Photo: © Paul Clarke

I'm Mark Norman Francis, a software developer and development manager who builds things of and for the internet. I use this website to collect my thoughts and ideas, and to collect the parts of me that I leave lying around on other sites on the internet.

Latest GIFs — I make GIFs, like it's 2010.

You can read more about the history of them.

  1. December 08 We sure are proud of you, son
  2. December 08 Pulling up
  3. December 07 Buffet table
  4. December 07 I’m gliding here
  5. December 06 Riverdance
  6. December 06 Oh really?

Latest YouTube videos — I also make videos for YouTube.

Mostly video game content, where I try and make them more watchable and less erratic by judicious use of repeated attempts to get the best footage and a lot of editing.

  1. Latest video January 18 Nathan Evans Wellerman Family Tree — shantytok mashup/supercut
  2. Latest Game Shows video June 04 Assassin's Creed II — Chapter 10 — Emilio Barbarigo

Latest programming activities — I semi-regularly write software (mostly for “fun”).

Latest weeknote

Chips for week 48, 2021 December 06 — Made yet more GIFs. Weeknote also talks about how I measure some deadlines, and has a nerdy aside about an aspect of the GIF specification.

Latest releases

  1. July 29 flourish version 0.10.3

I occasionally write words.

  1. October 29 Updating the decor in my study

    Changing the decor in my study a little, with some hellocanvas shapes. As well as a bunch of photos of friends and family, I also fancied including swatches of the colours of my website. And …

  2. September 03 The static pages of hasworn

    This is the second in a series of articles about hasworn — the site I run to catalogue which tshirt I wear on any given day. The project is open-source and published on Github, and …

  3. August 22 Rebuilding hasworn

    This is the first in a series of articles about hasworn — the site I run to catalogue which tshirt I wear on any given day. The project is open-source and published on Github, and …

  4. June 23 Finishing the 2020 site restoration

    A little note to mark the end of the restoration of this site that I started a year ago, and the work done to do the final part — restoring the handful articles I've written since 2005.

  5. June 07 My potted history of making GIFs

    Back in 2014, I put up a little website with about 20 GIFs on it. For the next five years, I only added one more GIF. Then last year, I started adding GIFs on a regular basis. Today, I've got over 350 GIFs published, and another 300 in the queue. But why?

  6. April 18 (updated June 16) Vaccination, a play in two parts

    In which I get jabbed in the arm with a needle. Twice.

  7. April 08 A new behind-the-scenes video

    On Monday, chapter 54 of my Horizon Zero Dawn playthrough went live, and it contains one of my favourite sequences from the entire game (the first 16 minutes of the video).… To celebrate this …

  8. February 21 Watching the Star Trek movies (cackhanded journey)

    An attempted troll of Star Trek nerds turns into a twitter thread, turns into a short article summarising which Star Trek movies to watch, and some background TV episodes.

I tweet a fair amount, and want to preserve some of my favourites.

  1. November 06 The abyss And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also …
  2. October 16 Mortlach 12y review Mortlach 12y review: two thumbs up. I’ve only ever rated two other …
  3. October 07 I still scrub up okay Despite having left the house for anything more than popping to the …
  4. March 30 I made myself a little something An image of a compass rose, but with my initials labelling the …
  5. March 17 Washing machine It has been zero days since I last set the washing machine …
  6. December 27, 2019 I helped kill a man Another thoroughly enjoyable Mischief Comedy production this evening with Magic Goes Wrong. …
  7. November 18, 2019 Many presents Now I have time on my hands I’m doing some tidying up …
  8. November 03, 2019 Snooze central Itsy is not a lap cat … until there’s a cushion or …
  9. November 02, 2019 Fettercairn 12 I’ve been trying a new whisky every month for a year and …
  10. October 07, 2019 Apple Messages •sigh• Add @Apple Messages on iOS 13 to the list of apps …
  11. September 12, 2019 New lanyard Replaced my standard issue boring blue lanyard with one that has a …
  12. August 17, 2019 Black cat appreciation day Roxy eyeing up my pork chop pillow for #BlackCatAppreciationDay. I’ve always loved …

And I take photos. Many will be of cats.

  1. She has unlocked the secret of unlimited pets Roxy — October 29
  2. ISO 8601 compliant gumbo Gumbo — October 09
  3. Two splashes of white on black Roxy — August 31
  4. Asleep and cozy Itsy — August 18
  5. This one is large, that one is far away August 18
  6. Gravel is comfy Roxy — June 25
  7. Found a cobweb to stick her nose in Itsy — June 25
  8. Asleep in the round Roxy — June 06

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