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Karl Wilcox
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Attended University of Kent
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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!)
Q: What do the symbols on the city’s Coat of Arms mean? - Kamloops This Week
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/me stands corrected :)
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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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Just watched a show on Chatsworth. Neat stuff and the 12th Duke seems a really neat chap!
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Call for Beta Testers - Drawshield iOS

Please see the referenced post if you are interested in joining the beta-test program for an early version of  Drawshield for the iPhone.
Call for Beta Testers I will soon have a very early version of Drawshield iOS ready for beta-testing. It doesn't do much in the way of actual shield… - Drawshield - Google+
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I had intended to volunteer for this, but obviously got distracted or something and did not. My bad. Sorry. Still need someone?
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My College Room, January 1985

I've been sorting out some stuff and came across this photo of my room in Eliot College at the University of Kent. It must be January 1985 as there are 21st birthday cards visible!

Other things I can recognise by zooming in are the following books:

"Programming the Z80" by Rodney Zaks
"Pascal" published by Sams
"Learning to Program in C"
"Longman Advanced Mathematics" (never understood that one...)
and on the right hand side the hardbacks are the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the first three books of the "Thomas Convenant" series.

And pinned up on the wall is evidence of Drawshield Version 0.00001! This was originally my group project for my Comp. Sci. course and was written in UCSD Pascal on an Apple ][. I don't recall what type of printer but it was definitely a sprocket drive.

And kids, the black case on the desk contains a "typewriter" and those white things on the lower shelf are "Casette Tapes". Ask your parents about those! 
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Late to the (Apple) party...

OK, so I'm a bit late to the party but I finally "get" what Apple Computer is all about - when they get it right, an Apple product is not just good, but it is as good as it can possibly be.

I've been a long time Windows user and my view of Apple was as a purveyor of over-priced fashion items. Watching the Ashton Kutcher Jobs movie persuaded me to look a bit deeper...

My current windows laptop is a Toshiba Satellite Pro and taking an a new look at it I realised that it is simply "as good as it needs to be". It is heavy, but not too heavy, it's a little noisy, but not too noisy, the screen is OK, the keyboard is OK and everything is adequate but no more.

Armed with an education discount and a credit card with 0% for new purchases I now have a 13.3" Macbook Pro with a retina display, and wow! the difference is unbelievable! It is light, totally silent, the keyboard and trackpad are a delight to use and the screen is just astounding!

And the attention to detail! I love the way the Apple logo fades away as I close the lid. I love the magnetic power plug. And I love the way that my Wacom tablet USB plug fits so snug in its socket. There is literally no visible gap between the aluminium case and the inserted USB plug - such a contrast to the insecure and wobbly sockets on the Toshiba.

So now I am converted, I'm just sorry it took me so long to get here!
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+Muffin Man my T440S has an awesome trackpad + trackpoint combination; but I can't agree more that Apple does it's trackpad business really well compared all others. I love Windows, Mac OS, and Linux Xubuntu. The only OS I have grown to hate for the first time is Arch Linux though :(
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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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W00t!

"He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD." - Proverbs 18:22
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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
An object which builds HTML code for subsequent use in a UIWebView. The HTML code is always valid as elements are created and closed automatically as required. View HTMLBuilder.swift. File suppressed. Click to show. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. //. // HTMLBuilder.swift ...
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The Drawshield Font

I have created a small font containing some icon characters that might be useful to heralds. I am quite happy to expand this further if anyone finds it useful. Further details are on the linked page, or you can go straight to http://drawshield.net/font to download it.

I hope this is of interest to you - all feedback welcome!

Karl
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Heraldry in the wild...

I spotted a couple of bits of heraldry in a wildlife park recently:

The head of a bengal tiger affronte proper

A lion sejant argent armed proper

Have fun everybody! :-) 
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You know it's funny that you never see in the wild the most popular lion in heraldry. The Lion Rampant...
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You know you are getting older...

...when one of the actual buses that you used to ride on in your home town as a teenager is put on display as a historical artifact in the city you now live in!
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    Computer Systems Engineering, 1982 - 1985
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CS Lecturer, PHP Developer, Heraldry Nerd
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Freelance Lecturer, PHP Developer, Wordpress & Mediawiki Designer with interests in Heraldry, 3D graphics and Science Fiction
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Leading exponent of computational heraldry, founder G+ Heraldry community
Work
Occupation
Freelance Lecturer
Employment
  • Open University
    Freelance Lecturer, 2007 - present
  • Honeywell Aerospace
    Systems Architect, 2001 - 2003
  • ICL
    Systems Architect, 1999 - 2001
  • British Airways
    IT Consultant, 1989 - 1999
  • Chase Research
    Development Manager, 1987 - 1989
  • Mitsubishi Electric
    Software Engineer, 1986 - 1987
  • Chase Electrics
    Development Engineer, 1985 - 1986
  • University of Southampton
    Sessional Lecturer, 2001 - 2004
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
    Sessional Lecturer, 2002 - 2004
  • University of Reading
    Sessional Lecturer, 2002 - 2004
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Grimsby, England - Bracknell, Berkshire
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My space: Sally Mangum, calligrapher and heraldic illustrator
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Calligrapher and heraldic illustrator Sally Mangum shows us round her Chelsea home

Mystery Henry VIII drawings unearthed by Edwinstowe heritage experts
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Heritage specialists tasked with restoring a listed building have unearthed a decorative secret that experts says could date back to Tudor t

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Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English. Totally fun and 100% free."Among apps for learning or practicing a language

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If you are starting to learn French, or want to extend your knowledge of the language the Collins French Dictionary is the ideal book to hel

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What I wish Tim Berners-Lee understood about DRM
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Nunavut’s coat of arms is pretty darn wacky
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Nunavut's coat of arms is borderline hilarious. It's basically a narwhal rubbing his/her junk up against a crest that's underneath an igloo

Fête du Pays de Galles et des Îles Baléares - le 1er mars
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Pays de Galles Wales ( Cymru ) Contrairement aux autres nations composant l'écu des armoiries du Royaume-Uni : Angleterre, Écosse, Irlande,

Panoramio - Photo of Virtute et Industria, Bath Rd Bridge
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Panoramio - Photo of Tailors Court
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Good Points: Great atmosphere, cosy interior, pleasant outside seating, excellent staff who try really hard to please. Really good handmade cakes. Not so Good Points: You are in inside the nicest building around and the outside view is the back of the Waterside Shopping Centre. Shame they didn't give that side the same cod-Mediaeval / Victorian / Edwardian pastiche treatment they gave the rest of it. Laptops etc: Free WIFI, just ask for the password. Plenty of power sockets they encourage you to use. Overall: Well worth taking a small detour to find this oasis of calm so close to the bustling High Street
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Good Points: Service is really excellent, staff very friendly, and efficient - don't be put off by long queues at lunchtime they work really fast! Nice atmosphere, books, boardgames and newspapers available. Choice of chairs, benches and sofas for seating. Not So Good Points: Not a huge amount of room so it can get cosy. One toilet, may have to wait a bit! Sun through the big windows can get hot late morning / lunchtime. Steam thingy on coffee can get so noisy it drowns out conversation (may just be me, my hearing is not great...) Laptops etc: WIFI by The Cloud, fast and reliable, never had a problem. Only one customer accessible power socket, on the wall with the photo-mural at the left as you go in. Overall: Highly Recommended. I have enjoyed many hours there.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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