Responsive Images : featured Flow on Gibbon

Responsive Images : featured Flow on Gibbon

I’m really thrilled that my Responsive Images flow is currently being featured on Gibbon.co https://gibbon.co/bseymour/responsive-images With some great progress now being made to the formalisation of the Responsive Images support in modern browsers, I’m pulling together a core of useful web resources around Responsive Images solutions. Gibbon is a really promising new community of people learning from each other by collecting and sharing the knowledge from the web. I really like their ‘playlists for learning...

Over Engineering : 800 years of Operation

Over Engineering : 800 years of Operation

The Hook lighthouse on the south coast of County Wexford, Ireland is the oldest operating lighthouse in the world. There has been a beacon in this location since the 5th century, with the current structure being built in the 12th century, which has now operated continuously for a staggering 800 years. This medieval tower was built by William Marshall, the then Earl of Pembroke, who wanted to establish a port in the town of New Ross (30km up river) and needed to ensure safe passage for ships. Marshall’s background was as a castle builder, and you can see that legacy and skill transference in his approach to creating the lighthouse; The structure stands 4 stories tall, at a height of 35 metres, and for the lower 3 levels the walls are up to 4 metres thick. The...

The Apprentice Bowl

The Apprentice Bowl

During our anniversary trip back to Ireland we went back to Waterford Crystal. After the initial confusion of us returning to the factory which they apparently shut down in 2009, we had a fantastic tour, and the kids loved it. It’s mesmerising watching hugely skilled individuals effortlessly go about their daily routine. In this case massively hot globs of molten glass are moved around in close proximity to the other master craftsmen in a seemingly easy going, yet closely orchestrated ballet with the other craftsmen in their team. The most impressive part of the tour was seeing ‘The Apprentice Bowl’. An incredibly intricate bowl, incorporating every pattern that Waterford employs with it’s crystal glass, and requiring 600 precision cuts, each one made by...

Three for T (-mobile) : [UK mobile networks]

Three for T (-mobile) : [UK mobile networks]

I moved to T-mobile nearly 2 years ago, and have been pretty happy with their service, and the plan that I chose. However, we are currently on a family trip outside of the UK, and upon arriving in Ireland I was greeted with a familiar text warning. For internet use outside of the UK please insert £3 per day for 100MB of data.   Thankfully, a friend recently put me on to Three’s amazing new price plans, which include a rolling monthly plan with all-you-can-eat-data for £15, and for a short-list of countries outside of the UK, you can use this unlimited data while travelling. So, for this trip I wanted to try it out, and came prepared with and old phone, a free SIM card from Three, and I had purchased the £15 add-on which along with various hundred of minutes...

Healthy Working

Healthy Working

Get-fit-while-working. In lieu of a sit/standing desk, I’m going to give this a bash as part of my new 2014 regime. There are stacks of reports about the dangers of sitting all day, and while I hope to buy an electric sit/standing desk sometime this year, I will try out doing gentle steady cycling while working. In my first try I missed having my big monitor close, but it would be fine for email activities, and I cycled 5km without barely noticing (though I have a new saddle gel cover on order) [update: Feb 9th] January’s tally was 92 miles gentle riding while doing emails during the day, or social networks, surfing in the evening. I also tried it while playing the PS3 but my legs insisted on trying to keep pace with the in-game characters! [update: Feb...

Wireless Headless Node Server

Wireless Headless Node Server

We are looking to use the Raspberry Pi as a motion triggered camera for our bird feeder. This was my son’s idea for his poster for the Raspberry Pi Poster Competition (http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/5432 ). We’ve still to obtain a camera and motion sensor, but for now, adding an edimax wifi dongle and using my old PowerMonkey portable charger means that we’ve got a completely wireless, self-contained, headless Node.js server...

Lightening Review of 2013

Lightening Review of 2013

Inspired by @rem’s review, but lacking the time to do a proper post, here is my lightening review of 2013, (sorry I didn’t have the time needed to make it shorter): Moving to Mac full time. As I spend an awful lot of time in front of a machine, probably the biggest switch for me in recent years was switching to a Mac. We still have various Windows and Linux machines setup in my office, (and of course SSH/CLI into a multitude of Linux based machines for various services/hosting(, but during the course of the year I’ve completely converted to Mac for almost all my home and work use. The first 3 months on the Mac were ‘challenging’ but then something changed, and now using the Windows machine feels like an unnatural and frustrating experience. Web Conferences:...