books.alexwlchan.net
8 months agoTweak appearance for mobile
Alex Chan [Sun, 11 Oct 2020 23:35:10 +0000 (00:35 +0100)]
Tweak appearance for mobile

8 months agoAdd a review of "The City & the City"
Alex Chan [Wed, 7 Oct 2020 16:49:57 +0000 (17:49 +0100)]
Add a review of "The City & the City"

8 months agoDon't highlight 5 star books on the homepage
Alex Chan [Sun, 11 Oct 2020 23:03:40 +0000 (00:03 +0100)]
Don't highlight 5 star books on the homepage

8 months agoUse tint colours throughout the app
Alex Chan [Sun, 11 Oct 2020 23:02:41 +0000 (00:02 +0100)]
Use tint colours throughout the app

8 months agoFix a thumbnail path
Alex Chan [Sun, 11 Oct 2020 23:02:24 +0000 (00:02 +0100)]
Fix a thumbnail path

8 months agoUse tint colors to colorise links on individual pages
Alex Chan [Sun, 11 Oct 2020 22:46:14 +0000 (23:46 +0100)]
Use tint colors to colorise links on individual pages

8 months agoThrow a shelf of pseudo book spines at the top of the page
Alex Chan [Sun, 11 Oct 2020 22:32:52 +0000 (23:32 +0100)]
Throw a shelf of pseudo book spines at the top of the page

8 months agoAdd a review for "Engineering a Safer World"
Alex Chan [Sun, 27 Sep 2020 12:19:16 +0000 (13:19 +0100)]
Add a review for "Engineering a Safer World"

8 months agoAdd a review of "An Atlas of Extinct Countries"
Alex Chan [Sat, 19 Sep 2020 16:45:55 +0000 (17:45 +0100)]
Add a review of "An Atlas of Extinct Countries"

8 months agoAdd an entry for "A Speller's Companion"
Alex Chan [Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:39:51 +0000 (19:39 +0100)]
Add an entry for "A Speller's Companion"

8 months agoAdd an entry for "Codebreakers"
Alex Chan [Tue, 15 Sep 2020 08:35:32 +0000 (09:35 +0100)]
Add an entry for "Codebreakers"

9 months agoAdd an entry for "The Wandering Wombles"
Alex Chan [Thu, 10 Sep 2020 13:18:08 +0000 (14:18 +0100)]
Add an entry for "The Wandering Wombles"

9 months agoAdd a note about "Brag Better"
Alex Chan [Sun, 16 Aug 2020 22:35:36 +0000 (23:35 +0100)]
Add a note about "Brag Better"

9 months agoAdd a note about Montmorency
Alex Chan [Sun, 16 Aug 2020 22:35:29 +0000 (23:35 +0100)]
Add a note about Montmorency

10 months agoAdd an entry for "Airman"
Alex Chan [Sat, 8 Aug 2020 12:32:27 +0000 (13:32 +0100)]
Add an entry for "Airman"

10 months agoAdd the Scrapheap Challenge book
Alex Chan [Thu, 30 Jul 2020 21:52:34 +0000 (22:52 +0100)]
Add the Scrapheap Challenge book

10 months agoAdd a review of "Creative Selection"
Alex Chan [Sun, 26 Jul 2020 09:47:06 +0000 (10:47 +0100)]
Add a review of "Creative Selection"

10 months agoAdd two new books
Alex Chan [Sat, 18 Jul 2020 15:25:11 +0000 (16:25 +0100)]
Add two new books

11 months agoAdd a review of "The Gate of Angels"
Alex Chan [Sun, 12 Jul 2020 10:52:39 +0000 (11:52 +0100)]
Add a review of "The Gate of Angels"

11 months agoBe explicit that these scripts require Python 3
Alex Chan [Sun, 12 Jul 2020 10:52:29 +0000 (11:52 +0100)]
Be explicit that these scripts require Python 3

11 months agoAdd a review of "Small Robots"
Alex Chan [Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:25:53 +0000 (10:25 +0100)]
Add a review of "Small Robots"

11 months agoInclude the MD5 hash in CSS URLs, so the URL changes with the CSS
Alex Chan [Sun, 5 Jul 2020 17:45:30 +0000 (18:45 +0100)]
Include the MD5 hash in CSS URLs, so the URL changes with the CSS

Everything in /static/ is aggressively cached to improve page load and
reduce bandwidth -- but it means you need to dump the cache every time
the CSS changes or the page looks wonky.  Including the MD5 hash means
clients will reload the CSS whenever it changes.

