Ever since I bought our tickets for the New Adventures in Web Design conference back in August, I’ve been really looking forward to it and it’s probably fair to say that when Lou and I headed up the M1 to Nottingham late last Wednesday, I was getting pretty excited. Lou and I have never been to an web industry conference before and to be honest, I wasn’t too sure what to expect.
We absolutely loved it from start to finish. Everything about the day way exceeded any expectations that we had and we came away from this amazing event with heads full of exciting new ideas and a heap of new industry friends.
A couple of weeks back, I was asked if I would be interested in donating some of my time to develop a WordPress theme for a trust called This One’s 4 Ruby, which was formed to support a 6-year old girl, Ruby Lambert. Ruby is in rehabilitation following a brain injury arising from her collapse from a previously undiagnosed heart disorder at school in April 2010. As I’m sure you can imagine that it wasn’t exactly a hard decision to make to agree to this and in the early hours of this morning, we launched the new This One’s 4 Ruby site, which we hope will raise awareness of the trust and draw in donations to help Ruby in her rehabilitation.
After several months of searching, we have finally signed a lease on a new office on the main street in Beaconsfield Old Town, here in Buckinghamshire. This is a very exciting move for us as our new office gives us the facilities to expand our business and provide a better service to all of our clients.
It has taken us a while to make this decision, but the office that we have finally settled on is in the perfect location for all of us and, I’m happy to say, there are loads of nice pubs within a very small walking distance. The building itself is Grade II listed and dates back to the middle of the 18th Century, although it has been modified into its current form in the early part of the 20th Century.
So as of Wednesday last week, our new address is:
19 London End,
Here is our office on a map, if you are ever in the area, please stop by and say hello!
Back in July of last year, we published the article Display your latest Twitter update with jQuery to show you how simple it was to display your latest Tweets on your website using jQuery. Since that article was published, Twitter have made some changes to their core API which affects how the script in this article works. Before carrying on, if you haven’t already, I recommend that you read the original article first so that the following makes sense.
Everything was working nice and smoothly until Twitter changed the way users can retweet from the main Twitter website. Not that this was a bad thing, the new(ish) functionality was a great addition to an already great service. Before the changes, users manually typed ‘RT’ at the beginning of their tweet to signify that they have retweeted it from another user. Now days, you simply click a button which will take care of it for you.
But, as Kerem pointed out in the comments of the original article, our code does not display these new retweets. Instead, it just displays an empty space where your latest tweet should be sitting pride of place. In nearly all circumstances, I would imagine that this is not the desired effect, especially as the retweet functionality is used a lot more these thanks to the new functionality.
As a result, I have got back to the drawing board to investigate how we can get around this problem and improve the current script. If you wish, you can download the sources files before continuing on.
This morning we launched a new viral microsite for the Daring Pairings 3 writing festival at the Hampstead Theatre in London. The site, www.youwritetheplay.com, is an attempt to break the world record for the highest number of authors for a single play.
The people at the Hampstead Theatre came up with the idea to create a play using content completely written by visitor submissions and then to perform it at the theatre during their writing festival. Every visitor to the site can see the last five submitted lines and then add their own line to the play.
Please visit the You Write The Play site and submit your line. There have been some hilarious lines submitted already and the final play is set to be fantastic, if not a little bizarre.