Murray Adcock (site owner) wearing shades and raising a single eyebrow.

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Ad hoc thoughts from an ad hoc mind!

What I'm Up To

A Folk Load of Music

The first week of August can only mean one thing: Sidmouth Folk Festival. Whilst I'm still a relative newbie to the folk'ing delights on offer, Alison and her family are very much regulars, having attended almost every year since she can remember. That makes it a fairly permanent fixture in our diaries (which I've mentioned before), as well as a prime opportunity to visit friends and relatives in the South West; the fact we get to do so whilst indulging in some of Britain's best traditions (read...

Editing Commit History in Git/GitHub

I recently tweeted about an issue I was having with Git authors: A downside of gamified services is that when they fail it can be _de_motivating. My new laptop's Git author was wrong (100% my fault 🤦‍♂️), so I'm missing a month of commits. There's no real consequence, but I somehow feel anxious (and angry!) about those white squares! #CodeNewbie@theAdhocracy I wasn't kidding about the anxiety and anger either; those white squares genuinely got to me in a way that was probably not health...

Third Time's The Charm

If you happen to have swung by theAdhocracy in the last week or so, you'd have probably noticed things were looking a little different. You'd more than likely have also encountered a few errors or warnings[1], so apologies if that was the case. I've been teasing some of the changes for a while, but it feels fantastic to finally lift the lid and officially launch the redesign. As such, it is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to the third version of theAdhocracy; it's easily the biggest change...

Crafty Asset Management

I'm not sure that I've explicitly mentioned this yet, but I have officially migrated theAdhocracy to Craft CMS 💃🎉🕺 (read: paaaarteh!). There's a lot still being sorted out, on both the back-end and the front-end, but today I want to particularly focus on asset management[1]. Craft has some pretty nifty and clever tricks up its sleeve when it comes to image transforms, focus pulling, and even asset scope, but to me the most important element about a CMS is making sure tha...

Grid Lock

Last week I set myself a new productivity challenge. I don't want to dwell too much on that, but needless to say I think I've already abandoned it[1] 🤦 Y'see, I was meant to be spending this week: [working on] a little JavaScript and CSS Grid experiment around a calendar... I mean, I did technically do that, but then I got distracted by something ✨ sparkly ✨ and the original idea never really went anywhere. I might return to it in the future, but even if I did it wouldn't be for the Grid...