Year: 2020

Those damned Reds

I met with a client yesterday at their modern office in a part of central Bern which is a former hipster area and which is plagued by graffiti artists and substance abusers. Although the building is new and freshly-finished with some attractive brickwork, it’s only a matter of time before it, too, will be sprayed […]

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Letter size comparison by Alexander Andrews @ Unsplash

Font sizing for the web

There are three main options for setting the size of text in the web using CSS. The font size can be set in “pixels”, in “EM”s or in ”REM”s. It can be a little difficult to understand where the differences lie, and which unit of measurement is correct.

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Biking along the lake

I bought a bike because it’s fun, it will improve my fitness rapidly – thereby helping me to get ready for hiking season – and because it means that I don’t have to rely on public transport or on my car for my daily trip to work and back. It also allows me to enjoy the local scenery more; getting me further more quickly than on foot.

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A worry stone

Let a website be a worry stone

Ethan Marcotte and Jeremy Keith shared some thoughts recently about how a side-project or personal website can be a way to either distract yourself from other worries, or to center yourself in a time of unusual stress.

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Ranz des vaches/lyôba

Ranz des vaches/lyôba

Jo reminded me earlier of the Ranz des Vaches (or Lyôba), a classical Swiss alpine song which has stirred the hearts of many Swiss for years. It’s said that the song made those Swiss living abroad so homesick, that singing and playing it was banned amongst Swiss mercenaries in the eighteenth century, so as not to cause desertion.

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Temptation for idiots

The news over the past couple of days has proven that there is an insane number of people taking to the countryside in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. Here in the Swiss Alps, all of the cable cars and mountain stations are closed, and even the essential trains are running on a reduced service. […]

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On two wheels

After many years, I’m back in the saddle with my own e-bike. And I’m loving it.

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