Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey & Valhalla

I managed to source an Xbox Series X late last year. I’ve been playing a lot of Assassins Creed since then. There was a sale and picked up Odyssey for really cheap and proceeded to put 70+ hours into it. It’s brilliant. After not playing an AC game since 3 it was great to see the series improved the formula quite a bit. Combat felt better than I remember. The story was fun and Kassandra was incredibly likeable. [Read More]

Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser

Hotel Chocolat make this device called a Velvetiser. It’s some where between a kettle and a blender. You put some milk and chocolate in and it heats up the milk while mixing it quickly to make it frothy (Velvetised). It makes one cup, in a short amount of time, very quietly, and is easy to clean. What’s more is that it’s really well designed and pleasant to use. The mixing paddle attaches via a magnet and magically is spun through that coupling. [Read More]

Apple TV

It replaces a combination of Fire and NowTV sticks. Both of which are old and were cheap at the time. Their UIs are slow, remotes feels cheap, and clutter up the place. My immediate reaction is that tvOS is buttery smooth. Zero complaints. Moving between apps (and having it remember positions) is perfect. Starting streams is super fast, especially NowTV! Video looks sharper. We have a 1080p TV but I suspect it’s handling the video decoding better than our old devices. [Read More]

Clojure REPL in VS Code

I’m tinkering around with Clojure at the moment and have found the tooling to be quite nice. My setup is: VS Code running on my Windows 10 machine WSL 2 running Ubuntu 20.04 Installed leiningen on Ubuntu Open VS Code and connect to the Ubuntu machine with the Remote - WSL plugin installed on Windows Install Calva on the Ubuntu side[0] Open up your clojure project and then “jack in” to the repl with “Calva: Start A Project REPL and Connect” which you can find in the standard CTRL+SHIFT+P menu, select leiningen and you’re away. [Read More]

The Warm Embrace of Apple

I recently dropped my Pixel 3a perfectly flat on the bathroom floor and utterly shattered the screen. This broke the OLED too. I tried to repair but it failed[0]. I took this opportunity to shake up my tech stack and buy an iPhone. Here are my observations so far: Everything is just buttery from a UI perspective. It’s hard to describe but it animations feel smoother. Password manager integration is amazing. [Read More]

Agile

Everywhere I’ve seen agile used it seems to stutter and fail as people get tied up in process and bike shedding. That led me to think about how I’d like to run agile sprints. So here it is: There’s a ranked and ready backlog of tasks going into sprint planning. This will be a persons full time job. They’ll gather test data, acceptance criteria, and work with stakeholders to get the priorities sorted. [Read More]

Sabaton Open Air 2018

As mentioned on various social media, podcasts, and documented on a damn wiki I went to the Sabaton Open Air festival in Falun! It was fantastic. I wont bore you with the details. I’ll just highlight the most interesting bits. Thursday’s highlight was Svartsot. I’ve listened to them for a few years and enjoyed them. A friend described them as “penny whistle metal” which isn’t technically correct but definitely gets across their folky and slightly repetitive theme. [Read More]

Eufy RoboVac 11

We got a Roomba-like. The Eufy RoboVac 11. The idea has always appealed because I know I should vacuum more but I’m really lazy. In the new house we’ve got a white kitchen floor which could be a pain to keep clean. So we got the Eufy. Why not just use a vacuum cleaner? But how often do you actually get it out of the cupboard and use it? Not as often as you’d like? [Read More]

3 Months With Todoist

TLDR: I’m still using Todoist but a bit less extremely. I’ve almost finished my free trial of Todoist so I figured I’d dump my thoughts about it again. It’s still the best TODO service I’ve seen. All my tasks still go in it and I still refer to it daily. Which is better than previous attempts at stuff like that. Recurring tasks don’t seem to work as I’d like. For example I’d like to set up a recurring task to change the sheets on the bed. [Read More]