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How I learned to stop worrying and love task runners

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A year ago I wrote an article on how I didn’t see the point in tools like Gulp and Grunt. One year later and I have to admit, the old me was an idiot. So what changed your mind? In the last paragraph of the aforementioned article, I wrote: If I’m being honest, Codekit will […]

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New theme is live!

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As you’ve probably noticed, if you’ve been here before. I’ve updated the theme! I finally got around to making a completely customised one based on the ‘sandbox‘ template. It’s not 100% perfect yet, the comments still look a bit crap, the images on the home page are square for some reason and there are a […]

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New updates coming soon!

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After spending rather a large amount of time contemplating my belly-button, I’ve decided to get cracking on updating my blog. The slightly customised out-of-the-box theme just doesn’t say “Pro Senior Web Developer” and frankly the only reason for not doing a proper theme is just pure laziness. I’m already quite a good way through producing […]

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Developer on a Diet

Developer on a Diet – Day 29

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Tomorrow would have been the last day of the juice fast. Am I disappointed that I didn’t stick it out? Maybe a little because I believe I’d have seen a faster result with my weight loss, however after losing over 20lb and almost 10% of my body fat in the space of a month, I […]

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Developer on a Diet – video problems

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Hi guys. Apologies for the delay in getting the video to you. My mac had to go back to apple for repairs last week and it looks like they’ve broken the microphone on my webcam. I will do my best to make alternative arrangements and record a video in the next day or so.

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Developer on a Diet – Day 16

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This is the easiest diet, EVER! There are so few restrictions that it doesn’t even feel like much of a diet. Basically the rules are that you have to stay in ketosis pretty much all the time and that’s it. Getting into ketosis is as simple as eating between 15g and 50g of net carbs (see […]

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Developer on a diet – Day 10

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  I’m sorry I didn’t manage to post a video yesterday, as it was Valentines Day, I had a really busy (but fun!) day out with Colette and by the time I got home, I was too tired to go through the whole writing, recording, editing and posting business which each one of these blogs […]

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Developer on a Diet – Day 8

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The juice fast has failed! From tomorrow onward I will be switching to an alternate diet where I am allowed to eat food again, however I can only eat vegetables, fish, nuts and seeds. I will have one fruit juice a day in the morning as it’s an easier breakfast and it’s healthier than not […]

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Developer on a Diet – Day 7

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Last night I made I mistake. No don’t worry, I’ve still not eaten anything but I DID stay awake until 2:30am playing computer games. I woke up at 8:40 this morning when my usual barrage of morning calls started and I was knackered! Starting the day off on such a bad foot made the diet feel almost […]

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New, temporary theme

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I has having a few issues with the previous theme so I’ve switched to the ‘lightword’ theme temporarily. It’s not responsive so it’s hardly a long term solution but it will do until I find the time to build/customise a new one. Apologies to any of my mobile readers (Do I have any readers?). Hopefully […]

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Developer On A Diet – Day 6

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By George I think I’ve got it! Now I’ve pretty much switched from vegetable juice to vegetable broth, I am really not struggling as much with this fast and boy is it starting to pay off! I spent around 90 minutes at the gym today and 50 minutes of that was spent on the cross […]

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Developer On A Diet – Day 5

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So I’ve reached my first milestone, it’s day 5!!! It’s supposedly the day I start to feel better and more positive about this thing. Well I’m not quite there yet but I must admit, I feel more positive than I did the last two days. Broth is now the main focus of my diet, I am […]

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Developer on a Diet – Day 4

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I’ve lost 11lbs and it’s only day 4! This fast is incredible. It is surprising how much of a roller coaster this fast is becoming. I woke up this morning with a splitting headache and a very sore throat. My head felt fuzzy and honestly, If I’d had to leave the house for anything, I […]

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Developer on a Diet – Day 3

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I’m not going to lie to you, I want to quit today. It’s the first day that I felt like I might not be able to do it. I woke up this morning with a lot of energy but after about an hour, it all drained away and I was pretty much ready to go […]

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Developer on a Diet – Day 2

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Day two has come and gone. The hunger is still being kept at bay by the juice and apart from an intermittent sore throat. I’ve not really noticed any ill effects. The only real negative I can claim so far is that I’m already starting to feel a little bit sick of juice. Especially as […]

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Developer on a diet!

