• Weeknotes for 18th November 2019 – 24th November 2019

    I’ve followed a few digital government folk like @edent on twitter for a while and seen their #weeknotes approach to blogging, so I’ve decided to dip my toe in and write a little post about what I’ve been up to this past week.

  • Missing Maps #mapathon @ NatureScot

    One of the perks of working for NatureScot is that they encourage you to take a day per yea and volunteer on a charitable project. This year some of the staff from our GIS team organised a number of Missing Maps events, one of which I was lucky enough to find a place on.

  • Personal Weather Forecast

    Personal Weather Forecast

    tl;dr Personal Weather Forecast is a small JavaScript program that mashes together Dark Sky’s API with Twilio’s APIs to produce a personally tailored weather forecast and sends it to you as a text message every morning. The source code is available as a project on GitHub, here.

  • Trump is Big Boss

    Trump is Big Boss

    tl;dr Trump Is Big Boss is a silly little program that randomly generates fake tweet screenshots that attribute quotes from Metal Gear’s Big Boss to @realDonaldTrump.

  • Fork Your Own Repo on GitHub

    Fork Your Own Repo on GitHub

    A common time-saving ‘hack’ of mine when building ‘new-but-related-to-old’ projects is to fork an existing code base and use it as the boot-strap for the new project. GitHub, however, does not provide the functionality on their website to fork your own project; you can only fork other people’s projects. Here’s how to work around that.

  • Jeremy Kylebot

    Jeremy Kylebot

    tl;dr Jeremy Kylebot is a silly little program that randomly generates title cards in the style of The Jeremy Kyle Show and posts them to Twitter.

  • Intruder Alert

    Intruder Alert

    For a quick lunch-time electronics project, I’ve constructed an intruder alarm that can alert you any time somebody comes too close to your desk or cubicle. This project took me 45 minutes from start to finish including all coding, wiring and testing so—provided you’ve already got your lunch and eat it quickly—you too can be…