• Moving staticman from Heroku to Fly

    This is a Jekyll based static site - all content pregenerated, no database or any moving parts except the web server itself. Some time ago I added comments using staticman, whereby comments end up as pull requests against the GitHub repository hosting the site’s source. At the time staticman recommended using Heroku to run the necessary code to process the comment and submit the PR. For a quiet site like mine, the free tier basically meant this was, well, free.

  • The Return of the Web?

    For the first time in years, I’m starting to feel a bit excited about the web again. For the last ten or more years the dominance of major players like Facebook and Twitter, commercial walled gardens that made accessing content and community without joining difficult, meant that the utopian decentralised idea of the web seemed to be withering away captured by corporations farming your personal data with an interest in disincentivising movement and sharing between their silos. Of course the wider web never went away but these large companies dominated most people’s online experience.

  • Two years of RuneQuest

    During last week’s RuneQuest game one of the group remarked that the previous session had been the campaign’s second anniversary. I’d been thinking about this too, although I’d not quite realised just how close we were to the two year mark. Our first session was on April 18th 2020, a Saturday, and (at least according to the calendar entry) was scheduled for just over two hours. I wrote a bit about starting the game in May that year and now seems like a good time for a bit of a retrospective. So to begin, some reflections on how our gaming sessions are structured and the practical challenges of keeping a group together.

  • Dry January - the last weekend

    It’s nearly the end of January and not only did I fail to blog every week I had a drink at the 50th birthday meal I mentioned in my last post. I also had a drink this weekend. I am not going to look at this as a failure. I did three weeks, then five days and next week I’ll be mostly dry too. By the end of the first week in February that will be close to five weeks in total, a significant reset from where I was at the end of 2021.

  • Dry January - Week Two

    Week two complete. I’ve heard it said this week is the point at which committments made at new year often go by the wayside, initial enthusiasm tempered by the slow attrition of passing time and the general winter grimness of mid-January. I can attest to this and have found this week a bit more difficult as I suspected I might. Forewared is forarmed, though, and I’ve not seriously considered taking a drink.