When I first heard about the job at DWP my excitement at the opportunity was mixed with something else, a kind of anxiety. Not because I was afraid of the job, or my ability to do it, but because it was immediately clear to me that it would mean change. A big change. I had [...]
We moved house recently and subsequently bought a new boiler so at the same time I purchased a Nest Learning Thermostat. If you haven’t heard of it check it out. It’s like a thermostat which is connected to the internet and learns your behaviour so it can kill you and eat your children.
I grew up in a house where the children were forced to have piano lessons (call me middle class if you will, it would be an accurate and wholly justified thing to do). I didn’t really take to the lessons mainly because I never practised. I passed the Grade 1 exam but before long the [...]
I’ve been listening a lot recently to the Comedian’s Comedian podcast. Being a bit of a comedy geek I find the glimpse it gives you into the creative process behind how comedians do what they do really interesting and not a little inspiring in terms of that self-motivated creativity which is required (and the myriad [...]
Very interesting to read this development in Google’s Chrome browser. I’m very much in favour of the URL being left clearly visible but at the same time it does niggle that this might be a usability pain or the generator of anxiety. Whilst most of the web hides it’s innards behind the View Source or [...]
We went to see Miles Jupp the other day at City Varieties. If you know him you’ll know his kind of posh laid back style. His art lies mainly in a finely tuned choice of phrase which he deploys with a wry smile and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. He is well-spoken, well educated [...]
I’ve noticed a pattern with the way I learn new things which seems to repeat and yet is something I never able to sidestep or short cut even when I see it happening.
I went to see Speak The Web last again week in Leeds. I say again because I went to the last one (Feb 2010) which was ace so I made a bit of an effort to go to this one. It didn’t disappoint.
In which I wade into the flat design vs. skeuomorphism debate a meer two years after I first started thinking about it and when really the argument’s all but over and there’s probably very little I can add to it.
Blueargh! All you wanted to do was grab your own twitter timeline to display on your own website using a bit of PHP to grab the data as JSON. You were even willing to cache it fairly aggressively in order to spare Twitter a load of unneccesary requests. But now they’ve migrated to v1.1 there’s no way to get this without authentication! And you don’t understand authentication. What’s a poor boy/girl to do?