Greetings!

Welcome to the homepage on the internet of Jonathan Beckett. While not headbutting his desk repeatedly, or uttering a many and varied vocabulary of expletives under his breath, he spends his days building software and websites for clients all over the place. Unfortunately he can't start naming any of these highly-secret organisations, because "The Man" will very probably come after him for doing so.

Why is this site here?

This site exists because Jonathan bought a vanity domain name, and didn't know what to do with it. After playing with Squarespace, Wordpress, Drupal, and Joomla, he figured it would be more fun to install something with a little less magnitude than an aircraft carrier, and that cost less to host than a bar of chocolate per month.

For the record, the site is hosted by UK2, who do great deals on webspace, and seem very reliable.

How was this site built?

Good question. If you haven't noticed the credits in the footer, the site is based on a PHP project called Pico, that turns a directory full of markdown formatted text files into the pages you see. Markdown is attractive because it's easy enough for a numpty like Jonathan to write, and it translates into semantically correct HTML, which also satisfies the OCD tendencies that tend to plague most software and web developers.

The "Theme" used by the site is a straight lift of the Bootstrap example page, converted through to the Twig format used by Pico, and made available by Jonathan on Github (send him a message to say thankyou if you end up using it - he likes receiving messages).

The content was all written by Jonathan, and quite frankly, it shows.

Is there any more?

Of course there is - now and again, Jonathan writes nonsensical blog posts about nothing in particular - you can find them over in the Blog section. He actually has a personal blog elsewhere on the internet, but you'll have to ask him for the URL of that.

Why is this page written in the third person?

Good question. No idea.

What is this place?

This site exists because Jonathan bought a vanity domain name, and didn't know what to do with it. After playing with Squarespace, Wordpress, Drupal, and Joomla, he figured it would be more fun to install something with a little less magnitude than an aircraft carrier, and that cost less to host than a bar of chocolate per month.

Other Places

It should come as no surprise that Jonathan pollutes many parts of the internet with all manner of words and pictures.

  • Twitter
    Random utterances about nothing in particular.
  • Wordpress
    Long winded observations and complaints about life, the universe and everything.
  • Tumblr
    A bizarre maship of long winded navel gazing and artistically filtered cat photos.
  • Instagram
    More pictures of coffee cups and railway platforms than most people have probably ever seen before.

Recent Posts

This isn't a blog, but these do look very similar to blog posts.