Automattic, BuddyPress, Featured, Interviews

Paul Gibbs interviewed by Troy Dean from WP Elevation

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Troy Dean from WP Elevation for their podcast, and the interview (video and a transcript) has just been published. Watch the interview here, and let me know what you think!

Troy is a great guy and is  the best interviewer/podcast host/all-round good guy involved in the WordPress community at the moment, so it was pretty exciting to get the chance to sit down with him and talk about WordPress and BuddyPress, and how I got started with web development, and much more.

If you want to see more WP Elevation podcasts, be sure to check out the archives on the site or on iTunes. If you’re looking for recommendations, I particularly enjoyed the recent interviews with Tom Willmot & Noel Tock (of Human Made fame), and Mike Little (WordPress co-founder).

BuddyPress, Featured

Hijacking WordPress Internationalisation

As part of a new feature I am developing for the next release of my Welcome Pack plugin for BuddyPress, I needed a really smart way of dynamically adding my own translations for strings at page-load time; creating a stand-alone .mo file to load the strings wasn’t a great solution, for reasons of requiring people to know how to configure file permissions on the server, having to figure out how to write a .mo file (I wish they were as easy as XML, but they aren’t), and — honestly — doing it that way feels like such a hack.

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BuddyPress, Featured

How to get a list of BuddyPress' actions.

As part of research for a new version of my Achievements plugin for BuddyPress, I need a list of all the BuddyPress action names.

For non-developers, actions are the hooks that WordPress & BuddyPress launches at specific points during execution, or when specific events occur. This allows plugin developers to hook into these events and do whatever they want.
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Diabetes, Featured

Six Little Habits: The Bad Ones.

Over at sixuntilme, Kerri’s listed six of her diabetes “bad habits.” I thought I’d share mine; I can’t do six, but here’s four:

Not changing finger-stabber needle

I’m not quite leaving these until they are rusty, but not far from it! I have recently switch to using the Accu-Chek Multiclix, which has a drum of stabbers in which you rotate around after use. I’m not changing the drum daily – more like twice a week – but I’m working on it.

Autopilot basal rates

Since starting the pump about a year or so ago, it’s changed my life; it’s wonderful. However, there are times when I know I need to do a period of intensive testing so I can assess and make changes to basal rates. In fact, I need to do that right now, but it feels too much like work so I keep putting it off. Maybe later this week!

Selective memory for glucose trends

It has been known that when I visit my diabetes care team, I get very guilty and start making up all sorts of crazy excuses when they point out the very obvious which I’ve somehow missed. Probably linked to point 2 above. I ought to put some time aside every couple of weeks to adjust the basals.


Same as Kerri. For an explanation for those not in the know, see this post of Kerri’s from 2005.