Obviously, Monument Valley is too iconic to leave at just a sunrise from a distance. We needed to get amongst the serenity, and that requires going offroad. The Navajo Reservation charges $20 for a self-guided 15-mile rally tour around the valley, through gravel, clay, mud and snow. Our little hire car did an excellent job…Read more "USA: Part 3 – The Wild West"
It’s hard to put in words what it means to see these objects ‘in the flesh’. It’s partly about the beauty of the machines in-and-of themselves. It’s partly about looking at something so hugely (literally) complex and marvelling that a group of humans could organise themselves enough to actually build six* of them. It’s partly about what they represent in terms of the human spirit of exploration. For me, the Saturn V and the space shuttle represent the best of what it is to be human.Read more "USA: Part 2 – The South"
The were too many others to list, but a recurring feeling I got while walking around was that were so many corners hiding surprises, and spaces which I needed less to examine than to soak up. If I had more time, I’d take a good book and sit in a lot of these rooms and let the culture osmose into me, through my pores or something.Read more "USA: Part 1 – East Coast"
Lana and I are heading off for an epic tour of the US. If you’re interested, bookmark this page, because I’ll be posting regular updates to it as we travel.Read more "USA: Part 0 – Preamble"
It took me two years to finish; I found myself re-reading entire chapters multiple times before I completely understood the material; I had to put it down regularly and return after a fortnight’s break in order to really assimilate it, and even then I’m sure that plenty eluded me.Read more "2018 Book Report"
Every year I get through a stack of books, and never remember them as clearly as I’d like. Working theory: the act of documenting my reading will somehow tether it in my memory. So this is my good intention for 2017: review everything I read. A project for the ages. The future will thank me.Read more "2017 Book Report"
Ok, so what? You’ve got an inefficient prime generator. Cool, but not ground-breaking. Check out this implementation in q, an APL-related vector languageRead more "Vector Languages"
We’ve been busy over the last couple of months rethinking how users navigate around the Domain app. We’ve just shipped the update, so it’s a good time to look at the architecture which underpins navigation in the Domain app. I’ll examine where we benefited from past decisions and the pain points we experienced.Read more "Converting from Hamburger to Tab Bar navigation"
It’s that time again: a year’s worth of trawling through blogs, friend recommendations, Anydecentmusic.com and Spotify Related Artists, producing multiple hundreds of candidates. The list is ground down over 365 days of listening, leaving only a few standing out at year’s end. Each album is submitted to the usual treatment: a guaranteed three listens (unless […]Read more "2016 Music Report"
My fight against Sleep was always going to be lost, and for a few hours between 3 and 5am I drift off. I’m woken as dawn sunlight creeps above the horizon, turning the black water of the harbour to grey before diffusing through the harbour fog. The strings begin to rise, and over the final hour we’re treated to a slow-burn euphoric crescendo.Read more "Max Richter’s ‘Sleep’ and the ecstasy of live music"