Twitter feed added

Not much blogging going on yet, but I’ve added my micro-blog feed from Twitter today. At least I’m serving bite size nuggets of my mundane existence for you to scoff whole.

Courtesy of Damien du Toit’s neat little jQuery plug-in. This little feature uses JavaScript, so if it doesn’t appear it may be because that’s not available.

Since the move to WordPress I am no longer using this JavaScript plugin, but rather the WordPress plugin Twitter Tools.

Out with the old, in with the new

The old sites have been archived and the blogs-a-taking over. I’m going all Movable Type 4 on ya ass. There’s a few teething problems that I’m sorting out over time, but it’s not like this site pays the bills! I’m quite happy with the default template so I think that will stay for a while. … Continue reading “Out with the old, in with the new”

The old sites have been archived and the blogs-a-taking over. I’m going all Movable Type 4 on ya ass. There’s a few teething problems that I’m sorting out over time, but it’s not like this site pays the bills! I’m quite happy with the default template so I think that will stay for a while. The blogging has taken a back seat over the last couple of years and I’ve missed it. I’ve missed that personal documented history. I don’t have a diary. But I do sometimes feel like publishing the occasional thought or opinion when the mood takes me. If you don’t like it, then you know what you can do…

…that’s right, leave an orderly comment in the designated field below.

Now on with some mindless blogging.

Website design and web development

Brainfire is a freelance web design and web development company based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, near Hemel Hempstead. Run by Mat Harden, a passionate and experienced web designer, Brainfire specialise in standards compliant accessible websites. Services include web development, website help and updates, web standard and semantic coding of existing designs, HTML email marketing, bespoke website application development, PHP development, ASP development and web consultation.

For all enquiries, email info@brainfire.co.uk.

I am not Brainfire Group

Occasionally I get requests from misguided companies (and lawyers) asking me to sell or hand-over domain names they believe have been registered by Brainfire. I’m am not a cyber-squatter. I do not register domain names in the hope that large corporations will pay huge sums to recover. Unfortunately for me a company called Brainfire Group does. Brainfire Limited and Brainfire Group are two entirely separate entities.

All I know about Brainfire Group is the following:

  • They register domain names to the their address in Calgary, Canada
  • They are involved in a number of domain name disputes with Nominet
  • They have been involved in one of the few legal cases that have used Wikipedia as a court source

If you want to discover who has registered a domain name, use a WHOIS lookup such as the Geektools Whois tool.

If you can’t beat ’em join ’em

Stu's distorted face from Best of Photo Booth

Stu’s distorted face from Best of Photo Booth

I’ve finally snapped. After months of procrastinating I’ve decided to become a full Flickr member. As I already pay for hosting of a few domain names and the fact that I also have my own photo site – NotMyFace – I found it hard to go Pro. But Flickr is just too good. To mark the occasion, I’ve just uploaded the Best of Photo Booth and my Lomography collection.

Stuck on a train

Watford station

Watford station

Really chunked off! I’ve not got a good track record with late night trains, but this time it was not my fault. Went out for a drink with a mate last Thursday night in Soho. Left at a reasonable time to catch the 23:34 from Euston. This journey usually takes about 35 minutes, so I should be home just after 12 o’clock. No biggie. So the train gets to a couple of miles outside of Watford and stops. A minutes or two passes, I think nothing of it. I’m typing away on my laptop anyway. I’m using my time wisely. Then about five minutes pass. I’m thinking this trains taking it’s sweet time. Then an announcement, “there’s a broken down train at Watford, we can’t move”. Another couple of minutes, then “another train is on it’s way to meet it, but there’s signalling problems, so it will take a while… sorry”. Another HOUR AND A HALF and we’re still there. Fan-tas-tic!

So we’re told that there’s only one line in use at this time of night, so we just gotta wait. Then we hear that they’ve opened the other line, but we can’t move onto it because of “severe signalling problems”. Meanwhile, trains that have left Euston after us are now passing us on these other tracks. I’m on a course the next day in Brighton. I’ve got to be up at about 6am to catch a train. I’m not happy. We evetually get to Watford, wait there and then slowly progress, but stop at every signal. Whilst others caught some Z’s, I forced myself to stay awake so I didn’t end up in Milton Keynes again.

