: Is it Friday yet?

: The Airshow integration with Feedbin might just be the nudge I need to move from Overcast to …

: I can’t remember a wetter, colder, greyer and more miserable spring than the one we’re …

: Just finished watching The Flash. I don’t get why it got the negative response that it did when it …

: Trying to add a change of scenery to my work week.

: My MacBook Air’s battery life is starting to wane when it’s unplugged for most of the …

: My early morning walk finally yielded a wee photo opportunity.

: I really like the re-design of kottke.org.

: I finished flooring the last of the rooms yesterday. The wee yin is chuffed to bits with his bigger …

: Back to Ikea this afternoon for the second time in a month. Picking up some furniture for the big …

: I like the Basecamp home screen updates, but it would nice to see logos on individual projects as …

: This post by Nikita Prokopov on JavaScript bloat in 2024 is interesting. Here are a few others that …

: I picked the wrong time of year to do a major home project. I had to rest for a few days between …

: First stage of our changing of rooms complete. My office is now upstairs and ready to go. Going to …

: Made a red velvet cake tonight using this BBC recipe. Disappointed that it looks more like a …

: I feel like I am in the minority on the influence of the Apple Vision Pro. While the technology is …

: It looks like YouTube is dropping RSS feed support. I have tried to access a couple of channels I am …

: Last Sunday of the season, when an NFL game is broadcast at a watchable hour here in the UK. …

: I’ve been giving Airshow a spin over the last couple of days, and I quite like it. I …

: After a few minutes of keeping a log in Obsidian for my work day, I’ve decided to switch back …

: Added to “Things I will never buy”. A travel mug that lets you control the temperature …

: Skipping the golf today as I’m feeling a bit under the weather. I’ve got plenty to be …

: Hey Calendar is now in the App Store!

: Sad to see that YNOT in Toronto is closing its doors. I have several of their products, including …

: I have my fingers crossed that 37 Signals release updated versions of their older products like Tada …

: Wooo! Got my Hey Calendar invite! 👍🏻

: Great afternoon of golf with the wee guy. Already working on some changes to his grip and swing and …

: Still waiting to be added to the rollout of Hey’s new calendar app. It will be nice to have my …

: I’ve read differing opinions on the Clicks for iPhone keyboard. I’m divided on the …

: Having one of those weeks at work, I’m still stuck on the same issue I started the week with. …

: This is a good reminder by Nicholas Bate of the power of a list. The list remains the most powerful …

: Terry Pratchett’s “A Stroke of the Pen: The Lost Stories”, is a hilarious read so …

: New year, new wallpaper. The January edition of Smashing Magazine’s Wallpaper Edition is here. …

: Looks like “more” is the word of the year for Kurt.

: Why can’t every New Year’s Eve fall on an NFL game day? It’s much more entertaining than the usual …

: 🎄 Merry Christmas!

: A couple of errands to run this morning, including holiday haircuts for myself and the boys. After …

: Love these “24 for 2024” tips by Gretchen Rubin.

: Have we reached peak saturation point with these annual reviews from different products and services …

: Skipping the golf today. The boys are going to the indoor studio instead for a hit. I think I’ll …

: Given the increasing use of portrait mode as dictated by mobile phone screens, I’m curious if …

: Once again I find myself scrambling about in my web history looking for a link that I read a few …

: Thoughts on Threads and ActivityPub Meta might not be my favourite company, but the move towards …

: Last night, I started adding a blog to my website. Managed to get a couple of test posts rendered. …

: After a few days of the lurgy ripping through the house and taking everyone out, I think we’re …

: Added the standard light set from Game of Bricks to the Home Alone house. I’d say it worked out …

: More evidence of the decline of Mozilla’s browser, Firefox. Sadly, Firefox’s browser …

: I’m back to work this morning after a five-day weekend. I would usually feel recharged and …

: It’s not often we get snow in this part of Scotland and very rare that we get it before Christmas.

: Watched the first two episodes of Slow Horses season 3. Hooked once again on this great show!

: Good afternoon of winter golf with the boys today.

: I remember the BBC providing more video highlights of Prime Minister’s Questions each week. …

: Last day of work today before I enjoy a five-day weekend. Nothing big planned other than enjoying …

: A good day of golf at Troon today. Pretty drab and grey conditions but the boys played well and …

: Final leaves of the autumn raked up and bagged and tidied up the driveway in preparation for our …

: There are so many new fonts to choose from! GitHub released Monaspace, their family of fonts for …

: Crawling back to X? David Heinemeier Hansson recently posted about X’s appeal. Everything that happens, everyone …

: I think I would like to see more options available when composing posts in Micro.blog. As a default …

: Trying a new family thing this year. A Christmas movie every Monday night with the family. …

: Code and coffee session working on my new website this morning was something of a success. Added new …

: It was a big week this week for my oldest, as he officially signed to pursue a golf scholarship in …

: Another paper product for the analog nerds. The Sidekick Notepad. Interesting idea, but I …

: I wish people would return to self-hosted websites, aka blogs. The fact that everyone seems to be …

: Using AI to design a better golf putter? Sounds more like marketing hype to me. And using …

: The trailer for season 3 of Slow Horses has dropped. Between this and For All Mankind, my winter …

: Everywhere I go on the web, I still see sites using the old Twitter “bird” branding in …

: What a blog should be Words I wish I had read when I started this whole online thing. And, that’s exactly what a blog …

: “The Bear” has been renewed for a third season. Love the show, the cast and the story. …

: The perks of living in Arizona. It is nice to live in a state that does not have to change its …

: Another cracking Sunday afternoon out with Drew. The wee guy was hitting the ball great today.

: It’s been an absolute treat reading about @vincent’s progress building Tinylytics. …

: Got the bed of veggies going for the roast, potatoes, carrots and parsnips are peeled and ready, …

: Docker Desktop is killing my Mac today. Multiple updates/restarts have failed and two re-installs of …

: Geeking out tonight with a live concert viewing of Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse.

: A reminder from Nicholas Bate to re-set your personal compass.

: Cracking afternoon of golf with the wee guy. Still blue skies, the slightest hint of a nip in the …

: Watched Ghostbusters: Afterlife tonight. I thought it was great. Nice touch at the end.

: Can anyone recommend some resources on getting setup with Obsidian? I’m thinking plugins, …

: Cracking day at Edinburgh Castle with the family! Still a great place to visit. I would have liked …

: Heading over to Edinburgh today. Planning to visit the castle, Camera Obscura and wander a bit round …

: I am looking forward to some time off next week. No big plans, just see what each day brings.

: Giving Omnivore a go as a read-it-later service after seeing it mentioned on Micro.blog. Like what I …

: Messing about with a new Rails 7.1 app this morning. My first time running with the import maps …

: Stacking projects is a nice new feature in Basecamp. You can stack projects together much like you …

: Finding people who I used to follow on Twitter has led me to following a couple of people on …

: Just went through the remainder of my tweets on Twitter and deleted them. My account will remain …

: A consistent nights sleep continues to evade me. Third day in a row I’ve been awake since around …

: What a Ryder Cup that was! Amazing golf played from start to finish. Team Europe playing brilliantly …

: Upgrading my Air to Sonoma. Not having paid much attention to the Sonoma changes outlined a few …

: 📸 day 26 / beverage #mbsept

: Early start this morning.

: 📸 day 23 / a day in the life #mbsept The big yin’s office for the day as he prepares for the …

: 📸 day 21 / fall #mbsept That little hint in the garden that fall is here. And yes, I prefer using …

: Updated to iOS 17. Anyone know when the Journal app will be available?

: 📸 day 18 / fabric #mbsept

: Hush - A new content-blocking extension for Safari on iOS and Mac. Unlike some blockers, Hush has …

: The volume of RSS posts coming into my Feedbin account has dipped recently. It might be time to find …

: 📸 day 16 / oof! #mbsept Oof! Pumpkin overload!

: 📸 day 15 / red #mbsept

: 📸 day 14 / statue #mbsept

: Time to start thinking about migrating some Rails apps to 7.1.

: A truly sad state of affairs if you ask me. Scientists have long-warned that the world is entering …

: 📸 day 13 / glowing #mbsept Car headlights glowing on the wall.

: I’ve been giving the Bear notes app another try during the last few weeks. I’m not …

: 📸 day 12 / panic #mbsept No need to panic, I’ll get there.

: I am letting a few domain names I own expire over the next few months. There is no sense in renewing …

: 📸 day 11 / retrospect #mbsept In retrospect, I could have saved myself a bunch of work and named my …

: Great to see Mike Rohde’s Packers game sketchnotes are back. I hope that when the Packers win …

: 📸 day 9 / language #mbsept A screenshot of some of my Ruby code. Still my preferred language of …

: 📸 day 8 / yonder #mbsept

: 📸 day 7 / panorama #mbsept Hard to believe this was taken 10 years ago at Niagara Falls.

: TextBuddy sounds quite interesting. It’s just a text editor for manipulating text. A Swiss …

: 📸 day 6 / well #mbsept The wee guy played really well tonight.

: Steven Pressfield on breaking through resistance. The more Resistance we feel to a project or idea, …

: Is it a thing now that in order to get concert tickets for a band you need to do a pre-sale sign-up?

: Best of Squeeze (Live at the Fillmore). Cranking this one up.

: The Connections game on the NYT app is quite fun and frustrating at the same time.

: 📸 day 5 / forest #mbsept Part of the forest at the golf club taken by my youngest on Sunday.

: 📸 day 4 / orange #mbsept Not your usual shade of orange but I’ll take it.

: Bah. Missed the start of the photo-blogging challenge for September.

: Great day at Elderslie Golf Club with Ethan winning the Junior Club Championship. Well done big yin!

: Finally, I resolved a wee build issue with my custom theme changes here on Micro.blog. Switching the …

: Seth Godin on summarizing text with ChatGPT. I do this quite a lot when squashing Git commit …

: Too much cloud cover over us tonight to see the blue moon. Fingers crossed we get better visibility …

: Just finished season 2 of The Bear. A fantastic show with a great cast. Hope it’s renewed for a …

: First try of the tomatoes from the garden. I’m sure they’ll taste great.

: Hooked up my Micro.blog account up to Bluesky. Considering PixelFed and Mastodon next for …

: I went out for a few holes with the wee guy this afternoon. He played well, but he still needs to …

: A great day for Ethan winning the Fereneze Golf Club Junior Club Championship. Well done my boy!

: Cracking views from Fereneze Golf Club now that the grey skies have cleared from this morning.

: Trying something new here, all short and social posts will now come from social.matthewlang.me. …

: A great Sunday afternoon out on the course with the wee guy.

: A ZX81 mechanical keyboard? Take my money!

: Wee yin watching his big brother playing a team match tonight.

: Cracking night for nine holes with the wee yin, and he beat his personal best again. I love seeing …

: Started off the week on a more positive note with an early morning walk before 6am.

: A good nine holes tonight with the wee guy.

: I played a few holes tonight with the big yin. Neither of us played particularly great, but good to …

: I moved a few podcasts from Overcast to Spotify as I don’t listen to them regularly. Seeing …

: I love this list of ancient Greek terms that should make a comeback.

: Email is Good Just found out about Chris Coyier’s blog, Email is good. A blog focused on the use of email. I …

: Family fourball today at Elderslie. A fun afternoon out on the course!

: A great day at a family wedding in Ayrshire today. Nice to get dressed up for the day!

: A good practice round for Ethan playing for Fereneze Golf Club at the Home Nations competition at …

: A Mother’s Day request from Jennifer, chilli for dinner with all her usual favourite sides. …

: Wield your library like a modern undergraduate wields ChatGPT. Great advice from Kurt Harden.

: The use of the word “very” is something I’m always aware of when I’m …

: Another cold afternoon walk to break up the day. It won’t be long until spring, and we will see the …

: The weather is getting better each week, so we’re finding ourselves at the golf a bit more …

: I just discovered a few different iOS apps by The Iconfactory. Of particular interest are Clicker …

: In this era where job automation is increasing, Nicholas Bate reminds us to invest in ourselves.

: Matt Gemmell reminds us that it is okay to write less.

: I wouldn’t mind being able to group projects in Todoist. In much the same way as Things does. …

: Minilog 15 complete. Using a two-page spread for the weekends condenses how many pages I need for a …

: Surely a productivity-themed blog without an RSS feed is, by nature, unproductive?

: Over the last few weeks, my Feedbin account has been filling up with more feeds from blogs and …

: Out on the course with Drew this afternoon. He played great today with a par on the 8th. A great …

: It’s World Sketchnote Day! Mauro Toselli is already busy on Twitter with a few updates.

: Cancelling my Fantastical family subscription this morning. The price increase for the family …

: Good to get the boys back in the studio this morning. A nice shot from Drew, sticking it to two feet …

: Feedbin just announced some interesting new features to support Mastodon. I am still on the fence …

: Setting up my oldest son with my old MacBook Pro today. It’s ideal for him for his studies and …

: Playing Ticket To Ride Europe with the rest of the family before the bells. My and my niece aren’t …

: The migration to my new MacBook Air is almost complete. I liked the opportunity to start from a …

: My new Air arrived to replace my ageing Pro. Ten years is a long time to have a laptop. I definitely …

: It’s the first of three days back at work before New Year. The upside is that being back at …

: I have been wrestling with the Vips library for Ruby for most of the afternoon. I am trying to get …

: I may have found the perfect place to order practice golf balls for Ethan. Ayrshire Discount Golf …

: Merry Christmas Everyone! A Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day! Photo by Les Anderson on Unsplash

: Well Spent Days Patrick Rhone’s plan for measuring his days in the future is definitely something I can get on …

: A Cratchit Christmas Wally Bock shares an ideal model for present-day Christmas in a time when, there’s a demand …

: Kurt Harden shares his essential mix for Christmas. Perfect background music while I finish work …

: Drew finished the Home Alone build a a few days ago. It’s a fantastic build with plenty of detail. A …

: I finished today’s NYT Spelling Bee over some coffee and eggs. An excellent start to the day. …

: Sticking with tried and tested Over the weekend, I decided to give Readwise’s Reader application a spin. After seeing several …

: Out for a quick six holes with the boys this afternoon. Glad to see the boys still playing great.

: The Lego Home Alone build is coming along nicely. Not much progress this week though as Drew has …

: Good to see Jason Kottke back at kottke.org.

: I just discovered that the Bear blogging platform has its own discovery feed. Love this! It would be …

: Winter ready The boys pitched in this afternoon and tidied up the back garden. Leaves were raked away, patio …

: Almost ready to migrate Dailymuse from Heroku to Hatchbox. Once migrated, Dailymuse will start …

: Happy Thanksgiving to folks in the US! Have a fantastic day!

: Curtis McHale shares his weekly planning process in Things 3.

: Drew and I started the Home Alone build from Lego last night. We finished the van last night and, …

: Better off without Twitter? There is a lot of online chat about why losing Twitter might be okay. I’ve read a few threads …

: I’m curious about hosting my own Mastodon instance. More so to see what’s involved in …

: Nicholas Bate has a plan if you are serious.

: Three generations of Lang out on the course today at Elderslie Golf Club. Boys had a great time …

: The last splash of colour in the garden before winter sets in.

: What is the sign of a good developer’s blog? An RSS feed, of course! Good to see one on the …

: I’m not convinced that the departure of Twitter users to Mastodon will be permanent. …

: Not quite fully on DigitalOcean Over the last few weeks, I’ve been migrating several Rails applications to Hatchbox. …

: Another Minilog Started I started another minilog yesterday. That’s 12 notebooks mostly completed over the last year. …

: After the cancellation of Setapp, I’m reviewing several other subscriptions that could be for …

: I cancelled my Setapp subscription today. I’m only using a handful of apps from this, and I …

: Spent most of the afternoon finalising some changes for my Rails app for posting to my Jekyll blog. …

: I finished watching the first season of Amazon’s Rings of Power this afternoon. I enjoyed it, but I …

: Visiting Rosslyn Chapel With Ethan playing the last round of a competition at Longniddry Golf Club today, Jen, Drew, and I …

: I am trying out something new this morning. I built a small Rails app that streamlines the posting …

: Trailer: The Last of Us My “must watch” for 2023. It’s great to finally see a trailer for The Last of Us …

: I just found out today that you can email your journal entries to Day One. Game changer!

: Lego Marvel Venom with Light Kit A couple of weeks ago Drew bought this Lego Marvel Venom set. We decided to try out the additional …

: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2022 I’m a sucker for all things space, even more so when it comes to anything that allows us to …

: I quite like these AirTag strap mounts from ElevationLab. Good for mounting an AirTag on all types …

: Future fatigue The last few years in the UK have been a bit of a rollercoaster. We’ve had Brexit, the …

: New MacBook time After nine years with my MacBook Pro, it’s time to upgrade. I’ve been using the same …

: Enjoying web development once more Tonight, I’ve been building HTML templates with Tailwind to integrate them into a CMS of sorts using …

: Rebecca's restart Rebecca Toh has restarted her newsletter and in it’s first edition, Rebecca suggests accepting …

: Invest wisely with NB. Invest by being there when you are there. — Invest Wednesday 7 All good …

: First thoughts on iOS 16 It’s been 24 hours since I installed iOS 16. The update process took quite some time to …

: Got the iOS 16 install going for my iPhone. I’m not as enthusiastic as I was in the past about …

: Trailer: The Mandalorian Season Three Essential viewing. {% include youtube-embed.html embed_code=“odnRRZKhNPk” %}

: Vigil of the Princes I won’t lie, I’ve been watching a lot of the television coverage following the death of …

: Trailer: Glasss Onion I love Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. Such a quirky film and Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc …

: Up early, well for a Saturday at least, for a little code and coffee combo. Fixed a couple of wee …

: Happy Birthday Ethan My oldest son Ethan turns 16 today. It still only feels like yesterday when we first brought him …

: Setting up Hatchbox A short post tonight as I’ve been spending the evening setting up a Hatchbox account and …

: The productive influence of others After reading Nicholas Bate’s latest powerful productivity post, I thought I would share a few …

: Having another go Over the last few weeks, I’ve been re-writing a small product that I spent sometime building …

: Migrating Bear notes to Ulysses This weekend I’m hoping to move all my Bear notes into Ulysses. My Bear renewal for the Pro …

: Blogging once again I’m going to try and kick-start the blogging process once again. I’ve lost count of the number of …

: Game changer. The bookmark you take notes on.

: I’ve been curious about the PHP framework Laravel over the last few weeks. I’ve just …

: Changes on the shores of Lake Ontario For the last ten years that we’ve been visiting my in-laws in Canada, they’ve lived in …

: Final Rockchapel visit A final trip to Rockchapel today for nine holes before our flight back to the UK tomorrow. Papa …

: Happy Birthday Drew My youngest son, Drew, turned 10 years old today and boy did he have a great day. A few rounds of …

: Playing Glen Abbey An unexpected perk of this trip to Canada was being able to play Glen Abbey golf course, which has …

: Niagara Falls trip All of us headed down to Niagara Falls for the day to enjoy some of the sights down there. The first …

: Playing Hidden Lake again Me and Ethan played Hidden Lake again today. We stuck with what we liked and played the new course. …

: First Rockchapel visit First visit to our favourite nine hole course in the Oakville area, and that’s the Rockchapel …

: Afternoon range session A great afternoon range session for the boys before the rain started rolling in.

: No better time My in-laws have a new home in Canada, so a few changes to the sleeping arrangements. They still have …

: I like the idea of Shawn Blanc’s “Stop Doing” list.

: Another productivity essential from Nicholas Bate.

: The latest release from Field Notes looks great. Although I’m not a North American resident in …

: 150th Open Practice Day Today we headed up to St Andrews to see some golf at the final practice day of the week before the …

: A great ending to Kenobi I watched the final episode of Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi last night and I have to say it was a great …

: After almost two and a half years without catching Covid, it finally got me. I tested positive this …

: My turn to drop off the wee yin at school this morning. Can’t wait to see what tunes he picks …

: Stumbled across this collection of Pocket’s recommended long reads for the last ten years. …

: Thoroughly enjoyed Hustle on Netflix tonight. Superb movie and something a bit different.

: Building a single page admin section I’m currently following through the hotrails.dev tutorial series so that I can build an admin …

: The Last of Us Part 1 Remake Trailer My favourite game of all time has been polished up for the PS5 and will also soon be released on the …

: Finding the path again Over the last couple of months, I’ve started to make some progress on many of the habits that …

: Black Adam Trailer Shazam was an unexpected DC favourite in the Lang household. I think Black Adam will be another DC …

: The Nowhere Man Professor Chris Painter at The Byline Times digs into the lack of direction that the United Kingdom …

: Lots to like from Apple’s WWDC event, but the MacBook Air definitely caught my eye. Might just …

: So, Boris Johnson survives again. “Move on” seems to be the Tory favoured response to …

: Channeling his inner artist The wee guy channeling his inner artist in the corner of the garden this afternoon.

: Down at Turnberry Walking round the peripheral of the Trump Turnberry course while Ethan plays his county match. Such …

: A bug or a lack of understanding? This morning I finally resovled an issue with a Rails application of mine. After a couple of weeks, …

: Deer on the 11th tee There I was waiting on the final match tonight when I noticed a nice bit of light through the trees …

: A study shows that full absenteeism from social media is good for you. Digital Minimalism and Deep Work author Cal Newport, highlights a new paper shows that taking a …

: I’m on board with Kurt on this one. Money spent on books and music is never wasted. Although I …

: Good advice from Kurt Harden on how to salvage the day when your plans end up changing.

: Hey, 37signals is back!

: Nice reminder by Shawn Blanc that the quality of question matters.

: Signed up for the free plan on MDN Plus this morning. I’m not convinced that I need either of …

: How I am using different tools and themes to seperate my work from my home. It’s always good to use good tools for the job. In my case, I’m back to using a Macbook …

: Do what Matt Gemmell does and write down your writing ideas.

: It seems that Heroku is no longer the go to place for deploying Rails applications. I’m having …

: Today I finally got round to going through the Making VS Code Awesome book by Caleb Porzio. …

: Our oldest has his first exam tomorrow afternoon. After a wee pop quiz with him tonight, he seems …

: I made a wee decision over the weekend, that should see me gaining a bit more time back for myself …

: How I used localStorage to implement a daily checklist One thing I have wanted to do for a long-time is to have a single checklist for the day that I can …

: The increasing costs of going back to the office and why it's not possible for everyone. Now that we can all go back to the office, people are now realising that perhaps they would rather …

: Every time Apple announces these Shot on the iPhone challenges, I’m always amazed that they …

: Are we on the verge of a new surge in blogs? Anil Dash writes about the recent resurgence of the web. There are definitely many reasons why this …

: Almost finished the new site design. Deployed some changes this morning to make it easier to read on …

: Updated my website to be more a stream of posts now than categorised content. I’m pleased with …

: Trying to tame my inbox once again I have followed several high-volume technology RSS feeds for so long that I can’t even …

: Cracking night Cracking night for 9 holes with Ethan.

: Minilog 4 complete That’s minilog 4 complete. Quite the stack I’m building.

: The 3 x 5 life of Patrick Rhone. Bonus points to Patrick for providing his GTD guided mindsweep as …

: Tom Critchlow on building a digital homestead. Tom’s site is a treasure trove of good stuff …

: Another 9 holes with my boy Had a great nine holes with Drew today. He played fantastic today. So proud.

: Kurt Harden gives us 40 albums that turn 40 this year. I recognise some of these from my folks …

: A few things to zero out with Nicholas Bate.

: Nicholas Bate outlines some healing methods. Having done almost all of these, I can guarantee good …

: Patrick Rhone lays out his mask guidelines for the future.

: Updated the family WhatsApp group name from Pandemic Posse to Wordle Weirdos. A good sign of the the …

: This is the second in my build updates for 2022. Last month I mentioned my intention to look at BlitzJS. After a few hours of wrestling with a small …

: As Super Bowl halftime shows go, that is up there as one of my favourites.

: I was looking for a new font for this website and came across IBM’s Plex Sans. I’m very …

: I’ve started getting into the habit of reading source code again. It’s been too long …

: It was a glorious morning for a hit. Course is looking great and so glad that we haven’t had any …

: Not the final score I hoped to wake up to for the Packers game. Having watched the highlights …

: I need to use checklists more often This morning I put the final touches on a Rails application that I planned to move from DigitalOcean …

: Why I'm on the slow uptake with Todoist I’ve been trying to get more out of my Todoist setup recently by using labels to tag more of the …

: Julian Summerhayes on the importance of handwriting.

: Kurt Harden adds to my world once again with “bookwrapt”.

: Nicholas Bate reminds us that daily gets the right things done

: Why I'm passing on renewing my Tweetbot subscription It’s coming up for a year since I started my Tweetbot subscription, and now that it’s up …

: Progress update for my side-projects At the start of the year, I chose “build” as my word for the year. The single word strategy is the …

: Good session on the practice ground with the wee man this morning.

: Minilog 2 complete. I wasn’t as happy with the sketches in this one. I aim to do better next time.

: Trying to promote myself a bit more on Github I’ve been looking at my GitHub profile over the last couple of days. It seems like a graveyard …

: 48 hours after my booster, and happy to report just a sore arm.

: It's been long overdue, but I am reading again I’m reading again. And it’s been long overdue. I can’t remember the last time I finished a book that …

: I'm finally on the mechanical keyboard train I’m typing this on my new Keychron K6 keyboard. It is a Christmas present from my wife, and I …

: Finally got my booster today. No queuing this time, as my appointment was first thing this morning.

: I try not to post anything political here. However, I think, like many people in the UK, I have just …

: Get sketchnoting! It’s world Sketchnote day today! A chance for the sketchnoting community to celebrate this …

: Trimming down some feeds in my Feedbin account Over the weekend, I started reviewing my Feedbin account to reduce the number of unread items I see …

: As I start to break open a few sub-projects in Todoist, I start to wonder again if another coupe of …

: I just can’t compete with my wife Jen when it comes to playing Name That Tune with Spotify. She gets …

: I remembered Draft, the writing app I used years ago. Checked it out today, and it’s still …

: I'm trying to improve my Twitter lists by making the list header more useful. I’ve been trying to re-organise my Twitter following into a few different lists, but I wanted …

: There's no good time to start other than now In the last few years, I have realised that there’s no best time to start a new habit. The critical …

: Out walking round our local trails and we managed to spot a deer. It’s been a while since we last …

: A gradual change I wrote yesterday about how my New Year resolutions never work and why that is the case. One reason …

: Started keeping a notebook of sketchnotes that I like to re-use often. First up are the date headers …

: Upgrading my development environment to use the latest stable versions of Ruby and Rails. It’s …

: Why I don’t make New Year resolutions Another year, another chance to start over again. How many of us have pledged to make a change in …

: Merry Christmas everyone!

: Intrigued by DuckDuckGo’s announcement that they are building their own web browser for the …

: Minilog v1 complete. I really enjoyed this exercise of keeping a small book of sketches and thoughts …

: I’m chuffed with my banner for today’s minilog. Just one more day and I’ll have done this for 23 …

: I’m intrigued by Cal Newport’s Analog January Challenge. I could certainly stay off the …

: Nicholas Bate shares 22 possible goals for 2022. This list is a great list of goals to start with — …

: Messing around with microStudio this morning. I thought this might be something for my youngest son …

: Bah. Just noticed that using a Sharpie comes through to the previous page. No more Sharpies for my …

: I’ve been keeping these daily notes for over a week now. A good daily exercise.

: Projects that leave you better off, as a person, despite not being a commercial or critical success. …

: I created up a Rails 7 app last night using the esbuild and Tailwind options. This is definitely a …

: I was going to post a link to a bit of Facebook news but I’ve decided against it. …

: Ordered a couple of books from Derek Sivers this morning. I’ve opted for the hardbacks for …

: I am heading into the office this morning to pick up a new laptop. It’s the first time in 18 months …

: If today’s venture into the office was anything to go by, then you can keep it. Commuting in …

: Disappointed to hear that Nock is winding down its retail store. I managed to grab a couple of …

: My youngest drew me a picture of Discworld’s best wizard, Rincewind. Thanks Drew!

: Pumpkin picking over at Cupar today. Thankfully the weather was in our favour.

: Great day with Jen and the boys walking around Luss on the shores of Loch Lomond. It helped to clear …

: When we moved into current house, we had three oak trees across the street. A few years ago, they …

: The family has upped their Hobonichi Techo Planner order to three this year. One for me, one for Jen …

: Build paths first Michael Wade explains the sidewalk rule and why we should build paths first. Keeping things simple …

: I may have created a monster by showing my youngest son the new Aliens Pulse Rifle from Nerf.

: Time and attention are unrelated Jason Fried recounts a tale showing that time and attention are unrelated. What I don’t have – and …

: More recommendations from humans please This blog has been quiet of late. I haven’t felt the need to share much of anything over the last …

: An older post from Lifehacker in 2016 outlines the benefits and drawbacks of using plain text.

: Amazed by GitHub Copilot I must admit, I am blown away by GitHub's latest technical preview, Copilot, despite not having …

: Lunch date I just had a wee lunch date with Jennifer at one of our favourite local restaurants. Nice to get …

: Let me get this right. Twitter's Blue subscription costs $3 per month, and for that, I still have …

: The best medicine in life needs no prescription.  I love this. Just posted by Patrick Rhone about a …

: Michael Wade highlights the importance of a human touch when it comes to sensitive subjects. 