11 months agoAdd a review for "GCHQ"
Alex Chan [Sun, 5 Jul 2020 17:31:11 +0000 (18:31 +0100)]
Add a review for "GCHQ"

11 months agoUse a book icon as a separator, not leaves
Alex Chan [Sun, 5 Jul 2020 17:22:06 +0000 (18:22 +0100)]
Use a book icon as a separator, not leaves

11 months agoAdd a "Currently reading" for GCHQ
Alex Chan [Sat, 4 Jul 2020 21:45:30 +0000 (22:45 +0100)]
Add a "Currently reading" for GCHQ

11 months agoAdd a note about "Atomic"
Alex Chan [Sat, 4 Jul 2020 21:39:23 +0000 (22:39 +0100)]
Add a note about "Atomic"

12 months agoAdd another thread about The Origisn of Unfairness
Alex Chan [Sun, 14 Jun 2020 15:44:05 +0000 (16:44 +0100)]
Add another thread about The Origisn of Unfairness

12 months agoAdd an entry for "Long Walk to Freedom"
Alex Chan [Sun, 14 Jun 2020 07:08:21 +0000 (08:08 +0100)]
Add an entry for "Long Walk to Freedom"

12 months agoAdd a note about "Think Black"
Alex Chan [Mon, 8 Jun 2020 18:46:40 +0000 (19:46 +0100)]
Add a note about "Think Black"

12 months agoAdd a note on "How to be Alone"
Alex Chan [Sun, 14 Jun 2020 06:40:05 +0000 (07:40 +0100)]
Add a note on "How to be Alone"

12 months agoAdd a note about "Black and British"
Alex Chan [Sun, 7 Jun 2020 21:09:06 +0000 (22:09 +0100)]
Add a note about "Black and British"

12 months agoAdd a review of "The Night Circus"
Alex Chan [Fri, 22 May 2020 17:05:47 +0000 (18:05 +0100)]
Add a review of "The Night Circus"

12 months agoAdd a recommendation
Alex Chan [Tue, 19 May 2020 05:45:30 +0000 (06:45 +0100)]
Add a recommendation

12 months agoAdd a note about Atomic Habits
Alex Chan [Sun, 17 May 2020 21:06:13 +0000 (22:06 +0100)]
Add a note about Atomic Habits

13 months agoAdd a subtle background textture
Alex Chan [Mon, 11 May 2020 13:45:20 +0000 (14:45 +0100)]
Add a subtle background textture

13 months agoChange the affirmation in the footer
Alex Chan [Mon, 11 May 2020 13:45:05 +0000 (14:45 +0100)]
Change the affirmation in the footer

13 months agoFix the code link in the footer
Alex Chan [Mon, 11 May 2020 13:44:56 +0000 (14:44 +0100)]
Fix the code link in the footer

13 months agoInclude a few books on the home page
Alex Chan [Mon, 11 May 2020 13:44:49 +0000 (14:44 +0100)]
Include a few books on the home page

13 months agoAdd notes on two more books
Alex Chan [Mon, 11 May 2020 13:33:12 +0000 (14:33 +0100)]
Add notes on two more books

13 months agoAdd a review of Exit Strategy
Alex Chan [Fri, 8 May 2020 18:45:05 +0000 (19:45 +0100)]
Add a review of Exit Strategy

13 months agoAdd a review of "Rogue Protocol"
Alex Chan [Fri, 8 May 2020 11:59:28 +0000 (12:59 +0100)]
Add a review of "Rogue Protocol"

