February 2022

It’s been a short month, but on top of that, this is going to be a short article — I just don’t have much I can report right now! I spent a whole lot of time reading, which I think I needed: sometimes it’s nice just to relax a bit.

I think maybe the most exciting thing I accomplished this month was migrating the entirety of my Google Photos library to Apple Photos, which was a surprisingly manual process. It took over a week for my tens of thousands of photos to upload to iCloud, and even more time for each photo to be algorithmically processed to determine how many cats they contain.


Not a whole lot to report this month — just a few iterative improvements here and there.

I did give a talk on Next.JS at work, which required building a little app, which was a lot of fun!

I should also point to a little toy script that interacts with a website where anyone can turn on and off a light; I wrote a thing to keep the light on, but more excitingly, a thing to flick the light on and off in morse code. You can find that at https://github.com/tjwds/get-lamp.



First: I finished up Infomacracy by Malka Older. It was so good. Just a nice, fun time, filled with enough political intrigue to keep you guessing.

Next, I read The Secret History by Donna Tartt, which was absolutely gripping. The characters were all incredibly crafted, and every inch of the scenery was just perfect. This book is a must-read.

I’m now about halfway through Anathem by Neal Stephenson — more to come when I finish it!


This month, failbetter published:


  • I typed 610,000 keys and clicked 107,257 times.
  • I listened to 1,061 songs.
  • 8 albums escaped from the Album Gauntlet.