About this site

What is this website all about?

Well, it’s a blog, basically; nothing special about that. Mostly it’s just whatever springs to my tiny mind as and when, assuming I can get to a computer with internet access fast enough. There’s no real focus to this site. It includes videos I’ve made myself, other people’s videos, comments on life in general, comments on current affairs and goodness knows what.

The only thing I can think of that might be a little different is that I am writing as an ex-pat: I’m British, but I live in Germany. There is scope for culture clash here, and that might prove to be a refreshing change from the norm. Most likely not, though.

Holy moly, what happened to the site?

Yeah… it changed. Previously, it was in a format that obligated me to write a full-length article every week; this was fine when I didn’t have much work to do, but I soon found that I didn’t have the time or the energy to maintain the site properly. I changed it to this format so that I would only need to write short blog-like entries directly onto the site (blog-like) rather than write out a great long thesis in a text file, upload it and manually edit a couple of files… you get the picture.

I enjoyed reading your articles…

They’re still there, in the archive. I just don’t have time to add any more.

I notice you don’t have a section to replace the “Jots and Tittles” section from your old site.

You notice correctly. Although I did get quite a bit of positive feedback from those articles, they were among the trickiest and time-consuming to research and write. Sorry, but at the moment it doesn’t look as if I’m going to be able to continue that series.

What blogging software are you using?

My own. It’s not on the market, and I’m not releasing it even as freeware. It’s not worth it: it’s tailored specifically to my needs on this site, and so extremely limited. It does what I want it to, and that’s all it does.

It’s a bit… quirky, though.

It’s not perfect. There are a couple of little misfeatures to iron out and improve, but my time is kind of limited at the moment. If somebody were paying me to do this, things would be different, but sadly they’re not, so we’ll just have to live with the blemishes.

How accessible is this website?

I haven’t done any rigorous testing, but I can tell you that this site looks pretty good on a Firefox browser, and Internet Explorer 7. I can’t vouch for anything else.

I’ve also tried to make this site accessible to people with disabilities, as much as possible. Again, I haven’t done any testing (I have no time, remember?), but I believe this site is pretty much accessible to a decent screenreader.

When you post a video, there’s always a link below that promises I can see the same video at a higher resolution. What’s that all about?

It’s an open secret at YouTube. If you’re watching a video on the site itself, you can add &fmt=18 to the end of the URL and you get to see the video in higher quality. You can verify this by clicking the “shrink” button on the video player: the video stays the same size. However, this only works if the user uploaded the video in a higher resolution than the one recommended by YouTube (and you have to admire their logic). The link is added to my pages automatically, and it’s no guarantee the video actually is available in high quality.

Currently, high quality playback is not available on YouTube’s embeddable player, which is why the links on this site take you to the YouTube website.