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mapping Fighting Fantasies

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:04:10 +0000

I found a folder down the back of a bookshelf. It was the shelf full of Fighting Fantasy books. The first Fighting Fantasy book that Catherine & I bought was The Forest of Doom from the church jumble sale. I wonder if anyone raised an eyebrow at two little girls buying this? I was thrilled by it. […]

an industry of hornbeam

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:57:38 +0000

I’m walking through our garden. There’s normal garden stuff: trees, shrubs, patio, table and chairs, a washing line. Not much lawn but that’s down to the chickens. But all about there are also the signs that an (untidy?) craftsman works here. A cleaving brake in the veg bed, a pole lathe that is fighting a […]

French Open app

Tue, 28 May 2013 13:53:26 +0000

The website pattern for tennis slams events seems pretty stable with the Wimbledon strawberries being the only major addition I can remember recently. The apps on the other hand evolve quite dramatically for each slam. As the slams happen every January, May, June  and September they can be an interesting model for an app business […]

prototyping with iOS Storyboarding in Xcode

Tue, 21 May 2013 05:52:58 +0000

I was happy to read How To Prototype In Xcode Using Storyboard. It is good to see a resource on using Xcode Storyboarding from a designer’s perspective as I think it has huge potential if you are doing a lot of prototyping for iOS devices. I made a prototype of a Guardian Film app last year […]

navigating the world of tennis broadcasting rights

Mon, 20 May 2013 05:33:47 +0000

The world of tennis broadcasting is a complicated one and one that has led me to some odd device behaviour. In the UK Wimbledon is free to air on BBC, as is Queens and the ATP (mens) tour final. French Open is now on ITV (presumably as part of a bid for Wimbledon). With the […]

my dumb phone

Fri, 17 May 2013 05:37:58 +0000

A set of phone accidents and fails has resulted in a series of rapid steps backwards down the hierarchy of phones, from lovely Nexus 4 (cracked screen courtesy of vengeful cat) to crappy Samsung Galaxy Mini (it forgot how to actually make phone calls after less than a year) right back to my trusty Nokia […]


Thu, 16 May 2013 13:26:57 +0000

None of my grandparents are still alive. Helen died when my mum was little,  Walter when I was just out of university and May & Tom shortly after I got married. I have some things that might traditionally be considered my inheritance from them, although some of the things might seem a little odd. From Walter […]

on owning a puppy and an iPad

Wed, 08 May 2013 13:03:19 +0000

Last April I wrote about how I’d rather have a puppy than my iPad. Now I have both! This is Finchley (on the left): So those benefits of a puppy reviewed: I do get more exercise. The accuracy of my ball throwing is also improving. I do need less heating, but only in the morning. […]

short thumbs and phone navigation

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 05:34:34 +0000

In an early version of the BBC’s iPhone 5 launch story the main image was captioned “Apple said the larger screen could still be easily operated with one hand”. I read that and thought, still? Last year I spent some time using the Guardian’s iPhone app and wondered why I found it so awkward to navigate when the […]

US Open tennis app

Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:31:41 +0000

The US Open iPad app is one of the better attempts at a tennis app. That may sound like faint praise but it isn’t a sport that regularly covers itself with app glory. The start screen just shows you the most regularly useful content, rather than trying to present even handed journeys to everywhere. You can […]