: Glasgow bigotry, enough is enough Growing up in the west of Glasgow for a few years, I witnessed plenty of actions of hatred and …

: It was nice to get back to church and celebrate Drew’s first Holy Communion today. Even nicer that …

: Another week, another thing I forgot to put in the calendar and completely forgot. It's official. I …

: Is it time for a new Repulican party? The GOP is continuing its move to always side with Trump. In this, Cheney is hardly alone. At the …

: As nice as the Jumpstart Rails application is and all the feature it includes, I'm finding the new …

: How do you get what you want? Nicholas Bate knows.

: The complete guide to plaintext productivity on Windows. You can also do this on Linux and macOS.

: Apple back in court in the UK On top of the court case against Epic, Apple is now facing another court case, this time in the UK. …

: Trying something a bit different tonight, chicken parm in marinara sauce and mozzarella.

: We’re getting a bit more daylight now, so me and Jen have started up our mid-week walks again. …

: Master & Commander, a masterpiece I completely agree with Michael Wade. Master & Commander is a masterpiece. I never got round to …

: Do you have all the essentials?

: A productive Saturday It was one of those Saturdays where everything through the day just fell into place. A code and …

: The not so fun weekend of debugging code problems It's been a while since I last posted here. I've been getting my head down and working on my CMS …

: Reminiscing of days with Sublime Text Over the weekend, I decided to re-install Sublime Text to see If there have been any substantial …

: First hit of the year First hit of the year for me and Drew at Paisley Golf Club today! A glorious afternoon of weather …

: Don't forget that text is everything Graydon Hoare suggests we always bet on text. Text is the most socially useful communication …

: Hello Dingbats In a change from my regular Leuchttrum notebooks that I use, I wanted to try something different. …

: It's been a code and coffee morning I'm trying to build a bit more flexibility into a Rails application by adding the ability to have …

: Got AirPods and macOS? Here's an excellent recommendation from Curtis McHale.

: First paragraph: Troy Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world. The Jewel of the Aegean. Glittering Ilium, the …

: Annie Mueller knows the good plans from the bad plans.

: What you need to remember in a Covid world.

: Is it time for an app store on GitHub?

: Can SAAS build a better vaccination system? Deloitte's system to manage the management of vaccination has come under fire for being unusable and …

: The open web we let slip through our fingers With the internet shifting into huge companies' hands, we’re losing the fight against the open …

: Need to see more tabs? Then maybe Vivaldi is the browser for you. I've already taken Brave for a …

: Tweetbot 6 is here Tweetbot 6 is here with support for cards and polls, and a new subscription model of $0.99 per month …

: NFL Championship heartbreak once again for the Packers Not the results I wanted last night in each of the Championship games. Heartbreak for the Packers …

: I managed my first walk/run of the year this morning. I ended up splitting the two roughly 50/50. …

: It’s Divisional weekend on the NFL. I’m predicting wins for the Packers, Bills, Browns and Saints, …

: Spent a couple of hours tonight swapping in a TailwindUI component into a Rails app of mine. I can …

: The Couch Console I'm not sure what to make of this Couch Console on Kickstarter. I like having a reason to get up and …

: The humble checklist Adam Keys reminds us of the effectiveness of the humble checklist. Checklists are great because they …

: Pulled the trigger on a license for Tailwind UI. I've already been using the free components, but …

: I’m always torn between how picturesque it is when it snows and when it will melt enough to …

: Looks like I’ve missed the release of Edition 2 of the bullet journal notebook. I hope they …

: Lots of good stuff from Curtis McHale today. Being consistent in 2021, ideas from reading in 2020 …

: Just curious. Are any of my blogging buddies using Signal?

: Ultimatum for WhatsApp users Another classy move from the Facebook family. WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messenger that claims to …

: Plans for the blog With the basics of my blog now in place, I can focus on other parts of the blog that I would like to …

: If you like tracking what you read, you might want to consider The StoryGraph. After a few months …

: A word for 2021 Niklas Göke's word for 2021 is "matter". He'll use this word as his theme for the year to centre all …

: Jen discovered another notebook retailer for me over the holidays, Notebook Therapy. I can …

: New year, new Techo planner.

: A new blog, of sorts In the last few months, I've been fairly quiet on the blog front. Just like everything else that …

: Enjoyed a walk with the family yesterday. So lucky to have this at the bottom of our street.

: I’ve been trying to get some traction going on a few web applications over the last couple of …

: Wow, it’s been 30 years now since EMF’s Unbelievable was released.

: I love this “Do or Do Not” notepad.

: David Sparks shares the aftermath of the California wildfires.

: Ordered the Shape Up book from Basecamp. Sure I could read the book for free on the website, but …

: The last double shot from Mike Sad to see that Mike Gunderloy is bowing out from software development and the Internet. He was one …

: My patience for software development over the last couple of years has grown to the point where I …

: What did I miss from last night’s Apple event? As far as I can tell, a new iPhone, a new mini …

: Friday night dinner at the golf club with a cracking view. Great start to the weekend.

: Another Sunday. Another nine holes with Drew. Cracking day for it and he managed to play most of the …

: I just setup a Windows laptop for the first time in over 15 years. Saying no to ads and declining to …

: The Coalition for App Fairness launches In an effort to address issues with Apple and their App Store, several companies have founded a …

: Reading Twitter lists in Feedbin has been largely a painful process. With some lists containing 50+ …

: Project options Over the last few days I’ve been assessing a number of projects that I have in the works. The …

: A welcome change to the usual Sunday. My Dad took Drew out for a few holes at his golf club today. …

: Widgets and App Library oh my! With Apple’s iOS 14 update, there are two features that I am using now to tidy up my home …

: Catching the Spitfire I managed to catch the NHS Spitfire as it flew over two hopsitals in my hometown of Paisley this …

: Greyhound, a great watch Just finished watching Greyhound on Apple TV+. A great watch and goes straight into the action. Tom …

: Yeah, I'm buying Madden NFL 21 EA is bringing Colin Kaepernick back to Madden. Starting today, Kaepernick will be available as a QB …

: Just me and my boy out on the course tonight. He’s playing well and finished with a superb 4 playing …

: Of course the tech companies passed on the new digital services tax to consumers Oh look. The big tech companies are now all just passing on the new digital services tax straight to …

: Spent tonight refereeing our last junior semi-final match at the golf club. Looking forward to …

: Jen timed picking up these new caramel crunch biscuits from Aldi perfectly. #mbaug

: I had no idea Unsplash had an iOS app. Found out this morning after continuing my process of …

: Nicholas Bate’s Tools of Excellence for a Brave New World series continues with The Master …

: Our Japanese maple in the back garden is starting to change colour. A change of seasons is upon us. …

: Instagram's sole aim is to keep you in the app Looks like I removed the Instagram app from my phone at the right time. As if Instagram weren’t …

: Almost stationary. To be fair, I envy this little guy’s pace of life.

: Silhouette of Ethan playing at Gleneagles last year in the junior open. I like this type of picture. …

: I was optimistic about Mozilla yesterday. Today, I’m not so sure after reading various posts …

: Nicholas Bate’s 14 point productivity primer is a great place to start if you need to get back …

: My Soundcore Life 2 headphones were a great buy. Good sound from them and they include noise …

: Looking out the window from one of the buildings at Paisley Abbey. I would love a window like this …

: A moment of peace and quiet as I walked off the golf course a couple of weeks ago. #mbaug

: Made the switch from Apple Music to Spotify today. So much easier to move about in the app and …

: Trust people’s common sense Senior minister Michael Gove has said he does not think face coverings should be compulsory in shops …

: I’ve been enjoying watching Picard on Amazon Prime for the last couple of nights. Just a few …

: A paid tier on Twitter? If the benefits were right, I’d definitely go for it.

: We had a new deck put in the back garden to give us more seating space. Up until that time, Scotland …

: The 3 x 5 card Nicholas Bate gives us a productivity system so simple it can fit on a single index card. A fresh 3 …

: Sat down with the rest of the family tonight and watched Hamilton on Disney+. Absolutely amazing, …

: Despite switching to TailwindCSS, I still find myself styling components so that they look very …

: Friday night fun. Pizzas from our favourite local Italian restaurant, a couple of cocktails for me …

: Today’s plan was to get in a round of golf with my son, my dad and my uncle at my dad’s …

: Hello Hey! I’m sold on Hey email. In the last six days that I have been using it, I’ve been getting …

: Is it time to go out on your own? In a post-Covid world, maybe the time has come to go out on your own. Keep it simple initially: just …

: Great night for a few holes.

: We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter An apology from the NFL’s commissioner, Roger Goodell: We, the NFL, condemn racism and the …

: Bringing back blogs I hate to play down the benefits of blogging, but I think the author here has a point. There used to …

: The over due pull request I have a pull request that’s been sitting in Github for about two weeks now. It’s for a …

: After a lapse of reading, I’m back on track and finished Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo …

: The Last of Us Part II is finally getting a release date in June and the new trailer is just adding …

: Another wonderful evening stroll through the trees with Jennifer and the boys.

: Tantive IV set complete! Took a wee bit longer than we planned but it’s finally finished. Just need …

: After some consideration, I’ve decided to kill my Atlassian account. I’m not using any …

: I’ve been trying to build a series of themes using the Tailwind CSS framework. Creating the …

: Progress on the Tantive IV build has been good. Almost there!

: Goodbye mattisms.dev After a few weeks of not posting to my dev blog, I’ve decided that over the weekend I will …

: Nicholas Bate with some basics for your marketing strategy.

: Kurt Harden is supporting local businesses. We all should do this and continue to do so when the …

: Mobile version of XCode coming to iOS? I hope so.

: In an effort to break the boredom I’ve opened a few Lego sets that we had initially put by. Drew’s …

: Great day for a walk, although the trees are still a little bare for my liking.

: New DualSense controllers revealed for PlayStation 5 Sony has revealed their new DualSense controllers for the PlayStation 5. A familiar look for the …

: Me and Jen watched Knives Out last night on Apple TV. We fancied it when we first seen the trailers …

: A brand new editor is coming to the Bear app and it is available now if you want early access to it. …

: The Twitter timeline is just completely unusable. Tweets are injected into your timeline by …

: The Last of Us Part II is delayed again. I’ve waited for this long, I can wait a few months …

: The good and bad of Apple acquiring Dark Sky It was announced yesterday that Apple has acquired the weather app Dark Sky. As part of the …

: I have to say, Ethan’s first batch of oatmeal and raisin cookies are pretty spot on. I wonder if I …

: I’ve been really enjoying using Tailwind CSS over the last few days. I’m finally getting …

: Rules for living. All of these should be within easy reach for everyone given the circumstances.

: I was skeptical of the value of the $299 price tag on the new Magic Keyboard but reading more about …

: Fast Company asks what would happen if the world reacted to climate change like it’s reacting to the …

: Pleasantly surprised by the Apple Watch Pleasantly surprised. That’s exactly how I would sum up my own personal review of the Apple …

: Productivity reminder from Nicholas Bate. The list is your assistant.

: I like the idea behind the Iconfactory’s Tot app. Just a limited number of spaces that you can …

: Useful writing I’ve been trying to find a way to reboot my writing habit for a couple of years now. The …

: Despite the many things that Visual Studio can do, I find it very uncomfortable to use when writing …

: You know you’re a golfer when you start to despise the snow. It’s not all bad though. I’ve got me …

: A very dark and broody sky for the snow moon.

: There hasn’t been much that has dazzled me since recently picking up C#. I must admit though, …

: I often wondered what kind of impact web page bloat has on CO2 emissions. Now I know.

: In the search for a viable alternative to Fantastical, I’ve found that Calendar 366 has a pretty …

: It’s great to see Feedbin have added an automatic option that will automatically switch …

: A simple upgrade has turned into a multi-app deep dig of calendar apps over the last few days as I …

: Looking more into app subscriptions and Fantastical alternatives There was much debate this week about Fantastical’s move to a subscription app and …

: Fantastical 3 alternatives Following on my Fantastical 3 post, I’m considering moving to Calendar for iOS as it’s …

: The first step I’ve been putting off starting what I know will be a long-running item of work. I’m …

: I’m wondering why I’m gravitating away from one genre of books to another? I haven’t enjoyed a …

: Over at Beautiful News, 30 countries could be 100% geothermal powered.

: Personal DuckDuckGo traffic idea I was looking at the DuckDuckGo traffic for the last few years. The stats are pretty impressive. A …

: I need to ship Rails app updates more often On Sunday night I migrated a couple of Rails apps to Ruby 2.7 including Writeabout. Last night I did …

: Not the score I hoped to wake up to for the NFC Championship game. 🙁🏈

: I’m going to add a back-end admin plugin to Writeabout to make the adding and updating of writing …

: Last night I added a fav icon, a touch icon and Twitter card handling for Writeabout. On the face of …

: Baby steps with StimulusJS Last night I needed a much needed break from the usual Rails coding, so I worked through an example …

: It’s been a horrible week of colds, coughs and flu in our house. Today was a major turning …

: Nicholas Bate’s skills, tools and knowledge series continues. One for the notebook fans. …

: Blogs, blogs, blogs Over the holidays I mentioned that I was writing a blog post that I would publish this week. Well, …

: Apologies for the radio silence over the last few days and the days to come. The flu has swept …

: I’m writing this morning on Ulysses. I forgot how great it is to simply write.

: What is your word for 2020?

: Happy new year to everyone! I’m slightly befuddled by a little too much eat and drink but it’s been …

: Mind map to curated list to final plan. It took an hour to do but I’ve managed to outline 12 …

: Mind mapping again It’s been a while since I last did any mind mapping. A few years in fact. I’ve probably doodled a …

: I’m not back to work until the 6th of January but I’ve got some marketing work to do tomorrow for my …

: Merry Christmas! Well, that’s Christmas Day almost done in the Lang household. My parents have just left for the …

: Another Christmas, another reading of A Christmas Carol done. I love reading this book at anytime of …

: I’m halfway through James Clear’s Atomic Habits now. So many great examples in this book. I’ve found …

: Sadly we’ve hit that point where the kids are no longer fascinated by Norad tracking Santa. We …

: Nicholas Bate has all the skills you’ll need for 2020.

: Morning routines for the rest of us Curtis McHale offers an important reality check when it comes to emulating the routines of the …

: Just waiting for The Rise of Skywalker to start. 🍿

: I am catching up on some podcasts this morning. This Rework episode with Dave Teare from 1Password …

: The Ruby cost at Basecamp David Heinemeier Hansson breaks down the cost of the operations at Basecamp with a spotlight on the …

: You are most welcome Nicholas A thank you note from fellow blogger, Nicholas Bate. I forget how I came across Nicholas …

: Nighthawk sounds like a good Twitter client with its smart filters, close friends and a …

: Lightsabers done right A look at the different techniques used to make the lightsaber work on screen through the different …

: I had one of those mornings on the train where I could have just kept writing and writing. Sadly, it …

: Action versus motion Standing on the platform waiting for the train this morning l, I opened up my Kindle app and started …

: I’ve been using a similar form of this Gitmoji for a couple of weeks now. It’s good …

: Life reminders continue with Nicholas Bate.

: I didn’t realise how amazing and creepy the autosuggestion is on the iOS keyboard. It managed to …

: A few thoughts on the UK general election I don’t tend to comment on political news, but I thought it would be a good chance to round up …

: Micro.blog has arrived as a recognised community. We have a Font Awesome icon!

: Nicholas Bate reminds us to keep our lists under control.

: A big day tomorrow for the UK. I’m not holding my breath for a positive outcome though.

: Honoured to have made Kurt’s 25 blogs list again. Despite my ups and downs of blogging, …

: I sat down last night and managed to get three-quarters of the way through a feature for a Rails …

: Pretty productive morning already. Read a chapter from my book using the Kindle app and pushed a …

: We had a great time this morning doing breakfast with Santa at The Bothy restaraunt in Glasgow. A …

: Took a day off from work today, to well, do some work of my own. Pretty productive day.

: Where does the open source community go after GitHub? The decision by GitHub to renew their contract with the Immigration and Customers Enforcement agency …

: The book reading continues this month with Conn Iggulden’s Shiang: Empire of Salt (book 2) and …

: Is gaming helping destroy the environment? With the help of Claire Barlow from the University of Cambridge and John Durrell, a specialist in …

: Grammarly for iOS. One of those great apps that I use daily but rarely give it a second glance.

: Still, have to try Curtis McHale has some words of wisdom when it comes to deciding to work towards something more than …

: I’m looking for a domain name for a junior golf event. The name is quite long so I’m using just the …

: I’m really impressed with Fathom’s website and analytics app. The landing page to sign …

: Does the world need more search engines? It’s a question posed by the tech team behind the seach engine Cliqz. Sure, they might have a …

: I think I made it through Micro.blog’s Microblogvember. It’s been fun to do and has …

: Adaptive product naming A favourite saying of mine is Phil Karlton’s quote about hard things to do in computer …

: I’ve started using Todoist again. Bullet journaling on its own doesn’t cut it and Things is limited …

: Last day of my two month focus on basic functionality for my Rails product. For December and January …

: A few better alternatives to hunting for bargains for #blackinkfriday. Golf, gaming, coding and …

: I wonder if this idea for an iPod app will make Kurt ditch his beloved iPod? I suspect not.

: The themes I’m building for my Rails product are hardly fantastic to begin with, but they are …

: Are your inboxes making you anxious? CJ Chilver’s reminds us that we can reduce our anxiety by reducing the number of inboxes that …

: Messaging apps ... which one? An interesting look at choosing the right messaging app. I use iMessage as my default messaging app, …

: Another Lego set complete for Drew! There are some nice little touches on this year’s Christmas set …

: If my website is my little corner of the Internet, then I need to invest a bit of time in ensuring …

: Even though the Ruby programming language is no longer flying high as the most popular language for …

: Michael Wade’s rules for Thanksgiving officially mark the start of this fine holiday. Yes, I …

: Going to mix up my learning goals for 2020 by focusing on Go and React. Picking a couple of …

: A larger company might afford better long term prospects with it being more secure and more stable. …

: NYT subscription I’ve been toying with the idea of taking a New York Times subscription. I find myself on their …

: There’s nothing more I miss about freelancing than being a company of one. Setting your own …

: On a brighter note I did ship my random writing prompt web page. I’m not sure about the name, the …

: Woebegone. Never was there a more suitable word for British politics.

: A cup of tea, some Ruby code and having a little hum along to Bloc Party. I like these kind of …

: I must admit, I rather like the look of Tesla’s new Cybertruck. I’m also starting to …

: Shattered & Hollow. Just one of the many great tracks on First Aid Kit’s Stay Gold album. …

: I’ve been giving a second look at React over the last few weeks. What I like about React is that …

: Nicholas Bate starts another essential series of posts, life reminders

: Debating clowns I didn’t miss much then with last night’s election debate. BBC political editor Laura …

: Trying to get organised with Things again so that I can abate this ongoing state of procrastination …

: Sleep deprivation on the rise It seems we now need naps at work. A recently published study from Indiana’s Ball State …

: Tonight’s goal is to build a better image upload experience in my Rails application. …

: I always love the superb view at my parent’s garden in the winter. Over the years I’ve taken a …

: I’m not sure if it’s age or wisdom (they’re not exactly the same), but as these …

: Watching Jaws tonight. The murky waters in the movie are much more realistic looking than the more …

: Had a wee listen there to “Protect Ya Neck” by Wu-Tang Clan.

: Apple subscription bundles An Apple bundle might start with news, TV, and music, but Apple could also chuck in iCloud data and …

: If I could do the whole career thing again, then I would love to be able to write for a living.

: I’ve spun up a Ghost blog on a small DigitalOcean droplet. No idea what I’ll do with it …

: Applying for a 2nd golf club membership for Ethan. He will stay at his current club, Paisley, but …

: I don’t know why I took so long to do it, but I’ve just activated the ActivityPub API on my …

: Despite the fact that touch interfaces are everywhere in personal computing devices, we’ve yet …

: I’ve got space in my golf bag for new wedges and a hybrid for next year. I’ve been …

: Cold start to the morning. Boys are Taekwondo while I sit in the cafe with a little code and coffee …

: I watched the latest trailer on Apple TV for the new Star Wars movie. Even after over 30 years of …

: Frightening figures for golf in the UK as the number of registered players fall. I’m still …

: I’m resurrecting PenMuse, or something like it A while back, I started a little Rails app that would generate random writing prompts. After a few …

: I want to stick with Ruby on Rails as my goto web development tool for the foreseeable future. …

: The diminishing MacBook Pro battery performance Ever since I upgraded my macOS to Catalina, I’ve noticed that MacBook Pro’s battery …

: Our street is in a very quiet part of town, but like most places this time of year, there’s …

: Building the reading list again Last week I finished my first book in a long time. It felt good to get to the last page and actually …

: What does “Ikagi” mean to you?

: Another study backs shorter work weeks Another short-term study on moving to a shorter work week. Is there evidence though, to still …

: The blogging challenge Adam Keys has some words on the challenges of blogging. The hardest part is showing up, every day, …

: A good turn out today for the start of the junior winter league at Paisley Golf Club. I hope the …

: In building a product for a specific market, I’ve discovered that the admin interface …

: Quiet house Using this afternoon’s quiet house to do a few things. One of them is working out why I have …

: I’ve been following a few more people on Twitter and using Feedbin to read my timeline. The ability …

: Gathering Ruby and Rails coding ideas I’ve been collecting a few ideas for Ruby and Rails apps to try a few things out. In the past I’ve …

: Started job hunting again. Key requirement for future roles is finding a role in which I can work …

: Goodbye Fitbit After today’s news that Google has bought Fitbit, I’ve decided to delete my Fitbit account. This …

: Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 both have computers that have been running the same number of years …

: Filter and focus Nicholas Bate reminds us of the purpose of a list. The purpose of the list is to filter and focus. …

: The Last of Us II delayed As much I want to get my grubby post-apocalyptic mitts on this game, I’m prepared to wait …

: Ghost 3.0 Ghost 3.0 now includes memberships and subscriptions. As of today, Ghost is the first totally …

: Rebooting ... again It seems that every once in a while I need to do a personal reboot. A chance to start over again …

: The IndieWeb Movement Jamie Tanna’s transcript of his talk on the IndieWeb movement is a wonderful read. Instead of …

: It’s that time of year again.

: I forgot how good the Travelling Wilburys albums are. Volume 1, crank it up.

: Clearing the home screen Spurred by this post on digital minimalism, I’ve decided to do a little clearing of the decks on my …

: I wish there was an option in iOS to see folders of apps in a two by two grid as an initial default …

: Watching the Paisley GC juniors playing in the Scottish Junior Team Championship at Kilmarnock …

: Closing down Friday is here.

: Not a fan of the new programming font from Microsoft. It’s really wide. Wider than anything …

: Yip, e-sport stadiums are now a thing Philadelphia Fusion, the city’s Overwatch League team, are having an e-sports complex built …

: The vacuum of leadership It’s not very often that I link to Twitter, but this tweet about teen leaders and how …

: Finally! A release date for the The Last of Us Part 2. I guess that’s my birthday sorted then!

: Looking for something to read? Here’s the 100 best books of the 21st century according to The …

: I love those few weeks leaving the summer when we start hitting the range and you still have clear …

: The greatest unsigned quarterback in the NFL? Another NFL season, another time to wonder why teams aren’t signing up Colin Kaepernick to …

: Apple iterations A nice reminder from John Gruber about new Apple products and the fine art of shipping that product. …

: I had no idea that Basecamp offered a free plan for smaller teams and individuals. Is this a recent …

: Spent the afternoon watching the Paisley golf club juniors play in a local competition at Elderslie …

: That’s the garden sorted for the winter. Time to reward myself with a couple of hours watching …

: Keeping it simple In my development work I usually find that the simple way works best and is also easier to maintain. …

: Curious about potential Apple Watch releases today. My Fitbit died a few weeks ago and I’m now …

: I’ve been using it almost daily for years, but it still amazes me how flexible and verstile …

: Nothing new today that would make me want to buy an Apple Watch. An always-on display isn’t a …

: Paisley open doors day Every year, our home town has an open doors day where many building and places that are usually …

: I’ve started using Bear to write up features for a product. Instead of going straight a user story …

: Another great update to Bear, the notes app. Back in the day the best thing I used for managing …

: Hobonichi’s ordered for me and Jen. It’s becoming a little tradition this.

: The Brexit train wreck continues.

: Tis the season for notebooks! Just backed @rohdesign’s Sketchnote Ideabook on Kickstarter. Ordered …

: Personal projects do make you a better developer. My focus just now is on a larger project though. …

: The benefits of hard work.

: The email shake down I loved this post from the Signal vs Noise blog about trading off tracking people through email for …

: A product decision over some code and coffee For the last few months, I’ve been building a content management system aimed at a particular …

: Michael Wade reminds us of the important things.

: Second day on the new job. Another day of online courses, health and safety training and getting …

: Feedbin for iOS is now available on the App Store. Great to see Feedbin now have their own native …

: NB reminds us to embrace the simplest of movements, walking

: I’m starting to wonder if running a side-product is worth the hassle given the amount of …

: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Trailer I can’t wait for this. I remember watching this as a kid. Everything about it was amazing. …

: Nicholas Bate reminds us to do the right things.

: Drew’s first hit on the course Drew’s played his first six holes on the course today from the shortened blue tees we have for our …

: Playing with the Dark Sky API and the Bootstrap card component As part of a side-project I’m working on, I’ve been trying to build an informative …

: Spent the day exploring the beaches and grounds around Culzean Castle today. Such a great place to …

: Had a great time yesterday at St Andrews. Got the boys picture on the Swilken bridge, walked along …

: A few pieces of the Webpack puzzle are starting to fall into place now. Got a few notes so that I …

: Coffee on my desk, pen and paper ready, text editor open. This morning’s goal is to get my …

: Great night tonight. Some ten pin bowling with Jen and the boys and then a wee walk along the Clyde.

: iTerm’s new status bar with configurable Python components should mean no more faffing about with …

: It’s never too late to start writing.

: Looking forward to my new development role with the NHS National Services Scotland in a few weeks. …

: Rebooting my reading list with a trusted author Despite only being a few chapters from the end of Cixin Liu’s The Wandering Earth, I decided to give …

: A corrupt bailout? I often wonder why we as a planet, can’t seem to get our shit together, and then I’m reminded by …

: A prize fund of $30m, a world-class centre stage, and only the best can take part after months of …

: Not content with being an already great free service, Unsplash now has collections for education.

: I’ve added “Galaxy Fold” to the growing list of muted tech topics that I …

: Nicholas Bate has what you need for daily productivity.

: There are lots of good reasons to having your own website.

: Bullet journaling again I’m bullet journaling again. To be honest, I didn’t really stop. I’ve been keeping a light bullet …

: I was hoping for a week free of fire-fighting, but I’ve been at my desk two minutes and guess …

: Laptops. Allowing people to take their work home with them since the 90’s.

: I’m loving the new icons and UI touches to Feedbin.

: Great to see Rails 6 will be shipping with multi environment credentials.

: Following on from the news that the Microsoft ebooks store is closing, here’s how to backup …

: I knew there was a reason that I stopped buying some books as ebooks.

: Spent the last couple of nights trying to resolve a MapKitJS and Turbolinks issue I was having. It …

: Looks like view components are coming to Ruby on Rails. This is going to be a great addition to the …

: Time for ships to be accountable for their shipping containers? Maybe it’s time to do something about the ways in which shipping containers are transported …

: Just had that moment when you’ve been trying to work out something for ages and then you find …

: Nicholas Bate reminds us that there is always time for a new plan.

: Taking out a full page ad in your opponent’s city newspaper to congratulate them. What a class …

: Well done to Brooks Henderson winning the Meijer LPGA Classic! Just 21 years old and now …

: The beginning of Nike: A simple sales strategy My sales strategy was simple and I thought rather brilliant. I drove all over the Pacific Northwest, …

: Boys had a great time tonight at the club’s junior fun night. They even walked away with a prize …

: Nicholas Bate reminds us to do it better, even when it’s just those everyday tasks.

: The pebbles of product work I like this. Each piece of work is a mere pebble tossed into a flowing river. Maybe your pebble …

: Thought experiment Thursday with Niklas Göke’s blog, Empty Your Cup.

: Tried Todoist yesterday for about five minutes and then deleted my account. The reason? I …

: Paid version of Firefox I’ve seen a lot arguments for and against Mozilla’s paid version of Firefox. I …

: Raptors were so close last night! Need to wait until Friday morning now. I must admit, I’m not …

: Two wins this week for the Paisley juniors. Good start to the season! Also good to see Ethan win his …

: Where have all the good programming and development blogs gone? Maybe I’m not looking hard …

: Fan-made version of Star Wars scene 38 Also, I wonder if we’ll get a new version of A New Hope with this included as an option? …

: Part-time career? Personally, I do think working fewer hours makes me more productive. But that’s not why I do it. The …

: I think I’ve arrived as a Javascript developer. I wrote this Ruby code last night. …

: I watched the final episode of Chernobyl last night. It’s without a doubt, one of the most …

: Prefabricated future Prefabricated and self-contained homes are becoming increasingly good alternatives to traditional …

: Found the perfect accompanying domain to go with this one, mattisms.dev. Expect web development …

: Respectful communication This weekend the Roman Catholic church celebrates World Communications Day. This is a day that the …

: I’ve been trying to solve a problem for a software product that’s been at the back of my …

: In my internet travels today, I have came across two avatars that used Commander Keen images. …

: Split-screen editing on the iPad? Wow. The iPad is fast becoming a serious alternative to a laptop.

: Lee Westwood's thoughts on the image of golf Lee Westwood has been talking about the image of golf. It’s not something I haven’t …

: Fallen friends Kurt Harden shares some thoughts on his connection with nature. Over the past 24 years I have grown …

: Great night for some golf.

