zzmag

An unstructured digest of stuff that I've found on the information superhighway.

Tsukemen from Menya Nukaji

Menya Nukaji
3-12 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0042

The subway in Tokyo is clean, efficient and remarkably quiet!

Apple Maps vs. Google Maps vs. Waze

I thus set out to answer three questions:

  1. Which navigation app estimates the shortest travel time?
  2. How does each app over/underestimate travel times?
  3. Which navigation app actually gets you to your destination most quickly?

Interesting! I find many Uber drivers in London use two devices: one with Google Maps and the other Waze.

GitLab

I finally got around to migrating all my private repos from GitHub to GitLab — a painless experience thanks to GitLab’s thorough import tools.

Having paid for GitHub since 2012, I don’t feel I’m getting value for money, nor do I feel as aligned with GitHub (the company) as I used to be.

vim-anywhere

Once invoked, vim-anywhere will open a buffer. Close it and its contents are copied to your clipboard and your previous application is refocused.

Cheap and cheerful uptime monitoring

When I was setting up zzmag.org I wanted to check that everything was working as expected, part of which was ensuring that requests were responding with 200 HTTP status codes, and if not then notify accordingly.

Cheap and cheerful, indeed!

ship the shoddy
every minute change you make
is an improvement
to yourself
and to your users

David Granick: The East End in Colour 1960-1980

We are delighted to announce a new exhibition of previously unseen photographs by David Granick which depict Stepney, Mile End, Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Limehouse and the Thames riverside in the warm hues of Kodachrome film. In the decades following the end of the Second World War, the East End was a place usually captured in black and white, so these photographs present a rare chance to see views of these neighbourhoods in the 1960s and 1970s – some still familiar, many since vanished – in colour for the first time.

I went to the exhibition this morning and it was a fascinating snapshot of London in transition: warm yet melancholic shown through muted colours — if you’re in the area I’d highly recommend popping in.

The Guardian has a sample of some of the photographs.

David Granick: The East End in Colour 1960-1980
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, 277 Bancroft Rd, London E1 4DQ