Mailchimp Email Obfuscator

I was working on a project that tried to re-skin the Mailchimp email preferences center. Unlike the Mailchimp signup form this page is a lot harder because you need to know the users information. Thankfully this is fairly easily done with some merge tags to make the correct links in the eDM (email) and the…

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The bankers were wrong

The tin foil hat people were right, although tin foil hats won’t stop Government snooping. Also, the government probably doesn’t care about those wearing aluminium on their head. They seem to be more scared of people with towels on their head. The hippies were right Western Civilisation is destroying the planet. The story that we…

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Wireframing, Design and Dev – The cards explanation

When it comes to web development I find that this is useful for people to have a visceral feel for when they should be making changes and what is involved. Wireframes are like working with post it notes, quick to move around and get a feel for the general idea. Photoshop designs are like working…

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Apache vhosts broken after Ubuntu 13.10 upgrade

Note to the web server sys admins. Did you upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10? It’s the latest as of Nov 2013 when writing and if you were on an older Ubuntu version then when you logged in it probably suggested you ran do-release-upgrade. Did you press Y or I and accept the package maintainers version of…

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Starting with Why

Teach with Reach The core value of Teach with Reach is “To foster a life long passion for learning“.   This is something I came up with a while ago but only recently updated the website to reflect. The previous driver that I had was of “fostering paradigm changes in Education” which  is really just part…

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Australia, the prissy boy

Australia is a prissy boy. It’s both sensitive to climate change and vulnerable to it. Ohh and it just decided to get rid of it’s own bodyguards (despite the pleading of friends), walk into the lair of the mafia gang and call the boss a dickhead. This prissy boy is in a fantasy land and…

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Political Comments Facebook snapshot

It’s not an infographic, but this is a compilation of various Facebook threads around the recent Australian Election. What was interesting to me is the range of conversations. From pro Liberal to anti-Abbott, from not voting properly to spending a lot of time working out their exact preferences or helping others understand theirs better. I…

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Representative Democracy can it work?

In Australia and the majority of the Western world we have a form of democracy called representative democracy.  We vote for people who represent us. Our economic system both expects and requires that people work in their own rational self-interest. The question is, how can a representative democracy work in our capitalist driven economy? We…

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DPI… I don’t care

I don’t care that you are in Print, I’m in Web and 300dpi vs 72dpi doesn’t matter what matters is the number of pixels. A 200 x 200px image could be listed as 300dpi but horribly small whilst a 3000 x 3000px image could be 72dpi but giant. </end rant>

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Optimising Human potential as we head towards the singularity

The many of people, myself included have fallen into a trap. We have a set of behaviours when using a computer which are mostly there to optimise the power of the computer, not of humans. We might have to start copying a load of files and leave the computer for a while as things are…

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