Page Speed Improved thru Code Accessibility

November 26, 2014 Leave a comment

I am merely the messenger. Here are five of many pages by Patrick Sexton regarding page speed improvement. Each page link includes a few words of reverence.

Signed Distance

1. Prioritize Visible Content

I must point out now: This site is the schizzle. And the sizzle. Ultimately, is the the ultimate. Simply put, it makes everything simple. And every, I mean EVERY, link in it are read, revered, referenced, reread, applied and are awesome.

2. Reduce the size of the above-the-fold content . </headsmack> This helps make sense of it all.

3. Displays how CSS is used on a webpage. , which relates to Page speed . Scare yourself – or your webmaster.

4. This one is a far better way of linking to external scripts. Most of us have been leaving them in the <html></html>, but as the last text in our </body>. His improved method has your page deferring the loading of Javascript . Nice, nice indeed.

5. Therefore, in (opening and) closing : There is tonnes more information on his google page to read. Go now, be in his presence, for he is one of the many keys of awesomeness online.

Restoration of Rotunda on River Torrens

PS. I use this textile live web editor for pre-writing and linking articles in my blog posts.
I link to sites in my articles because I like them and gain no financial profit from doing so.

Funny Kitchen Utensils to Keep Children Happy

November 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Wow, I haven’t truly blogged in oh-so-long … At least 3 months! 

I have determined why: Facebook, not all my web-finds will go to you anymore! Well, maybe some, but tonight I found some that need to be shared with the mummy/daddy audience of the WWW.

As my wife is soon to produce another human from inside herself, in late February 2015, I have researched what it means and takes to be an older parent. I keep forgetting I am over 40 years old. I have never acted a day over 20, and I will continue to stay young-at-heart! Despite my knees getting sorer, my shoulders aching every night after Mr2.3 walking on my back or throwing himself onto me with his adorable massive hugs, and my ribs getting sore from the laughter we have together, I don’t know what it is like to act my age.

Seriously though, I am closer to 50 … and thanks to IVF we were able to have our second child. Our first child is adorable, well mannered (Mr2.3 says ‘denk you’ without prompting!), smart (he may not be able to read, yet he loves his word books!), imaginative, creative, vocal with a wide vocabulary, yet all the expected aggression of a little boy wanting the world to understand, listen and do as he says! So overall, perfectly normal – as I expect the next one will also be.

I won’t say what age mummy/my lovely wife is (I want to live until my next birthday!), but she is a few years younger than me. Yet never has life been so wonderful, funny, fun, worth the effort and joyous for both of us. Did I say fun? Kids are much more fun than the cynics and non-breeders say it is. Older parents do NOT deserve the bad press or genetic problems of their offspring that is often assumed.

Helicopter Cake

Talking children, it turns out Mr2.3 loves being in the kitchen with Mum. As he gets taller he can reach further – particularly onto the bench space normally reserved for cutting food for dinner. So I have decided that finding ways for him to help is either going to make the time worthwhile, or get him out of the kitchen until he is of age to be a kitchen slave. Kidding. Or am I? Anyhow, here are a few kitchen tools that kids will surely enjoy using:

1a. I have a few friends whose eyes are gonna explode at this contraption. Yet it has merit. I am so sick of finding half-eaten mashed banana in the boy’s day bag or childcare bag. The Banana Bunker solves all issues !
1b. Heck, why not slice the banana before he leaves the house!

2. All boys love a gadget that sprays or shoots his food. If he ain’t flinging it with his hands, he is catapulting it with his food. So this Condiment-Gun will help aim the product in the right direction . Some of it might even hit the correct target. And I don’t mean mum’s hair!

3. Don’t you love it when you are chopping lettuce and you hear this tiny voice say “Me do!” This should make it fun, a tad silly, yet entertaining. Maybe some lettuce might get chopped too! So a karate-chopping plastic-hand in the hands of a under-10-year-old could only be fun. Not that I condone hitting kids at all, but I can see a substitute use for this. A soft paddle to a well-padded posterior is sometimes a handy way to remind a child that NO means NO.

4. Our little dude loves helping making cakes. Particuarlly chocolate cake. More often he holds onto the handle of the electric mixer whilst mummy actually does the work. I am thinking this whisker with King-Kong trapped behind the bars from http://www.perpetualkid.com might get him involved a tad more. Even if it means a little mixture is flung around the room. Hmmmm… now I am thinking this is not a good idea!

5. Mum, why don’t we just get cutting boards that look like the mess that Mr2.3 just made on the kitchen bench?

6. Oh wow, no more spilt pancake batter on the kitchen and dining floor. Nor in the patio, beneath the BBQ, nor even down the hallway. Wouldn’t that be ever so nice!

7. Anything from Fred and Friends will appeal to both Dad and Mr2.3.

8. Ooooh, we need to start baking cookies soon! Forget Christmas and Birthdays, just to have available anytime! I want them chess pieces , racing track and cars , wild animals and jigsaw puzzles shaped … wait, I mean Mr2.3 wants them. Okay, I admit it. I want the popsicle cookies.

Plastic, so Fantastic!

9. Extra: Buying these battery salt-n-pepper shakers for my mother in law’s massive collection.

10. Okay, something for the fridge: The Quick Grip Note Refrigerator Organizer . I have been talking about this idea for many years!

11. And because I am dad, I want the Tactical Chef Apron . Just so I can look like I cook in the house. I get to keep food moving on the metal cook thingy in the back yard.

This should be enough to see the lad through to his double-digit years. And keep me fed handsomely with scrumptious delights. Kids. Who wouldn’t have them?

