Archives for 2020

31 Oct 2020

On Foundation
Was Issac Asimov Hari Seldon?

I finished Isaac Asimov's seminal work, the first book of the Foundation trilogy, yesterday. This is my short review that I added on Goodreads:


I think it's a bit harsh to rate this book using modern standards when it was written in the 1940s. Yes, it's not as fast paced …

23 Oct 2020

Links: What I've Been Watching

Here's a small recap of what I've been watching on the ol' YouTube.

Practical Engineering

Grady Hillhouse just has the most calming presence on screen, and he explains complex engineering concepts with simple practical setups. His series’ on concrete, hydraulics, and the power grid are not only information-packed but witty …

09 Oct 2020

Clearing The Slate

I like blank slates, and I like closure.

My JIRA board at work has a bunch of stubborn tickets that won't go away. This seems to mirror life in general, in that the peace that I seek, of finally finishing what I've been working on, seems to be drifting further …

25 Jul 2020

Falling in Love

you fall in love

over a phone call

in the backseat of the cinema

reading whatsapps at 1 am

at a candle lit dinner

or when you're the first to hear about their day

 

you fall in love

every time you work out

or take a good shower

sit down …

05 Jul 2020

Tagged Template Literals are Awesome!
Tagged under "better write this down before I forget"

You will often need to implement text that looks like this:

Highlighted Text

Now, it's fairly simple enough to do in HTML, but when you do it in React Native it looks a bit gnarly:

<Text style={styles.text}>
  You’re going to <Text style={styles.highlighted}>send a message</Text> to …
28 Jun 2020

Building Flagitect
just like a wavin flag

Flagitect just hit version 1.2.0, and so this is a brief introduction into the technical aspects of how the app is structured.

Flagitect v1.2.0

Stack

The app is written in React Native (currently version 0.62). There is no navigation library in use, as the app only needs some modals …

29 May 2020

Late Night: A Timeline
Or a brief history of how Johnny Carson pretty much stood alone for 30 years

I created this little timeline graphic as a crutch for my non-American self trying to navigate the complex history, culture, and inter-network rivalries of American Late Night TV shows.

Late Night Timeline

There are some shows that should be mentioned but aren’t, because they weren’t on the big three:

  1. The Late …
15 May 2020

Cheng Xin

Cheng Xin

Cheng Xin in space

I recently finished the last book in Liu Cixin's masterpiece trilogy, and created this little piece in Krita.

Cheng Xin's name translates to sincerity. This single character gets so much flak from fans of the trilogy, and gets hated far more than even genuine villains. But …

03 Mar 2020

To Exist

Am I doomed

To an existence

Where you

You, you, and you

(Yes, I know you're all the same—

though it took me a while to catch on)

Will be near enough to see

But never to hold?

Always tantalisingly close

But no cigar?

To check up on

After a …

23 Feb 2020

Chats with the Dead

Jaki, Maali, and DD

Jaki, Maali, and DD on one of their vacations Down South circa late 1980s.

I finished Shehan Karunatilaka's Chats with the Dead last week, and it was incredible. As Thimal puts it about Jaki, "how can a character say so little but still be so amazing?".

This Krita piece took …

21 Feb 2020

The Rooftop

It was pretty good weather for an otherwise sweltering January, as they lay perched on the rooftop balcony overlooking the suburbs.

"You smoke?", she asked pointing the pack at him. Toying momentarily with the idea of changing his entire personality to fit in (as he often does), he finally resigned …

07 Feb 2020

Links: January Tunes

2020 has been an interesting year musically, so here are some of my favourite music this year.

Theo Katzman

Vulf wunderkind Theo's album, "Modern Johnny Sings: Songs in the Age of Vibe", has been the talk of the town.

Cory Wong

Speaking of Vulf alum, Cory's album "Elevator Music for …

31 Jan 2020

My 2020 guide to rewriting a piece-of-shit codebase
I failed hard so you don't have to

Soptair Enjiniya

Meme by Justice For Tharindu

First, you need to make up your mind. If you take this project on you must proactively try to make things better. How to do this will depend on a number of factors and the support of the stakeholders, but you must actively try to …

01 Jan 2020

Some 2019 Stats
The numbers, Mason!

The Blog

I've written 18 blog posts in 2019, which is below the target I set at the start of the year (two blog posts a month, for a total of 24), but it's progress.

Posts per month

In comparison, I wrote only 1 post in 2018. 🙈

Posts per year, 2009 - 2019

Transport

I've taken 265 bus rides …


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