: Installed Things 3 on my phone this afternoon. I’ve been struggling to make bullet journaling work …

: Always disappointing when you find a blog with good content and there’s no RSS feed.

: I try remind myself daily that I need to reduce my phone usage but it hasn’t really happened. This …

: Nicholas Bate with the definitive marketing strategy.

: 21st century problems. The traffic jam getting to the top of Everest.

: Community websites and Facebook This week we almost missed another school notice about an “own clothes day” for Drew. …

: Just watched the last episode of The Big Bang Theory. That’s how you end a TV series.

: Played 18 holes with Ethan last night. I started well, but as always when playing 18 holes, I fell …

: Service outages can be a good thing Feedbin was down again this morning, but thankfully it’s back up and running now. This is the …

: Pete Corey’s Minimum Viable Phoenix is a great starting point for those looking to learn the …

: Technical debt explained Although I understand what technical debt is, I often find it difficult to explain it to others in …

: Right, made it through this morning’s RSS feeds without seeing any spoilers from last …

: Interesting programming problem I solved this morning. Rewrite a regex expression so that it …

: Starting to think I might just have enough features in place for a new landing page for Markcase.

: Essential career advice for software developers Scott Hanselman nails it with his advice for a young university student attending the Microsoft …

: The personal website is back.

: A shame to see that Eastwood golf club is facing closure. A nice course with great views on the …

: I don’t use GitLab, but the way the company is run and managed is really refreshing. Everyone …

: The importance of doing nothing.

: Creative screen time Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed that my youngest son Drew is spending a crazy amount of …

: Struggling to do the usual reading and writing that I use to do on a daily basis. I finished Andy …

: The death of lootboxes in gaming? American government officials have finally taken their shot at video game lootboxes. Specifically, …

: Yes to the bigger picture and more to say yes to by Nicholas Bate.

: I wish we had tools like this medieval city generator when I was growing up. It would have been a …

: A horrible round of golf today. Started poor, a run of good holes and then another horrible hole at …

: Fastmail’s aliases are a great way of protecting your main email address. I had to contact a website …

: McIlroy says Tiger could play for ten more years. I’ll be honest, I don’t think …

: Great night for a hit.

: Just finished seeing Avengers End Game. An amazing conclusion to this part of the MCU. Fans will not …

: Change the game up with NB’s power rules.

: No more big game politics please It looks like the people of Scotland could be on their way for another vote on independence. …

: The context switching curse It’s taken me such a long time to find my way back to what I was doing yesterday. Some things …

: Good advice from NB that can apply to more than just business. Start the plan to make 6 months from …

: Ubisoft are making Assassin’s Creed Unity free to download on PC and donating money to the …

: It's Earth Day today, so go find a cave However, if you haven’t yet made plans and wish to take a stand, there is one activity that you can …

: Great day down at Troon today with Jennifer and the boys. Spent most of the day walking along the …

: Search arrives in Markcase Last night I shipped the ability to search your bookmarks in Markcase. With over 1800 bookmarks in …

: The revolving door of football managers I don’t really follow the football in the UK, but it surpises me how often managers are held …

: Last night I shipped a little search improvement to Markcase and tonight a change to another Rails …

: My own Commonplace book has been neglected of late. Time to change that.

: Deep work and goldfish A study commissioned by Microsoft found that since the year 2000 – or about when the mobile …

: Who to win at Augusta? I would love to see Woods win at Augusta today. It’s taken a while but he’s finally back to winning …

: Another concerned netizen on the rise of Chromium-based browsers.

: Light nights are finally here at the golf club.

: Checking back in after a little blog break This wasn’t intentional, it just kind of happened. With a week off work, I’ve been doing …

: Days Gone might just fill the gaming void until The Last of Us II comes out. 🎮

: We need more illustrated books Maybe it’s the books that I buy, but I don’t see many books with illustrations in them. …

: Related bookmarks for Markcase I’ve been making quiet and steady progress with Markcase over the last couple of weeks. Just …

: Me and the boys went for a walk along the Clyde today. Great day for it.

: Improved weather results in DuckDuckGo. Another reason to make it your default search engine.

: Back to Vim In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been slowly getting back into using Vim as my default text …

: Great advice for those building new products. At both Viaweb and YC, every minute I spent thinking …

: Last of the painting done in the den this morning. Just need to get a few bookcases from Ikea for …

: Killed by Google is a reminder that although the Google search engine has been around for over 20 …

: The basics from Nicholas Bate. Glad to see that I am striving to get back to all seven of these.

: LucasArts is back (kinda) “Lucasfilms Games.” To quote an old master, that’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time… a long …

: Slowing down with Michael Wade Essential advice from Michael Wade about the benefits of slowing down as a strategy. The …

: Campfire etiquette for the digital age, courtesy of Wally Bock.

: Curtis McHale recommends some depth.

: Thinking about bringing back my weekly digest posts. For no other reason than, I just want to write …

: I watched The Players Championship over the weekend It was a great weekend of golf on the television with The Players Chamionship. Even with a few …

: Almost there with registrations for Markcase. I’ll start will limited registrations to begin …

: Side-projects are taking a back seat for the next few days so that I can get the den re-painted and …

: After a few hours of wrestling with Vue, I finally have unit tests in place for a few components. A …

: Another great episode from the Rework podcast this morning. This episode features Aja Hammerly, a …

: Should we be surprised? Australian broadcaster Waleed Aly on the attacks in Christchurch the reason why they no longer shock …

: Nichola Bate’s productivity boosters continues.

: Monoliths make getting started easier An advantage of a monolith code base that can go overlooked is the minimal entry barrier to getting …

: Of all the apps that Setapp has on offer, I can’t find an alternative to Balsamiq. Oh well, …

: Focus this week for Markcase is to add a registration screen that is only open until the number of …

: Six years old and still ensuring that my RSS subscriptions are easy to digest and manage. Happy …

: What next for the web? As the World Wide Web celebrates it’s 30th birthday, Sir Tim Berners-Lee reminds us that a …

: I need to learn the shortcut keys for Slack. The constant clicking between accounts is such a …

: Switched to the annual plan for Micro.blog account. Another great reason to love Micro.blog!

: Me, Jennifer and the boys went to see Captain Marvel yesterday. A great and enjoyable movie as well …

: The kettle is on, notebooks are out and I’m about to kick off a weekly planning session. I’m …

: Apparently, Apple is now under demand to deliver a foldable iPhone. Nevermind a foldable iPhone, how …

: Okay, the device in The Expanse is not a cell-phone. Still, it looks more environmentally friendly.

: The “I Miss Rave” playlist on iTunes takes me back. 🎵

: The MacStories team have compiled a collection of shortucts for Apple’s Shortcuts app. Well …

: Michael Wade on crisis management A few thoughts from Michael Wade on crisis management. You’ll need a “deep bench” …

: Powerful A light installation that shows the future sea levels in a Scottish coastal town. A powerful image …

: Say hello to Markcase I’ve been working on a little side-project for the last few weeks, and now I’m ready to …

: Web Design 3.0 A very detailed post over at NicePage about the changes in web design, the gap between site builders …

: You can now play your PS4 games on your iOS devices As with these other platforms, the idea behind the iOS app is to let you enjoy your PS4 titles …

: These glacier pools in Iceland are the result of retreating glaciers. The photographs themselves are …

: First beta user setup on my bookmarking app, Markcase. I still have a list of bugs and features I …

: For those looking to learn web development, then I would highly recommend Thoughtbot’s Upcase …

: A book of bookmarks I can think of a few people who would appreciate these little books of bookmarks. Hat-tip to …

: Planning for March with Curtis McHale Curtis McHale shares his plans for March with his bullet journal. If you need proof that it works …

: A list of ideas for Firefox. I would love to see these picked up and made into browser extensions.

: Just blitzed through my unread feeds in Feedbin in a matter of minutes using the keyboard shortcuts. …

: Me and Jen took the boys to Taekwondo this morning. Usually we alternate it, but we decided to both …

: A change of seasons means a change of colour for my blog. I’ve been doing this since I started …

: Twitter’s “Hide Tweet” button feels like another feature for the platform that …

: I’ve followed Smashing Magazine’s monthly wallpaper posts since they started. I might …

: Is Chrome suffocating the web? Chrome’s continued dominance of the web now puts it in the same position as Internet Explorer …

: Brilliant at the basics. The essential everyday list by Nicholas Bate.

: It’s disappointing to see a number of poor quality and outdated websites when it comes to …

: A trailer for all 10 Star Wars movies What’s better than one Star Wars trailer for one movie? How about a Star Wars trailer for all …

: BritBox, the UK rival to Netflix It would be “one permanent, comprehensive home where anyone in Britain can get all of our …

: A reminder from Michael Wade that not all treasure is silver and gold. Who knows what riches you can …

: I’m loving Patrick Rhone’s new podcast, Rhonecast.

: 80 characters per line is still worth sticking to Even though we have bigger screens with more pixels available to use to view, Nick Janetakis makes a …

: Overwatch: 30 characters and still going strong A massive milestone for the team shooter. 30 characters to choose from and still going strong. …

: We're slowly cooking Whether you believe the fable about boiling frogs or not, it looks like we’re becoming a world …

: Hard to believe the Ruby language is 26 years old now. It’s definitely a programming languge …

: Nicholas Bate yet again delivers. This time, some pointers to dealing with the new crazy world of …

: Code and coffee combo this morning. Working on some changes to my bookmarking app to allow for a …

: Cutscenes looking worse than the game itself? I don’t know about that. In fact, I can’t …

: I'll keep building for the web When it comes to building ideas for applications, I will always choose the web first. It’s …

: Firefall I had no idea about the “Firefall” that occurs at El Capitan at this time of year. …

: Superhero movies snubbed no more I’m not one for paying particular attention to the Academy Awards, but even I had to do a …

: I dare you to find a better picture of the moon than this one. I also think I have found myself a …

: Just realised that my bookmarking web app Commonmarks shares the same name as CommonMark, the …

: Cup of coffee on my desk. Pen and paper ready. Text editor open. My three essentials for weekend …

: Kurt Harden’s hunt for the perfect album continues. I have to say, this is fast turning into a …

: Dark to light After years of using Solarized Dark as my preferred colour theme for coding, I’m starting to …

: Michael Wade reminds us that slow can be more.

: Goodbye Stoop After a couple of weeks using Stoop, I’ve decided to remove the app from my phone. The app …

: The perfect album Sent a few suggestions this morning for the perfect album to my buddy Kurt in Ohio. Suggestions …

: The web industry debate rages on The debate about the use of Javascript in the web industry and the role of the front-end developer …

: Commonmarks now deployable to Heroku Over the last couple of days, I put the finishing touches to the Commonmarks application so that …

: Driving to work this and I caught a small glimpse of what would have been a great sunrise. I drove …

: Finally all done with the bait store. Now Drew is looking for his next mega build!

: Tolkien Exhibition in New York I would love to have seen the “Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth” exhibition in New York. …

: Benefits of the daily diary Good advice from Derek Sivers on keeping a daily diary: It works best as a nightly routine. Just …

: Commonmarks update Just a little Commonmarks update for those interested. I’m working on the password reset over …

: Stoop for newsletters Recently, I’ve been scaling back on the number of newsletters that I subscribe to. Some are …

: Bait store still a work in progress but Drew’s making good progress. 👍🏻

: Don't just think it ... Write it says our man in Arizona.

: Still loving Musish After a week of using the open source Apple Music web player Musish, I’m still a fan. The …

: The four-day work week is good for gender equality Another benefit to the four day work week. A four-day week, such as that proposed by Wellcome, …

: Another Super Bowl for the Patriots? Gutted to see the Saints go out like they did last night with the non-call on Robey-Coleman’s …

: Just noticed a change in the Feedbin web UI on my phone and desktop this morning. I don’t know …

: Drew with the first part of his Lego Ideas bait store. Even at this early stage, some of the …

: Great advice from Michael Wade to remember to do the small things.

: Nicholas Bate and his daily investments. Still a favourite blog of mine.

: DuckDuckGo map related searches are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework. Nice to see …

: For those interested, I’m still working on a startup screen and Heroku deploy button for …

: Signal v Noise leaves Medium It’s great to see the Signal v Noise blog running under Basecamp’s own control again. …

: I’m not sure what to make of the new status feature on GitHub. I barely use the status feature …

: Considering Commonmarks as a SAAS product Over the last few days there has been some interest in my bookmarking web app that I’ve been …

: More screen time for kids? According to philosophy professor Jordan Shapiro, parents should embrace the technology that their …

: A number of packages that I used to use in Sublime Text have disappeared over the last few months …

: What would you do with an empty day?

: What did you learn in 2018?

: The new world order of JavaScript There’s no denying that JavaScript is an excellent language for the web, especially the …

: I must admit, I do miss freelancing. Skipping the commute into the office this morning would have …

: I probably need to start thinking about imports now for Commonmarks. Pinboard and Pocket are …

: Private repos for developers on GitHub’s free plan is a great move by Microsoft to match the …

: 8 years using Ruby on Rails and today I just used the after_find callback for the first time. Every …

: I am hoping to add RSS feeds to Commonmarks today so that I can hook up my bookmarks to Micro.blog. …

: Just finished watching Bird Box on Netflix. Fantastic to watch but closing the blinds now. 😱

: First round of the year with Ethan. Pleased to say we’re both hitting the ball well but my game …

: Say hi to Commonmarks My own bookmarking app is up and running. It’s nothing fancy in terms of how bookmarking apps …

: A few scrappy thoughts on buying online instead of locally As I picked up our New Year’s Day order from the butchers this morning, I was reminded of how …

: Plugging the web development knowledge gaps Dan Abromov’s Things I don’t know as of 2018, is a refreshing take on the knowledge gaps …

: Great afternoon exploring the Gleniffer Braes with Jennifer and Drew. Drew even came prepared with …

: I’m clearing the desk, sorting out notebooks, reviewing app subscriptions, getting a list of …

: Keep it simple.. Another great productivity booster from Nicholas Bate.

: Got my own bookmarking app up and running on Heroku last night using Rails. It’s a simple …

: I’m still not convinced that JavaScript is the way forward for web applications. At the rate …

: Spinning up another little greenfield Rails project. I was tempted to try another framework/language …

: Instagram has been getting less appealing these days. The constant adverts on my timeline don’t …

: Love NB’s reminder about productivity balance. When you add regular events to your diary, …

: A fascinating and in-depth look at the typesets and other inspirations for the WALL-E movie. This …

: Firefox 64 is here! Am I the only one who had higher expectations for this release of Firefox? It is …

: Voyager 2 has officially entered interstellar space. The distances still boggle my mind.

: Putting the finishing touches on a new website I’ll be lauching during the week. Great to be …

: Can’t wait for Avengers: End Game.

: A blogging style guide. Love. This. I can see me spending the weekend reading this and its suggested …

: A $250 set of Star Wars keys for a keyboard. Yeah, I like Star Wars, but not that much.

: The recruitment game in software development is similar to what Michael Wade posted today. The …

: The finished Lego Winter Village Fire Station. Most of the work by Drew with me just stepping in a …

: Nicholas Bate’s simple productivity boosters continues with scheduling ahead.

: Trying to escape the Google monopoly on the web I read today that Microsoft is reportedly throwing in the towel with their EdgeHTML browser engine …

: An electric bike with anti-theft features and rider recognition for the city. Cost? $4000. …

: It’s been two years since the first trailer for The Last of Use Part 2 dropped. Two years and …

: Lately, I have been seeing web development articles with intriguing headlines that have me clicking …

: I’m getting good feedback on an idea for a new service and product. The next step is to create …

: Drew made great progress on the Lego Winter Village Fire Station tonight. Just a wee bit of help by …

: Daredevil to cancel after three seasons as all good stories must come to a close So it is official. No more Daredevil seasons on Netflix. “We are tremendously proud of the show’s …

: Some advice from Michael Wade on doing the day.

: How to back up your Bear notes. Good thing I do all three of these. Just to be safe.

: Just learned that serverless computing isn’t about doing away with servers, it’s about …

: Saturn in our sky and other planets. I’ve always imagined what this would be like. Now I know!

: Kurt Harden knows the value of a plan.

: That was probably one of the best Walking Dead episodes ever. Not thee best, but definitely up …

: This timelapse from the ISS is just amazing.

: New Fleetwood Mac album downloaded. My parents musical taste definitely rubbed off on me.

: Autographed ebooks? Matt Gemmell continues to push the limits of content creation with an iPad.

: Stockpiling of wine? I’m glad to see one company taking Brexit seriously! 😂

: With Wreck it Ralph set to appear in Fortnite, I’m now convinced that Fortnite is nothing more than …

: Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends!

: Programming win? Bloody typical. I just spent a couple of hours adding a new field to a Rails application, built up …

: Social media isn't reality, but I know that As David Heinemeier Hansson leaves Instagram for the second time, the question of reality on social …

: I wish I had people like Michael Wade teaching me at school. A proper education in life.

: Curtis McHale shares his process for routines using Things for iOS.

: Honoured to once again find myself in amongst a wonderful collection of bloggers. Many thanks Kurt.

: NB’s simple productivity boosters continues.

: We don’t do Thanksgiving in the Lang household on account of being in the UK, but if we did, …

: Bracing myself for a week of Brexit drama.

: Building back out from self-doubt Jonathon Snook has been sharing a few thoughts on imposter syndrome and what he’s doing to …

: The only thing I like about Google these days is their homepage doodle. I don’t use their …

: Coffee and worrying don't go I’m with Kurt on this, amen brother. In my diet plan you can have as much coffee as you like. …

: Just write the damn code One of my big downfalls, when I start work on something, is wondering if I am going in the right …

: I love Curtis' idea for a daily shutdown routine.

: I wish I could have read this when I started high school all those years ago. Starting High School: …

: The Simplest of Productivity Boosters, a new series by Nicholas Bate. Can’t wait to get the …

: As always, Matt Gemmell provides a thorough and deep dive into his tech choices as an author. This …

: Still trying to land the Rockbounce to wallride twice in one run for Alto’s Odyssey. …

: The power-idea balancing act with Michael Wade.

: Weighing up single-page applications With a new full-time role, I’m in the process of getting my head around some of the technology …

: I imagine that the Twitter edit button will be limited to a number of edits and will also include a …

: A manifesto for programmers concerned about the impact of software. I’m definitely in the …

: Less and slow for a better quality of life says Nicholas Bate. I couldn’t agree more.

: How many companies are this transparent when it comes to making mistakes? Fewer than I would like to …

: Reviewers say iPad Pro a serious challenger to laptops. Well, until they add the capability to write …

: Chasing the tried and tested career During my last few months of job hunting, I was received numerous enquiries from recruiters for …

: My favourite notes app just turned 2 and continues to be an essential part of my day.

: Nicholas Bate asks, what can we remove?

: So WhatsApp is going to starting showing ads in the Status feature. How long before they do the same …

: Dealing with distractions I’ve been trying to reduce my screen time on my phone. It hasn’t been easy and …

: I’ve not picked up my Kindle for a few months now. That’s no reflection on the device …

: Still contemplating the portfolio career Six years ago I wrote a snippet about a portfolio career. This is still the end goal for my career. …

: The predictable Apple product update Is it just me or has the Apple product update become something of a formality now when it comes to …

: Forget the Apple announcement. Let’s get to a more important issue. How many people signed up …

: Great day for Ethan and the rest of the RGU boys practicing at Caldwell Golf Club today. Hope we get …

: Another notebook recommendation from one of my blog buddies. This time, it’s Michael Wade …

: Nerf are going to do guns from Fortnite starting with the always popular SCAR. Of course my boys …

: I’m halfway through Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. Definitely my favourite of the four defender …

: Nicholas Bate goes beyond the to do list. Always an essential part of my daily surfing on the web.

: When it comes to blogs, Kurt Harden has one of the best there is. A wide range of topics, daily bite …

: I’m of the mind that web development has become overly complicated. Or maybe I just …

: Got me a new prompt in the form of Spaceship ZSH. Git, Ruby and Docker info all in the one prompt. …

: Ruby falling out of fashion? Ruby is falling again on the TIOBE index. It’s not a cause for alarm, but I will continue to …

: I’m becoming more interested in Google’s Material Design for my web applications. The …

: Staying productive with side projects I’m in the process of moving back to full-time employment, but the step away from being …

: Great post by Julia Evans about what a senior engineer does. I’ve been giving this a lot of thought …

: VS Code continues to impress me. Not just in terms of functionality, but also in the consistent …

: Voyager 2 still going. Space sure is amazing.

: The power of the timetable. Who thought that something so simple could be the ultimate time …

: The new Action Text framework for Ruby on Rails looks great. Easier management of rich content for …

: again.

: What a great weekend of golf! Another win for Europe!🏌️‍♂️🇪🇺

: Europe still looking strong after this morning’s Fourballs. While I would like to a European …

: Just starting to get the benefits of Docker. It’s been a long time jumping on board with this, …

: It’s a clearing the decks kind of day. Both mentally and physically. It’s always feels …

: Superb comeback from the European team in the Foursomes. Each time I watch it, I seem to enjoy the …

: Disappointed to see Path closing down, but to be honest, it’s been a long time coming. The …

: Back to school for those at work. Great tips from Nicholas Bate.

: Great night for some golf with my boy.

: I forgot how time consuming and demanding job hunting can be. Practically a job in its own right!

: I love how Code allows you to create splits with a simple drag of the mouse. Sure I could learn the …

: After some thought, I’ve decided to skip setting up another Micro.blog account for coding. …

: Done an npm install for a HTML theme and found the resulting node_modules directory contains 700+ …

: Any suggestions on a name for my new programming blog? I’m setting one up just to catch notes …

: MoviePass is losing money, not as appealing as when it first came out and now being sneaky with …

: Two weeks straight using Visual Studio Code and I have to say, I am definitely won over this time. …

: Winding down I’m winding down my freelancing business over the next few weeks to take on a permanent role. …

: Now seems as good a time as any to not only reboot the blogging habit, but also a number of other …

: I just pasted some text into Grammarly’s app and it couldn’t find a thing wrong with it. …

: Listening to Banquet from Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm album. One of those albums that is perfect …

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: As much as I would love to see Tiger Woods win another major, I think it’s going to be Jordan Spieth …

: Great to see Francesco Molinari winning the Open. Truly well deserved. 🏌️‍♂️🇮🇹

: I love this time of year when Comic-Con is on. You get a bumper load of trailers for what’s coming …

: Spotted this overgrown shed playing golf with Ethan today at Hidden Lake.

: Back to Feedbin and the web For the last few weeks, I’ve been using the lire app on iOS for reading through my RSS …

: Great to hear that The Clone Wars is coming back.

: Thanks to my buddy Curtis for letting me know about cleaning your iPhone’s charging port. Solved my …

: Nightmare. I’m having to lift my lightning cable connection in order to get a charge into my iPhone …

: The master list. Have to do, want to do, dream to do, home and work. Doesn’t get much easier than …

: Is 120 the new 80? Did I miss the heated and crazy developer debate that the new accepted line length is 120 …

: I need to find a way to retire sooner to enjoy more days like this.

: Battleheart 2 for iOS looks great. I never played Battleheart, but I’m a huge fan of Battleheart …

: Anyone have any recommendations on a Jekyll theme that would serve a similar purpose as an About.me …

: Have I lost my tech touch? It’s been a frustrating couple of days getting my laptop into some kind of order. I …

: School holidays are here It’s the first day of the school summer holidays here in Scotland. In previous years I would …

: Vivo getting one up on Apple? Vivo also achieved another technological feat. Unlike Apple, it managed to incorporate a fingerprint …

: Sometimes I struggle with the whole being online thing. The last few days has been one of those …

: Took a few attempts but just managed to get GitLab’s CI and automated deployment working for a …

: Mini standards by Nicholas Bate. Because it always starts with the little things.

: The Micro.blog site is the only place where I can compose a reply and see what I’m replying …

: Goodbye Things I’ve been trialling Things on my iPhone and iPad for the last few weeks. This morning though, …

: WhenWorks WhenWorks is a new appoinments app that allows you to define when people can book appointments with …

: I’ve been using Lire for a couple of days now. A great RSS reader and one that really makes a …

: I’ve started compiling lists of bookmarks that I use almost daily. By putting them in Bear, …

: Boring Stuff Day. What a bloody great idea!

: Just watched The Last of Us Part II gameplay from E3. It looks fantastic. Violent, but fantastic. …

: Moving a few sites over from Heroku to Netlify. Having one of those moments when I wonder why I …

: App rot Link rot is a problem on the Internet. When you find something great on the Internet, you bookmark …

: I remember a similar app for iOS that did something similar to Edit. As good as Bear and Ulysses …

: The Firefox Side View extension is already proving to be very useful. Great when using a page as a …

: I never get tired of the view from the braes. 📷

: Apple’s upcoming privacy changes for Safari are a welcome change for the Internet. With GDPR …

: The MDN web docs is becoming a daily visit in my quest to just understand and write plain-old JS …

: Two new tests from Firefox. Colour options look fun but the side view extension could be really …

: Curious to know if the Ruby on Rails framework and any other frameworks and languages are …

: Wondering now if the Microsoft acquisition of GitHub is just a ploy to keep devs busy on Monday and …

: Great to see another Assassin’s Creed game coming out. I really enjoyed Origins. 🎮 Nice use of …

: Microsoft to acquire GitHub? My first impressions of this are nervousness. I always liked that …

: Dual-screen? I want no screen. I want holographic displays that I can manipulate with my hands and …

: My working day is often plagued by those little decisions that I never get round to resolving. This …

: I'm all in with Micro.blog I think I’m getting to that stage now where I am all in with Micro.blog. I’ve been …

: The boys on the ice A horrific story about the plight of seven boys and young men who stowed away on a ship bound for …

: Ethan off on his first school trip away from home. A few tears this morning from mum and little …

: Nicholas Bate’s Essential Tools of Excellence continues with the fixie. It’s the one …

: The Expanse is coming to Amazon Prime! Great timing. I just cancelled my Prime subscription a few …

: Han Solo movie was fantastic. Being a Star Wars fan I might be a little biased. But only a little. 🍿

: I’m finding it increasingly difficult to want to watch the NFL. First, the long-term damage …

: James Mangold is working on a Boba Fett movie? If Logan is anything to go by (fantastic btw), then …

: No battle royale mode, a more realistic limited stand mode and playing the game as a female? Dice …

: Feels like I’m drowning in the digital landscape these days. I need to simplify my digital …

: The never-ending cycle of trying out apps and what I am doing about it Everytime I try a new app or service out, it feels like I’m simply putting something else on …

: Influential media Posts like Buffer’s “How to Share Posts From the Instagram Feed to Stories” are …

: An interesting post about science backed advice for parents who want to bring up well-rounded kids. …

: More Twitter woes. Sad to see great Twitter clients being eroded away.

: I’m increasingly wary of podcasts where the end of episode “picks” by the hosts …

: Finally after weeks of waiting, these little beauties arrived in the mail.

: Spent the afternoon getting the garden into order today. There’s something to be said for a little …

: After a couple of weeks of heads down work for a client, I decided last night to find some solace in …

: I’m pretty much all in with Firefox these days as my main browser. I’m using it for both …

: Started using Aloe Bud to remind myself to take breaks through the day. Particularly important for …

: Another great view from the top of the braes.

: Ethan and my dad all set for the Junior/Senior Open at Paisley GC today. Looking forward to seeing …

: I wonder if all those people that said, “I want to build the next Facebook” are still behind that …

: Bear just keeps getting better and better.

: Views aren’t bad up here.

: Just seen Infinity War. Loved it!

: Nicholas Bate’s daily protocol is the killer app that I suspect many are looking for.

: The best map in the galaxy This morning, the European Space Agency unveiled a new, highly detailed sky map of the Milky Way …

: Great to see a company like FastMail use the GDPR rules as a way to protect all their customers and …

: Another week, another weekly plan.

: I never thought anything like this could happen in Toronto.

: Curtis McHale has some constraints for a better workflow.

: First, there are rumours of Black Ops 4 ditching the single-player mode and now the Battlefield and …

: I would love to make use of the micro-casting plan on Micro.blog, but I’d be too concerned …

: The Expanse is back for season 3. I loved reading this series, but the television series does a …

: With no hard launch date for The Last of Us 2, God of War, might just be the game that can fill the …

: Hello Wavelength Micro.blog has added another great way of creating content, a micro-casting app. Micro.blog now …

: The rule of three I love this idea of picking the best three shots from a day-trip or an event. So, I’m going to do …

: View from the desk. Getting through some work while Ethan plays at Troon Links in a friendly match …

: Finding it difficult to shake off the shit-storm state the world is in this morning.

: Started using collections in Jekyll. Pretty powerful stuff.

: Still not happy with layout of PenMuse. I’m thinking of moving to a fixed-width container as opposed …

: Publishing a blog post today that’s been collecting dust for a couple of weeks now. Might be great, …

: Using Your Time. Back to blogging again. Good to get something out in the internets again.

: Always interested to see what’s on Kurt Harden’s reading list.

: I would love to see account types on Twitter and then better controls that are derived from them. I …

: Unsplash has its own iOS app now.

: Migrating Day One to Bear This week I’ve started migrating my Day One entries to Bear. I initially wanted to omit all …

: Michale Wade has the perfect way to focus. Chair. Notebook. Coffee. Drafts. Index cards. Pens. …

: Good views while I wait.

: Tower 3 beta installed. A familiar front-end but a little bit more fresh than Tower 2. Not had a …

: Great to see @dave’s feeds database is up and running. Not many surprises among the top ranked …

: I’ve been wrestling with VS Code for the last few weeks but I just can’t get that …

: Sustainable living? I’d love a place like this.

: A few observations on the Apple education announcement I missed the Apple education themed announcement yesterday. The time difference means that I’m …

: I'm ditching Day One For the last few years, I’ve been using Day One as a digital journal. However, over the previous few …

: The audience's algorithm A post over at The Guardian highlights a great idea that I would love to see implemented by any …

: Features for PenMuse for April The automated delivery of daily writing prompts from my PenMuse website is stable enough now that I …

: Pretty good day for Ethan at Eastwood golf club today playing alongside the rest of the RGU boys. …

: I wouldn’t mind seeing more split view options in MacOS. I know there’s apps that can do …

: A Ruby on Rails ERP book? I’ve been re-reading this post on how to build an ERP sytem from scratch. I’ll be honest …

: Great to get back out on the fixie again.

: Human only email I’ve been migrating a number of newsletters over to Feedbin to reduce my …

: Nicholas Bate’s tools of excellence series continues. Sometimes an idea is bubbling. A plan, …

: Firefox now lets you block annoying website notification pop-ups I’ve been using Firefox a …

: Kaweco GRIP for Apple Pencil I’ve been considering an Apple Pencil for some time now. This …

: Stephen Hawking is right; you all should leave planet Earth. Kurt Harden is staying behind. I might …

: My personal defcon status has been lowered from “bloody miserable” to “almost bearable” as this cold …

: The great thing about RSS readers is the speed at which I can catch up. Even after a couple of days …

: 📚 Almost halfway through King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence before I decided to give up on it. First …

: Did I just write a reply in the style of old Donald himself?

: 📚 Got my copy of Michael Wade’s Random Thoughts. Great to have all these in one place.

: Still considering Toronto Following a raft of measures to cool off the property market, sales have plunged, down 35% overall …

: Lacking direction? Reset your personal compass with NB.

: What do you think Apple will call its over-ear headphones? I’m going with HeadPods on this …

: All things good for the mind, body and soul.

: Do you want want blank spaces on your iPhone home screen? Here’s how

: Nothing better than getting back to normal. Roads are drivable and schools are back open.

: BBC Studios is adapting Terry Pratchett’s iconic Discworld books for a six-part TV series I enjoyed …

: Nicholas Bate offers up some nudges to get you writing.

: Street Fighter’s Chun Li is 50. Wow. Now I feel old.

: Themeable seasons One thing I’ve been doing over the last couple of years is switching colours on my blogs and …

: Another day of snow in Paisley.

: Brilliant and better note-taking at meetings courtesy of Nicholas Bate.

: 🎵Got the Master and Commander soundtrack playing while I catch up on some Rails work for a client …

: Overwatch’s newest hero is an armor-clad engineer named Brigitte. Overwatch can do no wrong in my …

: Twitter finally gives us an official way to bookmark tweets I can’t see me using this at all. …

: Ask Micro.blog I’m wondering if this is something that might interest the users of Micro.blog. I want to ask …

: Version control for project management Did a stupid thing today and deleted a checklist from Trello that I was using. As far as I am aware, …

: What's in a number? I’ve been moving over some lists and accounts over to Feedbin. The significant advantage of …

: Micro Monday shout-out to my writing prompt generator on Micro.blog, @penmuse.

: Crux technology My wife is thinking of setting up a Facebook account so that she can book in for a fitness class she …

: Michael Wade advocates for a time of calm planning.

: Just what we need, more guns I’m not surprised it’s being suggested by Trump that they need to arm teachers in …

: Start that novel Nicholas Bate has the steps you need to start that novel.

: Great to see Ethan making progress under the watchful eye of club professional Andy Carlton. More …

: I’ve been moving a few newsletters so that they’re sent to Feedbin. Amazed by the amount …

: Forgot how great the Silent Alarm album by Bloc Party is 🎵.

: Looking forward to more nights like this when I can get both the boys out on the course.

: I could really do with a col-md-1.5 class about now. #webdevwoes

: Robots opening doors? Calm down people, we’re a long way from Skynet happening.

: Using Stimulus in PenMuse It’s been a while since I dabbled in a bit of JavaScript. It’s not that I don’t …

: Great to see the snow didn’t put Drew off from his golf yesterday. Snow! What snow?

: So, even with the night shift on, iPads aren’t good for night time reading. Already thought this …

: The world looks pretty bleak just four degrees warmer.

: Would you download an app that wasn’t on the App Store and didn’t have any developer …

: Feels good to be starting another Rails project. I’m hoping this one runs for a while, but I …

: Despite a few attempts this week and last week at using VS Code, I keep coming back to Sublime Text. …

: RSS discovery A common observation around the slow uptake of RSS readers is that RSS is still something that …

: Write daily Nicholas Bate with a run down on being happy. Writing daily is just one simple part of it. Write …

: That painful moment when you realise that the reason your JavaScript isn’t working is because …

: Move to Jekyll complete Last night I finally pulled the trigger and moved my Ghost hosted blog to Jekyll. While the cost of …

: Important things Michael Wade provides another gem of being productive. One important thing today, that will put …

: The return of the subscribe button The subscribe button used to be everywhere on the Internet. It’s about time it made a return …

: A Wishlist for Micro.blog Micro.blog has been getting some great updates over the last couple of weeks and I’m looking forward …

: Better writing fundamentals by Nicholas Bate.

: I think the Frontlines series might be a good read while I wait for the last two books in the The …

: Finally got my freelance website moved over from Ghost to Jekyll. 👍

: Be nice if feed readers like Feedbin could detect similar headlines for the last couple of days and …

: More jagged thoughts from NB A refreshing thought from Nicholas Bate. We feel we need to add. In fact so often we need to …

: I wasn’t aware of Monzo’s VC funding. However, I’m still closing my account now …

: I’ve been playing with Wordpress again over the last few days. So much more going for it than …

: Looks like I’ve for a few updates to do over the weekend. Bootstrap 4 is here!

: Considering some blog changes I’m considering a few changes in the way I blog. Micro.blog for personal stuff, quotes, …

: Inbox zero.

: Atom still trying to play catchup with the likes of Sublime Text. I can’t see it ever …

: FastMail rule added to delete the almost daily emails I get from Cloudinary for their Heroku addon.

: New updates to Faviconographer. Might give it another try.

: Share to Micro.blog is now available on Feedbin!

: Yesterday’s two NFL games are what the playoffs area all about. High scoring games with plenty …

: Michael Wade once again delivers a gem of wisdom: Move more into the role of “Creator” …

: Making the Most of Feedbin's New Twitter Integration Today Feedbin announced a new feature to their RSS reader which allows you to subscribe to Twitter …

: Reading Twitter with Feedbin This is a great move for Feedbin. Rather than following a single collection of accounts, I can now …

: Damn. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Forgot about them. 🎵

: I’m considering a set of wireless headphones for client calls and blocking out the kids whiles …

: This bug on Ghost is driving me round the bend. Every character you type in is registered as two …

: My First MailChimp Campaign A few weeks ago I had an idea. A newsletter that would provide help and guidance for a particular …

: Experimenting with numberless actions on Twitter In keeping with Micro.blog’s lack of counts for things like followers and likes, I’ve decided …

: Staying on Track When it comes to planning the day with bullet journaling, there’s one aspect of it that frequently …

: Right, so my predictions for the Wildcard Weekend were 1 for 4. Only got the Saints results right, …

: Benefiting from the Constraints of Pen and Paper to Tame Tasks In the last 18 months, I’ve moved from using a task manager application to using pen and notebook …

: First half of wildcard weekend done and I got both predictions for yesterday wrong. Maybe I’ll have …

: Right, calling it with a victories for the Bills and the Saints today.

: I'm Starting a Newsletter Again, With a Difference​ With a rising interest in newsletters, I started one last year. I tried to publish one long-form …

: GitHub’s Projects feature is increasingly becoming an alternative to using Trello, but …

: I completely missed the part of GitHub’s project tracking feature that allows you to track projects …

: Just found out how to use the SUMIF function in Numbers for the first time. Every day is a school …

: Nicholas Bate reminds us of the basics when we’re stuck.

: My Three Words for 2018 I've already written about how I use habits rather than resolutions for the year. Resolutions are …

: A new year, a new Hobonichi. Same old trusty Lamy Safari though.

: Numberless Analytics One of the significant problems with social media is that everything has a number against it. …

: I’m seriously thinking about coming off Twitter or just making my account private. Seeing less …

: No Resolutions, Just Good Habits I'm not making any resolutions for the year ahead. In my experience, it's a self-defeating exercise …

: The unruly web Amongst another Twitter scare, there’s a reminder that there’s a better social network …

: Morning Stories For the last couple of years I've been writing every day through a practice called morning pages. It …

: So refreshing to have an inbox of positive posts in my RSS reader this morning. I wish every morning …

: RSS Update It’s been a while since I’ve posted any updates on my blogging habits and where you can find me. Now …

: Choose a word or three Nicholas Bate picks one word, Mike Vardy picks three words. Whatever number of words you choose for …

: After three days away from my desk, now is as good a time as any to clear the decks before client …

: Merry Christmas everyone!

: Disappointed to see that the Grammarly blog doesn’t have an RSS feed.

: First, Twitter’s ads play on the fact people don’t know what Twitter is for and now …

: Frustration is a blog post that doesn’t link to the products that it recommends.

: There’s been a change to Sublime Text in the last release that stops the command palette …

: I’ve been giving Feedly another spin. It’s been four years since I last used it. Other …

: Weekly Digest Another week closer to Christmas, another week of school and club activities for the boys. We …

: Always a good view from The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

: Moved up another belt for Tigercubs. Well done wee man!

: Time for The Last Jedi! Update: It was amazing!

: Christmas jumper day at school!

: Bear just keeps getting better New themes, autocomplete for tags and of course TagCons! Once you get a decent tag collection …

: Bluetooth, oh how I hate thee.

: Nicholas Bate’s What we know about 2018, the complete list. A must read in preparing for the …

: Trying to kid myself on that the Hawaiian sunshine is included in every bottle. Alas no sunshine …

: Hard a-larboard! Posting this here in the hopes that Michael Wade sees this and doesn’t need to break his …

: Discovered that I am a lousy open source software maintainer. Two pull-requests for my Daring theme …

: Version bump for my Daring theme for Ghost so that it works with Ghost’s 1.0.0 release. Also hat tip …

: Starting to feel normal again after a lingering cough and cold.

: Better blogging I love this manifesto for blogging. Lots of good points to use. Also, why wasn’t I already …

: Deep work vs distractions Curtis McHale breaks down the process of getting work done in a world of distractions. I …

: Independent feeds Tom Critchlow is re-discovering the glory days of blogging. The tags, the blogrolls and much more. …

: Mindful giving It’s the time of year for giving and there’s lots of ways you can do it. Small …

: The Facebook Pages Organisation This morning I got a text message from my kids' primary school. It was a reminder that this week was …

: Outlined a couple of blog posts this morning that I’ll publish this week.

: Cracking afternoon for Drew at the putting competition up at Paisley Golf Club. Bobble hats off to …

: Looks like collections are the new must have feature in the social media silos. First Instagram and …

: Remember what I said about Twitter being left in the dust?

: 4 spaces for indentation on JS looks weird.

: Business without email Proof that your business can survive without email. In short, Schwarz is a classic craftsman. If …

: I’m really liking what Kona are doing with their bikes these days. The Honza is another great …

: Just finished watching Stranger Things 2. Damn that was good television.

: As a freelancer I’m wondering if a newsletter is worth putting into place. Another thing to maintain …

: Bacon. That’s good for a cold, yeah?

: Hello PenMuse I'm always on the lookout for something different to write about, but some days the nudge just isn't …

: Too many writing apps? I’ve got three apps on my MacBook that I’m starting to use on a more frequent basis. …

: EA’s release of Star Wars Battlefront II is already under fire. Let’s hope that Firefox …

: I’ve got Star Wars Battlefront II downloading on the PS4 for tonight. Early Xmas present to …

: Yeah, Firefox 57 is pretty fast. 😲

: Bootstrap 4’s Flexbox support is great. I can see me using it a lot more with new projects and …

: Them shadows again.

: Back to GitHub A few months ago I started a GitLab account out of curiosity. I wanted to see if there was anything …

: I think I have a rogue plug-in for Sublime Text. I’ve been getting errors all morning. …

: I wish Github’s Pull Request filters would persist in between changes.

: Tried to use my iPhone SE as a mouse this morning for about a minute. Definitely time for a coffee.

: Attention vs Currency Is attention no longer a viable form of currency? We’re told every day as creators online …

: Mondays Nicholas Bate has Monday’s covered. Do you? Mondays can be approached slowly or quickly or …

: Another great lesson for Drew this morning. Won’t be long until he is beating his brother out on the …

: Long shadows up at the golf club today while I was picking up Ethan.

: Finding that Spark’s short and long swipes a pain to use when the actions are different. …

: Hyper terminal emulator, good but not great A week running Hyper as my terminal has been mostly without incident, but I’ll be switching …

: Twitter's house rules I can understand the joy on Twitter when a certain account was removed by a member of staff who was …

: Another great lesson for Ethan with our club professional, Andy. Just a few minor setup changes and …

: The value of silence There’s value to be had in silence you know. Late at night. A quiet office. No phone calls. …

: 40 day writing streak on 750words.com. The daily habit is getting easier to do now. Here’s to …

: A bleak future for the web? The Trinet (Amazon, Facebook, Google) is a depressing prospect for the future of the web. The War …

: Pocket Productivity Curtis McHale offers some advice for those looking to get more from their mobile devices when it …

: Nice. You can now click the labels on a Trello card and it will show the text for the labels on all …

: Back to winter coaching with the RGU boys and David Orr. A few takeaways to work on.

: Finally, bobble hat season is here! #ynot #ynotmade

: Running Hyper this week instead of Terminal just to see what all the fuss is about.

: I haven’t seen the Buffalo Bills play like this for years. Great game to watch.

: Trying to put together the parts for a monthly newsletter aimed at both Rails developers and Rails …

: Just discovered the attribute_was method in Rails. Everyday is a school day. #til

: Goodbye Path For a long time, I’ve been a user of Path. A social media network for those who want a level a level …

: A reminder from Nicholas Bate that the Internet serves both the good and the bad. False news on …

: New home for my micro.blog - mattisms.blog.

: Part of my web development toolbox for years. Saying Goodbye to Firebug

: Downsizing Twitter Last night I started down-sizing my Twitter account. Here’s a few things I did. Deleted all …

: Levelling up advice for programmers One of many nuggets of advice for programmers who feel they are lagging behind. The goal is become …

: Back to work this morning after a week off.

: Great first episode of the new season of The Walking Dead. Good pace and build up to the next …

: I would love to be able to pin cards at the top of each list in Trello. Just saying.

: 25 smarter blogs One again I’ve made Kurt’s list and he now he’s planning a surprise visit! Family …

: Taking stronger action Gregory Brown is closing his Twitter account (@practicingdev). In 24 hours I’ll be shutting …

: Subscribed to the Hurry Slowly podcast this morning. Expecting good things.

: Less is more with Slack Half of these ideas on making Slack less of a time suck are terrible suggestions. Just because you …

: Great first lesson of the off-season for Ethan with Andy, our club professional. Plenty to work on …

: Nice start to the day.

: A lot of love for Cardhop on the blogs today. Going to have to give it a try at some point.

: Another day, another blog post written. That’s three in a row. Need to get a couple of topics in …

: My web development setup for the iPad Pro While it was my intention to write about my web development workflow on my iPad Pro at a later date, …

: Features I would love to see in Safari iOS I've been using an iPad Pro as a web development device for a few months now. Overall I've been …

: So many good things have happened on Micro.blog in the last few months and the cherry on the cake is …

: My kind of prepping.

: Just tried pumpkin spice cream liqueur. Erm …. not a fan. Might be alright for a coffee …

: Had that moment in a software project yesterday when you realise you should have named something …

: Another Star Wars Christmas Another Christmas, another Star Wars movie. I can’t wait to see this. Since watching it this …

: Cowboys must stand for national anthem Jerry Jones chips in on the NFL #takeaknee protest with an ultimatum for the Cowboys team. “I’m not …

: Goodbye to being productive in the air I can’t say that I’m a fan of seeing high-speed Internet access being rolled out onto …

: Drew finished building this year’s Lego Halloween set. Well done wee man! 👍🏻

: Drew moved up to his Tiger cubs green belt this morning. It’s great to see him making progress even …

: Currently having a geek out frenzy on ligatures in Sublime Text.

: An Instructor's Instructions Michael Wade with the essential list for instructors. Different ways to explain the subject and how …

: Took the Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta for a spin tonight. Love it!

: Typical. The day the Battlefront 2 beta comes out and I’ve got work to catch up on tonight.

: Been a while since I did this. One more technique I found helpful is keeping a “content ideas” file …

: I often struggle with content ideas for my freelancing blog. I should look towards my expertise more …

: Star Trek Discovery episode #3 was a lot better last night. Going to stick with it.

: Back on the #langster for running errands at lunchtime. Great to be clocking up the miles again. …

: Micro might just be the text editor that brings me back to full-time terminal use! On a related …

: Techo and Field Notes deliveries in the same week! 👍

: I have to say. The unique way in which micro.blog allows posts and conversation in the form of …

: This is the most restraint I’ve had to show in my life. This tub contains the awesome trio of nuts, …

: It doesn’t seem to matter what Twitter does these days. Even with more characters to tweet …

: It’s that time of year again! Next year will be my third year using a Techo. It’s proven to be so …

: Took a day off yesterday for some recovery, but it also gave me the chance to upgrade MacOS to High …

: When did Twitter’s native app for macOS get the split view treatment?

: Just watched the first two episodes of Star Trek Discovery. I think it could get better. I’ll watch …

: I’ve returned to blogging with a post about why I think web analytics are not a good fit for …

: The death of web analytics? It's been a long time since I stopped using Google Analytics to track the activity on my websites. …

: Watching the world go by.

: Is it just me or is the iPhone’s battery draining faster under iOS 11?

: The combination of Working Copy and Textastic on iOS 11 now allows me to do more web development …

: Just when I’m starting to like using Safari’s Shared Links feature, Apple goes and …

: Published the last edition of my own newsletter last night. It wasn’t working out for me. Glad …

: No newsletter and micro me Yesterday was the last edition of my newsletter. I won't go into all the reasons why I've stopped …

: Having one of those days I would like to forget.

: Learned my lesson today from buying cheap hardware. Bought a Bluetooth keyboard as a short term …

: First national competition for Ethan down at Dumfries & County GC. Great conditions so far. 👍

: Might be time to read Cal Newport’s Deep Work again.

: Now that I’m using the iPad Pro as my main development machine a couple of days a week …

: Same thing we do every time I pick him up from school. A little selfie for his mum!

: Back to basics for Ethan It wasn't Ethan's day at the Stanley Morrison Trust event down at Dumfries & County GC …

: First national competition for Ethan down at Dumfries & County GC. Great conditions so far. 👍

: About time I looked at something a little different than the usual web application framework.

: Electron does take some flak for being a performance hog but the appeal of being able to deliver the …

: I now have Instagram photos feeding through to here as well as links from my Pinboard account and …

: Started composing a support email to @manton about the custom CSS changes for my micro-blog site as …

: The new Banksy?

: Trello’s new native app is just another Electron app, but I’ll still take it instead of …

: Disney now seems to be the creative equivalent of the Trump presidency.

: It’s official. I’m giving up on Twitter has a medium for conversation. It’s …

: I’ve been tempted to upgrade the iPad Pro to the public beta release of iOS 11 but with the …

: The new Banksy?

: Pipedream Cycles Moxie The Singletrack review of what is without a doubt, the best hardtail I've laid eyes on, even if it …

: Pro colour schemes If you see me bashing away at text editor then you'll know that I'm a die hard Solarized fan. In the …

: Star Wars stamps If stamps, scruffy-looking nerf herders and laser blasting walking carpets are you thing then these …

: The value of importance ... ... is knowing what is important. Don't attempt everything. Do what's important. No, not everything …

: Finally a break in the weather.

: Bought a license for Monokai Pro this morning. Small change to ensure that a great theme keeps going …

: Dinosaurs, warriors, bandits and pirates. His imagination knows no limits.

: Drew built this little set all by himself. He needed just a little bit of help with the mechanism …

: Gave up trying to remove those last few Instagram posts from my microblog timeline. Just going to …

: I don’t know who’s scarier!

: Loving the new Monokai Pro colour scheme for Sublime Text 3!

: Not bad 9 holes with Ethan tonight. He’s looking good for his final tomorrow.

: This caddying lark fair burns up the calories. I should take it up full time. Ethan, you pro yet?

: Lost his final tonight but not until he took his opponent to a playoff. Super proud of you pal, keep …

: Productivity​ is ... ... defined by Nicholas Bate. Productivity is no longer simply about 'the things to do', it is …

: Not bad 9 holes with Ethan tonight. He’s looking good for his final tomorrow.

: Learning Ulysses I can't remember the last time I bought individual learning material that wasn't a book. I'd be …

: Media diets Jason Kottke shares his. I love this idea as a recurring post.

: ​Where I don’t publish Last week I linked to Manton Reece’s dedication to staying the course for Micro.blog and the …

: Dinosaurs, warriors, bandits and pirates. His imagination knows no limits.

: I don’t know who’s scarier!

: Accountability Are you accountable?

: Hello TextExpander ... again A while back, I read with disgruntlement about the change that Smile were introducing to their …

: Stay the course I'm still grappling with Micro.blog but what's reassuring is Manton dedication to staying the course …

: Ghost & Unsplash Good to see the Ghost team are steadily adding features to my favourite blogging platform. This it's …

: Taming the Twitter timeline It seems that I just can't let go of my Twitter timeline. Despite not been very active on Twitter …

: Deep book researching advice Cal Newport divulges his technique for researching books. The key to my system is the pencil mark …

: Survive and thrive ... ... with the personal resilience guide from Nicholas Bate.

: The content creation device Jack Baty has been using his new iPad in anger this week. The results are good! I’ve been using the …

: Erasing the past Kurt Harden is concerned about the erasing of American history. The first is that it strikes me as …

: Time to kill the personal website? Rachel Kaser over at The Next Web certainly thinks so. Like it or not, social media provides an …

: Hello Ghost 1.0 It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here. A couple of weeks ago the first major update to …

: Ulysses Subscriptions So following the footsteps of TextExpander and Day One, the writing app Ulysses is now moving …

: Back to work. Always a good time to reboot a few habits.

: The least loved great sportsman? On a day where a Brit has won his fourth Tour de France, the focus seems to be more on Jordan …

: Bullet journal #2

: Open source Medium Dave Winer ponders on the possibility of an open source version of the popular blogging platform …

: Exploring alternatives to GitHub I've been a user of GitHub for a long time now. Ever since I started my career in Ruby on Rails I've …

: Comic book kind of guy I'm not sure if Nicholas Bate is a comic books kind of guy, but I'm sure he'll make an exception for …

: Scorched Earth A sobering read about the future of the planet and what climate change effects could result in in a …

: Time to read Just as it is important to set aside time to think, it is important to block out time for reading. …

: Fixie Friday no more Fixie Friday has run it's course. There won't be anymore scheduled Fixie Friday posts on the first …

: Slack: Necessary evil? I've been using Slack for a few years now. I use it more for work than anything else. I am part of a …

: Trillion Prime 27.5 Singletrack World are testing a new British built steel hardtail, the Trillion Prime 27.5. I wish …

: Subscription pricing for Day One Day One's change to subscription pricing model is taking some flak but I think it's a good move for …

: Cracking open Vim again It's been a while since I took another stab at learning Vim. If you don't know what Vim is then all …

: Deep vs shallow It seems that a lot of the things I'm reading online point towards long-form blogging again. Gregory …

: Fall like a thunderbolt I have never read The Art of War, but I've seen this quote enough times mentioned elsewhere (other …

: The latest Field Notes Time for another quarterly delivery of Field Notes memo books. This time it's the Campfire edition. …

: Attended Nicholase Bate’s Deep Productivity seminar in March and and it was worth every penny. …

: Got a DigitalOcean server setup with multiple Jekyll sites. I forgot how great and simple static …

: Thanks to @curtismchale and @patrickrhone for their replies to my newsletter this month. Cheers …

: Another new fan of Discworld Glad to see Terry Pratchett's Discworld books are still gaining fans. Annie is the latest convert.

: Yard work done.

: Can’t complain about the new look on Twitter’s iOS app, but would still like to improvements …

: Right, so you can only schedule a tweet with a pic on it.

: A change of working ... ... is what you need. More insightful thoughts from Nicholas Bate.

: The Green Machine It's great to see that Kona bikes are looking great again.

: Playing the “waiting on DNS” game. Sigh.

: Decision time ... ... with Nicholas Bate.

: iPad Pro for software development? Apple's App Store Guidelines now allow executable code in educational apps and developer tools. …

: 8 day streak on @750words. Feels great to be writing daily again.

: Small solutions to big problems It's often the case with me that I look for a big solution to what I perceive to be big problems …

: iOS 11 looks great with the new Files app. Not enough changes though for me to use an iPad Pro for …

: Never under-estimate the simplicity of a problem. Fixed a Rails 5 upgrade by updating the …

: Tame the distraction monster Not your usual productivity hacks. I do think I could be doing with less distractions during the …

: WWDC17 Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off today. I wouldn't call myself a fan-boy but I …

: Fixie Friday - Hartley Cycles Red Hook Crit Track Wonderful paint job on this one. via Bikesoup Magazine

: Covfefe Once again, Twitter explodes over the tweets of a certain president. As for what covfefe actually …

: The basics of email ... ... with Nicholas Bate. I've been wrestling with my inbox for a while now but last month I started …

: Smarter money, smarter spending I've had pre-paid cards in the past but the app that accompanies the Monzo card should provide …

: MBP hardware boosts are tempting but I’ll wait on news of new iMacs before I decide on what …

: Who do I know that’s been writing frequently on Medium?

: Another night on the course A lot colder tonight than last week, but glad to get out for a hit with Ethan.

: Ugmonk "Gather" Desk Organiser Gather is a modular desk organiser that is being funded via Kickstarter. My inner-nerd says yes but …

: Simple rules I often fall into the trap of complicated systems. A simple rule works because I can have one of …

: The basics ... ... are what we should always come back too.

: Rebooting the morning routine The morning routine of reading, writing and planning is nothing more than a distant memory these …

: Sunset over Paisley Golf Club Enjoyed a few holes with Ethan out on the course tonight.

: A spreadsheet will do Over the weekend I closed my Highrise account. In case your not familiar with the name, Highrise is …

: Always have a book on the go ... ... and other essential reading basics from NB.

: Slow down Execupundit reminds us to slow down. I find that I get more work done by slowing down. …

: Did that thing where you write a series of related words that results in something of value. Will …

: What to look for in a blog It's come to my attention that I am hardly the good faring blogging citizen I was a couple of years …

: Enjoyed the first episode of Jamestown. I can see me watching the rest of the series. It also fills …

: Just waiting for Guardians 2 to start.

: Fixie Friday - Specialized Allez

: Small wins Major gains.

: Weekend Report #10 Just when I think we're out of the woods with winter, Drew gets a nasty cold. We skipped his …

: More client work today and enabling the daily themes for DailyMuse users today. First new feature …

: Evil Following A bike for all occassions. And it looks menacing as hell!

: Hello Micro.blog This week I finally got my invite to Micro.blog. A few months ago Manton Reece wrote about a project …

: Client work lined up for today and some product work on DailyMuse. It’s been neglected in the …

: The integration of RSS feeds means that Micro.blog might just be the perfect place to host an …

: “Hello there beautiful listener.” - Best podcast intro ever.

: Instagram business accounts require a Facebook page. Bizarre requirement. That’s the price of …

: I forgot how bloody great Muse are.

: What a day. I’m mentally exhausted.

: New LinkedIn design would be nice if it did away with those loading progress bars and spinners.

: Coffee & Code The blogroll has been chirping about coffee shops. First it was Future Lawyer: First, some of us …

: Social Media Shifts Social media is always on the change. They clamber over each other to promote their best features …

: The Perfect System And yes, it's a one size fits all system.

: The Real Star Although I didn't attend Star Wars Celebration, it was clear from many people online that this was …

: First time watching #doctorwho in a whille. Better than I expected.

: Any advice or thoughts on #bloggingburnout?

: I used to be a consistent blogger. Frequent blog posts, sharing links from others and many other …

: I want to blog because I enjoy it. It starting to wear on me though.

: I’m going to start a last attempt to post regularly next week. If it fails then I think it might be …

: I’ve still not found a way of quickly posting to my blog and while that isn’t the main issue it is …

: Lately though it feels like a chore to do. It feels like too much hassle for little in return.

: One thing about blogging with Ghost is that there are little in the way of automated tools and …

: .. or switch to something that makes it stupid easy for me to share stuff. I’m even considering …

: Back to work this morning and Rogue One is now available to watch on Apple TV. Nice timing Matthew.

: Fixie Friday - Mockba 80 via Amy Danger

: Don’t go anymore than three months without taking at least a week off.

: Finally, schedule your next time off when you go back to work. Something to look forward to when …

: For the first time in a long time I feel completely rested. I think it’s been nearly a year since I …

: If you are freelancing I recommend taking regular breaks from work. Look at it as an investment.

: If you have to do any kind of work for your freelance business, keep it light. Admin work, review …

: It’s hard to take holidays when you don’t get paid for them but that’s all part of the freelancing …

: Tie in your time off with the rest of the family. Don’t be the parent/partner who’s always working. …

: Use the week to rest. I’ve enjoyed some golf this week and a walk down at Troon.

: New iMacs on the way Great to hear that new iMacs are on the way. Regarding iMacs, Schiller also said that new iMacs are …

: The basics of productivity Basics or essentials? Either way, these are the foundations for anyone looking to level up. Bonus …

: Weekend Report #9 Is it April already? Where did March go? Yip, it's been one of them months where it's over before …

: Cookies and batch processing ... ... with Annie Mueller.

: Stormcrow For serious tweet-storming on Twitter. I love this idea for an app as I hate trying to condense down …

: The Cramped ... ... gets a new curator in the form of volunteer Shawn Mihalik.

: Blogroll updated Added Annie Mueller to the list. Who's on your blogroll?

: The Deep Productivity Seminar Yesterday I attended the Nicholas Bate's Deep Productivity seminar in Oxford. It was a great chance …

: Bravery in brevity CJ Chilvers looks at the importance of being small and why avoiding the need to grow can be a good …

: Medium memberships Medium announced it's paid tier called Memberships. I'm not convinced though. Sure it's great that …

: Oxford bound Driving down to Oxford this afternoon for tomorrow's Deep Productivity seminar with none other than …

: Subscribe improvements ... ... over at Feedbin. I love using Feedbin. Such a great RSS reader and the fact that they keep …

: Coffeeshop etiquette Some essential coffeeshop tips and etiquette from the peeps over at DNSimple. When you order your …

: Chain of thought Lately I've been thinking a lot about marketing. While making my afternoon coffee I was running some …

: Indyref, Brexit, Trump and now Indyref2. Haven’t we been through the mill enough?

: How Americans are still putting up with the Trumpster is beyond me. It must be infuriating as hell.

: I remember when asking a question on Twitter would get you replies from real people. Now you get …

: Back to work It's back to work for Ethan with the first RGU under 14s session of the year. Plenty to work on!

: Weekend Report #8 Again, this was sitting in my drafts. Doh! The weekend was something of a blur. After a trip down to …

: My kind of blogging The no-pressure kind. Manton Reece explains. I love that blogs can scale from the trivial to the …

: New Ass-savers Might be time for another batch of these. The one on the Langster is starting to look a bit worse …

: Observations ... ... from our man in Arizona, Michael Wade. The best way to create magic is never to rely upon it. …

: Holding off on an iMac purchase to see if any new models come out soon. What’s the chances of …

: Installed .NET Core and Visual Studio Code. What could go wrong?

: Looking for an agile friendly project management tool. Team have outgrown Trello. Looking at Jira …

: #playstationlive Fire arrow

: Fixie Friday - Specialized Langster Pro Not mine, but the Pro track edition. Looks great with the wide bars on the front. via Hizoku Cycles …

: Patrick is nonline Patrick is now nonline for at least the next year. As of March 4, 2017 I’ve stopped all online …

: Being of a certain age, I can’t understand the comparison of Medium Series being a thinking man’s …

: Cement factory to home When Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon a dilapidated cement factory in 1973, he immediately saw a world …

: Gunslingers ... ... re-imagined. via BoingBoing

: Replacing Evernote with Bear Bear uses a simple three-paned design. The largest column is devoted to your current note. A smaller …

: Rocket science ... ... it isn't.

: Giving up and adding at Cultural Offering. While I am giving something up for Lent, I am also adding something. I am …

: Pro devices in the wild At the start of this week I was visiting a client for a catch up and a chance to go over a project …

: Drew on my new tee from Hollister - “Daddy, that’s a cool t-shirt!” - Kid has good taste.

: Ghost on Indie Hackers We launched Ghost about 4 years ago with a $300,000 Kickstarter campaign. Today, it's a sustainable …

: Alto's Odyssey trailer The sequel to Alto's adventure is coming soon. This will be one sequel that I know won't disappoint. …

: It all begins with ... ... coffee. Once I start the coffee I have five minutes to make sure the dog doesn’t chase the deer …

: Capturing the wild ... ... with Patrick Rhone. I’ve recently re-adopted something I learned in a high school creative …

: Cool netbooks? I would love to see a return of some great quality and slim netbooks. I'm in the middle of assessing …

: New notebooks ... ... deserve great content.

: Weekly plan bars I've been having a successful run with the bullet journal and implementing Mike Rhode's daily plan …

: Be nice if @tinyletter could allow new subscribers to select previous newsletters to be sent to …

: Second newsletter of the year sent out using @tinyletter. Great product for managing a small …

: Good blogs I'm bookmarking this as an essential. I'm surprised I haven't read this post before by Merlin Mann, …

: iPod to the rescue A story of one man and his music. Tonight I discovered that my music library has gone missing. I …

: Quick wins The complete list from Nicholas Bate.

: Scaling Back For a long time I've wrestled with a number of different terminal apps and tools in the hope of …

: Test the list with Execupundit.

: Just noticed the black navigation bar at the top of @github. Nice! 👍

: An email just made my day. I wish I got more emails like that. Thank you sender (you know who you …

: I’ve been wrestling with Macvim (and Vim), Tmux and trying to copy and paste for a few days. Any …

: Still rebooting my MBP to re-connect my bluetooth keyboard and mouse. It is 2017, right?

: Watched the #superbowl2017 game last night. Great performance by the Pats in the 4Q. Do feel bad for …

: Plan the work Work the plan. It's all you need to know to get things done.

: The art of Minecraft Amazing how people have put Minecraft to such a creative use. via kottke.org

: The mid-life crisis bike I often joke with Jen that my mid-life crisis will involve buying a top-end mountain bike without …

: Weekend Report #7 This weekend was something of a bust. It's that time of year when kids of a certain age turn from …

: Didn’t stay up to watch the Super Bowl last night, but definitely going to watch this amazing …

: Essential reading material... ... from my man in British Columbia, Curtis McHale.

: Fixie Friday - Ryan's Renovatio via PEDAL Consumption

: Campfire chat I know, from reading my friend Kurt Harden’s blog, that we may not see completely eye-to-eye …

: Rockin'1000 does Smells Like Teen Spirit Amidst the chaos of the world, I was glad to be taken away for a few minutes with the Rockin'1000. …

: Thanks to Kurt ... ... for the recommendation Kurt. If you're looking for the newsletter, you can sign up here. Next …

: The profound effect of Deep Work Cal Newport's book Deep Work has been circling the blogs I follow for the past year. I finally took …

: And that’s why I would like to be able to edit my tweets.

: Sketching some ideas Finally broke out the other stack of Field Notes notebooks I got with my Black Ice editions. …

: Less - the 2017 edition by Nicholas Bate.

: Can’t dispute the fact that the Falcons are the better team though. #GBvsATL

: Game over. #GBvsATL

: Screw it. I’m switching over to something else. #GBvsATL

: Bluetooth has given up on me again on MacOS.

: Feels great to be human again. #manflugone

: I had plans to buy a @iamspecialized Langster Street for my birthday next month, but it’s a US …

: Now I’m left with the choice of two Langster models that I’d rather not purchase and so …

: The bike industry is bad enough with it’s annual product cycle and “industry …

: A lesson in building habits It's that time of year where people are starting to tail off on their new year resolutions. Let's …

: Award for best planet ... ... goes to planet Earth.

: Central heating on, four layers on, hot water bottle at my back and I’m still bloody freezing. …

: A great start! #GBvsDAL #GoPackGo

: Picked! #GBvsDAL

: Tempted to buy the Nintendo Switch but I think I’ll wait until its release and then check it out and …

: Just discovered the “caret_” settings in Sublime Text. Bumping up the width for eyes to …

: I hope we get to see some of the features of the @dashboardapp app on @twitter this year.

: Logitech K811 definitely not holding as much charge as it used to. Time for a new keyboard me …

: Productive morning at @BLENDTogether in Paisley with good music in the background. I should work …

: Meaningful work Not all work will be meaningful. Some will be meaningful to others but not for you. Some, will be …

: Winston Churchill Tweeting Twitter might have it's drawbacks but it's power to condense ideas and thoughts into a single-tweet …

: AskJeeves, Altavista and now Yahoo! We’re losing all those great website names from the early …

: I’m always skeptical about acquisations but I think Trello is going to continue to grow at …

: Always good to discover a Ruby gem in a book from a couple of years ago and the gem is still …

: Judging by the tweets I’m not missing much. #oakvshou

: Taken a while for Rodgers to hit his stride but finally, points on the board! #NYGvsGB

: The Marvel Universe Live was great fun to watch and had plenty of action. Bit loud for Drew but he …

: Is it time somebody built a bootstrapped version of Medium?

: Fixie Friday - State Bicycle Ashton 4130 Core Line

: Get what you want ... ... this year with Nicholas Bate.

: Rooted productivity Cal Newport touches on single root commitments and productivity. The solution to these issues is …

: One of the best things you can do as a member of a dev team is to simply talk to each other on a …

: 1000 words done for my first newsletter. Not a bad start. #amwriting

: Medium still isn't for me I've wrote in the past about the blogging platform Medium and how I have issue with such a high …

: Announcing my monthly newsletter I'm starting a newsletter this year. Yes, I'm a bit late to the newsletter thing and yes this is …

: The Weekend Report #6 Apologies. Missed a couple of these in November and December! After the feasting and festivities …

: Building some goals for 2017? You might want to start with Nicholas Bate then.

: May the force be with you ... ... for 2017. Sorry people, couldn't resist. via starwars.tumblr.com

: More resolutions When everyone else is making resolutions to do things like less social media, less eating, less …

: New micro-blogging service Manton Reece is launching a new microblogging service and a book about independent microblogging. I …

: Happy new year!

: 4yo stayed in his bed until 9am. I hope to God that’s his New Year resolution for 2017.

: Same old schedule by @bbcscotland. #onlyanexcuse and #jackiebird. Absolute dire.

: Like the idea of topics for #twitter2017. Lists could be replaced by these.

: New year essentials ... ... for an awesome 2017. It finally 'clicks' that you don't need much stuff-at all-to be very, very …

: The essentials of daily logging Michael Wade just provided the best daily logging template for my Hobonichi Techo for 2017.

: Be nice if you could filter out Twitter’s Moments based on their category. Moments is quite …

: Clearing the decks With the new year just around the corner, it's always a good time to clear the decks and start …

: Carrie Fisher dies at 60 Saddened to hear that Carrie Fisher has passed away at the age of 60. It wasn't until a few years …

: The Browns win! There is such a thing as the Christmas miracle then.

: #MINvsGB tomorrow. Disappointed it’s not on @skysportsnfl. Will watch the other game tomorrow …

: The turkey is in, the kitchen is stocked. Just a few presents to wrap and we’re all set in the …

: All client work wrapped up. Slack turned off. Holidays can officially start now!

: The spirits of a classic Fascinating how many times this classic has been illustrated. I began my annual tradition of reading …

: The enigma ... ... that is Nicholas Bate.

: #rogueone was amazing!

: The future adds a zero Except that messages now travel 50 times faster than they used to, sent to us by 100 times as many …

: Headphones too expensive to lose When I first heard about Apple's AirPods I thought they were a joke. Honestly. After all they're …

: Level up There comes a point in your career when you can no longer coast along just punching in and out and …

: Evernote - Time to move on? So apparently Evernote employees now have the ability to read the notes in your Evernote account. …

: Time tracking - A valuable metric Curtis McHale explains why tracking your hours as a business owner can improve the health of your …

: Trailer for Dunkirk via The Verge

: An honour ... ... to be included in a list of such fine and esteemed bloggers. Many thanks Kurt.

: Otterbox Chargers and Headphones My favourite mobile phone case company Otterbox are now expanding their product line to include …

: Small wins ... ... are the best wins.

: The Cyclist's Christmas Wish List I'd take the Kona Cinder Cone purely for nostalgia reasons. They are bloody great bikes.

: Timepage 2.0 Update My favourite calendar app, Timepage, has just been released with a number of particularly nice …

: I’ve noticed Firefox running really slow on my MBP these days.

: Alto's Odyssey Looking forward to the sequel to Alto's Adventure. Games on my phone are a rarity but Alto's …

: Get It Done Right Michael Wade reminds us to get it done ... right. In all of the rush to get it done, meet the …

: Paper Is Not Broken Patrick Rhone imparts some much needed opinions on the argument that paper is broken. But I’m here …

: I’ll let it slide for this half of the series. I hope it picks up after the holidays when it …

: Last night’s episode of #twd was another long drawn out affair. Is this how it is now? Start …

: Never underestimate the benefits of your past software development experience.

: Now I’m using some of that knowledge to build a “light” ERP application with Ruby on Rails.

: There should be an option to chain tweets together rather than do this “reply to self” …

: Worked with Dynamics NAV for a few years building and maintaining ERP applications for clients.

: A Little Inconvience Is Okay When you notice something is affecting your drive, find a way to adjust your environment. Even if …

: Don't Forget To Schedule Life I was on one of those consulting projects that seemed fine months earlier when it went on my …

: The $500 E Ink Gamble Another attempt to replace paper with a tablet. This time it's the turn of a $500 E Ink tablet. …

: The Last Of Us Part 2 Trailer Finally some real news about The Last of Us sequel. As you might know from reading this blog I'm a …

: It doesn’t get said enough. @dnsimple’s service and support are amazing.

: Considering Spark Lately my email has been getting the better of me. Despite numerous attempt are curbing email, I …

: Netflix Adds Offline Mode Parents with young kids on long haul flights rejoice! In all seriousness though, it's about time …

: Another Social Network Entrant Gab aims to be an honest and open network for people to converse online. Their basic features appear …

: It's never too late... ... to set those goals. You should have your goals and major projects decided before November …

: “Even though Paul isn’t a professional unboxer, he’s a great entertainer.” - Professional unboxing? …

: Rogue One tickets booked. Plumped for the Saturday morning showing. Can’t wait!

: Love Mondays Nicholas Bate reminds us that Mondays are for those who take action. Are simply there to sort the …

: Rogue One Reminder Tickets are on sale today for Rogue One. With the kids in tow we went for the Saturday morning …

: The MacBook Pro - Great for Hackers It struck me odd how so many people took to the Internet announcing their disgust that the new …

: Chatbooks Your Instagram pictures printed to photo books. Love it.

: Newsletter Coming Soon I can't remember if I mentioned this in a previous post but in case I didn't here's an update. I …

: The Ideal Gift For those that like notebooks and the Beatles.

: The Simplest Pleasures Courtesy of Nicholas Bate.

: Who Are You Following? Who's on your blogroll?

: Why Notebooks Work For Me This week I've highlighted the three notebooks I am using to replace my task manager app. The reason …

: Sidetracked with Sidetrack Installed Sidetrack this morning as a way of reading my RSS feeds from Feedbin. Loving it so far.

: The Logging Notebook When it comes to getting things done the focus is always on what needs done and when you can do it. …

: Anonymus Blogging The makers of Telegram have launched a blogging platform called Telegram. Yes, it could be used by …

: Meeting Patrick Thanks for the lunch and afternoon in London Patrick! One down, four to go.

: The 100 Most Influential Images Of All Time Selected by Time magazine to be the most influential images of all time. Warning. Some people may …

: The Bullet Journal Bullet journalling has been around for a few years now, but it's only now that I've decided to start …

: The Don't List All the things you shouldn't be doing. via Nicholas Bate

: The Surveillance State Intrusive snooping by the government or a necessary action? The legislation in question is called …

: Trello to JIRA. What’s the advantages from a client (product owner) perspective?

: Bye Bye Black Friday I'm glad to see that the much hyped part of the retail year, Black Friday, is falling out of favour …

: The Pocket Notebook I've been carrying a pocket notebook with me everywhere I go for the last few years but it hasn't …

: An Execupundit Tradition For Thanksgiving Day on Thursday.

: Belle Is Planning And here's her setup.

: Moving To An Analog Task Management System A few weeks ago I decided to take the plunge and stop using Todoist as my task manager. As you know …

: Rogue One Expansion Pack Coming Soon The Rogue One movie is coming out soon and so is the last expansion pack for Star Wars Battlefront. …

: Time To Replace Twitter? Not a month goes by now without criticism of Twitter and it's walled garden network. I really don’t …

: Took advantage of the @ynotmade sale and put an order in for a Laneway backpack. My Gulper is great …

: First Todoist and now Any.do are adding AI to their task managers. Is it really that hard to manage …

: Somone convince me this blogging malarkey is worth doing.

: Wouldn’t mind seeing my Twitter lists added as filters to my timeline. Be nice to just switch …

: AI For Your Todo List Todoist has just anounced a new feature to their task management platform, Smart Schedule. Smart …

: Jagged Success comes from two simple realisations. NB explains.

: Japanese Calendar I've got the planner, next is the calendar (and of course being able to speak Japanese). via …

: Guerrilla Bike Tactics Great to see the city officials in San Francisco and Seattle responding positively to the need for …

: No super moon last night, just the Scottish equivalent. Super cloudy skies and rain.

: What is going on in Tennessee? #GBvsTEN

: How are my fellow Canadians taking the news of the election results? @curtismchale?

: Can still hear #easystreet from last night’s #twd.

: Mike on Notebooks Mike Vardy shares his thoughts on Medium on why he uses notebooks. Ultimately, however, I use …

: The Four Quadrants Great advice by Curtis McHale and at a great time too. 2017 is just around the corner.

: If I block every account when I see their ad in Twitter, will I eventually have an ad free timeline? …

: Digital Morning Pages Again For over a year now I've been writing my morning pages by hand. At first the exercise was all about …

: Fireworks Some great moments captured from Friday night's fireworks over Glasgow.

: Habit Calendar Another nifty kickstarter idea. A calendar for building habits. via Swiss Miss

: The Execupundit Show The pilot is coming folks. I can't wait.

: Time to Ditch Time Zones? A fair argument about abolishing timezones and the whole planet using Coordinated Universal Time. I …

: First mince pie consumed. Couldn’t hold out any longer.

: Convinced 4yo is going for a record. He’s watched “Wreck-it Ralph” 4 times this week and nothing …

: What a nightmare. There’s no belgian bun emoji.

: Reading again Nice prompt from NB to start reading again. Read deep again. Read the original not the news article …

: The Case for Big Business Who knew that so many positives can come out of big business? For one thing, he says, big companies …

: Considering starting a monthly newsletter for next year. One essay a month on a general topic with a …

: Instapaper in now free, the new MBP has no SD card slot and IFTTT has renamed their recipes to …

: Tempted to separate personal and work emails. I would still use a single inbox but just apply …

: Instapaper is free. Not entirely convinced this is a good thing.

: The @FieldNotesBrand order confirmation email is actually pretty slick with the graph paper …

: Well premium subscriptions are free now.

: Driving Range Practice Another practice session at the driving range with Ethan. Glad to see him improving and still …

: In the Future I don't know about you but the Execupundit drive-time show trumps them all.

: North American Holidays There's a lot of things I love about living in the UK. Beautiful scenery within an easy drive, great …

: Stoking the Creative Fire It's time to get out there. "If you get out of your daily routine—which for most of us is …

: Benjamin Button Reviews the new MacBook Pro Brilliant. Just brilliant. The most obvious change is the redesigned keyboard. Removing the …

: New Ideas for Twitter Love these. Especially the news page.

: Pumpkins This year's pumpkins went down quite well.

: Rhoneisms I love Patrick Rhone's approach to his online writing. Much like Henry David Thoreau had three …

: The Stream I'm still finding my feet with consistent blogging but there may be something to what Patrick Rhone …

: Enough Drama The dust has finally settled from Apple's announcements. The world has returned to what it once was, …

: Lesson from Vine. No platform or network is immune from being shut down.

: Apple vs Microsoft: A Win for Both Many might see the recent annoucements by Micrsoft and Apple as a win for Micrsoft and who can …

: Pockethub? Pocketpaper? Pocketslack?

: Switched to both Pocket and Pocket Casts in the last couple of days. New goal. Only use services …

: At this point I couldn’t care who bought Twitter. Just as long as someone makes the decision to kill …

: Avoiding my timeline today, so opting to use the Twitter widget in Notifications Centre to post …

: Aviemore Break Upon a friend's recommendation we took a break last year to Aviemore. We had such a great time last …

: The first three pages ... ... are the most important.

: Much love on Twitter for the Nintendo Switch. Was not expecting that response at all.

: 19 minutes to cancel my account on Siteground. As cancellation processes go, it probably the worst …

: Siteground chat duration - 9 minutes. Account still not deleted.

: NFL season has been great so far. What a finish in the #DENvsSD game last night.

: #notagitcommand git stash poop

: What started as an ordering application for a client is slowly turning into a full-blown ERP Rails …

: Fancy a new bike? Get over to the Robin Williams bike auction and get your bid in. Some truly classic bikes!

: Fixie Friday - Bishop Bikes Raw NAHBS Track Skinny tubes. Raw finish. Love it. via Bishop Bikes Sorry, I'm a week late with this one, but you …

: Drew’s chasing the window cleaner round the windows of the house. I hope he doesn’t make him fall …

: I’m not actually in London. Twitter web client just thinks I am.

: Twitter has gone electoral map crazy.

: Dictators beware! Good to see technology being put to good use. A Swiss journalist has created a Twitter bot that …

: Just Blogging The last year has been a real struggle here on the blog. Inconsistent posting and a lack of …

: Star Wars Rogue One Trailer #2 Seriously. Why isn't it December the 16th yet?

: The Red Bull Foxhunt An insane format but great fun to watch.

: Essential Marketing Advice Curtis McHale has the three step process for marketing your business. Blog, podcast and meet people. …

: The DailyMuse Facelift Development of my DailyMuse service has been lagging in the last year. Sure I've shipped a few …

: Share Your OPML? Dave Winer may be kick-starting an old service. Share Your OPML. In 2006 I had a web service called …

: Virtual Tea This is wrong. A blatant mis-use of technology.

: Zen Writing Leo Babauta at Zen Habits has the lowdown on how to write every day. And it all starts with a …

: Effortless Results ... ... from Michael Wade.

: Here Comes Iron First Netflix's fourth superhero series will air in March 2017. I started watching Luke Cage last night, …

: Just Fine I've been rebooting a few habits and processes over the last few weeks and one emerging trend from …

: The ultimate fail. A web design company with a web address but no website.

: Essentials ... ... from an essential blog to follow. Of course it's Nicholas Bate.

: Pirates Trailer Still love these movies. via The Verge

: Ryder Cup 2016 Sketchnotes I haven't done any sketchnotes for a while but seeing Mike Rohde's great Packers game sketchnotes …

: The Weekend Report #5 Working on Friday right down the to wire again and then a quick turn around to get ready to go out …

: Apple family sharing, iTunes app and Music app. A combination of apps and preferences that results …

: Hard not to see that USA will hold onto their lead in the Ryder Cup. Can’t dispute it’s been great …

: Hilarious hearing the American fans cheering for shots and then the backspin kicks in! #RyderCup

: What a putt! #RyderCup

: Chasing bugs in my code due to my many different typos of the word ‘denomination’.

: I had no idea you could change the colour of task categories in @highrise.

: Changing Productivity Curtis McHale on the placebo that continually changing your productivity tools offers and why it's …

: Game of Thrones on iBooks A Game of Thrones is now available on iBooks. A must buy!

: Raspbian Pixel Still don't own a Raspberry Pi, but the benefits of having one are far outweighing the drawbacks …

: Gap in the Themes Market? Over the last few weeks I've been looking at themes for Wordpress and Ghost. Now it's easy to say …

: A designer/developer could make a nice sideline income from Ghost themes by just keeping them up to …

: Can’t wait for @HMRCgovuk to move to one fecking site. Nightmare having to jump between two …

: How many times before I click “I don’t like this ad” until @twitter decides to block ads from my …

: New Daring release I released a new version of the Ghost theme I use for this blog last night. In an effort to …

: Great play by the Redskins. #WASvsNYG

: It’s taken 3 complete quarters but this game is starting to pick up. #WASvsNYG

: Tabs everywhere in macOS. Will take some getting used too.

: Tabs in Sublime Text 3 are a nice welcome though. Shame the ST3 update wiped my custom icon 😬

: Having one those days where I could quite easily hit the “delete account” button for most of the …

: Wordpress hosting recommendations please? Dreamhost? Siteground? Also what themes are y’all using?

: A Wordpress theme that doesn’t display the title for each post in the posts index and each …

: Spaces found after noticing keyboard shortcut is different.

: Where the hell are spaces in macOS?

: Need help writing a book? Wally Bock has you covered with your first six steps towards a published book. Long before any …

: Start small Start small. Start with just the smallest version of your idea and a way to manually make it happen. …

: Zombie email To get yourself into the groove of batching, try blocking out two to three daily email check-in …

: Disappointing game tonight on @SkySportsNFL. Low score, little offence. #CINvsPIT

: Finally. Some good offensive plays. #CINvsPIT

: Low tech productivity tips by Nicholas Bate.

: Tempted Tempted to back this laptop stand that adjusts in height. Currently I have a Griffin laptop stand …

: Can anyone recommend good examples of Ruby on Rails open source applications with good READMEs and …

: I haven’t swiped to unlock on iOS10 yet.

: Restarted the Mail app to fix the font size issues. My only glitch from the iOS10 update.

: So you can delete most those iOS apps you never use like Stocks but for some reason you can’t delete …

: Looks like I’ll be dusting off my Rspec-fu in the next couple of weeks. Been a good few years since …

: Safari beachballing on the Github site again. Appears to be a recurring issue.

: iOS 10 is near and MacStories has a complete run down of the upgrade.

: More hardtail fun Singletrack review the Ritchey Timberwolf. Looks great.

: Be refreshing to see a few Wordpress themes that are slider free.

: Is an Aeron still the developers chair of choice?

: When did Wordpress sites become so bloody confusing to use? Oh yeah, when every theme had to have a …

: I didn’t think it was going to be this close. #GBvsJAX

: Nice catch Cobb! #GBvsJAX

: Phew! Close one. #GBvsJAX

: Week 1 game? More like a playoff game. #GBvsJAX

: Getting some Overwatch tips from Ethan. Great having a gamer in the family.

: Less than 24 hours now until I get Sunday night football back. Also glad the first game on is the …

: Start the weekend ... ... with the Friday link pack courtesy of Swissmiss.

: Got a Mac Mini from late 2014 with 2.6 i5 and 8GB. It is ridiculously slow to start up. Never been …

: Time to turn off Twitter for the next few hours.

: Building a page of local and remote freelance designers and developers. I would rather refer work to …

: Just discovered the in? method in Rails.

: Onza are back ... ... and they're making bikes. Proper beautifully made mountain bikes as well! Kind of makes me wish …

: Back to school continues ... ... with projects. Pick one today and start. Simple.

: Finding out why Derek Sivers asks why. But whatever you decide, you need to optimize for that, and be willing to …

: My First Wearable - The Fitbit Alta A few weeks ago my wife bought a Fitbit Alta. She’s been on a health kick for the last couple of …

: Need a new clipboard manager? A clipboard manager doesn't sound like a mega-useful app to have on your Mac but Tapbot are aiming …

: At long last ... ... some worthy bike upgrades. The DMR V-Twin pedals.

: Can't wait ... ... to see the outcome of Michael Wade's new project.

: Fixie Friday - 8bar FHAIN Black. White. Simple. via 8bar Bikes

: It's back to school ... ... for everyone.

: Time to breathe A little reminder that we all need time to breathe. One of my favourite words has always been …

: Dropbox account deleted. Rarely used it these past few months anyway.

: First thing I noticed was all the instances of poor code I had written. Bad design, object naming, …

: Forgot how great the sunspot gem is for interacting with the Solr search engine. Great DSL and …

: Nothing marks your learning progression with a programming language than reviewing older code you …

: Second thing I noticed is how I would have written the poor code now with all the experience I’ve …

: Started work this week on a Rails app I last worked on a few years ago. #learningdeveloper

: Saying Goodbye to Evernote Ian Dick writes about his farewell to Evernote. This year though a couple of things changed. …

: Star Wars Album Covers I love these. Mashups of classic albums with Star Wars. via kottke.org

: The Weekend Report #4 Still taking it easy from my back spasming out last month. It's put a lot of things on hold but I'm …

: Goodbye Vesper The notes app Vesper has closed down. I wasn't a user of Vesper but I did give it a try just over a …

: Instapaper acquired by Pinterest I'm on the fence about this. Products and companies get acquired all the time. The concern that many …

: Is blogging dead? I've been asking that question myself for the last few weeks. I've been searching for a way to …

: Need some music to work too? The 50 best film scores have been compiled over at the Playlist and feature scores from movies such …

: Great, now I’m mechanical keyboard shopping. #geeklife

: Pinterest acquires Instapaper. I really hope Pinterest allow Instapaper to run as is.

: Quit Safari. Start Safari. Github page opens. groan

: Safari beach balling when I open up a client’s repo on Github. It’s gonna be one of them days.

: Wanted: A folder in the iOS Photos app that deletes photos older than 30 days.

: Dropping Todoist for a while For a while there has been a nagging at the back of my mind. Am I really getting the full use from …

: The most overpriced box set ever $800 for the new box set of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. It's hard to see what you're really …

: The oldest trick in the book? Or is it just common sense? During his 15 minutes with each executive, Lee explained his simple …

: Write that book Find a reason and write.

: Quality control Finally starting to see some positive moves from Twitter. Be great if they could make it easier for …

: The boy is getting No Man’s Sky for his birthday in a few weeks. I wish his birthday would …

: They should just call it anti-social media.

