Apparently 10 years have passed since the switch from the self-written “Mark’s Blog” to the WordPress-powered “Cantabits”. 10 years is a long time for something to continue with little change on the Internet, so this is both a happy moment (10 years is an achievement) and a sad moment (the end may be on the horizon).
What does the future hold for Cantabits? I am not sure. Initially a place to experiment, learn and showcase in the “Mark’s Blog” era and a creative outlet in the “Cantabits” era, a blog seems less useful as my interests evolve. The current trend will probably continue in some form for now: increasing quietness with posts once every few years on topics of interest to me (e.g. building new homes, soundtracks and transport). However, maintenance overhead may eventually make quiet freezing or deletion of Cantabits an attractive option.
Will I continue to maintain a public presence on the Internet regardless of the future of Cantabits? Most likely, yes. A static webpage linking to some of the services on which you can find me is relatively unburdensome and useful.
To those who have occasionally visited over the last 10 (or more!) years: thank you for your time. I hope you’ve found the content here interesting and wish you all the best for the future.
Recently I encountered a strange issue on my Pixel 2 XL and thought it was worth sharing the problem, investigation and solution in case anyone experiences a similar issue.
The population of Cambridgeshire is growing and there’s plenty of demand for further growth, but developing new places for people to live, work and play in Cambridgeshire is tricky. Cambridge itself is surrounded by green belt that few seem willing to sacrifice, despite much of it being described as dull and featureless. There’s lots of development around Peterborough, but it cannot be expected to handle all of the population growth. A few new towns are being developed (Cambourne and Northstowe), but these are not well suited to grow beyond a certain size.
Notably, Cambridgeshire is curious in that it has two small-ish cities but does not yet have any large towns like Wellingborough, Corby and Kettering in neighbouring Northamptonshire. Many of the bigger towns to the east of the county (March, Wisbech and the city of Ely) are surrounded by flat, low-lying land that’s at risk of flooding by both river and, in the longer term, sea. On this basis, I would suggest that these towns should not be top of the list for future growth. However, the bigger towns in the west of Cambridgeshire are better suited to handling significant growth and providing Cambridgeshire with some large towns: Huntingdon and St Neots.
I recently came across Pride In The Jersey, a website about the kits of the various county-level GAA teams. This page is particularly interesting as it links to pages for each team with designs for kits dating back up to a few decades. Some of the kits have clearly gone through periods of having better and worse designs, and it’s interesting to see how long those periods have lasted!
During a recent extended browse of YouTube I came across a fun channel by North-London-based Seb Skelly. On that channel he performs nice arrangements of music you may know (from the Thomas the Tank Engine theme to The Final Countdown), typically for brass quintet, that are well worth a listen.
It has been a long time since I originally posted about Geoff Zanelli. In that time he has worked on a number of films, taking on an increasingly prominent role. When I heard that he was taking over as lead composer for the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film (Dead Men Tell No Tales/Salazar’s Revenge), I was excited to listen to the result. Just over a month ago I was lucky enough to see the film and I was not disappointed.
An extract from some Piratey music I wrote back in 2008. © 2008 Mark Hogan.
Radio Garden is an interesting website I came across a while ago that allows the exploration of radio around the globe with ease. While it does have sections on History, Jingles and Stories, the most interesting feature is the ability to browse radio stations geographically and listen to them live. The website seems very well put together, working smoothly across a range of devices, making it useful for general purpose browsing and playing if your favourite stations are geographically spread.
Joachim Rønning, one of the directors of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, recently posted this brief but exciting video of the score for the movie being recorded. A sneak peak of the start of the movie can be seen in the background: most is not too interesting (the usual Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films logos), but you do get a few seconds of the first scene.