LinkedIn seems to only be about management strategy and recruitment, but it does mean that sometimes you see posts like this one that I saw recently entitled “Nine Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job”. It made me wonder what other signs there were that maybe it was time to move on. So here are three of my own:
You accidentally left your axe embedded in the desk of your least favourite colleague.
You forgot to take your bosses’ shoes out of the microwave.
No matter how hard you try you can’t get rid of the permanent marker from the photocopier glass.
Shout out today to the very remarkable Heather Burns and all those involved in WordPress 4.9.6 which landed today. It’s the one with the privacy stuff…
If you run WordPress you should be notified of the available update any time now.
The data export and data erase tools come in to play too, which is nice. Oh, and WP have added some PHP polyfills to core.
I recently had the pleasure of setting up a WordPress install for a client who already had GoDaddy hosting.
I won’t say this too loud or often, and hopefully no one will read this anyway, but I was pleasantly surprised by the GoDaddy WordPress hosting that he had – it included SSH access, default plugins that seemed to be useful rather than hinder, and most impressive was the inclusion of a full staging area, with quick and simple deployment options.
A staging area is, in my experience, missed off the list of things to use by so many, it was good to see this done on what has to be said is a very low budget hosting solution.
I ran a few times – 16 miles total including a 10 miler, slightly by accident, I swam, and I cycled more than I have in ages – 40 miles this week I think.
The cycling included 14 miles of something called “Mountain Biking” which, as far as I can tell, involves a lot of peddling hard up hill for a long time, and then short bursts of hurtling down hill trying to avoid rocks. It was a lot of fun. Certainly something I would like to do more of, though I reckon I would need to lose quite a lot of fear to be any good at it.
I also cycled to and from my physio session on Thursday. Physio was useful again, it’s only a couple of weeks in but my back is feeling stronger and I am moving more freely. I’m not going to speak too soon about it as my back pain comes and goes anyway so I may just be in an easy patch at the moment.
I feel like I have the motivation back to do the long slow running trip at the weekend – the great weather really helps with that! If I have nailed this then it means I need to focus on speed a bit more during the week. The only disappointment this week from a running point of view was that Monday didn’t pan out as I expected and I ended up not running. I was hoping to try for three miles at 8min miles on Monday. That will have to wait till Friday now.
Here’s the summary.
Swim – 1200m Bike – 44 miles Run – 16 miles
Coke – 2 cans, 1 bottle Chocolate – too much Extra snack – most days again.
Every now and again I decide to play around with the more ‘arty’ features of Photoshop. I’m fine with it from a design a website point of view (though it’s not really the way I do that anymore) but, when it comes to using it for art projects and things like that, I know my limitations.
It makes sense to try to push the limitations though. Here is a very simple first attempt at layer masks and brushes.
Things have been going ok in terms of actually moving more, since I last updated I think I’ve been out running every week, usually on more than one occasion, I posted my longest run for a while (still way off the required distance for October, but that’s ages away!), I’ve cycled to the office when possible and I’ve been swimming a few times. I felt pretty guilty for not going last week ‘because it was raining’ but I’ve got over that.
I have also, for the first time in ages, seen a physio to talk about my lower back pain and associated issues with not being able to move around like a normal human being.
I went to The Treatment Space which is in one of my favourite Sheffield work spaces – Sum Studios. I saw the very helpful Carolyn who moved me around, poked me, and generally made me feel rather uncomfortable but in one of those ‘a room has to get messy before it gets tidy’ kind of ways.
Carolyn suggested a few things, talked about the fact that generally I don’t move too well, and then stuck some needles into my lower back. Acupuncture isn’t one of those things that I thought I would go for. I am not really sure whether it has any real base in science (shock – the internet isn’t the easiest place to separate fact from fiction here), it still feels a lot like voodoo, but I am pretty sure it helped last week, the follow up exercises have definitely helped and I am very much open to the idea of giving this enough time to make sure it works!
This week in numbers:
Swim – 1200m Bike – 10 miles Run – 16 miles
Coke – 3 cans (improvement!) Chocolate – too much Extra snack – most days
I know that the rather lovely Gutenberg isn’t supposed to be used on production sites yet but I figure this blog doesn’t really count so I’m using this as my playground. I am also very aware that Gutenberg has split opinion in the WordPress community and there are a lot of issues to work through but, as I mentioned very briefly before, I am enjoying Gutenberg and like the direction it is taking WordPress as a content editor.
There will be a lot of head scratching and working out to be done to make sure sites I’ve made work with it, and to work out how Gutenberg sits alongside all the WordPress site builders that I’ve inherited over the last few years, but I’ve added it in to my work flow for site development now, taking me away from encouraging people to use something such as Divi or similar. They are great, but, when simplicity is desired, Gutenberg works for me.
Anyway – enough of that – the above code snippet is one of my new favourite things. It is, I think, pretty obvious what it does – as the code suggests it edits the colour palette options that are available in the Gutenberg editor (for those of you who don’t know Gutenberg – see the image, it’s a handy little Background / Text Colour editor). Drop the snippet in to your theme’s functions file and you’re away.
Simply put, this snippet lets you, the designer / developer behind the website, encourage the content creator for the site to use specific colours within their content. Very handy! The colour picker remains in place so people can go off-piste if they are that way inclined although even that functionality can be removed with the addition of add_theme_support('disable-custom-colors') if you need such restrictions.
NB Thanks to Coolers.co for the colour scheme in this example.
Somewhere, under it all, was the solution. Seeing as the solution was required there was nothing for it other than to start picking it all up. Bit by bit, one heavy piece at a time, being careful not to break anything else in the search for one final fix.
If you’re thinking about using a large image that you have made from a screenshot of a Word document with your desired content as your homepage please a) turn off the grammar checker before running the screenshot and b) don’t do it.— Andy (@iamalsoandy)April 26, 2018