Published 2013-05-20 21:09
Notes on how to convert OSM’s complicated address tagging schema into microformats h-adr semantics
Aggression and Diversity
Published 2013-04-14 19:48
A distillation of my thoughts about collective identities, aggression and the importance of diversity, prompted by reading “On Aggression” by Konrad Lorenz.
Published 2013-04-12 18:11
Many people ask me why I only ever drink water. This is my logic:
Published 2013-04-07 17:53
In response to Twitter’s Display
Guidelines, here are some things I request/suggest you do if using my content on the web.
Who Owns Hashtags?
Published 2013-03-28 12:07
In which I exaggerate Twitter’s requirements, postulate about hashtags being gestures and unleash the worlds first fully compliant hashtag.
Published 2013-03-07 20:41
Brainstorming, research, prototyping etc. around quoting UIs.
Web Action Toolbelt Guide
Published 2013-03-04 22:08
Initially a transcript of the web action toolbelt video, this guide covers how to install and use the Web Action Hero Toolbelt.
iOS Quantified Self Workflow
Published 2013-03-03 10:39
Valuable personal analytical data can be gleaned from the diagnostics files created by iOS, but getting them requires an awkward workflow.
At Least As Useful
Published 2013-03-02 21:17
Principle: Indieweb UIs should be At Least As Useful as their silo equivalents.
Musical Internet of Things
Published 2013-02-27 19:26
Musical instruments seem like an ideal class of objects to connect to the internet. Unstructured brainstorming and linking here.
Lessons Diaspora Taught Me
Published 2013-02-25 22:12
My experiences with Diaspora and lessons I believe we should learn from it.
Published 2013-02-10 22:21
Brainstorming on text formats for notating trompette rhythms which are human- and machine-readable.
Trompette Format Research
Published 2013-02-10 08:30
Research into relevant material and existing examples of trompette buzzing pattern markup in the wild, to assist with the development of a Trompette Format.
Content Creation Brainstorming
Published 2013-02-07 09:30
Unstructured brainstorming on the topic of content creation UI.
Published 2013-01-28 18:58
A collection of social “laws” I have observed, some serious and some tongue-in-cheek.
Published 2013-01-27 20:00
Unstructured brainstorming about the usage of location data both on this website and off
Published 2013-01-26 21:06
In which I document usage of tripods in the natural world
Published 2013-01-25 18:57
A listing of experimental markup (including microformats) I am using on my site, with examples, reasoning and links.
Published 2013-01-22 13:36
Code snippets for common music manipulation tasks in the music21 python module.
Published 2013-01-16 16:38
Books (and other media) I plan on reading in the near future. Currently just a random list, not prioritised in any way.
Published 2013-01-11 17:25
The craft of making musical instruments.
Published 2013-01-11 17:20
A listing of links to resources (including my own) on and off the web which I’ve found useful as a musical instrument maker.
Published 2013-01-11 17:14
Notes on different types of glues and their usage.
Published 2013-01-11 17:14
Notes, tips and techniques related to the installation of frets.
Published 2013-01-11 17:13
Notes, tips and techniques relating to the making and installation of musical instrument linings including kerfing, binding and purfling.
Published 2013-01-11 17:11
Notes, tips and techniques relating to the use of sandpaper in a lutherie context.
Published 2013-01-11 17:10
Notes, tips and techniques relating to the use of Planes.
Published 2013-01-11 17:09
Notes and tips and techniques relating to the use of chisels
Mother Of Pearl
Published 2013-01-11 17:07
Notes and tips on working with Mother of Pearl in a lutherie context
Published 2013-01-11 17:06
Notes and tips on techniques to use when bending wood with a bending iron.
Published 2013-01-11 17:04
Notes on techniques to use when sawing wood.
Hurdy Gurdy Playing
Published 2013-01-11 16:59
My compendium of Hurdy Gurdy playing tips, tricks and techniques.
Hurdy Gurdy Making Process
Published 2013-01-11 16:56
A reference document containing the overall order of things when I’m making Hurdy Gurdies.
Xbox UI Critique
Published 2012-12-22 18:42
A critique of some the Xbox UI based on experiences at a relative’s house
Published 2012-12-22 18:40
Tagging schemas currently in use on this website, as well as techniques I use when tagging my content online.
Minimal Keyboard Brainstorming
Published 2012-12-22 18:38
Ideas for an onscreen keyboard sign to be used with a typical TV remote offering minimal directional controls.
Published 2012-12-22 18:31
Suggesting a better Autosuggest, or “Correcting Autocorrect”
Published 2012-12-22 18:29
This may need to be adjusted for your bread maker. All values are approximate and add up to roughly 1kg of bread dough.