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Last week I joined the gym. It’s probably the 5th or 6th time I’ve done this in my life, all to no effect. I felt I had a decent chance this time though as this one is only 2 minutes walk from my front door and is always pretty quiet. The first thing I did […]

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Using a taskrunnner

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A few years ago, shortly after moving from Windows to Mac (no regrets!) I discovered an amazing app called ‘CodeKit‘. This wonderful app runs tasks which are things we UI developers have to do on a regular basis. Code Minification File concatenation Code Compilation (eg Sass to CSS) CSS Prefixing Testing server set up Refreshing […]

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2015 – Time to fight the flab and get healthy.

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This time last year, I had just moved to Portsmouth from Leeds. I didn’t know this at the time but 2014 was about to be one of the worst years of my life for health. I lived in the middle of nowhere, there were no gyms nearby (not even on a direct bus route) and […]

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London, Baby!

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In late 2013, my girlfriend and I decided to leave the North of England and move to the South, after living in Leeds city centre for 6 years, I felt I’d grown tired of city life and so we decided we’d aim to move to Dorset. As a contractor though, this would not be feasible […]

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BBQ Digital

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I know, I know. I’m rubbish at updating this blog. In my defence though, I’ve been busy building a new company! I’m very proud to introduce you to BBQ Digital. I’ve always wanted to run my own agency, I always felt that other agencies were too quick to cut-corners, even some incredibly reputable agencies I’ve […]

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Farewell to my best friend

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Anyone who says a dog is a man’s best friend never met Puddles. She was the most unique cat I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. Sadly last night she finally succumbed to her heart condition and had to be put to sleep. I miss her terribly and nobody will ever replace her. Let me […]

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The times, they are a-changin.

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At the very beginning of last year, several amazing things happened to me, none of which I could ever have anticipated: 1) One of my friends became my girlfriend. One of my goals of 2012 was to improve my fiction writing, this was also one of my goals in 2011 and in order to achieve […]

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Becoming a contractor

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Becoming a contractor can be a daunting experience for anyone, I am currently going through the early stages of it so I am going to document my successes and failures here in the hope that I can help other people take the plunge and guide them on their own journey to freedom. On the 19th […]

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2012 Goals: How did I do?

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Last year I set myself a few life goals and whilst I didn’t do too badly, I did not do anywhere near as well as I wanted to, this year I have some different goals and a continuation of some of the same ones. Let’s see how this year plays out. So how did I do at […]

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I moustache you a question

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For the third year running, I am going to take part in Movember, the international charity which encourages men all over the world to grow hideous facial hair in return for sponsorship money. For those of you who have never heard of Movember before then I suggest you watch this excellent little video that they […]

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Leedshack – 18 hours in!

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We’ve now been hacking for almost 18 hours straight. It’s fair to say that I am utterly knackered, we’ve made some amazing progress though, after a fairly shaky start (More on that later). In approximately 6 hours you will be able to register for our Textagotchi app. It is actually a minor miracle that we’ve […]

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Textagotchi – We have a screenshot!

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Here is the first peek of our Textagotchi webapp! Let us know what you think!

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Introducing Textagotchi!

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Our Leedshack project is well under way, we now have a logo, a facebook page and a twitter account! We’re still not giving too much away though, maybe you can guess what we are doing? The internet connection still isn’t running to a reliable point yet so still no live stream, here is a picture […]

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Leedshack begins!

