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The weekend, what I can still remember of it

Sep
28
Great weekend, we headed off to Mum and Dad's after picking Harry up from school, so he arrived dressed as a caveman still. Fine drive down there, despite it being rush hour, and there being two serious accidents on the way that we missed. We had had our tea in the car, they were just having chips when we arrived so I had a cheeky second tea. The boys mostly watched TV and didn't speak to anyone until bed time, they'd really been looking forward to watching a show that only Nanny and Bazzer have... After they went to bed Dad and I went to the Seagull for a few pints which was great. That pub is really busy, despite being enormous. It's really odd, when so many other pubs have closed down.
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Saturday morning we headed for an early lunch to Pie and Vinyl

Picked up Jack and drove down to find Pie and Vinyl where we were meeting Dave and family. Took a bit of a detour on the way which suited Jack, he found lots more pokemons. Pie and Vinyl is fantastic, great atmosphere being in a record shop having a lunch. We were about the first ones in there and spread ourselves out. I loved my vegan pie, I went for the Aubergine Jeanie, to tie in with the David Bowie theme of the weekend, really good. The boys did not eat much of theirs but they did love the soft drinks being served up in old teapots.

There was a street market all down Castle Road lots of interesting stuff. Wish I'd got a Tricorn t-shirt now. We headed from there across the common to Pirate Pete's which all the boys loved, then from there via Nan's house back home again.
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Second DPD courier delivery arrived OK

Sep
28
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Clare was in when the DPD courier came back with the second parcel of vw beetle bits and the delivery went smoothly. She asked him what happened with the previous parcel and he said "I left it in your safe place - the garden of number 9". WHAT? This was not what we agreed. He checked where he left it, and it's gone, and there's no answer at number 9. He did not explain why he left it next door, but he thought everything was ok now we had a second parcel. I'm happy with this to be honest but VW Heritage who sent out the parts must be annoyed. Number 9 has not mentioned having a parcel for us, I suppose it might have been stolen or something from there. We have not seen her, and we don't really speak much anyway.

At least now I have a new handbrake cable and door card grommets so sooner or later I can get it fixed and stop having to park on the flat in gear. Not this week though.
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Loads more vegan cheese

Sep
28
You can't move for vegans these days, sainsbury are making loads of new cheese, great!
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Got a new idea for family tree styling

Sep
27
Right now I have code structured something like this to do the family tree on the homepage. Using our real family data to make it clear who goes where:

UL
LI
UL
LI Dad
LI Mum
/UL
Paul (me)
OL
LI Harry
LI Tommy
/OL
/LI
/UL

so that neatly shows that Mum and Dad are my parents, and Harry and Tommy are my children. It's scalable, I can neatly add in more children for the children and more parents for the parents and so on, but it doesn't allow for Clare, or for Kerry, they should fit in there too. So I need a rethink. I wonder if it can be more like:
who goes where:

UL
LI
UL.parents
LI Dad
LI Mum
/UL
OL
LI
Paul (me)
DIV.spouse Clare
OL
LI Harry
LI Tommy
/OL
/LI
LI
Kerry
OL
LI George
LI Jack
/OL
/LI
/OL
/LI
/UL

If I can style that nicely, then it could be a goer...

Just thinking out loud here really, this means nothing to you...

The problem with a family tree is it's very hard to show all of parents, children, siblings, and spouse at the same time on a two dimensional chart. If you can do it with html I think you have to differentiate between traversing up the tree, and traversing down the tree... a chart of descendents is a bit different to a chart of ancestors. Think I can do it though. I'm using UL (unordered list html element) to mean "parents" and OL (ordered list element) to mean children... sort of works, not too weird I don't think.

Clare said "can't you just look up how other people have done it and just copy the best one?". I should do more investigation, but I think that this could be the best one... we'll see.

My styling so far is at /css/_tree.css. I started from this css3 chart but soon hit its limitations.
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I've implemented that now, it's on the homepage

See it here, at least most of that idea. We now have grandchildren, children, siblings, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents all on the same chart and it looks ok. I've also added little arrows to the top of the top level to show you can traverse further up the tree that way, and will do the same if you can go further down the tree. You can go further by clicking on the siblings for example - I did try adding children of siblings in too, it works, but it makes the page far too wide. Click around, the chart is already far too wide if someone has 10 loads of children...

I've not added the spouse in yet, but that should be fairly simple, as long as someone has only one spouse. In cases where people have two families with two spouses it's complex, have to just pick one and only show that family.