All Links Lead to Facebook

July 16, 2014 Leave a comment

I follow a lot of interesting links on the interwebz each night. I am a prolific reader, I read prolifically. Is anyone read prolificly? But I digress…

A few nights back I stumbled onto Chris Harding‘s series,We the Robots . Hilarity ensued. That two word sentence is so cliched. Again, I digress…

"Whatchoo Lookin' At?"

Seems ‘We The Robots’ was a short period in his eclectic ‘toon time. Two years exactly, give or take a life time. A robot’s life can be long or short, depending on the country of birth. I like to digress.

So I checked out where Chris is now. Wasn’t difficult. Google is a search engine. I searched for him. Chris Harding. Animation. Here he is .

Then I went back to We The Robots. There is a link on his homepage to Chris’s / Chrises / Chrises’ / his Facebook page . hashtag head smack.

But the story doesn’t end there. (How many times have we heard THAT line? No, not the next one, the one prior to the one before this one!)

Seems Chris has an agent. Go read his awesome Contact page. Chris really his a funny guy. And his agent has a site filled with other a.ma.a.z.i.n.g artists .

Techtronics of Rex the RobotAnd his agent has links to sales teams, some live, some links dead. Nearly everyone of them are also on Facebook.

WHO ISN’T ON FACEBOOK?! Oh, yeah, my lovely coffee maker at Kikko’s on Pirie Street . Aha, free plug. I like my coffee, and I really like when it is the perfect breakfast. Much digression. And digestion. Coffee is good for that.

That’s it. More again. Another time. I make no promises I will post again tomorrow. I do that too often and don’t, so now I say I post irregularly – which means it is surprise to even me when I do. With surely more digression.

Stop, It’s Travel Time!

July 6, 2014 Leave a comment

We want to travel. Alex Maccaw has succinctly said what is in my head:

…Ultimately that list ended up as:

South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, NYC, SF, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.
… See as much as possible in that one year, and then revisit places properly in the future. If you don’t have as much time, I’d recommend focusing on an area, perhaps Asia.
For example, for my next trip I’m planning to:
Start in Beijing. Take the train to Tibet. Go down to Nepal. Travel overland to India. Make my way down to Mumbai. Fly to South East Asia and travel through northern Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.

I have no idea how people simply afford to get up and do this. This would take years of saving and planning for us.

Maybe when the little boy is a few years older at which point he can appreciate it all. Currently we are planning to be in England in four years time for his honorary grandfather’s birthday. 

Two Flash Diffusers

June 19, 2014 Comments off

Here is a good indication I am a photography geek: I opened my box of new shoes and spotted these two bits of plastic first. Free flash diffusers!

image

Categories: about me Tags: , , , , ,

Using Twitter to Get Camera Recommendations

April 30, 2014 Comments off

Rear view of Professional SMC Member

Hard to believe it, I have had a Twitter account since mid 2008.

For a long time it was just something I looked at from time to time, not understanding how anyone could cross-converse in such a hectic and vibrant community. It looked (and sometimes still does) like a bazillion monkeys chattering over the top of each other, all clambering for the highest point to ensure their voice is heard.

Yet it turns out to be the best way to ask questions that a MASSIVE amount of people can respond to and (mostly) give a good response. Here is one great example:

I asked on Twitter earlier this evening…

With only one response, I chose to follow the link.

Considering many of my friends are complete arseholes, that was a big risk. Wait, wait, what I mean is they are Australian’s who like to use any opportunity to make fun of each other, which all of us, including the recipient, laugh till it is someone else’s turn. So when an Australian calls you an arsehole or a bastard, more often he is saying either “Aha, you got me!” or “Damn, you take the best holidays!”

Turns out this is a great sugggestion for a second camera. So I tried to follow with a less than 140 character reply. Considering all of the amazing features, I had to find just one or two that warranted a twitter response. So, Ric, @aqualung, this is what I have to say about the Fuji X-T1:

Read the full review of the Fujifilm XT1. I got what I wanted from Twitter. Which really is amazing.

Camping Gear I Want to Buy!

April 21, 2014 Comments off

Plastic Bottle Becomes a Spoon

My interests have changed overnight. I still enjoy my photography and digital art (that I sell on tshirts), but now I also enjoy outdoor camping. It’s a great method of keeping myself grounded and a simple way to remember that there is more to the world than the city life.

After spending 2 days outdoors without my mobile phone, computer, electricity, running water, a flushing toilet, nor even free wifi — I found myself revelling in the time away from it all. Well, except the flushing toilet. Drop toilets and lime remind me too much of a teenage years living on the side of a hill where the emptying of said can was rostered. Ewww. Not fun.

Upon returning to the nearest wifi-available, I spent nearly a whole night going through a bunch of Australian and a few American camping websites to find all the gear I would need for next Easter. Wow. Extensive.

Then I realised I would need to bookmark these easily for family and friends. (I do have a birthday coming up, hint hint!) Bookmarking on my browser is restrictive. Since Delicious.com and many other online bookmarking services have gone to pasture, I settled for publishing them on a separate page on my blog.

As a teaser, and to give this article a little bit of content – here are the sites through which I found most of these maybe necessary purchases. I am guessing my wife will decide. Ultimately we really want a decent yet simple tent that will fit up to 4 people. Or 3 people and all the cra… stuff we seemingly need.

LightBox

From the photo editors of TIME

The Eager Traveller

Detailed travel Itineraries for the travel bug in you. Around the world, one nation at a time.

moo-mie

chronicling a love for design

TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog

Computer Information Technology

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,753 other followers

%d bloggers like this: