What I'm up to

Last update: June 2021

An overview of stuff that I'm working on, and other stuff that keeps me occupied. Inspired by the movement of /now pages.

Work

At Boords, I’m finishing up a new feature that I’ve been working on since last month. It’s a pretty big one, and that’s why we have to do it right. In the meantime, I’ve been making plenty of smaller enhancements, fixes, and improvements.

Personal

Last month I wrote that “spring has finally hit England”, but now of course we’re back in cloudy, foggy, and sometimes even rainy territory when it comes to weather. That’s a bit of a disappointment.

That said, we have thankfully been able to spend some hours working in the garden again.

Energy-wise, I’m feeling on a bit of an upswing recently, so I have some more energy left for projects outside of work (like working on an iOS app).

Entertainment

Our highlight in terms of entertainment this month is the Thin Man series of movies. We were looking for some charming old-school whodunnits recently, and we stumbled upon these movies. They’re very entertaining overall. Even though sometimes the murder mystery itself isn’t that compelling, it’s the main characters with their charm, wit and marital bickering that keep you entertained. Highly recommended!

This month saw the introduction of the Loki TV series, which we’ve been enjoying. It’s very good.

We’ve also been enjoying Tiny World, which is a documentary series focusing on very small animals. It’s visually stunning, and I’m mystified trying to figure out how they pulled off some of the shots. It’s narrated by Paul Rudd in a calm voice, and even borrows a joke or two from the Ant-Man movies (you’ll know it when you see it).

And finally, there’s the new Summer Camp Island and Mythic Quest seasons.

Books

This month we finished the audiobook of Terry Pratchett’s (involuntarily) final entry of the Discworld series (The Shepherd’s Crown), ending a 3-year dive into the wonderful characters, stories, and wonderfully humanist outlook in the series. We’ll be missing it a lot.

I stumbled upon the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch, which sounded interesting. Here’s Wikipedia’s description:

The novel centres on the adventures of Peter Grant, a young officer in the Metropolitan Police; who, following an unexpected encounter with a ghost, is recruited into the small branch of the Met that deals with magic and the supernatural.

So we gave it a try and started listening to the Audiobook. So far it’s great! It’s exciting, engaging, and mysterious.