Killer colour app

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Whilst looking for tools to help refine my use of colour in design, I yesterday came across Agave, which provides a sane and sensible interface, but lacks the bells and whistles of online services such as Color Scheme Designer.

Today I have found Gpick, which is wonderful. See the home page for a full list of features, or check the Libre Graphics World Creating color schemes with Gpick article or sit back for 5 minutes and relax to the Exploring colors with Gpick screencast for more.


Blog Refresh

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There we go, I’ve sorted out The site is still running WordPress, using the wonderful HTML5 Boilerplate based SCSS/LESS preprocess ready mobile first custom post type toting Bones starter theme, which is licensed under the Do What The Fuck You Want To Public License (WTFPL) and available on GitHub. Adding to that, the lovely middle-of-the-road Open Sans, and a subtler pattern of white plaster.

To do; sort the category and tags out, pull in social site activity, and choose a better site title font, confirm cross-browser output, better the responsiveness, and much more. Also, maybe even some blogging! I would like to enthuse about the rewarding puzzle of a tool that is Vim, the rigours and rewards of Arch Linux, as well as look through various Window Managers and, what I’ve mainly been working with and soaking up as of late, web design and development technique and technologies. More on that later..

Want to get involved in Beltane Fire Festival?

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A message on behalf of Nightwatch;

We are currently looking for Stewards and Torchbearers for the procession at Beltane…

Stewards are the guardians and storytellers of the procession in Beltane. We help to keep the spectators away from the performers so that the performance can run smoothly. As the only performers allowed to speak to the spectators, we also answer their questions about the performance and the festival. This year we’re hoping to not only learn about how to interact with the crowd, but also to learn about each of the separate groups and performances we will be protecting on the night.

The Torchbearers stand at the borders of the procession or performance space. Dark-clad and -painted, they appear almost as shadows besides the torches with which they illuminate the path around the Hill and the performance points. As well as lighting the procession (all the fire you’ll see on the Hill came initially from them), the torchbearers work with the Blue Men and stewards to hold the line between audience and performers.

Practices for both groups are on Sundays at 1:45pm in the car park on Calton Hill, with a social night at a pub usually on Thursdays. We are also hoping later in the run-up to have at least one practice with each of the other groups to get to meet other performers and learn about their performance. The social nights are not mandatory, but are a good way to get to know the group better.

If you are interested then please pop us an email at so that we know to expect you.

Labour, Tories, Co-operatives and Mutualism

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Hah, this is interesting. Not only has Labour come out in favour of mutualism, but the Tories have more recently announced their radicalism by supporting the idea of mutuals and co-ops in the public sector.

The cynic in me says that both parties are doing it to shed responsibility, but the reformist in me says that this kind of libertarian socialist-esq decentralisation is so desperately required. My problem with this though is that a) both parties have utterly horrible track records in so many areas towards fucking about with politicing the political system for their own gain, and b) that it’ll be a less than half-baked implementation from either of them which could fuck up major areas of UK society, wot like Thatcher did, again. Overall, the optimist in me thinks it sounds like a good start, and I guess it will depend on their specific plans which I’m sure will become clearer in the run up to the election…

Update: This really doesn’t make me feel secure about the mechanics assumed by the current ‘Big Society’ policy.