Monday, 22 September 2014

Quick question Tumblr: we’re all for letting people wear what they want without being thought less of as a result, right? (e.g. less skin covered doesn’t equal “slut”) So why are people who wear fedoras constantly compared to MRAs?

Saturday, 26 July 2014
Some design concepts for the posts on a theme inspired by Google’s new “Material Design”
Any opinions?

Some design concepts for the posts on a theme inspired by Google’s new “Material Design”

Any opinions?

Monday, 21 July 2014

Spent most of today in the design phase for a web project and now I’m home to do some more coding for BlueFire’s website (launch is in 2 weeks).

I’m not getting much of a break this week…

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Hey guys, so I’m doing some web development work for an organisation called “BlueFire”. As part of their admin system they want to have the ability to add new users, via email.

So rather than have a generic sender address like “info@example.com” or “no reply@example.com” I was thinking of either:

  • firebot@example.com
  • bluebot@example.com
  • bluefirebot@example.com

Was thinking of also making a character, but I need to pick a name first, so which do you think is best? Sorry if this seems like a stupid question!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Things we can all learn from the Dashcon train wreck: (note: all my information is second hand, gathered from a variety of sources, both Tumblr and more respected media outlets)

  1. Have clear organisation from the get-go. Don’t make stuff up as you go along. This just leaves people clueless as to what’s going on, which is only increased by having a massive team
  2. Scrap sub-committees. Use a core, unbiased team. Don’t leave 100 people to make decisions without at the very least some strict oversight.
  3. Just because you think you can do something doesn’t mean you can. You might think organising a convention is easy, but clearly it’s not. I don’t care how much your friends tell you you can do something. Start small and work your way up
  4. Qualified people lead to success. Hiring people based on blog following or popularity in general is not the right path. Look at their experience, their track record and then assess it. Diversity is great, but don’t just pick any old people
  5. You’re underage, you’re not qualified. Simple as. If you’re under the age of 19/20 (with a few exceptions stretching to 17 at the lowest) then you’re not ready to run a business. Stay in school, get an education and maybe in time you’ll become capable. You may say that’s discrimination, but how many business’ are run by teenagers? 
  6. Passion is great, but it can only get you so far
  7. Own your mistakes. You messed up, fine. Don’t try to pin it on other people..and most importantly don’t try to make others pay for it. You start denying your mistake and you’ll never learn from it, because you’ll convince yourself that you were 100% in the right
  8. Expect losses. Every business has the potential to fail. Just because you’re “for profit” doesn’t mean you get to make a profit. 
  9. And for the love of god learn the laws for whatever region you’re operating in. That includes copyright law, event management laws, health and safety, contracts etc etc. 

Yes I’m totally jumping on the bandwagon here, but I feel now is a good time for people to learn some of the lessons from Dashcon (I could add many more though)

Saturday, 12 July 2014

With regards to tutorials, I’ve had to put them on hold. Between editing that video all day on Thursday and working on 2 web projects (voluntarily) and possibly a paid third one for the next 6 weeks I’ve just not had the time to sit down and record. Sorry!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

So last week I made (edited) a video for BlueFire, a festival taking place in Smithfield, Dublin whose aim is to bring together the different cultures found around Ireland’s capital city. 

Also working on their website.

The festival takes place September 20th and is free (as far as I know). But for now check out the video, let me know what you think, and, if you’re interested, feel free to help fund it at http://fundit.ie/project/bluefire-street-fest

Have a nice day guys!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014
maddiesontheinternet:

Look what I found!
Incase you’re confused on what this means, it basically means that they are planning to create images that we would usually post and hide files that can essentially take down our blogs.
THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT.
Be careful about what file’s you’re downloading. Otherwise, you could loose your blog.
IF YOU SEE THIS, REBLOG IT! THIS IS IMPORTANT!

