I have just discovered and learnt about a CSS3 pseudo element I’d never previously come across. The ::selection pseudo element.

I stumbled across it when visiting Dan Mall’s excellently designed site. I accidentally highlighted some text and the background went green with the text turning white. I was intrigued, what kind of sorcery was this.
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During the redesign of this blog I needed to decide how I was going to display any code snippets in my posts. There are few different ways of achieving this as I’m sure you’ve noticed on your travels around the web so I was mainly searching for the right tool for the job.
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Slowly but surely I have been redesigning this blog. I say redesign but really I mean design this blog for the first time. Previously, I was using the Carrington Text theme. The original idea was to start of with a simple base and then tweak it bit by bit, blogging about the changes as I went along. In the 4 months that was the plan I tweaked a grand total of 0 things. The plan was not coming together. A different approach was required so I decided to start from scratch and design my own WordPress theme.
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On Monday evening (the 11th but I forgot to publish) I attended the London Web Standards meet up. The guys behind it run a monthly event giving web people an opportunity to meet up and discuss web standardy type things. This was my first lws – I’m allowed to call it now that I’ve attended – and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Recently I have been using Git and Github a lot more. And I must admit it hasn’t been that bad and my initial trepidation was unfounded. I don’t know why but I used to fear version control systems. I used to think that they did some voodoo magic that I didn’t understand and I had a fear that I’d mess it up.
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I had a nightmare last night.

After work I went to meet a friend who had, that day, completed her accountancy qualification. Therefore her and her classmates had booked out the back area of the Rising Sun pub near Sloane Square for a few celebratory drinks. Everyone that was going was going after work which meant they all had their work bags and laptops. A normal occurance, everyone does it all the time. When I arrived my friends where in a corner next to the bar, standing beside a piano. They all had their bags under the piano so I put my stuff down there too.
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Catching up on all things Web over the last few days I stumbled across the “Ideas of March” party started by Chris Shiflett.  Chris thinks there needs to be a blog revival for the benefit of the web community.  This seems to be a view held by many given the popularity of the call to arms and coming off the back of the smashing mag post about the current state of the industry.
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Unfortunately I haven’t had chance to do this recently, given how busy I’ve been with the OpenBritain work, so now I’m running a few weeks behind. The last one I did was the Abundance week meaning I have the Home and Shadow weeks to catch up on.
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I was back at work today after a lovely quiet, hassle free weekend following the launched the first (beta) versions of OpenBritain.info and OpenBritain.org last Thursday. The culmination of numerous months of discussion and work.

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Being a relative noob just setting out in the industry it is a given that currently I am going through a phrase where learning shed loads is vitally important.

In general I learn a lot from reading blog posts and doing tutorials online but, for me when it comes to acquiring knowledge, there is no substitute for a book where the author can take you on a deep exploration of a subject. Reading these types of book at key to anyone’s development. Therefore I need to read lots. However this is causing me an issue or two, I have an ever growing reading list that I don’t seem to be able to make in roads into. I am being besieged by books. I think I am suffering from info-paralysis or from the modern problem of “information fatigue”. Continue reading →

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