Last night I attended the Northern Ireland Design Alliance’s first lecture of 2013 and the first in a new series called “The Anatomy of Design.” As I often say I’m not a ‘designer’, but this event had much broader appeal than just to the pixel pusher or crayon merchant.
Extracted from and developed for a new client website I’m building I’ve finished off an ‘MVP’ wordpress plugin “DL’s Tweet Aggregator“. Its’ purpose is to ingest tweets from a collection of selected twitter accounts and display them in whatever format you’d like on your site.
Currently the output comes in the form of a widget only, but to meet the needs of the website in question I’ll be adding a plain JSON API and a [short_code] for the data.
If you have the opportunity, please do try it out and let me know if you find any problems or have any suggestions for it. Full read me and instructions on my github profile. I haven’t had the opportunity to test it out on a Windows platform, but as I’m using the underlying WP_Filesystem API it shouldn’t be an issue.
You could make spreadsheets and put them in your Dropbox (sign up + we both get free space) and while that works fairly well, who wants to install Excel or wait for it to open? (Business people, that’s who).
Instead of all that you can pretty much do it all with FreeAgent. Budget time with proposals, time-keeping, client/project tracking, invoice generation based on time tracking, a product inventory or fixed values. Pay staff, add expenses and track un-billable time, so you know that you’ll need to account for such time in the future. You can email invoices directly or output a pdf and print. It works really well, all you have to do is do you work, send your invoice and wait to be paid.
It’s not expensive, only £15/month if you pay annually, but if you sign up with my affiliate link and give it a go then you’ll get 10% off the subscription for life, as will I. Far cheaper than an accountant, and given that I’m not planning to invest in an off-shore tax scheme any time soon, just as worthile.
Bonus: they’re based in the UK (Edinburgh) and so all of their advice is aimed at UK taxpayers and businesses, their blog is up to date on changes to HMRC policy and all that.
Louise Hardman, known best to some as wife of Wayne, has just launched her shopify site: woveinhove.com
You can see therein a small collection of her produce, hand-made in county Fermanagh, with more to come. I’m assured she takes requests so if you like what you see, but want something else, drop her a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronan gave me a Terry’s Chocolate Orange for Easter. I could choose simply to eat this tasty spherical snack, but given my tendency to tweet the ephemera I’m more likely to tell my small corner of the interworld.
While giving the package a gently crack on the desk (that’s what you do) to split the segments, I came across this paragraph in a sample Terms & Conditions document that a client had been customising for their website:
Those wishing to place a link to this Website on other sites may do so only to the home page of the site (www.WEBSITE.COM) without prior permission. Deep linking (i.e. links to specific pages within the site) requires the express permission of COMPANY. To find out more please contact us by email person@WEBSITE.COM Continue reading Chocolate Oranges, Permanency, Ireland, Terms and Conditions.→
Giants fan site and community The Kingdom Of The Giants has been up and running since the early days of the team, and their podcast “A View From The Bridge” has been going since 2005.
Recently on behalf of the webcast team I teamed up with Patrick to film the first edition of AVFTB TV and published the result last week. We spoke to Owen Bradley of BBC Nottingham, Gary Gillespie of the webcast and UTV fame, Coach Doug Christiansen and GM Todd Kelman, the guys from “The Cat’s Whiskers” (Nottingham Fanzine) and the usual AVFTB discussion panel. Hope you enjoy it!
Here are two highlight reels I put together this weekend after two big wins for the Belfast Giants. They’re a tad rough’n’ready, having been edited on Final Cut’s new software (which I’d never used before) within an hour of the game being finished. I’ve been really pleased with the response. Continue reading Showreel: Giants Highlights + IVs→