A simple way to lazy load embedded Youtube videos

Like most musicians I use embedded YouTube videos on my website. They look great, but can really slow the page down. This is especially true if you have more than one of them and is due to the browser having to download extra content from another server. Not only can this affect the experience for the user but it could also have an affect on your page ranking on Google. Fortunately, you can get around...… Read more

Photo: Early Morning Running Is Usually The Prettiest

I was fortunate to go for a run early enough yesterday morning to catch the view below with the mist still hanging over the lake and grass. It was a beautiful sight. I also nearly got a photo of the geese flying low across the lake but they were a little too quick for me - next time. A photo posted by Sugardrum (@sugardrum) on Dec 13, 2016 at 1:02am PST … Read more

Moving From Wordpress To Jekyll

Wow, it’s been exactly a year since I last updated this website. Much has happened since then, including changing how this site is created. It used to be powered by Wordpress but now I’m using a static website generator called Jekyll. Advantages of moving from Wordpress to Jekyll No more plugin and security updates to worry about. No more security plugins to maintain. No more faffing around keeping a local copy of the database as...… Read more

Photo: a heron in a tree again

Same bird as yesterday, this time giving his/her wings a lovely stretch. A photo posted by Sugardrum (@sugardrum) on Dec 9, 2015 at 1:52am PST I saw the same bird in the tree as yesterday on my morning running today. This time he/she was giving their wings a lovely stretch so I had to take a photo. I think the bird is enjoying posing for photos 🙂 I thought the photo would make nice background...… Read more

Some CSS style naming and layout tips

After doing CSS development work for a number of years there’s a few little tips that I’ve picked up that I thought it might be helpful to pass on. List the styles alphabetically I saw this tip listed on another website a few years ago and have been doing this myself ever since. It makes it so much easier to quickly scan across and see which styles you have used. Here’s an example of what...… Read more