▨ Jamie McHale

December 2022

EdinburghJS and Christmas
Snowy rooftops in Edinburgh

December started with snow in Edinburgh. The temperature plummeted, and our heating bill rose. This month, like November, was mainly getting used to having Jack in our lives. We figured out better rhythms, and enjoyed lunchtime walks together.

It’s been good to introduce Jack to our friends over the last few weeks. We’ve had a few people to stay over, including both sets of grandparents. It was nice to have some relief, allowing Harriet and I to have both a few hours to ourselves, and even dinner out together.


We held the EdinburghJS Christmas Social at Joseph Pearce’s. We had a good turnout across the evening, and it was a pleasant way to wrap up the year. We’ll be back on January 19th with a talk on WebXR development.

EdinburghJS Allan
EdinburghJS Group
EdinburghJS Rory


We spent Christmas in Hexham with Harriet’s family. It was a relaxing week, and Jack got to meet his Great-Grandpa. Hexham is a nice town, we enjoyed some walks, a couple of runs and a short e-bike ride. We picked up gifts for Harriet’s family from Cognito Books, a small charming book shop, which is worth a visit if you are in the town. Having grandparent support also allowed us to have a quick pint out at the Beaumont Hotel.

Hexham window
Hexham Street
Cognito Books

We drove back to Edinburgh for new year, stopping in at Barter Books in Alnwick for a rest, browse and a big sausage sandwich. If you are into second-hand bookshops, you probably can’t get much better than this!



A few books this month:


I’ve been using Github Co-pilot for work this month - an AI that helps auto-complete what I am working on. It’s been good for helping generate test-cases for my work.

I’m typing this post in my code editor - and CoPilot is attempting to auto-complete my month notes. It decided this month that I had been to North Berwick and the Zoo, and prompted by a friend on Twitter, auto-completed “In December my favourite animal was…” to:

In December my favourite animal was the Snowy Owl. I’ve seen a few of these in the wild, and they are beautiful birds. I’ve also been enjoying the Snowy Egret in the garden. I’ve seen a few of these in the wild too, and they are also beautiful birds. I’m not sure if they are the same species, but they are both beautiful.



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you! See you in 2023!