: Looking forward to playing a few holes with Ethan tonight at @PaisleyGolfClub.

: More Potter books on the way Not the copious tomes I was hoping for but I'll take it.

: More than just a list If you want it done, it must be scheduled. If it’s not scheduled, it’s just another item on your …

: The leap of faith It's great to see movie crews and especially stunt performers, going to extraordinary lengths to get …

: It doesn’t happen very often but it’s an effing pain when it does happen.

: Thanks to Charlene at @paisleyphysio. Back treatment is going great. What a difference from a week …

: Batman vs Superman concept art Amazing work here for the movie. I particularly like the foldable spear. via Ian Dick

: The love-hate relationship with Medium I'm still on the fence about Medium. Despite having an account there and no stories posted I still …

: Fixie Friday - YES Singlespeed via YES BIKES

: Earn that title A reminder from Derek Sivers that you need to continually do the work to earn that title. By using …

: My Web Development Tools - 2016 Edition The world is going gaga for mobile apps. They are seen as the most accessible form of software and …

: Ending the day here on Twitter with a little revelation. I’m actually enjoying using Twitter …

: Looking forward to my physio tomorrow to get my back into working order. It’s been a nightmare …

: My Desktop Development Tools - 2016 Edition Desktop apps are my main tools when it comes to web development. A browser, a terminal and an …

: Post scheduling in @TryGhost. Excellent!

: Thanks to @paisleyphysio for the back treatment this morning. It’s done wonders for my mobility!

: Are Your Tasks Competing? NB's Productivity series continues ... Among competing tasks the one with the highest long-term …

: My Hardware Development Tools - 2016 Edition For this week I’m going to focus on the different development tools I use and why I chose them. …

: The Weekend Report #3 Ethan had a fun night at Paisley Golf Club with the rest of the kids that get coaching there on the …

: A 58" wedge makes a not bad wee walking stick when you put your back out. #golftipsforlife

: Hardtail hooligans ... ... are going to love this.

: Get Creating Read Nicholas Bate.

: Cut-off Turning my ideas into reality is what I want the most out of life. So that’s what gives me the …

: Facebook Blogging? Blogging on Facebook. A chance for the masses to have more of a say online or just another way to …

: Need Help? May be Patrick can help you?

: Problems with Twitter It appears that Twitter is dying. It's losing money and credibility. John A De Goes looks at the …

: Picky date time pickers. The bane of web devs everywhere.

: Anyone using one of those Gigabyte boxes for web development? Looking to build a linux box for …

: First day back to work after four weeks off. Am gonna coffee … lots and lots of coffee.

: Another round of golf with Ethan yesterday. He played great, I played crap. I really should learn …

: Miniture NES pre-ordered. I have to keep telling myself it’s a Christmas present for my …

: View from the desk I had a great time with Ethan yesterday playing at Paisley Golf Club.

: Back to work on Monday, but using this week to get the decks cleared and ready.

: Seriously @twitter. Take my money and stop the ads.

: Is Your Product Easy to Duplicate? For many software developers, rolling your own version of a product is a tempting thing to do. You …

: All the Same Today, right now, anyone with a $300 laptop can use the very same tools as the people at the top of …

: Always the Same or Free An interesting point about technology companies and how even just a small price change can have a …

: Hello Simplenote For a long time I’ve been looking for a notes application for myself. The criteria for such an …

: New Star Trek Television Series And on the topic of Netflix: Star Trek fans around the world clamoring for CBS' new take on the …

: White-board for the win? Of course. Get the big picture.

: Run up to flying home begins. Just about to head to the airport. It’s been a great three weeks but …

: And on the topic of sports-related hobbies, I’ll be hoping to joining a golf club in October. …

: Any recommendations on hosting docs for an open source Rails application? Github pages? Read the …

: Boris Johnson as foreign secretary. Is that a joke?

: The List Productivity advice for the real world from Nicholas Bate.

: The Weekend Report #2 Friday. Wrapped up client work and finished up packing for the holiday. Saturday was a long day …

: Interesting hearing a non-UK view on the England team.

: Going to try and block out the news for a while and get some work done.

: Last day of client work before downing tools for four weeks. A good time to get away I think.

: Great to see @path getting regular updates. Love the new #pathdaily feature.

: Disappointed that #downloadingdengar isn’t trending for the @eastarwars Battlefront update.

: Korean Breakdancing A little reminder that people are awesome. via Kottke.org

: Magical Lightswitches A shame you can't get these for UK light switches. They would have been a great addition to the boys …

: Trust In Experts The EU referendum debate has been nothing short of a fear factory in the last few weeks. Politicians …

: When Television Overtakes Books This has been something of a let down this season of Game of Thrones. There has been some great …

: Installed Elixir and Phoenix, created an application (does nothing atm) and deployed to Heroku. …

: Food for Summer Gyro anyone?

: The Death of Text? Facebook is touting video as the next big thing for their platform. However, Tim Carmody points to a …

: Book Recommendations from Curtis This has to be the definitive list of books on running a successful business. There is room for a …

: Finding Yourself Lost? I've been faced with this problem over the last couple of weeks. Read on for the answer. When you …

: Say Hi to Daring Back when my blog was running on Jekyll, I found solace in the amazing Hyde theme by Mark Otto. …

: Finish More Great advice given my recent "never finishing anything" run. ... readings of non-fiction …

: Digging Deeper Into Trello Now that we know the basics of a Trello board we can start to dig deeper into the other parts of the …

: Do the Work There are no shortcuts. There’s no substitute for hours put in. Good work requires commitment and …

: Job or Project? Give me a project any day of the week. Projects are open-ended, chosen and ours. Working on a …

: The Bike Shop of Dreams.

: What is Worth Communicating? A question prompted by Nicholas Bate in his Jagged Thoughts for Jagged Times series. In the New …

: Time for a Business Health Kick With our business health guide Nicholas Bate.

: Twin City Steel I love this mountain bike build. Period correct components from the 90s really make this bike …

: What is Trello? Trello is a great tool for managing projects and products. Before we dig deep into Trello though I'm …

: Fixie Friday - Bianchi Super Pista Love the artwork on the front wheel. via Javi Ballestero On a side note, Fixie Friday has been …

: The Three Cs I think I've found myself a new set of labels for categorising my tasks in Todoist. Think of your …

: 300 issues of Ruby Weekly. Well done @peterc and the @cooperpress team in reaching this milestone. …

: People would find workarounds by including spaces, symbols or other text just to pad it out.

: Grass Roots Productivity - Do the Work This is it. The last part of the Grass Roots Productivity process. Doing the work. Unfortunately …

: Are You Curious? I love this view on how people are split when it comes to technology. We can make lists about how …

: Grass Roots Productivity - Regular Reviewing We’ve looked at capturing and scheduling already in my little productivity process. The next step …

: Read More Blogs Set Godin has a great reminder of why blogs are the best free source of valuable content on the …

: Grass Roots Productivity - Smarter Scheduling We've got a list of actions from a few days of capturing. Now what do we do? We schedule. And not by …

: Internet Mob Justice I'll be honest. I'm fed up seeing this mob justice on the Internet. But now we are reaching the …

: Grass Roots Productivty - Always Be Capturing Everyone has their own preferred system for getting things done. Whether it's GTD, maintaining …

: The Weekend Report #1 (Trying something new. Mini posts on the last weekend of the month.) Made a home cooked dinner on …

: Fight from Failure Great advice for programmers and anyone building a product. In this mindset, each day your task is …

: New Leaders Ready for purchasing. The Cure is screaming out to be bought. I had great intentions of getting …

: Why I Stopped Using TextExpander Text replacement utilities like TextExpander can make a big difference in the amount of time you …

: Last of my files moved out of my Dropbox account. Now only used when working with clients and for …

: What Next for Apple? Fellow Scot Ian Dick highlights some areas of technology where Apple are falling behind. Apple also …

: Why I Stopped Using Atom Some months ago I'd decided to use Atom as my go to text editor for day to day programming. I had …

: Why I Stopped Using Zapier Zapier is an automation tool that integrated with hundreds of products and services on the Internet. …

: Forget LinkedIn Some suggestions for alternatives to the workplace social network.

: Why I Stopped Using Buffer Many people use Buffer as a tool to automate the process of sharing links to social networks. I even …

: Is There Value in Social Media? All this week I’ve been writing about finding value with social media. Social media as a mainstream …

: Slow and Steady Wins the race. This morning, just as a test, move very slowly. Avoid scanning material. Read it …

: The BFe26 Redesign Excited about this bike with it being a steel hardtail, but I really wish we could settle on one or …

: Finding Value Outside of Social Media A lot of people use social media as their means of keeping up with news, topics and communities. …

: Finding Value in Instagram I have an up and down experience in finding value in using social networks. Twitter is definitely …

: Worry Not For Patrick Rhone has some wise words on the subject: Worry is born of desire — desire for change. …

: Anyone I know using a Fitbit? Would you recommend one?

: Finding Value in Twitter as a Freelancer Yesterday I wrote about the value of Twitter on a personal level. While I don't place much value on …

: Instructions via Austin Kleon

: We Need Realists It's funny, you never see "realist" as a required skill in ay job posting. We need order …

: A round of golf with the boy this afternoon @PaisleyGolfClub. I hope I don’t embarrass him to much. …

: First round of golf with Ethan this year and I only beat him by one shot. I really need to up my …

: Finding the Value in Twitter I think of social media as one of those necessary evils in life. I'm well aware of the benefits of …

: Remember FriendFeed? I do. It was great. It's a shame it fell into obscurity and was eventually closed down. After …

: Great support from @sparkpost. My email issue was resolved in a few hours.

: More with Nicholas Bate A great series by NB.

: Playing with Firefox and Test Pilot I have been a Safari user for a while now. Safari’s built-in sharing on OS X and iOS and the ability …

: Still Here The observant among you will have noticed another lull in my writing here. It's been a frustrating …

: Ten Years of Hanselminutes Well done Scott Hanselman on reaching double-digits with his technology podcast, Hanselminutes.

: Been trying a number of desktop apps as web alternatives, but I keep coming back to the web based …

: Doing the Twitter cull thing again. Mostly news sites.

: The Morning Pages Experiment What I'm experimenting with now, though, is adding a little more structure to my pages. Not …

: Do I know any people who are good with SQL Server Reporting Services?

: Social Media Addiction Daniel's decision to delete the majority of his social media accounts is a reminder that social …

: That moment where you can’t decide which one your messaging apps you’re going to use. …

: Converse, Connect & Value Required reading for anyone looking to harness social media as a tool to connect your product with …

: Fixie Friday - Saffron Frameworks via CycleEXIF, photos by Jim Holland

: Switch Off A nice reminder from NB for the weekend.

: My three year old son knows no limits. He’s trying to eat his jelly using a Mikado stick. 😂

: Still no split-view in Twitter for Mac. Do you have to read the new Moments feature, upload a GIF …

: You know what I love to see in @dayoneapp? Being able to merge entries.

: “A solid post” says my editor. I have to be doing something right with this writing …

: Managed to switch my email address to a new one with a different domain and still receive the email …

: Hello Quitter I have a particularly bad habit of opening apps, leaving them to run and then wondering why I have …

: Closed my Zapier and Buffer accounts over the weekend. Wasn’t doing much with either of them.

: The Feed is Dying The feed is dying. The reverse-chronological social media feed — the way you’ve read Instagram, …

: Write more with Nicholas Bate.

: Nothing stops the boy ... Another Sunday, another medal under the belt. Ethan's settling in well at Paisley Golf Club and the …

: Sorry. That should have been more @dayoneapp sync woes.

: Dropbox account downgraded to the free tier for the first time in three years. Just don’t need that …

: It’s snowing. It’s May next week. #bloodyweather

: Most other services provide their own syncing mechanism or I use iCloud. Dropbox just doesn’t have …

: Genius Fundraising Idea The contribution buys you an evening at home. No dressing up. No rubber chicken. No sitting at a …

: The Benefit of Writing When Blogging When Ethan was at golf coaching before Christmas, he asked the professional how many balls he would …

: The Turn It Off ... ... Turn It On Again 22 didn't roll off the tongue as easily.

: Snowden Trailer I like the look of this. via The Verge

: Dropbox Infinite Project Infinite, announced at Dropbox’s Open London event wants to give you the best of both …

: Remembering the Glory Days The Awl remembers the glory days of Google Reader. Instead, our websites now keep tabs on us, the …

: Still Freelancing at 60? I love this post from Adrian about what he's learnt from his time as a developer and where he sees …

: The Benefit of Ownership when Blogging In a quest to get back on the blogging bandwagon, I thought I would take a look this week at the …

: It Can't Be Rushed The project is vaguely on your mind. You sip coffee and read a book. You scan the news but with …

: Peanut Butter When I was a kid and my mother wasn’t around to make us something to eat, my dad used to smile and …

: A Father's Advice A wonderful piece highlighting some life lessons from a father. Begin conversations with people on …

: Be Even More Successful Do this.

: 20 Years Since Moseley Shoals Today marks 20 years since Ocean Colour Scene’s Moseley Shoals entered the British charts. It was …

: Bourne is Back Great to Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass working on the new Bourne movie.

: Off The Grid Stephen Fry's post makes for a good argument in getting off the grid. Jacking out of the matrix …

: Perpetual Devotion Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of …

: What Do You Miss? Find it again.

: Subscribing to @problogger’s RSS feed again. Feels like 2010 again.

: Sony PlayStation Neo I can't say that I'm exactly thrilled to see Sony releasing a console so soon after the release of …

: Also started using Sidekiq for processing background jobs like emails. Another tool added to the web …

: One eye on a Rails app I moved to Heroku from Cloud66. For my needs, Heroku’s managed platform is …

: Business Advice by Derek Sivers Derek Siver's latest post is the best business advice anyone needs before they start. First you …

: New Kindle Oasis Not content with the millions of Kindles out there, Amazon have introduced another Kindle to the …

: Rails app migration from Cloud66 to Heroku done. Time for bed now.

: Recommendations please for good blogs around the following topics: Web Development, Agile practices, …

: TextExpander Subscription Change - Too Little Too Late? Smile have adjusted the pricing of the new TextExpander subscription service. We will apply a …

: Blog Bursts I've found it hard to maintain a steady level of posting. Seems like I'm in a continual state of …

: Book Recommendation from Curtis If you want to tip the daily balance from shallow work to deep work, my buddy Curtis in British …

: First Competition of the Year for Ethan Ethan played in his first competition of the year at Paisley Golf Club. He's still struggling with …

: Installed aText, migrated snippets across and uninstalled TextExpander. Time to move on now.

: Alternatives to TextExpander? I love using TextExpander. I use it everyday for all manner of things. It's not completely …

: Forget Flying Cars I'd rather have one of these in the driveway.

: Just Resting It's been a quiet here. I've got the week off and I'm enjoying some time away from the computer. …

: Smart Writing I applaud Moleskine for their determination to break into the digital world with their new Smart …

: The Definitive Trilogy Courtesy of Nicholas Bate.

: And on the same day @medium announce a way for writers to get paid for their content. Good move!

: Can’t say I’m a fan of the new @textexpander subscription. I like paying for software I use …

: Finally. A week off. Glad that I put the MacBook in for its battery replacement this week. No …

: Fixie Friday - Polished Cannondale Track A photo posted by A. Danger (@adangerpdx) on Mar 27, 2016 at 7:46am PDT

: Let's be consistent ... ... with Nicholas Bate as our guide.

: What is Art? I love Tanmay's definition of art. Art isn’t just about doing fancy stuff or indulging into …

: It’s good to be shipping. #thewebdevlife

: SQL Server Mgmt Studio could really do with Sublime Text’s “Goto Anything” feature. Navigating the …

: Lots to do ... ... on Planet Earth. Let's start with the first one. Celebrate more often: you've got a place on …

: The Beginning of Markdown John Gruber's early notes on the beginning of Markdown. Just another idea in a notebook. via The …

: Ubuntu Tablet A tablet that runs Ubuntu is now available for pre-order. I've toyed with the idea of adding a …

: Fixie Friday - Affinity Anthem Affinity's new Anthem track bike is quite the looker. via PEDAL Consumption

: It's All You Need Pen and paper.

: Some Ideas for DailyMuse It’s been a while since I updated my daily email service, DailyMuse. It’s a year old now and I’m …

: Anyone got any pointers to finding topics to blog about from a web dev perspective?

: Field Notes Wallet I seen this very nice wallet on Tools and Toys and the first thing I thought was, "There's no …

: LENKR Wooden Handlebars Very nice. via PEDAL Consumption

: Morning Pages Update For six months now I've been writing my morning pages every weekday morning. The idea of morning …

: Start Simple With current trends towards front end frameworks and micro-services, it's refreshing to see advice …

: The Pitfall of Free Services There's little doubt that the world wants free online services. Darren Rovell's poll on Twitter …

: Too Late for Twitter? I love this idea of paying a subscription fee for using Twitter, but I fear that it might be too …

: More Raspberry Pi Goodies The recent release of the Raspberry Pi 3 and now Western Digital's new dedicated PiDrive makes the …

: Special Thanks Taking time out from the usual run of links and posts to say thanks to Curtis, Michael, Kurt, …

: Fixie Friday - NEUKLN V1 Frameset Gotta love the raw polished finish on this bike from 8bar. via 8bar bikes

: Little Daily Actions These are the actions that could change your world. Forget the bold gesture. Don't bank on the big …

: Tracking A fantastic write up of your average day being tracked. A couple of weeks ago I went to the local …

: I love the possibilities that “rails new” brings. So many things we can build.

: Reviewed: On Writing Well I finally finished William Zinsser's On Writing Well last night. I've been making slow progress …

: The Concentration of Power in Journalism A great post about how the concentration of power in journalism now lies with technology providers …

: Are ISVs like this so paranoid about their product that they have to restrict access to videos that …

: ISVs that invoke insane levels of protection on the demoing of their products are closing the door …

: To watch a demo of a reporting server tool being used to embed a report I have to sign in to the …

: Axe Review Minus Zombies An axe review with no mention of its use for taking down the odd zombie. Rick Grimes would not …

: The Freewrite I like the idea of the Freewrite, but I would never buy one. It creates a sense of being a …

: Ulysses for iPhone Ulysses is now out for the iPhone. Having used it on my MacBook for a couple of weeks, I might still …

: Falling Out With Twitter It's happening again. I'm falling out of favour with Twitter. Last night I thumbed through about six …

: Game of Thrones Season 6 Trailer Oh yeah, it's going to be good.

: Fixie Friday - Bianchi Pista via AllFixedGear

: The Ongoing Art of Handwriting It will never die. I write now more than I ever did. The growing collection of notebooks and pens on …

: Just discovered the Mac gamma setting on my Dell monitor. Only had the monitor for a year. #rtfm …

: Thanks to @dnsimple and @cloud66 for making SSL upgrades simple to do. Took me just a few minutes to …

: The New Knog Oi Bike Bell A bike bell that doesn't look like a bike bell. How is it that it's taken this long for someone to …

: Apple Wins Major Court Victory Apple received a boost in its fight against the FBI after a judge ruled in Apple's favour. Judge …

: Free Books Yes, you heard me right. Nicholas Bate has added a number of digital books to his growing list of …

: The missing step is often the most valued step. Thanks Michael!

: Where is Everybody? Last week my wife Jennifer was looking for something to read during her lunch break. She stumbled …

: Fixie Friday - Cannondale Track Polished Chrome galore! via saadl

: On Writing Well - Technical Writing While reading On Writing Well last night, I was glad to have found the section on technical writing. …

: I’ve been using Sublime Text 3 all week as my text editor. Is it just me or is the speed …

: Benjamin Franklin and Scheduling A schedule, just like a financial budget, is there for the purpose of serving my goals. A schedule …

: Book Recommendation of the Month Patrick Rhone's book Enough. Buy it, read it love it and then read it again. I'll still be reading …

: The Morning Routine The morning routine is going well since officially embarking on it around November of last year. …

: Did I miss the memo? Where’s the Mandrill addon for @heroku?

: Less Noise I’m a user and fan of the private social networking app Path. I love the constraints on their …

: Signing Off No, not me. It's an idea proposed by Kurt Harden. And I have to say, it sounds like a great idea. …

: The Essential Eight Returns A couple of years ago I took the decision to limit my home screen to eight apps. The goal was to …

: The Jeb Gamble Jeb Bush has ended his 2016 presidential campaign. Bush, the son and brother of US presidents, made …

: Be nice if @duckduckgo’s instant answers were wrapped in a native desktop wrapper. One app, …

: Fixie Friday - Aventon Mataro via Primicicli

: 1Password for Families AgileBits have announced their new plan for families. It’s never been easier to share 1Password …

: Mastery I've been reading George Leonard's book, Mastery after seeing it recommended by fellow blogger …

: Revision Notes ... ... for the career you love. Thanks NB!

: 3/ It’s times like that I wonder myself why the fuck I spend time here and then I remember the …

: 4/ People here are mostly decent, but I do wish there was a better way of putting out these mobs and …

: 1/ So Stephen fry becomes the latest casualty of the Twitter mob. I don’t blame him for …

: 2/ The Twitter mob rule seems to be one wrong move and you’re out. Must be hard being perfect …

: Ghost are Moving Ghost's plan to relocate their business to Singapore is a blow to innovative internet businesses in …

: Home Values Kurt Harden loves the family life at home and makes it a top priority. At lunch, I was able to …

: Shawn Blancs iPhone Apps and Workflows I love reading posts like this. Discovering how different people tweak the home screens on their …

: Social Media: The Best Of, The Worst Of As I'm writing this in my editor in Ghost, the title reads "Social Media Sucks". Yeah, I …

: Just watched Ethan complete a 60 and 0 game on #starwarsbattlefront. “I’ve never been so …

: The Vastness of Space It's stuff like this that just boggles my mind. Compared with the overall vastness of space, the …

: Just opened Tweetdeck in the browser for the first time in a while. Actually quite a good Twitter …

: Fixie Friday - Cipolinni Cannondale Track The classic red and yellow colours of team Saeco brings back a few memories of watching Cipo. via …

: Sure it’s easy to distinguish them in the picture but try looking at them on at the top of …

: Do I Need LinkedIn as a Freelancer? LinkedIn. The social network for the workplace. I have something of a lax attitude towards it. I …

: Firewatch A new game on the PS4 and PC that puts you in the role as a fire lookout in a national park in …

: Hawking's Reith Lecture An amazing illustrated guide to Stephen Hawking's wonderful second Reith lecture on black holes.

: The Sherp I definitely want one of these. Someday, civilization will collapse. It is with that knowledge …

: If I had more say in the decision with the client I would have chosen Sinatra instead of Rails for …

: Catching up on Super Bowl highlights. Well done the @Broncos. If it’s Peyton’s last …

: +1 for a zombie emoji. Describes exactly how l feel right now. And no, staying up watching the Super …

: 5/ Also Twitter is free so while I might not agree with all of their new features I can’t …

: If Twitter was to stop tomorrow then I’m glad I still use an RSS reader to stay up to date …

: 4/ If you’re threatening to leave Twitter over it then I do think you’re overreacting. …

: 6/ Reserve judgement for when you have used it. Until then, you’ve no facts to base your …

: Social media isn’t the Internet. There’s a lot of people that don’t know that or …

: 3/ The “while you were away” sections of the timeline are quite handy. I don’t …

: Chicken Nuggets and Twitter The perfect analogy of the relationship between Twitter and the user's of Twitter. I don't think …

: 1/ This new “out of order” timeline doesn’t sound bad at all. It will be mostly in …

: 2/ You can always opt out of using the new timeline as well. That’s good. #twittertimeline

: 2nd session of circuit training done this week. That two sessions, two weeks running. Just need to …

: Best GoPro Use Ever We've all seen them. People showing off their GoPro footage of a mountain bike run down the alps, …

: Feedbin's Great New Feature Feedbin just won the Internet. Email newsletters direct to your Feedbin. What a great feature!

: Fixie Friday - 8Bar KRZBERG V6 Love the colour! via 8bar Bikes, original source

: Mail is Proven This week I had something of an issue involving my email and a feature in my CRM that I wanted to …

: The Career Manifesto Courtesy of Michael Wade*. I know the perfect place for this little gem. *(Sign up required, but it …

: Don’t underestimate the power of a client who is easy to talk to and always helpful.

: Props to the @highrise support team who replied to my support query this morning. Great product and …

: Facebook at Work I'll be surprised if this is as big a thing as Facebook. I can thing of a few things off the bat …

: Everyone else in bed. Just me, the laptop and mountain of changes to do for a client. Best get …

: It’s not all bad though. Got The Beatles playing in the background.

: I’ve got just under 70 followers on Medium and I haven’t posted anything.

: 1000 tweets! Feels like 2008 all over again.

: As soon as it hits 5pm it’s beer, burgers and then battlefront (the Star Wars kind).

: Is it beer o’clock yet?

: Fixie Friday - Bellitanner NYC Cab Belt drive fixie. That's a first for here (I think!). via Bellitanner Bikes

: Pushing Words Daily Pushing words out even when I don’t have a lot of things I think others will care about is a …

: Spring Semester is Here And so is productivity revision time with Nicholas Bate.

: Declined another LinkedIn request from a Dynamics NAV recruiter. When are they going to start …

: Rails Concerns. So bloody useful.

: Still Using Gauges A few weeks ago I wrote about how I was still using Feedbin as my goto RSS Reader. Well it seems …

: Busy or Thinking? Paul Jarvis writes about the uncomfortable silence that is doing nothing but thinking. The biggest …

: Impeccable Taste Last week was the funeral service for my uncle who suddenly passed away a couple of weeks earlier. …

: The Off Switch Remember the off switch? Thankfully, I have another option available to me that other might not …

: Ethan: “Oh man. I only got one kill with Boba Fett. That’s so embarrassing.” Ethan …

: Hey @twitter, if you’re not going to put lists on the timeline page, then at least let me …

: I still think the shortcut-key to send an email in Mail is weird. CMD+SHIFT+D where D is deliver?

: Tiered Twitter It seems Twitter is turning off ads for it's highest engaging users. Matt Gemmell has doubts about …

: Asking me to estimate on the spot isn’t an estimate. It’s a guess and not even a good …

: That was a DRIVE! #NEvsDEN

: How Belle Beth Cooper Uses Todoist Belle Beth Cooper's in-depth write up about how she manages tasks and projects is recommended for …

: The Reading List Thought I would publish my reading list to the world. Definitely helpful to have a Trello board for …

: Mighty mouse usually disconnects when I accidentally bump it from the side of my keyboard. More …

: Remember the days of wired keyboards and mice and they just worked, like all the fucking time. I …

: Fixie Friday - Greyhound P & B Love the matt finish on this bike. via FGGT

: Anywhere But Medium Dave Winer on the drawbacks to hosting your writing in the newest walled garden, Medium. Medium is …

: Essential Kitchen Gear ... over at Tools & Toys.

: Review - The Amazon Fire 7 Tablet It's been 4 days since our Amazon Fire 7 tablet arrived in the post. The idea behind buying the …

: Ethan still off school with tonsillitis and a pulled muscle in his leg. He doesn’t do things …

: Fairly new to the whole Android thing, so any recommendations for a Markdown editor on Android that …

: Got an Amazon Fire 7 ordered. For the money you can’t beat it for the kids to use. I’ll …

: Just watched #coingate from the #GBvsAZ game. Aside from it going to Arizona, that takes some skill …

: Predictions for the NFL divisional games this weekend. Wins for Patriots, Packers, Panthers and …

: Fixie Friday - Bishop Bikes Track Love the detailing on this bike. Absolutely amazing work. via Cycle EXIF

: Recommended Reading This week I subscribed to the writing blog of Wally Bock. Love what I've been reading so far from …

: Dear @twitter, please put lists within easy reach in the web client. Cheers, Matthew

: 5 Words 1 Rule It's as simple as that.

: A Canvas Made of Pixels Clay Bavor's large scale digital canvas is a fantastic use of technology. Even the frame is made to …

: How to Find a Great Task Manager Finding a great task manager can be a daunting affair. Aside from the fact there are so many of …

: Just discovered you can start a new email from @alfredapp. Doh! #rtfm

: Yet again I’m toying with the idea of deleting my LinkedIn account. Is this career suicide for …

: Four Essentials for a Winning Proposal Curtis McHale continues his look into winning proposals with a look at four essentials for any …

: Has Web Development Gone To Shit? There was me thinking I was absolutely bonkers for not falling head over heels in love with the …

: Reconsidering Moleskine Ana Reinert of The Well-Appointed Desk does an extensive comparison of three of Moleskine's …

: 2 for 4 on the wildcard weekend predictions, not bad. Good to see the Packers back to good form.

: Considering Writing a Book? Consider these gems from Nicholas Bate.

: The Family Business Kurt's family business is ticking over nicely as the winter break comes to an end. My wife and I …

: Predictions for the NFL wildcard weekend. Wins for the Chiefs, Bengals, Vikings and Packers.

: I’ve been re-discovering a few blogs I used to follow years ago but moved away from. Nice to find …

: Fixie Friday - Rossin USSR Team Pursuit Let's start 2016 with a little old school. via Cycle EXIF

: The Playlist of All Playlists Meticulously compiled by Kurt. Enjoy!

: World Sketchnote Day World Sketchnote Day is coming! If you're new to sketchnotes then this is a great way to start the …

: Daily Moleskine Art Brought to you by Tom Joyce. I love these. Reminds me of the Slaine series from 2000AD.

