Movie Review: The Shining

Movie poster for the Shining.

I've never seen "The Shining". Or, at least, that's what I thought. It turns out that every single shot in that movie has been recycled, homage'd, and parodied in the last 40 years. It gives the whole movie a weird sense of déjà vu as your brain struggles to identify which scenes you think you've […]

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Movie Review: Judy

The poster for Judy.

Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts. It can't be stressed enough how magical a transformation Renée Zellweger goes through. Almost impossible to believe. Zellweger is nowhere to be seen or heard; it is 100% Judy. As a biopic, it straddles the fine […]

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Game Review: Catlateral Damage

Cat swatting objects off a shelf.

I'm playing through the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. You can follow along with all my game reviews. It's a lovely morning in the home, and you are a horrible cat. Your aim is to cause mayhem and destruction by knocking over as many things as possible. This is a joyful little game […]

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Game Review: Fugue in Void

Pipes in a moodily lit room.

I'm playing through the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. You can follow along with all my game reviews. I have mixed feelings about this. It isn't really a game - and admits as much - more of a low-stakes exploration simulator. It is gorgeous. I couldn't believe my laptop was capable of rendering […]

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Every Date is Significant

A graphic of a calendar showing the date "February 25 Sunday"

Many years ago, when I was very young and you were even younger... I was working for a Big Corporate on a Big Product. We were negotiating launch dates. It was the sort of thing where you have to book TV advertising months ahead. We were all set to go, when someone on our team […]

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Moneyed - a personal OpenBanking API

API Token generation screen.

After writing about how to use MoneyDashboard's unofficial API, the good folk at Moneyed told me about their officially supported API! So here's a quick review & howto guide. Moneyed is a slightly strange service. I think it is designed for companies to give as a benefit to their employees. But you can sign up […]

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Introducing - the slow web server

A digital watch.

This experiment has now ended. The code is available on One thing most websites try to do is try to serve you the page as fast as possible. So I've decided to do the opposite. I've made a (toy) web server which goes as slow as humanly possible. You can visit it at […]

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Movie Review: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The character of Borat wears a mask over his genitals.

There are two contradictory ways to view this movie. It's a dumb screwball comedy, sure, but it also tries to expose the depressing underbelly of the modern world. Part of the problem is that it rarely challenges the views that it exposes. It is content to let people make fools of themselves, but never asks […]

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Movie Review: Games Night

Movie poster with a cute dog on it.

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when the shady brother of one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters. This is "Smug Marrieds - The Movie". But it is so funny. Like most modern comedy movies, it is little more than a series […]

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Game Review: Islands Non-Places

Weird chairs on top of a tangle of roots.

I'm playing through the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. You can follow along with all my game reviews. This is... awful? It is visually interesting without actually being fun. It is intriguing for five minutes before becoming hollow. It is surreal and delightfully weird. But it isn't a game. You have to hunt […]

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