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Going cash free

One thing that has been annoying me recently is the amount of cash that I seem to be spending on crap; mainly food crap. I’m generally fairly good with money and my standard technique is to take out a woad of cash at the start of the week (Saturday) and not spend anymore than that until the next Saturday (unless it’s been planned). Generally this seemed to work out fairly well – I hardly ever over spent but equally hardly ever had money left over to carry into the next week. As I didn’t plan to carry money over it wasn’t really a problem.

Since starting my new job (and getting a bit of a pay increase) I found that I could give myself a bit of extra spends each week. A few more pints down the pub, an extra side order with a meal out or an excursion somewhere could now all be mine. But as it happens I didn’t actually do or need any of this so the money started burning a whole in my wallet and was spent on crappy lunch meals that I don’t really need; money spending fail if you would.

The plan – to not take money out of the bank and use my cards for my planned spending. Will my urges mean that I buy crap on card? I really hope not but we will see. Equally has the price of living just increased and I actually needed that extra money??

Who knows, but I’ll be interested to see.

Thanks for reading a fairly pointless and uninteresting post (assuming anyone actually has).

barcamplondon5 slides – enrich the web with comments

So yesterday I posted my slides from barcamplondon5 to slideshare and as cool as they indeed are I’m pretty sure that the serious points are easily missed without some supporting information – which is why I am writing this post right now.

The main point I was trying to get across is that the web contains a lot of great content; but it also contains a lot of shit. To ensure that the good stuff gets the credit and exposure that it deserves and likewise so that the bad stuff gets highlighted as bad I believe that we must all comment on the bad that we see so that less experienced people don’t just blindly copy, paste and use it in their projects. This is even more of a necessity if the article is being promoted as a good one to read either through a good Google ranking or being linked to from a large magazine site or mailing list. Read more

barcamplondon5 = win

My weekend was spent in Richmond at eBay’s awesome offices at barcamplondon5. It was nice to attend a barcamp again after organising the last one in London and always fun to present (my talk notes and slides will be up soon).

After the general (and totally) unrequired hoo-hah from people regarding the ‘keynote’ I hoped that people would come down, enjoy the offices for what it is (a totally awesome space), stay the full weekend, do some good presentations and make it yet another great barcamp and I was pleased on most of these accounts though the fact that there were over 50 no shows really pissed me off – these were people who didn’t even tell eBay they weren’t coming – I think for the next barcamp something should be done to ensure this doesn’t happen (I have ideas) Read more

Event delegation in jQuery

At the start of the week I was lucky enough to attend @media Ajax in London. It was a great two days and while surprised at rather small number of attendees (not sure if it’s proximity to d.Construct and Fronteers had anything to do with this..) yet again the quality of speakers (as with all @media events) were high and I feel that I got a lot out of the two days (and nights at the pub :>)

While in the past I have written up my conference experiences this year I must tip my hat towards Mike Davies as he has done an excellent write up of both @media ajax day 1 and @media ajax day 2 over at his blog. Go and read that, it’s really well written and sums everything up well.

One thing that did cause suitable excitement (for me at least) was the talk from Yehuda Katz talking about jQuery as it highlighted a previously unknown method of achieving event delegation natively inside the framework. Read more

barCampLondon4 – so what?

barCamps are great fun; I was at the last one at Google and am now running the next one in my companies (GCap Media) offices in Leicester Square. Registration opens next Thursday (27th March) at 11am from our eventWax site and basically things are going to be a lot of fun! Of course I would say that but we’re not the second most interesting education event on for nothing! Read more