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Protecting our children’s pasts

When I was a child growing up in County Limerick in the West of Ireland, I would leave our house after lunch on a Saturday, meet a neighbour and head off across fields, hills, farms and up trees. I would tell my parents where I was going, more or less…

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Use my vote… Please.

Many years ago, a close friend of mine from college asked me to meet him for a pint. We met for a genial catch up and a chat about our lives and our various plans. Another mutual friend of ours and myself had discussed buying an apartment together as an investment in Dublin’s “property boom”…

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Cascading Solar System

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. Or maybe an astro-physicist. Or maybe a rocket scientist. Or an archaeologist. Safe to say that, between them, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg influenced my aspiring career decisions immeasurably. My parents recognised the facts behind the science fiction and encouraged me, bought me books…

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Where to stick one’s nose

Last night I took part in a discussion on Twitter (I called it a lynch mob this morning, but my friend Cory-Ann pointed out to me that this is not the correct term) regarding Giant Conference and a number of (specifically female) speakers who had pulled out due to inequality of speakers fees. At the…

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The re-making of a website

I set out to redevelop my website about two years ago, with certain objectives in mind. The first thought was that it had to be much cleaner and simpler than it was. I long ago settled on the core three categories (web, photography and blog), but there needed to be very little else. I wanted…

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What’s in a name?

It’s funny, I was discussing how people had issues with my name with my Dad over Christmas. This week, posts by both¬†Tasbeeh Herwees and Cennydd Bowles were published, articulating far better than I ever could how people have felt when their name is butchered, and what it means to them when it’s gotten right.¬†Being the…

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On Build

I had long wanted to attend a conference. I follow a lot of people on Twitter who would regail us with their hash tags and @ replies while on their various stints in various parts of the world. I had my envies and so, when Build Conference was announced, I decided I would go. I…

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Quick CSS spacing tip

I was working on a site there the other night. I had a bunch of text being added to a sidebar, which was cramming in on top of itself. So I added the following line to my CSS (the bulk of the id’s and classes are left out for clarity): section p {margin-bottom: 1.5em} Lovely,…

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Seeing the woods for the trees

As web developers and designers, most of us work within the strict confines of a process. Whether this process involves user testing or not (and if it doesn’t… why!?!?!), our usual parameters of work revolve around the client and their expectations of us. While this is all very well and good and delivers a product…