Matthew Kennard

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2021-07-22: Finished reading: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro πŸ“š

2021-07-22: The only time I find it’s cool enough for a brisk walk at the moment is first thing in the …

2021-07-22: I’ve been having a play with Craft Docs and Obsidian recently. However each time I pop back …

2021-07-21: I’ve just started ‘playback’ of a GPX file recorded on a train through a location …

2021-07-18: Our bunnies needed repairing

2021-07-16: My son is liking the new Angry Birds released on Apple Arcade today.

2021-07-15: The children are off school for the summer holidays. As I’m working at home I am trying to …

2021-07-15: Morning walk posters

2021-07-06: This looks an interesting suggestion from the “Classical You Must Hear This Month” …

2021-07-04: Tried the Beyond Burger for lunch. I was quite impressed, smelt when cooking just like a …

2021-07-03: My biggest wish for iOS 15 is for AirPods to take priority over other Bluetooth speakers. So many …

2021-06-28: I feel as though I’m making progress with the Android ARCore task I’m working on - …

2021-06-27: Another trip to the cricket ground this morning. Now had both Covid jabs. πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ¦ 

2021-06-24: Android augmented reality development is, so far, a big bag of annoyances. I’ve just found out …

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2021-06-22: Music Bar is a menu bar app that shows you what is currently playing on Apple Music. I’m very …

2021-06-20: Birthday books

2021-06-18: In the past I’ve been slightly scathing of using web technologies to create apps. However …

2021-06-14: Pan fried sea bass and giant couscous for lunch. Working at home has definite benefits for the …

2021-06-12: Finished reading: Foundation by Isaac Asimov πŸ“š

2021-06-12: Saturday morning craft as the children decorate mugs for a great aunt’s 70th birthday.

2021-06-11: Shocking static on this evening news that Cornwall has vaccinated more people than the 22 poorest …

2021-06-11: For me this will be the best improvement to Xcode since I started using Xcode. I’m very …

2021-06-09: Been playing with ScreenFlow this morning to make a video for one of my apps.

2021-06-08: So many dandelion seeds have got caught in these plants that they look like cotton!

2021-06-07: Starting the week off with a healthier lunch than I usually make.

2021-06-05: My son has reached the age where I’m quite jealous of his birthday presents

2021-05-29: Lost lego

2021-05-29: No mow May

2021-05-29: Some of the wild flowers we planted, and then regretted, last year have come back and doing a …

2021-05-28: Finished reading: The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts πŸ“š

2021-05-28: If AirTags were small enough to attach to my glasses I definitely would have bought some by now.

2021-05-28: Bluebells and dandelion snow The woods near where I live aren’t very big, so it was a lovely surprise to see such large …

2021-05-24: Enjoyed Great British Photography Challenge this evening. Great to see so many assignments in one …

2021-05-22: My wife bought some shampoo, conditioner and shower bars to try and reduce the number of plastic …

2021-05-21: I’m only just getting round to having a play with Catalyst for creating Mac versions of iOS …

2021-05-20: Finally finished

2021-05-18: Finished reading: Something Childish But Very Natural by Katherine Mansfield πŸ“š

2021-05-18: It’s been very on and off wet at the moment. A pro though of all the rain is the freshness of …

2021-05-12: Finished reading: Mr Wilder & Me by Jonathan Coe πŸ“š

2021-05-11: Heavy rain showers this morning interspersed with sunshine. I’ve been needing to get out and …

2021-05-09: The end result - Egyptian Koshari and Orange Salad with Spiced Syrup

2021-05-09: Next step in this evenings meal. Pickling some cauliflower and carrots.

2021-05-09: In the fridge for later. I’m finally using a recipe pack my wife bought me last June. Egyptian …

2021-05-08: Family Lego time. We’ve got Harry Potter, Friends baking competition and Friends sitcom sets …

2021-05-07: I’ve not been able to see my Β£4.99 Apple TV+ credit. Just discovered though that it gets used …

2021-05-07: I’m finally dealing with the ever dwindling space on my iMac. Its a machine purely for …

2021-05-05: It’s number day in my sons class on Friday. So my wife has made him a magic square t-shirt.

2021-05-03: Finished: The Absolutist by John Boyne πŸ“š

2021-05-03: It’s a wet bank holiday so time for some family rock painting

2021-05-03: I’m glad I’ve finished my lunch as my daughter seems to be enjoying a fries/McFlurry …

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2021-04-29: Listening to Takemitsu, Hindemith, JanÑček, Silvestrov: Five Pieces by Duo Gazzana 🎡

2021-04-29: Just finished: Gridlinked by Neal L. Asher πŸ“š. They mentioned this on The Skeptics’ Guide to …

2021-04-28: This weeks panel edition of the podcast “The Bunker” recommended “The Long Goodbye …

2021-04-28: I tried the new colour balance calibration on my Apple TV HD / 14 year old 720p TV this morning. I …

2021-04-27: I took another look at Apple Podcasts earlier to see if the changes made in iOS 14.5 make it worth …

2021-04-27: I couldn’t resist just now putting on a face mask to try the iOS 14.5 Apple Watch/iPhone …

2021-04-27: My wife informed me this morning that COVID vaccinations are now available to 42 year olds. It took …

2021-04-26: Finally in iOS 14.5 there is a sensible UI to view all of your Apple News+ magazine subscriptions.

