Scandinavia Tour 2017

    At some point I decided it might be fun for me and my son to drive a couple of thousand km around Scandinavia.

    The plan was to stay in ran...


    Taming the Monster

    I converted my little site here to Drupal a few months ago. Yesterday, I'd had enough pain and torment so reverted it back to Grav.


    Beans

    So I have actually managed to grow FOOD. Not a lot of food it has to be said. But it's food none-the-les.

    I also managed to keep a chill...


    Signed in Curve and Shape

    ― A poem for my Dad, Leigh Howells 2009.


    A Picture of Me

    Well, it's not very often that I like a photo of me. Here's one Ed Merritt took on our recent trip to a Washington law firm. We were doing...


    Waves NX

    Waves Audio released a new product called Nx – Virtual Mix Room at this year’s NAMM show in California. To be honest, this product took...


    Destination. A tiny short story

    The wind rushed through Sarah’s hair, a fiery halo of auburn tentacles. Her breath was gone, the blast of air forcing itself into her mouth and lungs, pushing away any sound she cared to try and utter. The cold spread from fingertips to toes, to her heart as it struggled to determine the current tempo of the situation. The adrenaline rush wasn’t adding to the nausea now, but was providing unexpected calm around and through her.

    There was no time to dwell on such physical trivialities right now, this was a time for inner reflection, a moment of spiritual redemption. Time was short. Thoughts of her father, his strong arms around her and kind words kissing her brow flooded her mind. Her mother too, strong and determined, pushing her ever forwards. She so wished for her daughter to be greater than she’d ever felt the right or need to be. They had loved her. They had not deserved all she had committed against them these twenty two years.


    Reading List

    I've been trying much harder to read more web and design books lately. I think the problem with reading most text book tomes is the fact they feel like a bit of a slog to get through compared to snacking on blog posts. In the past I have relegated the task to some ideal moment when I suddenly have lots of time. This, of course, never happens or very very rarely at best.

    So lately, I've taken a new approach. Put simply it seems to work much better for me if I try really hard to read a single chapter a day. In fact I've taken to doing this with novels as well as web/design books.


    30 day vegan

    Somehow, I decided it was a good idea to try becoming a vegan for a month.

    It's not much fun, and it definitely isn't that easy.


    Getting back into GIT

    I've been trying to use GIT for years now, but have buried my head in the sand as it has always seemed a bit tricky. I've also tried a lot of different GIT clients and a few different ways to get myself into it but all have fallen flat.


    Big Hero 6

    Beautiful - San Fransokyo

    Nice Story

    Inflatable DMax


    Sass Functions!

    Today was my first attempt venture into Sass functions. So damned useful! I can't remember where I got it from, but it's so very useful and...


    Hansel and Gretel

    Wonderful intro titles
    Nice first bit
    Witches were quite scary (not as scary as first)
    Concept quite good - franchisable
    Nice weapons
    N...


    What's in a name?

    I've been pondering today what my job title should be. I'm currently a designer, who does UX work, but also I'm doing some project manageme...


    In Drupal Deep

    So I've spent the last 5 days burying my head much further into the intricacies of the Drupal CMS. Although I've been using and toying with Drupal for years, I've decided I need to get to more thoroughly know a content management system that's taken a little more seriously.


    The Black Sea

    I like submarine films. I think I watched a lot of black and white war films on BBC2 when I was little. I especially loved the inevitable s...


    Tomorrowland

    Well this wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I’d heard it had some really nice visionary city graphics, and I wasn’t disappointed. I h...


    Interstellar

    I really looked forward to finally watching Interstellar. It was a lot more about people and family than I thought, and it jumped vast dist...


    The Interview

    Lowest common denominator humour
    Kim Jon Un was slightly amusing - Kay Perry
    Terrible script
    Terrible story
    Rubbish jokes
    Too much fuss...


    American Sniper

    Clint Eastwood directs the tense, highly patriotic true story of Chris Kyle, an American sniper accountable for taking 173 lives. This film...


    Safe House

    Denzil Washington.
    Fast paced
    lots of wobbly camera action
    Maybe too much wobble camera action


    Malificent

    Quite enjoyed this retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Some impressive visuals, striking performance from Angelina Jolie and some very cute creat...


    Saftey Not Guaranteed

    A well crafted little film following the story of a team of reporters looking into a newspaper advert for a time traveller's assistant.

    T...


    The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

    After reading both this and 'The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden', I kind of felt both stories suffered from the same problem. They both...


    The Social Network

    After watching Noah, The Social Network was a completely different prospect. I've been trying to force myself to watch this since it came o...