Jane Dallaway

Jane Dallaway

Often found in front of a computer, loom or sewing machine.

Software developer by trade. Weaver and photographer by hobby. Dog owner by design. This blog has elements of them all.

Maintainer of 30yearsagotoday.com and brightonbloggers.com


Email: jane @ dallaway.com
Twitter: @janedallaway
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  • UX Brighton and Meaning Conference 

    On Friday I attended UX Brighton 2014: Practical Philosophy.

    And then on Tuesday I attended Meaning .

    In days gone by I'd have written up my notes here. But instead I've written them in evernote. All I've done is:

    • taken the abstracts from the conference website
    • added any photos I took of the slides/speakers
    • added photos of my hand-scrawled notes
    • added in any related links

    They are primarily for myself, but I figured I'd share them anyway.

    So, here are the UX Brighton notes. And here are the Meaning notes.

  • Storyline postcards 6 

    I've just received my 6th set of postcards for Mum. As with previous sets I rely on these blog posts to prevent duplicates. So here goes with this set.

    Batch 1

    Storyline postcards Set 6 Batch 1

    Top: Me and Mum on Brighton sea front circa 2001
    2nd Row: Mum, Gran and I with Gran's 80th birthday tea, Mum watching me get made up on my wedding day, Mum and I on the Norfolk coast
    3rd Row: Mum, me and Richard at Virginia Water, Hilary and Mum, Mum and the flowers in our back garden
    4th Row: family at Christmas in the late 90s, Mum and I peeping out from behind the Magna Carta monument, Me and Mum at my wedding

    Batch 2

    Storyline postcards Set 6 Batch 2

    Top: Family at my wedding
    2nd row: Richard, Mum and me and my first car, Mum and other MU members at a church Christmas fayre, Mum
    3rd row: Mum and I in Norfolk, Mum, Mum and her trophy winning netball team
    4th row: Dad, me and Mum Christmas 1975, Mum and me with Anne and Simon in Scotland 1978, Mum at a school reunion

  • Bullet Journal 

    At the BrightonRuby conference in July one of the lightning talks was about productivity. In it they mentioned BulletJournal. I liked the simplicity of what I read when I visited the site.

    Ever since Dad died I've been using an analogue diary with a week view and blank page. In it I've generally made a note about the best thing of the day. Sometimes the negatives. But I'm usually a positive person. It has been good to be able to reflect on my week and take some ownership over my time.

    I've also been using AddShareDo as a to do list. This has worked well for the past few years. And still has a lot of shared to do list items on it.

    And I'd been using IDoneThis for work to help me get a feeling of satisfaction at the end of the day. It emails me every afternoon to ask what I've been doing. I quite like the trigger.

    But the BulletJournal intrigued me. And I love stationery. This seemed like a great opportunity. So on the 1st August I started Bullet Journalling using the standard layout. I liked what I experienced. But, the monthly view didn't work for me. I realised that I don't actually do much monthly reviewing. But I do look at things on a weekly basis. So my main deviation is that I have a weekly view. One of the great things about the Bullet Journal is the flexibility. If an aspect doesn't work, then the system won't break if I choose not to use it.

    I am using a Leuchtturm 1917 pocket book with dotted paper. I love Leuchtturm 1917 books as the paper can withstand my fountain pen inks. Something that Moleskine doesn't. Also they come in multiple colours. And even better, they have become the official manufacturer for the Kickstarter campaign. I'm looking forward to getting my Special Edition version next January!

  • Ally Pally 2014 

    I spent Saturday at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. Like last year I had a list of things to look for or at. And like last year I stayed on plan and didn't behave too much like a child in a sweet store. When we arrived at around midday the show seemed busy, but the crowds soon thinned out.

    I like how the weaving part of WP60 looks. It isn't sewn into a finished item yet but when it is it will be another Doni's Deli bag. But I like the pattern and I think it'll work well as a scarf.

    Stylecraft Life DK

    So I thought I'd plan that out and buy some yarn for it. I found some great colours amongst the Stylecraft stand and chose Life DK as it felt a little softer to the touch than the all acrylic option.


    The other collection of things I bought was fabrics. The top left batch of greys and grey with flowers are to be the lining for the Doni's Deli bag I mentioned earlier. I bought the yellow piece at the bottom left to be the reverse of a cushion cover. But I'm not completely sure that the colour is right so I'll take a proper look at the weekend. And finally I bought a collection of fabrics at the top right that I plan to use together in a quilt. I don't know what the pattern of the quilt will be. But I want it to match the Rothko inspired cushion, and the chair back cushion.

    Odds and Ends

    And finally I bought a couple of odds and ends. I almost bought an entire floor lamp but sense got the better of me. My craft space isn't well lit at present. And I'd been considering buying a lamp. But it occurred to me that changing the bulb in the normal light fitting might make a significant difference. Time will tell. The other oddity I bought was a ball of size 40 crochet thread. The plan is to use this for Tenerife Lace. A friend bought me a kit for my birthday and I've almost used up the thread that it came with (although I have no outputs worth sharing yet)

    All in all a grand day out.

  • Identified Flying Object 

    IFO: Information

    I've just started another online course. This time it's from The University of Sheffield and it's called Exploring Play. Last week was the first week and one of the activities was thinking about play in the context of your own childhood. It wasn't a big surprise to see a lot of people mention playing on swings.

    At the weekend I visited my Mum. Doing so involves a fair few train rides and some hanging around at stations. On the last trip I noticed that there was a swing in what looked like a Bird Cage near Kings Cross station. This trip I had a bit longer for my connection. And having been thinking about play and swings I took the chance to investigate.

    FO: Day time. Swing not in use

    It turns out to be an art installation called Identified Flying Object and it is part of the RELAY art programme.

    The IFO itself, often referred to as ‘the birdcage’, due to its domed, cage-like structure, is made up of huge bars standing 9m high, wide enough for visitors to walk through and enjoy the swing, which hangs at its centre.

    IFO: Lit up at night

    It seemed to be well used by children. The seat is wide enough for an adult. And the supports look strong enough to make it safe for young and old alike. I didn't see any adults reclaiming their childhood enjoyment. Maybe next time I go past in daylight I'll give it a go.