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Karl Wilcox
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CS Lecturer, PHP Developer, Heraldry Nerd
CS Lecturer, PHP Developer, Heraldry Nerd

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In an earlier post I mentioned that I had written a Bash script that carried out various searches through a list of words that might help solve some parts of the GCHQ Puzzle Book. Well I’ve now made that script available on line using the form below. Give…

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I have not taken a psychological personality type test for many years but I am quite sure that I would be categorised as a Well-intentioned Slacker. I have lots of ideas but lack discipline and will power, and can find it hard to finish things if…

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I have not taken a psychological personality type test for many years but I am quite sure that I would be categorised as a Well-intentioned Slacker. I have lots of ideas but lack discipline and will power, and can find it hard to finish things if…

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Like many others I have been impressed by the cover art on Lavie Tidhar’s multi-award winning Science Fiction novel “Central Station” ( https://tachyonpublications.com/product/central-station/), created by Sarah Anne Langton and been inspired to break out…

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My heraldry collection, so far. (I have many more books as PDFs from archive.org but these don't make for a good picture...)
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More Drawshield Updates, including Sports Theme Pack!

Hello Folks, I just wanted to mention a few recent fixes and additions to Drawshield, including some new sport themed items. The recent posts on the Drawshield page give all the details and the manual pages on the website have been updated with the new items.

All comments and suggestions very welcome,

Thanks all,

Karl

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"Meaning" Of Symbols?

A nicely illustrated article about the arms of the City of Kamloops in British Columbia. We need to be aware however that these are not really the "meanings" of the symbols - what the article explains is the reason behind the choice of symbol for that particular coat of arms .

Hence, for the city of Kamloops the ermine background represents the fur trade, but it does not "mean" that in other contexts!

(Just being pedantic here!)

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Apologies - I've been a bit busy of late...

Apologies that I've not been active on G+ for a while, or made much of an impact on my various Heraldry projects but I've been busy on other things for a few months. Amongst other things I did get married...

... to my long time partner Sharon! A very small ceremony attended just by our children.

We are all very happy and I can now get back to some serious heraldry work. Watch this space (and the Heraldry Community and Drawshield page...)

Best regards to all,

Karl
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Spotted in a Jewellery Shop

I found these rather splendid achievements on display in a Jewellery Shop in Sheffield, in the north of England, presumably as Jewellers "By Appointment" to those families - the Duke of Devonshire of course being the head of the Cavendish family resident in the nearby Stately Home of Chatsworth House (of which more in a future post I hope...)

The Cavendish arms are interesting in that as well as being "quarterly of nine" they have an inescutcheon (itself quarterly) which is displaced upwards from its normal position, presumably so as not to completely obscure the central sub-shield ( argent a saltire invected azure )
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Hello Folks, I'm fairly new to Swift (aren't we all?) and noticed that there isn't much quality Swift on gist.github. I'm trying to remedy that so I've added a few items:

* A very simple notification framework (useful for communicating between tabs in a UISwitchingViewController)

* An object which provides methods to build up HTML code which can then be displayed in a UIWebView

* An extension to UIColor which allows it to be initialised from a hexadecimal string e.g. let aliceBlue = UIColor(hexString: "#f0f8ff")

I hope these are useful to someone and prompt some more gists in future!

All the best,
Karl
Lincoln, England
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