Let’s see if I can start to do this as a regular thing.
This week I have been mostly :-
- I’m using NodeRed to automate the generation of Obsidian Notes. So far this is limited to taking research notes from Pocket (specifically tagged) and generating links in an Obsidian file, and generating a daily note with the agenda from my Google Calendar.
- Enjoyed the first cricket test match between India and England
- Collaborating with Microsoft, I’m trying to create a build pipeline for our work systems in Azure DevOps
- Lots of snow overnight Tuesday and Tesco cancelled their home delivery. It was okay though, we can rebook. Which is not so okay because all the slots are filled for the next two weeks. This is sub-optimal in a pandemic.
- The snow on Wednesday was even heavier and our road was blocked. G had to walk to school and then there were only a couple of kids in. The school should have been shut for the day
- Did not enjoy the 6 Nations match between Scotland and Wales.
- My first car drive for quite a while as I had to take my bike back to the shop
- Completed the Tour De Zwift on Sunday. The snow is starting to melt, and the days are getting brighter so hoping to get outside on the bike next week.
- On Saturday, the weather was bright and sunny. Really didn’t feel like training but did want to get outside. Thought I’d go for a hike, but I’ll just wear my running stuff so I can get to the hill quicker. Of course once your out, you’ve beaten that voice in your head and your doing a workout.
- We seem to have a blocked pipe somewhere; it is probably frozen and I hope it will clear by itself as temperatures are set to rise significantly this week.
A massive catch up of links
- Bus firms under fire for cutting routes despite ‘unprecedented’ bailouts “Bus companies in Scotland have been criticised for cutting “essential” bus routes despite receiving almost £300m in public money – including government Covid-19 bailouts – since the start of the year.”
- 2021 is when lockdown will stop mattering “Over lockdown, one concept that has stuck in my head is short and long-term adjustments. (Here in the UK, we’ve been in one form of lockdown or another since mid March. With the new variant, that’s not ending any time soon.)”
- Marine Scotland accused of creating ‘environmental disaster’ by fishing mismanagement “Marine Scotland has been accused of allowing “an environmental disaster” by mismanaging fishing and refusing to exclude trawlers from inshore areas where fishermen catch prawns.”
- Newsletters; or, an enormous rant about writing on the web that doesn’t really go anywhere and that’s okay with me “And over the past few years I’ve fallen in love with so many writers through newsletters! On all sorts of subjects! Not to forget smaller newsletters, too. Break-ups! Coffee beans! Clocks! Northumberland flower gardens! These sit side by side with newsletters that are just…”
- Is Culture Stuck? “Film studios decided to just release new movies on streaming sites because theaters will be in a state of lockdown and openings in 2020 and probably 2021. It made me think about what was the last good new movie I saw. I think it’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Why did I like it? I don’t know.”
- as days pass by “Today I was vaccinated for Covid. It occurred to me that people might have a question or two about the process, what it’s like, and what happens, and I think that’s reasonable.”
- “Time for Tom”- Ned Boulting “Full disclosure: I only had half an eye on Sunday’s bizarre-looking Cyclocross World Championship, as I was actually working on a Darts broadcast at the time for ITV.”
- The Missing Hit and the Open Web “If it doesn’t appear in Google’s search results, does it really exist? — Me Somewhat recently, I listened to the podcast “The Case of the Missing Hit”.” #audio
- Craig Hardie “I’ve been trying to remember the first time I met Craig and I’m realising that there is no one time that springs out, he was always there at the Scottish Cyclocross races.”
- The Terrifying Warning Lurking in the Earth’s Ancient Rock Record “Our climate models could be missing something big. Brendan Pattengale is a photographer who explores how color can convey emotions in an image. In his photo illustrations throughout this article, the colors of the original photos have been adjusted, but the images are otherwise unaltered.”
- Scotland’s Canals – a refuge “With the hills out of reach, outdoors enthusiast Nina Smirnoff tackles the towpaths on her doorstep to escape the strains of the pandemic. Canals were once the lifeline of central Scotland, transporting goods and connecting people, as important then as the roads and internet are today.”
- Adam Curtis’s Seaside Dream “I spent too much time this morning making a Twitter thread. Given how ephemeral tweets feel, here’s the full thing in one page with a handful of bonus links. In 1983 a little-known filmmaker made a television documentary about an obscure working-class town in the English county of Essex.”