Jordan

An all-too-brief trip to Jordan in 2010 meant that I was at least able to visit the Dead Sea and the stunning ancient city of Petra, with its famous buildings carved into the cliff faces.

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How to Spot an Otter

Another poem for little kids. About watching for shy and retiring otters.

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The Android Curve of Disappointment

I’m not anti-Android, really I’m not. I like a lot about it and have had a couple of Android phones. But here’s the thing… I don’t have them for very long.

 

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New website: DNA Architecture

A new website for South London architects, DNA Architecture.

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The FT Web App, redesigned

We recently launched the second version of the HTML5 FT Web App, and it was very much a ground-up redesign.

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Fauna

Photos of animals and insects and stuff.

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Bonneville Speed Week

Bonneville Speed Week is a venerable institution. Of speed, adrenalin and salt. Every year, competitors arrive with cars and bikes in an attempt to break one of the many world speed records.

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The State of Android Fragmentation, 2013

Think there are a confusing number of Android devices called ‘Galaxy’? Well, that’s nothing. There are at least 11,868 different Android devices overall, according to OpenSignal’s latest report on Android Fragmentation.

 

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Zips & Guitars

A few macro photos of guitar parts and amps and some zips and buttons on jeans.

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Quick & dirty (and almost free) iPad user testing

Usability testing can be a complicated and expensive business but it certainly needn’t be.

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The Man & The Barbecue

“Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men,” said Marlon Brando’s Godfather. It is indeed as true in al fresco cookery as it is in organised crime.

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Flora

Flowers from around the world.

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Font Smoothing in OSX/iOS

I found out something recently that’s been well documented, but worth repeating and worth repeating in reference specifically to iOS web app development.

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The Blue Millions

The Blue Millions were a guitar duo, a bluesy, soulful mix of acoustic guitar and electric lead guitar.

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London Eye

A quick trip on the London Eye is a great excuse for some photos. Once you persuade the other people to get out of the way and let you get a good shot out the window.

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Nunhead Cemetery in the Snow

Nunhead Cemetery in South London is perhaps the least famous of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ Victorian cemeteries in London.

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The Hair Collector

A poem, designed to scare little girls but which fails on account of them being too damned grown-up these days.

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An introduction to bike racing

This year’s club racing season is nearly upon us, and I’m nearly ready. I just need a bike.

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The Sines

The Sines were a kind of progressive rock band, in existence from 2001 to 2009.

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Derelict Scottish Cottage

Derelict cottage in some field somewhere about 50 miles North of Edinburgh.

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Freemium News

This week, I have mostly been playing a new game on my iPad.

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Christoper Ward watch

I was bought a new watch for my birthday and so was immediately faced with a dilemma…

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A Pun in the Oven

I love a good pun, me. Who doesn’t? And what better way is there to enliven a dull Monday morning at work than to try and come up with a well-crafted, quality pun?

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Dollars & Chocolate

My friend Adam had this brilliant idea: when we finish university we’ll drive his Land Rover overland to India

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