Happy Cliff Burton day

Retro edition of Kerrang! magazine from 1988

Today would have been the 59th birthday of legendary Metallica bass player, Clifford Lee Burton.

Cliff tragically lost his life on 27 September 1986, aged only 24 years, in a bus crash in Sweden while Metallica were promoting their Master of Puppets album. I once had a poor quality bootleg recording of his final concert at the Solnahallen Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on 26 September 1986.

I’ll be spending the day listening to the first three Metallica albums, Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets as well as various early live recordings.

Happy Cliff Burton Day!

Firewatch (redux)

Firewatch wallpaper

Five years ago today, Campo Santo released what quickly became my all-time favourite computer game, Firewatch.

If you haven’t already played it and you’re tired of running, jumping, shooting-at-people games, this is a very welcome change.

In a world that has been locked down for almost a year, this game has been a perfect virtual escape for this introvert who loves to explore the world alone.

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Coding fonts

Screenshot of Source Code Pro on Coding Fonts

Coding Fonts is a fabulous resource from CSS Tricks for selecting alternative fonts for your code editor.

While a few of the fonts are commercial, many are open source and/or free.

In Sublime Text 3, changing the font is as simple as downloading and installing the font then opening Preferences > Settings then adding the following line of code to the right-hand pane (within the file ‘Preferences.sublime-settings — User’):

"font_face": "NAME_OF_FONT",

Save the file and the font updates instantly.

Eisenhower matrix in personal projects—what does urgent but not important mean?

Something that I’ve been playing around with for the last few months in my to do app of choice, Todoist, is seeing if I find value in using the Eisenhower matrix to help me prioritise tasks.

But I have encountered a stumbling block when I consider this for use in a personal context: what do I with the “Delegate” label (urgent but not important)?

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The police visited me following up a possible Covid breach that wasn’t

Original photo of Police Scotland officers in face masks by AFP on BBC News

Last night, around 17:30 there was a chirpy knock on my door. I opened it to see two police officers standing a pace back from my doorstep.

“Hello, we’re following up a possible Covid breach.”

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