Henley Happened

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Wifey and i had a really great weekend in Henley. The plan as to do NOTHING! that pln was achieved. We mostly slept, chilled, read, walked and …well…did nothing…as i …said.

We saw some firends on sat afternoon down in twyford which was cool

On a whole – it was justwhat the doctor ordered. I didn’t realise how stressed i had been until i stopped!


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I’m trying desperately to do some hardcore WordPress theme development and i fear i am a wee bit over my head. However, usually when i do something stupid and try and make the site do something it doesn’t normally, well, i’m always in way over my head but there you go. I am posting this here and on wordpress.org to see if anyone can help me with it.

Old Current Version

Old Current Version

The first image here is how the site currently works/looks. First it takes the most recent post and features it at the top of the page. Then it goes on to display the next ten or so posts with thumbnails albeit limited to 220 characters or so. It is checking the category then assigning the appropriate image. It does that using the following code:

<?php if (is_category(‘7’) ):
<img src='<?php bloginfo(‘template_url’);?>/images/cat7.jpg’ alt=” />
<?php } elseif (is_category(‘8’) ):
<img src='<?php bloginfo(‘template_url’);?>/images/cat8.jpg’ alt=” />
<?php endif; ?>

This is an abbreviation of the full code used as i’m using about 10 diff categories and thumbnails.

This is all a bit messy to be honest. And now i am using twitter it is becoming crowded with that little bird bless him. I want to restyle the layout of the posts. That can be done simply with some good CSS. What I really want to do though is to change the layout of the tweet posts completely.


New Layout

New Layout

This is where the second image comes into play. This image shows roughly how i’d like to display the Tweet posts and the standard posts. I’m gonna do away with featuring the first post as its not really for me on this site – i hate it actually. You will see though that the layout of the tweetpost is very different from the standard one.

I’m using twitter tools to sort the tweets and part of what it does is post my tweets as posts but in doing so it creates a title as well as the content. Fair enough

– it has to for wordpress. I don’t want it to display the Title ad the content. I want to get rid of the titles for these tweetpots.

The way i have been thinking of doing it:

I want to create different templates for each category then create a query in the loop to see which template to use to display the post. The lovely people at wpcandy.com have created a great cheat sheet on a PDF (found this via webdesignledger.com), on the 3rd page is the following code:

$post = $wp_query- >post;
if ( in_category(‘3’) ) {
include(TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/cat3.php’);
} elseif ( in_category(‘4’) ) {
include(TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/cat4.php’);
} else {
include(TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/cat.php’);
} ? >

I want to put this code in to my pages so that whenever a tweet or standard post appears that it will display in a nice and pretty fashion. I just don’t have the PHP/WordPress skills to know which bits of code to change. I have been trying but i keep getting errors.


any ideas?

If anyone out thewre with a super-brain cares to crack this one i’d be a very happy boy.

Questions welcome.

You can find this as a forum post on the wordpress forums too here.


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Film I made for BTP in May 2009:


twitter madness

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I’ve been trying to develop the theme on the site here to be much tidier and to incorporate my twitter feeds in a neater fashion. Its taking a while and i’ve been doing lots of twitter updates without any blog updates. There will be a balance soon.

P l a n e t   C a r a v a n

Ruth and I are off to Henley this eve for a long weekend. We haven’t had a holiday  on our own since our honeymoon so we are long over due.  We are going tdown to stay in my parents Caravan. Wehey we are the BIG spenders. I’m really  looking orwar to beingout of touch with technology and everyone even though i’ll prolly be having tinterweb withdrawl by friday night.

The plan is to read lots, walk lots, snuggle lots, chill-out lots and so on.

I cant wait….

…i wanna go home now….

can i finish work early please????

I’ve been inspired by a few of the blogs i read in how i write. I generally rant and dont eally say much with a point….i should stop doing that. Maybe i can keep the non-point material exclusive to tweets and make my blogs have some substance…. i bore myself.

Alpha & Twitting

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So this summer we are putting on another Alpha Course. If any one wants to ask questions and find out more about christianity. Hecklers with “difficult” questions welcome.

Tweeting- i am thinking that i need to do moe dev on the site to accomodate tweets!

cool stuff of the day

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This is cubcam in elephant poo. – Click the image for more – very cool


Blowing up stuff – THE MANLY WAY


Its bee a silly couple of weeks in that we are a bit run off our feet at work. We are working on a big proposal for a client and its all hands on deck. Stress levels are not really being kept in check.

In order to keep my sanity I have been looking at techy stuff inbetween bits and pieces. Please be warned I’m about t Geek out here for a moment.

I signed up to twitter a few months back in an attempt to figure out what it was about. It was only yeasterday when i downloaded Google Desktop andadded the Twitter gadget that i realised how one should use it.

Its all about how you use it. I was trying to undestand the concept of microblogging and just couldn’t get it.  You NEED a live interface to really get the benefits of it. Without a live interface you have to keep on opening up a browser , navigate to your page and then check it. With a ljve interfae you get the updates live andcan respond to the people you follwo live. – If youstill dt get it – i dont blame you – just try looking fo a tool that suits you.

The other cool thing has been the google desktop app. It’s actually quite a good tool as it ascts as a searchbar for both yur PC and the web and its right on the desktop or its hidden depending on how you set it up. I think its a very cool lil app.