13 months agoAdd a review of "Artificial Condition"
Alex Chan [Tue, 5 May 2020 20:26:11 +0000 (21:26 +0100)]
Add a review of "Artificial Condition"

13 months agoAdd note about "Felix Ever After"
Alex Chan [Tue, 5 May 2020 18:51:18 +0000 (19:51 +0100)]
Add note about "Felix Ever After"

13 months agoAdd an entry for "All Systems Red"
Alex Chan [Mon, 4 May 2020 14:57:14 +0000 (15:57 +0100)]
Add an entry for "All Systems Red"

13 months agoAdd a link to the original tweet
Alex Chan [Thu, 30 Apr 2020 21:31:07 +0000 (22:31 +0100)]
Add a link to the original tweet

13 months agoAdd notes on Quicksilver
Alex Chan [Thu, 30 Apr 2020 21:26:21 +0000 (22:26 +0100)]
Add notes on Quicksilver

13 months agoAdd notes from "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth"
Alex Chan [Sun, 19 Apr 2020 07:04:49 +0000 (08:04 +0100)]
Add notes from "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth"

13 months agoAdd some nice social sharing previews
Alex Chan [Sat, 18 Apr 2020 21:27:34 +0000 (22:27 +0100)]
Add some nice social sharing previews

13 months agoMake everything a bit bigger
Alex Chan [Sat, 18 Apr 2020 21:14:07 +0000 (22:14 +0100)]
Make everything a bit bigger

13 months agoAdd a review of "Yellow Trains"
Alex Chan [Sat, 18 Apr 2020 21:14:02 +0000 (22:14 +0100)]
Add a review of "Yellow Trains"

13 months agoMove "Ultraviolet" to the done pile
Alex Chan [Fri, 17 Apr 2020 20:50:40 +0000 (21:50 +0100)]
Move "Ultraviolet" to the done pile

14 months agoMark "The Magazine: The Book" as read
Alex Chan [Mon, 13 Apr 2020 09:52:46 +0000 (10:52 +0100)]
Mark "The Magazine: The Book" as read

14 months agoAdd a note about "Built" by Roma Agrawal
Alex Chan [Wed, 8 Apr 2020 21:46:19 +0000 (22:46 +0100)]
Add a note about "Built" by Roma Agrawal

15 months agoAdd David's latest recommendation
Alex Chan [Sun, 15 Mar 2020 14:31:01 +0000 (14:31 +0000)]
Add David's latest recommendation

15 months agoAdd a note about "How to Take Smart Notes"
Alex Chan [Sat, 14 Mar 2020 07:50:02 +0000 (07:50 +0000)]
Add a note about "How to Take Smart Notes"

15 months agoAdd a second review of "The Secret Listeners"
Alex Chan [Tue, 10 Mar 2020 08:38:25 +0000 (08:38 +0000)]
Add a second review of "The Secret Listeners"

15 months agoAdd a couple of books about Chinese
Alex Chan [Sun, 1 Mar 2020 17:55:35 +0000 (17:55 +0000)]
Add a couple of books about Chinese

15 months agoRetire "R in a Nutshell"
Alex Chan [Sun, 1 Mar 2020 17:52:22 +0000 (17:52 +0000)]
Retire "R in a Nutshell"

15 months agoAdd a notion of "retired" books, for recording stuff I'll never read
Alex Chan [Sat, 29 Feb 2020 11:50:46 +0000 (11:50 +0000)]
Add a notion of "retired" books, for recording stuff I'll never read

15 months agoAdd a note about "Remote Stations", by Peter Caton
Alex Chan [Mon, 24 Feb 2020 08:03:29 +0000 (08:03 +0000)]
Add a note about "Remote Stations", by Peter Caton

15 months agoRun black autoformatting over the scripts folder
Alex Chan [Sun, 23 Feb 2020 19:07:07 +0000 (19:07 +0000)]
Run black autoformatting over the scripts folder

15 months agoFix a Markdown link in "On the Beach"
Alex Chan [Sun, 23 Feb 2020 17:48:25 +0000 (17:48 +0000)]
Fix a Markdown link in "On the Beach"

