NYCGB alumni reunion weekend in August 2022

View from the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, opposite the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford.
Photo by Liv Cashman on Unsplash

Calling all National Youth Choir of Great Britain alumni!

Come to our special reunion weekend at St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford starting on Friday 19 August (optional), with the main event and concert on Saturday 20 August and an optional get-together and walk on Sunday 21 August.

Conductor will be alumnus Will Dawes.

Participation cost is £15.00. Book your own accommodation.

Full details are on the NYCGB website via the button, below.

My new book: I like to write back—a collection of silly replies to unsolicited email

Book cover shows old Gmail icon

Look! I’ve made a thing!

What do you do with unsolicited emails? Ignore them? Delete them? Let your spam filter swallow them? What if you were to reply to them?

That’s exactly what I did in October 2009. Fed up of people wasting my time sending me emails about search engine optimisation opportunities, or who wanted to place adverts and guest posts on this blog, instead of rolling my eyes, tutting loudly and deleting them, I wrote back.

You can download a free copy in PDF, or buy a paperback copy on Lulu.com on my books page.

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List WordPress posts alphabetically beneath category headings

Now, this is going to be a niche blog post.

For the last ten years, I’ve been blogging metal, punk, hardcore and rock music reviews at 195metalcds.com.

Besides the main list of reviews, I also created three pages to list the reviews by artist, genre and score. I updated these manually because when I started the blog I hosted it at wordpress.com which had limitations about which themes and plugins I could use. But ever since moving the site to my own paid-hosting account at SiteGround, I’ve wanted to write a plugin or child theme function that could update these three pages automatically. Well, now I have and that’s what this blog post explains.

You can view the code on GitHub.

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Chrome, Firefox and Edge extensions for the SEC digital calendar

Chrome extension to display the current Scottish Episcopal Church feast day information in a popup window

This weekend’s coding challenege was to create a simple Chrome browser extension that would enable me to click a button to display the SEC Digital Calendar website in a popup window on the toolbar.

Update: the browser extension / add-on is now available for Google Chrome, Brave, Vivaldi, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.

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DevToys—an open-source Swiss army knife for developers

DevToys

DevToys is like a Swiss Army knife for software and web developers to help with everyday development tasks such as comparing and converting text and images, testing RegEx, formatting JSON and XML data, compressing images, etc.

It is available for free for Windows from the Microsoft Store.

I wish I’d had this years ago.

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