Reading List #5

Five articles I've read and enjoyed recently.

Are Romantic Comedies Dead?

Why '27 dresses' isn't a patch on 'Annie Hall'.

If You’re Lying About Being a Navy SEAL, This Man Will Catch You

I have very little interest in the military and those who aspire to it, but this story about people who lie about it is very interesting.

The Saddest Homecoming Queen in Ohio

A very insightful and funny article about growing up.

The Keely Motor Fraud

John W. Keely's elaborate 19th century engineering and science hoax.

What it's like running an arcade in 2015

A look in to a handful of locations that are keeping arcades alive.

Reading List #4

Five articles I've read and enjoyed recently.

The Sea of Crises

A sumo wrestling tournament. A failed coup ending in seppuku. A search for a forgotten man. How one writer’s trip to Japan became a journey through oblivion.

The Economics (and Nostalgia) of Dead Malls

I didn't go to a mall until the late 90s, and I'll wager those in the UK are nothing like those in the US. Still, I found this fascinating.

The incredible true story behind the Toronto mystery tunnel

Why Elton McDonald built the Toronto tunnel that captivated the world.

Leaving Alaska

A man and his cabin in the woods.

Why you shouldn't exercise to lose weight

Explained with 60+ studies

Reading List #3

Five articles I've read and enjoyed recently.

Unearthing the Complete and Total Disaster That Was 'The Chevy Chase Show'

Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny, uninteresting, yet highly rated feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we cry in vain.

Jennifer Pan's Revenge

The inside story of a golden child, the killers she hired, and the parents she wanted dead.

Reversal of Fortune

Forty-two residents of the struggling cotton-farming town of Roby band together to enter the lottery. They buy 430 tickets. Then - on the eve of thanksgiving, no less - they hit the jackpot, winning $46 million. You might expect a happy ending. Not even close.

Why You Cannot Find "The One"

So much sense.

The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans

Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency.

Reading List #2

Five articles I've read and enjoyed recently.

I'm an accessibility consultant. Stop hiring me.

Another tech job we shouldn't need.

Netflix and Ch-Ch-Chilly

How have decades of mass media and technology changed us? A writer returns to his remote hometown — once isolated, now connected. And finds unexpected answers.

Why "Live In The Moment" Is Terrible Advice

This advice has always sounded irresponsible to me.

God Knows Where I am

What should happen when patients reject their diagnosis?

I let strangers make all my decisions for a week and wound up sobbing in an Uber

This was a disaster waiting to happen.

Digital housekeeping

I'm finally getting my house in order. That is my digital house. I've never been very strict about files and folders though I try to keep on top of it. Recently I've felt a new vigour to get things in order.

Aside from a system SSD, where I do store some current work on my desktop, I try to keep my system drive free of anything but OS and software.

Along side the system drive is a 1tb WD Red that is my main drive. This is backed up nightly to a mirrored NAS giving me three local copies of these files. I'm also in the process of backing this up to a new Backblaze account, but the 300gb are taking a while to do.

Finally in my main system is a 640gb drive that I use as a scratch drive. There is stuff on there I wouldn't like to lose but it wouldn't be the end of the world if I did.

My small home server contains a small SSD for OS and software. Also in there are a 2.5in 750gb drive that I use for downloading and general work with a large amount of files. Also in here is my Media drive, a 2tb WD drive that contains films, tv shows, audiobooks etc.

The media drive is manually backed up to an external 2tb Buffalo drive.

In addition to the above I have a portable 2tb drive that lives in my bag. Another 2tb external that used to be my media drive. Two 1tb external Buffalo drives, and a 500gb external Buffalo drive.

So what am I storing where...

Documents and files (1tb WD Red)

All my JPG photos are further compressed using imagemin, in particular the jpeg-recompress binary.

Currently this drive contains about 300gb of data with about 650gb free, so should suffice for a few years to come.

Third drive (640gb)

At the time of writing the folder structure is:

As I said above, it wouldn't be the end of the world if this drive failed. But it's showing no signs and I plan to do something with a lot of the stuff on here soon.

Server - Media drive (2tb)

Back in October 2015 I decided to re-encode all video files to x265 and standardise audio formats and subtitle files. It's taken a long time to do this and I'm still doing it but the bulk of it is done. It's cut the space consumed by these files in half.

This drive is mirrored manually once every couple of weeks to an external 2tb drive.

2 x 1tb buffalo external

This is mirrored on two external drives. Just in case.