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A few months ago I started to wonder how "normal" people and "celebrities" must use Twitter differently, celebs get loads of mentions and people are always sending them t...

Fri, 22nd Aug 2014

Recently I needed some javascript to get the Domain name excluding any subdomains. Whilst it's very difficult to work this out using a regular expression or similar, as y...

Fri, 13th Jun 2014

Newcastle Maker Faire were kind enough to host myself and the Curiosity Collective as part of their annual event showcasing everything from DIY contraptions to final PhD ...

Mon, 28th Apr 2014

If anything for me, 2012 was a year of clarity. A year of realisation that life is short, and that decisions should be conscious. I've come to some conclusions on matt...

Thu, 27th Dec 2012

A few days ago I stumbled upon the Slit Scan Camera. You will probably recognise it's odd effect from the "photo-finish" photos they take at the olympics and horse racing...

Sun, 21st Oct 2012

For the millionth time - screw "innovation" and do what works. Conversion Rate Optimisation Test -> Improve -> Repeat Connect with your audience Tell a s...

Wed, 1st Aug 2012

With interplanetary holidays right around the corner I thought I should do my bit and address one of the key issues everybody is talking about... How does a clock behave ...

Sat, 31st Mar 2012

It's all to easy to focus on the programming language, or the advertising medium, or the scale, or a million other things, but I'll bet the only thing that people care ab...

Mon, 27th Feb 2012

Many people will have heard of Conway's Game of Life, a 2D simulation based upon a very simple algorithm that shows incredibly complex behaviour. Langton's Ants (wiki) ru...

Sun, 26th Feb 2012

“Good afternoon you're through to XYZ company the best ABC service in your area, this is Jessica speaking how can I help you today?” If it takes you longer...

Wed, 22nd Feb 2012

- "modern" distractions, tv, twitter - motivation - marketing - lack of people to share with - lack of positive reinforcement - lack of space / materials - cost, ca...

Mon, 20th Feb 2012

TLDR: I tested the Infinite Monkey Theorem using words found on Twitter. They unknowingly reproduced 98% of George Orwell's novel "1984" in 12 hours, and went on to compl...

Sun, 19th Feb 2012

Don't expect me to do something "because". When our letting agent called me up tonight and informed me that she was being "as fair as she could" and that our rent woul...

Wed, 14th Dec 2011

I put a lot of effort in to this, I took a risk and trusted you, followed you down your path, away from the crowd. I thought you were trying to help me. You've let ...

Wed, 14th Dec 2011

I'd be either... The Strokes - Is This It The Maccabees - Colour It In Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend...

Thu, 8th Dec 2011

Connecting individuals together and sharing emotions. In the fear of sounding like a hippy, this is the device I want the most, one that two or more people can join to...

Thu, 8th Dec 2011

There are at least 10 distinct Ross's that I'm aware of. Work Ross Silly Ross Comfortable Ross Serious Ross Single Ross Infatuated Ross Sentimental Ross Ranty...

Sat, 3rd Dec 2011

There's nothing worse than the regret of a missed opportunity. Do it....

Sat, 3rd Dec 2011

Science doesn't care if you don't believe it, science doesn't care if you ignore it, go ahead, it doesn't bother science. Ignoring scientific fact because "you feel li...

Fri, 25th Nov 2011

The internet is built on the foundation of insightful, helpful, thought provoking information, how much of it did you contribute? I know I can do better, make better c...

Thu, 24th Nov 2011

Too often we spend too much time talking about doing things and not enough time doing them. When it comes to quitting smoking or losing weight, there are definite ways...

Tue, 22nd Nov 2011

The Paradox Of Choice has never been more prevalent. In a sentence, it's when having too many choices leads to anxiety and as a result, you do nothing because you are afr...

Mon, 21st Nov 2011

The technology industry, that I am a part of, is so hung up on the latest and greatest. The industry focuses on the latest language, the latest fad, we've completely miss...

Sat, 19th Nov 2011

Everyone's been stuck in traffic at some point, whether it's cars on a road or a queue in a shop. Traffic's no good for your mental state, no good for the economy, no ...

Fri, 18th Nov 2011

I was speaking to someone today that had suggested their business invest in a communal seating area for their office. They cited that a few very successful companies had ...

Thu, 17th Nov 2011

Shoot the Hippo is an interactive HTML5 game. Tom Bowden (@TomBowdenCRO) of Shoot The Hippo fame recently asked me if I could create him a simple game for his Conversi...

Sun, 2nd Oct 2011

Recently I've been attracted to the more eccentric household items, and due to a lack of lamps in our house, and my keen fondness for the table lamp, I decided to design ...

Sun, 2nd Oct 2011

As many of you know I started doing the 365 Project way back in 2006. It started with the intention of taking more photos and documenting my life, whilst also as a way of...

