Lucid Spleen is my blog site and I am Geoff Lush: would-be web developer, chocolate-lover, pedant and player of games. This site is something I have put together to allow me to get things off my chest, to vent my spleen in as clear a manner as is possible, although there are other reasons which I talk about in the next section.
What this means is that I will be writing about anything that comes into my head and gets my mental juices running. There may well be rants, but, hopefully, I will balance that out with some more clearly thought through stuff. It's a safe bet there will be stuff on video games and web development - my main interests at the moment. I will also occasionally delve into subjects I am even less qualified to write about.
Maybe a little more explanantion is needed. The reasons for this site's existence are as follows:
- Therapy I have had a somewhat troubled life, a long-term addiction to alcohol and a bunch of mental health problems including depression, anxiety and paranoia. One of the many contributary factors to my illness was that I never really talked about my problems, I kept everything bottled up. Over time, and with the help of many types of therapy, I have come to understand the benefits of outwardly expressing my feelings. Writing is my way of doing that.
- Enlightenment There appears, even now, to be a problem of perception when it comes to matters of mental health. When mentioning my illness to others I have been treated in a variety of ways few of which have been close to helpful. I have had people immediately start talking to me as if I am a small child, or, people backing away from me as if I pose some sort of threat to them. I have had people, including doctors, not take my problems seriously and, on occasion, I have had people not actually believe that I have any problems in the first place, after all I look normal enough. On the whole I would say that, even if things are getting better there is still a good deal of distrust of, and ignorance about, people like me who suffer with mental health problems. If I can, in some small way, help enlighten people by writing about my issues then I am more than happy to do that.
- Preparation Once I become able to work I wish to develop web sites. So for a while now I have been learning many of the relevant technologies. Hopefully, at some point in the future, prospective employers will be able to look at my CV page and be a little impressed by what I have to offer. I realise this is currently a long shot - after all, I have been unemployed for a decade.
- Reciprocity Most of my recent learning has come from the internet, from the many helpful tech sites and individual developers out there. I am very grateful for this and, when I come across something that has helped me or maybe something useful I have put together myself, I will write about it here.
This site currently uses 2 cookies:
- A temporary session cookie containing a unique identifier to allow logged in users to be recognized within the website so that any page changes or item / data selection you do is remembered from page to page. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.
- A persistent cookie to store whether or not you've been shown the cookie warning pop-up, something I am required to do by EU law.
There are no third-party cookies and no tracking whatsoever. For more information on cookies you can look here.
- The only personally identifying information I store on the site is an email address for people who register to comment on this site. This data will never be passed on or sold to any third-party. Whether or not you wish to use a personally identifiable user name or include personal information within comments is up to you - I would recommend not doing that.
- Although I personally haven't added any method of compiling page statistics (number of visits etc.) by IP number, this functionality is a part of my web host's standard setup as it is for most web hosting companies.
- Passwords are stored using a one-way hashing algorithm and the site uses HTTPS which goes some way towards protecting your data in transit between browser and server.
- If you contact me I will, of course, keep records of any conversations we have.
If you register on the site you can comment on any blog posts that I write. Please keep the following in mind:
- Please be respectful to others at all times.
- You get one edit only!
- If you want to get all fancy you can use some basic html to format your comments. Currently limited to:
<br>, <p>, <b>, <a>, <blockquote>, <cite>, <ol>, <ul>, <li>, <u>, <strike>and
<em>. If you want details on usage do a search here.
- No images or videos.
- If you find a comment on the site to be offensive, disrespectful etc please feel free to report it. What this does is flag it with me so that I can have a look at it. If I agree with you then the comment will be either:
- Moderated - still in the comments but hidden (optionally shown for logged in commenters), or
- Deleted - either fully deleted or, if the comment has replies, then there will be a comment stub saying that the content has been deleted.
Depends on how bad it is. Commenters who persistently fail to understand the concept of respect will have their accounts deleted.
I think that's it. However, one thing I would say is this, I wrote the comment system myself, just to see if I could. What this means is it hasn't been used anywhere before, there may be well be bugs and there is certainly room for improvement (there always is!) so if you find any problems or have any suggestions as to how it could work better then just email me here.
At the bottom of each page there is a short list of sites, mostly gaming and technology, that I recommend reading. I have no affiliation or business relationship with these sites they are just places that I enjoy visiting. Hopefully, others will enjoy them too.
Design, development, content etc. by me. Except:
- The tiled background is from tiled-bg.blogspot.co.uk.
- The social media glyphs by Alfredo can be found on IconFinder.com and are available free under the Creative Commons (Attribution 3.0 Unported) License.
- The comment reloading gif is from Preloaders World
And, if your interested in that sort of thing, the font is called Rajdhani and provided by Google Fonts.
Please address all problems, queries and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.