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  • Khal Weir
    by Japanese factories have also been applied to software development Nature has always been a valuable source of design inspiration for example the nose cone of the Shinkansen bullet train is modelled on a Kingfisher s beak and the Fibonacci sequence is also found in the iPod s design Everything in life has a lesson to give the skill is knowing how to find and use it Permalink Posted at 10 56 AM Mar 24 Book review REWORK REWORK is the new book from 37Signals a former web consultancy that now make a a suite of popular productivity web apps The book s authors are Jason Fried co founder and president and David Heinemeier Hansson partner and the creator of Ruby on Rails I ve been using 37Signal s project management tool Basecamp for a few years now While it isn t the most feature complete tool it gets the important stuff right in fact thats one of 37Signal s mantras build half a product not a half assed product Even before using any of their products I ve enjoyed reading the company s blog Signal vs Noise and have always admired their openess about the way they work and been inspired by their success I ve never read or had any interest in reading a business book before I m allergic to buzzwords and marketing speak but knowing that this would be a different kind of business book I pre ordered a copy and have read through it in only three sessions REWORK is playbook for starting or running any sized company based on 37Signal s principles with a proven success The book is very easy and fast to read each section is to the point and at most a couple of pages long The statements are bold contradicting what you have likely experienced at work however they make sense and are backed by real world examples not only from 37Signals but Amazon Zappos Dunkin Donuts and others I would recommend this book to anyone that works or hopes to someday work for themselves even if you don t there is a lot of great advice on productivity and that ll increase your employability Permalink Posted at 9 11 PM Feb 25 4 Great movies so far this year Food Inc An eye opening look into the American food industry farmers that can t choose what to grow why it is cheaper to feed a family of four on fast food than fresh produce and how organic providers are fighting back Visit www foodincmovie com for more information All Tomorrow s Parties A collection of footage collected from fans and musicians over a decade of the unique Butlin s based music festival curated by bands or fans featuring Sonic Youth Nick Cave Portishead Iggy the Stooges The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Seasick Steve Lightning Bolt and more A Single Man Set in 1960 s California every single frame of this movie looks like it was taken from a glossy vintage fashion magazine The director Tom Ford is a fashion designer and previously worked as a tailor on Bond movies however there is more to the film than it s look The film follows a middle aged man Colin Firth as he prepares to commit suicide after his partner is killed in a car accident the story is compelling and the performances superb highly recommended MicMacs This is the latest film from the director of Amelie and A Very Long Engagement Jean Pierre Jeunet however it is closer to his earlier movies Delicatessen and The City of the Lost Children in its style and subject It tells the story of Bazil who s life has been ruined by two rival weapons manufacturers and his ingenious plan to get his own back with some help from on odd collection of scrap collecting friends If you ve seen and enjoyed Delicatessen you ll love this Permalink Posted at 9 52 PM Feb 13 The Death of Flash I ve never been a fan of Flash either as a developer or as a user so I m excited to see the possible beginning of the end for what has become the defacto standard for multimedia on the Web Its a common a complaint that the iPhone and upcoming iPad don t have support for Flash but why would they The Flash player is a buggy resource intensive security risk that these devices are better off without There is very little that Flash can do that can t be done with other technology such as jQuery HTML5 and CSS3 see the links below for some examples all of which will run on modern browsers without the requirement of any plugins The two main video streaming sites YouTube and Vimeo are trialing HTML5 versions of their sites using the h 264 video format in place of Flash I m hoping that the popularity of Apple s mobile devices will encourage more content providers such as Hulu and BBC iPlayer to turn their backs on Flash and embrace these new technologies For the past few weeks I ve been using ClickToFlash for Safari which blocks Flash content giving you the option to run it or not I have noticed a significant increase in the loading of pages and am not missing the horrible Flash ads that have frequently crashed my browser and brought even powerful dual core computers to their knees I m ready for a future without Flash and praise companies like Apple Google and Vimeo for taking the initiative to push the latest in Web technology to improve their user s experience JavaScript SketchPad Depth of Field jQuery Robot jParallax jQuery cloud of bacon CSS3 Animations ATAT 3D Cube Coke Can Photo Gallery HTML5 Canvas and Audio Demo Canvas Photo Demo Permalink Posted at 6 29 PM Jan 16 Do I even need a tablet Apple are apparently going to announce their oft rumoured tablet computer possibly called the iSlate in the next few weeks

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/page/3 (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - Less is more
    Orwell novels and the WWF cookbook are nice things to own in truth I may never read them again Keeping back issues of magazines is crazy too as a majority of their content is more accessible online With the exception of the Apple goodies ok and Mike Patton s scribble I m not terribly attached to any of this stuff the only problem items are my 3 bikes yup I m a bike nerd and am currently trying to figure out a solution I ve already made a decision to stop buying music movies and games on physical media I got burned in the HD format wars and am sick of storing and lugging around shiny discs I ve been streaming music from Spotify buying from iTunes or erm acquiring it from other sources for years and can t remember the last time I bought a DVD Basically I ve come to the conclusion that I can reduce my processions further still I ll begin a clearout session this week and at some point will buy an iPad as a replacement for printed media An iPad in fact could serve as a replacement for my MacBook for a large proportion

