Return – Random Mutterings
Once upon a time I did a series of posts that then became a newsletter called random mutterings. The idea was thoughts, views that would never make a full post would make it into the wild along with some other links and bits.
I miss random mutterings so am bringing it back, in post format. But also borrowing heavily from the week posts idea of Andy & Ross (though Random Mutterings won’t be weekly, think monthly). As an aside, Ross has an awesome new look to his site and it’s blazingly fast you should check it out.
What have I been up to?
Shells and Productivity
In part inspired by my good friend and colleague Keith Hyde talk on productivity within the MacOS/Terminal I have been spending some time making tweaks to my shell and working on workflows and snippets in Alfred.
For my shell, I have changed my theme to spaceport with some customised colours, delved into the world of nerd fonts which bring ligatures and symbols to the shell. Cursed that I didn’t know such fonts existed two weeks earlier when trying to build a presentation that needed some of these icons and resorted to some horrible hackery.
I also took the time to clean up my PATH and converting all entries to use an array, making it far easier to maintain then previously.
Rust & Typscript
My adventures with Rust continue, having rewritten a password checker that was slow and clunky to use Rust the speed improvements were insane, like the two can’t be plotted on the same graph. Admittedly this is one of those times I should have used the correct tool for the job but hey I’m pleased with the results. It should hopefully be rolling out at work soon and expect maybe a blog post on the work blog. My next project with Rust is going to make me cry and that’s building a new object caching system which includes building a PHP extension that uses Rust. While I can only imagine the pain I think the long term benefits should easily make up for it and what could go wrong?
You ok App
Thank you to everyone who read, shared my post on my own struggles with Mental Health that I published recently you all rock. That was a bit of a hard week. What it did do was push me to put some more polish on to my very simple app to track my own mood. I mentioned the concept briefly during my talk at WPLeeds but the idea is you not only ask yourself how you’re doing, but the app also asks someone else, how they think your doing. The idea is to alert the more optimistic person that it’s worth checking in with the other.
It currently uses
I’m slowly rebuilding the theme for this site, just to make it a little bit more well, nice to look at. I’m also finishing
What have I been reading
I have a fair amount of back log in Pocket but here are a few interesting articles and sources from the last months reading.
Quick shout out to Morning Cup of Coding email, which has been putting awesome articles in my inbox most days.
Where am I going to be?
So this month is pretty quiet I’m going to be at:
- PHPNW – Talking Security Headers on the 5th March
- WordPress Suffolk – Building fortresses and tearing them down on 14th March
- WordUp Brighton – Come to the
darkside, we have cookies on 25th March
If you can get along to any of those talks, do come and say Hi! Looking forward to April I will be talking at Digital People in Peterborough and will be at WordCamp London.