RSS feeds

There are a number of different RSS feeds available on this site, enabling you to subscribe to the content which interests you in your favourite feed-reader:

  1. Main feed: blog and photo galleries
  2. Blog only
  3. Photo galleries only
  4. Blog comments (posted by visitors to this site)
  5. Individual photos as they are uploaded (rather than grouped into galleries)
  6. Combined: blog, photo galleries, and blog comments
Privacy Policy ❖ Richard Flynn

Privacy Policy

Background

As with all websites on the Internet, you end up giving some information to my server when you visit this site. This information is not at all specific—your IP address, a list of the pages you visit, the browser and operating system you are using, and so on.

You may also choose actively to give some more personal information, e.g. when using the Contact form, or when submitting a comment.

And so…

My policy, such as it is, is that I will never deliberately make any of your personally identifying information available to the general public or to people who ask for it. I certainly don’t sell lists of people’s email addresses or do anything which would cause people trouble (from receiving spam) or put their computers or themselves at risk (from hackers and bot-nets).

If you try to submit a comment with an obviously fake email address, I will probably not publish your comment. Although I have never to date entered into correspondence with commenters on this site who are otherwise unknown to me, I feel that if you don’t trust me enough to give me a way to contact you, there is no reason why I should do you the compliment of publishing your comment.

Copyright and Licensing of content on this site ❖ Richard Flynn
About this site ❖ Richard Flynn

About this site

The design

My site is designed so that you can use all the latest trendy buzzwords when describing it. Buzzwords like ‘grid design’, ‘fluid’, ‘responsive’, and ‘online’. The grid is sixteen columns across, with narrow gutters between each column. Because the design is ‘responsive’, elements of the layout adjust themselves as the width of your browser window narrows, or if you are using a smaller-screened device like a mobile phone or tablet.

I don’t mind very much if the site doesn’t look quite right in older versions of Internet Explorer. If people are still using those decrepit versions after all these years, they either can’t upgrade their browser (perhaps because of some restrictive corporate environment1), or won’t even if I were to brow-beat them here. So, my message to you is: enjoy your crappy experience all over the Web!

Typography

Most browsers—even decrepit versions of Internet Explorer—should display this site using custom Web fonts. The serif typeface is HVD Fonts’ Livory, and the sans-serif typeface is Kostic’s Breakers.2

Wherever I’ve tested it so far, Livory looks really good for text—a Renaissance-style serif typeface with some modern features. What I like about Breakers is that it works for text at all sizes, from the small text in the footer to the large ultra-bold text I use for the photo galleries’ titles on the home page.

The CMS

Since 2007 this site has been published using ExpressionEngine, a commercial and very powerful CMS. I previously used WordPress, but switched to ExpressionEngine when I found that it is a much more flexible system with easier template syntax.

Version 4 of richardflynn.net, which you are looking at now, is the first version of this site to use ExpressionEngine 2.

My photo galleries are hosted externally, by SmugMug. SmugMug’s customization tools are still not as powerful as I would like, but I have done my best to make the SmugMug pages look like the rest of my site.

The server

This site runs on a Linode VPS running Ubuntu 10.04, Apache 2, MySQL, and PHP5. This VPS is located at Linode’s data centre in Tokyo.

The Statistics

I use Shaun Inman’s Mint to gather and track statistics about how people use the site—the pages they visit, the browsers and operating systems they use, and so on.

The workflow

Back end: templates, CMS files

I host a development version of the site on my own computers, which run MAMP Pro. I do the majority of the coding for templates etc. in Coda 2.

I write my style sheets in LESS. The stylesheets are compiled into standard CSS on my own computer (every time I save the Less file, in fact) using Bryan Jones’ Less.app.