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This weekend I have decided (against my better judgement) to not sleep for 18 hours and instead to attend Dom Hogeson’s (@thehodge) excellent #Leedshack event. We have a great team this year with Will Saunders (@willsbrain) on illustration/design duties, myself on UX development and animation and Paul Johnson (@rusty_box) running the backend. We are going […]

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Harry’s Song and the power of free

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Several months ago I wrote a short story called ‘Harry’s Song’, it will go down in history in my writing ‘career’ as the first story I ever actually completed. Once I finished editing it I sent it out to a few of my friends to gauge their reactions, which were very positive indeed – in […]

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A beginners guide to depression.

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It has been said by many that depression is the black death of the 21st century, whilst this is a bit of an exaggeration (it doesn’t kill people directly, nor makes them come out in boils), I do understand where the comparison comes from, whilst not really infectious, it is a product of our society […]

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An IE Experience

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Microsoft make me laugh:  This ‘IE experience’ works best in IE!? Well if so that’s because you removed features for other browsers which is not the way the web should work. We don’t cripple websites for IE, it does that all by itself. The reason we build things that work better outside of IE is […]

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AFTER THE VOID

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Here is a little snippet for a short story I am writing, as always, your feedback is appreciated :   Somewhere in the distance she heard a gentle drumming sound. It was growing louder, the world flashed red and suddenly glowed a brilliant, blinding white. The Darkness screamed as it was torn away … He […]

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Ten Tips for throwing a great party

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I’m not generally one to blow my own trumpet (it’s a ribcage thing) but it has been said that I throw excellent parties, after a few years of doing this I started to get asked for advice on how to help people throw their own parties. As I have no desire to become a party […]

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Writing inspiration needed

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Part of the book I am writing involves a Father/Daughter relationship, although I had a similar relationship with my ex’s little sister, I’ve never been a Father myself so if you Dads out there could give me some examples of fun things you do with your kids (aged between 7-10) that would be a huge help. I’m […]

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The Leeds Writers Group

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If you are a regular reader of my blog (do I have any readers yet?) then you will have probably heard me wittering about my beloved writing course which I attend every Wednesday, as much as I value the learning part of the course I quickly discovered that by far the most useful and enjoyable […]

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Cover Design for Emily Bell

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A few months ago I had an idea for a cover for my novel, it was a photo of Emily holding on to her mothers hand in the rain, it was quite a strong image but it related to a part of the novel which wasn’t really all that significant, it was also a little […]

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It’s a dogs life

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Again this was another short story written for a course assignment, it is a little rough as it has not been edited yet. I’ll try to give it an edit soon: Gareth sat on the shore and marvelled at the sound of the waves gently sloshing around his feet, his bum was getting wet but […]

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Mist

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I wrote this as part of an assignment last week, the assignment was to write a scene which linked two action scenes: a scene where a demon eats a young girls family and a scene where the demon returns to finish the job by eating her.  Here is the scene I wrote: Haley shuddered, she […]

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2012 Goals – Progress so far [FEB]

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I’ve not exactly made leaps and bounds with my 2012 goals but I have made some progress and they are coming along nicely. Here is what I have done so far: Health I am still going to my martial arts classes, I have now officially signed up after my trial ended and I’m looking forward to receiving my white […]

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2012: Not the end, the beginning!

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There are a lot of posts on the Internet at the moment about the Mayan prophecies and all that rubbish, I have no doubt that life will go on after 2012 and I want it to be better than it currently is. For most of my adult life I have been into the idea of […]

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Creative writing course

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Last year I attended the first part of a three part (hopefully), creative writing course. Part one proved itself to be invaluable as it gave me the push I needed to start writing my first novel as well as affording me the opportunity to meet some great people. Part two started this evening, it was […]

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How to get started in blogging… [Part 1]

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This is part one of a three part tutorial on how to start writing a blog, this part will cover learning to ‘get over’ any issues which may be standing in your way, part two covers the technical approach to blogging (i.e. Which tools you should use, how to submit a site to Google etc…) and part […]

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My new blog!

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Hi Guys! I’ve recently decided to start blogging again, a few of you may remember my old blog at digitalfusionmag.com, however myself and Matt Saunders (my co-writer) eventually became too busy (lazy) to write full articles all the time and it eventually fell by the wayside. This is is going to be more of a […]

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