Web accessibility, photos, travel and random noise


Boat of life

I love this:

Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.

Jerome K Jerome

In praise of the quick hack

Copy and paste, quick hacks and big balls of mud. These are rightly frowned upon in the software industry, but they happen elsewhere too. Often the programmer gets the blame for being lazy. Programmers will invariably blame poor management. But the real culprit is usually more simple: the budget.

My first post using the wordpress android app

This post is written using the wordpress android app. You can download it here.

It has been written using android speech to text function. This works very well as long as you have a wifi connection. So it helps I am waiting for my daughter at the OMV petrol station which has free wifi!

Jogging away from over your inner demons

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. Not just on a physical level, but it also makes you "happier" due to the release of Endorphins, the body’s natural feel good chemicals.  Well, since I completed the C25K program I've started noticing there's much more to it than simply being happier. Jogging seems to have some sort of meditative effect, a fact I alluded to in my post on the anatomy of one of my jogs. I noted that once I really get going I am able to spend a few seconds at a time in a trance like state with a completely clear mind. On top of that, towards the end of the jog all the aches and pains actually dissapear. Well here's my theory as to why that is.

Bridge to 10k

Now that I've completed the C25K running program, I am looking to run further as well as increase my pace a little. "Bridge to 10 k" (B210k for short) appears to be the acronym to use, but the various implementations I've come across are too complicated for my little mind. I don't currently have an iPod or smartphone so I really don't want to be starting and stopping anymore. I just want to run for X minutes or kilometers and be done with it. This may not be the ideal methodology to follow, but it will do for me.

Anatomy of one of my jogs

Since I've started jogging and manage longer distances and time I've noticed a common pattern that I thought I would write down here and see it changes with time. It roughly goes like this:

Completed Couch To 5K

9 weeks ago I started on the Couch To 5K (C25K) running program. Today I completed it.

Botch job

Does this sound familiar?

'As for repair', he said, 'well, I don't know about repair. Rebuild, maybe. Of course, it's hard to get the bristles these days even if you can find people to do the proper binding, and the spells need...'
'I don't want it rebuilt, I just want it to work properly,' said Granny.
'It's an early model, you see', the dwarf plugged on. 'Very tricky, those early models. You can't get the wood...'
He was picked up bodily until his eyes were level with Granny's. Dwarves, being magical in themselves, as it were, are quite resistant to magic but her expression looked as though she was trying to weld his eyeballs to the back of his skull.
'Just repair it,' she hissed. 'Please?'
'What, make a bodge job?' said the dwarf, his pipe clattering to the floor.
'Patch it up, you mean? Betray my training by doing a half job?'
'Yes,' said Granny. Her pupils were two little black holes.
'Oh,' said the dwarf. 'Right, then.'

Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett

You're certainly not the first to do (or request!) a botch job and nor will you be the last...

Happy New Year

It's been a little quiet on this blog in the run up to Christmas and the New Year. The new year will see a number of posts on computing for RSI sufferers such as avoiding the mouse and windows voice recognition.

Welcome to my blog

This is my first blog post, ever! Despite having been "online" and doing professional web development since the late 90s, my current web presence is limited to :

Pi - Squaring the Circle

The mysterious and wonderful pi is reduced to a gargle that helps computing machines clear their throats.
Philip J. Davis, The Love of Large Numbers


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