Here’s more tips on how to avoid this in any case whatsoever. Web dev lesson coming up!
Simple. Don’t choose to stay logged in and you reduce the chances of getting the cookie stolen.
Cookies are small files that a website checks to see if you’ve visited before, what your settings preferences are etc etc. Almost every website uses them. In this case what they’re targeting is the session cookie, or the one that keeps you logged in. These can be further divided into “sessions” and “cookies”.
Sessions are short term and only last while you have your browser open. For example, log in to any website (don’t tick to stay logged in). Now open another tab to a different site and close the first one (where you logged in). Go back to the original site. Still logged in! This is because the website has seen that you have a session running with that site.
Cookies are more long term. If you choose to stay logged in the site saves a cookie to your computer. These last a certain amount of time before expiring. When you open your browser and visit a site you’re logged in right?
Cookie security can vary. Some have the value saved into a database and so, when the site checks the cookie value it finds the user like that. Some go a step further and check the IP address so you can only be logged in from that computer using that cookie. Some have even more checks. I don’t know what Tumblr does though.

maddiesontheinternet:

Look what I found!

Incase you’re confused on what this means, it basically means that they are planning to create images that we would usually post and hide files that can essentially take down our blogs.

THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

Be careful about what file’s you’re downloading. Otherwise, you could loose your blog.

IF YOU SEE THIS, REBLOG IT! THIS IS IMPORTANT!

Here’s more tips on how to avoid this in any case whatsoever. Web dev lesson coming up!

Simple. Don’t choose to stay logged in and you reduce the chances of getting the cookie stolen.

Cookies are small files that a website checks to see if you’ve visited before, what your settings preferences are etc etc. Almost every website uses them. In this case what they’re targeting is the session cookie, or the one that keeps you logged in. These can be further divided into “sessions” and “cookies”.

Sessions are short term and only last while you have your browser open. For example, log in to any website (don’t tick to stay logged in). Now open another tab to a different site and close the first one (where you logged in). Go back to the original site. Still logged in! This is because the website has seen that you have a session running with that site.

Cookies are more long term. If you choose to stay logged in the site saves a cookie to your computer. These last a certain amount of time before expiring. When you open your browser and visit a site you’re logged in right?

Cookie security can vary. Some have the value saved into a database and so, when the site checks the cookie value it finds the user like that. Some go a step further and check the IP address so you can only be logged in from that computer using that cookie. Some have even more checks. I don’t know what Tumblr does though.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Warning: potentially long text post

Hi there, so in light of the recent 4chan raids I felt compelled to write this.

Let’s first understand the situation. I’ve read up on what’s happened, even ventured into 4chan for the first time well…ever to try to get to the truth of the matter, and it would seem that some social justice types decided it would be a good idea to spam 4chan with their ideals and then deny their involvement once they realised the consequences. Let’s be clear on one thing, 4chan is not some Tumblr blog that you can coerce and convince to think a certain way. It’s not like training a puppy, it’s like poking a bear.

This raid could also have been over in hours rather than days if people didn’t keep poking the bear. Trolls live off reactions. If people hadn’t had such a knee-jerk response and tried to fight it then it would have passed before the majority even noticed it.

So a few tips from this, for now or for whenever people are stupid enough to attack 4chan again:

  1. Petitions won’t help. 4chan is completely anonymous and so petitions would involve censoring the entire site, which would have ramifications elsewhere. 
  2. Don’t feed the trolls! Spamming about the latest events may help you solve them on Tumblr, but not so in this situation. It just makes you a laughing stock.
  3. If you’re a devout social justice type understand that you need to pick your battles. Don’t go to a site like 4chan, which is known for thinking and acting a certain way, and trying to change them. It’s not going to work and you’ll just cause something like this.

And if you’re still thinking that it’s a good idea to preach extremist-feminism (as was the case here) to everyone then get a grip. Your ideals won’t be accepted by everyone. Start small, work your way up. You might be popular on Tumblr but venture outside this little bubble and you’ll find it’s a bit more difficult. And 4chan is one of most difficult, and near impossible, ones to target.

But hey, have fun guys! Just know what the consequences will be, and be prepared to take responsibility for them.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Shoutout to anyone who was at the Tumblr meet up today. I don’t have a list of your URLs, but if you see this then I’d be interested in knowing what yours is! So reblog or like it or shoot me a message or something

P.S. I was the guy with the curly hair who may or may not have introduced himself as Mark Zuckerberg a few times and was trying to talk to as many of you (newer people) as possible.

I had fun. Did you?