Charles Harries

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I'm a software developer working on the web in the North East of England.

I write software at NHS Digital. Previously I worked at Komodo Digital in Newcastle and Creator in Castle Eden. After hours I write a bit of Go, watch more movies than I ought to, and read less than I should.

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2022

May

April 2022

April 2022 was a busy one: plenty done online and plenty done outdoors. Now if they could all be quite this way, I'd be well pleased.

April

March 2022

March was a difficult month, and I'm glad to put it behind me.

March

January

2021

A look back at everything that I did (and didn't do) in 2021.

2021

November

Make Ubuntu more like macOS

There are plenty of Linux distributions that look like macOS, but most offer skin-deep changes and don't adhere to the ethos of macOS. These settings do, while allowing you to continue using the Gnome environment.

August

PGP encryption

I can never remember quite how PGP encrpytion works (mostly because I never use it), so I'm writing it down here to refer back to when someone starts talking wonky crypto stuff at me.

Expressing/identifying

A cohesive unified theory on the purpose of art rendered incoherent by being like really tired of a lot of things.

July

Innovation in tech

I'm extremely tired of the powerful in tech holding the rest of us hostage in the name of innovation.

June

May

On effectiveness

Some meandering thoughts on what it means to be an effective person in a tech career.

TailwindCSS

A bit of meta-commentary on Tailwind CSS' description: "Tailwind, like most CSS frameworks, solves a problem really well. Its supporters, on the other hand, are a pain.

April

March

January

Recently: January

What I want for the blog; thoughts on template builders; Cassie Evans on SVG animations; Supabase.

Ad Astra

A tonally weird movie, with 1-dimensional characters, no plot development, and a truly awful script: 2/5.

Soul

Everything they've said is true: Pixar is back in form. Beautiful and meaningful.

Metropolis (2001)

As a romp through a visually-spectacular world, it's a fine film, but don't expect any poignant messages at the end.

2020

December

2020

A quick overview of everything significant that happened in 2020.

WordPress in 2020

In 2020, WordPress remains relevant and dynamic as ever. But it's still got a few pain points.

October

September

August

Cross Fell

Walking up to the source of the Tees and Cross Fell.

July

May

On good code

Some thoughts on how to determine whether code is good.

April

February

January

2019

August

Week of 22 July

Algebraic effects, memoisation, and running a mile because GQ told me to.

July

Week of 15 July

A bunch of musing on the screen and the job as defining us as people.

Week of 8 July

Canadian brand guidelines, error-resistant React apps, and a model of the Roman world.

April

2018

December

June

Use SQLite with PHP

They say you learn best when you try to teach someone else. So here I am, trying to teach... myself.

May

April

2017

December

Sharp Edge

Climbing Sharp Edge on Blencathra in the northern Lake District.

November

September

August

System fonts

A short bit about using the fonts that your users' computers come with.

June

2015

September

2013

April

Week 35

Much ado about melting snow; the gang comes across a pair of abandoned cars.

Week 34

The first days of spring are coming to Hokkaido.

March

Week 31

Coming back from Pippu, I am struck by the first blue sky I've seen in what feels like months.

February

Week 29

Skiing at Kurodake and my first visit to the Sounkyo Ice Festival.

Week 28

A trip on the icebreaking ship Aurora to see the sea ice on the Sea of Okhotsk.

Week 27

Back to Yamabiko-no-taki in wintertime to see the frozen waterfall.

Week 26

In Iwamizawa, I experience my first (and thus far only) earthquake, and we drive home through thick snow.

January

Week 25

A bit about Hokkaido in the dark on a quiet evening.

Week 24

Going out skiing at Piyashiri, trying to leave anxiety behind me.

Week 23

A brief layover in Osaka on the way back from the States leads to some real soul-searching on trains.

2012

December

Week 19

Much ado about a bunch of snow. I guess I'm not used to quite this much snow.

Week 18

The night of the rented Higashikawa cabin, and the emotional aftermath.

Week 17

The days are approaching their shortest; winter is well & truly here & boy is it dark.

November

Week 16

The winter is starting to settle in. I celebrate American Thanksgiving with friends in Monbetsu.

Week 15

In which the author rambles a little bit.

Week 14

A belated Halloween party, home from which we took the low roads over the mountain passes.

Week 13

More urbex at the Kampo-no-yado Sounkyo, a semi-destroyed hotel by the side of the road just outside of Kamikawa.

October

Week 12

Konomai, the first time I explored some abandoned infrastructure that marks so much of the face of Hokkaido.

Week 11

The first abortive trip up Shari-dake, accompanied by a quartet of Kiwis, ending in a mad rush down the mountainside after hours of beating through the wilderness.

Week 10

Yamabiko-no-taki, my first encounter with a higuma, a drive on a forest road, and karaoke with the Monbetsu folks.

Week 9

A trip to Nitori, a night in Asahikawa, and a trip to Tenninkyo

Week 8

Hauling Renyu on a mikoshi through Kamiyubetsu.

September

Week 7

The Sapporo Welcome Party: the Bier Garten, Susukino, A-Life.

Week 6

On the relationship between Japaneseness and my foreignness, and remotely about a house party.

Week 5

A dairy farm, climbing Meakan-dake, the Eastern Welcome Party.

Week 4

The Northern Welcome Party in Kembuchi.

August

Week 3

Arriving in Japan, Tokyo Orientation, the train up to Yubetsu, and my first days at work.