Cool stuff I have been looking at

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I’ve been looking at lots of cool futuristicy type tings….

tunage and photoage

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touch meI’m working on sorting out my photos and music.

Over the weekend i managed to clear up my MP3 collection. Over the years i’ve managed to store my music on various different drives. They were not all the same collections either. To sort this i pulled them all onto one drive thus creating alot of duplication on top of the silly duplications i’d made.

After pulling these into iTunes it said i had 34456 MP3’s. Spme albums had du[plicated 6 imes. I had 7 copies of “The Bends”…..SEVEN!?!?!

I have now managed to whittle this down to about 7500. It was an arduous task but well worth it. Was also well wort seeing all the music i listen too and i was able to admire my own taste. Vanity at the up-most but it is my collection so I’m allowed to like it.

Now I’m in the process of sorting through Photos. When i started sorting through th photos a couple of weeks ago I had almost 25000. I’m getting rid of all the crap photos of blurriness and stuff like that. I used to have mentality of keep everything. Even blurry ones. It may come in handy. After sifting hrough over a thousand images i realized that whatever creative outlet might need blurry photos was probably capable of creating an NEW blurry photo should the need arise.

The other plan is to upload them all. There is room on this site for it s I may as well. I can create better galleries now and use the site as an online storage area for them. We will see.


I’ve realised that there seems to be alot of photo duplication and i cant seem to view my RAW images wit adobe bridge…..cretinousnous!

Laquila Earthquake – A call to prayer

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earlier this week in the middle of the night the people of Laquila, Italy were brutally awoken by a vicious earthquake.


The Big Picture Photos

At the time that the earthquake struck Ruth and i woke up in our beds in London. I couldn’t get back to seep and i felt the need to pray s i told ruth and we spent about 30 mins praying for the unknown.

In the morning i heard the news.

God is cool with how he can call people to pray like that.

close to the wire?

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This lsat week has been quite a busy one. I feel a bit frayed and in need of a holiday. Ruth & I are planning a weeken away in May. We have got a church weekend away but that’s work for Ruth. We want a weekend to ourselves so we are gonna g down to Henley and stay in my folks caravan. After [intlink id=”1495″ type=”post”]helping dad put in the floor[/intlink] the other weekend i think its deserved that we stay there. We really are both in need of a Holiday. If anyone wants to give us an all expences paid holiday somewhere that would be ace!

So, what’s been happening this week?

BTP – On thurs and fri i was shooting with The British Transport Police. It was a grea shoot and it was facinating spending the two days in te company of coppers. They were a good fun bunch of guys to work with and we hd a good tim. The shhot itself was very strenuouse. we were all over teh place travelling to nad from various locations. Were were on the go constantly which was a major pressure but it went really well, i think it’ gonna b a really good programme.  Have a pic of me doing some directing…


Weekend – Chilltastic. Becasue ofthe arduaous previous 2 days we took it really easy over the weekend. On Fridat eve we watched ‘American History X’ which ruth hadn’t seen before and then we were in bed by about 10:30. On sat morning i woke up at my usual time and realised that i’d left my electric blnket on all night. I was bunched up agaist wifey in attempt to get away from the scolding heat. I turned it off and went back to sleep and woke again at 12:30ish. Rut did some ‘wii fit’ and i faffed on the pooter.

We wnet out fo a walk on which we got cold and rained on so we turnedit into a drive. It was nice to be out of the house. In the eve we went and had dinner with some friends at church who had invited us that morning.

Sunday morning was spent creating graphics for the new notices at church. Well its a new layout for the notices anyway. It was also a time for me to teach ruth how to do some graphics.

Monday was monday – no real news there.

Funeral – Yesterday was Alan’s (Ruth’s unofficial Uncle – its complicated) funeral. It was actually a really nice service. I got to meet the other side or Ruth’s extended family. While i didnt know any of them – it as nice to meet them and hear some stories relating to my hot sexy wife’s life.

Ruth drove home which was ace.


I am tired and drained hence feeling close to the wire…


I’m also getting fed up with thi crappy keyboard that seems to miss keystrokes at its own will!


Fie keyboard Fie!


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 crapsocksDropped the car off to the garage ths morning for it’s 12k service.

The guy called with a price…

it was big…


C R A P S O C K S !

Now We were expecting it to be about £200/300 and we had budgeted for £500 so tis was a bit of a shock. Ruth was upset when i called her – admitedly i was in shock too. That is a silly high figure.

So here i the list:

General Service charge: £155.62
Anti Freeze flush & replacment £32.80
Near side rear brake-hose £31.90
Near side Front Drop Link Ball joint £39.95
Tracking Alignment £26.38
Front Disc Brake Set £110.00
Front Disc Brake Pads £67.90
Front Wishbones £211.11
2 x Front Tyres £150.00
Rear Brake Pads £58.60

In actualfact the total came to £898ish because the mechanic had fporgotten to put someting on the lis hich attributed to the higher costing but as i spotted it he’s letting us off it.

I’ve dropped the tyres as they are within the legal limits and i did a bit of research to get some prioce comparrissons and as a result we now only have to pay around £716. But even that is still a huge amount. Dunno if the Robinsons will be goingon holiday to ireland this year after all… We will have to be faithful and hop that the Big Man provides!