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Ross Wintle
Software developer (mostly WordPress & Laravel) helping charities and non-profits use the web for good. Dad of two, cyclist, HSP.
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Just me checking all the clues in the XKCD crossword to see if any of them don’t fit with the theme.

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https://xkcd.com/2957/

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I’m having FOMO for both WordCamp Canada and WordCamp Whitley Bay in the UK.

Need to get meeting my WordPress friends again soon!!!

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Sportsball/England Kickmen observations Itâs probably just some weird bias/perception thing, but in all these England football games, theyâve seemed fine when in possession, but I feel like every time there was a counter attack they just got sliced apart. Every counter has felt like a moment of peril.... latest.rosswintle.uk
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So what did I learn in new job land today? More âHow to use a mouseâ tricks? Or âHow not to create symlinks?â No. I learned that, in the website programming language Iâve used for, like, 14 years, request or POST variables are only populated for requests with certain Content-Typeâs. If you PO... latest.rosswintle.uk
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ð¥ï¸ Finished my day by picking back up my series of Readable Code Tips. Today: Use âisâ or âhasâ for Boolean variables/functions https://rosswintle.uk/2024/07/readable-code-tips-use-is-or-has-for-boolean-variables-functions/ Find out why Iâm sharing these tips at the introduction page: ht... rw.status.lol
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Finished my day by picking back up my series of Readable Code Tips. Today: Use âisâ or âhasâ for Boolean variables/functions https://rosswintle.uk/2024/07/readable-code-tips-use-is-or-has-for-boolean-variables-functions/ Find out why Iâm sharing these tips at the introduction page: https://ro... latest.rosswintle.uk
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✍ I’m on a blogging roll!

I want to talk (again) about friction. Things that slow us down. How some friction is good, and some is bad. And how this relates to decision you make while coding.

https://rosswintle.uk/2024/07/friction/

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✍️ I’m on a blogging roll!

I want to talk (again) about friction. Things that slow us down. How some friction is good, and some is bad. And how this relates to decision you make while coding.

https://rosswintle.uk/2024/07/friction/

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🎉 More new things... here's some more on my new job that I started today!

https://rosswintle.uk/2024/07/migrating-to-db/

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🎉 More new things… here's some more on my new job that I started today!

https://rosswintle.uk/2024/07/migrating-to-db/

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Best thing I learned in my first day of new job:

Shift-scrollwheel does horizontal scrolling.

On the one hand: How did I not know that?!

On the other hand: How was I supposed to know that?!

🤯🙌

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🏗️ In case you’ve not heard enough about it already…

I have just moved out of my old "proper office" and into a new garden studio. Here's why and how!

https://rosswintle.uk/2024/07/the-great-office-move-of-2024/

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🏗 In case you’ve not heard enough about it already…

I have just moved out of my old "proper office" and into a new garden studio. Here's why and how!

https://rosswintle.uk/2024/07/the-great-office-move-of-2024/

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🫠 Lots of new things! (Why I’ve not been writing much)

https://rosswintle.uk/2024/07/lots-of-new-things/

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🫠 Lots of new things! (Why I’ve not been writing much)

https://rosswintle.uk/2024/07/lots-of-new-things/

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“You could introduce a state-sponsored croissant to price into the market and then let competition encourage other vendors to sell at £1.10”

All sounds totally legit.

😂

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This investigation into satirical politician âCount Binfaceââs policy of price-capping croissants is hilarious (especially as itâs so dead pan in delivery) but also quite educational from an economics standpoint. âYou could have a black market for croissants that are sold above the price ceiling... latest.rosswintle.uk
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I also was writing about myself the other week and coined the phrase “intellectually nerdy but not culturally nerdy”.

I think that fits me well. It might have to go in my bio at some point.

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I used to call myself a ârecreational coderâ. I enjoy coding. I had many side projects. But the last few months I have been focussed on other, more physical projects! With the physical work mostly complete, and my new job starting on Monday and requiring a real shift back to back-end development, Iâ... latest.rosswintle.uk
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This is the closest I’ve got.

