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.