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Week Notes 10: Strangers

Week Notes

I've continued to play with the Omnivore API and on Monday I had two profound discoveries. Firstly that I hate GraphQL - just can't get my head around the structure, and secondly, that ChatGPT is better at coding GraphQL than I will ever be and decided to let it get on with it. It created the neccesary code structure that I was failing to understand.

I've not been well this week, just a low level feeling rubbish, sore neck compounded by lots of frustrating bitty work issues and then pretty bad weather. I thought i would cheer myself up by going for a lunchtime bike ride on Thursday but it was so cold, I tweaked my bike through stiffness. A relaxing bath in the evening helped sort that out.

Friday night, we headed out to the cinema to see All of Us Strangers, a superb film that we were thinking and talking about two days later, and will love to watch again. Excellent performances by all the cast.

On Saturday it was into Edinburgh to watch Scotland v France in the rugby. As usual Scotland were infuriation. Should have won but sat back on the lead, let France in and then were denied a win by a last minute refereeing decision, that the TMO couldn't overturn because the ball wasn't conclusively on the ground. There were no TV angles that showed the ball on the ground, but there was no where else it could be (levitation aside?)

On Sunday, despite heavy fog, I got out and managed an 80km ride on the gravel bike. It's a tough ride, but the main bike needed a rest and service. Finally, back and saw United beat Villa 2-1 in a close game. The boy Scot is a goal machine!

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A Teen’s Fatal Plunge Into the London Underworld | The New Yorker A disturbing but gripping long read about the London underworld, possible police corruption and the death of a young man After Zac Brettler mysteriously plummeted into the Thames, his grieving parents discovered that he’d been posing as an oligarch’s son. Would the police help them solve the puzzle of his death?

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Atlantic Ocean circulation nearing ‘devastating’ tipping point, study finds | Oceans | The Guardian

“Wherever you get your podcasts” is a radical statement - Anil Dash

But here's the thing: being able to say, "wherever you get your podcasts" is a radical statement. Because what it represents is the triumph of exactly the kind of technology that's supposed to be impossible: open, empowering tech that's not owned by any one company, that can't be controlled by any one company, and that allows people to have ownership over their work and their relationship with their audience.