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Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

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Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Wednesday night session 🎶🎻☘️ — with Jessica

Monday, December 5th, 2022

Checked in at Dover Castle. Monday night session 🎶🎻🎻 — with Jessica map

Checked in at Dover Castle. Monday night session 🎶🎻🎻 — with Jessica

Jamie

Jamie Freeman passed away yesterday.

I first met Jamie as a fellow web-nerd way back in the early 2000s when I was freelancing here in Brighton. I did a lot of work with him and his design studio, Message. Andy was working there too. It’s kind of where the seeds of Clearleft were planted.

I remember one day telling them about a development with Salter Cane. Our drummer, Catherine, was moving to Australia so we were going to have to start searching for someone new.

“I play drums”, said Jamie.

I remember thinking, “No, you don’t; you play guitar.” But I thought “What the heck”, and invited him along to a band practice.

Well, it turns that not only could he play drums, he was really good! Jamie was in the band.

It’s funny, I kept referring to Jamie as “our new drummer”, but he actually ended up being the drummer that was with Salter Cane the longest.

Band practices. Concerts. Studio recordings. We were a team for years. You can hear Jamie’s excellent drumming on our album Sorrow. You can also his drumming (and brilliant backing vocals) on an album of covers we recorded. He was such a solid drummer—he made the whole band sound tighter.

But as brilliant as Jamie was behind a drumkit, his heart was at the front of the stage. He left Salter Cane to front The Jamie Freeman Agreement full-time. I loved going to see that band and watching them get better and better. Jonathan has written lovingly about his time with the band.

After that, Jamie continued to follow his dreams as a solo performer, travelling to Nashville, and collaborating with loads of other talented people. Everyone loved Jamie.

This year started with the shocking news that he had inoperable cancer—a brain tumor. Everyone sent him all their love (we recorded a little video from the Salter Cane practice room—as his condition worsened, video worked better than writing). But somehow I didn’t quite believe that this day would come when Jamie was no longer with us. I mean, the thought was ridiculous: Jamie, the vegetarian tea-totaller …with cancer? Nah.

I think I’m still in denial.

The last time I had the joy of playing music with Jamie was also the last time that Salter Cane played a gig. Jamie came back for a one-off gig at the start of 2020 (before the world shut down). It was joyous. It felt so good to rock out with him.

Jamie was always so full of enthusiasm for other people, whether that was his fellow musicians or his family members. He had great stories from his time on tour with his brother Tim’s band, Frazier Chorus. And he was so, so proud of everything his brother Martin has done. It was so horrible when their sister died. I can’t imagine what they must be going through now, losing another sibling.

Like I said, I still can’t quite believe that Jamie has gone. I know that I’m really going to miss him.

I’m sending all my love and my deepest sympathies to Jamie’s family.

Fuck cancer.

Sunday, December 4th, 2022

Checked in at The Bugle Inn. Sunday afternoon session 🎶🎻🎻🎻🎶 map

Checked in at The Bugle Inn. Sunday afternoon session 🎶🎻🎻🎻🎶

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Monday night session 🎶☘️🎻 — with Jessica map

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Monday night session 🎶☘️🎻 — with Jessica

Sunday, November 27th, 2022

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Checked in at The Bugle Inn. Sunday afternoon session 🎻🎶 — with Jessica

Friday, November 25th, 2022

Checked in at The Winding Stair. Stopping for lunch in Dublin before flying home — with Jessica map

Checked in at The Winding Stair. Stopping for lunch in Dublin before flying home — with Jessica

Thursday, November 24th, 2022

Checked in at Tigh Cóilí. Mary Shannon on banjo! 🎻🪕🎻 — with Jessica map

Checked in at Tigh Cóilí. Mary Shannon on banjo! 🎻🪕🎻 — with Jessica

Checked in at Tigh Neachtain. Sitting in a snug — with Jessica map

Checked in at Tigh Neachtain. Sitting in a snug — with Jessica

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022

Checked in at Tigh Cóilí. Listening to my favourite mandolin player ever—Declan Corey—playing in a cracking session! 🎶 — with Jessica map

Checked in at Tigh Cóilí. Listening to my favourite mandolin player ever—Declan Corey—playing in a cracking session! 🎶 — with Jessica

Checked in at The Crane Bar. Post-dinner session 🎶 — with Jessica map

Checked in at The Crane Bar. Post-dinner session 🎶 — with Jessica

Checked in at Taaffes. A pint and some tunes 🎶 — with Jessica map

Checked in at Taaffes. A pint and some tunes 🎶 — with Jessica

Monday, November 21st, 2022

Checked in at Dover Castle. Monday night session 🎶🎻 — with Jessica map

Checked in at Dover Castle. Monday night session 🎶🎻 — with Jessica

COLOR anything | colouring pages of absolutely anything for kids or grown ups

This is a genuinely lovely use of machine learning models: provide a prompt for an illustration to print out and colour in.

Mike explains his motivation for building this:

My son’s super into colouring at the moment and I’ve been struggling to find new stuff for him.

Sunday, November 20th, 2022

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Checked in at The Bugle Inn. Made it back to Brighton in time for a session 🎶🎻

Saturday, November 19th, 2022

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Checked in at British Airways Galleries Club Lounge / First Lounge. Transiting through Philly — with Jessica

My experience at Modern Frontends Live | hidde.blog

I appreciate Hidde’s reluctance to participate in anything that looks like a pile-on, but in this case, it’s important to call out the bad behaviour so it doesn’t happen again.

The specific issues I’ve put in this post cross the line between honest mistakes and bad behaviour. They cross the line, because they consistute fraud (the livestream) and because they impact attendees, sponsors and speakers. The front-end community doesn’t deserve this, and I’m worried for people new to the industry, who get may assume this is normal or ok. It’s not normal.

Friday, November 18th, 2022

Modern Frontends

More on that shitshow of an event that Jo wrote about, this time from Cassie.

My experience of Modern Frontends Conference - DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻

I’ve heard from multiple people about how much of a shitshow this event was. Worth remembering in case they try to pull the same shit again.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

Artemis rising

Two weeks ago I was on stage for two days hosting Leading Design in London.

Last week I was on stage for two days hosting Clarity in New Orleans.

It was an honour and a pleasure to MC at both events. Hard work, but very, very rewarding. And people seemed to like the cut of my jib, so that’s good.

With my obligations fulfilled, I’m now taking some time off before diving back into some exciting events-related work (he said, teasingly).

Jessica and I left New Orleans for Florida on the weekend. We’re spending a week at the beach house in Saint Augustine, doing all the usual Floridian activities: getting in the ocean, eating shrimp, sitting around doing nothing, that kind of thing.

But last night we got to experience something very unusual indeed.

We stayed up late, fighting off tiredness until strolling down to the beach sometime after 1am.

It was a mild night. I was in shorts and short sleeves, standing on the sand with the waves crashing, letting my eyes adjust to the darkness.

We were looking to the south. That’s where Cape Canaveral is, about a hundred miles away.

A hundred miles is quite a distance, and it was a cloudy night, so I wasn’t sure whether we’d be able to see anything. But when the time came, shortly before 2am, there was no mistaking it.

An orange glow appeared on the ocean, just over the horizon. Then an intense bright orange-red flame burst upwards. Even at this considerable distance, it was remarkably piercing.

It quickly travelled upwards, in an almost shaky trajectory, until entering the clouds.

And that was it. Brief, but unforgettable. We had seen the launch of Artemis 1 on the Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever launched.