How I Explained Code To My Dad
Published 2012-12-22 18:12
My Dad recently mentioned to me that, whilst he understood the basic premise of programming, he couldn’t figure out exactly how it worked. My response
Published 2012-12-17 18:46
The Middle Way (happy medium, moderate approach, etc) is a non-compromising alternative path towards a goal, lying approximately between two undesirable, goal-compromising extremes.
ID vs class
Published 2012-12-15 19:20
Notes on choosing when to use id/class and what to use, based on URL design principles.
Thoughts on Protocols, Dogfood and Open Source
Published 2012-09-27 20:09
A collection of thoughts about principles, DIY, OS and dogfooding. Originally a reply to a G+ thread about tent.io.
Published 2012-09-26 18:44
Thoughts, ideas, flows and UX related to sending and receiving of messages via the web (not email!)
Published 2012-09-23 21:34
My Take on web actions as a new building block for the web. Includes detailed examples and nice drawings.
Pricing for Client Comprehension
Published 2012-09-05 12:41
There are as many ways of billing for web consultancy as there are web consultants. But do our clients understand any of it?
Published 2012-07-10 19:28
Follow-up to an awkward twitter conversation between me and Paul Boag on links shaped like URIs and what they represent
Tools for working in Plaintext
Published 2012-07-05 22:12
A listing of tools and links to tools that I find useful for working with JSON, MD etc
6 Secrets your Server would never tell you
Published 2012-07-02 22:26
Parody of the waiters one.
Published 2012-07-01 12:04
Pros, Cons and a formula for Remote Participation at events
Impressions of HOME 2012
Published 2012-06-24 13:28
I went to Dartington HOME festival this year, and it was *great*
Ode to Tags
Published 2012-06-12 21:29
In which I explain my love for Tags (woo! tags!)
A Simple Pyo Synth
Published 2012-05-30 21:35
How to make a simple midi-controlled synth using Pyo
How to Gracefully Retire YouTube Videos
Published 2012-05-24 22:03
What to do with old YouTube videos when they're no longer relevant? I've found a good way.
How to be a better web designer in three easy steps
Published 2012-05-10 15:32
Three things every person in the web business should do.
Enabling True Autolinking in Markdown
Published 2012-04-25 17:57
How to alter Markdown to enable parsing of plain links
5 things I learnt reading the PHP Manual
Published 2012-04-21 19:11
Obscure or otherwise ignored features that I hadn't come across before
Thoughts on Web Design Education
Published 2012-04-16 14:23
In reply to Paul Boag. Some thoughts from a self-taught freelancer
Creative CSS3 Selectors
Published 2012-04-11 12:13
A piece of CSS for adding useful behaviour to the otherwise passive <ins> and <del> elements.
Published 2012-04-10 12:12
Guidelines I follow when publishing on the web
WYSIWYG: Paradigm from the DEPTHS OF HELL
Published 2012-04-10 10:41
On why WYSIWYG is bad, what would be better and how to fix it for cheap
Tips for Web Development in the back of a a Car
Published 2012-03-31 18:41
In which I offer some tips on writing code in the back of a car.
Verification post for Technorati
Published 2012-03-31 11:15
In which I claim my blog on Technorati. Nothing to see here folks.
Chopped up or Cloned: You Choose
Published 2012-03-29 12:15
In which I discuss the social web, what's wrong with it and how you can fix it for cheap
Discerning the mess of Statuses, Notes, Updates and Tweets
Published 2012-03-28 21:27
In which I try to make sense of updates, statuses, text notes, tweets and the like
Excellent Customer Service
Published 2012-03-28 20:26
Today was the first time in months I was actually impressed with a support service
Structure and Roadmap
Published 2012-03-27 20:18
Principles, and internal structure of waterpigs.co.uk, todo list and roadmap for the future.
My Post Type Schema
Published 2012-03-22 12:35
In which I document the different post types I'm using
A Visual FAQ for the Raspberry Pi
Published 2012-03-07 10:20
In which I present a summary of RasPi hardware for the FAQ-challenged
Published 2011-11-07 15:13
Ever wondered what diagnostic information your iOS device stores, and (if you're opted in) sends to Apple? I explain the most common entries.
Giving Your Website a Custom Top Sites Preview
Published 2011-11-07 12:30
Sometimes, One Page is Enough
Published 2011-10-24 22:15
On designing websites for small organisations, treating clients well, and applying thought
Teaching the RCX VLL
Published 2010-10-26 05:14
Or: What that mysterious ‘P’ Program is for. This article covers what VLL is and how to make an RCX ‘speak’ it to a Micro Scout
RCX on OS X
Published 2010-10-02 16:30
This article takes you through the steps required to get MacNQC working with a RCX on a computer running Mac OS X