Sunday, June 29, 2014

Trundling along the Thames Path

For me, the river Thames represents continuity: It links Oxford, where my wife used to live, and London, where we now live; George Gilbert Scott built a gothic bridge across the river in Clifton Hampden, while his grandson - Giles Gilbert Scott - built the imposing Art Deco Battersea Power Station downstream; Marc Isambard Brunel built the first tunnel under the river near Rotherhithe, while his son - Isambard Kingdom Brunel - built the Moulsford Railway Bridge further upstream.

My ambition is to walk the whole length of the Thames Path. I have perhaps walked a third of it so far.

This started off as a fun design / visualisation exercise, where I came up with the idea of representing the outline of the river using names of cities and towns that it passes through. After I made an interactive version, I decided to actually write about my walks, and here it is: a little website about my journey along the Thames.

Check it out here:

I hope this will inspire you to embark on a journey, be it along the Thames or anywhere else. Go out there and explore!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Search now available on Art Deco London

A while ago, one of my colleagues mentioned lunr.js - a pure Javascript client-side full-text search engine library. In the author's own words: "A bit like Solr, but much smaller and not as bright".

So the other day, I decided to give the library a go, and added searching to

The library is incredibly simple to use. Admittedly, I have not done any benchmarking, but for my 100-item index, it certainly seems to perform very well.

Give it a go!