Now You See Me

Now You See Me by Pamela L. Todd

You may or may not be aware that my amazing wife has had her second book published it’s has been available to buy for a couple of months. Over the christmas break I decided I would go out of my comfort zone a pick up an eBook copy to read. This is not generally my pick of book, I am not one for fiction (I call it made up nonsense), but everywhere we were going people where commenting on my wife’s book and how good it was. So I decided that I had to pick up a copy and read it for myself. Boy was I shocked!

I say I was shocked, but not shocked in a sense that things she has written about make me embarrassed or blush. But shocked in a very good way. As I was reading through the book I kept stopping and having to pinch myself that I was reading a book that was written by my wife!

Being a person who would go out of their way to not have to read a fiction book, I was super surprised when I started reading the book and I could not put it down, I just kept telling myself, more more page and I’ll stop. That turned into half hour, then an hour. The story was very written and at points you thought you could see what was coming but quite the opposite happened, and then you think you are getting towards the end of the story, as you think not much more can happen then it changes and goes on for a few more chapters.

This being my first fiction book I have read since leaving school, and as I enjoyed it so much I am going to start considering a few more fiction books to add to my to read pile for the year.

You can buy a copy from Amazon or from the publisher TotallyBound.

Welcome klustar

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Welcome klustar, a simple web application for managing/ organising your twitter favorites.

Backstory

Just over four years ago, Joel (Joel Hughes) and I found ourselves discussing and planning the building of a web application for managing your Twitter favorites. Over the course of a couple of months, we laid some good foundations for the application and even come up with and bought the domain name. One thing lead to another and the project lost momentum. Nothing was ever really said on the subject again and we both moved on to other more important matters. Overtime, we watched a couple of other developer’s apps come and go in this space and it always brought back the idea of Klustar. However, nothing materialised.

A month ago I decided to change that, and over the course of a weekend I hacked together the very basic backend code to create the application. My love for the project was reignited. From that weekend onwards I made a promise to myself that I would continue with it and get it released to the world.

While it’s not fully released, last night and this morning I sent an email campaign inviting all those that had put their name down to have access and beta test the application. So far so good—feedback has been great and I am cracking on with features that I have mapped out and are coming in the near future.

Add your email to the list to be invited to the next round of beta testing, to also be notified of public release, or follow the Twitter account for information @klustarapp

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2014

This is not a regular thing for me, to recap on my year but for the past few days I’ve been thinking back about this year as a whole to remember the good and bad times, and to take time to reflect on the year. When I thought back, it was amazing to think some of the things I remember were actually this year as they feel like so long ago. Not sure if that’s me growing up more or just the way of life, but man this year has been a blast and a lot has happened!

Looking back on the year a few things stand out for me, I have either written about here or not:

On a personal note the biggest highlight of the year was me and my wife getting the excellent news that we are going to be parents again!

Baby Number 2

Onto 2015, I am not going to write out on here what I am planning for the following year but I do have a list (yes a paper list) of my plans and ideas for the coming year, some of these things while end up on here.

Responsible Responsive Design

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The day Responsible Responsive Design was released I asked my boss if he would purchase a copy. The release of the book fell perfectly, as at work we had just started to embark on a new project that would be multi-device.

“Serve the right content across platforms, and tune for performance”

The book contains a lot of great information, and while the information contained within the book might not be anything new to yourself if you are constantly keeping up to date with HTML5/CSS3 and the latest ideas/features. What this book does do is consolidate all the latest information into a very small space and shows you real life examples of how some of these techniques have been applied on huge websites that are online today. Also, it shows you how this techniques can be used within your projects today.

Rather than spilling the beans on what’s in the book, as it’s a short book, only four chapters long, I urge you all to just purchase a copy from A Book Apart. For $9 (eBook) it’s an absolute bargin, and I am sure you’ll learn something from it.

Now You See Me by Pamela L. Todd

Now You See Me by Pamela L. Todd

My wife‘s second published book is now available to purchase as an eBook via early download over at her publishers website. If you prefer to have a paper version, you are in luck as it will be available to buy in print format on 21st November 2014 at Totally Bound, and will be available via Amazon as eBook on the 21st too.

