For anyone that follows me on Twitter, or has any interest in the design/development area has probably heard of a pretty swell site called Forrst.
For those of you that don’t know, I loved Forrst. The direction that it was heading was brilliant, the users on it were equally great, and the feedback that I got & provided really sparked some thoughts over what you were doing etc.
Overall, the community helped me get to know some awesome people. People that I have had the pleasure of working with in the past, in the present - and as of earlier today, in the future (I hope).
One thing that was key in Forrst’s success, I think was that it was a simple, invite only community. The people wanting to get in had to have some skills, and some demonstration of them to show these skills off.
For the intuitive amongst you, you’ll probably realise that a lot of this post up till now has been in the past tense. Yes, unfortunately, Forrst is no longer what it used to be, and I feel that now it has tipped over the edge.
I ask myself this question many times a week. Frequently I answer with a resounding YES! but then, after a few minutes, I change tact and decide to continue along the road that I’m currently set on.
I have many qualities about me, or so I’m told. Many revolving around how nice I am, how I help people etc. But I also have some severe downfalls, mainly my motivation, and laziness.
Don’t get me wrong, I am always motivated on new things. I worked like a bitch to get Owlr out and released with Dan in a month. But then it stopped, I got it released, and wanted to move on to the next thing. My motivation, my passion, had vanished - but why?
A song about how it doesn’t actually matter who or what you are, how it doesn’t matter what the hell you look like, whether you’re black, white, gay, straight or a potato.
Listen to the words, and realise just how powerful they are - how the song, and many other similar songs are true.
The thing is the world isn’t like that, well for some people.
I don’t want this to turn into a rant, or debate or anything about how you shouldn’t be homophobic, racist or whatever - I think that’s pretty obvious. However, I would like to share a few things:
1. People are born that way. They have no choice who or what they like, or anything like that. 2. Bullying is not cool, it’s not big, and it makes you a dick. 3. Coming to terms with something is enough pain that someone needs without you adding to the hatred that they might have for themselves.
Finally, the point of this post. I have had this video in my bookmarks for quite a while, and one that I watch every now and then, I urge you to watch it & share it. Get over yourself, take a minute out of your day to think about how other people, like myself, feel when idiots, dicks, twats, whatever, like to single them out for who they are.
Without family & friends, we are nothing. Thanks to all my family & friends for everything!
Christmas is of course, the celebration of the birth of Jesus. However, as an atheist, I have never fully understood why we celebrate it.
As an atheist, I don’t believe that a god exists - and therefore I personally don’t believe in the teachings or contents of the bible. Christmas is an event that comes about from the Bible.
At this point, many people call me a humbug, a loser or other such words - however, bare with me.
I don’t personally know anyone that celebrates Christmas for what it is, I don’t think many people stop & think about Jesus, the fact that he 'died for our sins' or anything else with religious notions.
So ‘What is Christmas?’
To me, it’s a time to get together with family, and friends that you might not have seen for the year. The sharing of presents, and excessive eating are irrelevant, I share presents as it is - to a degree - expected. The excessive eating is something I do … because the food is mostly free!
I hate over commercialisation - it really annoys me. Hallowe’en, Easter, Valentines Day, Bonfire Night and Christmas, we don’t seem to have a break from any big event. As soon as Christmas is over, Valentines day paraphernalia will pop-up in shops!
I’m always up for fun, but why, why, why, when people are complaining that they have no money do they go out and spend £60 on a tree, and a large amount on decorations for the tree?
I love you all
I’m not a humbug, I’m not one that hates Christmas, I don’t dislike you for liking Christmas. I have my own thoughts about what Christmas should be, I personally don’t want a tree shoved up in my house.
Christmas has lost its religious connotations in my mind - don’t get me started on the political correctness that revolves around the new term “Season’s Greetings” and other such names.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas [however you celebrate it], stay safe!
Unless you are living in a cardboard box, you’ve probably heard that Twitter has redesigned its site, making it look a slight shade more awesome. Introducing improved customisation for brands, and some other UI changes. It’s different, interesting but in my opinion unfinished.
In this post, I’m going to explore some of the minor issues that bug me - either deprecated features, or silly little things that shouldn’t have been released.
This is the first in a series of December posts, releases and code snippets that I will be doing. I had originally anticipated for the 1st December post to be a fully awesome tutorial, however, that will now appear as the 2nd December post. Also, I know I’m a day behind, I’ll be posting two today to catch up!
In a new series of posts where I pick random people that I know, or want to get to know & ask them some questions.
This week, we have Dan Eden, who describes himself as a web designer and wannabe developer hailing from Manchester, UK. He’s also a student at Nottingham Trent University, studying Digital Media Technology.
Dan is an avid Forrst user and the guy that brought us, amongst other useful things, Brills & Animate.css. Here he answers my questions about himself, his work, his future and a few other things in between.
Leading on from my earlier post about how to use jQuery and the Twitter API, below is a brief tutorial about how to pull in some images which match a certain search term, and how to display them on the page. Nothing complex, mostly simple code to introduce the basics of the API.
For all of this, you will require a Flickr API Key & also a secret key - which you can get by registering with the API.
So with that, Tumblr still haven’t resolved the problem I’m having viewing notes on all of my posts.
To a degree, this angers me - why? Because they haven’t fixed it. But why doesn’t it anger me? It’s a free service, I have more important things to worry about - such as why my toast keeps burning, or why I haven’t got anymore Coke Zero in the freezer!
So with this, I leave you with a note - a type you can hopefully see - it’s the weekend. That means I get a lie-in tomorrow! Booya!
Many people post on Forrst stating that they want to learn a language, and I’m beginning to tire of seeing the repetitiveness of the posts, and the repetition of the answers. So, here is how I have learnt to code.
If you have learnt to code in another way, please post it as a comment. I will then link to it from the main post so that in future cases when people are wondering how to learn to code, this can be used as a reference point that will help anyone and everyone choose the best way that suits them. Also, at the bottom, there will be a list of links that I find are more useful that others, and some that should be taken with a pinch of salt. I am happy to add extras etc…