Balearia

Absolutely flat crossing this morning. Looking out the window the railing is precisely parallel with the horizon, the ship seems to not even really be moving. I’d still be hanging over the side watching Menorca disappear but it’s too chilly in the wind; nicer inside with cafe americana and this comfy chair with a nice view.

Adding data, not systems

For the most part, and leaving aside some tool-making or data-checking programming, I think it is far more relaxing to add data to the world than to add more systems-for-working-with-data. Contributing to Wikisource, Openstreetmap, Commons, even Flickr and Reddit, will further the cause (what ’cause’?) more than building some new system for cataloguing photos or conducting conversations.

So take photos, draw maps, write blog posts, explore the world and record what you see. Don’t devise the means to do these things — we already have the means, and have had for a rather long time. Better to get on and do it, I think. The means won’t be perfectly what you’d prefer, but then they never will be (even after you’ve built the system that’s perfectly exactly what you want).

If you see what I mean?

Anyway, I’m only saying this because I’m going to be away from regular coding for a few months from next week, so shall be focussing on Doing more than Building. And I can’t wait!

The last days of Rosies

So Rosie O’Grady’s, the fake Irish pub in Fremantle, is closing in two or three weeks. I know it’s ridiculous, but I like it there! I’ve had many beers, and generally enjoyed the almost-always-empty vibe. Sure it’s a manufactured, falsely-traditional interior design, but I don’t care. I’ll be sad to see it turn into another trendy place with $12 beers.

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CuppaShack (Winterfold Road cafe)

Just tried the new cafe that’s opened at the shops near the corner of Winterfold Road and Carrington Street. It’s far nicer than I was expecting! Not that a suburban shopping centre should be expected to produce boring cafes, it’s just that they rather often do. :-)

It was a nice place to sit outside, the tables are nothing unusual (the chairs weigh a ton), and they weren’t playing the radio but rather had chosen what music to inflict on people — with good results. And the coffee was terrific.

Updated: I got the name wrong earlier; it’s not got a space in it.