a pale slim ghost

is Kara Brightwell

she'll haunt you with:

sound experiments #2: net

by Kara Brightwell

i'm feeling a lot better. here's another web page that makes pretty sounds:


it's a mesh of evenly-spaced random dots (poisson-disc sampled). they're connected by very loose springs in a Delaunay triangulation. a handful of dots are picked to each play one note of a stacked A minor 11th chord.

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sound experiments #1: planets

by Kara Brightwell

i'm sick and when i'm sick i always try making web art and this time i made something i'm proud of and want to show people:

it's a simulation of lots of little planets doing gravity at each other, and when they collide they say "blong" in a C minor pentatonic scale. that's it! it looks like this:


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weeknotes #5: varnish hotbox

by Kara Brightwell

1. oops where did three months go

holidays always throw my habits entirely out of the window. i also managed to gate posting my next weeknotes on having edited my photos from camping, which was a terrible thing to do to my brain.

2. whistlestop tour

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it's got webmentions now

by Kara Brightwell

and it's all Rowan's and chee's fault

mould brew

by Kara Brightwell

last week i made some cold brew. two litres of it in a big Kilner jar. an entire bag of peruvian coffee from a three month coffee subscription my parents bought me for christmas.

today i poured some and it smelt kinda bleachy and there were floating white things. an entire litre down the sink.

weeknotes #4: gaslit by apple maps

by Kara Brightwell

1.hello from the surrey hills

  • we are camping and it is raining, a lot
  • i just barbecued some smoked mackerel fillets and oh my god. then they got rained on and we ate them in the car
  • last time we came here apple maps navigated us to a dead end seven miles away and then said “you have arrived”, very clearly nowhere near the pin on the map
    • imagine being gaslit by apple maps
    • this time we got it to give directions to the pub in the village
  • we put a kettle on and almost immediately ran out of butane. and then it got rained on
  • i love it here

2. i sold a lens to a friend of a friend

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weeknotes #3: business horoscopes

by Kara Brightwell

content warning: wild animal injury

1. been watching the Fast & Furious films with friends

  • once a week, on a sunday afternoon
  • we sync up the films, hit play, and pretend we're mst3k via Slack
  • they're actually pretty good, even the bad ones
  • also i'm spotting how much of an influence they had on the Need For Speed franchise in the early 00s
  • speaking of which:
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weeknotes #2: a real burger made out of cow

by Kara Brightwell

1. i went to the office, and it was normal

  • i went to the office, and it was normal?
  • i've gotten weirdly good at self-administering a lateral flow test
    • Kara Brightwell: skilled at scraping her own tonsils, and inserting things too far up her nostrils
    • imagine showing that my to myself eighteen months ago
    • she'd probably go "oh okay so, uh, 'Kara', i see, that's a thing we did, okay. wanna make out"
  • i had a desk assigned to me, and it was by a window, and it was in a building that isn't my flat, and i got to go there and not be in the same 46m² forever
  • i saw like. twenty people. in an office that has capacity for like fifteen hundred.
  • i had a burger, a real burger made out of cow, from a fast food restaurant, with cheesy fries
  • it was so normal!
  • this is genuinely the best thing i've been able to do for my mental health during the entire panettone
  • i'm going back like. twice a week now, fuck it

2. trying not to burn out

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weeknotes #1: fried liver attack

by Kara Brightwell


  • hahaha funny ironic meta blogging joke

2. okay so i'm the Tech Lead of the FT.com Platforms Team now, what's up with that

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it's got rss now

by Kara Brightwell

hi Alice! hi Rowan

oops i broke it

by Kara Brightwell

see the thing with writing a blog yourself in rails is you have to maintain it and stuff

i upgraded to Ruby 3.0 because fast but it turns out major versions have breaking changes? weird

apparently URI.decode isn't a thing and also hashes don't become keyword args any more and i can't be waiting for gems i use to fix their shit so back to 2.7 it is

imagine being able to upload images to a blog

by Kara Brightwell

using ActiveStorage it's kind of not even a thing? i drag a file on to the browser and send a form and it just goes into the database? like this frog on a unicycle:

frog on a unicycle

that's stored in Postgres as a Large Object, isn't that neat

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i have added a yeet button to posts

by Kara Brightwell

so now you can yeet posts

okay, now it's a blog

by Kara Brightwell

built on rails, who even does that

see, last time i tried rebuilding my blog i started writing my own static site generator because, you know

this isn't some countercultural reverse bandwagon hipster thing, it's the anthropic principle

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