Normalising and beautifying Rails templates
I spent a bit of time yesterday and today rationalising and cleaning up some of the HTML templates on the new reevoo.com site. It’s the kind of work that doesn’t have any immediately obvious value to the business, or even produce any apparent effect from a visitor’s point of view, but it’s absolutely necessary in ensuring the quality and maintainability of our code. Of course, I didn’t do it completely at random: it was a response to pain that I’d experienced whilst updating some of the pages.
This projection technology is crap, let’s slash the seats
I just watched the Simpson’s Movie, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Now I know what ‘spiderpig’ means!
Why I have little respect for the law
I mentioned before in passing the fact that the Home Office (I’m not sure whether it’s now the responsibility of minijust or not) spends a lot of money on adverts telling us, in so many words, that crime is all the victim’s fault. I see the adverts everywhere: on lamposts; at bus stops; in tube stations and in the trains themselves.
After several months of work obtaining and assembling the parts, I finished putting together my fixed wheel (aka fixed gear) bicycle a couple of weeks ago, and it’s every bit as fun as I’d hoped. It’s drawn many comments from my colleagues, ranging from ‘you must be mad to ride that’ through to appreciation of its minimalism. I’m really proud of it.
Bamboozled by Facebook
I’ve been dragged into Facebook via work, and it’s quite a wrenching experience. I feel a bit like an illiterate neolithic hunter-gatherer confronted with writing for the first time. Everybody seems to be making good use of it, but I’m finding myself a bit stuck. It really is quite different from what I’m used to. The application itself seems a bit convoluted, but I’m struggling more with the question ‘what is it for?’
Another rotten Apple
I haven’t had the best of luck with Apple hardware.
Electronic voting officially a waste of time and money
The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.—Joseph Stalin