Fri, 30th Sep 2011

I was fortunate enough to be asked by Dave Chatting to speak at the East Anglia based Dorkbot event back in November 2010. Dorkbot is a worldwide collection of people ...

Fri, 30th Sep 2011

Throughout 3 months at the start of 2009 I thought it might be fun to log many of the day to day routine activities I do in my life. Inspired by Feltron's annual summarie...

Thu, 29th Sep 2011

The weekend of the 1st - 3rd October 2010 saw the Time Show, held by the Curiosity Collective in St Mary's Church Ipswich. As part of the Curiosity Collective, I exhib...

Wed, 28th Sep 2011

I've wrote in the past about the benefits of just getting your project done and out there. When I watched the Facebook Live video featuring Laurent Desegur from Zynga ...

Tue, 8th Feb 2011

BBC Look East were kind enough to feature 365 Project on the evening news last week. View the full video and story over on the 365 Project blog... 365 Project - As See...

Mon, 24th Jan 2011

Just a quickie... Today Rachel and I were walking around Kings Park in Perth, imagine the scene for a minute, blue skies, birds singing, temperature at 35 degrees plus...

Fri, 15th Jan 2010

So for everybody back home I should probably fill you in on what I'm up to over the next few months. We've been lucky enough to find a nice little apartment in East P...

Thu, 12th Nov 2009

So Rachel and I have given up with the whole house-sitting thing for a while, moving around so much is a bit of a pain now Rachel is working full time. After many hours o...

Tue, 10th Nov 2009

Apologies for not updating my blog in aaaaages but I'm too lazy. We're in this house in Perth for about 4 weeks until the house owners come back. We have no idea what ...

Sun, 9th Aug 2009

Ok so here are a few moments from our time in Adelaide... We spent 2 months looking after Jill and Ians house, we were put in touch with them via Rachels family in Ade...

Sat, 8th Aug 2009

We arrived in Airlie beach at some unknown hour of the morning, We had a little brekkey then went to check-in for our sail the next day, we were sailing on a Catamaran ca...

Tue, 9th Jun 2009

We arrived in Agnes just after 6pm and made our way to Beachside Backpackers hostel, it's about 200m from the beach and is a brand new hostel built by some people that ow...

Tue, 9th Jun 2009

Our self drive tour to Fraser island was our next point of call and we headed up the coast to Hervey Bay for a night where you get organized into your groups and go shopp...

Mon, 18th May 2009

After a short bus ride to Surfers paradise we met Rachels friend Andrea, she took us back to her place in Coomera Springs, she and her family moved out here about a year ...

Mon, 18th May 2009

Arg, that bus journey sucked. 13 hours up from Sydney, luckily we managed to get a few hours sleep. When we arrived in Byron it was like stepping back in time, it's a sma...

Mon, 18th May 2009

Yup we've finally made it to Australia, we had a short 9 hour flight from Bangkok and arrived in Sydney airport just after 6am. We caught a minibus to a hostel called Wak...

Fri, 8th May 2009

So we finished our stay oh Phi Phi and made our way via ferry to Phuket, we had no idea where on Phuket we wanted to go so picked somewhere from the lonely planet guide. ...

Fri, 8th May 2009

After our amazingly fun catamaran trip from Koh Tao to Chumporn (they didn't show the end of high school musical, what happens?) - we jumped on a bus, then another bus, t...

Sun, 19th Apr 2009

So I should probably fill you guys in on what we have been doing the last week or so. Well from Chiang Mai we took the overnight train to Bangkok, had a 12 hour wait t...

Sun, 19th Apr 2009

Today we have been to our Thai cooking lesson, the head cook and owner of "The best Thai cooking school" came and picked everyone up, we all squeezed in his van and drove...

Wed, 8th Apr 2009

Today we booked ourselves in to a very touristy tour to Doi Inthanon national park, we got picked up about 8.30 and started out on a 2 hour drive south of Chiang Mai. ...

Wed, 8th Apr 2009

Wow, last night was mental! The thunder storm lasted through to the early hours, the sky was lit up with lighning and loudest cracks of thunder I have ever heard, i...

Wed, 8th Apr 2009

We got up early this morning thinking we were infor a gentle trek and some nice scenery, never expecting to have such a crazy day. We got picked up at 9 by our guid...

Wed, 8th Apr 2009

It's been a busy day already, we arrived at the station 3 hours late and hopped into a tuk tuk, our hostel was a bit of a shock to begin with, it's like a student house...

Tue, 31st Mar 2009

It's nearly 7pm and we have made it on to our train, currently "speeding" our way to Chiang Mai. So far it has been incredibly bumpy and noisy, thankfully the iPod keyb...

