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Not Dead Yet

Yes, I am still alive. Yes, it has been a busy few months and yes, I shan't leave it so long next time. Here's a quick summary of what I've been up to…. Read More...
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Change

As you might have gathered, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks updating the site design. I was after something a bit more visually striking. Do you think I’ve achieved it?

If you’re interested in the technical stuff, then I’ll elaborate further. As you might have seen on my information page, I use a wonderful tool called Rapidweaver to create the site in conjunction with a design template called Boreal, courtesy of Nick Cates Design. I’ve hacked around with the template, using a selection of my own photography for the header images and some under-the-hood tweaks using a mixture of CSS and Javascript, although I’m not 100% finished yet.

The site’s responsive in nature - so regardless of whether you’re viewing this on a phone, tablet or computer, you should see it (more or less) the same.

There’s still a few bits I’d like to polish off. I want to completely remove any reliance on plugins by converting the image galleries to HTML5 (they use Flash at the moment), as well as using a local database for the search index (reliance on Google is never a good thing). As a consequence, don’t be surprised if you see a few more changes in the near future!

As always, I’m interested in your feedback - you can contact me using the links at the bottom of the page.
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New Feed

Most people that know me know I have many pet-hates. One pet-hate near the top of my list (the list in my head, that is) is my dislike of social-networking sites. I’ve been virulently against the likes of MySpace (though that’s mostly a design aesthetics issue), Facebook and Bebo for quite a while now. I’ve seen many people take it way too far - to the detriment of their working and personal lives. Shame on you, you silly boys and girls. No supper and straight to bed for you.

It would therefore strike you as odd that I should decide to join one, because yesterday I started twittering. My argument would be that it’s not really so much a social-networking site, more of a micro-blogging tool - but I understand completely if you think I’ve sold-out and broken one of my taboos. Hey - what am I going to do to convince you otherwise? Come and give you a good kicking? I think not. Anyway, you look like you could have me in a fight and your wife looks quite hard too, so I’ll just distract you by changing the subject as to why I quite like doing it.

The joy of twitter is that it forces you to think long and hard about what you write. You’ve only got 140 characters to get your message across, after all. Add that to my ingrained laziness, which coerces me into blogging with as little effort as possible and you get the idea. I can tweet to my heart’s content with text-messages whilst out and about. The subject matter will be random and won’t just be a breakdown of what I had for lunch that day. Irrelevant and sporadic are the words to consider here, along with the words gusset and philtrum, although I might be using those a bit less.

So, should you wish to follow my twitterings, feel free. I’m listed under dalliard_dotnet. There’s also a local twitter page should you prefer the alternative presentation.

But if you think the whole thing is shite, good for you - at least you’re sticking by your principles.
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