Life of Ben (Blog)

What Comes Next is the Future Web History Interviews (26th January 2017)

From about 30 minutes on it feels so re-assuring to hear the now unpopular (or merely unknown) principles of the web being refreshed and placed in proper historical context. The web is flexible and control is intended to be in the hands of the user and the user agent. Responsive design is easy to forget when people use photo editing software to decide how a website should look.

From about 40 minutes they compare and contrast app stores with responsive websites.

50 minutes describes the standards process. If anyone feels disconnected with the individuals who are designing the next generation of web standards, just join their mailing list! They ask you to join in. If you don’t join in, it’s because you were too lazy to join a mailing list. (Or your employer was too narrow-minded to pay you a couple of hours a week to participate.)

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Rogue One (No Spoilers) (14th January 2017)

(More to follow.)

The Four Quarters Arcade Bar (14th January 2017)

Tremendous fun in this venue on Saturday afternoon with a friend from out of town. Star Wars Trilogy game was superb! Fire button shoots with every press so you could spam it like mad until the weapon (in the game) eventually overheats.

Also played Time Crisis (first time in an arcade for me) which had surprisngly accurate aiming. Sega Rally was hard to play as you stand with 2 pedals that are set high, with long travel. Daytona racing game was also tough, barely playable even when I sneaked a chair over to it.

Mario Kart was on a projector, looks great for party play but I really didn’t understand the drift steering!

Types of Eating (5th January 2017)

BBC iWonder diet durvey thing (requires Flash) puts mr as British Classic.

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GTA2 Retro Gaming Reunion (20th November 2016)

A couple of days ago, playboy52 e-mailed me to say the GTA2 online scene was picking up again. That is to say, there are sometimes 4 players active in the Game Hunter chat client made by the community. That’s all you need for fine retro gaming entertainment.

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Cycling Campaigns this Month (20th November 2016)

Cycling UK have a monthly summary of activism and legal cases. Worth a read as it’s reassuring to see the legal framework and support charities which exist to pick up the pieces if anything bad happens. Also covers the planning efforts to make roads safer for all in the first place.

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Family and Cycling in Fleet (13th November 2016)

We’ve had a quiet time and a nice dinner. Got some IT done for the old folks. ;)

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Save Southwark Woods (31st October 2016)

We visited the SW corner of the cemetery where expansion has been planned into a wooded area. Trees and green space are under threat across London. Our city desperately needs these areas to be protected and more to be created.

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Black Mirror Series 3 (No Spoilers) (29th October 2016)

Just saw the first episode on Netflix and it was outstanding. To avoid spoiling it, all I’ll say about the premise is that it’s a plausible short story based in the not-too-distant future. Slow to start but I was utterly absorbed for most of the duration. 5 stars!

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Etsy on Privilege & Allies (22nd October 2016)

In their blog article Being an Effective Ally to Women and Non-Binary People, Etsy make perfectly clear this subject. It’s a more tangible way (to a developer) than I have seen before, too.

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