Crosby Beach

Just north of Liverpool is a beach, Crosby Beach. It’s one of my favorite places.

It’s windswept and not at all sandy (well, not until the tide goes out). It’s not even a pebble beach. It’s a Brick beach. Full of bricks. All different shapes and sizes.

As many will know, Liverpool was very badly bomb-damaged during the Second World War. It was Crosby Beach where all the bricks and rubble from the destroyed homes, factories, shops, streets was dumped. Fragments of everyday life, written in wind and wave blasted stone can still be seen there

Walking along the beach you see all these shapes and colours. Some have writing speaking of a time when local factories proudly produced the very fabric which Liverpool was built with. So much pride, their names are clearly stamped there. Are our modern Wimpy housing estates built with the same pride?

Of course, you might know Crosby beach for another reason. It’s the home of Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ which was permanently installed on the beach in 2007. I have always loved Gormley’s work, but Another Place is so extraordinary, the way it sits in the landscape, and yet at the same time, is the landscape.

If you are in the area, it’s well worth a visit.


MongoDB passes Jepsen Test! – The Industry’s Toughest Database Test

I’m really pleased to share the news that MongoDB has been acknowledged by the creators of the formidable Jepsen Test as demonstrating Data Safety, Correctness & Consistency. On February 7th 2017, Kyle Kingsbury, creator of Jepsen, published the results of his tests against MongoDB 3.4

His Conclusions are:

MongoDB has devoted significant resources to improved safety in the past two years, and much of that ground-work is paying off in 3.2 and 3.4.

MongoDB 3.4.1 (and the current development release, 3.5.1) currently pass all MongoDB Jepsen tests….These results hold during general network partitions, and the isolated & clock-skewed primary scenario.

Read more about the news here:

Drone Ingredients

Yesterday, two new videos surfaced both shot with drones. It’s really nice to see something interesting being filmed for once, and shows how easy it is to make slow, aerial footage look spectacular. For the Antarctica video the ingredients are: Soft ambient piano based music, trendy sans-serif font (Avenir Next Ultra Light), and slow fades. No added Jump cuts, fast snaps, or crash zooms needed.

The National Geographic film on the Nubian pyramids (which is truly amazing) goes for a much more wholefood approach, honest no-frills commentary. On board audio of the ubiquitous drone insectile buzz, and zero postpro stabilisation.