I got home at 02:15. I had about 3.5 hours sleep before the Ajax course I was so looking forward too. I couldn’t believe it. A 35 minute journey took 5 times as long as it should. Chuffin marvellous!

The rumours are true

Yes, it’s true. I am honoured to announce that Steph accepted my proposal of marriage whilst staying at the Lawn Cottages near Napier during our holiday in New Zealand. We expect to tie the knot late 2008. Thank you to everyone who has already given their well-wishes, especially Steph’s family. Steph, you have made me … Continue reading “The rumours are true”

Yes, it’s true. I am honoured to announce that Steph accepted my proposal of marriage whilst staying at the Lawn Cottages near Napier during our holiday in New Zealand. We expect to tie the knot late 2008.

Thank you to everyone who has already given their well-wishes, especially Steph’s family.

Steph, you have made me a very happy man. I love you very much!

Barcelona Christmas party

Barcelona Christmas party photos
Barcelona Christmas party photos

I spent last weekend in Barcelona for the corporate Christmas party. Now that’s a pretty good Christmas party! Half day on the Friday (always a pleasure) and 2 nights in the fabulous Clarion Hotel Pulitzer. It’s not often hotel rooms are as nice as the website pictures would have us believe, but the Pulitzer did not disappoint. Unfortunately the Sky Bar is not open at this time of year, but the lounge bar was very comfortable (just don’t order a club sandwich unless you like your chicken clucking in the bun).

Saturday was largely walking around the city and up to Guadí’s Parc Güell, followed by Casa Batlló and Casa Milà – which is what most of my pictures are of. We followed this up by a quick shop at Vinçon for secret Santa presents. I also got myself a little pressie in the form of a Colorsplash Flash for my Lomo (time for some colourful evening shots).
After watching Dan and Stephen haggle for old soda water bottles it was time for a little sleepy back at the hotel.

The main event started in the private room at a restaurant in the square off the bottom of the Rambla, maybe called Plaça del Teatre, I dunno? So after that we popped into Bar Pippa in the same square. I like this place, it’s a great little pub hidden in the corner that feels like you’re in somebody’s apartment, but with a stage in it. Andrew and I found it when we were there for Jai’s stag weekend. We eventually ended up at a club, which my bank statement tells me is called “City Hall”. Had a fantastic (and very long, bed at 6am) day. Didn’t feel that great on Sunday, and I’m really not a fan of showering whilst still under the influence.

Backyard Theme Park

Last Wednesday there was a novelty story in the Metro about a metalworker in Indianapolis who built The Blue Flash rollercoaster in his own in his backyard. It might not have made it into the RCDB, but I thought it was great. There should be more of this sort of thing. Like that guy who … Continue reading “Backyard Theme Park”

Last Wednesday there was a novelty story in the Metro about a metalworker in Indianapolis who built The Blue Flash rollercoaster in his own in his backyard. It might not have made it into the RCDB, but I thought it was great. There should be more of this sort of thing. Like that guy who put a fake shark through his roof.
Anyway, it reminded me of the backyard monorail I found on the web about a year ago. Maybe these guys should get together and make a backyard amusement park?

Where the hell is Matt?

No not me, I’m here. I mean, where the hell is this Matt? A video of a guy called Matt dancing some ridiculous dance in many amazing locations around the globe. A chewing gum brand caught wind of it and sponsored him to do it all over again – nice work if you can get … Continue reading “Where the hell is Matt?”

No not me, I’m here. I mean, where the hell is this Matt? A video of a guy called Matt dancing some ridiculous dance in many amazing locations around the globe. A chewing gum brand caught wind of it and sponsored him to do it all over again – nice work if you can get it. I think it’s quite well known now, thanks to YouTube. Thanks to Matt, who pointed this out to me (about 3 months ago).