What have I accomplished on my leave?

I’ve been on leave this week, and I’ve been super busy.

  • I’ve almost finished the story mode of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.
  • My Chief Financial Officer (a.k.a Chris) has introduced austerity measures due to the SARS-CoV-2 crisis. I’ve cut costs by moving everything into two virtual private servers (down from four). To be honest, I don’t know why I had all my shit spread over four servers, but I think it was just to say “I could”…
  • An update to the Instagram API broke the feed on my homepage: I worked on migrating the Grav plugin I was using to support OAuth and the Instagram Basic Display API. I learnt a lot about how Grav plugins work. I have commited the updated plugin, and hope to make a pull request shortly.
  • While I was poking around in Grav, I updated my theme to better support theme inheritance. I also migrated the CSS to SASS to make it easier to maintain going forward.
  • Then, realising everything was a bit of a mess, I wrote a Grav plugin that automatically builds the galleries in my travel posts. It uses shortcodes on the backend and CSS flexbox on the frontend. It’s actually works pretty well, just a few minor fixes to make.
  • I’ve also started updating a ZNC web interface theme to work with ZNC 1.7 branch. It’s active on my instance now, but I guess it doesn’t really matter because no one else has an account.
    • By the way, let me know if you need an IRC bouncer?

I’m really pretty sick of this coronavirus, I want to travel again!

Meeting Ketut

This was my first time going to Bali, and I didn’t know what I was in for. The general consensus is that it’s super cheap and really dirty.

I was pleasantly surprised.

Skiing in Whistler is never shit

We made it to Whistler. It’s such a lovely drive up. I never get sick of seeing snow on mountaintops. We stayed at the Westin. You can’t beat the ski-off location.

I did a couple of days of ski school to get my ski legs back. It was worth it: it really built up my confidence. After three days of ski school, the next four I was able to keep up with Chris.

Vancouver is pretty much my favourite city in the world

It was so good to make get back to Vancouver. We only had a couple of nights here, so we made the most of it!


An early start got us breakfast at a local café. We explored town a little bit, and had a look in a few shops. Then we caught a small boat over to Granville Island. This was the view we were met with. It was awful.

Now I'm 30!

Yesterday I got back from a week away in the USA. I had three nights in Napa and four nights in down town San Francisco. It was pretty great.

There was a bit of a rough start though: high winds in Sydney delayed all flights around Australia. Our flight was delayed about four hours. So, we did what any good Australian does and got drunk in the Qantas lounge.