The Expanse

Jun 11, 2022
Space is unforgiving and uncaring. Living in a fast moving pressurised tin can does not make life much easier. The Expanse makes this brutally clear from the beginning. It’s also one of the best science fiction shows I’ve ever seen. There are lots of spoilers after the jump, and a very rambling reflection on trying to figure out why exactly I think this show is as good as it is, so don’t say you haven’t been warned…

Arduino E-Paper Clock & Calendar

Apr 30, 2022
Arduino E-Paper Clock & Calendar
E-Paper makes a nice, unobtrusive display, that is great for displaying slowly refreshing information in a low power and flexible way. I wanted to create a little clock/calendar that would display the day of the week for the children, but that doesn't look like a glowing digital display.

Program An Arduino with an FTDI Board

Apr 17, 2022
If your Arduino is damaged so that the onboard USB-to-serial conversion doesn't work any more, or you bought a cheap clone that doesn't reliable upload, you can use an external FTDI board to upload the programs to your Arduino.

Arduino & Real-Time Clock

Mar 26, 2022
There are a lot of applications where knowing the right time is critical; logging sensor data, actions based on a time of day or making clocks or calendars. If you don't want to use a micro controller or computer that connects to the internet, then a real-time clock (RTC) is a must.

Arduino E-paper Screen

Mar 3, 2022
Arduino E-paper Screen
I like electronic paper, it appears more natural and less intrusive than other types of electronic display. It doesn't have the blockiness of LCD displays, it doesn't glow, and is more easily visible in natural light. All this makes it ideal for showing slowly updating information in an unobtrusive way. I've never tried using an e-paper display before, so armed with an Ardunio, here's how I got it to work.

Sellout by Dan Ozzi

Feb 15, 2022
Sellout by Dan Ozzi
The 2021 book Sellout by Dan Ozzi covers the major label debuts of eleven Punk/Hardcore/Emo bands from the 90s to 00s, how they got there and how it went.

Searching vs Filing

Nov 28, 2021
Search, and ye shall find? or teach a man to file, and he can find files by himself for a lifetime? Apparently kids these days can’t find anything for themselves in directories anymore, and worse, don’t even know what a directory is, and searching is to blame. But what’s the right answer? It’s both, and it’s always been both, but the two methods of navigating and finding files can appear to have a large overlap, even if, depending on the situation there is a clear advantage to one method.

Configuring and Theming a Hugo Blog

Oct 14, 2021
Wait, where is it? Refresh. It was here yesterday. Refresh. I spent all this time moving everything over, and now I can’t Google it? Refresh. That’s not point. Refresh. How am I meant to find anything again? Refresh. If I could remember it, I wouldn’t have to write it down and then search for it. Refresh.

Moving from Blogger to Hugo

Oct 6, 2021
Moving from Blogger to Hugo
It’d be easy they said, move to a static site generator, up and running in no time at all. Well, “they” might have been right, but “they” hadn’t counted on my inability to leave anything not understood.

The BellRays and Discovering Music in 2002

Sep 21, 2021
The BellRays and Discovering Music in 2002
"There's no accounting for taste" and "there's no justice" are unrevealing truisms, and something The BellRays almost certainly don't care about, but are probably as close to an explanation for the sad fact that they are not household names, as you're going to get.