Whilst my choice of reading material may be questionable, I’m loving the fact that I’m now incentivised to try and read more.

So far from “done” but the app is already proving useful.

Going to try and get a “readability” score published soon.

I need a new note taking system for when I’m out running. Siri just doesn’t cut it.

If you needed to represent language as a code (in the context of spoken language) what would you use?

* ISO 639-1 e.g. zh
* ISO 639-2 e.g. zho
* ISO 639-5 e.g. (unsure)
* IETF e.g. zh or cmn
* Other e.g. zh-CN

A create write-up. I hadn’t appreciated the progress attackers have made towards the clean, undetectable, hack.

The Great iPwn: Journalists Hacked with Suspected NSO Group iMessage ‘Zero-Click’ Exploit (Dec 2020, CitizenLab)


Today I learned that you can use the string literal "allballs" to refer to midnight UTC (00:00:00.00 UTC) in PostgreSQL.


Is `192.11046143` a valid IPv4 address?

Every now and then something you thought was simple turns out to be anything but. Today, it's IP addresses: blog.dave.tf/post/ip-addr-pars


I’m still struggling to go from character to tone reliably. I can have a good guess at the pinyin, but I don’t yet have a system for tones. I suspect this is where I need to bring the spoken and the written languages together.


🎉 Hit my target of 600 characters by the end of the year. I can’t keep pace with the little one, but I’m making progress!

🤔 I wonder if Spaced Repetition can be applied to relationships.

Been thinking about a number of decent one-off conversations I've had in 2020.


Excellent article on 5G. It gets a bit technical but I particularly like this paragraph:

> “The level of excitement should be more akin to finding out your city has (silently) dug up the streets while you were sleeping, replaced 10-inch water mains with 20-inch ones, and then cleaned it all up without you knowing.”


Breakfasts are becoming increasingly confused…

“我要豆包,要面包。豆包和面包一起! 还要橘子酱!”

Is this how fusion food begins?

I'm as guilty as anyone, but it still never ceases to amaze me how easy and exciting it is to invest time in tasks tangential to our main goals.

Does anyone have any Mandarin podcasts they’d recommend? Not Chinese lessons, but content in Mandarin 🇨🇳

I’m up to 420 characters…

To natives I’m sure this is obvious but it makes my mind boggle to see that I can read Chinese even when I have no idea what the words sound like.

Proud dad moments… when you pick up one of your son’s books and realise that you can actually read the title of the book 😂

Much of the reaction to the youtube-dl takedown by GitHub seems to be a clamouring to host the bits elsewhere... very little thought given to the impact on the community, developers and communication that went with it. GitHub’s lock in is not the hosting of bits.

I’m torn with ‘serverless’ as made popular by AWS Lambda. The nerd in me wants to get excited but I’ve struggled to map that excitement into situations where I’d advise someone to use serverless to solve a problem they face.

Jetlag get worse with age. I thought I’d beaten it but have just realised I’ve been having two sleeps a day since swapping timezones. Can’t work out if I just embrace this whole two days in one thing.

Enjoyed the Go London Study Group this evening. Added super sampling to my Mandelbrot set generator.

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