[Article] A Pressure Cooker for Tea

I'm told that black tea brewed at 90℃ is bad, but brewed at 100℃ is good. What if we built a specialised pressure cooker that released tea into superheated water at, say, 110℃? Could that be... even better? | Continue reading


@danq.me | 3 days ago

[Article] Building a Secret Cabinet

As part of efforts to build myself a new bedroom in our attic, I expanded my carpentry, electronics, and Python skills by building a remotely-triggered secret cabinet in my bookcase! | Continue reading


@danq.me | 4 days ago

[Article] Ladybird Browser

Y'know how I predicted that we'd never again see a new fully-featured Web browser engine after the death of EdgeHTML? It turns out that maybe, just maybe, I was wrong. And that's brilliant. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 9 days ago

[Repost] Ranking Every Elevator in the Myst Series

Part of the joy of the collaborative Internet is that people can share their passion. Today's example comes from this YouTuber who's made an hour long video demonstrating and ranking the 35 elevators in the first five games in the Myst series. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 10 days ago

[Note] Information Trajectory

Humans invented Wikipedia, which made accessing information highly-convenient, at the risk of questions about its authenticity. Then humans invented GPTs, which made accessing information even more-convenient at the expense of introducing hallucinations that can be even harder to … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 11 days ago

[Article] Science Weekend

It was a weekend full of science, starting with a visit to the excellent open day at Harwell Campus and a trip to the Diamond Light Synchrotron, and finishing with a series of medical tests on my lungs and why they're not working as well as they ought to. With graphs! | Continue reading


@danq.me | 11 days ago

[Repost] Canine commuters chase dog travel season tickets

llswater Steamers and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway have introduced a season ticket for dogs. And it's called the "Rover" ticket. 😘🤌 | Continue reading


@danq.me | 14 days ago

[Article] A Stupid Joke About Elephants

It was too hot to sleep, so I learned about how to differentiate species' of elephant from one another instead. And then I thought of a really, really stupid joke, which you now get to experience too... | Continue reading


@danq.me | 14 days ago

[Article] Special Roads

Today I learned why some British roads have seemingly-unnecessary speed limit signs, e.g. "70" signs on something that appears to be a motorway. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 22 days ago

[Article] ARCC

I've finally reached a point at which I've seen almost everything in ARCC, so it's time for me to shout a glowing review about why you should give it a go , too. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 26 days ago

[Note] The Sprint Plan And The Noise

Power's out yet again at my house (though not for the last reason nor because of our weird wiring: this time it's for tree trimming), so here I am in my favourite coworking-friendly local cafe with The Signal And The Noise (which I've talked about before) in my ears and a whole l … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 1 month ago

[Note] Awtomattig

If Automattic had been founded in Wales instead of the USA, it'd probably be called Awtomattig. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 1 month ago

[Article] Somewhat-Effective Spam Filters

I've tried a variety of unusual anti-spam solutions. Here's how they worked out for me. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 1 month ago

[Article] Woke Kids

The other weekend I took our 10-year-old to her first Pride parade, and she blew my mind with the level of allyship she's already achieved. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 1 month ago

[Article] Framing Device

This weekend I repaired an ill-fitting door, which I learned to do by watching my grandfather, over thirty years ago. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 1 month ago

[Article] Multi-Phase Maps in FoundryVTT

Using FoundryVTT's powerful API and a little bit of JavaScript code, we can easily produce a battlemap that changes through a series of phases as the adventure progresses. Here's how... | Continue reading


@danq.me | 1 month ago

[Note] Proud Pup

This young lady's so proud of herself! This morning, she was up in time to catch in-the-act the burglar who visits us three times a week and steals the empty glass bottles we leave on our doorstep. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 1 month ago

[Checkin] Dan Q performed maintenance on GC9GTV3 Drive Slowly; Fox Crossing

This checkin to GC9GTV3 Drive Slowly; Fox Crossing reflects a geocaching.com log entry. See more of Dan's cache logs. Checked in on this cache; found it wide open with the log book removed from its bag and thrown on the floor. Looks like minor vandalism. 😢 Gonna have to k … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 1 month ago

