Author: Simon Scarfe

  • Monthly Review: February 2022

    So that’s February done. I said in my last review that my focuses or themes for the month would be writing, diet, and injury recovery. I didn’t do great, but given the circumstances, it wasn’t too bad. The big headline for the month in our household has been that Covid has finally visited us. So […]

  • Monthly Review: January 2022

    At the beginning of the year, my only resolution was to review the past month and set some focuses, themes, and goals according to where my life was at that point. Hopefully as a way to try to avoid the pitfalls of all or nothing boolean resolutions. Consider this a trial into having a semi-public […]

  • Exposing a Personal API using Withings, WordPress, and GraphQL

    My playground project started from a Google Sheet I found on Reddit to track my weight. I initially only wanted to play about and create some visualisations for it. But,eventually I stopped using that spreadsheet and, like most of my weight-loss escapades, got fat again. In the meantime, the playground developed into a hodgepodge of […]

  • Tab count redux

    A while back, I documented a silly approach to trying to keep, erm, tabs on the way I use Firefox. This worked pretty well until I decided to have a play with Vivaldi, a power-user focussed browser based on Chromium. I ended up ripping out that functionality from my dotfiles. This evening I realised I […]

  • Link: How Generative Music Works

    Amazing presentation, exploration, interactive… thing on generative music and the role of systems in creating that stuff. Beautifully put together. Link: How Generative Music Works

  • Link: You Are A Strange Loop

    Fantastic video, amazing summary of the work of Douglas Hofstadter. But rather than being a tl;dr, it has served to make me pick up and study Gödel, Escher, Bach again, I never made it through the whole thing first time around. Link – You Are A Strange Loop

  • Link: The Power of “Yes, if”: Iterating on our RFC Process

    Awesome humanistic approach to RFCs from Tanya Reilly – moving from binary “computer says no”s to a more iterative process by changing some simple wording. Link – The Power of “Yes, if”: Iterating on our RFC Process

  • Link: Letters of Exclusion

    Jeremy is spot on here. Acronyms are such a simple way to keep someone needlessly out of the conversation. This is certainly something I need to work on within myself. Link – Letters of Exclusion

  • Link: Letterboxd Love Letter

    Jim Cummings directed and starred in two great films I’ve watched in the past year, Thunder Road and The Wolf of Snow Hollow. Here he talks about why Letterboxd is such a great platform. I just subscribed at the end of last year, and going forward, I’ll definitely be keeping it going.

  • Exporting my Outlook daily agenda to Roam using Hammerspoon

    Recently, I posted on here about using Hammerspoon to scratch a personal itch. It was a nice exercise in documenting stuff for myself while hopefully putting something out into the ether that might be of use to others. So I thought I’d try it again. The problem During the summer, I started using Roam Research […]

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