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Dusted off – Troposphere word cloud renderer

Troposphere is a word-cloud rendering plugin built in Javascript on Canvas using Fabric. https://github.com/scipilot/troposphere It has a few artistic options such as the “jumbliness”, “tightness” and “cuddling” of the words, how they scale with word-rankings, colour and brightness. It also … Continue reading

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Trialling the ELK stack from Elastic

As part of my ongoing research into big-data visualisation and infrastructure and application management tools it came to give ELK a test run to check if it’s suited to my needs. I’ve already looked at a few others (which I will detail … Continue reading

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PHPUnit-Selenium2 Cheat Sheet

My PHPUnit-Selenium2 Cheat Sheet Here are a few snippets of how I’ve achieved various tasks, some tricks and patterns in phpunit/phpunit-selenium v2.0 – targeting Selenium2. I’ll try to keep this updated with more techniques over time. Screenshots I wrote this small … Continue reading

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MOTIf v2.0 – responsive redesign

After 8 years the MOTIf website was starting to show it’s age, visually at least. While I have performed regular technical updates to keep it browser compatible and futureproofed, we made a fixed-layout decision (rather than fluid) in 2007 and so has … Continue reading

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UK Archeaology Project 08/2015

I’ve always had a love of history and archaeology, but only ever dabbled, mostly during house renovations in the UK and Australia, but have always worried about not doing it properly.  While on a trip to the UK in August … Continue reading

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Mac’s Maker Project 2011 – A Junkpunk Chandelier

For our annual visit to Mac & Helen’s in 2012 we thought we’d try to make a chandelier. We wanted one that would fit with the style of our old house which has a certain combination of simple, basic, slightly rustic Georgian-Victorian with … Continue reading

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Pip’s Maker Project – Stirling Engine #1

Yesterday I received a long-awaited package from overseas: my first Stirling Engine! I became fascinated by them a few years ago, when I discovered this “long lost” invention from 1816 which I think when combined with modern materials and manufacturing could … Continue reading

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The UI is the system – most people think

A common developer mistake is to assume clients, stakeholders, mums actually understand the multi-layered, n-tier, decomposed modular architectures they build. I read a piece of wisdom once that has just resonated with me as I came to present a demo … Continue reading

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Mac’s Maker Project 2009 – Copper Necklace Tree

Over new year 2009 up at Helen & Mac’s workshop near Perth, Western Australia we decided to make a present for Gen – to organise all her millions of necklaces which keep getting tangled up in boxes and drawers. I’d like to present … Continue reading

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Mac’s Maker Project 2008 – Wooden Tessellated Coasters

On my first trip up to Helen & Mac’s place near Perth Western Australia, they showed me the workshop and my eyes popped out of their sockets. Not only a huge well-stocked woodworking space but a forge too, and all set … Continue reading

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