Dark Mode Doesn’t Need to be Inverted White on Black

As outlined recently, it’s fairly easy to support dark mode on your website, by referencing the device defaults, as set by the user. The only dark mode implementations I have seen so far have been inversions of the black text on a white background default. But on a content based site, is this best for […]

October 14, 2019

Blog, Web

dark mode example

Adding a Dark Mode to your Website

With iOS 13 out and many prowling the net in darkmode, you may not want to shine a spotlight into their face should they happen upon your #fff body. It will very soon be an affront to do so as people expect dark backgrounds at night (even though I believe dark/light is an intermediary step […]

September 26, 2019

Blog, UX, Web

UE4 Tip: spawning character sounds in in a listen server environment

September 24, 2019 - Externally hosted at

Blog, Game Design

Old Phone Day (aka Apple Christmas)

On what was once the merriest of occasions, I woke to the news of new phones. Although all my gear is now over four years old, I still look forward to this for months, hoping that in the near future, I’ll have the opportunity to upgrade. Such an opportunity has been withheld in recent years, […]

September 11, 2019

Blog, Culture, Diary

Road to Welfare

This is a road I used to walk in my late teens and early 20s, whenever I had to deal with centrelink, Australia’s welfare agency. That was 20 years ago. How many a soul have walked this track, wondering when their luck would change, or trying to summon the strength to change it for themselves.

February 26, 2019

Blog, Diary

A Needle in a Haystack

When I lost someone to the universe, cosmoverse or whatever people go when they are not people anymore, I worried a little that the person I knew was not what now existed, and that the things that held us together, flesh, family, had dissolved into time. I worried that they were now a needle in […]

February 24, 2019

Blog, Diary, Photography, Black & White, writing

New Camera old Feels

I just got a new Camera. This time there are no illusions. It will not change my life. It will not help me express myself. No one will be moved or changed by the photos it takes. It’s just a waste of money to entertain me as time slips away. The x-e1 is a cool […]

February 20, 2019

Blog, Photography

Transient Self

I’ve just spent some time looking at things I was writing in 2010 (thanks to the Internet Archive) and restoring these pages to my blog. It’s always fun and weird to look at yourself at a snapshot in time, as the same person at a different stage of the same journey. Naturally, I didn’t agree […]

June 29, 2018

Blog, Blogging

Level Design Lessons from 1v1 in AFPS

Some ideas on mapping for 1v1 games in Unreal Tournament

March 13, 2018 - Externally hosted at

Blog, Level-design, Game Design

New Theme – it’s Old!

A homage to the early web (circa 1995). Minimal styling on a one-template WordPress theme.

December 27, 2017

Blog, Web

How Tech Could Repopulate the Countrysides

An exploration of near-future trends and how they could prevent rural decline.

December 21, 2017 - Externally hosted at

Blog, writing

Furry Thoughts

Something of a humanised design manifesto

November 12, 2016 - Externally hosted at

Blog, writing, Graphic

Future News: Problems and Opportunities with Online News and its Monetisation

Can online journalism survive this attack on ads, and what will it look like if it does?

October 30, 2015 - Externally hosted at

Blog, Culture, writing, UX

Moving from Lightroom to Photos

Here are two linked articles I recently published on Medium. Going Jpeg Why I moved from RAW and Lightroom to JPEG and Photos How Apple Photos Helps Me Enjoy Photography Again Some specifics on how I use Photos.

July 12, 2015

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Thoughts on Photgraphy, possibly new. Probably not.

Nirvana plays, something seems off. I don’t listen to nirvana, not since I was 14. It seems fitting though. I’m thinking about street photography. Music made by a band led by a man who took his own life. The music is great, the lyrics are smart.  Street photography is similar. Photography in general is I […]

April 18, 2015

Blog, Photography

Please Don’t Call it Art

An essay on street photography hosted at Medium. Image by Daido Moriyama.

March 28, 2015 - Externally hosted at

Blog, Photography, writing

Fuck Focus…

Experiments In Street Photography A photo essay published (by me) on Medium.

March 20, 2015

Blog, Culture, Photography, writing

The Trouble With Taking Good Photos

Taking a good photo is difficult. The hardest part is you almost cannot do it on purpose. You just have to be in the right time and place, at the ready. Who says a shot is good anyway? The first person whose opinion you should seek is your own. Listening to others can be valuable […]

March 6, 2015

Blog, Photography, Works

Photo February

I wrote this as I really started to get into photography. My enthusiasm when I decide to do something is nuclear.

March 4, 2015

Blog, Photography

Top Photos of 2014

Today was a good year for creative expression all around, and these photos aren’t any exceptions! I’m also an avid instagrammer… these are my favourites from the year. If you’d like to see more, follow alidark3000. Some of these are SLR shots with a load of post-processing… some are straight iphone snaps. Some are good […]

December 20, 2014

Blog, Culture, Photography