It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything on this blog, which I really regret. I’ve got a lot going on in my life at the moment: I’ve got a 9 month year old daughter who takes up a lot of time, am in the process of planning to build a new home, and am currently working on a new project (QuickAnalyses) with some guys I met at the Launch 48 event in Exeter (which was a really enjoyable and worthwhile event that I had hoped to blog about but ran out of time!). On top of all of this, I’ve started working for a new company and my workload has really picked up, leaving me very little free time.

However, I don’t want this blog, or my efforts at ‘extra curricular’ projects, to die out. And for this reason, I want to put down in public some ideas that I hope to work on in the coming months. At the very least, I hope these will guilt me into making some extra free time for myself, and perhaps give me something to blog about in the process:

Inspired by this poll on Hacker News, this is the project that I’m really aching to get cracking on. Basically it would be a website that allowed people to pledge money for the completion of issues on open source projects on github that they really want resolving. I think this could be a worthwhile project and allow those who don’t necessarily have the ability to fix an issue themselves to incentivise someone who could to do it.

Update: Looks like I jumped the gun on this one, and a quick google could have saved me some trouble. Looks like someone’s beaten me to it, and to add insult to injury, used the exact same name I came up with! Guess I’m not as creative as I’d though! Looks promising though, check it out at

This one would be personally useful to me at work, as we’re currently exploring new ways of managing products within the scope of a brand new company, and is basically a client-facing project management/issue tracker tool, allowing for a single place for customers to get quotes for new work, file bugs and communicate directly with developers. A bit of googling turned up Duet which is very close to what I want, but I want this to be completely free and open source, and also run on .net (rather than php which I believe Duet is built on). Also, it claims to be ‘beautiful’ but looks to me kinda 90s (especially with those nasty logos). Though not the most exciting of projects, it would be useful for me on a day-to-day basis, and would also be a chance for me to dig in to some new technologies – namely AngularJS to build a dynamic, SPA frontend, and RavenDB (which I’ve never had the opportunity to use) for the database.
I use dotless on almost all of my projects and love it, but I’m really intrigued to use Stylus – another css preprocessor that looks pretty ace. I’ve not yet used it though as there is no really nice way to use it from within a .net project (yes, there are ways but I don’t particularly like them). I also like the look of axis css, which is part of the roots project and builds upon stylus, but haven’t yet had a chance to use it.