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Host a Huge Theme Example Site

Aug 29, 2021
So you've written yourself a flash new theme for your Hugo based website. Perhaps you even want to share it on the Official Theme Collection, but what's a simple way of creating a demo site for people to try out, and preferably for free? Luckily it's not too hard, but also not completely obvious.

Blogger Error bX-2kvjq7 When Enabling HTTPS

Jan 26, 2020
Many browsers now enforce the use of HTTPS on websites to allow them to be used. If you, like me, want to enable this in Blogger (Setting > Basic > HTTPS - HTTPS availability) for your own domain (e.g. not ending “blogspot.com) but you get the error “bX-2kvjq7” you might not have validated your domain. In which case try: Settings > Basic > Publishing - Blog Address > Edit. Then make sure you’ve added both the CNAMEs suggested.

Git Commands I Keep Forgetting

May 15, 2019
This is my Git cheat sheet. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My cheat sheet is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must manage my master. –The Repository Committer’s Creed

Best of Newly Heard in 2018

Dec 26, 2018
Best of Newly Heard in 2018
Becoming a parent means that 2018 has provided much less time to listen to music than what I would consider normal; which I suspect will become the new normal. (So much so that this review is not even being written in 2018, regardless of what the publish date says.) This means most of my choices this year come from a much smaller selection than usual, and contain fewer finds that seem to come out of the blue from hours of semi-random listening.

Best of Newly Heard in 2017

Dec 19, 2017
Best of Newly Heard in 2017
This year feels a bit more low key, perhaps because it’s been busy or because of the apprehension of what comes next, this means I’ve not been wanting to raise my blood pressure that much. As usual there’s a playlist of the top six with additional few songs that have also been on heavy rotation, but didn’t make it into the headlines. Public Service Broadcasting - The Pit Something about the way the ominous brass section drones pull you in really creates a great foreboding at the start of the album, even if the song ending gives you more hope.

Best of Newly Heard in 2016

Dec 27, 2016
Best of Newly Heard in 2016
This year’s list is surprisingly up to date, with four of the top six recommendations being released in the last twelve months. When looking for new music suggestions I often start unseasonably picking through the abandoned remains of the previous year’s ‘best of’ lists long after they’ve been published and forgotten. It feels slightly illicit, like finding a box of Christmas decorations on the hottest day of the year and deciding to hang them up, but they are still a good source for scavenging high quality recommendations.

Best of Newly Heard in 2015

Dec 21, 2015
Best of Newly Heard in 2015
As surely as night follows day and unlistenably long ‘best albums of …’ lists follow twelve months of music reviews, here is my contribution to stealing the last of your ear’s remaining music-free moments. In what is becoming a standard, below are my top six tracks, but the Spotify playlist also contains all those that almost made it; with a total length of a very reasonable 49 minutes. Future of the Left - Arming Eritrea

Four Hours in Amsterdam

Aug 16, 2015
Four Hours in Amsterdam
Between flights I lock my bag somewhere in depths of Schiphol Airport and take a yellow and blue train to the centre. The outlines of thousands of passengers are worn into the fabric of the seats, leaving a faded silhouette in the centre of each one. The train is well used and unglamorous, but seems to work to everyone’s satisfaction. I’ve changed planes here many times before, but never made it outside, beyond the concourse, the duty free shops and the sense that you should be queuing somewhere.

Best of Newly Heard in 2014

Dec 24, 2014
Best of Newly Heard in 2014
As usual I’m not limiting myself solely to what was released in the last twelve months, just to what was new to me. 2014 has been surprisingly difficult, so the Spotify playlist Best of Newly Heard in 2014  is longer than the six songs I’ve high-lighted below, but everything is worth a listen. Bass Drum of Death - I Wanna Be Forgotten What’s not to love in the unstoppable energy of the drum intro and garage rock riffs?

Morocco 3 - Edge of the Desert

Nov 4, 2014
Morocco 3 - Edge of the Desert
It took nine hours of driving to reach this chain of unhappy camels sat in the thick yellow light of the late afternoon. Ours was one of the many long-wheelbase white tourist Transit vans climbing through the winding roads of the High Atlas. We stopped, along with the others, at the bends with the most spectacular views and were sold packets of dates and dyed geodes by small groups of souvenir sellers who waited at even the most remote curves.