I’ve decided to use my blog to write small anti-boredom posts whilst at work. Using my PDA and mobile in perfect harmony to bring you into the mind of the Jones…
March 23, 2007
Google run a program through the summer called: “Summer of Code”
Basically you get paid to write code for an open source project. I plan to apply to code for Drupal, my favourite CMS, more specifically to add a ‘drawing API’.
This morning I got an email about my first patch going into a contributed project, how ace is that. It’s a really good feeling giving something back.
I use Drupal to run the maths society website, but I really enjoy developing for it. I can be really creative, I just need to work out how I can make a career out of it.
After a stuttery start to the holidays I’m back at work proper.
Yes I’m back on the pier, and yes I’m already counting down the days until I finish.
February 19, 2007
Writing about web page http://www.mathsoc.warwick.ac.uk/
I reworked the Warwick Mathematics Society wesbite a few months ago, and made it look way better than it did before, and made it much more flexible. I choose Drupal as my content management system, and found it to be very, very powerful.
I'm bored by the current look of the site though, and since content has been separated from presentation I can easily change the theme. A lot of the site works well, but some bits don't work quite how I wanted them to, but that's because they were added on top, instead of being designed in from the start, and the theme turned out to be not particularly extensible.
Apparently people really like the idea that it changes colour, so I might keep that feature whilst making the site 'look better'. I really want to make the top header section smaller, so that more content can fit on the screen.
Fixed, fluid or elastic? hmmm...
Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/Default.aspx
Is it just me or is the design of the Students' Union website a little crap.
When I'm logged in I count 21 main navigation buttons! Have they ever heard of a sub-menu?
December 01, 2006
I finally got a new chain for my bike, and it rocks! Just thought I’d say.
November 08, 2006
My housemate, Holly, decided to sow felt patches to her ageing cardy, as depicted below:
You can see the end result here:
You’re such an old man Holly.
October 23, 2006
I spotted in the biscuit aisle of Canley Tesco a new addition: Tesco Value Shortbread.
Actually it was better than expected. The packet promised delicious crumbly shortbread fingers, which in Tesco value, means dust. But there were entire fingers of shortbread! In terms of butter content, we had a surprising 20%, oh Tesco you are really spoiling us.
In any case, they cost me 39 English pence, and were edible.
October 19, 2006
I was thinking about how many billions (perhaps trillions or more) of letters I’ve seen in my lifetime. Its just incredible the amount of written information in the world contains. I wonder what data structures my brain uses to store all this information, and how it can access most of it very quickly. Further reading on this subject is required.
Obviously when I want to remember something, my brain decides to store it, but what happens next? I would have to assume that some sort of biological change occurs within my brain, are new cells created? is there a bank of ‘free memory’? Writing about this has really sparked my interest, I’m going to have to go the library tomorrow!
Recent events in my life have set me thinking about my faith. I have begun to consider what I believe and why I believe it.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t really know what I believe, I don’t know enough to make any decisions, so I must learn. I’m going to read The New Testament to begin with, which I’ve never done. I’m going to try understand it, I’m going to ask questions (I’m blessed with many true christian friends, i.e. they don’t mind me rigorously trying to deconstruct their beliefs.)
I don’t feel pressured in any way, and I’m not going to decide to believe in anything that I don’t truly believe in.