. I’m very thankful. Thank you to the NHS. Thank you to everyone who helped build the booking process. It’s beautiful.

Monday, March 15th, 2021

Replying to

I quoted you on this topic in this episode of the Clearleft podcast:


Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

When you stare into the abyss, sometimes the abyss stares back.

Wait. The abyss is on mute. “Abyss! You’re on mute!”

Oh, I’m on mute too.

That explains all the staring.

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

Filling out the census.

Filling out the census.

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

Until I can play tunes with @RowanFolk again, this will do nicely.

Until I can play tunes with @RowanFolk again, this will do nicely.

Saturday, March 6th, 2021

Very pleased that BBC iPlayer now has the television adaptation of Dan Simmons’s The Terror.

Or, as @wordridden calls it, Monster And Commander.

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Replying to

I was wondering the same thing a while back:


Still haven’t got an answer though.

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Replying to

Remember when we met for the first time? It was in an airport! Dallas, if I recall.

It’s got to the point where I think I miss Dallas airport.