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21st January 2019

So apparently it’s “Blue Monday” today.

Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. – Wikipedia

The reasoning behind it is that by this time of year, most people’s New Years resolutions are starting to fail, the weather is cold, and everyone has no money because of Christmas.

I wasn’t hit by this strange condition, as my day went pretty well!

I went to work, as usual, got some Swift development done, worked on some more customisation with the Charts framework I’ve been using, had some discussions about the cool things were about to start at work, and just generally had a productive day!

I also listened to the latest episode of Mac Power Users (#466: John Gruber Returns), and it was a really great episode. Three of my favourite bloggers/podcasters all talking about how they perform live shows, the background of Markdown, the Mac, and also the iPad. I always like it when there’s a podcast about blogging, by such long-lasting bloggers.

After work, I discovered something that I’m supposed I didn’t notice the other day. On Saturday I watched the first episode of the second series of The Punisher. I thought that was all that was released. But I forgot that it was on Netflix, and that they just give you everything in one go. So I’ve managed to watch another three episodes already. I don’t expect this series to last more than another week.

There’s also a tiny bit of progress about the house me and my girlfriend are buying. Nothing to write about exactly, as I want to save most of the discussion about it until it’s actually completed. That’s going to take a while longer, but it’s nearly there, and I’m going to be looking through Ikea catalogues a lot more now.

20th January 2019

Today was a day for a trip to Reading for a party for someone in my girlfriends family. I was reminded how bad I was at bowling, and that I seem to be the only person that has a beer at 12 pm in the afternoon.

It was a bit of a long day, because of the added travelling. But since we’ve been back, I’ve mainly been doing more research into the things we will need when we move our, and also some inspiration for the garden, and my future office.

I’m a big fan of Japanese gardens, but it’s nowhere near the size needed for that, so it’s going to be interesting seeing how I can develop that.

And regarding the office, I’ve got a bunch of ideas on how it could be laid out, and also what types of storage I’ll need. However, I’ve basically come to the realisation that it’s probably best to postpone any purchasing until we actually move in. Because I’ll most likely want to at least paint the walls a darker colour, then I can focus on adding furniture.

19th January 2019

Today started with me playing quite a few hours of World of Warcraft! At the same time, I was listening to some podcasts, and music from a German artist called Azet. He has an album coming out soon, Apple Music has a couple of them available now.

Football was on for most of the day, and Arsenal played the late night kick-off (17:30). We beat Chelsea 2-0 at The Emirates, and it was a really good game. The entire team played well, and with a high-intensity throughout. There was a down-side to it though as one of our players, Hector Bellerin came off the pitch with a knee injury.

Between lunch and dinner time I tried out some cooking. I made a spaghetti carbonara, and I made it as authentic to the traditional Italian recipe as I could (I was watching actual Italian chefs make it on YouTube). It only needed four ingredients: pasta, egg, pancetta, and parmesan cheese. No cream.

One of my favourite television shows is also back for a second series, The Punisher. The first episode is now available on Netflix, and it’s looking just as good, maybe even better, than the first series.

18th January 2019

An interesting day at work today. I had to reimplement a line-chart in one of our apps, because the framework that we previously used was producing inconsistent results.

The chart we have shows time-based data, and the problem stems from the fact that the data provided by the API isn’t consistent with the timing of records. So for example there might be 10 data points for one day, two for the next, and six for another. We spread out the values on the y-axis and the associated dates on the x-axis, but the spacing of data is based on the amount of data points, with no way to override this.

Luckily I done a bit more research, and there’s a framework called Charts by Daniel Cohen Gindi, that’s actually a Swift/iOS Chart framework for a Android. It also happens to be the one used in our Android app, so just based on consistency it’s better than the one we had before.

Apart from that, it’s been a pretty average day.

17th January 2019

Nothing that impressive to write about today. It was a busy day at work, and afterwards I mainly played games and watched TV.

But I came into a problem at work today, where I couldn’t add any padding easily to a UILabel in an app. So I wrote a small subclass that adds an insets variable, and made sure it still worked with AutoLayout. You can find that here on the blog, or the code directly on GitHub.

16th January 2019

Back to work as usual today. The design sprint that I was part of didn’t require me at all today, so that meant I could get back to some actual development. I was starting the build the structure for a new project, so that’s pretty interesting.

On my blog today, I linked to a piece from John Voorhees at MacStories, about DuckDuckGo now using Apple Maps for location searches. I also wrote a short opinion on Slack’s new icon. Not a huge essay on Medium, or any other type of insightful take on it. But John Gruber shared a few thoughts, and they seemed to resonate with what I was also thinking, so I thought I’d say a few words as well.

As usual I listened to some more podcasts, and what’s even more typical, I’m ending the day with one in-progress.

Practically no work on Text Case today, except from I finished up the Title Case Style setting. But that took about 15 minutes.

15th January 2019

Today was the second day of a design sprint at work, so it was a busy day again! Fortunately, tomorrow is less intense, so I won’t be tired for the rest of the day.

I did manage to get one feature on Text Case “working” before I gave up doing anything work-like. I expanded the settings to included setting the title case style.

Throughout my commute to and from work I also slipped in a podcast. Another episode of The Stalman Podcast, and this time Marco Arment and Casey Liss were guests! I’ve started listening to an episode of The Instance (World of Warcraft podcast), but I’ll save the rest for the commute tomorrow.

As for the rest of the night, I’ve played a few games on my PS4. But mostly I’ve been annoying my girlfriend with my bad piano and guitar skills.

14th January 2019

If you could class any day as a write off, today is that day.

I managed to get to work an hour early (7:30) for a few minor reasons, that really didn’t warrant that amount of time. We also started a design sprint at work today, so that took a lot out of me.

After work I’ve just been playing World of Warcraft, FIFA 19, and watching videos on YouTube. My mind just can’t cope with anything more complex than that at the moment. Although, I did just beat Barcelona 2-0, playing as Arsenal. So I’ve got that going for me at the moment. 😜

13th January 2019

It turned out I wasn’t as productive today as I thought I would be. I had planned to work on the rest of the settings in Text Case, but it simply didn’t happen!

Me and my girlfriend had our weekly trip to the cafe, where our drinks were brought to us before we even ordered! We were then asked if we wanted the usual, we said yes, and they were brought to us! It may be a sign we go too often, but I find it rather efficient.

The rest of the day has just been both of us playing games on our laptops. I played World of Warcraft while she played Sims!

Maybe I’ll do a bit more work tomorrow.

12th January 2019

Well, I guess I could say today didn’t start very well. Arsenal were playing the early kick-off this weekend (12:30) against West Ham, a team we should easily beat. However, the team selection was a bit off (No Mesut Özil), and it just was a bit flat. We lost 1-0, with their goal coming from a mistake from an Arsenal player. Thank god I have a bad memory.

Slightly during the game, my girlfriend was watching a series called Bodyguard. It turned out to be really interesting, and even though I only watched the last 2 episodes (6 total) of it, I worked out the entire plot, so I now don’t have to watch the rest!

The rest of the day has sort of been a rotation of three things, watching nature documentaries, working on Text Case, and playing World of Warcraft. I watched at least three episodes of Planet Earth (the first series) in a row, and then some I don’t even know the name of.

For Text Case, I was working on the Theme select tool. I had the list of settings “working” yesterday, but you couldn’t select anything on it. Today I wrote a generic way to select a setting from the menu, have it open a list of options, then after selecting one, have it reflected in the app. It works with the Themes pretty easily, as that’s not exactly a complex setting. But tomorrow I’ll have a look at importing all the settings in the current app to this new version.