Great Profile Pictures by Mandy Charlton Photography

     Over the last few years when I’ve been fortunate enough to have sessions accepted at various conferences, user group meetings and events, I’ve been asked for a profile picture.  Most of the time I hide behind the picture of the Code Monkey, designed by my good friend and excellent designer, Roddy Lang.  However increasingly I’ve been recognising the need to get some decent pictures taken.  One problem!  I HATE having my picture taken as I’m never happy with the results, be that because of low self image, or the fact that what I see in the mirror is not … Continue reading Great Profile Pictures by Mandy Charlton Photography

Richard Todd OBE, 1919-2009

I just wanted to write a note to recognise the sad passing of Richard Todd OBE.  It was his excellent portrayal of Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson, VC, DFC and Bar, DSO and Bar, in the 1954 film The Dam Busters, that sparked my deep interest in the wartime life of the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron. I was saddened to hear late on Friday night of his passing, not only was he a great Actor, in  fact my yardstick for a good war film is to check whether he or John Mills are in the case, he was also … Continue reading Richard Todd OBE, 1919-2009

Monkey Decides to Go On His Travels!

Nope not me, although I am planning a three week trip to Australia later this year to visit friends, but Timmy my partner in crime.  A couple of Friday’s ago I got to work and noticed that he was missing from his place on my desk and all that was left was this note: Well he returned to my desk on Monday, so I guess he’s had a bit of fun and is back for a while.  I suppose I’d better take him on my travels a little more often then!  Some pictures of his travels have appeared online:

24 Hours of Firsts

The 24 hours I’m currently writing this post in are all about firsts. First I’ve just got back from my first ever live gig, and first ever experience of Metallica live! I’ve been to the Sheffield Arena for the latest leg of Metallica’s Death Magnetic tour, it was f***ing AWESOME!!!! Can’t wait to do it again! Note to self – why has it taken 28 years for this to happen???? WTF!! Secondly I’m currently sitting in the departure lounge at Newcastle Airport waiting for my flight to Amsterdam and then onto Seattle for my first MVP Summit! Looking forward to … Continue reading 24 Hours of Firsts

New Year – New Challenge #1 – Project 365

In my last post, which wasn’t intended to be my last of 2008, I mentioned that I was looking for new challenges.  Well one of those got underway in December when I changed jobs and started working for Hydratight in their Software Engineering Team.  However the next challenge which I have embarked upon started today.  I have taken my first steps into completing Project365 on Flickr! What is Project365? Essentially Project365 is about having one photo for every day in a year.  There are different groups and ways of achieving this on sites such as Flickr, you can choose what … Continue reading New Year – New Challenge #1 – Project 365

New Blog Design and Updated Content

This morning I have put live the new design for my blog.  For ages I have been unhappy with the look and feel of my blog, but as I know my limits :), I was struggling to come up with something to replace the default choice of theme.  I am pleased to announce now and start using, a great new design, courtesy of my colleague Peter Mitchell at Canford.  I am NOT a designer I am a DEVELOPER and therefore I know what I can and can’t achieve.  I can often picture what I’d like to see but to create … Continue reading New Blog Design and Updated Content