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Ten more articles for my 20th anniversary

26 July 2017


This year is the 20th anniversary of www.sean.co.uk, making it older than Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and even Google. Thank you to everyone who's visited over the last two decades!

To celebrate, here are another 10 pieces of my favourite content across the site. See the first 10 (and a screenshot of my first website design) here.

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  1. Under Pressure - An article about hostile environments training for journalists. One thing I learned is that I'm not really cut out for it.

    Creating a shelter: hostile environments training photo

    Putting up a tent with a basher sheet from my hostile environments training.

  2. Interview with Jakob Nielsen about accessibility - Accessibility is all about making websites usable by people who have vision, mobility or other impairments. I wrote one of the first articles in a mainstream magazine on this topic, and I've tried to make sure my site is as accessible as possible over the years.

  3. Make an awesome 3D anaglyph website using CSS text-shadow - This article explains how you can use a CSS stylesheet to create 3D text that pops out of the page when viewed with red/cyan glasses. I haven't seen anyone else doing this. At one stage my site had a style sheet switch you could use to make the whole site go 3D. My later book Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps shows how to use 3D glasses in Scratch games.

  4. Black (Colin Vearncombe) interview - This interview from 1993 with Colin Vearncombe, of Wonderful Life fame, remains a favourite of mine. I greatly enjoyed meeting Colin, and we kept in touch over the years. I saw him for many memorable concerts and built his first website. Colin sadly passed away in 2016, leaving us way too soon, but with a wonderful legacy of recordings.

  5. Among those dark satanic mills - My account of being a volunteer performer in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. It feels a long time ago now, but this article brings back many happy memories of the summer that London welcomed the world, and I got to play a small part in the spectacular surprises.

    working men and women walking towards the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony rehearsal

    The working men and women walk to the stadium from Eton Manor

  6. If Goya had learned Javascript - Viewing two paintings by Goya in a gallery in Madrid, showing the same lady clothed and unclothed, I was struck by the possibility of using a Javsacript to switch between them. There's a charming reference to dial-up connections in this article, which was popular when I published it, around 2003.

  7. How to write a novel - My key lessons from the lengthy creative writing process for my music business novel Earworm, originally published as University of Death. I greatly enjoyed the writing process and hope to write another novel one day. Earworm is out now on Kindle and in print, and makes for a great holiday read! :-)

  8. Proofreading test - For this test, I added errors into one of my own articles and published it online so that visitors could try correcting it. It's been a popular feature of the site over the years.

  9. My Travel Photos Gallery - I have been extremely fortunate to travel to places such as China, Singapore, Australia, Japan, New York, San Francisco and South Africa. A couple of years ago I undertook a large project to put hundreds of travel photos online, including a gallery dedicated to my home city of London. Each photo has its own sliding puzzle game. You can also still see my Rock and Pop gallery, with photos of Radiohead, Pixie Lott and Slash, among others.

    A pied butcherbird at Uluru.

  10. How to sell your music on iTunes and Amazon MP3 - I used to write a monthly column about the internet for musicians. This is an article I wrote a few years ago about how to get your music into the major stores. It's been popular with musicians, together with my list of places you can sell your music online.

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