– Encode a media input as audio only
– Save with a known filename
– Transcribe the saved file

But it doesn’t seem to transcribe the whole thing.

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I’ve been poking around with recording short audio.

I wanted an on-device transcription solution. MacOS and iOS have this built in. I can even access it with a Shortcut!

But how… HOW do I (or WHY CAN’T I) pass a selected input to this action?

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@adam AI is such a useful tool for transcribing. It feels odd that you would seemingly write off ALL AI systems when there may be options that people might want to choose to use to make their audio accessible with the least friction/effort. I also note (as a beta tester) that it seems to keep my microph... latest.rosswintle.uk
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@adam Love your little audio thing. I've always been tempted by the similar feature on micro.blog (and briefs.fm, which seems to have died off, but was a nice idea). I know you're not a fan of AI, but I would like to see if there is some way I can automatically make transcriptions – perhaps using the buil... latest.rosswintle.uk
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UK Pol Trying not to do too much politics. But I have mixed feelings on our election. YAY that Labour are in YAY that the Tories sunk hard BOO that Reform did so well (even though it massively helped Labour) HMM on vote shares and the system YAY for the Greens PLEASE donât mess this up, Keir, this is ... latest.rosswintle.uk
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Wow. Buckland (ex-Tory-MP in my constituency) is LIVID. He’s INCENSED!

He’s a good bloke I reckon. I’m a bit sad for him.

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@Ron Nooo. You’re not ACTUALLY supposed to do it. 😂

I hope you made that up.

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@jack Hah. That's funny.

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@manton Thanks. This was in Gmail. I copied the link and got logged in.

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@manton Trying out Icro for Mac. Are you aware that the "button" in the email sign-in doesn't work as a link? Seems to be <icro://SOMECODEHERE> rather than an a tag. I think this is your responsibility rather than the Icro guy's?

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@eli Thanks. I found one that actually added words to the scene frmo the titles! 😃

www.ranzey.com/generator...

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@daveberry Make sure you don't wash yourself with the yoghurt!

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@colinwalker Welcome back. I hope this space is safe enough to aid your recovery.

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@Cassinato Look here: www.bbc.co.uk/programme...

But it should be on iTunes and all good podcast apps.

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@JohnPhilpin Let me know if you have any questions or need help. I’m out and about but will respond when I can

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@JohnPhilpin Here you go: wordpress.org/plugins/s...

It pulls pins into WordPress. My plan is to include the block into the plugin so I can include recent pins in a weekly roundup.

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@JohnPhilpin well. The block has a start and end date/time and it lists - in the block’s output - pins created between those times.

Did you see the original plugin I made?

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@johnjohnston Wow. That must have some engineering challenges.

Is it well-used?

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@johnjohnston Ah. You’re a teacher. I suppose it’s also hard to convince the powers that be to add plugins to the multi site too?

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@johnjohnston interesting. Do you work in this area or are you just an interested, tech-savvy parent?

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@johnjohnston Well that’s pretty simple. Micro.blog can do that! But you still have to get the parents to look at it and the parents are on Facebook, aren’t they?!

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@matthewlang I have ideas around school comms that kinda bridge this gap. But given school funding there’s probably zero money in it.

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@philbowell oh cool. I’ll look that up. Thanks!!

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@johnjohnston Pulling from a specific tag is a good idea. I wouldn’t create posts...I’m creating pins in my own custom post type. So no point creating drafts really. I don’t think.

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@tmv I redeemed myself by drinking some instant, decaffeinated coffee and eating a chocolate bar. 👍

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@daveberry Feeling your pain. And happy birthday Reuben!

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@daveberry Most of that is the beard!! 😉

(Seriously...amazing stuff. Well done!!)

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@hollingsbee Hey, no problem! It's quite the revelation when you find out about it.

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@daveberry You’ll never be on any social media platform “for good”!! 😉

But nice to have you here again.

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@amit Thanks - just posted another from this morning too!

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@macgenie Thanks.

I see you have a guinea pig called Ada. This is ALSO brilliant.

I have a 3-year-old girl called Ada.

And she calls guinea pigs "mini pigs" 😍