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麻辣早餐 - I used to find it odd that hotels in Asia provided noodles and rice dishes for breakfast. Oh how I was wrong. I’ve been missing out. Who needs toast or cereal when you can bring variety (and spice) to breakfast?

Achievement unlocked! Legs felt like jelly for the final 800m. I think I need to add some slack into the route as it’s hard to separate distance milestones from physical landmarks.

Been working with real film for the first time in 23 years. The first film was quite an experiment that yielded a handful of real gems.

This weekend I’m going to try developing and printing one of my own photos. Beyond excited.

The 12V
Lego Inter-City set (7745) and the associated level-crossing, signalling and lighting still remains one of my favourite sets of all time. The current trains don't even come close.

* track you built yourself, rail by rail
* physical to switch points, open gates, etc.
* powered signalling
* dimmable lighting for stations

It’s been a whole since I’ve done this. Really looking forward to the next 36 photos. Incredible how much can be packed into a mechanical camera.



Nature: 1, iOS and 5000 adjustments per second: 0

When trying to take this photo, colours were all over the place. Not just gradual adjustments but as if certain colours were being switched in an out trying to find an image it was happy with. Really wish I’d shot this in RAW so that I could investigate further.

Now that we live under the flight path, I’ve started storing ADSB flight data. I’ve got a few ideas for how to turn this into a picture or display of some sort. Was expecting more of a pattern to emerge in this first attempt though. It’s chaotic up there.

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.


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’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 😂

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

If you are in the U.K. Monzo are giving £10 to anyone who uses a referral link to open an account. I don’t benefit from referrals, but you can.

Who doesn’t want a mobile first, cloud native bank that was built from the ground up in the last few years? AND it comes with a hot coral pink card. What’s not to love?

It’s easy to miss just how quickly the tech giants have conquered payments in China. What stands out is how the humble QR code has enabled street vendors to take electronic payments with no investment in expensive card readers or payment terminals.

Beijing’s air quality has been a frequent topic of conversation since I’ve been here and so I built myself a simple air quality indicator.

In building this, it surprised me was how quickly we adjust our definitions of normal. When freak events become regular occurrences they no longer stand out whatever colour we make them.

For all my work with ops, alerts and dashboards I’m not sure why this surprised me as much as it did.

‪This prompted me to loook up the origins of the phrase “Siamese twins”. Whilst I can see the connection with the picture, I had no idea that it can actually be used to refer to word pairs:‬
‪* milk and honey‬
‪* short and sweet‬
‪* fight or flight‬

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