“Powerful, chilling, engaging and provocative! Now You See Me was brilliantly written and had me anxiously turning the pages all the way to the end.”

Read what others are saying about it on Good Reads.

Standing Desk: Day 5

Day 5, the last day of the week. A morning standing again, seems to be a lot of mornings this week standing (4 out of the 5), just the way the week played out with Holidays and work, etc.

Standing this morning was again very much a norm. I tried again with not wearing anything foot wear to see if I got sore feet again, turns out I did, but I managed to get through without putting anything on my feet, maybe not a wise decision.

All in all I think the first week of trying a standing desk has gone very well. A few questions/ anwsers to which I had for myself before deciding to try the standing desk.

Was it as I expected?

Not 100%, but I felt quite comfortable in the position, and was happy to do my daily tasks as normal, it felt a little strange at times.

Bad Bits?

Not many. One thing I began to notice more towards the end of the week as I get into the stride of working standing up was the movement of my monitor when typing lots. It was starting to shake/wobble, I have put this down to the set up. (Would love to try a better standing solution to see if that suffers the same).

As said a few times already this week, the sore feet was a bad bit. I’ll need to see how this goes over time.

Overall, I felt it has been a good week, and am looking forward to more time at the standing desk, not sure if I could manage a full day standing (maybe a day with a few meetings), but I think over the coming months I’ll have a try to see what it’s like. I would recommend anyone who is considering trying the standing desk thing to give it a try (you can build one for under £30), you may surprise yourself, or you may just hate it. For now I am still sat in the middle of hate it/love it. What I do love tho is having the ability to be able to switch, and the switch is not too trouble some. You do need a bit of room to store the contraption tho.

Standing Desk: Day 4

After yesterdays afternoon of standing, I left my desk in the standing mode and started the day of standing, I had the afternoon off. With standing all afternoon yesterday I was looking forward to standing again this morning, with it being a fresh day, and a meeting scheduled for first thing it was a rather quick morning with just a couple of hours standing in total, which was a breeze, looking forward to standing again in the morning.

Standing Desk: Day 3

Day 3 of standing desk was an afternoon stint, as per other days I’ve been building up the standing desk working. As the afternoon stint is slightly longer at the office (well depends when you take your lunch). It turned out to be the middle of the week when I did the afternoon standing. It’s only about an hour longer at the most but I was worried that extra hour might be a little too much and I would start to slouch and get tired.

It turns out I was right to be slightly worried, towards the end of the day I could tell I was getting tired, and knew I had been standing for the past few hours. In the other stints of standing earlier in the week the few hours were broken up with meetings and other various items, whereas this afternoon’s stint I was stood at my desk for the majority of it (give or take a couple of trips to kettle).

Looking forward to doing another afternoon standing to see how it goes second time around.

Standing Desk: Day 2

After spending yesterday morning standing, and working from home in afternoon, this meant I would start day 2 working in the standing position. After yesterday’s finding that shoes helped with the standing I started of the day wearing shoes and that seemed better.

The afternoon I switched out from standing to sitting, and sitting felt very different. I noticed that my sitting position had changed, but for the better. I felt my sitting position was better, it did take a little adjustment to get back used to sitting.

Tomorrow I plan to sit for the morning, and then switch to standing after lunch. Lunch is around 12:30, and lasts an hour, this giving me a four hour stint in the afternoon, and after eating so I am intrigued how the afternoon stint will be compared to a morning.

Standing Desk: Day 1

So far so good on the standing desk front, as it’s a Monday I usually do the morning in the office and then the afternoon at home to collect my son, so I thought today would be a great day to start experiment, hoping to ease in to it and see how it goes.

Initial thoughts from doing the morning standing up, it’s different. Have not found it uncomfortable yet, but regular trips to the kettle to fill up on tea helps stretch the leg. One thing I noticed, but this may due to the floor in our office, is that I had to put my slippers on (yes I have slippers at the office, they are for the winter time) due to my feet not getting much support. Not sure if a standing desk mat would help. Maybe over time the feet will get used to it.

Here to day 2. Will be starting the morning off standing again…