Back on the Horse

Posted Sunday 10th August, 2008

Right then. After almost a years hiatus, it’s about time I got back into this blogging lark. Unfortunately, I have a plethora of subjects I’d like to cover and no idea where to start!

I think I’ll get the personal stuff out of the way first and then I can think about planning the web development stuff…

The biggest news is that I’m going to be a father again, but thankfully this time it’s just the one baby. Further to that, my twin girls are now 14 months old and extremely mobile (in horizontal and vertical directions — we’ve had to rearrange the furniture to discourage climbing).

I’m still working at Yahoo! in London and, despite the odd crisis of morale, am still enjoying working with what is arguably the best corporate web development team in the world. It’s a shame my commute is 2 hours each way otherwise I’d also be enjoying the more social aspects of the team as well (but since most evenings are spent on Xbox Live with my colleagues, I’m not missing too much).

I also found out that I have Coeliac Disease; a harsh name for what is, effectively, an allergy to gluten (found in wheat, barley, oats, and rye). This hasn’t been all that difficult to adapt to since my sister has been diagnosed since she was 3 years old &#8212 ;and my dad worked out, shortly after she was diagnosed, that he is too. This basically means that I’ve been used to shopping, cooking, and dining-out with Coeliacs since a very early age. Want to know the worst part of the allergy? I can no longer drink beer. Sweet, sweet beer. I really miss a tasty pint of Guinness.

Finally, I’ve also undertaken a few personal projects: a new rock band, a (possible) book on web development, a cooking blog (no link because it’s not up yet), and various other things.

So that’s the past year in a nutshell. I’m sure there’s lots more I could’ve written but it’s easier to just condense. Now I can get started on the web development related blog posts…

… although I still have no idea where to start!

Included in: Personal


  1. Accessibility
  2. Agile
  3. Ajax
  4. Apache
  5. API
  6. Architecture
  7. Books
  8. Browsers
  9. CMS
  10. CouchDB
  11. CSS
  12. Design
  13. Development
  14. Django
  15. Email
  16. Events
  17. Gaming
  18. Grammar
  19. Hardware
  20. HTML
  21. HTTP
  22. Humour
  23. Idea
  24. Information Architecture
  25. JavaScript
  26. jQuery
  27. Lean
  28. Life
  29. Linux
  30. Literature
  31. Mac OS X
  32. Management
  33. Meme
  34. Microformats
  35. Monday
  36. MySQL
  37. Networking
  38. News
  39. Personal
  40. Photoshop
  41. PHP
  42. Process
  43. Python
  44. Reference
  45. REST
  46. Science
  47. SEO
  48. Server
  49. Site
  50. Sitepimp
  51. Social
  52. Spelling
  53. Syndication
  54. Testing
  55. The Future
  56. Thoughts
  57. Tools
  58. Tutorial
  59. Tutorials
  60. Typography
  61. UI
  62. UNIX
  63. Virtualisation
  64. Web
  65. Web Standards
  66. Widgets
  67. Wii
  68. Writing
  69. Xbox
  70. XHTML