So this week I’ve been mostly avoiding doing anything at all. I took a week off between jobs, because I needed to reset my head a bit, I needed some holiday, and I had a small pile of admin to…

I’ve been, in the past, a firm distruster of ad blocking software. I still am, to a large extent. I don’t trust any company whose finance model is based on inserting exceptions for advertisers they like. But I installed Ghostery,…

It’s just over a year since the last experiment with making Porter resulted in an “over lively” beer that fountained over the top a bit. Over the last couple of months, I decided to retry this experiment. I bought a…

Three parts: 1) Who are Cloudflare, 2) What Happened, 3) What Do You Need To Do? 1) Cloudflare is a service that large websites – including my former employer – use as a first-bastion protection against hackers. Basically you point…

Work And, as if by magic, I have a new job. Less involved, less senior, and not entirely on-path; but better paid, more interesting and without any commute at all. This week will be my last week at ELS, and…

Less great at the weekly thing than I’d hoped, to be honest, so the traditional WRP format returns. Work Current Today’s crunch day, in several respects. Four weeks is the point where we have to push the big red button…

The journey of a thousand miles begins with stealing someone’s moccasins, or something. Bullet point one on the list in Week 52 was “Reclaim my days”. Currently I’m spending 3 hours a day commuting, something I find stressful and literally…

I fell out of the habit of writing in 2016. Well, kind of. My Facebook output skyrocketed, and the number of things that went on outputs I actually own fell a lot. I’ve got a lot of things in the…

Over the christmas holidays, I generally attempt to do a technical project in something that’s new to me. I think I bit off more than I could chew with the main thing, which was a look at Amazon Lumberyard and…

You are speaking with Svlad, commonly known as “Dirk” Cjelli, currently trading under the name of Gently for reasons which it would be otiose, at this moment, to rehearse. I bid you good evening. If you wish to know more…