2021-04-25: The segment on iOS 14.5 on tonight’s BBC News was a good bit of advertising for Apple’s …

2021-04-22: Taking a sunny lunchtime walk with my little girl and her teddy on the last day she will be three. 🎈

2021-04-21: It seems like there was more announced at yesterday’s Apple event than most people hoped for. …

2021-04-20: No luck running the Emacs from Emacs For Mac OS X on my M1. Early days I guess!

2021-04-20: Nearly out of teabags

2021-04-20: We listen to a lot of music in our house, and it is lovely to see our children really taking an …

2021-04-20: Looks like the Emacs builds from emacsformacosx.com now support Apple Silicon. Something to try this …

2021-04-18: New soap

2021-04-18: Today’s game was with my very nearly four year old. Press Here Game is great for children just …

2021-04-18: I’ve been rediscovering how much I enjoy using my 1st generation Kindle Paperwhite. I’m …

2021-04-17: Oh dear 😩

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2021-04-15: 🎡 The Brandenburg Project ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - fantastic.

2021-04-14: Key To The Kingdom is a game my sister and I used to play when we were children. She found it on …

2021-04-12: Eggperiment

2021-04-12: I’m working on a location based app this month. One of the trails has you wandering up and …

2021-04-11: We’ve stepped up our campaign against the clothes moths. Whilst the sticky moth traps which …

2021-04-09: New recipe from the gin club.

2021-04-09: Note to self - if using a VPN then you’ll need to close any running Android emulators and …

2021-04-09: I’ve just been listening to Voice 2 by Max Richter 🎡. The first of this pair of albums was a …

2021-04-08: πŸ“š Finished “Best Short Stories” by Somerset Maugham. A fascinating set of stories from a …

2021-04-08: There aren’t too many places you can go at the moment in the UK if you want an afternoon out, …

2021-04-08: Vintage Star Wars cartoons on Disney+!

2021-04-08: It’s the Easter holidays so I’ve taken the day off. This morning my son and I have been …

2021-04-07: I’ve often finished listening to an album on Apple Music and seen interesting albums in the …

2021-04-06: I’ve been enjoying the Simon’s Cat game released a few days ago on Apple Arcade. My …

2021-04-05: This recipe was enjoyed by my wife and I. However the kids very vocally disliked it. The write up …

2021-04-05: Bank holiday Easter bunny crafting

2021-04-04: Easter chocolate

2021-04-03: Homemade WHAT THE GOLF?

2021-04-03: This flavour of crisps is new to me…

2021-04-01: We like books in our household. Sometimes with children it’s hard to get the quiet time needed …

2021-04-01: Had a little look at logseq.com. Looks interesting. Good to see more projects using the Org mode …

2021-03-31: First work interruption of the year due to a wasp

2021-03-31: Top 5 Apple Arcade πŸ•Ή in our house: Rayman Mini Grindstone Crossy Road Castle Word Laces Dear Reader …

2021-03-30: Best end of season I’ve seen for some time - Snowpiercer.

2021-03-30: In the Android emulator not that long ago you could give it a longitude and latitude for testing …

2021-03-30: A spring lunchtime walk really does lift ones mood. I set out early today so as to avoid the rush on …

2021-03-30: Only a few days now until our children are off school for the Easter holidays. My wife has been …

2021-03-30: A web app I’m working on at the moment contains a domain specific vector graphics editor. I …

2021-03-30: Happy piano day everyone!

2021-03-30: Listening to Iag Bari by Fanfare CiocΔƒrlia 🎡Something a bit different than my usual listening to …

2021-03-29: The books my six year old brings home from school are so much better than what I remember having.