: Simplifying Last week I was toying with the idea of switching from Todoist to Wunderlist. The quick path out was …

: Understanding Others Understanding other people is a tall order because everybody is different—but that’s what makes life …

: Caesura Letters 2.0 Caesura Letters, my daily dose of deep reading, is now freely available for all. I've been reading …

: Old ... ... but certainly not busted. Marco Arment takes a look at why the 2012 non-Retina MacBook Pro is …

: I’ll happily pay for an OSX app that opens my apps full-size or with another app in a split pane. …

: Jen and Drew are napping, Ethan is playing Star Wars Battlefront and I’m working. There’s something …

: There’s a lotta love out the for Tom Coughlin. Shame his coaching career didn’t end on a …

: Cramped Commonplacing Today's commonplace entry courtesy of Nicholas Bate's learning tips. My Kaweco fountain pen was …

: Most Amazing Lego Millennium Falcon Ever! A Star Wars fan has spent a year building the ultimate Lego Millennium Falcon. Absolutely amazing. I …

: Remember Blogrolls? You know what I miss? I miss blog rolls, where authors would list their favourite sites on their …

: The Blogroll Remember blogrolls? So do I. They were a great way of finding other blogs to follow. Here's a …

: The Website Obesity Crisis Maciej Cegłowski, the creator of Pinboard, highlights the growing obesity of the web and what can be …

: One for the Devs Love these Atom themes that only use two hues for your syntax highlighting. I've been a Solarized …

: Start With a Page Write a page a day and in 12 months you'll have the makings of a novel. Study a nation a month and …

: Happy New Year! That's it. The end of another year and the start of a new one. Start as you mean to go one they say …

: More and Less Love Kurt's more and less theme for 2016.

: The one feature I wanted to see in Twitter’s Mac client and it’s not there. Back to Tweetbot it is …

: Jen’s mixing her drinks again. Lemsip in one cup and tea in the other.

: Best Christmas present this morning was the kids not waking up until 8:45am!

: Wishing you all a Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! 🎄☃

: “Spoiler warning: This piece contains major spoilers for The Force Awakens.” - …

: Need Wallpaper That Rocks? Louie Mantia has great wallpaper designs. I've started using some of these for Trello board …

: Star Wars Brawl Print Love this. via Kottke.org

: Time for New Lights? Maybe. My Knog lights are still going strong and they're holding their charge well. Despite that, …

: It’s been a joy to use Ghost for blogging over the last few months. Managed hosting, simple …

: The joys of having your kid playing #StarWarsBattlefront while you work. “Look Dad! I can make the …

: The Ice Storm of 2013 I was just reminded this morning that it was two years ago that the ice storm hit Toronto and the …

: Turning down client work again due to my availability. Can only be a good thing right?

: My Now Page My now page is live. Is yours? Thanks to Derek Sivers for the idea.

: What I'm Doing Now Photo by myself after an ice storm hit Toronto in 2013. Aside from putting my family first and …

: I did read a few tweets about disappointing characters but I think they will evolve in the next …

: I finally got to see The Force Awakens last night. Loved it. Absolutely loved it.

: The only thing I was annoyed at was the audience. No whoops or cheers when the movie started. We …

: A Christmas Tradition Tonight marks the start of one of my Christmas traditions. The annual reading of A Christmas Carol. …

: Another Insight from Arizona I've added this one to my DailyMuse collection. There is much that you want to do and much that can …

: Thanks JJ. Great movie!

: DuckDuckGo: Still Growing Great to see that DuckDuckGo is still growing. Through Dec. 15, DuckDuckGo received 3.25 billion …

: Fixie Friday - Icelandic Green Cannondale Track This is it. The last one of the year folks and what better way to finish this year's Fixie Friday …

: All I can say is thank goodness for other apps like Tweetbot that don’t have this and hopefully …

: Seen the new Moments feature on the Twitter’s website and iOS app. Not that taken with it. Does it …

: #WelcomeToCanada. Best hashtag ever. Honestly.

: In Great Company Honoured to be once again included in Kurt Harden's 25 Blogs Guaranteed to Make You Smarter and to …

: Kill, Commit or Transform Your Writing I'll be honest. I'm probably not the ideal person to be giving advice on writing but here's a little …

: Want to be an Expert? Follow the seven steps from Nicholas Bate. There's no shortcuts or life hacks to this. Just honest …

: Goodbye Carousel and Mailbox Dropbox has decided to call it a day on their photo management app Carousel and the email client …

: It's Journal Day My plan for celebrating the day (which, truthfully, I started last night) is to open up past year’s …

: Am I missing something? Dropbox closes down Mailbox. Tweets from people that they have no great …

: Crazy iPhone battery case theory - it’s actually there to stop the iPhone bending in your …

: I know Mail app might not have all the bells and whistles that Mailbox has but it gets the job done.

: Obviously as someone who hasn’t used Mailbox I might be wrong but Mail app isn’t the …

: The Mixtape radio station on Apple Music. The BBC Radio 2 equivalent for an Apple generation.

: Flying Over Pluto “These close-up images, showing the diversity of terrain on Pluto, demonstrate the power of our …

: Still Using Feedbin A while a go I wrote about my move to Feedbin from Feedly and my reasons for the move. At the time I …

: The Staying Power of the B-52 Makes you wonder why on Earth the US military has needed billions for more advanced bombers when …

: Can I get some recommendations for an iPad Mini 4 case please? No keyboard cases, just a case that …

: CleanMyMac’s non-responsive feature is now non-responsive. I would grab a screenshot but even …

: Fixie Friday - 1993 Cannondale Track via PEDAL Consumption

: Public Square of Me A nice reminder that there are more pressing matters in the world than the growing number of icons …

: That Throw, That Catch, Just One More Time This is why I love American football.

: Want More Time? Yes please! Another great new series from NB.

: An app or process is sucking the life out my MBP. Rebooting about three times a day now. Grrr.

: In the last month I’ve got a client using pull requests, review apps and AB testing. I wonder if I …

: A shocking state of affairs. There are no biscuits in the house. How I am supposed to get any work …

: Another bookmarklet for the list Brett's latest bookmarklet is great for programmer. Turns code blocks into plain text and make them …

: Culling the Email Subscriptions I've been a fan of email subscriptions for a long time. The direct delivery to your inbox might not …

: Evolution of the Bicycle Evolution of the Bicycle from Visual Artwork on Vimeo. A wonderful video showing the different …

: Miniature Space Tilt shifting is the effect used in photography to simulate a miniature scene, but I've never seen …

: Fixie Friday - Nagasawa Nakano Not the first time I've linked to this bike for Fixie Friday and with good reason. It's a classic …

: Nothing Scheduled, Nothing Gained This blog has been gradually winding down in activity for the last few weeks. You've probably …

: I had no idea that Tweetbot on OS X allowed you to create columns based on lists and searches. Nice!

: Still haven’t bought a Raspberry Pi but I’m finding it hard to find a reason not too. A couple of …

: Good selection of NFL games coming to the UK next year.

: I need a new analogy for software as a service for a client. Maybe airplanes. Would you fly on an …

: Captain America: Civil War - Trailer The Cap movies are my favourites in the MCU and the series looks to get even better with Civil War …

: Over at the bothy ... ... I'm breaking down the technical debt concept for product stakeholders.

: I need to order myself a stack of books. Not the Kindle kind, the physical kind.

: Me and Jen have talked about emigrating to Canada, but the houses prices have always put us off. …

: The kind I can scribble in the margins. Can’t scribble on a Kindle. It makes a mess of the …

: Recommendations for a OS X SQL Server client? Anything that helps me manage all the objects in the …

: Fixie Friday - P&B Greyhound Lovely build! via FGGT, photo by Arregui Velázquez

: Almost there with getting a client setup on @heroku’s pipeline feature. Review apps are set …

: Developers can handle the multiple environments well enough with the command line, but its not for …

: For the #sqlserver folks. Is there any advantages to using decimals as your primary key rather than …

: Half the battle of this has been helping the client decide how best to use multiple environments for …

: The plan is to reserve the staging environment for pushes from the master branch. Once tested …

: The previous staging environment was used to test different branches, but it became a block. Review …

: Christmas Holiday Tradition? Black Friday does not mean shopping; it means we watch the first Christmas movies of the year - Die …

: Like Buses Kickstarter campaigns are like buses. Nothing for ages then two come along at the same time. This …

: Is there any advantage to using Firefox Developer Edition over Firefox or any other browser?

: I’ve downloaded and installed Firefox Developer Edition out of curiosity. Just wondering if it …

: Spent an hour using @careteditor tonight. Nice features that make it stand out from other Markdown …

: I could do with a suite of tests right about now.

: Looks like I’m not worthy to be testing @github’s new repo design. Guess I’ll just …

: Kickstarted: The Baron Fig Squire Pen I haven't backed anything on Kickstarter yet. I missed the Baron Fig notebook and the Bullet …

: Your Ideal Week Suddenly, everything was dark, and I realized that I was in bed and it was time to face another day …

: Another friendly customer experience from the staff at the Braehead Apple Store.

: No Words During times like this I tend to reserve commenting on social media. As NB puts it, "some days …

: Catching up with some podcasts on @OvercastFM this morning. Great to so many of the features in the …

: Fixie Friday - RAW Santafixie Team via FGGT

: Planned Basic Income For All in Finland In its final version, the basic income would replace other benefits people currently receive, and …

: I do wish @slack’s formatting just used @gruber’s Markdown as a starting point.

: I still wonder if the ultimate goal of Apple is to bring iOS and OS X together somehow.

: I’m using an MBP just now but I reckon I could move down to a new MacBook. iPad Pro as a main …

: Read a few articles about people being able to switch to iPad Pro from their current laptop. Think …

: Finally deleted my @appdotnet account. It’s like a ghost town now.

: I had great intentions of going back to using @appdotnet for a while there but it still feels like a …

: Pretty hard to get psyched about something if the founder isn’t using it.

: So I gave the first few episodes of Sons of Anarchy a go. Good programme but I can’t see me …

: Twitter is far from perfect but the it’s gradually getting there. It is improving.

: Finding Dory Finding Nemo was one of Ethan's favourites, perhaps this one will be one of Drew's favourites. …

: Honest Work I wanted to make a product and sell it directly to people who’d care about its quality. There’s an …

: Some Goodies from NB A little present from Nicholas Bate in the post last week. Just getting round to looking at them …

: Spoiled for Choice There are too many easy choices. I've noticed that retail stores and their vast volume of products …

: Resilience ... the full story by NB.

: Fixie Friday - Cinelli Mash Again, love the wide bars on the bike. Definitely a growing trend now. via FGGT

: If hearts aren’t your thing I’m pretty sure @appdotnet still use stars.

: Twitter’s new strategy: Make enough changes on Twitter to keep people tweeting.

: Hearts or Stars? The latest update to Twitter has seen the replacement of the favourite action with a star to a like …

: The Ideal Life Another great post by Curtis McHale. This time on what your ideal life would be. Here's a hint. It's …

: Starbucks red cups are out and I’ve only seen one tweet that references “the red cups …

: Got a Plan? Nicholas Bate does and so should you.

: The Beautiful Bullet Journal of Kara Benz. I'm still intrigued by the Bullet Journal and it's place in my toolset. Especially …

: Disappointed to hear that @GlenAbbeyGC may be redeveloped into housing and retail.

: A Morning Routine ... with a difference. No to do lists here.

: Fixie Friday - Aero Commuter via Cycle EXIF

: Hobbiton or Oxford? Amazing that Tolkien's work is still being found.

: The Dreaded About Me Page Two words that fill me with dread. About me. I don't mind writing about a lot of things, but one …

: The Mobile Writer Tools & Toys has another fantastic guide. This time it's the tools needed for writers that …

: The Path to Resilience Continues ... with Nicholas Bate.

: Reasons To Write Four reasons in fact. Here's an excerpt from the first reason, validate your expertise: Someone …

: Show Up Kurt Harden has some simple but effective advice for your career. Show up - Showing up plays a …

: Write Like You Talk I try to write in this style for longer posts. People have commented on this in the past but I never …

: Just ran 4km in 30 minutes. Is that good? It’s the first time I’ve ran any considerable …

: groan Wasn’t the 400 lines of JavaScript I wrote for this project enough? Evidently not.

: Feedbin Gets Image Previews My favourite RSS reader has a great new feature, image previews.

: Fixie Friday - AllFixedGear Specialized Langster Nice to see the AllFixedGear crowd have a Langster in their group. via AllFixedGear

: Saying Thank You Steven Pressfield offers a top tip for making a lasting impression. Say thank you As in, on a card. …

: The Now Page Movement People often ask me what I’m doing now. Each time I would type out a reply, describing where I’m at, …

: Blog migration to Ghost has went rather well. Pleased with it so far.

: I bought tickets for #StarWars last night. Between the game release next month and the movie the …

: Better Strategic Plans ... with Nicholas Bate. Yip, definitely time to do things differently.

: Final Star Wars VII Trailer Tickets booked. Can't wait!

: Lists As a kid, I remember my father at the dining room table in the morning jotting down his to-do list …

: About Me I'm a freelance Web Developer from the UK. I build high quality web application solutions using Ruby …

: Contact Me Interested in working with me? Fill in your details below and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours. …

: New Digs For about two years now I’ve been a user of the static blogging engine Jekyll. In that time I’ve …

: Playgrounds A nice reminder that while places like Medium allow you to share your writing easily, you're still …

: Thanks! I'll get in touch as soon as I can.

: The Playlist Inspired by this post by Leo Babauta, I've started to compile a list of articles that I frequently …

: Medium’s recent changes to allow you to use your own domain have me intrigued.

: Still re-discovering people that I was following on Twitter before I deleted my account.

: Field Notes Planner Field Notes have joined the ranks of paper planners with their own take on a planner. I love the …

: Plant Trees, Be Productive Forest is an app that tries to help you concentrate by giving you the incentive of creating a …

: Brief assessment from using Tweetbot 4 for the last few days: Nice features but for me the official …

: Clyde Timelapse A superb autumn night captured by Ian Dick. via iand.net

: Find Yourself Patrick Rhone is back from his personal retreat. Like Thoreau’s Walden Pond cabin, each hermitage …

: First Sketchnote Always great to see what people have done for their first sketchnote. Learning to #sketchnote with …

: Sustainable Services At a buck or few per app, how could it be otherwise? That type of pricing will work for Angry Birds …

: So you still can’t rename spaces in El Capitan then?

: Curious to know if any OS X users have ditched Alfred in favour of Spotlight since the Yosemite …

: Pinned tabs in Safari. Finally!

: Fixie Friday - Cinelli Laser via FGGT

: The Paper Revolution Is paper making a comeback or did it simply refuse to budge from the digital invaders? When reports …

: Amazing Sketchnotes by Tanmay Vora. Amazing stuff!

: Morning Pages Milestone Yesterday I reached something of a milestone. I filled the Volant Moleskine notebook that I was …

: New Bike Frame Material? Can't wait to see if it can be used as a frame material for bikes. Today a team of material …

: Well Played I started the El Capitan upgrade process last night by kick starting the download before I went to …

: The X-Files Is Looking Good Me and Jen watched this religiously years ago. It's great to see it coming back.

: Investigating an error on DailyMuse today. Full service should resume tomorrow.

: Always Good Always good to see a website I worked on go live.

: How the Night Sky Should Look It would be amazing if the night sky looked like this.

: New Website for Caesura Letters New website but always the same great content.

: Pizzas and beers tonight. It’s been a long week. I deserve it.

: Client Work is Enough In the last few months I've made an interesting discovery. I'm crap at building and marketing …

: Saying No A quick story about Steven Pressfield and the power of saying no. After an incredibly difficult …

: The Right Effort I participate when directly engaged. I try to make sure that what I’m posting is of a positive …

: Hunter-Gatherer ... The complete list. One of NB's best in my opinion. Definitely in the top five.

: Three Is Enough One index card, three words. That's all it takes.

: Time for a new Langster? Next year it will be 10 years since I purchased my Specialized Langster bike. It's still running …

: It Arrived! My Hobonichi Techo planner arrived yesterday. Still can't get over how small it is. Can't wait now …

: Stuff Simplification A good three step guide to de-cluttering from NB.

: Winning Isn't Everything In a shock turnaround, Marco Arment has pulled his ad blocking app, Peace, from the App Store. Later …

: Fixie Friday - De Rosa Aerodinamica Pista Cycle EXIF delivers with another classy steel fixie. via Cycle EXIF

: Fractured Days A writer has to focus. She can’t just flip a switch and start grinding. She needs time to settle …

: My Opinion on Medium is Changing Ever since Medium opened its doors to the world it has attracted fans and critics. People that use …

: Why Do I Like To Write? Jason Fried answers this on Twitter. Why do I like to write? Because words are fucking fun to play …

: A New Age of Internet Arment has expressed his hope that blocking bad ads will lead to publishers being forced to adopt …

: A New Todoist New brand. New website. New apps. Todoist has been my task manager of choice for a long time now and …

: Posting Rhythm The new posting rhythm continues. A snippet and a couple of link posts each day. I'm publishing …

: How to Read a Book There's reading and there's reading. Find out the difference. via Sandbox Rim

: Thanks everyone for the keyboard recommendations from yesterday and thanks @patrickrhone for the RT.

: Hobonichi Techo Planner Ordered I missed out on getting one of these last year but I wasn't going to make that same mistake twice. …

: Ignore the Trivial Many More wise words from NB. There is another way: work from a 3 by 5 card which highlights your vital …

: Can I have your OS X wireless keyboard recommendations please?

: Breaking Tradition Myself an Jennifer made a decision over the weekend that will break a minor tradition in the family. …

: Hunter-Gatherer for the Digital Age ... by our bushcraft guide Nicholas Bate.

: Sunday is for Baseball To me the sports are not comparable; they are simply different games. I prefer to watch football in …

: Playing the DNS propagation waiting game.

: Received a word document that a school wants to use as a web page. Feels like the late 90s all over …

: Thanks to everyone who emailed and DM’d to keep my blog going!

: I like the new AppleTV. Don’t think much of the iPad Pro but only because I can’t use it …

: I should really use AirDrop more often. Such an understated feature of OS X and iOS.

: Using Ruby on Rails with SQL Server. I didn’t think I would ever have to do work with SQL …

: Drowning in Digital I regularly go through the feeling of drowning in digital. I like being online and everything that …

: iA Writer 3 I love how iA have opened up with their iA Writer 3 release: If you came here to read about …

: Books: Dead-tree or Digital? Just a question for you all. What's your criteria for deciding whether to buy a book in dead-tree …

: Fixing Twitter Dustin Curtis weighs in with some areas where Twitter needs to do better. I completely agree. And …

: The Digital Struggle I've been struggling to find the motivation to write here. I've had my finger on the digital implode …

: On lighter news here’s a free business idea. A newsletter that aggregates all the best bits …

: Happy Blogiversary to Cultural Offering 8 years and still going strong. Well done Kurt!

: Skulls and Monsters and Demons! Oh My! Some truly amazing work by Tom Joyce.

: Thanks Nicholas I love getting stuff in the mail from Nicholas Bate.

: I just clicked the language details bar on a repo for the first time in GitHub.

: Just wondering. With all the focus on iOS 9 being able to block ads, will Apple’s policy …

: Started using Heroku’s new pipelines feature. No complaints so far with it. Also a much easier …

: Playing The Long Game Patrick Rhone is playing the long game on goals. Maybe you should too? The smart players, at best, …

: Project Success from our man in Arizona, Michael Wade. Read on for the minimal plan to project success. Write …

: The Richness of Slow There I was doing my morning pages on the subject of selecting tools to work fast when we want to be …

: Good luck to Heather, Josh and Jack representing the @ElderslieGolf juniors in finals day today.

: It would be nice in Twitter if you could see other people’s timelines as they see them.

: Obviously private accounts could be skipped but the rest of the accounts could be added to this …

: Most of the time tech news is much more pleasant to read than the actual news.

: Tech news of the day. Twitter app is going lighter and Instagram is allowing portrait and landscape …

: Can Old World Be More Modern? New technology doesn't always qualify as modern.

: Maintaining The Work Life Balance Curtis McHale dispenses seven tactics that help getting the balance right between work and life.

: Morning Pages Should Be Like Skimming Stones The morning pages habit trundles on with my Moleskine Volant notebook filling up by the day. Some …

: Living the Life A little reminder that the Internet is simply a facade into people's lives. You need to actually …

: Russian Family Cut Off For 40 Years The amazing story of a family living deep in Siberia without contact with the world for 40 years. …

: Searching for a Worthy Successor to Backpack Do you remember Backpack? If you don't, it was a knowledge base web application where you could …

: How to Ship Great Software Pearls of wisdom from JavaScript laureate, Thomas Fuchs. Don't follow the hype Use what works for …

: Mike Rohde's Sketchnoting Podcast Re-Released I can't wait to get through these. The great thing about these episodes is that they're all fairly …

: Back to School 2 NB is back with essential skills for the new semester. Number 6 on the list is strictly enforced in …

: Black Notebooks No More Moleskine. Black. Two words that many people might associate with each other and with good reason …

: Everyone Needs a Personal Website I couldn't agree with Matthew on this topic more. Having a personal website is something most …

: Programming Language Commitment I'm not adverse to trying out different programming languages, but the steady stream of new …

: Email Done Right ... with our man from Arizona, Michael Wade.

: Need Fresh Ideas? Nicholas Bate advises you write. A lot.

: Nuclear Explosions: A Visualisation An extremely interesting and yet haunting visualisation of all the nuclear weapons that have …

: The Change Your Thinking Reading List Brought to you by Nicholas Bate.

: Time or Attention? Loved this. So many times I'll say I don't have the time but it's not actually true. I do have the …

: Dammit. Bought Reeder 2 on the MAS then found out today that Reeder 3 is in beta and includes …

: And Talking of Japanese Words ... here's The Art of Manliness with their take on kaizen. The Kaizen approach to self-improvement …

: Challenge and Eliminate Don’t be afraid to challenge prospective clients with goals. Make them work to prove that they’re …

: Back to School Ethan's back at school today. Having to adjust to the house being quiet again. Back to work for me …

: Japanese Words Ever since I heard about the word kaizen used in Scrum, I've been fascinated how Japanese words can …

: Nights are Fair Drawing In Darker nights mean no more sun blessed evening rides, well at least until next year. Going to make …

: You Don't Need Nicholas Bate with more thought provoking lists of wisdom.

: Focus Backgrounds Distraction free wallpaper by Joe Darnell.

: Infrequent Posting Is Good While I would love to commit to a steady stream of fresh and interesting content here, I'm just too …

: Is Ruby on Rails Still Relevant? It’s a question that I’m seeing on an increasing basis as I venture through the Internet. I’ve seen …

: Patrick's Path Patrick's journey on the Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path continues with the right livelihood. I use …

: The Apple Music family plan is worth it for the musical education my boys are getting. Access to …

: Atom’s startup time is certainly a nuisance but if that’s my only critique of it then I …

: An Empty Cartridge I’ve just checked the order on a batch of Pentel pens and refill cartridges I bought from Amazon. It …

: Break Out Read, write, ask, plan, move, start and hold fast. It's all in NB's break out guide.

: Speed Matters An argument that working faster is better. Slowness seems to make a special contribution to this …

: Free Can Be Good If you know me and you read my blog on a regular basis you’ll know that I’m an advocate for paying …

: Measure the Right Things This brings back nightmares of timesheets being used to measure performance. It's a poor way of …

: Star Wars Battlefront - Fighter Squadron Gameplay Star Wars Battlefront just keeps getting more and more awesome. Can't wait for November.

: Work Continues Work begins on a couple of software products. I'm not getting too wrapped up in the finished …

: We went through two cabled headsets before I suggested spending more for a wireless headset.

: Putting It Off I’ve been holding onto a few ideas for software products. There’s two in particular that I would …

: The Daily PKM Routine The seek, sense and share workflow of personal knowledge management.

: War of the Words All I can say is thank goodness for books.

: How I Use My Notebooks Jenny Mason shares a her notebook preferences and their uses. My pocket notebooks are filled with …

: Less Email ... more talking. That's just one of NB's three rules for managing less email.

: Life or Death on the Roll of the Dice This brought back a few memories. Despite their unique preferences and stylistic tendencies, all of …

: The Rockin' 1000 Forget the Foo Fighters, I'd pay to see this lot sing.

: Recruitment agency has sent me a role for a rail engineer. Nice to know that Ruby on Rails attracts …

: Be Future-safe A very nice reminder of why I choose to host my own blog rather than opting for a service like …

: The Hobby Writer I've got something of a fascination with writing. It's not that I want to become a writer, although …

: Another round of golf with Ethan and another good score by him. I wasn’t too bad either!

: Another New Coding Font No sooner do I get settled with Monoid when I hear of another coding font. This time it's the …

: Growing Up Too Fast? I was watching Ethan this morning as he was playing with a friend on the Playstation. A session of …

: Some Recommend Reading ... by Tools and Toys. Something for everyone in the list.

: Half-way through my first Django project. Impressed with the features of the framework I’ve …

: Playing a round of golf with Ethan tomorrow. Looking forward to it, even if the weather isn’t …

: First time I’ve had to contact Apple support for a purchase in the iTunes store. Prompt reply …

: Given the choice between using Twitter’s embed snippet or just using a block quote for the …

: Not bad turnaround for a big company that handles thousands (probably millions) of transactions in a …

: Still wondering though how I can gift movies to my father-in-law in Canada for his Apple TV.

: Hello Atom! About a year ago I made the jump to Vim. Having finally mastered enough of the keystrokes to muster …

: Monoid - Open Source Coding Font Got me a new coding font.

: Need a Boost? Execupundit has you covered. It can be difficult to predict the popularity of topics. Supervision …

: Stop Hurting the Web From time to time friends ask me what they should use if they want to start blogging, and for a …

: Bold New Start Don't wait for the new year for a bold new start. Start today with Nicholas Bate and reap the …

: Music Recommendation The Last of Us is a fantastic game as is the soundtrack by Gustavo Santaolalla. Highly recommended …

: Notebook Lost and Found Ana Reinert has a couple of suggestions to ensure your most prized notebooks get back to you.

: Repeating the Basics A tweet by Brian P. Hogan sums up brilliantly what I've been doing in the last two weeks to stay …

: The Pixar Theory Jennifer read this over the weekend and suggested I read it too. With two young kids, a Pixar movie …

: Communities Need Trust When it comes to building communities, there's one essential ingredient that can make or break the …

: Fixie Friday - Affinity Kissena Second Affinity bike I've added in the last few bikes, they really are beautiful looking bikes. via …

: Book Recommendations by Patrick Rhone Another one for the list. Thanks for the recommendation Patrick!

: Down The List Michael Wade sums up well what being productive means: This means working with deliberation and not …

: I Want This The Bradley Mountain Waxed Canvas Utility Roll is one of those products you're going to own for a …

: Save The Web Amazing piece about the changes in the Internet since the glory days of blogging. The …

: T-Shirts ... the ultimate guide.

: Take the Stairs We end up with needlessly difficult lives because we have trouble recognizing ease when it’s hidden …

: The Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen Just dawned on me the other day that I don't currently own a fountain pen so I'm starting a short …

: I had a good week off with the family last week, but it’s back to work this morning.

: Better Photos for Instagram I've become something of a Instagram fan over the last few months, so this was right up my street.

: Naughty Firefox I've been a long-time fan of Mozilla and Firefox but the move to include Pocket in the open-source …

: The 32-Hour Workweek I work four days a week when a client allows it and most usually do but I will make exceptions for …

: The Medium Debate Continues I'm still not a fan of Medium for blogging, but that's just my preference. It is a great place for …

: Had a mini test ride on a Specialized Fatboy today. I’m pretty sure my next bike will be a fat …

: Better Note Taking One study found that taking notes on a computer leads us to transcribe lectures or talks verbatim, …

: Buffer's Transparency Dashboard Special hat tip to Buffer for their transparency dashboard. This is the kind of business I would …

: Fixie Friday - KHS Aero Track via FGGT, photo by Father Tu

: Where's the Value In Writing? For the last two weeks I've been writing my morning pages. The fact that I have managed to keep this …

: Need a Better Workspace? Tools & Toys have you covered. Definitely getting me a NeuYear calendar for next year.

: New Han Solo Film Announced A film about the early life of Han Solo has been announced by Disney. Good to see that Disney are …

: Offline Tools When we talk about tools that make us productive, we often refer to products and services that …

: Twitter Overhaul If I unfollowed you on Twitter then don't panic. I've got a bunch of you on lists.

: Victoire Cycles 29er MTB Having ridden the 650b wheel size for the last three months, I've been impressed with the larger …

: Does Your Organisation Pass the NB Audit? Be honest. I'd be surprised if most organisations managed to even get three out of seven on Nicholas …

: Freelance Offers Offers of freelance work have been overflowing in the last couple of days. Good to see.

: Right Intention, Wrong Store It happens to me more times than I care to admit. I take my iPhone out of my pocket, fully intending …

: Are You Bulletproof? And do you need to be? via Nicholas Bate

: Jurassic Mondays Off to the cinema tonight with Ethan to see Jurassic World. Should be good.

: No Regrets I recently read Kurt Harden's list of products he hasn't regretted owning. I decided to carry on …

: Why Young People Should Play Golf This post highlights the benefits that youngsters get from playing golf. Ethan's first year on the …

: In fact I wonder if it there will be a decline amongst a few of BBC’s radio stations.

: Starting to wonder if Beats 1 is going to grab a significant percentage of listeners from BBC Radio …

: Easier Meetings ... with Nicholas Bate's In Three series.

