Jonathan Beckett

Jonathan Beckett

The life and times of a software and web developer.

Preparing to Travel

Throughout the day I have been quietly getting ready to travel to Germany again. A taxi will arrive early tomorrow morning and spirit me to London Heathrow, where I will make the familiar journey through check-in, security, and the departure hall befor...

Not Again, Surely?

If you just wandered into this post, and know my recent history on the internet, you're probably thinking "not again, surely?". Erm. Well. Yes actually. Again. I've always liked what the guys at Postach.io did with their blog hosting platform - if you'...

Hello World

It seems only natural that a blog should begin with a post called "Hello World". This isn't really a beginning at all though - it's the result of an endless trudge around the internet looking for a suitable place to publish all manner of forgettable ru...

Alone on Thursday Night

I’m home alone this evening while the rest of the family travel a hundred miles or so to watch our youngest daughter in a music concert that her school are taking part in. Given deadlines and timescales at work, I couldn’t realistically ask for time of...

The Ticking Clock

My hosting plan at Wordpress runs out in four months. Being completely truthful, I don’t know if I’m going to carry on - or even if I want to carry on. I know I’ve wobbled quite a bit in recent months, and you’re probably bored of reading about it, but...

Contemplating Submersion

I'm contemplating submerging my blog once again - disassociating it with the "real world" me - disconnecting my name from it. I'm not sure if it's a good idea or not.There's a part of me that likes being transparent. I'm a pretty open book - those that...

Bullet Journal Productivity Tip

You know how everybody seems to be going on and on and on and on and on and on about Bullet Journals at the moment? I have a cunning tip to aid you in your procrastinatory productivity efforts.You know people write little lists of things to do, and tic...

The Brand New Testament

I started watching an unexpectedly wonderful movie last night. Everybody else had gone to bed fairly early, and I found myself sitting in the lounge on my own, flicking through movies on the TV. It's called "The Brand New Testament". I'm not entirely ...

Nothing in Particular

We made it to Friday again! Do we get cake, or party poppers or something? It feels like we should.I walked into work again this morning - dragging my eldest daughter with me. She's sitting opposite me, quietly tinkering with something or other on her ...

Kicking Myself up the Arse

This blog has been unspeakably rubbish recently. There. I said it. I've been churning out posts like some sort of cheap sausage machine - more because I thought I should than because I had anything to say. It's a slippery slope, and I have no idea how ...