Dr Hitchcock on tilde.club

A soft anime style picture of Dr H.

Sunday, 1st November 2020

Getting out of a funk

Who has any tips for getting out of a funk when one is stuck in the middle of one? Jah knows I meditate a bunch but sometimes you just need some super hero like tools to get through those ground day like moments. Hit me up on Mastodon

Wednesday, 28th October 2020

Feeling glum

"Feeling glum", that's what I call it when I'm feeling sad or depressed. I think glum is a great word to describe it. A combination of "meh", "yuk", "lost", and "aimless".

I have made great progress over the course of my life in working through "feeling glum" but I still feel it from time to time and I would really like to feel it less ;(

Tuesday, 6th October 2020

Why silos suck!

Recently I have had run-ins in either accessing a website or being involved in an event. Both required me to have either a Google or Facebook account.

A local community organisation is running a month long event to encourage people to encourage positive activity to help our community and the environment. They do some great work and I support them where I can. Part of the month long festivities involves signing up to their website and checking in around town. Unfortunately you need a Google account to sign up and use the website. There is no option for signing up with email or any other method. I spoke to someone involved in the organising committee about this issue last year and then again recently when I noticed nothing had changed.

Wednesday, 30th September 2020

So I just finished listening to episode 431 of the ShopTalk Show podcast by Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert. It has really inspired me and made me feel thankful for the World Wide Web. Despite all the progress and development that has happened since it launched over 30 years ago I am still able to use the same simple programming langauge, HTML, and publish my ideas for the whole world to read, not just on desktop computers but also laptops, phones, fridges, watches, billboards, the list goes on.

I am currently a stay-at-home-Dad (SAHD) but am a web developer when I'm not slinging nappies with my one year old and debating the pros and cons of flushing your poo down the loo with my five year old. I have a number of personal projects that I have been tidying up and they're setup in Craft CMS, Gridsome and I've been exploring Statamic but it all seems overkill. I have heard people talk on various podcasts about how complex web dev toolchains have gotten and I agree. Quite often I'll sit down to do something in the web space and I spend sooo much time setting things up and configuring guff that I lose interest in what I am really wanting to do. This current post is hosted on a service called tilde.club which takes a ye old school approach to web tech and community and I dig it.

A rather new toy/program that I'm currently enjoying is Nova, the text editor / IDE from Panic. It really brings the fun back to the web and in some ways is what Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, originally intended. It is primarily a text editor but it has SFTP, a web server and a web browser built in. This means you can write some HTML, CSS and JS, see how it looks and push it back out to The Web.

There is much more that I will add to this post/idea but that's all I've got in me at the mo.