Category Archives: Internet and New Media

Here you will find posts about new media, such as interesting websites, CD-ROMs, Games etc.

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



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).

Vote on the latest Torchwood season

You can now vote on Torchwood Children Of Earth at the Doctor Who Dynamic Rankings.

I have chosen allow you to vote only once for the whole season, rather than you being able to vote on each episode. This is because it is a single story with a single title. So it is more similar to a five part classic Doctor Who story, than a modern Torchwood or Doctor Who season.

Comic Relief: The Curse of Fatal Death now on Dynamic Rankings

I’ve updated the Doctor Who Dynamic Rankings site so you can now vote for The Curse of Fatal Death. After you have done that why not buy the show from iTunes and help raise money for Comic Relief.

Red Nose Day

Friday is Red Nose Day in the UK so remember to tune in (BBC 1 from 7pm) for “a special mini-edition of The Sarah Jane Adventures, in which Elisabeth Sladen and K9 are joined by comedy legend Ronnie Corbett.” Sounds fantastic!

Twitter Twitter

I’m finally getting into Twitter and I’m starting to prefer it to facebook. It cuts out all the hundreds of pointless apps and pokes and fan notices. Just the stuff you really want read. What your friends (and a few famous people) are up to.

I just wish I could find a decent always on App for my S60 mobile.

Maybe I will try adding my twitters to my blog site as well.