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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022

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Checked in at Dover Castle. Tuesday night session 🎻🎶 — with Jessica

Saturday, July 23rd, 2022

A white horse carved into a distant hillside overlooks trees and grass. A simple wooden bench overlooking a green meadow. A family of swans dozing on the bank of a quiet river.

Won’t you meet me in the country in the summertime in England, won’t you meet me?

Friday, July 22nd, 2022

Jessica wearing a hand-knitted shawl standing in front of a beautiful field of vines. Appetisers against the beautiful backdrop of the vineyard. A seasonal tomato-based dish with a refreshing glass of white wine with a picturesque valley in the background. A delicious dish of sea bass.

Taking @wordridden to Rathfinney for her birthday.

A vivid red rose in a church graveyard. A charming old church with an overgrown churchyard and easy trees on either side. A pint of refreshing ale on tiled tabletop in an outdoor courtyard. The glass is labelled Long Man: naturally excellent beer. A thatched-roofed half-timber house in the background, grave markers in the foreground, and trees all around.

Out and about in Alfriston.

Monday, July 18th, 2022

My comments to Competition and Markets Authority on mobile browser competition - Alistair Shepherd

A thoughtful response to the current CMA consultation:

The inability to compete with native apps using Progressive Web Apps fully—particularly on iOS—also has a big impact on my work and the businesses I have worked with. Progressive Web Apps are extremely accessible for development, allowing for the creation of a simple app in a fraction of the time and complexity of a native app. This is fantastic for allowing smaller agencies and businesses to innovate on the web and on mobile devices and to reach consumers. However the poor support for PWA features by Safari and by not allowing them in the App Store, Apple forces app development to be difficult, time consuming and extremely expensive. I have spoken with many companies who would have liked an app to compete with their larger competitors but are unable to afford the huge costs in developing a native app.

Get your response in by Friday by emailing browsersandcloud@cma.gov.uk.

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

Lou Montulli and the invention of cookie | Hidden Heroes

Steven Johnson profiles Lou Montulli, creator of the cookie, and ponders unintended consequences:

Years ago, the mathematician Edward Lorenz proposed a metaphor to describe how very small elements in a system’s initial conditions can lead to momentous changes over time. Imagining a tornado that ultimately emerges out of the tiny air perturbations caused by the flapping of a butterfly’s wings, Lorenz called it the “butterfly effect.” For better and for worse, Montulli’s cookie may be the most pronounced example of a technological butterfly effect in our time. But instead of a butterfly flapping its wings, it’s a 23-year-old programmer writing a few lines of code to make a shopping cart feature work. Almost three decades later, we’re still riding out the storm that code helped create.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022

The Carina nebula in incredible detail; a wave of orange gas before a deep blue background, with sparkling stars scattered throughout. A dying star creates a beautiful ring of gas expnding outwards, blue in the centre and orange at the edges. A cluster of five galaxies, one of them closer to us, the other four interacting in a cosmic dance of gravity.

Awesome!

Thursday, July 7th, 2022

Pipers, fiddlers and box players. Fiddle, flute, accordion and banjo players.

Playing all afternoon.

Monday, July 4th, 2022

Matt Molloy, Sean Keane and others playing in a tightly packed session. A group of musicians tucked into the corner of the Armada hotel bar.

Whole lotta sessions goin’ on.

Saturday, July 2nd, 2022

Clusters of tiny mussels between larger limpets on a rock. A rock pool filled with seaweed and shells. Seaweed on rocks. Waves lapping against a rocky shoreline.

Rockpooling at Spanish Point.

A close-up of the round yellow sticker that reads The Session. An instrument case sporting a round yellow sticker with the words The Session.

A sticker for thesession.org

Cows gathered in the corner of a field. A narrow road between two green fields stretches all the way to the horizon. A green field under a blue sky with silver-white clouds. Waves lapping at a sandy beach under a dramatic cloudy sky.

Exploring the neighbourhood.

Saturday, June 25th, 2022

The Biggest Thing from WWDC 2022 - Webventures

Web Push on iOS will change the “we need to build a native app” decision.

I agree.

Push notifications are definitely not the sole reason to go native, but in my experience, it’s one of the first things clients ask for. They may very well be the thing that pushes your client over the edge and forces them, you and the entire project to accept the logic of the app store model.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

The Demo → Demo Loop - daverupert.com

I’m 100% convinced that working demo-to-demo is the secret formula to making successful creative products.

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

Cameron smiling in front of Brighton’s futuristic-looking i360, a moving torus on a tall steel tower. Cameron clutching his cutlery and grinning over an overloaded plate of Sunday roast in a very British pub.

Giving @TheManInBlue a whistle-stop tour of Brighton.

Sunday, June 12th, 2022

A middle-aged woman playing fiddle in a pub. A young man perched on a stool playing fiddle while a young woman looks on from the bar. An elderly gent perched on a stool playing fiddle.

Fiddlers Roger, Rob, and Frances.

Friday, June 10th, 2022

The moon above a canal. In the foreground bicycles are lined up on a canal bridge. A canal at night, the still waters reflecting the lights from the houses on each side. A row of tall thin houses painted black with white windowsills. Herring in bread with raw onion and pickles.

A nice day in Amsterdam.

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

A water-level view of one of Amsterdam’s tree-lined canals. A group of happy people socialising inside a boat.

Cruising the canals of Amsterdam with a bunch of CSS nerds.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

Introducing Opportunities & Experiments: Taking the Guesswork out of Performance - WebPageTest Blog

WebPageTest just got even better! Now you can mimic the results of what would’ve previously required actually shipping, like adding third-party scripts, switching from a client-rendered to a server-rendered architecture and other changes that could potentially have a big effect on performance. Now you can run an experiment to get the results before actual implementation.

News from WWDC22: WebKit Features in Safari 16 Beta | WebKit

Good news and bad news…

The good news is that web notifications are coming to iOS—my number one wish!

The bad news is that it won’t happen until next year sometime.