Fuck Facebook

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life

I’m done with the self masturbatory of social media, with the likes of Facebook, the loves of Instagram and the rest of that ilk. It’s a massive distraction of FOMO1, popularity contests and ego stroking. These platforms actively encourage such behaviour in order to keep users within their sites and apps for longer to increase advertising revenues and extract more data out of each individual.…

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Email for freelancers

freelance

I’ve used various platforms over the past 4 years for email, ever since breaking up with Gmail and Google. Becoming more serious about how I communicate with clients, presenting a professional image and not having my data mined for various purposes, I decided it was high time to do some serious research into finding a suitable replacement…

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The travelling circus

web development

Some days it feels like I’m a part of a travelling circus, bouncing from one place to another, juggling various roles and responsibilities. I’ve been on the road for just over 13 years now. I’m not some digital nomad or wandering free spirit or life hacking digital disruptor. I’m a husband and a father who happens to have a skill set that is universally applicable.…

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GeoIP redirects with WP Engine

web development

Where I work we host all of our websites with WP Engine. They offer compelling hosting plans that do a lot of things right and at a good price. One of the main reasons I wanted to host our websites with them was because they manage the hosting. As in I don’t need to update Wordpress when there is a new release, WP Engine does. On top of that they offer finely tuned servers, CDN’s, staging sites, SSL certificates through Let’s Encrypt and 24/7 support. All of which is great! …

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Time marches on

life

This website has been a long time coming, to be honest. It has  been a pet project now for a good 3 years. First with getting a grips on preprocessing and everything that entails. Then GIT, though that should have really come first. Followed by settling on a CMS that fit my workflow and not defaulting to Wordpress. I settled for Craft if you’re interested, the depth of customisation on the front and back end is amazing, plus writing templates in twig is a dream.…

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It’s sausages all the way down

web development

I work for a biotechnology company in very northern Norway looking after all of their graphic design and web development needs. It’s a fulfilling job as I do not have a scientific background and am constantly challenged to find new and interesting ways to interpret the data that is produced by our scientists.…

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A work in progress

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Dusk started out as a way for me to wrap my head around the latest techniques for building websites. It is primarily a portfolio site but it is also much more, a little back story first.…

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So it’s been a while

life

This is going to be a long and personal post, so if you have no interest in hearing about my life then stop reading now…

…and if you’re still here then great, it’s going to be nice catching up. It really has been quite some time since I’ve had a permanent online presence, which is a strange thing to say as a web designer right? Plenty has happened in the past 6 years — all of which I’ll try to address in this post — so get comfortable and grab a cup of coffee, this is our catch up call.…

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