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Weeknote #6

Posted: 30 May 2020

Weeknote #6 for the week ending 31st May 2020.

At work

  • It was a bank holiday in the UK this week, which meant that I spent less time on the telephone and responding to slack messages. It was a real productive start to the week - I wish they could all be like that
  • On Friday at approximately 17:59, I managed to complete a task that’s been on my todo list for a while
  • It involved migrating 2 old large websites onto a private server, so that the client could access the old content
  • That meant I could shutdown some old servers and consolidate everything onto 1 platform

After work

  • I made a few changes to my website this week
  • I separated the field that was powering the meta and open graph description tags. This allows me to make the open graph description tag more friendly in tone
  • I’ve been testing my site with Lighthouse version 6 and making further improvements to the preloading of my core website assets
  • I started to investigate removing Google Analytics in favour of using something self hosted. I'm worried about data storage and optimising the server for performance if I go down this route

Links and inspiration

  • Google announced Core Web Vitals this week, which will become an official search signal later this year
  • Mark Boulton launched Type Specimens which aims to bring together a curated stream of type specimens from around the world


  • After much deliberation, we sent our son back to school, which equates to 1 day a week until the summer holidays. It was a very emotional experience and felt like his first day back at school. But I'm happy to say, he really enjoyed seeing his friends again and didn't find the experience traumatic
  • When my son talks about the virus, we refer to it as Pedros cough
  • It feels like the new normal has begun here in France. From the 2nd June bars and restaurants will re-open. The 100km lockdown rule will also be lifted, meaning we can travel anywhere in France. Just in time for the sacred summer holidays
  • We watched Elon Musk shoot his corona rocket into space
  • We finally had our first swim in the sea of the year, something I've been dreaming about during lockdown

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