[Article] Don’t Ask, Don’t Teach

It looks like the Tories want to ban teachers from talking about gender identity to children of any age. What is this, 1987 again? | Continue reading


@danq.me | 1 month ago

[Checkin] Dan Q enabled GC9Z37B Friar’s Farm – Legal Limit

This checkin to GC9Z37B Friar's Farm - Legal Limit reflects a geocaching.com log entry. See more of Dan's cache logs. Cache container replaced and ready to find on a diversion from this morning’s school run. The dog was not pleased at having to go for an additional walk in the dr … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 1 month ago

[Checkin] Dan Q found GCAQJN1 Hardwick park 1

When a new geocache appears at the start of my workday I don't usually stand a chance of claiming the First-To-Find. But when it's still unclaimed at the end of the day, the race is on... | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Checkin] Geohashing expedition 2024-05-09 51 -1

In my first expedition in a while, I made two brave outings to an exceptionally muddy field this morning in order to find a geohashpoint. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Repost] A completely plaintext WordPress Theme

Terence Eden took my idea for a completely plain text blog, ran with it, and just kept running. Now it's a WordPress theme! | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Article] Blog to 5K

This is my 5,000th blog post on this blog. Wow, that's a lot! Let's look at some milestones along the way. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Article] Let Your Players Lead The Way

In gradually becoming a better RPG gamemaster, the toughest lesson for me has been how to surrender control to my players. Here's the story of the importance of that lesson, and some of the mistakes I've made along the way. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Checkin] Dan Q found GC30B8 SP1

This checkin to GC30B8 SP1 reflects a geocaching.com log entry. See more of Dan's cache logs. The rest of my family and I enjoy a Go Ape, so we came out this morning for a bout of tree climbing and high ropes at the nearby centre. After our picnic lunch, and while the kids were [ … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Checkin] Dan Q wrote note for GC9Z37B Friar’s Farm – Legal Limit

This checkin to GC9Z37B Friar's Farm - Legal Limit reflects a geocaching.com log entry. See more of Dan's cache logs. I’ve now confirmed that this cache is missing (it looks like it was removed by the council during the installation of the signs for the new 20mph limit) and sourc … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Note] link rel=”blogroll”

Dave Winer kindly let me know about a proposed standard for linking to OPML blogrolls. Given that I added a page containing my blogroll last year, it was easy enough for me to add a tiny bit of code to the header to add support for automatic detection of my blogroll. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Article] Does a blog have to be HTML?

Terence Eden wrote about his recent experience of IndieWebCamp Brighton, in which he mentioned that somebody – probably Jeremy Keith – had said, presumably to provoke discussion: A blog post doesn’t need a title. Terence disagrees, saying: In a literal sense, he was wrong. The HT … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Note] Allowed to Vote

I'm still a little miffed that my local council took it on themselves to "correct" my name on the electoral roll to something it isn't, thereby potentially disenfranchising me (I can't produce photo ID in the fake name they came up with!). But I'm pleased to report that, after pr … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Reply] If you’ve ever found yourself missing the “good old days” of the web, what is it that you miss?

You wanted to identify a song? Type some of the lyrics into a search engine and hope that somebody transcribed the same lyrics onto their fansite. You needed to know a fact? Better hope some guru had taken the time to share it, or it'd be time for a trip to the library. Not havin … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Article] Test your site in Lynx

Testing your website in Lynx or another text-mode browser can help you find find where you've become dependent upon JS and CSS. Let's see how much of DanQ.me breaks when it's deprived of advanced Web functionality! | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Note] Genderclear

Breakpoint issues always make me feel a bit "genderclear". | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Repost] Roman object that baffled experts to go on show at Lincoln Museum

An archeological dig in Lincolnshire has unearthed a Roman... thingy. It joins hundreds of other thingies of the same design that we've found over the last three centuries, but we can't conclusively say anything about what these thingies are FOR. That's amazing. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Video] Suno the Cheerleader

I continue to be an AI-sceptic. But if you're feeling uninspired on a Monday morning, try feeding your to-do list into an AI songwriter and ask for something uplifting so you can start your day with a cheerleader on your side! | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Note] Nerd Sniped Traveller

