Review of 2014

A blessed year of travel, fun, new and re-discovered sights, and plenty of sore legs.

Video preview image for Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt was a British television show in the 1980s, inspired by an idea from France called La Chasse au Trésor. Presenters Kenneth Kendall and (in the later episodes) Wincey Willis were joined by members of the public in the studio, to guide “sky runner” Anneka Rice to find clues and the “treasure” within 45 minutes. I… (Read More)

Video preview image for Gwatt nature reserve, Thun

Gwatt nature reserve, Thun

I just came across a short film I made in January and posted to YouTube at the time. Filmed with my X100 and edited quickly in iMovie, it shows the publicly accessible lake-shore nature reserve at Gwatt, some fifteen minutes’ drive from home.

Adding diagonal edges to HTML elements

Using CSS pseudo elements to add diagonal borders and edges to the sides of block level elements.

Simple alternatives to CAPTCHA

Google announced yesterday that it’s come up with a great new way of avoiding the need for website visitors to fill out the CAPTCHA; the ubiquitous “type the letters from the image into the following field” feature of many online forms. Instead, they propose a simpler interaction based on the Turing Test principle: that some choices can… (Read More)