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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.