Archive for the 'general' Category

Troubleshooting WordPress Canonical

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

I have been wondering for a while why my jokes pages don’t list in search engines. They are WordPress pages which have some PHP in them to read from a separate database table containing my jokes. Every now and then I’ve tried to fix the problem, and I think I’ve finally found the issue. I’d […]

New Workspace

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Yasmina spent all today rearranging the stuff in the office at home. Interior decoration is a passion and an art, but it’s also a lot of hard work :). The simple idea of dropping the shelf down almost to the same level as the desk magically creates a nice huge L shaped desk. Stuff on […]

A Farmer Has Got a Song For You

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Recent reminiscence with friends on Facebook led me to dig out an old CD. The music on it is older than the CD itself, which was burned after copying tapes over from old recording sessions. The story of this song began some time in 94-95 in Chalon sur Saône, where I lived for a year […]

Another French strike

Monday, September 6th, 2010

The French need some kind of pension reform. The current French state budget is seriously in the red at roughly 7.5% of GDP last year, well outside European norms. France have a policy of statutory retirement from the age of 60, for men and women. This is already more advantageous than the UK where it […]

Random Joke Goodness

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Why didn’t I think of it before? The Joke Database has been here for a while, in fact it predates this blog by a few years. But now I have a page which you can just keep refreshing to read random jokes which will be selected until you’ve read them all – though duplicates are […]

Mobile Version Now Live

Monday, July 5th, 2010

With more and more people browsing on iPhones, BlackBerrys and so on, I thought it would be useful to work out how WordPress can render blog posts for mobile screens. I’ve been annoyed on my recent Samsung Corby Pro phone at just how hard it is to read the web properly. A lot of fixed […]

Testing @font-face

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The world of web fonts has traditionally been limited to Times, Arial and Courier (and various variants thereof like Helvetica which of course came first). Other fonts can be used reasonably safely if you’re careful, or not too picky about certain target platforms displaying exactly the same font. CSS has a rule (@font-face) which allows […]

Sweaty Betty Serendipity

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

I took a picture of a bookshop that I pass on my route to the offices my company has recently moved to in La Défense. I liked the fact that it was a weathered, old shop sign. No doubt it hasn’t been open for years, though it may be caught in a time warp and […]