15 months agoAdd a note about "The Origins of Unfairness"
Alex Chan [Sun, 23 Feb 2020 17:48:17 +0000 (17:48 +0000)]
Add a note about "The Origins of Unfairness"

15 months agoAdd a quote from "Carrying the Fire"
Alex Chan [Sun, 23 Feb 2020 10:00:59 +0000 (10:00 +0000)]
Add a quote from "Carrying the Fire"

15 months agoI read "Intimate Friendships"
Alex Chan [Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:22:20 +0000 (09:22 +0000)]
I read "Intimate Friendships"

15 months agoAdd a note about "Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa"
Alex Chan [Sun, 16 Feb 2020 20:58:54 +0000 (20:58 +0000)]
Add a note about "Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa"

15 months agoFix the author name in "Places I Stopped on the Way Home"
Alex Chan [Sun, 16 Feb 2020 20:58:44 +0000 (20:58 +0000)]
Fix the author name in "Places I Stopped on the Way Home"

16 months agoAdd a note about "Unfamiliar Underground"
Alex Chan [Tue, 11 Feb 2020 07:50:49 +0000 (07:50 +0000)]
Add a note about "Unfamiliar Underground"

16 months agoadd a note about "The Starless Sea"
Alex Chan [Sun, 9 Feb 2020 19:09:17 +0000 (19:09 +0000)]
add a note about "The Starless Sea"

16 months agoAdd a note about "IBM and the Holocaust"
Alex Chan [Sun, 9 Feb 2020 18:50:40 +0000 (18:50 +0000)]
Add a note about "IBM and the Holocaust"

16 months agoAdd a note about The Emotion Machine
Alex Chan [Sun, 9 Feb 2020 18:46:23 +0000 (18:46 +0000)]
Add a note about The Emotion Machine

16 months agoAdd a note about "transgender health"
Alex Chan [Sat, 8 Feb 2020 08:04:02 +0000 (08:04 +0000)]
Add a note about "transgender health"

16 months agoAdd a review of "The Day of the Triffids"
Alex Chan [Fri, 7 Feb 2020 19:29:40 +0000 (19:29 +0000)]
Add a review of "The Day of the Triffids"

16 months agoFix a bug in the "add book" script – date_read is always a datetime
Alex Chan [Fri, 7 Feb 2020 19:29:33 +0000 (19:29 +0000)]
Fix a bug in the "add book" script – date_read is always a datetime

Previously you'd get a mixture of str() and datetime.date(), depending
on whether you selected "today/yesterday" or "another day".  The calling
code assumed a datetime.date(), so ensure this is correct.

16 months agoEnsure dates are always rendered without the leading 0
Alex Chan [Fri, 7 Feb 2020 19:28:33 +0000 (19:28 +0000)]
Ensure dates are always rendered without the leading 0

If there was a datetime.date() object in the YAML front matter (that is,
a date_read without string quotes), it would be formatted with a leading
zero, e.g. "07 February 2020".  Dates that were strings would be shown
w/o,  e.g. "7 February 2020".

Now all dates are stored consistently, regardless of how they're stored.

16 months agoFix an error when running the render script in a clean checkout
Alex Chan [Thu, 6 Feb 2020 15:24:48 +0000 (15:24 +0000)]
Fix an error when running the render script in a clean checkout

Because the _html directory doesn't exist yet, trying to create
_html/thumbnails would fail without `parents=True`.

16 months agoMark "The Elements of Style" as read
Alex Chan [Thu, 6 Feb 2020 15:24:18 +0000 (15:24 +0000)]
Mark "The Elements of Style" as read

16 months agoAdd all the data from my Goodreads account
Alex Chan [Thu, 6 Feb 2020 09:38:30 +0000 (09:38 +0000)]
Add all the data from my Goodreads account

16 months agoStart adding known good books
Alex Chan [Tue, 4 Feb 2020 21:53:39 +0000 (21:53 +0000)]
Start adding known good books

16 months agoDownsize thumbnails to 1x/2x to reduce page weight
Alex Chan [Tue, 4 Feb 2020 21:27:27 +0000 (21:27 +0000)]
Downsize thumbnails to 1x/2x to reduce page weight

16 months agoAdd a basic README
Alex Chan [Tue, 4 Feb 2020 18:30:07 +0000 (18:30 +0000)]
Add a basic README

16 months agoDownsize images in the thumbnail view
Alex Chan [Tue, 4 Feb 2020 18:10:34 +0000 (18:10 +0000)]
Downsize images in the thumbnail view

On the reviews page, this cuts the page weight from 4.5 MB to ~850 KB.