: Fixie Friday - Bob's Custom Titanium Track Who doesn't love titanium? via FGGT, photo by Father Tu

: Test Your Problem Solving Skills Interesting insights about how we can solve problems by disproving ideas rather than proving them.

: Writing Again I'm writing again. Trying to get into the habit of writing (not typing) 750 words every morning and …

: Cellphones Off Before Bed The study indicated that those spending time on their cellphones just before bedtime resulted in a …

: Ethan's First Junior Open Ethan played in the Junior Open at Elderslie Golf Club yesterday. He had a good time but it was a …

: Vacation What are you going to do on vacation?

: Is Microblogging Back? Returning to Twitter hasn't cracked up to what I thought it would be like. Good to see instead that …

: Microblogging ADN doesn't have enough people. Twitter is too short. Facebook is too big. I don't have a Google …

: Own-Mailbox I like this idea of a secure, self-hosted mailbox.

: Five days in and our 2yo is still fighting this stomach bug.

: Fixie Friday - Jacobs Track Bike via FGGT

: Moleskine Timepage Just added Moleskine's new calendar app, Timepage, to my iPhone. I'll be road testing this for a …

: On the Mend I had big plans for this week, but it was effectively written off as our youngest son was ill all …

: What's in Patrick's Pockets? All the essentials and nothing more.

: My Backyard I think a trip to the highlands needs to planned for this autumn. Best of all, it's just a short …

: The Inside-Out Seven Another classic NB list for on the wall above your desk. The brand evolved organically from …

: The McDonalds Burger Bike Tote A nice idea, but I would rather go for a proper bike ride up the hills and make my own burgers when …

: In-laws have left. Lower the DEFCON level.

: Sad circumstances for the in-laws visit, but it was good for the boys to see their gran and papa …

: Programmers or developers? What’s the difference?

: All 15 Pixar Movies Ranked by Vulture Adults will have their own variations on this ranked list of Pixar's movies, but has anyone asked …

: Fixie Friday - Ryan's 2015 Leader Kagero via Pedal Consumption

: Say Hi to DigitalBothy It's early days but I'm starting a new blog with a focus on web development. DigitalBothy will be …

: The Pocket Notebook - A Game Changer The Simple Dollar cover everything you need to know about using a pocket notebook. It’s really hard …

: Golden Gate Bridge Construction I've never seen pictures of the bridge while it was being built. Quite amazing. via Eclecticity …

: Obama's Stealth Startup Great to see the US government using leading engineers from Silicon Valley to work on their digital …

: The Buddha Stand Nice trick. via FGGT

: No, that climb didn’t take two minutes.

: That was weird. First pic at the start of the ride just posted alongside the recent one. Bizarre.

: Markdown editors. There must be hundreds of them.

: Pet Peeves: Web sites for desktop software that don’t show screenshots on their landing pages.

: An Evening with Kurt Dog-walking, Shakespeare, baseball, Beethoven and hot dogs. All available at Cultural Offering.

: Fixie Friday - Storm Cycles via FGGT

: The Serious 11 Serious ambitions need a serious checklist. Thanks NB!

: Blank Pages Blank pages are great. They are empty to begin with. Devoid of markings, letters, pictures, symbols …

: Flatpack Skyscrapers Can a building taller than the Burj Khalifa be built in seven months?

: The Bleachers You think the best coaches and players sit near the field of play? Think again. You always find the …

: The Bristol Pound Would you use it? I propose the Glasgow Pound currency. Not an actual note, just a bottle of …

: Jupiter and Venus Converge UK-based observers will be able to see the convergence of Jupiter and Venus through the month of …

: The Fallen of World War II A visualisation of military and civilian deaths in World War II. The numbers are staggering. via …

: Make Your Kids Eat Everything It's certainly not impossible. You may wonder how we get our kids to eat kale and clams, and here …

: Matt's Guide to Consulting Not me, but my fellow Scot Matt Gemmell. His 15 minute guide to consulting is a wonderful guide to …

: Michael Wade ... says no. That and other great tools for greater productivity.

: Stop Reacting Seriously, stop reacting. Stop checking Twitter, Facebook, email and anything else that's driven by …

: Three In Three Sketchnotes More sketchnoting, this time it was the turn of Nicholas Bates' "In 3" posts from last …

: Apparently Netflix thinks I might like to watch “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”.
I don’t think so Netflix.

: Good to see tmux have left the growing mess that is SourceForge.

: Goodbye Yahoo Pipes.

: In-laws have arrived. Raise the DEFCON level!

: In-laws settled in for their stay. Now, back to work.

: Still the greatest feature in Firefox. Opening web sites in the sidebar. Especially when the web …

: Tweetbot 2.0 for Mac. Nice.

: With notes annotations on Instapaper I’m starting to wonder if I really need Pinboard.

: 100 Uses for a Pocket Notebook Who knew there could be so many?

: Fixie Friday - Father Tu's Affinity A break from the regular profile photograph we include here. I'm including the rider in this one. …

: Is Cleveland Cursed? 147 seasons without a title win. That's a long time. It could end this year though if the Cleveland …

: Sketchnoting Again Ever since I took delivery of my Nock Hightower a few weeks ago, my notebook has been with me every …

: Extraordinary People, Ordinary Jobs It's unreasonable to expect extraordinary work from someone who isn't trusted to create it. — The …

: My Favourite Feature in Firefox I think it's fair to say that I've finally settled on a browser that I enjoy using. For well over a …

: Selling Three Three point guide to selling from NB. Can it be that simple?

: My Alternatives to Google Ever since going Google free, I've tried a number of different services to cover my needs. In this …

: Never Say Again ... with the incomparable Nicholas Bate.

: The Mailbox Effect Kurt Harden continues to deliver life changing lessons from his own experiences. My old …

: The USA Freedom Act is Passed The Intercept summarises the recent passing of the USA Freedom Act. Good to see change happening as …

: Batteriser Extends Your Battery Life This is the kind of technology innovation I like to see. "Killer apps" are common as muck …

: Finding that a lot of the code I’m writing for DailyMuse is to support the product rather than being …

: First time searching for Twitter in the App Store. Gone are the multitude of good client apps and …

: It’s been a long time since I’ve had the Twitter app on my iPhone. Very impressed with …

: Alternatives to Google Not only can you be Google free, but the alternatives are just as good in terms of functionality. I …

: Fixie Friday - Bianchi Pista Concept Been a while since we featured a Pista here. via Pedal Consumption

: Supporting Features in DailyMuse In the time it's taken me to get DailyMuse up and running, I've noticed that a lot of the code that …

: Always Be Learning From Experiences Learning tends to come from acquiring the knowledge of topics that we're not familiar with. This is …

: How Big is Minecraft? Wired answers the question in 8 bit. Funnily enough, the number of possible worlds is similar to the …

: Ideas for Better Twittering Adam Keys has some thoughts on this. I like this in particular. Keep a private list for high …

: FIFA Officials Face Corruption Charges FIFA officials are now facing corruption charges for bribery that occurred in the US and was paid …

: Happy Blog-iversary ... to SwissMiss. 10 years and still going strong!

: The Learning Benefit of a Side Project As I move towards building up my GitHub profile with examples of work, I realised something about my …

: The Open-office Model is Killing the Workplace I've worked in a couple of open-office layouts but nothing near having to share the same table with …

: Black Holes & Clones The BBC earth mini-site aims to explain what happens when you fall into a black hole. After all, …

: Building a Universe No Man's Sky has high expectations. With a game universe composing of billions of planets, it is set …

: Is the Web Defeated? I hope not. Technically, it’s simple. The web cannot emulate native perfectly, and it never will. …

: Are You an Early Adopter? I'm generally not, but that's okay. If we didn’t have any early adopters ironing out the kinks, …

: GitHub is not My Resume I've been searching through various contract opportunities over the last few weeks. Client work is …

: Switching Off CCTV I'm on the fence about whether switching off CCTV cameras to save money is a good or a bad thing for …

: Big Food is Out I can't say if this trend is happening in the UK, but in the Lang house we've almost completely …

: I hope the @ElderslieGolf juniors are playing well in their match against Kilmacolm. Couldn’t …

: Wrote my first bit of Rack middleware yesterday for a Rails application. Not so hard to do once you …

: Fixie Friday - 2010 Nagasawa Nakano Red Rainbow Flake via FGGT

: I Should Be Blogging I really should. My problem at the moment is that I have too many things on the go at once. …

: Lots of People ... ... are willing to pay for your product or service. You'd be surprised just how many.

: No Excuse There's no excuse for the lack of blog posts around here recently. I've tried to kickstart my daily …

: The Humble Pocket The Art of Manliness uncovers everything about the humble pocket. This is because the original …

: The Moleskine Tool Belt A clever idea for any notebook, but I have to say I do prefer my Nock Hightower.

: The Writing Workflow of Curtis McHale We need more posts like this. Good to see that Markdown is favoured by Curtis.

: This has come up in a few ads I’ve seen recently. Makes me wonder if it’s the new choice …

: Giving Atom a spin. A number of great improvements since I last used it. Could it replace Sublime …

: Fixie Friday - Don Walker Cycles A little fast one today.

: The Emojic 8 Ball XKCD delivers again with the Emojic 8 Ball.

: The Next Level of Blogging Curtis McHale talks about taking your blogging to the next level and hiring an editor. Working with …

: Re-reading I have old favorites I return to again and again. Stories like Watership Down, The Wind and the …

: Subscriptions Cleanout I cleaned out my RSS feeds over the weekend. The following feeds have been removed for different …

: What's Your Daily Intentions? Patrick Rhone shares a simple way he shapes the day in his favour. An excellent idea.

: Why You Turn Up I love this. You turn up because of the people around you. You know, the ones with common interests …

: Jason Christman's Star Wars Art Always loved these posters but never got round to buying one. via Star Wars

: Task Management That Works The Zapier blog has been a new addition to my reading list and it certainly hasn't disappointed. …

: The Distracting Dumbphones A brilliant post about the increasing world of digital distractions. Still, I am an optimist. Most …

: The Ruins of Berlin An amazing flyover of the ruins of Berlin after Allied air raids during World War 2.

: Time to Explore I've been working with Ruby on Rails full-time now for close to 4 years. Two years as a full-time …

: Recommended books for learning Python?

: The joys of home delivery from @asda. Ended up with two bags from someone else’s order which …

: Fixie Friday - Airtight Cycles Möbius 650c Kyudo A work of art. The detailing in the frame is amazing, especially around the seat tube cluster. via …

: Goodbye Minimal Mac It's the end of an era as Patrick Rhone calls it a day on his Minimal Mac blog. This is the final …

: Paper Star Wars These scenes from Star Wars are amazing in their detail.

: Giving up 2/3 of the way through Peter V. Brett’s The Daylight War. Feel like I’ve been …

: Fat Chance Cracking bike, cracking colour, cracking name. What more reason do I need to post this here? via …

: Focusing on Writing Code I wrote this on Friday's post: Building and marketing products isn’t for me. I prefer to be neck …

: Meanwhile at NBU ... they're teaching the things other business schools don't.

: Discoveries What was the last thing you discovered? I mean really discovered. Not just a link that you found …

: Fixie Friday - Ronin via FGGT photo by Father Tu

: Transforming Journalong Journalong has been limping along for a few months now. With almost no interest from myself in …

: Added a dollop of peanut butter and honey to my porridge this morning. Not as bad as I thought it …

: Embrace Your Constraints Curtis McHale knows his limits when it comes to keeping up with the ever changing world of web …

: It's Official, Todoist Rules ... ... well, according to Matthew Stibbe anyway.

: Words That Sell The amazing story of author Mark Dawson.

: Feels like January again. Bloody freezing.

: Fixie Friday - Winter Bicycles Velvet Hammer via Cycle EXIF

: Just a heads up that I’ll be available for freelance/contract Rails work from the 1st of June …

: I keep pressing j and k to move up and down the emails in Mail. I’m well and truly a #vim user …

: Rise of the New York City Skyline This is amazing. As you ride the elevator to the top of 1 World Trade Centre, you can watch an …

: Hello Instagram Jason Fried wrote about finding a positive experience when he joined Instagram: Every scroll …

: How Long To Internalise A Habit? Caesura Letters today discusses the time it takes to form a new habit. Habits are not the result of …

: Nice, Not Yet Essential A quick summary from different reviews of the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch is the best smartwatch …

: Programmers Need a Plan B Given I'm a couple of years from this milestone, it's a worrying prospect to think that my chances …

: The 25 Once again, I'm honoured to be included in such great company. Thanks Kurt.

: The Adapting Notebook Moleskine are adapting to the digital world around them, but the big plus from this article is that …

: Best. Trailer. Ever.

: Feels like you’re admitting defeat when pull the plug on something you created.

: I must find a way to put in a 2 hour bike ride at night that doesn’t keep me awake for hours …

: In other news, I messed about with an Apple Watch yesterday. I’m still not sold on it.

: Journalong has fallen by the way side for some time now. Think it’s time to call it a day and …

: Exercise Often The message is clear. Exercise often. It's just one aspect of clean living.

: Fixie Friday - Festka One LT Dazzle via FGGT

: War on the roads A slightly biased article towards cyclists that points the finger at the motor industry to blame for …

: Digital Hygiene Seth lays out five steps to digital hygiene.

: Something Special “We’ve always spoken about the principle of association since he was young and playing in bigger …

: Go Slow Michael Wade, our resident pathfinder, knows the way forward. Take your time and as you move down …

: Growing the Game After a rocky start to the year, it seems that Ethan is finding his form again. It was a big ask for …

: Make an Index for a Notebook A must step for anyone serious about embracing pen and paper.

: Considered getting myself an @Instagram account. Gave up after trying almost every close permutation …

: Didn’t watch last night’s #scotsdebates. I probably didn’t miss much.

: Vesper or Day One?

: Back to Basics ... is an undoubtably great new series from NB.

: Fixie Friday - Stelbel Ortica via PEDAL Consumption

: Molecover Yip, pretty sure I want one of these.

: The Rosko 650B This was too good not to post. via CycleEXIF

: Hello Tether I've been running Tether on both my Macbook Pro and iPhone for a week now. Install it on both and …

: Marco & DuckDuckGo Good to see Marco Arment switching to DuckDuckGo. I've been using it for the best part of two years. …

: The Problem with Petition Services Before the Internet, the best way to make a group of people heard was to have those people sign a …

: Fixie Friday - Samson Track via FGGT

: Hating on Attention A great piece on being an introvert. My thoughts are my thoughts. I share what I choose to, and the …

: Let Your Kids Point & Shoot Kids have the wonder and curiosity that adults have spent many years replacing with logic and …

: The Prodigal User Returns I have burned through a number of different tool choices over the last two years. In an effort to …

: Heroku’s decision to curb the free tier and introduce a hobby tier is a great move. Am I in …

: I can understand people’s grievance with the limits on the free tier if they have side …

: Might get my head blown off for this but I’m glad to see Heroku are scaling back on their free …

: The hobby tier is a great stepping stone from the free tier to their new standard tier and well …

: Switch to Pocket from Instapaper hasn’t been that great. I can see me switching back to …

: That was one helluva season finale to the The Walking Dead.

: Being Boring With Technology Choices The nice thing about boringness (so constrained) is that the capabilities of these things are well …

: Cycling in Amsterdam Lots of cities could learn a thing or two when it comes to figuring out how to get the best of both …

: Drew Houston ... ... and his drive to keep Dropbox being a successful product. Excellent interview with Dropbox's …

: Managing Your Time Online with Automation and Filters Left unchecked, you could easily waste away your time online. Posting, bookmarking, pinning, …

: Good Experience I spent Sunday down at Barassie Links with Ethan and the rest of the Elderslie Juniors Newton Shield …

: Curtis McHale Knows Good Project Plans A project plan should be built in partnership with your client. When they buy into the project plan …

: Fixie Friday - 1986 Pista Beauty or beast? via FGGT

: For the Pen & Paper Fans Tools & Toys excellent guide to analog writing tools. Tempted to purchase a few Field Notes …

: NSA Busting Security Advice Okay, maybe not NSA busting but definitely more secure than thinking up your own passphrase.

: Suggestions for Your Reading List ... ... all the way from sunny Arizona. Thanks Michael.

: Why I Paid for Fantastical 2 During the week I found out that Flexibits were releasing a major upgrade to their OS X calender …

: Didn’t even hesitate this morning to purchase Fantastical 2. For an app I use every day, …

: Expecting free upgrades for the complete lifecycle of a software product is ridiculous.

: Not only am I supporting the future of the app, but also the developers behind it as well.

: DailyMuse: The Today View Email is great. It's a reliable form of content delivery that can reach a multitude of devices and …

: The B-52, Still Flying This planning deficit is nothing unusual. It would be a tribute to Boeing engineers’ advance …

: I understand the motives behind such platforms and their push for positive change, but I’m at …

: Sounds harsh, but when you get emails every other day, they become just another “mail for the …

: Diary or Journal? Who cares. Just capture.

: Fresh Ideas ... ... are everywhere. You just have to look.

: Uses for DailyMuse Great to see DailyMuse making a positive change. Those are the two things I’m using it for so far …

: Also good to have SPDs back on the fixie rather than toe straps. I’m feel more sure footed on them …

: Back to schools runs on the bike this week … well at least while the weather holds.

: Don’t get me wrong, my straps are secure and keep my feet planted, but sometimes getting my feet out …

: Essential Zones with Nicholas Bate.

: Medium Adds Custom Domains Medium's recent announcement that they will start allowing people to use their own domain names for …

: The Great Unfollow A reminder that Twitter is the ultimate destructive distraction. Since returning, I've definitely …

: The Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard doesn’t have the greatest product name but good to see MS …

: Typing on the MS keyboard would be easier. Not sure how I would fare on the TextBlade.

: Wondering if I really need such a device as a folding keyboard. The MS offering is nice but the …

: Fixie Friday - Kalavinka Super Exhibition via FGGT

: Say Hi to DailyMuse It's been quiet of late on my blog and for a good reason. While my daily posts have ground to an …

: XKCD and Pratchett I spent my teens and many years after reading through the Discworld books and now I'm passing them …

: More Zombies Please Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are the only things on the television I'll sit down to watch. …

: Need a Highlighter for the Web? Here you go. Can't wait to see this being available. It will be interesting to see if snippets can …

: Developers love details. Nuff said.

: Apple Watch … meh. New MacBook … yay!

: Battle Plans ... ... carefully drawn up by Execupundit.

: Just Another Apple Announcement Last night, round about 5pm, I closed down my work apps, shut the lid on MacBook and left my iPhone …

: Second failed attempt at reading Book Yourself Solid. Going to keep it back for a time when I’m not …

: Fixie Friday - Rodagira Zorlac 2 via FGGT

: Dunbar's Number A little reminder that while we're connected in more ways now than we have ever been, our number of …

: Email Essentials ... ... you just can't ignore.

: I finally sat down to watch #citizenfour last night. Amazing documentary.

: Fixie Friday - Colnago Master An Italian delight. via FGGT

: I'm Busy In case you didn't notice, it's been real busy here at Lang HQ. Client work, side project work and …

: Haven’t looked back since cancelling my Amazon Prime subscription. Rather than relying on next day …

: I might end up paying more in delivery charges, but I don’t order as much anymore. Prime lets you …

: Cold in Ohio I love Ohio but it is cold. It is Ivan-Denisovich cold. It’s …

: Self-Destruct Tweets A very interesting idea. Lazin-Ryder is one of a number of Twitter users who are using homegrown …

: Small Tasks The trick, of course, is to choose the small tasks which Vilfredo Pareto - he of the 80/20 Rule - …

: Always wary about pre-empting the need for a gem when using Rails. More inclined to leave using a …

: Can’t decide if that was thunder or the wind I just heard. Bloody loud whatever it was.

: Are Trolls Attracted To Videos? No spot comes close to YouTube when it comes to the number of dumb and vicious remarks in its …

: Is OS X running on an iPad going to be a thing then? I would love to see it happen.

: Spent most of the day looking at Wordpress as a CMS for a local school. Like what I’ve seen so far.

: Essential Client Management 40 rules for managing clients including this one: Working weekends for clients: I’ll do it once if …

: Fixie Friday -1993 Cannondale Track Second Track bike of the year for Fixie Friday but I can't deny they are great looking bikes. via …

: Programming Advice Search for deeper understanding of approaches to programming that seem strange or incorrect to you. …

: Saddleback Leather iPad Sleve These iPad sleeves make me want to buy an iPad, just to warrant the purchase of the sleeve. …

: Deciding on a Pricing Strategy I've been working on a new idea for a service for the last few weeks and I'm just about ready to …

: Alas, front-end design and web copy are really not my thing.

: Draw Up Some Battle Plans ... and earn your victory.

: My Wall Calendar Problem I would love to have a wall calendar that would give me an at a glance view of what's coming up the …

: Write For Yourself A fantastic piece on the drawbacks of using publishing platforms such as Medium. In truth, Medium’s …

: If the postman wasn’t singing so bloody loud, he might have realised that he was delivering mail to …

: A Big Problem for Google Marco Arment on what could be Google's biggest challenge yet. Shallow social-shareable listicles …

: Clarity Through Blogging Perfect time to be reading this again. Even if nobody reads them, you should write them. It's …

: What is The Rails Way? It's a question I've been asking myself as I switch between different Rails applications for …

: Getting Noticed I've always been the quiet type, often electing for the quiet corner of the room rather than being …

: Good Weekend For Golf It was a good weekend for the members of Elderslie's Junior Newton Shield squad. Coaching on the …

: NB Knows What's More Important Routine & Ritual. Get the critical stuff, the vital stuff, the oh-so-easily-neglected stuff …

: Short Term Contractor, Long Term Freelancer Even before I started freelancing, I always got confused by the almost interchangeable career titles …

: Junior squad out with @ElderslieGcPro working on their short game. Good turn out as well. …

: Well that was a crap movie.

: Fixie Friday - Rozzo Fixie or Singlespeed? Who cares. This Czech built bike is definitely a great looking bike. via …

: Centireading I can't say that I've read a book over 100 times, perhaps the closest to that count is A Christmas …

: Patrick is Kicking Ass Warning, this contains a lot of ass kicking, but it's well worth the read.

: Sell to Yourself First The thing is, that even with all the successful projects behind us, we’re typically bad at selling …

: The One Ring Explained A brilliant five minute guide to the history of the One Ring. via kottke.org

: Doing a number of spikes with the Ionic framework this morning. Like what I’ve seen so far just by …

: Decided to give this Twitter thing a try again. We’ll see how it goes.

: Never thought I would be proficient with Vim on a day to day basis. It’s taken a number of …

: Back on Twitter I'm back on Twitter. After weighing up the options, I'm probably better being an active member of at …

: Kids & Technology Last weekend our son came home with the school quarterly bulletin. As always we familiarised …

: 3 Reasons for Sharing Content I've been keeping this site going for a few years now, and while my main form of sharing content is …

: Tips for an Effective Work Day Curtis McHale knows how to be effective during his work day. No further proof is needed than the man …

: Westeros Built With Minecraft The entire kingdom of Westeros created in Minecraft. Amazing. via kottke.org

: Store Bought Bike or Online Bought Bike? For the last month I've been pouring over mountain bike websites and magazines in the hope that I …

: A wise man said ... ... these things are unwise.

: Business Goals ... ... with Curtis McHale. Hats off to Curtis for his willingness to be transparent and honest about …

: Hosted Service or Custom Solution? In the early days of the Internet, hosting your own website was reserved for those in the know, but …

: Fixie Friday - Amy's Pista Concept via PEDAL Consumption

: Bike vs Taxi via PEDAL Consumption

: Hello Pocket, Goodbye Instapaper A couple of weeks ago I moved my Instapaper account over to Pocket. The reason for the move was that …

: Is Success Only In Your Head? Curtis McHale asks if success is only in your head?. Well worth reading if you've failed in the …

: The Distant Observer It's close to a couple of months now since I stopped being an active user on App.net. The only time …

: Fixie Friday - Treshombres CLASSY Lurvely! via FGGT

: One Year On With My YNOT Gulper Just over a year ago I noticed that working from home eradicated my need for two separate messenger …

: Stairway to Space Space, stairs, butter, motorcycles and slinkies. And they say education is boring! I got my oldest …

: Back on Track Minor setback this week as a couple of viruses knocked me and Jen out of contention for a couple of …

: Less Listening, More Learning Podcasts and screencasts can eat up a lot of time. I've started to see a swing towards listening to …

: Learning with Rust I'm always reading about other topics in software development. Over the last few years I've read …

: Benefits of Being an Indie Dev Marco Arment provides a detailed breakdown of his sales figures for 2014 for his app Overcast. More …

: Fixie Friday - Zorlac 2 via FGGT

: Writing is a Habit I've noticed a lull in my posting frequency here. Towards the end of last year, my posting frequency …

: Paying For Software Is Smart Paying for tools is a smart choice. If programs like Keynote and Mail.app were actually profit …

: Why Are Flashbangs Still in the Hands of US Police? In the past year I've read a number of different accounts of police using these harmful devices for …

: The De-cluttered Desk I had been putting it off for weeks, probably months in fact. My desk was slowly becoming a …

: The Last of Us This is just a quick hat tip to The Last of Us on the PS4. I've been playing this game for the last …

: Which way? A quick reminder to set your direction with NB.

: Zombie Music Two albums worth mentioning are the two albums of The Walking Dead soundtrack. I didn't think these …

: Paisley Packer Lambeau Field is over 3500 miles away. No distance is too great though to root for the team you …

: Fixie Friday - KRZBERG V5 Team Edition via PEDAL Consumption

: My Development Tools - 2015 Edition I forgot to do this last year. It completely went out of my head. Hardware Not much has changed …

: Double Win It was a bit of a double win today for me and my son. We each got good news today that have changed …

: To TDD Or Not To TDD Skipping the TDD cycle isn't always a bad thing to do. After all, sometimes you just want to write …

: Journal Prompts In this roadmap are many questions. In your journal — whether digital or by hand — you can simply …

: Love Mondays ... ... with NB. Surprise them. Shock them even. Don't even complain once. About having eaten too much, …

: Smaller Goals, More Opportunities Setting a goal for the year is made by many at the start of each year, but people frequently give up …

: The Developer's Sketchbook I've been thinking for a couple of week now about learning Rust, but something that's been bugging …

: Contextual Resolutions Resolutions rarely affect only ourselves when we make them. Patrick makes a good point of getting …

: I Should Write More I was on a roll there for a while, but it's been difficult to get that consistentcy back again. I am …

: Uses for Notebooks Sadly I failed to completely fill a whole notebook this year. Seems like a trivial goal to have, but …

: Worst movies of 2014 I would have to say that the Jack Ryan reboot was by far my most disappointing movie of 2014. Chris …

: Boxing Day Boxing Day: a day where you avoid anything too clever and start by reflecting on (1) identifying …

: Fixie Friday - Anson's Pelizzoli Ending Fixie Friday 2014 with a lovely Pelizzoli. via FGGT, photo by Father Tu

: Goals for Fans of The Beatles Read from the best, read from Nicholas Bate.

: Have You Changed? It turns out, 31-year-old me who’s played a handful of sports in adulthood is substantially more …

: The Burst Method An early Christmas present from Arizona. All you need to know to get things done.

: Christmas Quiet I can't wait for the run-up to Christmas to finish, and for Christmas itself to begin. This frantic …

: Fixie Friday - Sparkle Pony Holeshot Disc SS Yeah, I know. It's a single-speed. But you can't deny it's a rather fetching bike. via PEDAL …

: Custom Assertions with Minitest In the last few weeks I've been working on a Rails 3 application for a client. The test suite …

: Feedbin's New Updated Section Feedbin has been my goto RSS Reader ever since Google Reader closed. I'm glad to see that …

: Goodbye Dr Dobb's I haven't been reading the Dr Dobb's site for a while but back in my days as a .NET developer, it …

: School Run Topics This morning's topic of conversation in the car to school with the kids was very enlightening. …

: What a Hunk of Junk The different sound components of the Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive failing explained by Ben Burtt. …

: 10x Your Business If you’re serious about growing your business, I want to challenge you to aim high. Don’t just think …

: Faster Golf Rory McIlroy reckons a faster version of the game is required to get more kids interested in the …

: Measurable Goals It's that time of year where you should be thinking about goals and plans for next year. Here's a …

: This Will Help A little self promotion. My latest book, This Could Help, is now officially available on all …

: Bootstrapped: Under Armour From small beginnings to billion-dollar sports apparel giant, the story of Kevin Plank and Under …

: Fixie Friday - Москва-80 via PEDAL Consumption

: Santa Science The Santa deniers just ruin it for everyone else. The Guardian hits back with some key evidence to …

: Esteemed Company Always glad to be featured amongst some really great bloggers.

: Build a Better Business for 2015 ... ... with Nicholas Bate.

: My iPhone 6 Setup For a long time now I've kept my iPhone setup largely the same. Just two rows of apps on the home …

: Simple Job Performance What does your job really boil down to? Execupundit knows.

: Small Moon Makes me laugh everytime I read it. via XKCD

: YNOT Winter Beanie Anyone want to send me one of these for Christmas?

: New Gaming Market So I finished the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare single-player campaign last night after just three …

: Pong Traffic Light Wonderful idea. Wonder if there's any other games planning on being released? via Swissmiss

: The NOW Year Calendar I love the idea of incorporating monthly themes into the calendar. Each month leaves a space on …

: The Tech Behind the Catch It's that catch again. This time looking at the tech behind Odell's gloves. Beckham’s are …