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Je suis embarrassé

May 10th, 2015 by Ian

This website has become a noose around my neck. Actually, that’s a little too dramatic. It’s just a mild embarrassment, so with pens and pencils, paper and notebooks, Sketchapp and Atom in hand… I’m starting a re-work.

I know the standard amongst my kind is to just shut everything down completely, but I don’t like to roll that way. See you in a couple of months – now that’s real pressure.

Edit – 25th October: This obviously didn’t happen. It didn’t happen because I am fortunate enough to have a couple of demanding and exciting clients. I’ll address this later!

WordPress 2.5 update

May 28th, 2008 by Ian

After (naughtilly) having an older version for some time (2.x something, I don’t know… it’s been a while) I have finally updated to the latest WordPress.  Initially impressions: very impressive.  That is, of course, if this actually gets posted at all.


June 1st, 2007 by Ian

It’s been low-blog count limbo round here for a while. I’ve been over-rung with websites to maul at work so I’ve been somewhat terrified to even look at a TinyMCE text entry box. What else have I done? Well, I’ve been all the way to Westminster in London Village to try and help raise some more funds for soon to be internet-sensation Catch21 Productions. Well, we hope. We’re certainly going to try. I reckon we could do some pretty exciting stuff with it anyway. More on that, hopefully much more, later in the year.

I’ve also been to a wedding, a stag do, paintballing (ouch), go-karting (crunch) and to see some downright awesome bands like 65daysofstatic (for the 4th time!) and A Silver Mt. Zion (for the second time, but this time wasn’t half as good – slackers). I went to watch ‘28 Weeks Later‘ which was disappointing, but not surprisingly so. I just loved the prequel far too much and naturally the usual disappointment in a sequel followed. I also watched the start of Big Brother UK Series 384, but I’m too ashamed to talk about that…

BBQ this weekend down ‘sarf. Maybe next week I’ll reveal some shiny new website designs I’ve been working on. Oh larks oh lawdy! Hurrah!

Not everyone’s settling in

November 8th, 2006 by Ian

So, it’s been a while. I just spent 3 weeks without a home PC; pretty tough for a geek. Brought my IBM laptop with me, but the undulations on the roads to Sheffield destroyed the HDD. Pah! I’ll get over it, it was 2nd-hand anyway.

So? What’s the haps? Well, I’m well into my new job. I’m learning new skills and actually feel like I’m helping to produce stuff of some importance, which is great. I’ve finally moved into a shared house with a couple of pretty decent folk, which is good; I feel settled now (hence a return to bloggin’!). I’ve already been into town to see a band whose name I can’t remember, but that probably says more about me than it does about them (far too much new stuff to take in right now). The city hasn’t been checked out properly so that’s something for this weekend (along with a rather fine looking record shop I’ve spotted nearby). It’ll be my first weekend since moving here that I don’t have anything major (i.e. moving, packing, visiting folk elsewhere, etc.) going on.

Boohoo Santorum familyIn the world (read: outside of Yorkshire) there have been some mid-term elections in the US. I’ve yet to take in the complexities of it all, but it seems like Bush & Co have received at least a mild bruising. Rumsfeld even resigned! (link to nerd-friendly explanation) Perhaps young Marines in body bags are starting to niggle at many in middle-America. I figure the US being the US, the real effect this’ll have on the planet won’t be as great as many would of liked, but at least we can console ourselves by laughing as ‘Comedy Racist’, Rick Santorum’s family breaks down in tears on CNN. Hell, I’m looking forward to 2008.

Across the Pennines I Go

October 13th, 2006 by Ian

A map of my route to SheffieldWell, it’s finally happened. I’ve got a job. No… more than that, I’ve got a job I actually want. I’ll be working for a small Sheffield company called Rocket Science. They make websites and I’ll now be responsible for helping them do this. What seems exciting about them is that they have the similar passion about creating the sort of standards-compliant, accessible sites that I do (please don’t go and attempt to validate my page now and see it failing, that’ll be terribly embarrassing). Of course, this all means that I have to once more relocate myself to the other side of the Pennines, back in Yorkshire. Last time I did this I ended up in Hull, but Sheffield isn’t quite that far. I’ve been to Sheffield a number of times (the best visit was when I saw Belle & Sebastian supported by an as yet unknown Franz Ferdinand) and it seems to be a pretty decent city. Still, I admit to being a bit intimidated by it all. I’ve moved away from home before, sure. But that was university! Everyone’s in the same boat there and lets face it, for many it is a 3 year drinking binge (myself included? maybe not). This is different. I’m trying to find a house/flat share and this is pretty hard work. I visited on Wednesday and saw a few places (one of which was worse than the worse house I saw whilst a student in Hull) and I’m visiting tomorrow to check some more possibilities out, one of which is temporary. Fingers crossed ‘eh? I want a place sorted soon, because I’d like to get working and make myself part of the company, I don’t like the situation I’m in now; seemingly strung between two towns and without very much to do.