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022204498/less-is-more (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - Foursquare, Gowalla - Fight!
    Foursquare I thought I d give it a try too Initially there doesn t seem to be much difference between the two apps they share a lot of common functionality such as posting your check ins to Facebook and Twitter but its where they differ that is interesting Gowalla allows users to upload photos at their check ins and to add comments which only their Gowalla using friends can see The application makes use of attractive graphics and a traveller metaphor users have a passport collect stamps and pins and add items to their backpack Occasionally when checking in to a location you will find an item thats been left by another user and when creating a new location you can drop an item to become a founder As well as adding locations users can string together a collection of locations to create a trip such as sight seeing or a pub crawl Foursquare is a little more popular and as such has more locations most of the high street near my work is covered by Foursquare with only a handful of check ins available in Gowalla One of the differences between Gowalla and Foursquare is that user comments are

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022203725/foursquare-gowalla-fight (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - My Favourite Non-Tech Blogs
    you not love a blog that features Space Suit of the Week KN has varied content covering fashion music culture and art with frequent free mixcasts downloadable mixtapes based on themes and some fantastic wallpapers by guest artists topleftpixel com I first came across this photoblog while reseaching for a holiday in Toronto a few years back and have been following it since I love Sam s photography and the simple concept of uploading a photo every day the site reminds me of my time in a fantastic city and the alt text included on every image detailing the equipment used even influenced my last camera purchase locallemons com I m into food and enjoy cooking Local Lemons is probably my favourite recipe site The photography is beautiful dominating the page and detailing all the ingredients and stages required Its clear that the author has a real passion for food check out her Fast Food Slow Big Mac boutiquecycles com Bikes are another passion of mine I recently added a third to my stable Boutique Cycles is a simple site for proud owners to show of their custom bikes There is a subculture of riders that make building up bikes

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022202827/my-favourite-non-tech-blogs (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - Inspiration is where you find it
    made a difference to your visit what can you take from that How can you use what pleased you in the real world and apply it to your site or application The pride and attention to detail a master knifemaker puts into his work is inspirational even if your product is virtual and your tools a mouse and keyboard Seeking inspiration from unusual sources isn t new the development methodology

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022201917/inspiration-is-where-you-find-it (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - Book review : REWORK
    37Signal s project management tool Basecamp for a few years now While it isn t the most feature complete tool it gets the important stuff right in fact thats one of 37Signal s mantras build half a product not a half assed product Even before using any of their products I ve enjoyed reading the company s blog Signal vs Noise and have always admired their openess about the way they work and been inspired by their success I ve never read or had any interest in reading a business book before I m allergic to buzzwords and marketing speak but knowing that this would be a different kind of business book I pre ordered a copy and have read through it in only three sessions REWORK is playbook for starting or running any sized company based on 37Signal s principles with a proven success The book is very easy and fast to read each section is to the point and at most a couple of pages long The statements are bold contradicting what you have likely experienced at work however they make sense and are backed by real world examples not only from 37Signals but Amazon Zappos Dunkin Donuts

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022201023/book-review-rework (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - 4 Great movies so far this year
    fighting back Visit www foodincmovie com for more information All Tomorrow s Parties A collection of footage collected from fans and musicians over a decade of the unique Butlin s based music festival curated by bands or fans featuring Sonic Youth Nick Cave Portishead Iggy the Stooges The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Seasick Steve Lightning Bolt and more A Single Man Set in 1960 s California every single frame of this movie looks like it was taken from a glossy vintage fashion magazine The director Tom Ford is a fashion designer and previously worked as a tailor on Bond movies however there is more to the film than it s look The film follows a middle aged man Colin Firth as he prepares to commit suicide after his partner is killed in a car accident the story is compelling and the performances superb highly recommended MicMacs This is the latest film from the director of Amelie and A Very Long Engagement Jean Pierre Jeunet however it is closer to his earlier movies Delicatessen and The City of the Lost Children in its style and subject It tells the story of Bazil who s life has been ruined by two rival weapons

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022200267/4-great-movies-so-far-this-year (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - The Death of Flash?
    Flash but why would they The Flash player is a buggy resource intensive security risk that these devices are better off without There is very little that Flash can do that can t be done with other technology such as jQuery HTML5 and CSS3 see the links below for some examples all of which will run on modern browsers without the requirement of any plugins The two main video streaming sites YouTube and Vimeo are trialing HTML5 versions of their sites using the h 264 video format in place of Flash I m hoping that the popularity of Apple s mobile devices will encourage more content providers such as Hulu and BBC iPlayer to turn their backs on Flash and embrace these new technologies For the past few weeks I ve been using ClickToFlash for Safari which blocks Flash content giving you the option to run it or not I have noticed a significant increase in the loading of pages and am not missing the horrible Flash ads that have frequently crashed my browser and brought even powerful dual core computers to their knees I m ready for a future without Flash and praise companies like Apple Google and Vimeo

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/12022199614/the-death-of-flash (2016-04-26)
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