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Smaller observations, thoughts and links shares posted regularly.

Glen And Friends Cooking channel finally reveal the secret KFC ingredients but the story takes a turn. It turns out Ireland's own Pat Grace's Famous Fried Chicken has a lot to do with things.

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Long-running plugd records have a new online presence. Go check them out

The State of CSS 2020 Opera 2020 12 01 at 12 08 07 PM

Rather a neat presentation showing the data, highlight the trends from the State of CSS survey.

Charming sans

Charming Sans is the fun, casual typeface we all need right now!! It comes in light, regular, semibold, and bold; each with italics.

Guinness ceased production of its porter at the end of April 1973. Interestingly, a pint of porter was poured from 2 separate barrels to get the creamy head.

The refrain "A pint of plain is your only man" from Flann O'Brien's poem, "The Workman's Friend" has become a famous quotation and means a pint of stout will solve all your problems.

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Cork band Emperor Of Ice Cream were dropped by their label Sony before they got to record their album and subsequently broke up in 1995. They got together during lockdown to re-record everything and their accomplishment is now out to purchase. Well worth a listen.

Sodium vapor process

Yellow Screen or The Sodium vapour process used by Disney and made famous by Mary Poppins (1964) used a specially coated prism in an old three-strip Technicolor camera. They were able to film technically brilliant mattes even with transparency. There was only one camera with this unique prism. Nobody was able to replicate it, and it was only ever for 35mm film. Blue Screen was developed for larger film formats at the time like 65mm, Ben Hur in particular.

This is super helpful when doing all your updates in Craft CMS in via composer. The composer plugin prestissimo, downloads packages in parallel to speed up the installation process. To install use a global require.

composer global require hirak/prestissimo

These days Cloudflare is in front of a lot of large sites I work with. This little tip in invaluable for checking on the cached status of a page. Add the custom header of cf-cache-status to your Network tab. Simple as that.

Check for Cloudflare status of a page
PowerToys for Windows 10

Inspired by the Windows 95 era PowerToys project, this reboot has some nice features for your workflow. Download the preview here. I'm loving FancyZones already.

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Pixel & Tonic release Craft CMS 3.5 RC1. Very exciting. Highlights include New Field Layout Designer and custom UI elements based on site templates. Full 3.5 changelog

Graves and fulacht fia

While the rest of the family made a trek to Ballysrisode beach today, I was left at home "working". It's a great little beach in West Cork, Ireland. It's divided into two parts, and on the second part, there is an unusual grouping of stones.

There are two different stories to these. The first is that of a local pirate that had a battle on the beach and that they are gravestones. The second that it is the remains of a Bronze Age Fulacht Fia. Both a fascinating read no matter which one is correct.

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