Chris Hannah

Yet again, I’ve created another Micro.blog theme. This time however, it’s one for myself. It’s still subject to change as usual, but I’ve gone with a Web 1.0 inspired design, and I think it looks pretty cool!

Check it out: micro.chrishannah.me

I don't understand cryptocurrencies

I really ought to start doing bit more research on cryptocurrencies.

From what I’ve heard, the popular currencies seem to have massive transaction fees and are also very bad for the environment. For those reasons, and because of the volatility, i’ve never really looked into it.

However, I am very interested in the concept of a cryptocurrency.

Although that might just be the idea of a universal digital currency.

I like the idea of a digital currency that is (mostly) anonymous, and allows more people to have better financial agency. In that you just need a “wallet” to receive and send funds, instead of signing up or a bank account.

I can’t say I’m particularly bothered by the part of cryptocurrency that’s all about mining, algorithms, massive power usage, etc. But if that’s required, then I’ll go along with it.

But I don’t think a cryptocurrency will ever be someones primary currency unless it has solutions to the three problems I mentioned earlier: power usage, transaction fees, and volatility.

Maybe one like that already exists. I guess I’ll find out when I actually look into the current state of cryptocurrencies.

Don’t expect me to go all “crypto bro” though.

Currently thinking a lot about Twitter, and how it can be used to share fleeting ideas and opinions, but also for some as a permanent record of thoughts. 🤔

The main question I’m asking myself is “should tweets really last forever?”.

Some unstructured thoughts on using a Pixel 6 for nearly a week

I’ve spent nearly a week with a Pixel 6 as my main phone, and the only things I’m really missing from my iPhone are iMessage, AirPlay (HomePods), AirDrop, and also the camera system of the iPhone 13.

The first three are obvious features designed to lock you into an ecosystem. But as for the cameras, the iPhone feels a little more reliable and faster for me. Maybe it’s because I’m comparing the iPhone 13 Pro to a Pixel 6 (not Pro).

The colours also tend to be a bit more vibrant from the Pixel camera, sometimes even making photos look over processed. I’m sure most of it is just because I’m used to the “iPhone” style though.

It’s not all bad though, here are some of the things I prefer on the Pixel:

  • Better phone colours (I have coral).
  • Flat camera bump (No annoying rocking when using flat on a desk).
  • More customisable home screen (icons can go wherever you want!).
  • Colour scheme taken from your wallpaper, and icons/widgets/system apps make use of the colour scheme.
  • Always on display.
  • Better notification management. E.g. turning off individual categories, such as marketing nonsense.
  • More customisable control center (not sure what this is called on Android).
  • Magic Eraser.
  • Google Search/Assistant/Lens in a prominent place on the home screen.
  • Photo editing suggestions (especially the sky filters).
  • Better integration with more smart home products.
  • It feels as if more things can happen in the background.
  • Good sports alerts.
  • Better system widgets.
  • Interesting camera modes such as action pan to create a blurry background or long exposure to create a blurry subject.
  • Now playing UI throughout the entire system, on the lock screen, home screen, and when you pull down from the top, handles multiple sources perfectly and can switch between them.
  • Can charge another device wirelessly.
  • Restart is an option alongside powering off.
  • The haptic feedback when using the keyboard.
  • Having two apps split vertically.
  • More controls on the “Picture-in-Picture” player.
  • Fingerprint recognition.
  • Also having specific locations where the phone stays unlocked (at home).
  • Slightly bigger screen.
  • The wider resolution (taller phone).
  • Camera cutout over the notch.
  • The Google podcasts app over Apple’s.
  • The suggested articles feature that’s a swipe away from the home screen.
  • Being able to select text and export photos from apps while in the app switcher.

There’s probably a lot more that I’ve already become used to. So while there are things I miss from the iPhone, there’s quite a lot that I’m enjoying on the Pixel.

I hope Apple start to experiment with different phone form factors soon. Otherwise I think i might end up making the switch to Android, just I can experience something different for once.

Latest YouTube Obsession

My latest YouTube obsession seems to be watching people play Cities Skylines, where they slowly build a city, with industry, complex road layouts, cool neighbourhood designs, etc. The best channel I’ve found for this game is Biffa Plays Indie Games.

I’m thinking I might have to buy the game myself, but it seems quite complex, so I don’t know if I actually prefer watching someone else play ir, rather than learning myself how it all works.

Scribe - A New Micro.blog Theme

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve now completed my third Micro.blog theme!

It’s called Scribe, and it’s my attempt at taking one of my earlier themes, Fortis, as a base. And making it loot a bit more contemporary, with a nice serif font, warm colours, but still maintaining a very readable and clear layout.

It’s all on GitHub, so feel free to use it on your own blog, and if you want to take it a step further, you could always use this theme as a starter and make your own customisations.

I’m thinking a bit about email at the moment. On one hand, I love the format, it is the closest digital representation to sending a letter. On the other hand, it would be much better if only people could send emails.

Every now and then when I’m using my iPad, I remember that I can detach it from the Magic Keyboard. When I do, it feels like a whole new device. And yet, once it’s connected back to the keyboard, I forget about it and the same thing happens about a week later.

New Fonts

After using a few different fonts on my blogs, I’ve decided to switch to web-safe fonts. For sans-serif the priority is the apple system font or “Helvetica Neue”, falling back to sans-serif. And for serif, I’ve gone with “Georgia”, “Garamond”, and then falling back to serif.

