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Stardew Valley Hints & Tips

In Geek

There are many ‘obvious’ elements to Stardew Valley that took me an incredibly long time to notice/learn. Hopefully by noting down some of the bits n bobs here, other players will catch on quicker (and other players can fill in gaps!) — Stardew Valley, drawing… read full entry →

Retro gaming (aka reliving lost youth)

In Geek, Personal

This month I’ve been giving thought to buying an old Nintendo console. I think it’s a combination of things tempting me in that direction: being so busy with work I need some downtime away from my laptop (before I throw it out of the window),… read full entry →

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review

In Geek, Review

I tried to make a call to a website client of mine recently, and my phone — a Samsung Galaxy Core I8262 — spent what felt like half an hour thinking about what it was supposedly doing before locking up and rebooting. I am usually… read full entry →

30 years of Mario

In Geek

As Mario — the world’s favourite plumber — turned 30 this week it seemed only right to give him an honourable mention on the blog. After all, it was Mario that got me hooked on gaming as a kid: playing the NES console whenever I… read full entry →

Genesis column shortcodes with custom classes

In Geek, WordPress

(tl;dr download .zip here) I, more often than not, roll out WordPress sites these days using Genesis as my framework of choice for theme development. It’s mostly because I’m lazy, and it does a bunch of stuff for me that I can’t be bothered to… read full entry →

A vague-ish plan

In Geek

I have been thinking — I know, dangerous times — over the past week about my site (again) and my plans and my other blogs and bla dee bla. If you’ve followed me for any length of time you’ll know I have a constant dilemma… read full entry →

Chillin’ out relaxin, filofaxin’

In Geek

Karl bought me a steam mop for my birthday. I like to lead with that line because for some reason it shocks people. “He bought you WHAT?” But it’s ok, because he also bought me a Filofax, which is funny because I was looking at… read full entry →

Project: Feeding Friendly

In Geek, PHP

While I was on maternity leave in 2009-2010 I had an idea for a website / mobile phone app… a central location for feeding and changing facility reviews/ratings across the UK. There was nothing else like it available, and parents (especially breastfeeding mums I came… read full entry →

Crappy Facebook “Like” Bug

In Geek, Interwebs

I finally got round to tweaking my sidebar and bringing individual sidebars for posts back (with just related posts for now, but with more post info coming soon). Anyway, I also added a Facebook like button as a temporary thing until I re-code the original… read full entry →

More WordPress Goodies

In Geek, PHP, Work

I’ve been getting about a bit lately — no sarcastic comments please — so thought I’d share the results of my hard work. More WordPress stuff: Developing bespoke WordPress plugins for a work client — this one was a bit odd to write as I’m… read full entry →

Upgrading to Firefox4

In Geek

I downloaded Firefox 4 yesterday (and apparently I’m not alone, Mozilla have already racked up over 7 million downloads at the time of writing) and have been genuinely impressed by a) the speed of opening from a cold start and b) improved page load time.… read full entry →

Search Engine Rank Tracker Comparison

In Geek

My maternity leave meant I was out of the SEO game for over 12 months. I’m trying to get back in to it (for work and personal purposes) so asked Rhys what he thought the best rank tracker was … turns out he was writing… read full entry →