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Monday, April 6th, 2020

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Here we go!

Here we go!

I am *thoroughly* enjoying this remote edition of the Brighton folk club evening with Rowan and Rosie and little Wilf!

I am thoroughly enjoying this remote edition of the Brighton folk club evening with Rowan and Rosie and little Wilf!

Soaking up some sunshine in the back garden with some light reading material from David Deutsch. ☀️ 📖

Soaking up some sunshine in the back garden with some light reading material from David Deutsch. ☀️ 📖

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

A bit of Blarney

I don’t talk that much on here about my life’s work. Contrary to appearances, my life’s work is not banging on about semantic markup, progressive enhancement, and service workers.

No, my life’s work is connected to Irish traditional music. Not as a musician, I hasten to clarify—while I derive enormous pleasure from playing tunes on my mandolin, that’s more of a release than a vocation.

My real legacy, it turns out, is being the creator and caretaker of The Session, an online community and archive dedicated to Irish traditional music. I might occassionally mention it here, but only when it’s related to performance, accessibility, or some other front-end aspect. I’ve never really talked about the history, meaning, and purpose of The Session.

Well, if you’re at all interested in that side of my life, you can now listen to me blather on about it for over an hour, thanks to the Blarney Pilgrims podcast.

I’ve been huffduffing episodes of this podcast for quite a while now. It’s really quite excellent. If you’re at all interested in Irish traditional music, the interviews with the likes of Kevin Burke, John Carty, Liz Carroll and Catherine McEvoy are hard to beat.

So imagine my surprise when they contacted me to ask me to chat and play some tunes! It really was an honour.

I was also a bit of guinea pig. Normally they’d record these kinds of intimate interviews face to face, but what with The Situation and all, my chat was the first remotely recorded episode.

I’ve been on my fair share of podcasts—most recently the Design Systems Podcast—but this one was quite different. Instead of talking about my work on the web, this focussed on what I was doing before the web came along. So if you don’t want to hear me talking about my childhood, give this a miss.

But if you’re interested in hearing my reminisce and discuss the origin and evolution of The Session, have a listen. The chat is interspersed with some badly-played tunes from me on the mandolin, but don’t let that put you off.

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Brighton and Hove mobility data from Google for the past six weeks compared to baseline: * Retail and recreation: -89% * Grocery and pharmacy: -48% * Parks: -59% * Transit stations: -77% * Workplace: -64% * Residential: +30%

Brighton and Hove mobility data from Google for the past six weeks compared to baseline:

  • Retail and recreation: -89%
  • Grocery and pharmacy: -48%
  • Parks: -59%
  • Transit stations: -77%
  • Workplace: -64%
  • Residential: +30%

Responsive Images the Simple Way - Cloud Four

A nice succint explanation of using the srcset and sizes attributes on the img element—remember, you probably don’t need picture and source elements if your use case is swapping out different sized versions of the same image.

One caveat thought: you do need to know the dimensions of the images. If you’re dealing with unknown or user-generated photos, that can be an issue.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Sight and Sound: The Cinema of Walter Murch on Vimeo

I enjoyed this documentary on legendary sound designer and editor Walter Murch. Kinda makes me want to rewatch The Conversation and The Godfather.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

How to build a bad design system | CSS-Tricks

Working in a big organization is shocking to newcomers because of this, as suddenly everyone has to be consulted to make the smallest decision. And the more people you have to consult to get something done, the more bureaucracy exists within that company. In short: design systems cannot be effective in bureaucratic organizations. Trust me, I’ve tried.

Who hurt you, Robin?

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

Playing Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine (hornpipe) on mandolin: https://thesession.org/tunes/7 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74xrIsxL84Q

Playing Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine (hornpipe) on mandolin:

https://thesession.org/tunes/7

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74xrIsxL84Q

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Playing Donnybrook Fair (jig) on mandolin: https://thesession.org/tunes/26 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlAo5x-NUj0

Playing Donnybrook Fair (jig) on mandolin:

https://thesession.org/tunes/26

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlAo5x-NUj0

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Playing Paddy Fahey’s (reel) on mandolin: https://thesession.org/tunes/150 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-1E7qrAulM

Playing Paddy Fahey’s (reel) on mandolin:

https://thesession.org/tunes/150

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-1E7qrAulM

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Playing The Yellow Wattle (jig) on mandolin: https://thesession.org/tunes/1237 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90GbCBKrHng

Playing The Yellow Wattle (jig) on mandolin:

https://thesession.org/tunes/1237

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90GbCBKrHng

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Playing The Lady On The Island (reel) on mandolin: https://thesession.org/tunes/938 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9INkXX3bDU8

Playing The Lady On The Island (reel) on mandolin:

https://thesession.org/tunes/938

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9INkXX3bDU8

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Playing Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight (slip jig) on mandolin: https://thesession.org/tunes/953 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0BGOkknK10

Playing Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight (slip jig) on mandolin:

https://thesession.org/tunes/953

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0BGOkknK10

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Workshop Countdown Clock

Here’s a nifty little progressive web app that Trys whipped up so that Clearlefties running workshops remotely still get to have their beloved countdown clock.

Playing The Lilting Fisherman (reel) on mandolin: https://thesession.org/tunes/345 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvuw3tmLdHU

Playing The Lilting Fisherman (reel) on mandolin:

https://thesession.org/tunes/345

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvuw3tmLdHU

Accessible HTML Elements | Amber’s Website

Amber runs through some HTML elements that help you provide semantic information—and accessibility—for your website: headings, paragraphs, lists, and more:

You may be aware that ARIA roles are often used with HTML elements. I haven’t written about them here, as it’s good to see how HTML written without ARIA can still be accessible.

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Playing The Banks of Lough Gowna (jig) on mandolin: https://thesession.org/tunes/775 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eiqhVmSPcs

Playing The Banks of Lough Gowna (jig) on mandolin:

https://thesession.org/tunes/775

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eiqhVmSPcs

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Cheers!

Cheers!

Checked in at Queen's Park. Getting some fresh air — with Jessica map

Checked in at Queen’s Park. Getting some fresh air — with Jessica