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A few years ago I went to a talk about designing a user experience and the one word that has stuck in my mind is "delight". It's not often I feel delight when I use a tool but in the last few days (code review tool I've mentioned before) has done just that for me. Butterflies flutter gently across my screen drawing my attention, a few at a time, to the many features available. I find myself smiling as I see the next one to arrive and land.

You can see a few at the sample review at


I was talking to a friend today about what the minimum requirement is to call something a web page, or to be able to say "I've made a webpage"? Is it purely something that can be shown in a browser? Is it something shoved in a .html file? Does it have to have a particular format or contents? Thoughts?

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Some days something small delights me so much I don't have the words to express it. I just put up a pull request for a change to an email (shudder). It was just a couple of small changes: some inline styling and an image change. GitHub, which I must said I do like, gave me a mass of green and red and although I could see the image change as it was darker coloured, I could not spot the style change without careful checking.

Then I checked it using and got a tingly oooh feeling of pleasure at being presented with such simple clean elegant beauty of purely the characters I'd changed being highlighted. It was the needle in the haystack with a spotlight shone upon it so it couldn't be missed.

This is just one of many instances that Reviewable has made me smile. I wish I could give link to the pull request, but unfortunately  it's in a private repo.

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Every year +Sveriges Television has an Advent series with an episode every day in December up to Christmas Eve. I went to check it out today and was very happy to see three versions of each episode, one with added visual descriptions, one with sign language interpretation and the final one without either. 

#accessibility   #makesmehappy   #thingsthatmatter  

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Update: He's been FOUND.  2014-09-30

This is the room mate of a good friend of a former colleague of mine. If anyone knows anything, please see details in the image.

#sanfrancisco   #missingperson   

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 "Rise up in splendour and reveal the inner you".

There's a bit about Adele's journey here:

Her comments about how hard it is just after the operation reminds me of the tough time a friend of mine had. I don't think she ever  did develop that thick skin needed to cope with all the cruel comments. Sadly she is no longer with us.

Prisoner of Gender - Adele Anderson

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An extinct :( penguin almost as tall as me.
"Forget emperor penguins, say hello to the colossus penguin. Newly unearthed fossils have revealed that Antarctica was once home to the biggest species of penguin ever discovered. It was 2 metres long and weighed a hefty 115 kilograms.
Palaeeudyptes klekowskii lived 37 to 40 million years ago. This was "a wonderful time for penguins, when 10 to 14 species lived together along the Antarctic coast", says Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche of the La Plata Museum in Argentina.
She has been excavating fossil deposits on Seymour Island, off the Antarctic peninsula. This was a warmer region 40 million years ago, with a climate like that of present-day Tierra del Fuego, the islands at the southern tip of South America.
The site has yielded thousands of penguin bones. Earlier this year, Acosta Hospitaleche reported the most complete P. klekowskii skeleton yet, although it contained only about a dozen bones, mostly from the wings and feet (Geobios, DOI: 10.1016/j.geobios.2014.03.003).
Now she has uncovered two bigger bones. One is part of a wing, and the other is a tarsometatarsus, formed by the fusion of ankle and foot bones. The tarsometatarsus measures a record 9.1 centimetres. Based on the relative sizes of bones in penguin skeletons, Acosta Hospitaleche estimates P. klekowskii was 2.01 meters long from beak tip to toes.
Its height will have been somewhat less than its length owing to the way penguins stand. But it was nevertheless larger than any known penguin".

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I found this an interesting read about how a team failed even though they had everything going for them in terms of expertise.

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