Anyway, hopefully I’ll be busy but not too busy to let you know how I’m getting on. Wish me luck!

Ricky Gervais @ Microsoft

September 1st, 2006 by Ian

A pal showed me this video which was for meant for internal Microsoft UK employees featuring Ricky Gervais in his role as David Brent (from the Office, obviously). This being the internet of course, it didn’t stay internal. I see Gervais as a somewhat modern-day Alf Garnet, but he can still be pretty damn funny in his ‘worst boss in the world’ guise. I post this mainly for the probable delight of regular reader Rami, who is not only an ardent Gervais fan but also seems familiar with the world of ‘management speak‘ and societys attitudes towards… well, geeks.

In other news; I changed hosts. Despite some teething problems, especially on pages which co-inhabit this domain, everythings good and the page should be a lot faster than my old one. This is not only due to me applying greater intelligence in remaking the site, but also because this site resides in the rather swish London docklands. Bravo!

Finally Woken

August 26th, 2006 by Ian

Yeah, here it is. My site just got a complete redesign. Not only does it look different, but it’s running WordPress. There were two main reasons for these changes. (a) I went for a job interview with the people at Pipex and talking to the people there I figured I needed an oppertunity to polish up my XHTML to perhaps a slightly higher standard that yields, I hope, a more bombproof page. (b) I was blogging before using PHPNews. Now this is a great little script, but it’s not really what I need for a fully featured, extendable blog. Comment spam was becoming a giant pain in the face and frankly, I wanted some new toys to play with!  As before, I’m going to promise content for my portfolio page, but it’s not quite there yet!
Anyway, I’m off to Manchester now to see some local bands and visit an old uni pal. I’ll let you know quite how dire they are when I return tommorow.

Busy on the web

August 1st, 2006 by Ian

So yeah, time for an update. I graduated. Which was nice. I’ve since then taken on web work for a couple of charities and am looking for a ‘proper’ job. This website hasn’t had much attention because my phpNews comments system got hit by those pesky spam bots! Rather than fix it, I thought I’d move over to WordPress a much more fully featured CMS/blog. I’m getting enough traffic for it. However, this will only happen after I’ve finished my other web-design commitments. It’s all go. See you in a week!

w3c sites (and a belated happy new year)

January 6th, 2006 by Ian

I seem to be getting a bit of traffic from a site I’ve just signed up to: It is a showcase of websites that conform to the w3c standards. To anyone who doesn’t do any sort of webdesign this probably means very little. All you need to know is that there are some webdesigners out there who unselfishly ensure that websites are made that can be viewed by anyone, no matter what computer or browser they wish to use! (or perhaps are forced into using) God bless these fine souls! If you visit the gallery of new sites, I think you’ll find quite quite a high standard of design and it is rare to find truely awful sites. Personally, i aspire to raise my abilities to that of the designers of the better sites on that page.

> View my w3csites profile here

I hope to expand it soon.

Also, for those of you who didn’t notice, it’s now 2006! I had a mediocre new years but have no one to blame but myself. Things to look forward to this year include:

I hope you all have a good one.

Lovely, succulent RSS feeds

December 28th, 2005 by Ian

rss logoSince all the cool kids are doing it and I’m just a slave to fashion, I implemented an RSS feed into this page. A couple of people requested this feature (supprisingly) and i can’t disapoint now can I? Mozilla Firefox users, you know what to do! Just click the little orange button in your address bar, or status bar, or wherever they feel like hiding it this week.

I’m going to visit family for a few days so I won’t have internet access. I know, it’s a killer. Try not to break it while I’m gone. Oh, I hope you all had a good Christmas as well. I felt was hardly worth mentioning before… you knew it was on Sunday, right?