Category: Notes

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    I just successfully submitted my first test-driven package to the PHP packagist repository. It’s just a little Laravel validation rule object for validating a hmac hash against a configurable group of key / value pairs.

    Am aiming to do a proper write up and possibly even a little video explaining it.

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    I remember the day clearly — a Udemy meme

    I remember the day clearly… It was the one day in the year that Udemy didn’t have a 90% sale on.

    Original meme inspired by Ronnie Corbett’s famous line.

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    Taking my first steps with YunoHost (Y U No Host) for most of my online needs. After a couple of false starts it seems to be coming together.

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    Deleted my Google account

    It’s been a long time coming, but I have finally deleted my Google account.

    Good riddance.

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    You know what? Fuck Google. Just when I think I couldn’t hate them more. Exporting my previous uploaded music (about 100gb worth) from their Play Music service. Do they put the songs into Artist / Album folders?


    Instead they package it up into 54 zipped folders and stick random songs along with loads of csv files with dumb stats in.


    Now I’ll have to write a little script to read the song meta data and organise into folders myself.

    I’ll share the script once it’s done and tested.

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    Started working on a side project I’m calling β€œPitch”. It’s an end to end encrypted website starter inspired by SiteJS by the Small Technology Foundation.

    Got a basic vue app set up with the vue-cli but now can’t work out why my private key generator sometimes returns what I expect β€” a Uint8Array β€” and more often a mess of random characters.

    Am I misunderstanding something I wonder?

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    Sorting through and moving all of my photos from google photos into ProtonDrive. In preparation for finally deleting my google account once and for all. ProtonDrive offers encrypted storage that perfectly meets my needs — secure storage that actually cares about privacy.

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    Notes from British History podcast episode 2

    • Covering 70,000BCE to about 100BCE
    • 70,000BCE start of the last ice age, temperature dropped by less than 10oF
    • There were Woolly Mammoths and Giant Deer in Britannia
    • 40,000BCE neanderthals started arriving to Britannia
    • 30,000BCE modern humans started arriving to Britannia
    • 22,000BCE A “cold snap”. Britannia became a treeless tundra for 1,000s of years.
      • Everything went south.
      • Things that did stay adapted to the dropping temperature.
      • Sea level was about 417 feet lower than it is today
      • Britannia was connected to both the continent and Ireland

    Doggerland was the connecting area of land that connected britannia to the continent that, by around 6,500BCE, was completely underwater:

    Map showing the location of Doggerland and Doggerbank


    • People started arriving back to Britannia as the temperatures began to rise again. The came from southern France and Spain.


    • End of the last Ice Age.
    • Ireland is split off from Britannia completely.
    • Britannia still just about connected to continent by a land bridge
    • Woodlands began coming back
    • Humans begin using small flint tools
    • Many animals dying out due to rising temperatures. That, and the humans hunting them.


    • Cheddar Man
      • Man of about 21 years old
      • From the Cheddar Region
      • Died due to a blow on the head
      • Marks on his skeleton due to bones being scraped clean:
        • This is thought to be either burial rituals (secondary burial)
        • Or possibly cannibalism
      • He is related to at least two residents of modern-day Cheddar
      • Also related to about 11% of modern European population
    • The land from Britannia to continent becoming marshy.


    • Doggerland now completely sank into the channel
    • Britannia is separated from the continent.


    • Britannia hits the Neolithic Age (aka New Stone Age)
    • Britannia Population of about 10,000


    • Stonehenge was built.


    • Hill forts begin popping up across country.
    • Britannia now in Bronze age, whilst the rest of Europe was in the Iron Age.


    • Iron begins being introduced into Britannia.
    • There was a slow switch over to Iron, probably sped up by warring tribes wanting the upper hand in battle.


    • Celts begin arriving from France and Northern Spain
    • At least 2 groups of Celts:
      • Goidelic (which became Gaelic) – Settled in Ireland around 350BCE
      • Brythonic (which became Welsh, Cornish and Briton)
      • Celts as a whole came from the Hellstat Territory in central Europe around 6th Century BCE
    • Britannia was actually known of Albion, from the Latin word meaning white.


    • Greek navigator Pytheas arrived on shores of Britannia
      • Had a way of navigating and mapping the island by putting a stick in the ground and noting it’s shadow at various times of the day.
      • The name Britannia came from him calling the people he found “Pretani”, meaning “The Painted People” – This made “Pretannike” – The land of the painted people. In Latin P’s often substituted to B’s and so became Britannia.
    • Distinct cultural groups
      • Coastal people — often traders.
        • Kent was most advanced
      • Inland people — often hunters and scavengers.
    • The way the land was meant that many communities were small in size.


    • Trade is increased
    • Contact with Greece emerges due to the widely available Greek coins.
    • Major exports from Britannia were thought to be Tin, Copper and Hunting Dogs.


    • Gallo Belgic coins start appearing.
      • Believed to be due to people accepting payments from military services.
      • Some Britons were mercenary fighters for hire.
    • “Oppidum” sites increasing — this is according to Caeser.
      • Large walled towns often in thickly wooded areas, protected by ditches.
    • Britannia was largely an agricultural economy.
    • Population now around the 1,000,000 area.
      • They spoke a Celtic language
    • The “Traditional English countryside” pretty much had its beginnings at this point.
    • The Religion of the time was Druidism.
    • Discovery of Lindow Man in a peat bog at Lindow Moss near Wilmslow in Cheshire
      • Possibly struck on the head (but not killed)
      • Then strangled (but not killed)
      • Then his throat cut.
      • Mistletoe pollen found in his stomach.
        • A possible back up for the claim by Romans that the Druids did human sacrifice.

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    Starting to listen to the British History Podcast again. Planning to work all of the way through it this time.

    I love the philosophy and energy behind the person presenting this show. πŸ’š

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    Crash being creepy

    I came across this online and his face made me chuckle.