I still haven't updated about the weekend yet, and I did LOADS. Just been too obsessed with this family tree css every waking minute.
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Same DPD driver is redelivering my parcel today

Sep
27
Let's see what happens, will he come to the correct house today? DPD are still claiming that he did come to the correct house originally. Somebody somewhere is stockpiling VW Beetle handbrake cables...
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Think I have broken the styling of the site

Sep
25
Fiddling with the family tree CSS I have broken some of the other styling of the site, bah...
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and fixed again

left an open brace in my family tree css...
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Amazing weekend

Sep
25
Too much to report, back later. Enjoyed our time in Southsea and Portsmouth Dockyard hugely.
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That's not my safe place

Sep
23
DPD just delivered a parcel, and I got an email to say it's been left in the safe place agreed, they send a picture too as proof... but that's not our house. Looks like it's outside, and from those stones it looks like the side of our house (not where I asked it to be left) but it's not our house, we don't have piles of cardboard out like that. So where is it???
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Update on the missing parcel:

DPD got hold of the driver and he confirmed that he delivered it to [our address]. The driver said that as you walk towards the property, there is a garage to the right of the front door and to the right of that, a gate. Apparently the package is through the gate and behind the bin. The drivers GPS tracking also shows that he delivered to the correct address

No he didn't, that's not a description of our house, we do not have a garage.
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Caveman day at school

Sep
23
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Had to redo those furry boots when we got to school as they were slipping down, and the headteacher quickly suggested a weapons amnesty when she saw the stone axe, but we got there. With all the leopard print and back combing it was more like a Motley Crue video than a faithful stone age experience, but never mind.

Hmm I still can't hotlink images here how I'd like so here it is...
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Thought I'd found some GREAT family tree css

Sep
22
So some css for styling a family tree, so I don't have to put all my family tree charts into html tables... This looks great, but when you stop to think about it it's not a family tree. It's a nice chart of descendents, but the family tree needs to go back up, each person having two parents. Mostly the tree needs to be upside down, not sure if there is a solution to that. I will give it a try...

UPDATE and I have given it a try, getting there now. Best displayed on a tree like this one:

James Cole CLARKE

BORN EST MAY 1866 Widley, Cosham, Hants (King & Queen Inn Cosham High St)

BAPTISED 13 MAY 1866 Widley, Cosham, Hants (CHU15/1C/1)

DIED 8 AUG 1938 Portsmouth, Hampshire, England (51 Drayton Rd, North End, Portsmouth, Hants) (source: Death Certificate)

BURIED 12 AUG 1938 St Peter & Paul Wymering

James Cole CLARKE's will

FATHER James Cole CLARKE 1824 - 1865

MOTHER Sarah Tribe 1824 - 1887

SPOUSE Alice TILL -

SPOUSE Fanny SAMWAYS -

SIBLINGS: Sarah CLARKE -, Matilda CLARKE -, Elizabeth Clarke - , Harry CLARKE -

We have 41 ancestors for James, 8 for his father James, 31 for his mother Sarah. We can go back 13 generations to Edward Chrysnes - during the reign of Henry VIII. We have 15 descendents for James. We have 761 people in this family tree with 96 different surnames, including 49 called CLARKE. CLARKE is the 3rd most common name in our tree.



James is great-grandfather to Paul Leslie CLARKE

More Clarke genealogy / CLARKE family tree info at Clarkeology.com.



I have more lines to draw in there, and the spouse to add in too, but it seems to be working. I have given my whole Thursday night to this, it's bed time now and I've not even done the washing up...
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Line breaks are off

Apart from that it is looking really good. Not much effort to add the spouse in. Then I think I can simplify it hugely again.
Just have to fix it so that people of the same generation are on the same row otherwise it looks a mess. It does right now on my phone.
25 Sep Comment / reply

I think I made progress with that family tree chart in the end

If you don't see (nearly) all the lines joining up the boxes, then it's probably your fault, not mine. A little more to do stilll
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Clare has abandoned us!

Sep
22
Clare has headed off to a wedding for the weekend. She was not really invited, but is going as her dad's guest, so there was no question of the rest of us going. So now what do we do??? Clare took Harry to school before she left, and I took Tommy to nursery, so all gone to plan so far. I have to remember to pick them both up, in order, Tommy from nursery a bit early, then Harry from school. In the meantime I'm trying to do a bit of decorating.

Yes, sitting writing smart comments on the website is not actually getting much decorating done, but I've sanded down the hallway and applied the first coat and am waiting for that to dry. Really really hoping that the white paint I found in the shed is the same white that we used before, or it's going to look really patchy. I hate painting stuff white it always looks really bad until it's perfectly dry, and I panic until then. This big tin of white says "for colour mixing" on what I can still see of the label (it's all covered in paint drips). But I must have bought it and used it before, right? No-one else has been leaving tins of paint in my shed have they?

Fingers crossed that goes smoothly anyway.

Got a big list of other jobs to do, really it's just "get through the day" sort of jobs though, things I ought to be able to do without even making them into a list, put the oven on at the right time and so on. I have to dress Harry for cave man day tomorrow, I'm sure I can assemble all the bits correctly. His outfit looks a tiny bit like a furry dress, but that's what they wore, right? I will report back with a photo. Think I've figured out how to share photos here now. Can you see this one?

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Lovely day here again.
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Paul Clarke's blog - I work and live in Seabrook near Folkestone, Kent. wed to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a software engineer, and I do mostly javascript, Node, python, ruby, and php. I like pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.

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