Alistair Dark

HomePods are Better with Tidal HiFi - August 5, 2020 - Music

At first, I was a little dissapointed with Homepod, even with a stereo pair. They have a cold sound that depended on the low end to keep it balanced, but the low end didn’t fill the room, but gathered in certain spots (Honey, I found the bass, it was at the other end of the […]

Best Albums of 2010s - January 31, 2020 - Blog, Culture, Music

The 2010s were a great decade for music discovery, with Spotify arriving in Australia in 2012 followed by Apple Music a few years later. I haven’t listened to all of them, so this is not exhaustive, but here are the albums I found and loved.

Open Letter to Australian Environmental Editors - January 6, 2020 - Culture

The devastating fires predicted scientifically are clearly linked to climate change. However a potentially larger short-term factor is being consistently overlooked. Mining is a traditional environmental target, however livestock agriculture uses 46 times more water, produces three to five times the emissions, creates a quarter less GDP (it’s 70-80% an export industry), and perhaps most […]

Details – ephemera captured - October 16, 2019 - hosted at at - Photography, Black & White, iPhoneography

An ongoing collection of photographs of random this and thats. Most of these are shot on an iPhone 6. The ones with a white border are taken with Blackie App on iPhone – a great app for black and white iPhoneography. Many were taken with the iPhone’s Noir preset – a very nice high contrast black and white mode.

Dark Mode Doesn’t Need to be Inverted White on Black - October 14, 2019 - Blog, Web

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 […]

Adding a Dark Mode to your Website - September 26, 2019 - Blog, UX, Web

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 […]

Old Phone Day (aka Apple Christmas) - September 11, 2019 - Blog, Culture, Diary

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, […]

Road to Welfare - February 26, 2019 - Blog, Diary

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.

A Needle in a Haystack - February 24, 2019 - Blog, Diary, Photography, Black & White, writing

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 […]

New Camera old Feels - February 20, 2019 - Blog, Photography

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 […]