Myself, Coding, Ranting, and Madness

The Consciousness Stream Continues…

Mangler's Tag Parser

30 Nov 2012 8:00 Tags: Blog, PHP, Programming, Web Design

Wordpress might well be an unauthenticated remote shell, with a blog added, but it does has a number of exciting features. These include the flexible support for ‘Short Codes’, essentially extra custom tags which are processed server side. These formed the basis of my footnotes plug-in, Note-n-Cite.


Governing? There's an app for that!

28 Nov 2012 8:00 Tags: Politics, Commons, Programming, Technology

Government is steadily becoming more digital: we've had,, and providing online access to a wide range of data. This year has seen something of a drive for getting the politician into the digital age.


Factor.js and Rational.js

26 Nov 2012 8:00 Tags: JavaScript, Programming, Web Design

Non-integer number handling in JavaScript is...somewhat fuzzy. And not in the cute critter kind of way. Some implementations of JS use a variation on IEEE-754; the standard seems to be that a minimum of 64 bits are used to represent the number.


Open Courts — A Victory For Justice?

23 Nov 2012 8:00 Tags: News, Politics

The debate over the use of "closed material proceedings" (secret court hearings) in civil cases — where evidence that is considered sensitive or is even classified can be presented to a judge in a closed hearing, such that even the defendant is not aware of the contents of that evidence — ran late into the night, with a bloc of cross-bench, Labour and Liberal peers striving to put safeguards in the Justice and Security Bill.


Parliament Week

22 Nov 2012 11:00 Tags: News, Politics, Commons

So, it turns out that this week is Parliament Week, with a wide range of events going on aimed at school students and people looking to get interested in UK politics.

I must say I'm a little surprised to have missed this previous year — the website has information about last year's events, and heavy implications that it's been going on since before that. If it does pre-date my following, I'm a tiny bit astonished that it wasn't marked in school at some point or another.


Welcome to Mangler

18 Nov 2012 23:00 Tags: Blog, News, PHP, Programming, Web Design

Welcome to the new version of my blog, now powered by Mangler. You can find out more about the other bits and bobs I've used in the theme information page.

It's going to be a bit sparse for a little while — there were some rather last minute changes to engine, so I'm going to have to work on the importing of old posts all over again. That's going to take a little while, especially as I haven't finished writing the administration interface for Mangler yet.


Blog Improvements

22 Oct 2012 8:00 Tags: None

I am very pleased to announce a new version of this blog is in the works. I have finally got annoyed enough at WordPress, and re-learnt enough of my web programming skills, to begin working on my own blogging engine.

I am even more pleased to report that it's going very well: the public side of things is almost up to a deployment standard, with the administration side lagging quite a long way behind.



15 Oct 2012 8:26 Tags: None

My new job has, amongst other things, led to two hours a day being spent travelling in that not-so-ancient institution known as commuting. For the most part, I don't dislike it — on my less good days, the noise that hundreds of people generates disturbs and agitates me, but nothing the outside walk from station to destination doesn't solve.



8 Oct 2012 20:30 Tags: JavaScript, Games, Programming, Web Design

What happens when I get utterly destroyed playing boggle? I write a training program where you have to, as a single player, find words as a path of letters! You can play the result, called Noggle, and have some fun looking for words. The code is not compatible with any current version of Internet Explorer.


The LaTeX Atrocities: Dimensions, Glues, and Mus

28 Sep 2012 8:00 Tags: None

The last post looked at the internal handling of numbers in LaTeX. Today, three more LaTeX types will be discussed. Note that this post is building on the concepts covered in the number handling post (as these are all data types which extends numbers), so it may be worthwhile briefly familiarising yourself with the usage of \numexpr.