I love these guys, but came to them late. Flight of the Conchords - live in London, funny as ever. itunes.apple.com/gb/album/…
I’m currently reading “Fast Handling Techniques” by Frank Bethwaite (Designer of the Tasar, and meteorologist for the Australian olympic team). It starts by detailing some history of the evolution from displacement boats to planing boats (early 1900’s), to faster than wind boats.
I was struck by his description of light wind sailing (upwind), which I’ll try to explain.
When a weather forecast states a wind speed, this is measured/predicted at a height of 50 feet. In light airs (forecast 3 knots), this speed is significantly reduced as we get closer to the ground. Hence glassy water, where the wind speed is 0 knots at 0 metres, 0.5 knots at 1 metre, 1.5 knots at 3 metres, gaining 0.5 knots every metre, until 6 metres height, where it remains constant at 3 knots.
So to paraphrase, the air at the bottom of your sail is mostly stationary. The air at the top will be some non-zero speed.
Frank introduces the notion that the top of your sail should be set for the wind, but the bottom should be in line with the boats direction of travel, to reduce friction in the lower portion of the sail.
To achieve this, introduce twist in the sail (I can only imagine this means letting the kicker/vang off so the boom will rise and open the leech of the sail. So, now, the top of the sail (in the wind) is providing drive, the bottom of the sail (in stationary air) has minimised drag.
The image doesn’t show light airs, but it does demonstrate a twist in the sail.
This is tip #1 I’m keen to try out in the RS500 (or RS300). More to come as I get further through the book.
In this weeks Hacker Newsletter (448) I saw an article about letting others watch you work.
focusmate.com is a free service to pair with a stranger via video chat to get your work done, separately, together. Book a session on the calendar, join the video, communicate your goals verbally, then knuckle down.
The mind boggles, but it worked for my first session. I’ll be trying it again soon.
I’m using the Cactus layout, but have customised the CSS, with style inspiration from alexcican.com/blog The the colours though, are more Fruit Pastilles lolly than anything else.
You weren’t taking this somewhere without me, I hope?
Why doesn’t “palindrome”.reverse() == “emordnilap”?
I’m following the Hacking with Swift book, on project 12 now, but due to limits on the free Apple developer plan, the last 8 have the same bundle identifier (uk.co.cowlibob.Project4).
Here’s hoping it will shortly be worth paying the £79 yearly fee. 😁
A dinghy racing results app that allows you to:
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Inspired by @manton , I’m deploying a wiki for my apps knowledgebase. I’ve been deploying with Dokku, so I’m trying wiki.js on node for now.
An album from my childhood just made it to iTunes. My friend shared his love for Isaac Guillory with a bootleg cassette. I wore it out. Isaac Guillory Live (1988)
This is a great discussion on management and leadership in engineering. Relevant to engineers and managers overcast.fm
I love reeder app. Having not touched my RSS feeds for years (replaced by Twitter surfing), I’ve rediscovered some old favourite bloggers. First up, Mike Gunderloy
I’ve had this slim wallet for just over a year, who would have thought cork would be so durable? corkor. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’m currently using the bulma.io CSS framework. It’s nice, clean and a great development experience.
Started reading: Peter Godfrey Smith’s Other Minds - the octopus and the evolution of intelligent life 📚
Finished reading: Robin Hobb’s Royal Assassin 📚👍
A pile of boats
I’m really impressed with macOS Mojave. Specifically the Swift playground for training a new image classifier. Good results with relatively few images. Got to see how it performs in the real world now.
@help can micro.blog iOS app be modified to handle device rotation while in the in-app browser?
A tie of Trumpian proportions at today’s PMQs
A good question from do by Friday podcast; what is the oldest item that you use daily (or frequently)?
I think mine is a steam iron from 1999. Unless I count our 1907 built house.
This looks interesting for design ‘discovery ‘ in html. Tailwind CSS - A Utility-First CSS Framework for Rapid UI Development
I’m sitting outside the Octagon waiting for orchestra rehearsals to finish. The concert later today, originally postponed due to deep snow. What a difference a month makes.