The source code for the site is managed by Git. On my server there are two Git repositories for the site: the main working tree (from which the site is actually displayed to visitors), and a ‘hub’ repository which I push to and pull from. When I am ready to make changes on the live site, I push them from my computer to the Master branch of the hub repository, and the working tree repository then pulls the changes from the hub. My Git workflow is based almost entirely on that outlined by Joe Maller. On the Mac I use Tower to manage my Git workflow. I’m still quite new at Git, and am still learning. I refer quite often to Scott Chacon’s Pro Git ebook.

Front end: blog posts and other text content

Ultimately all the text posted on the site goes through the standard ExpressionEngine admin pages. I have tried using other ways to push text into ExpressionEngine, but nothing is as flexible as using the publish forms which I’ve laid out for myself. I draft text locally, either using TextWrangler or nvAlt (on the Mac) and Elements (on iOS). I write in ordinary HTML rather than in Markdown.

Photos: from camera to Web

I do all of my local photo management in Aperture. When I have chosen photos to publish in a gallery online, I add captions and other metadata within Aperture and then upload the gallery to SmugMug using either David Holmes’ ApertureToSmugMug plugin, or more recently NZWidgets’ SmuginProForAperture.

Footnotes

  1. My advice? Leave the job and find somewhere where you can use a proper modern browser. Or if you’ve really got to do that browsing at work, pull out your smartphone.
  2. If you follow these links to the MyFonts website and end up buying these fonts—or just about any of MyFonts’ large library—I will get a small commission. Thanks!
About Richard Flynn ❖ Richard Flynn

About Richard Flynn

I am Richard Flynn: graphic designer, pedant, linguist, geek, Catholic. I have my own one-man graphic-design business, called Riffly.

The Richard Flynn world headquarters are in Kirribilli, a suburb close to the centre of Sydney. My father is Australian, and my mother is English. I was born and brought up in England, but moved permanently to Australia in 2010. I speak English with a slightly modified RP accent.

I like to cook, especially with my Thermomix. Sometimes my recipes work. I have not—to date—poisoned anyone with something I have cooked, which must surely count for something.

One of my favourite pastimes is using shopping-bags from foreign countries. Occasionally people remark on these bags when they see them, but more often they do not. At the moment my favourite are a set of large bags with two pairs of handles (one short, one long) from Migros in Switzerland.

Something else which I count among my hobbies is avoiding buying novelty ice-cube trays.

I measure temperature in degrees Fahrenheit even though nearly everyone around me uses Celsius/centigrade. I am delighted that my car’s digital thermometer and climate-control system can work in ºF.

I try to write consistently, clearly, and unambiguously. I use OED spelling (‘Oxford spelling’) and the serial comma (the ‘Oxford comma’) when I write. I use hyphens. In short, I think about what I write, and often get annoyed when I come across prose that is either sloppily expressed or just plain wrong. Unlike some linguistic prescriptivists on the Internet, though, I recognize that there is a distinction between errors and differences in individual style.1

I use a Mac, atop both my desk and my lap. I love Mac OS X, and am now running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion after having avoided 10.7 Lion because of its workflow-breaking ‘features’.2 I am not scared of using the Unix command line, although I am by no means a Unix expert. I also have an iPhone and an iPad. I will get annoyed if you call me a ‘fanboy’ or ‘obsessed’. Everyone should use whatever stuff helps them do whatever they need to do quickest. I have got an Android device which I use for testing websites. I don’t like it very much, probably because I am iPhone-obsessed and an Apple fanboy.

I like taking photographs, especially when I can take the time to get good shots—I’m more interested in landscape and cityscape than individual portraits. I also like travelling. Sometimes I get to take photos when I travel.

Footnotes

  1. So, for example, I don’t mind if you don’t use the serial comma as I do, or if you put spaces either side of your dashes: just as long as you do all that consistently.
  2. I am now happy running Mountain Lion with TotalSpaces to bring back the functionality which Spaces brought to previous versions of the Mac OS, and with SideEffects to bring back coloured (and custom) icons to the Finder’s sidebar.