16 months agoAdd all the remaining migrated books
Alex Chan [Tue, 4 Feb 2020 18:03:37 +0000 (18:03 +0000)]
Add all the remaining migrated books

16 months agoEnough bits to deploy the site (mostly)
Alex Chan [Tue, 4 Feb 2020 17:54:15 +0000 (17:54 +0000)]
Enough bits to deploy the site (mostly)

16 months agoMigrate all the books in my "to read" list
Alex Chan [Tue, 4 Feb 2020 07:50:20 +0000 (07:50 +0000)]
Migrate all the books in my "to read" list

16 months agoAdd a date_added field to two existing books
Alex Chan [Tue, 4 Feb 2020 07:39:43 +0000 (07:39 +0000)]
Add a date_added field to two existing books

16 months ago"Plan to read" books are now ordered by date added
Alex Chan [Tue, 4 Feb 2020 07:37:59 +0000 (07:37 +0000)]
"Plan to read" books are now ordered by date added

16 months agoAdd a pile more books
Alex Chan [Tue, 4 Feb 2020 07:18:22 +0000 (07:18 +0000)]
Add a pile more books

16 months agoSkip the review if a book is unrated
Alex Chan [Tue, 4 Feb 2020 07:18:13 +0000 (07:18 +0000)]
Skip the review if a book is unrated

16 months agoA couple of other script autoformatting tweaks
Alex Chan [Tue, 4 Feb 2020 07:18:03 +0000 (07:18 +0000)]
A couple of other script autoformatting tweaks

16 months agoGive a bit more flexibility in the "date read" field
Alex Chan [Tue, 4 Feb 2020 07:16:03 +0000 (07:16 +0000)]
Give a bit more flexibility in the "date read" field

Now I can enter dates like "11 August 2019", which is how they're stored
in my current book tracker.

16 months agoAdd a whole pile of new books
Alex Chan [Mon, 3 Feb 2020 22:39:40 +0000 (22:39 +0000)]
Add a whole pile of new books

16 months agoTweak the contrast on favourite books
Alex Chan [Mon, 3 Feb 2020 07:51:52 +0000 (07:51 +0000)]
Tweak the contrast on favourite books

16 months agoAdd the first set of books
Alex Chan [Mon, 3 Feb 2020 07:51:46 +0000 (07:51 +0000)]
Add the first set of books

16 months agoFix a bug in the add_book.py script
Alex Chan [Mon, 3 Feb 2020 07:51:36 +0000 (07:51 +0000)]
Fix a bug in the add_book.py script

16 months agoMake top books stand out slightly
Alex Chan [Sun, 2 Feb 2020 23:32:14 +0000 (23:32 +0000)]
Make top books stand out slightly

16 months agoRender titles with smartypants
Alex Chan [Sun, 2 Feb 2020 23:28:51 +0000 (23:28 +0000)]
Render titles with smartypants

16 months agoAssume that a book with >3 stars was always finished
Alex Chan [Sun, 2 Feb 2020 23:28:37 +0000 (23:28 +0000)]
Assume that a book with >3 stars was always finished

16 months agoAdd "jump to" year links
Alex Chan [Sun, 2 Feb 2020 22:45:44 +0000 (22:45 +0000)]
Add "jump to" year links

16 months agoSimplify review paths – just the slug, not the year
Alex Chan [Sun, 2 Feb 2020 22:45:35 +0000 (22:45 +0000)]
Simplify review paths – just the slug, not the year

before: /reviews/2020/name-of-book
after:  /reviews/name-of-book