Twitter Cards – adding previews and summaries to a tweeted blog post

Facebook implemented Open Graph tags a long time ago, so that links from blogs and websites automatically pull in preview images and a summary text. That helps the viewer to see more about the linked page without having to click through. Twitter Cards does the same thing for Twitter. I’ve been lax and only just recently come across the…

Twitter Cards – adding previews and summaries to a tweeted blog post
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The Great Escape

A lovely idea from Graubünden Tourism. Set up an interactive video advertisement in Zürich’s main station, showing what a beautiful part of the Alps you could end up in by just getting on a train. Then invite passers-by to join you by printing them a free ticket on the spot. (And wait for the initiative to spread across the internet like wildfire.)…

The Great Escape

Blow-up boating on Lake Thun

Jo found that because we’d saved so many points on our supermarket card, that we could “afford” a kayak using points alone. A few days later, and a large and heavy cardboard box arrived on the post woman’s scooter trailer and we had our dinghy: an Intex Challenger K2.

Blow-up boating on Lake Thun

Melchsee Frutt, Switzerland

The Melchsee is a lake in the mountains,  tucked away in the lee of a range of peaks between Meiringen and Engelberg. Nearby, the smaller stretch of water called Blauseeli (little blue lake) is a haven for frogs after the snows melt, and the edges of the pool are lined with frog spawn at this time of year.

Melchsee Frutt, Switzerland

Airolo, Switzerland

Deep amongst the mountains which form a natural boundary between the northern and southern sides of the Alps, Airolo sits below the old, snaking Gotthard Pass road. The intrepid northern motorway motorist heading south for the sun arrives in Airolo gratefully, often having queued for several hours on busy summer weekends to pass through the Gotthard Road Tunnel, which emerges here…

Airolo, Switzerland

Avoiding specificity issues in CSS

Holy moly. What a discussion we’ve gotten into over on Twitter about CSS specificity, BEM, and inheritance. I wrote yesterday that the idea is flawed and tries to work around problems which aren’t actually problems at all, but part of the language of CSS. As Duncan noted: the problem is actually, “people write bad CSS”. Dirk from the DECAF…

Avoiding specificity issues in CSS

Disabling persistent MySQL connections in TYPO3

TYPO3 occasionally throws the following error message when attempting to connect to the MySQL database, blocking the operation of the website. The error also occurs when reporting is set to Production mode in the install tool. Uncaught TYPO3 Exception: #1: PHP Warning: mysqli::real_connect(): (HY000/1040): Too many connections in […]/typo3_src-6.2.13/typo3/sysext/core/Classes/Database/DatabaseConnection.php line 1199 | TYPO3\CMS\Core\Error\Exception thrown in file[…]/typo3_src-6.2.13/typo3/sysext/core/Classes/Error/ErrorHandler.php in line 101 The error…

Disabling persistent MySQL connections in TYPO3

Faulensee, Switzerland

It’s always good to be near water when there is a special sunset going on. Here, a partially cloudy day ended with a drawn-out bang as the sun poked beneath the clouds. Tthe misty glow to the left of the village in the middle of the picture is driving, misty rain being back-lit by the sunset. I hurried home from the…

Faulensee, Switzerland
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20 days in Antarctica

Kalle Ljung and his father spent 20 days sailing through Antarctica last winter. They took a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition mounted on a DJI Phantom 2 Quadrocopter with them, and this is the wonderful, beautiful film they made. (Hat tip: Habi.)…

20 days in Antarctica

Glarus Overthrust, Switzerland

There are magnificent landscapes in Switzerland, to be sure. But amongst the mountain peaks and valleys, there are still some exceptional sites. This one, known as the Glarus Overthrust, is a geological wonder on the borders of canton Glarus and Graubünden, above Flims. Reaching the plateau by cable car to the Cassonsgrat ridge, you’re treated to this panoramic view of a…

Glarus Overthrust, Switzerland

Grimsel Reservoir, Switzerland

This view may look like winter or spring, but the photograph was taken in June 2012. The Swiss alpine passes – here at Grimsel – are largely between 1,500 and 2,500 metres above sea level, and their location in the depths of the alpine chain means that they get wintery weather all year round. The snow fall is so prevalent that…

Grimsel Reservoir, Switzerland

Niesen, Switzerland

The pyramidal peak of the Niesen, in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland, towers over the surrounding countryside. It heads a range of mountains leading from Adelboden and Lenk and is the “Hausberg” (home mountain) of Spiez and the Lower Simmen Valley, facing out over Lake Thun. There are folklore sayings about the mountain being a kind of barometer…

Niesen, Switzerland