2021-03-28: Just read Come Rain or Come Shine by Kazuo Ishiguro πŸ“š

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2021-03-27: We’ve started giving pocket money to the children. Rather than giving them cash we are giving …

2021-03-26: Listening to J.S. Bach: Spira, Spera by Emmanuel Despax 🎡This is a very welcome companion to some …

2021-03-25: A trick used by some manufacturers of low end Android devices is to deliberately disable animations. …

2021-03-25: Advantages of working at home - playing Lego Friends with my little girl when she’s not at …

2021-03-25: A client server I needed to log into uses Microsoft Authenticator for 2FA. I haven’t logged in …

2021-03-25: Listening to Mirrors: 21st Century American Piano Trios by Lysander Piano Trio 🎡

2021-03-24: Listening to Vivaldi’s Seasons by Bolette Roed 🎡

2021-03-24: New challenge - to clear my macOS desktop at the end of everyday. I just clicked on a stack and was …

2021-03-23: I haven’t used Drafts for ages. The new custom syntaxes looks very interesting. Maybe I need …

2021-03-23: The office-ish chair I ordered for home last year, as the stay at home order looked likely to …

2021-03-22: (Finally) started watching Borgen. My wife and I are most definitely hooked! πŸ“Ί

2021-03-22: Tippy.js - Tooltip, Popover, Dropdown, and Menu Library Tippy.js - Tooltip, Popover, Dropdown, and Menu Library What a fantastic example of a well …

2021-03-21: Tears followed by triumph. Mousetrap is always a rollercoaster of a game with my two little ones.

2021-03-21: Weekend mornings my wife and I do an Apple Fitness+ yoga together (usually with Molly). Almost …

2021-03-20: Indoor marshmallow toasting

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2021-03-20: I’m not sure we entirely got rid of all the clothes moths last year. They’ve been out …

2021-03-20: We’ve just booked tickets to the CBSO Symphonic Collection. We are going to set some dates in …

2021-03-19: A little walk at lunch with my daughter and we came across lots of signs of spring.

2021-03-19: Listening to Highway Rider by Brad Mehldau 🎡

2021-03-19: My go to radio station is Radio 3. BBC Sounds is a fantastic service for exploring it’s …

2021-03-19: An app I’d been working on for a client was rejected by Apple this morning. It is a location …

2021-03-18: Ever so often I like to check my iPod still works

2021-03-18: Listening to Bach & Busoni: Goldberg Variations & Other Works by Chiyan Wong 🎡

2021-03-18: It felt as though everything was back to normal this morning (even though it most definitely …

2021-03-17: We received some very belated Christmas vouchers for chocolate last week. I insisted on something …

2021-03-17: Just finished listening to “Emacs, Doom, Vim, Lisp & Games - with Henrik Lissner, Emacs …

2021-03-17: I’ve just used this to help shave 10MB of the size of an app I’m submitting to Google …

2021-03-17: Listening to Schubert: Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911 by Roderick Williams 🎡

2021-03-16: I’m often testing apps which make use of your location. Whilst I have various scripts to make …

2021-03-16: Regardless of whether this particular device is actually going to make it to market, this is the …

2021-03-16: Listening to Rebirth by Sonya Yoncheva 🎡 On occasion I come across what I can only describe as a …

2021-03-15: Our children were not cooperative sleepers when babies and toddlers. Whilst my wife bore the brunt …

2021-03-15: After a little research this seems to be the only reliable method in CSS of applying a style only to …

2021-03-14: Sunday afternoon maths game - MΓΆbi

2021-03-13: The Favourite 🍿 Surreal and compelling

2021-03-13: Census completed. Our household is very static in normal times, in what is still a national lockdown …

2021-03-13: I’ve did my first 30 minute Apple Fitness+ yoga session. Around the 22 minute mark it started …

2021-03-12: Continuing our exploration of things not eaten/drunk over Christmas - chocolate sprouts.

2021-03-12: My wife and I had COVID over Christmas so only just getting around to opening this.

2021-03-12: Listening to Jolas: Ventosum Vocant by Ensemble Accroche Note 🎡

2021-03-11: I’ve dusted off my mbtiles optimisation script and updated it to save tiles in either PNG or …

2021-03-11: Listening to Con-ri-sonanza: Works by Thomas Simaku by Joseph Houston 🎡

2021-03-10: The children are asleep, time to return to a Christmas present I’m taking my time over.

2021-03-10: My weekly todo list I use Org mode to track projects, tasks and a huge amount of other stuff. I’m trying out …

2021-03-10: Listening to Vivaldi - Paganini - Tartini by Nils Mânkemeyer 🎡

2021-03-10: The default method of generating a .mbtiles database in QGIS (generate XYZ tiles) is showing gaps at …

2021-03-10: Useful website with breakdown of users on iOS 14 and 13 App Store - Support - Apple Developer

2021-03-10: For the first time in many years I’ve found myself using Inkscape. I needed to import a bunch …

2021-03-10: I found myself needing to review how best to sit on an office chair this morning. I have very lazy …

2021-03-09: Waiting for builds… Now the children are back at school my wife finally has some time for …

2021-03-09: Just noticed how in Android Studio (and I guess other IntelliJ products) if you start a newline in a …

2021-03-09: I most definitely identify with this: I find some days that I struggle to decide what to work on …

