Chris Hannah


I’ve started work on a new Micro.blog theme. This one will take my minimal theme, Pure, and make it a bit bolder and louder. Check it out on GitHub.

Here’s a very early preview.

Just finished some meta work on my Pure Micro.blog theme, to introduce a rough code style through an automated formatter and linter. I don’t want to be too strict on this, but thought since people are opening (some very helpful) pull requests that it could be useful.

My current Artix Linux install on my ThinkPad.

My ThinkPad just arrived. Time to wipe and install Linux!

This is what I class as pure YouTube. Descriptive title, no long intro/outro, no sponsors, no ads, jus a horse kicking a tree, farting on dogs, and then running away. www.youtube.com/watch

A small (but I’m sure welcome) change in the Pure theme. Now posts won’t show the date or attempt to load any associated replies.

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With some luck, I managed to win a ThinkPad on eBay on my first attempt! Specifically, it’s a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 5th Gen. 14” matte display, 8 GB memory, 256 GB SSD. All for £265!

Soon to be my primary Linux machine.

Side effect of using an iPhone 5 with iOS 10 is that Shortcuts doesn’t exist! Back to Workflow.

I made a few changes to the Pure theme tonight:

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There’s nothing more satisfying than managing to manually install an Arch-based distro, configure a desktop manager, window manager, and have it actually work.

My first two books for 2022 have arrived. 📚

“Minimalist” EDCs

I find it funny when I see YouTube videos with people showing off their “minimalist” EDCs. It’s usually a mix of wireless headphones, some complex wallet, key accessories, multi-tool, weirdly a knife is normally included, pen, notebook, water bottle, usb stick, handheld games console, etc. Most of them time, everything being in matte black.

It’s something that I think really shows off how much of a bubble most tech people live in.

When I leave my house, whether I’m going to the shops, out to London, to a restaurant, etc. I carry three things: phone, wallet, and keys. My wallet has three things in it, a bank card, drivers license, and potentially a few notes. And I only have 2 keys, so that’s also pretty minimal.

I’m not trying to argue with what people need with them, I just find that type of video as a general source of humour for me.

Very much a lucky guess this time.

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Inspired by Lee Peterson’s recent post on using the iPhone 7 today (https://ljpuk.net/2022/01/05/is-the-iphone-7-still-a-good-buy-in-2022/), I’m now wondering how the iPhone 5 would fare today. That’s by far my favourite iPhone.

It’s my first day at work tomorrow, after being off since 23rd December. My recent sleep schedule of going to sleep at 3 am and waking at 11 am won’t make it easy.

Redesigning my blog for the benefit of readers

I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts online today, and one thing that struck me on quite a few of them was the readability of the page.

I found myself enjoying blogs that had rather minimal amounts of “stuff” on the page above the article contents. Instead of a big logo and a long list of navigation links, most of them had a small (but identifiable) blog title, a few links, but then straight to the post.

While I’ve been a fan of minimal layouts for a while, I always had the idea that I needed to have as many links as possible in my navigation menu. And my name had to be huge to make sure that everyone knew who the person behind the blog was.

But since doing a lof reading of others blogs, I realised that I was designing it for myself, rather than for any potential readers.

So based on this, I’ve made a few small adjustments:

You can view the new design on my blog at chrishannah.me. But here are a few screenshots:

No doubt I’ll be making a few more tweaks in the next few days, but I do hope that the new design is more usable for readers.

Just purchased a hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone for £27 on eBay. It’s not perfect condition, but still very good. And it’s one of the original Bloomsbury editions from 1997.

Hopefully this is the start of a collection! 📚

Apple: Don’t like the Christmas presents that your friends and family bought you? How about buying a $999 phone from us instead?

Since looking my email situation last January, I’ve been using SaneBox to sort my emails and to flter out junk. But it’s nearing renewal time, and it’s $99 for a year. So I think it’s time to turn it off and see if I can live without it.

I’m watching Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, and I’m already 99% sure that I want to reread the books again. I really wish I had my original books. I bet they’re stupidly expensive now.

Cursed Child Review

I went to see the Cursed Child play in London just over a week ago, and I planned on writing a big review. But that never actually happened, so I thought I’d at least write a short overview of what I felt about it.

Some context:

Thoughts (Potential Spoilers):
  • There were definitely ups and downs throughout the two parts, with it taking a while to get going.
  • In some parts it was a bit too theatrical for me (I know, it’s the theatre).
  • Some scenes from the film were acted out, but with a different tone and feel, even with some different characters in scenes.
  • The actors that played the main characters didn’t look the same as the film characters, which through me off a bit. For example, Dumbledore was quite short and tubby, Snape had a long face, Hermione had changed race, and Ron was tall and lanky, along with having a bit of a cockney accent.
  • Right at the end of the first part, I could sense that the story could be going somewhere good.
  • The second part was much better, although I felt that it ended rather abruptly.
  • Some parts of the story seemed rushed. As in one school year could have been missed with a toilet break.

Overall, I think that it was good. Maybe if I enjoyed the theatre more, then I would have liked the theatrical quirks, but they were lost on me.

I’ve got 294 unread articles in my RSS reader. I think it’s time to start unsubscribing from the feeds that I never actually read.

How I want to blog in 2022

I wouldn’t go so far as to make this a new years resolution, but this year I think I’m going to try and write shorter, but more regular, blog posts.

Too often last year, I held back posts because I wanted to make everything into a really detailed piece. But that can hold me back sometimes.

When I get that small piece of insipiration for a post, instead of letting it attrack dust in the drafts folder, I need to get it written and published. It might mean that some potentially big pieces get broken up, but at the same time, I think it will mean a higher output.

Nothing makes a coffee better than a splash (or two) of a bit of single malt scotch. 🥃 ☕️

I’m about to play the new Minecraft 1.18 update, and decided that I’m going to attempt to stream from the PC for the first time.

No commentary, no webcam, just me attempting to play survival Minecraft, and seeing how streaming works on my PC.

youtu.be/ZQ4EzAYgS…


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