Mark Norman Francis

Internet Boffin

Weeknotes: 2015 Week 22

Published on July 13, 2015.

In my last published weeknote I wrote:

So hopefully this is my last week of "no progress to report" reports.

Yeah, not so much.

In the intervening time, I have done a small bit of work on some personal code, but nothing towards my actual stated goals for the year. Plus I quit my job, did a bit of freelance work afterwards, and am currently unemployed.

Health

My arm did not get better anywhere near as quickly as I was hoping, but it is much, much better. I've finished my rehab physiotherapy now, and have one more appointment with my manual treatment physiotherapist.

Amusingly, it turned out I had tennis elbow as well as trapped nerves and a dislocated tendon. Hilarious!

sadface

Eurovision

Several years back my wife and I started properly playing Eurovision drinking games along with the show. Last year I decided to be less passive in my enjoyment of twitter during the event. I wrote a little perl app to help me tweet during the event.

I have much better things to do with my (missing) spare time, but I fancy doing a Eurovision Drinking Game twitter bot.

Key change! Drink!

— @cackhanded 15 April, 2014

This year, I wrote a little django app that also helps me keep the website up to date with any new rules and copy changes without manual editing. I also took the opportunity to move the website to being hosted on S3 instead of a server (it's only 12 files, it costs me practically nothing).

Indie Web Camp

The past two days I spent at Indie Web Camp Brighton.

Saturday was discussions, so I did some talking and thinking about static websites and getting started, and being reminded how hard this is for people who aren't programmers.

Sunday was the hacking day, and I spent the day writing a little python that grabs a copy of every photo and video I've posted to Instagram so I can then have a backup and host it on my own site in the future. In Indie Web terms this is known as PESOS. But I really don't like such forced acronyms, so I prefer to think of it as pulled content.