I'm Aimee Gamble-Milner, PhD (she/her), a Senior Software Engineer working at Hook.

My current home is in London, UK and the nearest tube station is Stratford.

I'm using this site to log what I've started to do since I started to live in London, and to serve as encouragement to keep doing them too!

You can see what I'm currently up to on my now page.

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Isle of Dogs Contact Sheet

Contact sheet of a black and white film of The Isle of Dogs

Last week, we set out for a walk around the Isle of Dogs, visiting Canary Wharf, Heron Quays and West India Pier before torrential rain started! We had to abandon our walk around the headland, and headed towards Crossharbour DLR station. After the rain cleared up, we explored around Millwall Inner and Outer Docks before heading home from Heron Quays.

Shot on a Pentax Super ME with Ilford FP 4+ 125 film, using SMC Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8 and SMC Pentax-M 135mm f/3.5 lenses.

M.K. Carlton chimney

Looking up between a victorian chimney and modern block of flats

The 19th Century chimney was part of the M.K. Associates Carlton Shoe Company. It currently sits in a building site for the construction of a new foot bridge between Fish Island and the Olympic Park. Like most of this area, many old Victorian buildings are nestled amongst the increasing number of new redevelopments, such as this modern block of flats.

I've updated my now page with what I am doing since lock-down started:

  • Starting to document my life around me, through Black and White film photography 📷
  • Exploring my local area, especially the Olympic Park
  • Going to tech meet-ups at least once a month (Lock-down has helped with online meet-ups!)
  • Cycling more often. My aim is to cycle home from Southend once lock-down is over
  • Taking care of my mental health

Pootle North

Map of activity "Pootle North"

  • Distance 33.66km
  • Moving time 1h 35m
  • Speed (avg) 21.2km/h
  • Elevation 206m
  • Bike Belle
  • Elapsed time 1h 52m
  • Speed (max) 49.3km/h
  • Temperature 25°C

I finally got round to fixing my "summer" bike and celebrated with a 20-mile-ish ride into Essex - my first "proper" cycle that ventured outside of where I live/work since moving to London!

Introducing microformats-parser: a new parser for JavaScript

I wrote a microformats parser. Here's why, and how you can also use it.

This site hasn't been going for too long (at the time of writing, at least) - but I've always been inspired to include microformats as part of it. This was triggered by Jamie Tanna's post on marking up pronoun information in HTML. I've included marked-up data in my bio and feed, but I would like to also be able to verify this data is correct and as I expect while I'm making changes.

Unfortunately, I've not found an easy way of checking the parsed result without manually inputting it to an online parser, such as one of the many available at microformats.io. The existing JavaScript microformats parsers are no longer maintained and do not follow the current specification. So naturally, I decided to write my own...

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Bow Locks Railway Bridge

Bow Locks Railway bridge, with a blue graffiti heart reading "NHS"

31st March 2020 at Bow Locks, London. This was just after the Coronavirus lockdown began and it marked the beginning of exploring the streets in my local area, rather than central London. I never knew how many wonderful places there were right next to where I had been living for the past year!

Developing Black and White film at Home

An overview of the method I use to develop Ilford black and white film.

Before the recent Coronavirus lock-down began I started to shoot film using my Dad's old Pentax Super ME SLR camera, and I started to learn how to develop the film myself.

With the lock-down looming, I decided to purchase a starter kit to develop film at home. And as part of that, I've decided to share my method, findings and extra information on doing it here.

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Checked into The Barbican Centre
Barbican London UK

The Barbican

Today, I went on an extended cycle into the centre of London (to remind myself that I do live in this city). I was promised deserted streets like scenes from 28 Days Later. But it seems like life is still going on. Buses are running, deliveries are still being made and people were exercising in the park.

Perhaps you need to be up at the crack of dawn to get a photo of an empty Trafalgar Square?

My route took me down Victoria Embankment, through Westminster (seeing the Pelicans at St. James's Park), the not-so-silent Trafalgar square, then... I got lost 😅. Thankfully I popped out at Russell Square, made it to Euston and headed to the Barbican (via Angel) - one of my favourite places to visit in the City.