Rowan’s Weeknotes

Weekly updates about what’s happening in my life. If you want more regular but less structured updates, check out my notes.

  1. Week 170: Choux

    Me in a large deep ball pool with only my head visible

    A week of phone calls, many family visits, a leaking light fitting, incredible choux buns, leaving drinks, pretend Guinness, 36th birthdays, and website admin. Read Week 170: Choux.

  2. Week 169: Red Kites

    A Red Kite flying low, taken from beneath it. It has broad wings and a slightly forked red tail

    A week of internal tech conferences, theatre databases, pretty countryside, Midsomer Murders, birds of prey, memories, galleries, roast dinners, and overhyped AIs. Read Week 169: Red Kites.

  3. Week 168: Saltburn

    Charlotte stood in our living room playing Beat Saber

    A week of plugholes, cinema sofas, achy elbows, flailing about in our living room, power cuts, shopping, cold weather, and a lack of pub. Read Week 168: Saltburn.

  4. Week 167: Cryptic

    A completed cryptic crossword in a book

    A week of new years, being back at work, AI anti-hype, garden walks, being rained on, actors, skylines, a lack of TV, and a complete crossword. Read Week 167: Cryptic.

  5. Year 3: Max Holiday

    A full year of weeknotes represented as a grid of thumbnails

    A year of many holidays, writing a lot, decommissioning things, learning how to infrastructure, and having a more relaxing time. Read Year 3: Max Holiday.

  6. Week 166: Glory Hole

    A week of Christmas dinners, multiple spreadsheets, selection box ratings, sickness, lots of driving, canceled plans, innocent Grandmas, Brighton hotels, and a restful few days. Read Week 166: Glory Hole.

  7. Week 165: Jesus is Watching

    A full-wall mural of a crucified Jesus in a crown of thorns, looking down on a double bed

    A week of festive spreadsheets, work ideas, Christmas songs, old colleagues, long drives, German markets, chocolate rating, Jesus murals, and Whisky Macs. Read Week 165: Jesus is Watching.

  8. Week 164: Die Hard

    A week of Christmas parties, festive films, lots of board games, Spanish food, wine, wings, and custom tooling. Read Week 164: Die Hard.

  9. Week 163: Old Fashioneds

    A lit up and decorated Christmas tree

    A week of tiredness, possibly giving up on Advent of Code, all-day planning sessions, Christmas parties, Old Fashioneds, bad hangovers, long hikes, and trees. Read Week 163: Old Fashioneds.

  10. Week 162: Rustration

    A view of the Thames and the O2 from above

    A week of long walks, outdoor art, docklands, escape rooms, drinks, Christmas pizza, fairy lights, advent calendars, and Rust-based tooling. Read Week 162: Rustration.

  11. Week 161: Ghost Train

    A week of delayed yearnotes, winning board games, friends, lots of champagne, cancelled plans, Tom Barnaby, tragic fires, and an atmospheric waste of time. Read Week 161: Ghost Train.

  12. Week 160: Doubtfire

    A sheep with a very impressive double set of horns

    A week of re-engaging my brain, debugging, 90s classics, being sick, bottomless brunches, tequila rose, city farms, roasts, and unexpected meetings. Read Week 160: Doubtfire.

  13. Week 159: Phuket

    Lush green islands

    A week of beautiful beaches, unlimited cocktails, zen pools, warm seas, snorkeling, mini golf, preparing for work, cold weather, and festivities. Read Week 159: Phuket.

  14. Week 158: Bangkok & Chiang Mai

    A busy street in Bangkok at night, market stalls are being set up

    A week of busy cities, nightlife, excellent cheap food, overnight trains, beautiful countryside, sticky waterfalls, eggy springs, injuries, and all-inclusives. Read Week 158: Bangkok & Chiang Mai.

  15. Week 157: Drive to Sydney

    A view over a cliff into the bright blue sea below

    A week of long drives, beautiful country, rugged coasts, whale-spotting, live kangaroos, beach days, cocktails, opera houses, Jacaranda trees, and more long flights. Read Week 157: Drive to Sydney.

  16. Week 156: Melbourne

    The entrance to Luna Park which is a large creepy-looking face, you walk through the open mouth to enter

    A week of jet lag, tall buildings, exhibitions, old friends, lectures, lamingtons, croissant queues, long beach walks, rickety rollercoasters, Hanging Rock, dead kangaroos, and a long drive. Read Week 156: Melbourne.

  17. Week 155: 414 URI Too Long

    A week of smashing it at work, bad URL-encoding, meeting family, falafel wraps, pints with friends, not thinking about computers, and super long flights. Read Week 155: 414 URI Too Long.

  18. Week 154: Crayfish

    A crayfish visible at the bottom of a very clear stream.

    A week of normality, deep rabbit holes, proxies, good lebanese food, several Whitechapel pubs, bad Zipcars, family visits, wholesome childhoods, country walks, and future holidays. Read Week 154: Crayfish.

  19. Week 153: Japan

    A view over Kyoto from Kiyomizu-Dera

    A week of fish markets, projected carp, stock exchanges, roller coasters, Izakaya, trains, Kyoto, friendly deer, sake, restorative tantanmen, and heaps of food. Read Week 153: Japan.

  20. Week 152: Tokyo

    A view across a busy street crossing in Kabukicho, to tall buildings covered in lit-up signs

    A week of multiple flights, not napping, delicious ramen, vending machines, Japanese gardens, drinking sake, claw machines, drinking sake, bright lights, and friendly bar staff. Read Week 152: Tokyo.