On Intolerance in Poland

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Ruminations on tolerance and the lack of it, the attitudes of Polish youth, and islamophobia. Because some people don't know what they're spray-painting.

Rich Data Structures in HTML Forms

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URL encoding is an under-appreciated format. It allows you to send much richer data than simple flat key-value pairs, and is supported by all browsers - even if you disable JavaScript. Today I’ll look at ways to use it to not have to encode my form data as JSON, even for very complex forms.


The Tories Have Won

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The Tories Have Won, and All the Media and Corporate Barons and the Victim Blaming Show Producers Have Won, If We Allow Our Politics to Be Shaped by Neo-Liberalism, Whether from Lack of Ideas or from Delusional Respect. You Should Never Try to Freeze Politics. What You Can Do Is Recycle That Politics. Take Your Party’s Hand-Me-Down Old Policies and Re-Style Them, Re-Fashion Them to the Point Where They Become Your Own. But Don’t Just Regurgitate Political History, or Hold Ideas and Policies and Arguments as Fixed, Untouchable and Kept Under Glass. The People Who Try to ‘Guard’ Any Particular Form of Politics Are, Like the Media and Manufactured Pressure Groups, Doing It the Worst Disservice, Because the Only Thing That You Can Do to Politics That Will Damage It Is Not Change It, Not Make It Your Own. Because Then It Dies, Then It’s Over, Then It’s Done, and the Tories Have Won.

Instance-Dependent Prototype Patching

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Sometimes you want to patch a prototype but also let some instances use the original methods. Or maybe you want to mess with people using your code (please don’t).


A CSS3 Spinner

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I’ve made a thing. It may not be cross-browser or indeed usable this year, but it looks cool. It’s a CSS3 loading spinner that looks a bit like it might be Material Design, though I don’t think it quite fits the visual language, as it looks too much like the floating action button. Nevertheless, I think it looks cool.


UCAS as an Individual

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I do not believe I am wrong in saying that the majority of university applicants go through UCAS as part of their sixth form experience. In fact, I did the same thing back with Christ the King: Aquinas.


The Beginning

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I’ve been genuinely trying to come up with a reason why I might want to start publishing a blog. Indeed, it may seem unnecessary. So why do I bother?