Québec City, Canada

The final cruise stop was a half-day tour of Québec City, the nearby Île d’Orléans (a rural island known for its produce), and the Montmorency Falls. Between the European architecture and the near exclusively French-speaking population, I kept forgetting what continent I was on.

The final photo shows our cruise ship going underneath a bridge in the Québec harbour. There was literally only a few feet gap between the bridge and the ship’s highest antennas.

Boston to Bar Harbour, Halifax and Charlottetown

Took a five day cruise from Boston on the MS Maasdam. Stopped in Bar Harbour, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Highlights include the lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove and the gravestones of the Titanic passengers.

Los Angeles, USA

This was my third trip to Los Angeles and it’s not a city I especially enjoy, so this short visit was principally to visit the Harry Potter addition to Universal Studios.

Hello again.

When I shut this blog down in 2015, there weren’t many people still reading. A few years prior there were tens of thousands of people reading each month; but gradually I ran out of things to say and they lost interest.

This time I don’t give a shit about building an audience or sticking to my niche. There’s no more grandiose design, no pompous about page or thousand-strong post archive detailing my every accomplishment — just a blank slate.

I might write every day. I might write every month. There’s also a non-zero chance that I’ll never write again. That’s all this is going to be: a nice place for me to write whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like it.

Perth, Australia

Mid-week trip to a neighboring state to visit a friend. Explored Perth’s CBD, visited the zoo, war memorial, Elizabeth Quay and the Queen’s Gardens.

An image manipulation and compression app I’ve been working on.

After reading Jeff Atwood’s recent blog post on Zopfli optimization, I wanted to see how hard it would be to create a GUI to apply the compression algorithm to my PNG files.

The design is borrowed heavily from Teeny Tokyo. I don’t know whether I’ll ever release this thing, but if I do I’ll be sure to change the interface so John Saddington doesn’t punch me in the face.

prink

The thing is actually completely functional – except for the image resizing stuff – and does reduce the filesize of PNG images considerably. Unfortunately the compression algorithm is horrendously slow, sometimes taking 15-20 seconds per file. Basically, the only way this ever sees a public release is if I can make it run considerably faster with some multithreading magic.