I think I might be more-prone to nerd sniping when I'm travelling. Last week, a coworker pointed out an unusually-large chimney on the back of a bus depot and I lost sleep poring over 50s photos of Dutch building sites to try to work out if it was original. When a boat tour guide … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Article] Window Tax

…in England and Wales From 1696 until 1851 a “window tax” was imposed in England and Wales. Sort-of a precursor to property taxes like council tax today, it used an estimate of the value of a property as an indicator of the wealth of its occupants: counting the number of windows … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Article] 5 Cool Apps for your Unraid NAS

Some suggested starting apps for your Unraid NAS, inspired by a conversation this week with a teammate who's an aspiring Unraider. Selfhosting FTW! | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Checkin] Dan Q found GC89T04 Japanse glazen dobbers

This checkin to GC89T04 Japanse glazen dobbers reflects a geocaching.com log entry. See more of Dan's cache logs. An easy find. Didn’t take nor leave any books, but briefly skimmed the Borland JBuilder 2 Getting Started guide, because it was familiar/nostalgic. Pretty sure I used … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Checkin] Dan Q found GC8R0FY SIX on the beach

This checkin to GC8R0FY SIX on the beach reflects a geocaching.com log entry. See more of Dan's cache logs. An easy find. As a approached I thought that a couple cuddling here might be in my way, but they were just getting ready to leave as I arrived! SL (love the long thin logbo … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Checkin] Dan Q found GC79PX6 Galgenveld / Field of Gallows

This checkin to GC79PX6 Galgenveld / Field of Gallows reflects a geocaching.com log entry. See more of Dan's cache logs. Eww. Had to put my hand into two gross holes before finding the (correct) third gross hole I needed to put my hand into. Worth it in the end for a happy smiley … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Checkin] Dan Q found GCAJGEA Welcome to Amsterdam! (Virtual Reward 4.0)

This checkin to GCAJGEA Welcome to Amsterdam! (Virtual Reward 4.0) reflects a geocaching.com log entry. See more of Dan's cache logs. TFTC! I’m not carrying any tickets for UK transport, but I’ve got a (mildly defaced) British banknote and I found a tram (the number 13, which con … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Checkin] Dan Q found GCAJHEN Amsterdam Greed / Hebzucht

This checkin to GCAJHEN Amsterdam Greed / Hebzucht reflects a geocaching.com log entry. See more of Dan's cache logs. Cash? Not carrying much of that. But my credit card sits at the front of my minimalist wallet and, as a bonus, shows my geocaching username (which is the same as … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Checkin] Dan Q did not find GC5A7X0 Bicycle Parking

This checkin to GC5A7X0 Bicycle Parking reflects a geocaching.com log entry. See more of Dan's cache logs. No luck here despite an extended search, the hint, and the spoiler image. Confident I’ve found the right host but no sign in the cache. I wonder if another geocacher is hold … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Checkin] Dan Q found GCAHANJ De Dolphijn

This checkin to GCAHANJ De Dolphijn reflects a geocaching.com log entry. See more of Dan's cache logs. QEF once some nearby muggles moved along. TFTC. PS Logbook getting quite full, only space for about 20-30 more signatures. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Checkin] Dan Q found GCAB935 Bartolotti House

This checkin to GCAB935 Bartolotti House reflects a geocaching.com log entry. See more of Dan's cache logs. Easy to spot, but I had to wait a while to be able to stealthily retrieve the cache. TFTC! | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Checkin] Dan Q found GC5K1KW Behind the Monument

This checkin to GC5K1KW Behind the Monument reflects a geocaching.com log entry. See more of Dan's cache logs. Love the monument, delighted to see it. Took me a long, long time to find the cache though! Started by looking near the coordinates but couldn’t find anything likely to … | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago

[Checkin] Dan Q found GC80871 Amsterdam #9

This checkin to GC80871 Amsterdam #9 reflects a geocaching.com log entry. See more of Dan's cache logs. After a lot of walking so far this morning I was glad of the opportunity to stop and take a rest nearby while I signed the log. TFTC, and greetings from Oxfordshire, UK. | Continue reading


@danq.me | 2 months ago