Coming soon… Chrome extension 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.

Thankfully, the Chrome Developers documentation is pretty good and really got me off to a good start.

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How to check for inclusivity biases in Microsoft Word

Did you know that Microsoft Word in Microsoft 365 can check for the following inclusivity biases?

  • Age bias
  • Cultural bias
  • Ethnic slurs
  • Gender bias
  • Gender-neutral pronouns
  • Gender-specific language
  • Racial bias
  • Sexual orientation bias
  • Socioeconomic bias

Here is how to activate these settings.

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Using an external aerial for my Pure Marshall Evoke-1XT DAB radio

Radio that looks like a Marshall guitar amp. The volume knob goes up to 11.
My DAB radio on my bedside table (ignore the dust!)
The volume goes up to 11.

As I have said elsewhere, I love my Pure Marshall Evoke-1XT DAB radio. However, over the last couple of years my experience with it hasn’t been great due to poor radio signal in my house.

With the radio sited next to my bed, every time I moved into a particular spot the signal would drop and the sound cut out. Moving it to the bedside table on the other side of my bed improved things but it’s literally on the other side of the room (I have a big bed and a small room) and I would need to step across the bed to reach it.

If only there was a way to afix an external aerial…

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The long road back to health

A nice wee stop in Kingsbarns to update my playlist

On 6 June 2018, I made the decision to leave my two roles—web architect within the digital communications team and warden of Agnes Blackadder Hall within student services—at the University of St Andrews and strike out on a new adventure.

My plan, such as it was, was to take a few months out to focus on my health before plunging back into gainful employment. The previous two years had been rather brutal on my health

Disc breaks

Those plans came to a shuddering halt two weeks later while my (now late) mother was visiting. As I got up off the sofa I felt an excruciating pain across my lower back and I dropped to the floor in agony. I couldn’t stand up; I crawled upstairs to bed. I knew that something terrible had happened. A few days later my physio confirmed that I had herniated a disc in my spine. L5.

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