Digest for October 2018

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This month saw me share the Story of Scgary: how my childhood friend Gary and our various adventures together had become part of the mythology of roleplay scenarios used in the training of helpline volunteers at Aberystwyth Nightline.

I also shared news of a piece of interactive fiction produced for Halloween by my team at work, a parody of what websites are like in 2018, a Black Mirror-esque short storya YouTuber who’s engineering cybernetic augments to sense and react to the physiological signs of her arousal, and tips on winterproofing your vagina (sarcastic, obviously).

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Digest for September 2018

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This month’s blog activity was mostly dominated by 360° photos taken with my new camera, e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. I also had to archive two geocaches, Oxford’s Wild Wolf One and Two, as they’d been getting muggled/vandalised. I also shared a fabulous reinterpretation of Who’s On First? for the post-post-modern society.

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Digest for August 2018

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This month, I shared photos of a mystery box I discovered in a meeting room at work which turned out to be an adapter to a proprietary kind of 13A plug socket and developed a software tool which pixel-scrapes open mapping data to estimate what percentage of a given graticule (degree of latitude by degree of longitude) is covered with water, which could be expected to affect the challenge level for geohashers based in that graticule. This coincided with two consecutive-day geohashing expeditions of my own: one to East Adderbury (with accompanying vlog) where I met some cows and was served an unexpected number of eggs at a pub, and one to the South Downs National Park (with accompanying vlog, and via three geocaches: 1, 2, 3).

I also attended Oxford’s first ever IndieWebCamp and achieved a life goal when my local radio station asked me on-air to stop texting them puns.

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Digest for July 2018

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In July 2018, I did a little geocaching and shared an awesome Pride GIF and an old advert.

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Digest for June 2018

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This month I attended The Lead Developer conference and used my lunch break (and my journey back to the station) to find a reasonable number of central London geocaches, as listed below. I also reshared an announcement by Garrett Coakley that IndieWeb Oxford was to go ahead in September.

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Digest for May 2018

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This month I completed my research into Oxford’s (former) zoo and I hid a series of geocaches to commemorate it and the wolves that escaped from it once, in the 1930s. I also toured a series of geocaches near Eynsham (listed below) while collecting ‘caching supplies from the military surplus store there.

I also shared (among other things) the story of the creation of a GIF file containing text showing the hex digest of its own MD5 hash, something which might initially appear to be impossible.

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Digest for April 2018

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This month I produced almost no original content, but I shared a number of interesting content from elsewhere around the web, including an explanation of the power of compound interest (and why saving for a pension early is often more-important than saving lots), a curious poem, and a short film about what would happen if all the cautionary tales your parents told you were true. More are below.

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Digest for March 2018

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This month I reminisced about that time Paul made and ate a Birmingham Egg (with help from Jon) and used doing so as a comment on Web siloisation and how it may be reducing diversity of “weird” content online. I also contemplated what recent observations about neural nets might mean for our understanding of child psychology and language development (in an only slightly tongue-in-cheek way).

Ruth, JTA, the kids and I took a snowsports holiday to the French alps, where I also found a handful of geocaches: GLV85XH3, GLV85X2Z, and GLV85W40.

And I reposted an XKCD comic about violin plots, a community of Javascript <canvas> programmers who try to get great effects into only 140 characters of code, and a fabulous vlog telling a story about an unusual first-time RPG participant.

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Digest for February 2018

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This month I developed a workaround to WordPress/Jetpack’s (terrible) CAPTCHA, replaced “love” with “butt” in song lyrics (snortle), and argued with a pension provider that I shouldn’t need a doctor’s letter to justify changing my gender on their website from “not provided” to “not specified” because that isn’t actually a change of gender identity, just a change in how their systems store gender.

I also shared ideas on the Web’s position as a universal platform making it attractive as a universal solution, its approach to URLs as one of the (many) problems with AMP, and a link to one of the most-complex and interactive Abstruse Goose comics ever.

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Digest for January 2018

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This month, I looked-back at Troma Night XXI, 14 years prior, and the impact it’d ultimately have on the future of my circle of friends. I visited Wakefield Samaritans, shared thoughts about the realisation that “early programmers” are learning to code later this generation than the last and that the nature of Internet memes has changed significantly, cried at a tear-jerking short film, and learned about the Pig War of 1859.

I also reshared a video of my sister falling off a chair, as captured by a McDonalds’ CCTV camera, that originally appeared in a tweet of hers.

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Digest for December 2017

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This month, I mocked Ruth in comic form after she slipped on black ice, criticised the popular emoji representation of “juggler”, and received a Christmas present from Three Rings‘ long-time hosting provider, Bytemark.

I shared – among other things – a sarcastic dialogue about the state of Javascript frameworks and the landscape’s impenetrability to beginners, the start of a documentary series about nuclear proliferation, and a video showing the physiotherapy my friend Jen has to perform daily for her son, who suffers from cystic fibrosis.

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Digest for November 2017

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This month I attended a festive breadmaking workshop and I wrote about how I discovered that a Turkish university’s libraries stole the website of the University of Oxford’s and confronted them about it. I shared Elena Filatova’s latest video of her explorations of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, an article on the strange appeal of Bat Out Of Hell, and observations on the depiction of asexuality in Bojack Horseman.

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