It means extra fonts no longer need to be fetched when visiting my blog, and I also think it looks a bit better anyway.

This change has taken place on my main blog, and also on my micro blog which uses my in-development theme, Scribe1.


  1. This is very close to being “released” as a 1.0↩︎

It’s still early on, but here’s what my latest Micro.blog theme, Scribe, currently looks like.

All I’ve done so far is to take my Fortis theme, and then changed the fonts and style to match my blog. there may be layout changes, but probably minimal.

Micro.blog Theme Development Update

There has been slight tweaks to my two Micro.blog themes - Fortis and Pure, but I haven’t been tracking changes properly. So I’ve given them each the version 1.0, and will be incrementing where necessary.

In other news, I’m going to work on another theme. Still a minimal theme, based on the original Pure theme. But I want the style to better match the design on my main blog.

Blizzard: Save the Date - The Future of Warcraft

Save the Date - The Future of Warcraft:

On April 19, the World of Warcraft development team will reveal the next expansion. We’re excited to show you what we’ve been working on and where your adventures in Azeroth will go next.

I’m very much looking forward to see what the next WoW expansion is. There’s been a lot of exciting rumours recently, and it’s making me think that WoW could be returning to more of it’s former self.

Also:

Beyond World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, we’re preparing to get the first game in the Warcraft Universe designed for mobile into your hands. We will tell you more about it in May.

I know that a lot of PC gamers are triggered by the phrase “mobile game”, but I’m also intruiged to see the Warcraft universe explored in more contexts. By no means am I expecting Blizzard to bring WoW to mobile, but the Warcraft universive is massive, and I’m sure there’s tons of ways they could make great mobile experiences.

SingleFile looks like a very useful browser extension. As you may guess from the name, it saves a webpage into a single file, including images and styles.

I’m already thinking it could be a good tool for archival purposes.

I switched my site to use a serif font for the body text, and I think it gives it a whole new feel.

This may sound odd, but I think the design now matches the style of writing that I want to focus on.

Maybe I’m being pedantic. But when I see that I’ve hit my daily reading goal, my first response is not to share it or to adjust the goal.

Why can’t there be a prominent button that lets me just acknowledge it and move on. Not a small cross in an awkward position of the screen.

The way I want to separate my writing online

One problem that tends to crop up every now and then for me is how I separate my online writing.

Right now I have a main blog, a micro blog, and a dev blog.

My micro blog is more for life updates and more meta commentary, the dev blog has been used for updates on my personal projects. But the main blog has always been where the confusion comes from.

Sometimes, I want it to be a source of well thought-out posts, where I’ve elaborated on an idea, or researched a topic. Other times, I want it to be a central place for links to other articles, short comments, quickly written posts, alongside my other longer posts.

The ideal separation I have in mind right now is this:

  • Blog - Medium to long form writing. With me putting a good amount of thought into each post.
  • Micro blog - Short form writing, links to interesting things, and also maybe longer personal updates.
  • Dev blog - Updates on personal development projects.
  • Twitter - Anything that really doesn’t fit on a blog.

I think for this to happen, I’d need to do three things:

  • Move all micro posts from my blog to my micro blog.
  • Delete all nonsensical posts from my blog.
  • Potentially move some long form writing from my micro blog to my blog.

I guess the tricky bit will be actually doing all of this. Maybe the best way is to export my entire blog, organise it locally, and import?

I really want to go through all ~1900 posts on my blog and delete/organise some of them.

Some are old Instagram cross-psots, random micro posts, and also old posts that haven’t survived the various migrations over the years.

Streaming on Twitch

I’ve been streaming on Twitch a bit today, while I’ve been playing a new character on World of Warcraft.

In no way shape or form do I intend to become a big gaming streamer, but I do find it an interesting challenge to see what could happen if I streamed relatively often.

This idea mainly came from the achievements section on the Twitch creator dashboard:

I found this by accident, and when I saw it, I just thought how incredible this is for new streamers. I know first hand from blogging, that sometimes you can be wondering where to start, what to focus on, and also being able to see your progress. But with this resource, you can track your goals and you get an idea of what you should be aiming for next.

Where it won’t really work for myself, is that when I stream, I stream a game (usually World of Warcraft), I don’t have any camera, I don’t talk through the mic, and I don’t adapt my gameplay for the stream.

However, seeing as I have fun playing World of Warcraft (right now I’m actually playing a new character), I guess I may as well stream it, and see where it goes.

I don’t see myself ever being someone who has a regular schedule, or to ever play a game to simply stream. But I do think I will start streaming, and probably chatting, when I play World of Warcraft from now on. Especially when I know I’ll be playing for a decent amount of time.

So if that sounds interesting, then feel free to come over to my Twitch channel. And if you want to chat, just say Hi in the Twitch chat!

For reference, here is a stream from earlier today when I was starting a new character:

Fortis - A New Micro.blog Theme

Using my minimal Micro.blog theme as a base, I’ve now created another theme. This time it’s a bit louder, probably a tad more niche, but definitely has character.

It’s called Fortis, which is Latin for “strong”. As this is definitely a strong theme, that may not suit most people’s tastes.

In many ways it’s similar to the Pure theme, with the layout being practically the same. But as was the purpose of that theme, it served as a good base for more custom designs.

As usual, the theme is available on GitHub, it runs on Hugo 0.91, and I’m actually currently running it on my micro blog right now.

Here are a few screenshots of the theme:

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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.