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Individuality and contemporary art

Last week I went to the Tate Modern for the first time. I always find museums and galleries take me to a reflective state of mind, and I quite enjoy it. My partner and I usually go together, so we end up tangled in deep conversations about our…

The opposite of depression

Does anyone know what the opposite of depression is? I’ve had a couple of encounters with depression in my life, almost in passing. Like a big weight that I take around on piggy back for a few weeks, and then it dissipates. My feelings numb, like…

DevOpsDays London 2019

This is long overdue now, but not overdue enough that I won’t post it out of shame 😅 In 2018 I went to DevOpsDays London for the first time, and I had such a great time! I found it a very welcoming space 🙂 If you want to read about it, here ya go…

2019 in Review

I really enjoyed doing my year recap last year, so thought I’d keep it up. It gives me a chance to look over the last year and relive my favourite bits, while figuring out what to go after this year 🙂 First I get to review the goals I had for 201…

Little stumble with styled components

I’d been seeing “caching issues” for a while with this site. Whenever I deployed it, it would show outdated styles, and on refresh turn back to what I expected. Ah, cache invalidation… the hardest thing in software engineering. Right? 😭 Well, I…

Dark Mode 🌑

From the beginning, as soon as dark mode became a thing, I was hooked. Much to my own detriment, I use my phone in bed, and not having my corneas scorched every so often was definitely a level up in my life. However, dark mode support has been…

ReactJS Girls 2019

As I mentioned on my Frontend NE write up, I’m hoping to specialise on frontend technologies going forward. I want to get to know the browser and the things we put in it in depth, so ReactJS Girls felt like a good opportunity to expand my knowledge…

How am I?

When I planned the holidays I’m in at the moment, I never deliberately planned to come on my own. My partner and I pretty much operate on the basis of: “I want to do this thing, would you like to come with?” Sometimes we do take the other one up on…

Impostor Syndrome and I

A few weeks ago, the Women in Tech group at work got together to organise the local section of our Women in Tech Experience, an enterprise wide event. They very generously invited me to do a short talk on impostor syndrome, something I’m familiar…

Frontend NE 2019

This may seem silly, but I kinda accidentally became a frontend person. My first job was around web and so I just kinda ended up here. Don’t get me wrong, I love the web. But these circumstances mean I never made an active choice about where I’d…

Messing about with Cloudcraft and Terraform

So, recently I set out to try and solve a problem: S3 in theoretically infinite, so it doesn’t really offer any sort of object search within a bucket. I needed an easy way of locating specific objects. Indexing the whole bucket is not feasible, or…

You got this! 2019

This post has been sitting in my drafts folder for way too long. I’ve been feeling guilty about not finishing it for a while now, but I should be focussing on the fact that I had a brilliant few weeks since this conference, where I did a lot of…

2018 in Review

I know I’m a bit late with the year review post, but I decided to properly disconnect over the holidays. As a result, I’m using the first couple of weeks of the new year to reflect on the year that passed and set some goals and direction to 2019. I…

FFConf 2018

I first read about FFConf on Twitter, and everyone had only the highest praise for it. I decided to attend as I wanted to hear a bit more about the web side of things. The conference is held in a lovely cinema, which meant that it was a bit dark but…

Hackference 2018

I’d heard really good things about Hackference from various Nottingham based folks, so when the super early bird tickets were released, I bagsied one straight away! It might even have been the first one, my ticket reference was DWZ0-1 🤔 The venue…

DevOpsDays London 2018

So, a few weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure to attend DevOpsDays London. It was my first time attending a big tech conference and the experience could not have been better! 🙂 I got a free ticket for this at Women in Tech Notts from the lovely…

Hello World

Hello there! 👋 For a while now, I’ve been meaning to start a blog. My main aim with it is to document my learnings, but I’ll probably also ramble on about various things. I have started-deleted-started-deleted the code for this site many times…