Keep It Simple, Simon!

That Friday Feeling

Friday 17 October 2020

Just because ...

Join the Dark Side

Friday 11 July 2020

Dark themes are becoming more popular. On some devices, they can even save battery power - somewhere between 15% and 60% if developed correctly. It all depends on what type of display your devices have — only devices with OLED displays can benefit from the power-saving, but these screens are becoming more common on mobile devices.

Dark themes are also moving on to the desktop devices. Most modern browsers now support a dark theme option and even Windows 10 will support dark themes as standard.

I decided to tone down the contrast and try a dark theme. Try changing your browser now to see how this site will look. I found this article and used their 'Dark Mode at the Operating System Level' method.

Dark Theme screen shot
Dark Theme desktop screen shot
Dark Theme screen shot
Dark Theme mobile screen shot

Lockdown DIY Project #1

Sunday 17 May 2020

I had a couple of pallets in the garden that I had dissembled for fire wood. Some of the pieces look to good just to burn, so I decided to build a garden planter with them.

Pallet wood, reinforced polythene and DIY tools
Pallet wood, reinforced polythene and DIY tools
First I assembled the sides - 3 planks, 2 legs
First I assembled the sides - 3 planks, 2 legs
Then I attached the end planks forming a rectangle
Then I attached the end planks forming a rectangle
Then I lined the planter with the polythene and secured with staples
Then I lined the planter with the polythene and secured with staples
Then I nailed some wooden trim around the lip
Then I nailed some wooden trim around the lip.
Wood panels across the based give the polythene more support
Wood panels across the based give the polythene more support.
Lastly, I trimmed away the surplus polythene from under the lip
Lastly, I trimmed away the surplus polythene from under the lip.
A quick sanding and we are ready for some wood preserve
A quick sanding and we are ready for some wood preserve.

Now I have to make some more.


Esmerelda Longbottom

Saturday 16 May 2020

At 30 weeks old, Esmerelda Longbottom has settled into the household and is part of the family.

A Dachshund puppy relaxing in the garden
Relaxing in the garden
A Dachshund puppy relaxing in the garden
Relaxing in the garden
A Dachshund puppy waiting to be chased in the garden
Chase Me!
A Dachshund puppy sitting in a reclining chair
Protecting Dad's chair

Genealogy - Best Practice

Sunday 12 April 2020

Another week of lockdown and more time on my hands. This week I have been working on house-keeping my GEDCOM file. With help from GEDCOM Validator, I have been able to strip out errors from my family tree data file. A lot of the errors were caused by my own input and invalid entry types. Now we have a valid GEDCOM that meets the Best Practice standards. I'm still looking for the best method of naming media files (photographs, certificates, census returns, etc) that allows for groups of individuals. Most guidance is for single photographs which is not much help really.


A new arrival

Tuesday 26 January 2020

The latest member to join our household - Esmerelda Longbottom - a 14 week old wire-haired Dachshund. The house wasn't the same without a dog in it.

A Dachshund puppy sitting in a pet bed
Esmerelda Longbottom