Branch

Late last night I had an invitation to Branch.com land in my inbox. It’s a site that is built solely to converse on. You start a topic, and people talk about it. Discussions often lead to other discussions, when this happens in Branch, it’s easily branched out onto it’s own individual topic at the click of a button.

I started a topic to see what other people think about it and to try it out properly for the first time. I’ve embeded the Branch below, more to test how well it embeds onto third-party websites than anything else. Continue reading “Branch”

Today’s build

Today I built a simple, one page website for my friend Alex Cuff. Simple and beautiful. It uses CSS3 animation to fade in the title and the links and also features his latest tweet at the bottom.

The cool thing (and it’s the first time I’ve given this a try) is that it utilises responsive design. Mobile devices, or screen sizes under 1024 pixels wide, hides the latest tweet at the bottom of the page.

I’ve Discovered Something Amazing!

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As I was writing my previous post (on the WordPress iPad app), I accidentally used the two finger outward pinch gesture on the keyboard.

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I thought it was a glitch at first, but looking at it, it’s the perfect keyboard to use with your thumbs if you’re holding the iPad with two hands. Amazing!

EDIT: This feature isn’t just on the WordPress app, it works native to the iPad keyboard across all apps.

Back to reality

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The past week I’ve been on holiday to Corfu (thus the lack of blog posts). Seven days of sun, sand, sea, trips to Paxos and really big water slides. It was pretty sweet.

In other, slightly related news; I bought a kindle before the trip, which got scratched to buggery after an excursion, but it still works and I read one and a half books. Firstly, ‘The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ’ by Philip Pullman – finished in a few days as I couldn’t put it down. An alternative version of the new testament where Jesus has a brother. Highly recommended. And secondly, the book I’m currently reading; ‘The $100 Startup’ by Chris Guillebeau – a motivational book that looks at various case studies. I’m enjoying it and it’s opening my eyes to an alternative work life. If you’re looking for something good to read, these books will not disappoint.

Intelligent Twitter Avatar

A very clever man, Matthew Knight (@webponce), has written a brilliant article about how he has dynamically connected his Gmail and Twitter avatar so that the picture changes to match the number of emails in his inbox.

The code he’s put together is actually quite simple. Definitely innovative. I’m planning on replicating this mechanic, but instead of counting unread emails, I’m going to attempt to match my photo to the time of day.

 

Python on Codecademy

I’ve been meaning to post this since it was announced but Codecademy has released new (and always free) classes in Python (names after Monty Python’s Flying Circus). I’ve not done much on it yet, but am extremely excited to get my teeth into it. It’s a language that can be used in GUI, games, applications – it’s pretty sweet, and from what I’ve heard, fairly easy to grasp.