The author reminds me a bit of the UK’s ‘Money Saving Expert‘ who pops up on ITV morning telly from time to time. (And was the boss of a woman I speed-dated once‡.) Except the Barefoot Investor is more likely to tell you your account pays ‘two parts of bugger-all’ (page 17).
After a busy summer buying my first flat, (flat [noun] – a London flat is like a US apartment, but smaller, and more expensive) and frantically developing websites and apps for a failing (now failed) technology start-up company, I was made redundant.
I suddenly had some free time to work on my own software project, buy some furniture, blog, and stop living like some cross between Mark Zuckerbergand Renton from Trainspotting.
React is a technology created by Facebook for building websites (and for building apps using React Native.)
If you don’t know what that sentence means, probably stop reading now.
Introducing the Raspberry Pi, a computer the size of a deck of cards, cheap enough at £40 to give away to children and designed to help with teaching programming.
I grew up playing around on a ZX Spectrum computer at home and a BBC Micro at school. I remember programming the computers using the BASIC programming language and at aged ten writing a BASIC program as part of a school history project.
I just discovered that this short film I worked on has won the first round of a filmaka.com competition. Instead of the usual working behind the scenes I was in front of the camera on this one.
We had a story outline but no script. We improvised the film using Meisner and Impulse Company techniques. Some people have made kind comments about my apparently understated acting. I can mostly attribute this to training with Remy Bertrand at Imprology (Far Games), Pat Kelman’s direction and to being heavily sleep deprived at the time.
Update: This short film went on to win the ReelTube category at the 2009 ReelHeART International Film Festival.
Working on a health education DVD project, armed with DVD Studio Pro, I set out to create possibly the worlds most user friendly DVD menu.
DVD menus are often built to be flashy and innovative. Unfortunately this is usually at the expense of usability. DVD menus are inherently unresponsive because each menu must be loaded as a video from the disc individually. Manufacturers disagree on which buttons to put on their remote controls and what to call them, and then there’s the possibility the DVD is being watched on a computer or games console. This all adds up to a usability nightmare.