Tue, 31st Mar 2009

Today we've walked a marathon and more. We started off by heading to the train station and what looked like a 10 minute walk on the map turned out to take us over an ho...

Tue, 31st Mar 2009

We finally landed in Bangkok after our 10 hour flight, it was nothing special but we both managed to get some sleep. I think we were both so nervous about coming away f...

Tue, 31st Mar 2009

Hi y'all. Sorry I've not posted in a while, I should probably explain why... I've been working my little geeky fingers to the bone getting my new website up and run...

Thu, 19th Feb 2009

From a young age I've been afraid of podcasts, one night I came home and caught a podcast... well it doesn't matter what I caught the podcast doing, it still hurts to thi...

Wed, 21st Jan 2009

Hello All, A new year and what a treat I have for you today, last night vast quantities of alcohol were consumed and as usual at a new years party the good old Singsta...

Thu, 1st Jan 2009

Hey, Just a quick update, noticed that people have been searching for a Tania Holden on my website, uh?? So to you guys searching for that... here is an entry, hope yo...

Wed, 31st Dec 2008

Today I am announcing the launch of my 2009 project, the Life Log. After being inspired by Feltron and his annual reports, I have decided that next year will be the fi...

Thu, 18th Dec 2008

So like most bloggers out there in the wilds of the interweb, I have become more and more obsessed with tracking my website statistics, on a daily basis I find myself scr...

Sat, 6th Dec 2008

Now before you all have a go.. yes I am well aware of the sometimes ignorant and general stupidity of my words, but alas this is my blog and it should represent me... rea...

Wed, 12th Nov 2008

It's 4:30am... yes, in the morning and I am once again forced to get out of the comfort of bed and haul myself and a giant suitcase to the outskirts of London, yup, anoth...

Wed, 12th Nov 2008

Woo, so finally had a chance to blog about FOWA, the last few days have been pretty crazy. FOWA was brilliant, big thanks to all the guys at Carsonified, I'll be there ne...

Sat, 11th Oct 2008

Over the weekend I took some photos of my friends and there new born baby Joshua. It was the first photography "shoot" I'd done outside of my own immediate family, and wi...

Mon, 6th Oct 2008

So I've now been developing large scale web applications for a few years now, and I thought i'd share a few points I believe every coder needs to think about. If you'r...

Tue, 23rd Sep 2008

So the last few days I've been seriously stressing about the implications of XSS (Cross site scripting) in a project that I've been working on. If you don't know what XSS...

Thu, 18th Sep 2008

I'm an avid listener of the "Answer me this podcast" http://answermethispodcast.com, they've recently had a challenge for listeners to post a video and ask them a questio...

Wed, 10th Sep 2008

So Recently I've been delving into the marvelous world of Pushing data to web browsers. Ok, before I get flamed, what I mean by pushing (for now) is the browser reques...

Sat, 6th Sep 2008

"Aaaargh" It's 5 to midnight and I'm still yet to take an interesting photo of the day for my 365 gallery, when I say an interesting photo, I mean it in the sense of s...

Tue, 26th Aug 2008

So for anybody that has ever used Trac to look at your SVN repo's you'll know that there is a cool diff tool they use that shows the differences between change sets. ...

Sat, 9th Aug 2008

Hey All! So it would seem that I've finally got so annoyed with wordpress that I've written my own blogging software. It's taken a few weeks off and on and I've just f...

Tue, 29th Jul 2008

So thought i'd put together a compilation of my 365 project so far.. and here it is! ...

Sat, 21st Jun 2008

W00p! So i've finally had the opportunity to re-vamp my personal site, it's reminded me how hard designing and trying to be creative actually is. Anyway, you can fi...

Sun, 15th Jun 2008

So today I needed to force a file to download in a web browser where the browser would normally just output the file. It will also work in IE6 over a secure (HTTPS) conne...

Tue, 22nd Apr 2008

A really good, touching British Movie, set mostly in the 70's this is about Joe Scott a failing Hollywood actor played by Daniel Craig who "sees the light" (so cliche), b...

Fri, 18th Apr 2008

pr($array) Yes, I know wht you're thinking, how can Scrivna have written the ultimate time saving function? Well to be honest... I haven't... someone else did it and I'v...

Tue, 15th Apr 2008

So having got frustrated with their being no Official UK Top 40 Singles or Album chart RSS feeds I decided i'd make my own... Singles Chart or Album Chart It's curr...

Mon, 14th Apr 2008

Yes people, it's true! So you put your hamster in the microwave, turn the dial to 2 minutes, full power, hit start... 2 minutes later... *Beep Beep Beep Beep Beep ...