2021-03-09: Good to get back to my (solo) lunch time walks in the nearby woods and fields now that the children …

2021-03-09: Listening to Gershwin & Debussy: Two Worlds by Andrejs Osokins 🎡

2021-03-09: The podcasts I regularly listen to are hosted by multiple presenters. I very rarely listen to …

2021-03-08: Listening to a playlist for International Women’s Day - Caroline Shaw: Visionary Women on …

2021-03-07: If Apple were to allow purchase of digital products, such as gems in a game or a monthly …

2021-03-07: One to maybe read: Yanis Varoufakis - Another Now: Dispatches from an Alternative Present

2021-03-07: Fluffy pancakes for breakfast

2021-03-06: I missed a number of the details in the Wandavision finale which I was happy to have Den of Geek …

2021-03-06: Do I have time for another magazine subscription? Insert in this months Prospect Magazine is looking …

2021-03-05: Best recent purchase was a neck reading light. After my daughter stuck a raisin onto the bulb of a …

2021-03-05: Listening to Handel: Concerti grossi by Iona Brown 🎡

2021-03-05: I can confidently say that I haven’t missed my Adobe Photoshop CC subscription. Pixelmator Pro …

2021-03-04: Playing Sneaky Sasquatch with Harry Potter

2021-03-04: Updated the beorg website (well the top half anyway). Hopefully gives a clearer first impression to …

2021-03-04: Listening to Dear Reader (Original Video Game Soundtrack) by Michael Sweet 🎡. I’m not usually …

2021-03-04: Happy World Book Day!. This year R and C are Harry Potter and a Unicorn. Not sure why she is a …

2021-03-03: Released an update to my plain text task management app beorg. I’ve finally got around to …

2021-03-03: Assets vs drawable for adding a GroundOverlay to Google Maps on Android I work on a number of map heavy apps with one of my clients. Recently I was tasked with porting an …

2021-03-03: Just used M-| for the first time in Emacs. I’ve started using Emacs running in a terminal in …

2021-03-03: Lunchtime labyrinth

2021-03-03: A fraught hour trying to remove a number of individual commits, spread out over a week, from a …

2021-03-02: Very useful flexbox cheatsheet for the occasional web developer such as myself

2021-03-02: Listening to Beethoven Transformed, Volume 2 by Boxwood & Brass 🎡

2021-03-02: Listening to Il labirinto armonico by Ilya Gringolts 🎡

2021-03-02: I’ve finished my PhpStorm trial and have immediately purchased a license. I love Emacs but …

2021-03-01: I’ve bought a DVD player pretty much solely for rewatching my Frasier DVD box sets.

2021-03-01: Sketch Export base64/png - handy for small images that aren’t feasible to include in the icon …

2021-02-28: Classical music on Apple Music I love the curated classical music page on Apple Music for suggestions of new and recommended …

2021-02-27: Krispy Kreme treat

2021-02-27: Stepping stones πŸ“·

2021-02-27: View from the nearby woods over to Birmingham university.

2021-02-27: My son is bored so we are taking a look at my 25 year old Oxford Concise dictionary.

2021-02-26: Listening to Bach: Sonatas for Violin & Keyboard Nos 3-6 by David Fray 🎡

2021-02-26: I’m reluctantly switching back to Dropbox for syncing my org files. My NextCloud sync has …

2021-02-25: Listening to David Lang: Love Fail (Version for Women’s Chorus) by Lorelei Ensemble 🎡

2021-02-25: The memory foam pillow didn’t work for me. I gave it back to my wife after about ten minutes.

2021-02-25: Trying out my wife’s memory foam bamboo pillow tonight before deciding whether to get my own.

2021-02-23: Listening to Classically Reminded: Bach by David Rees-Williams Trio 🎡

2021-02-23: Listening to J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos, Transcriptions for Organ by Daniele Boccaccio 🎡

2021-02-22: Sketch (and my mouse) seem to be conspiring against me and randomly scrolling today when I’m …

2021-02-22: Looking at my week ahead I’ll be coding in Swift, Kotlin, JavaScript/TypeScript and PHP.

2021-02-21: Trying out a parsnip tarte tatin recipe this evening The big test will be whether or not the …

2021-02-21: Unsatisfying yoga session this morning. Noisy children and uncooperative body. πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ

2021-02-21: Finished off Star Trek Voyager S1:E12 “Cathexis” on my iPad whilst my wife tries out her …

2021-02-20: Started watching the US version of The Office πŸ“Ί

2021-02-20: Signed back up to micro.blog - let’s give it a month to see if I actually use it. Need to make …

2021-02-20: I need a bigger knife My daughter is trying to cut up a chocolate ladybird and her plastic knife …

2018-09-04: Spotify’s Weekly Playlist comes up with a gem - Radiohead, A Jazz Symphony …