One of my favorite mapping tools is what3words. I’ve updated the contact forms to include a location autosuggest for filling out a 3word address. The CSS keeps messing up the display, but that’s another days work.

    Your Name (required)

    Your Email (required)


    Your Message

    OPTIONAL: Enter Your What3Words Address:

    or leave blank if not sure.
    what to know what a 3word address is? check out more here:


    Esri is putting out some open source API’s. Because of this there are new opportunities with creating plug-ins for WordPress.

    I was about to link to the ESRI Javascript API and create my own embedded map from ArcOnline. Someone beat me to it, namely Gavin Rehkemper,  With the help of his brand new Plug-in called Embed Webmap. I created a map online, made it public and linked it with the plugin.  Now I can start adding things to my map and this page’s map is automatically updated.

    Note that this this is an evergreen map.  This means that the map will change over time, so you will have to check back to see changes as I learn more about using ArcGIS Online.  If you want to be notified of changes to this page, I suggest you subscribe to the comments RSS feed.



    Some icons are from ESRI and included with the mapping licence, other Icons made by Scott de Jonge, Freepik from is licensed by CC BY 3.0  I will try and list them below as I use them.

    And here is another kind of Map.  It’s a Story Map.  I made one that shows some of the places we went to this past year.

    Hepburn Story Map 2015

    Prove it!

    It’s actually 17 years, but I can only prove I’ve been making websites since 2001.  That’s when The Wayback Machine took it’s first snapshot of my personal website.  Here is the link to snapshot of my page back then:

    And here is the directory of all 32 archive shots:*/

    The Wayback Machine is run by the Internet Archives, which is a fascinating site which archives websites, video and sound (anything digital) from the past.  If a website URL is taken down, returning a 404 – Page Not Found, you may still find an old copy of the site there.  They have just launched a new site.  I haven’t found time to explore the new format.  When you visit, you’ll be going down a long rabbit hole. Without I wouldn’t be able to prove I had a site in early 2001.  But I did!

    Back then, the site only be described as “Gothic”.  What? You say my tastes haven’t changed much.  I’m still using an inverted colour scheme, or “dark theme”.  Some things don’t change much.

    Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine. Robert C. Gallagher quotes

    With that, I’ve decided to update the look of this site.  The deciding will take longer than the doing.  There are lots of reasons to update this site, the formost is that it’s outdated.  It fails the mobile test which I preform for all web clients that I make a site for.  At this point if anyone wants to encourage a new look, please comment.  I use WordPress, so creating a new look is a simple (sort-of) as choosing a new theme.  There are thousands out there.  Help me choose!

    When I test a new look, I’ll screenshot it and make a photo post on this site.