Mon, 14th Apr 2008

Hey ho, All over the web i'm seeing sites such as facebook with textareas that vertically expand automagically (and from what I hear FF3 has this functionality built i...

Sat, 12th Apr 2008

So went to see Son of Rambow tonight, it's a British film and lives up to all classic British film requirements; its a nice story about 2 friends growing up in ...

Thu, 10th Apr 2008

So the time may come when you have code for embedding a youtube video into a webpage but need that video to be automagically resized and looping and putting the kettle on...

Sun, 6th Apr 2008

Just stumbled upon this method of storing hierarchal data in a flat database and all I can say is its bloomin genius, it will change my life forever; no more crappy ineff...

Fri, 4th Apr 2008

Oh yeah! oh yeah! it's my birthday, oh yeah!.... ok well its not my birthday, but this photo has got to number 92! in Flickr's explore... my highest entry to date. Lets...

Wed, 26th Mar 2008

Woo! Another photo in Fickr's explore, it's currently sitting at position #291 which is amazing, i'm so happy! Now both pictures I've had in explore contain some as...

Thu, 20th Mar 2008

Thought i'd have a play with iMovie today so made this: It's all my photos from my portrait 365 gallery. My 365 Projects started about 16 months ago, and have well...

Thu, 20th Mar 2008

So, as you may or may not know, I've been trying to calculate the shortest distance to travel between a number of points (aka The Travelling Salesman Problem) While i com...

Sat, 15th Mar 2008

Found this legend bit of code that if you go to a point on a google map then put this into the URL bar it'll pop up the longitude and latitude for you. javascript:void...

Thu, 6th Mar 2008

Ok, so recently i've been making all my web pages support unicode character sets, one of the tasks is ensuring all output is encoded in utf-8. Anyway to make a long story...

Wed, 5th Mar 2008

Never again! Fuck me, seriously, why would you do that? My chest was burning, my legs are killing me. With my regular swim that takes about 45 minutes i'd lose about 5...

Mon, 3rd Mar 2008

So today i came across the need to include a file in php with limited access to data and not output it to the browser... Basically all this does is buffer the output t...

Wed, 27th Feb 2008

Wow, so I experienced my first earthquake last night, it was all very exciting... or not, i just kinda rocked in bed a bit. To be honest i assumed i was drunk and the roo...

Wed, 27th Feb 2008

So alot has happened since my last post. I celebrated my 21st birthday with the guys and Rachel, went into town for a drunken night out. (Photos available on Galleri...

Wed, 20th Feb 2008

Wow! This photo is my first to be featured on Flickr's daily Explore page, basically they work out the 500 most interesting photos of that day and you can browse them o...

Wed, 13th Feb 2008

Seriously, i just cant stop buying stuff on ebay, i'm bidding on this one thing at the moment and it has 28 minutes left and I just cant concentrate on anything else, i'm...

Tue, 5th Feb 2008

Things 2 think about - Part 1 If God did exist would he be financially rich? I imagine he has had numerous poorly planned business opportunities but all have faile...

Thu, 31st Jan 2008

Those of you that have the great fortune of putting up with my random ideas will know that of late i've been playing around with a washing up bowl, various items of tup...

Tue, 29th Jan 2008

Just recently i've been trying to put together a folder on my computer as a reference for portrait poses and what not as a library for ideas when i'm out shooting, howeve...

Sat, 19th Jan 2008

Again people amaze me with just how thick they can be. Basically I want to create a random string 8 characters long, a bit of google bashing gives me functions that are l...

Wed, 16th Jan 2008

Woo! I'm back from France. Skiing was good fun, take a look at all the pictures on Gallericious. Our Apartment in Maison d.. suttin french, was ok, quite dated but it ...

Mon, 14th Jan 2008

Woohoo! Marky and I and a load of random uni people are off Skiing in France for a week! Its going to be crazy! We're setting off tonight at about 6pm and driving all the...

Fri, 4th Jan 2008

Woohoo! My new flash finally arrived today. I bought the Canon Speedlite 430EX off of Amazon for £160 in the end, what can i say... it's fab! Glad i spent the extra...

Fri, 4th Jan 2008

Wordpress users of the mod_rewrite feature will notice that post titles are adjusted to make them look / work nicer. As I plan to attack my gallery with this kind of f...

Wed, 2nd Jan 2008

Another year, another load of random resolutions. Last years were much about self improvement and being happy, this year, instead of things I want to do i've made a list ...

Tue, 1st Jan 2008

Went out for a lil wander yesterday with the camera, mostly around Felixstowe way. This shot was taken in Ravenswood however.. I got very lost in that estate, took m...

Mon, 31st Dec 2007

So the other day i figured that I need to start thinking about putting a photography portfolio together. The problem I wanted it to be available from my website bu...

Sun, 30th Dec 2007