Not kids movies

Sometimes, instead of putting on some music while I work, I like to put on a familiar movie. Not one that I need to concentrate on, just some background noise to keep the noisy part of my brain quiet so I can properly visualise and work through problems.

I thought I’d put on some movies from my childhood, and I was reminded how many “kids” movies of that time were definitely not for children.

Return to Oz

A nice children’s movie about kidnapping, forced electro-shock therapy, hallucinations, decapitation, poisoning, and people turning to sand and crumbling away. And not in a metaphorical or cartoonish way.

If you think those scenes at the end of Infinity War were disturbing, well, imagine that was given a U rating and marketed to six-year-olds.

Watership Down

The sound of flies buzzing still makes me think of gory rabbit death doomsday prophecy proclaiming flesh tearing terror  even now.

The NeverEnding Story

Yes, what I’d really like is to watch a horse drown. That sounds like a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

What movies from your childhood traumatised you for life? Why not, I dunno, like tell me, or stuff? I can’t force you to, you know.

Written using that new-fangled fancy Gutenberg editor that I have something to do with!

Done done done, I am done with Twitter.

Goodnight room. Goodnight moon. Goodnight twitter and your propagation of echo chambers and hate. Goodnight refusing to ban bigots, slanderers, and those that incite violence on an international scale.

Twitter – the official platform for bigots everywhere.

I will go back to using Twitter for what it was originally used for – keeping up with what people I care about are doing, and telling people what I’m doing.

And my blog posts are what I’m going to be doing from now on.

The best temperature scale in the world… EVER

Celsius and Fahrenheit are all well and good, but when it comes to describing everyday temperatures, they’re a little deficient.

-3 sounds cold.

102 sounds hot.

So, here’s a new, wonderfully descriptive, perfectly awesome scale – degrees N.

0º Nikki = 0ºC.

100º Nikki = 100ºF


( F – 32 ) / 0.68 = N

C * 9 / 5 / 0.68 = N

Want to convert them the other way? Why would you want to do that??? Tsk.

Thoughts after using for a while

I’ve been using as my primary search engine for a few months, and it’s mostly a good experience. I especially like how it doesn’t track you, and extracts StackOverflow summaries!

Not that my job is mostly this.

Nope, not at all!


There’s only one thing that jars me, and that’s how it ranks suggestions.

In my work at Automattic, and in my side project, I’m writing a lot of JavaScript. Because I frequently switch to other languages, sometimes I have to look up simple things, like… does JavaScript have a method for lower casing a string? Where can I rely on Array.prototype.forEach existing? You know, the type of stuff you’d usually have a sheet stuck to the wall to remind you of when you’re skipping between 4 different languages in the course of a day.

The issue with DuckDuckGo that trips me up every now and then is how it orders the search suggestions. If you start typing “javascript string to lower case” it suggests 4 options when you get to “javascript string to lower”

Here they are.


There’s the thing I want, but in two languages that I’m not interested in. That means if I do the same thing I do in Google, pressing down then enter (which is practically muscle memory by now), I get an option that is less relevant than the others.

I can’t help feeling that those options should be ordered by the amount of words that match my query, giving a boost to options that match the beginning of what I typed. It would stop me ending up in Java docs when I want JavaScript!

But that’s just a small glitch in an otherwise fine experience. It’s fast, not saturated with ads, and will not track at all!

Learning git

“Welcome to English as a second language! As we prepare for our odyssey through the major thoroughfares and more obscure byways of the English language, it’s important to know that English is a weakly inflected Indo-European language, with Germanic, Latin, and Greek influences.”

“Um, what?”

“Please, we have to start with these concepts. Let’s start with syllable counting…”

“I just want to have a conversation. How do I do start?”

“No, no, no, I can’t let you go off just saying ‘Hello’ to people unless you understand the history of the alphabet. You might use it effectively, but in a way that’s slightly technically incorrect!”

“I think I’m going to go here instead…”