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There’s something in the wood shed

While installing a new stove, we wanted somewhere to store and dry logs. Handily, our garden shed was half rotten. Chopping it up and leaving the good half (with re-designed sides to let the air circulate) was a fun afternoon. Almost as satisfying as stacking the shed ready for winter.

Changing rooms

Earlier this year, we bought six 5’7″ x 10″ x 1″ planks from Romsey Reclamation. After seasoning them for two months stacked up in the garage, plus a further month in the house, they were ready to sand and wax. A bit of work, but a whole lot cheaper (and more fun) than buying finished […]

Jargone

I made a thing. Jargone is a bookmarklet for highlighting jargon words on any web page. The list comes from the Government Digital Service GOV.UK style guide, specifically the plain English and words to avoid sections of the guide, which has this to say about avoiding jargon We lose trust from our users if we write government ‘buzzwords’ […]

Boring 2012

I spent today at Boring 2012. Now in its third year, in the words of conference organiser James Ward, Boring is “a day dedicated to the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked.” During the introduction he also told us that this was to be “the most boring one yet” and “I can only […]

Ad blocking

Having worked in both TV and advertising, I’m intrigued by how easy it is these days for people to block ads online and what it might mean for the near future of online advertising. I recently learned an interesting fact about the popular Adblock plugin for Chrome; it doesn’t just block banner ads as I […]

Turbo Drone RC Quadrocopter – hands on review

The nice people at Paramountzone sent me a Turbo Drone four channel remote controlled quadrocopter to review. It’s 36cm across (including the rotors, which are 13.5cm each), making it just about small enough to fly indoors. The 500mAh 3.7v li-po rechargeable battery makes it conveniently easy to get spares; I had the exact same battery […]

Weeknotes 38: publishing stuff

I’ve been quite busy in the past couple of weeks looking after a small team putting the Government Digital Strategy online. In the words of the policy professionals who actually wrote the words, it was published “as a website rather than published on a website“. This may sound like a small distinction, but it makes […]

My LEGO studio

Here’s my LEGO studio. The main desk at the front is two metres wide and has two levels; plenty of space to store things I need to have close at hand. On the left of the room are a bunch of fishing tackle boxes, drawers, trays and little boxes which I lift out and place […]

Inky-Linky

Inky-Linky makes web pages 100% more useful and irritating when printed. It’s a bookmarklet that adds a QR code to the margins for each external link in the page. It came about because I wanted to make it easy to visit a link from a printed page, and also wanted to see if I could […]