Clock Watch – iPhone App


New to the Apple App Store is a free app I created to help teach children to tell the time. It’s a fun little game featuring an interactive cuckoo clock.

This is the latest in a series of apps I am creating using Flash and Adobe Air for iOS. For a long time now Flash has looked like a dead end technology, but the ability to develop for iOS, Android and the Desktop simultaneously has really given it an extra life. I’ve been very impressed with the results so far. I think it is also especially suited to games and widget apps, but is also great for creating interactive prototypes of more complex mobile apps.

Clock Watch is free on the App Store.

Download on the App Store

Finnish First Update

iPhone4Simage4My Finnish language iPhone game Finnish First has been updated with a new round. You can now learn how to use ‘in’ and ‘on’ in simple sentences.

I’ve also updated the graphics, and fixed some minor bugs. I plan to continue adding more rounds and more content in the future, so let me know what you think.

Download on the App Store



Finnish First – iPhone App

Finnish First iPhone App

Last night my first ever iOS app was approved by Apple!

Finnish First is an iPhone game that teaches you some basic Finnish words, colours and numbers. Win a cross country skiing race by identifying as many Finnish words as possible before your opponent crosses the Finnish line!

Download on the App Store



I created Finnish First a few years ago using Flash Lite aimed at non touch mobiles. So when I was looking for an iOS project I decided to update it using Flash and AIR for iOS. I’ve been impressed with how easy it was and how well the technology works.

If you want to learn some basic Finnish give it a go and let me know what you think.

Exciting app news coming soon…

It has been a long time since I posted on my blog. I’ve been hard at work on a few projects including a fun little app that I hope to be able to share with you soon.

It has been an interesting learning experience and I can’t wait to share with you the results. In the meantime here is a hint…


A hint of what I’ve been working on…

Twitter Telephone

I’ve just completed a fun little project combining an old fashioned telephone and twitter. When anyone sends me a public message on Twitter (@NorthernLife) the telephone rings. When I answer a text to speech chip reads out the message to me!

I made this using an Arduino Duemilanove, Ethernet Shield and an Emic 2 text to speech module. This was based on Dan’s How To on Adafruit, so there was much extra coding needed, apart from controlling the telephone bell.

The bell itself is rung using a toy motor, as the built in ringer requires tricky AC voltage from the phone line to work. Because of this is sounds a little odd, but it certainly gets my attention!

The code needs a few tweaks to stop it ringing forever if I am away, and to stop it ringing in the middle of the night. I hope you like it, and feel free to tweet me @NorthernLife and ring my phone!

1940s Style Replica Telephone

This 1940s style replica telephone is connected to Twitter!

Back to the UK

Exciting news in my personal life. I’m going back to the UK for a year. Starting in September I’m taking study leave to do an MA in Interactive Media at the London College of Communication, a part of the University of the Arts London. I’m really exciting about this course and going back to life as a student again. In the mean time I need to save some money, back to a life of beans on toast…

Website update complete

I have finally finished and uploaded an update to my website.

I’ve tried to give the site a fresh and modern look, and I’ve switched to a single page design with content loaded in dynamically. This should give a nice smooth experience when navigating the content, but by using anchor tags in the URL each page can still be bookmarked.

It has been an interesting design challenge, and I’m going to keep tweaking the design, especially to improve the look on small screens and window sizes.

Website update coming soon

For the last few weeks I’ve working on a new design for my main website (

I’ve been experimenting with a single page format and using jQuery to get some nice animations, with dynamically loaded content.

It’s mainly a portfolio site and a hub to link my blog, twitter and other sites together. So check back in a couple of days to see the update…

Doctor Who Dynamic Rankings now shows two parters as one average

I have finally implemented the popular request of showing new series two part stories as single combined averages.

From the full results page you can choose to view the two parters as single averages or each episode separately.

This joint average certainly makes the all time top ten much more interesting. Currently there are only three classic stories in the top ten, and two stories from the latest series (Amy’s Choice and The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone).

Flesh and Stone added to Doctor Who Dynamic Rankings

I’ve added Flesh and Stone to the Doctor Who Dynamic Rankings site. Currently this latest two parter is voted favourite of all Doctor Who stories ever! If you don’t agree, don’t forget to vote.

This is the last part of this seasons first two part story. Im currently working on updating the results page, so soon you will be able to view the results with two parters as a combined average.