Captain Serious

October 10, 2012

Using Fancy Fonts in Web Design

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 10:56 am

It always used to be a problem to create ‘nice’ headlines with ‘proper’ artistic fonts – html just didn’t want to work that way.

Now though, with Google fonts and other ‘font replacement’ systems, it seems to be coming into the main stream at last.

See this page : .. for a good example.

You are now able to use js and css to call a nice font that looks really good.

The only downside is that it is still difficult to create your own – you are still limited to those made avaiable – but it is a huge step forward.

November 28, 2011

Chemical Information Sites

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 2:12 pm

I suspect all these sites are done by the same chemical company, and if so, well done them.

I wish these had been around when I barely scraped through my Chemistry ‘O’ Level exams.

They a collection of basic chemical information sites that, IMO, rival the wiklpedia entries – here they are:

Benzoic Acid
Calcium Chloride
Conductivity Standards
Copper Oxide
Copper Sulphate
Demineralised Water
Denatured Alcohol
Ethanoic Acid
Ethylene Glycol
Ferric Chloride
Ferrous Sulphate
Formic Acid
Methylene Blue
Oxalic Acid
Potassium Carbonate
Potassium Chloride
Potassium Dichromate
Potassium Sulphate
Sodium Acetate
Sodium Chloride
Sodium Nitrate
Sterile Water

……. more than my chemistry set ever had, thats for sure :)

June 27, 2011

Its the Perfect Time of the Year for a Hog Roast !

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 4:26 pm

The summer is here in the UK – the last few days have been the perfect weather for a barbecue, but that is not what we had.

Oh no – we went the full ‘Hog’.. we had a hog roast :)

It was a large party we had planned, and I certainly didn’t fancy donning my chef’s hat and getting all stressed over a few burgers and chops – I wanted to to enjoy it myself this year, so we got some professionals in, and a great choice it was too. They did all the hard work, and I relaxed – no worries about whether things were cooked safely, an no worrying about equipment to clean and pack away afterwards.

If you fancy the same thing, try these guys : hog roasts … they did me proud.

September 11, 2009

Want to start your own cooking site?

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 12:21 pm

Further to my previous post….

If you are a keen cook and want to start your own recipe or cooking site, it is now easier than ever – and it can cost you nothing.

I set up a quick demo on my site at ‘The Cooks Pantry’

It used free hosting (from Sqweebs) and a free cms called Nanocms – all so easy to set up that a complete beginner could manage it.

Why not give it a go?

May 13, 2009

One Good Effect of the Recession – More People Cooking Meals at Home

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 10:57 pm

Of course, no one could describe the recession as a good thing. People are out of work, pensioners are struggling, what savings we have are earning very little interest and it doesn’t look changing any time soon.

Its not all doom and gloom though.

Sadly for restauranteurs, but happily for the rest of us, people are starting to cook ‘proper’ meals at home again.

Previously, large sections of the population ate junk food and TV dinners at home and went out to enjoy a ‘proper meal’ – but not any more.
People are now opening there recipe books or searching for recipes online (try this collection of free recipes) and preparing tasty and nutritious meals at home.

Not only that, but they are finding it is far easier to cook than they first thought, far cheaper, and far more nutritious.

No offence to restauranteurs, but lets hope it continues.

March 25, 2008

A New Womens Site Launches

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 4:33 pm

I have been helping out a good friend of mine in installing Wordpress as a content management site for her new Womens Site

This will be a sort of womens portal with a womens blog built in – she has some interesting ideas, particularly when it comes to women’s politics, so give it a read.

Wordpress is very well suited to use as a CMS, there are some really nice plugins and templates that can emphasise the ‘CMS-ssy’ side of it over the blog, and it was real fun getting it together.

She has just added a section on inexpensive wedding favor ideas – worth checking out if you are about to get married and need to save a bit of cash on the wedding reception.

March 14, 2008

Oh Boy have I been busy…. moved office, needed new furniture, new computers and everything

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 1:41 pm

Not posted for a long while – been very busy.

I moved office and, due to a cash windfall decided to upgrade everything – office furniture, computers… everything.

Been a long time since I did anything like that – I used to order locally, but now we have e-bay :)
Although, I must confess, I didn’t first think of e-bay, I went searching on google for ‘home office furniture‘ and found an e-bay aggregator site (is that what they are called?), which collated e-bay results on one page – I found what I was looking for, and a whole lot more.

I ended up buying a new main desk, office tables & chairs and even a new coffee perculator – thats e-bay for you I guess – its a damn gold mine of temptingly priced gear.

June 21, 2007

Time to Book a Vacation

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 5:23 pm

Its been a long year and its time for a nice relaxing holiday.

Not sure where to go this year, I narrowed it down to a villa in Portugal (The Algarve), Barbados or Menorca.

The Algarve is particularly interesting to me, as I have been there before and had the holiday of a lifetime.

I stayed in a villa in Vale do Lobo, but this time I fancy one of these villas in Vilamoura or Almancil, both have a good mix of vacation essentials – near to the nice rural portuguese countryside, great beaches and excellent nightlife!

A villa in Carvoeiro is also an option, there are some gorgeous looking villas at ‘Holiday Villas Algarve’.

Well, somewhere like those places anyway – depends on the price of the flight out there I guess – which pretty much rules out Barbados.

January 3, 2007

New Diabetes Forum Launched

Filed under: Diabetes @ 12:17 am

There is a new diabetes forum on the loose.

It is Diabetes Buddies Forum - and it is run by Colin Bakewell, the same guy who runs on of the most respected diabetes information sites on the web.

According to Colin, the forum is designed to be easy to use for those newly diagnosed diabetics who are also new to the internet. You don’t need to be web-savvy to ask questions there.

December 18, 2006

Major Breakthrough in the Search for Diabetes Cure

Filed under: Diabetes @ 5:23 pm

After years of research, medical researchers seem to have found a possible cure for diabetes in the most unlikely area!

Experts at a Canadian medical center in Toronto, say that they have proof the body’s nervous system is one of the causes of diabetes. Experiments on mice have supposedly shown that an injection in the pancreas can leave the diabetic mice diabetes-free, you read full details at cure for diabetes.

Now, I am a cautious man be nature but this seems to have a little more vailidity than the normal over excited claims.

The results were vetted by the well respected medical journal ‘Cell’, and research continues to see if they can carry the result over to humans.

Not bad for my first breaking-news story, eh :)