Pig on a Hill Productions


As some people may or may not know, I moved to Sweden with my fiancée about 6 months ago. Since then I have started getting into Ice Hockey and as I always do with a these things, went to look for an app for it. After a quick scout around the App Store I couldn’t one that I really liked, so I decided to make one. Puck is the result of this and I think it looks awesome! It meant learning several new languages for making the backend but it’s always useful to have more knowledge of these things.

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Sisu Collective

For a little while myself and some friends have been thinking about starting a collective of people to work on different projects together. It’s an awesome idea and its starting to get moving now as well, which is even better! The idea is being led by Emilia Buggins who I have worked with quite a lot in the past (pretty much all the web sites I’ve done have been with her, bar my own, and she’s responsible for my original Pig on a Hill logo).

The collective is currently dubbed ‘Sisu’ which is a Finnish term that is “loosely translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity.”

(Thank you Wikipedia.)

Sisu is a collective of people from different areas of media. As of this time there are 5 people in total (including myself) contributing. Emilia Buggins, Michael Reed, Antonia Heslop, Christina Jager and James Barrow (me). When we get an initial site up and running we will all get to write a bit about who we are and what we do but for now you can click on there names and go to there web sites.

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Author: James Barrow
Tags: Sisu

Help Wanted!

I now would call my self ‘settled’ in my new town of Jönköping and so I am looking to expand the Pig on a Hill staff, to more than just me. :-D I have a loads of ideas for Apps and Games that I want to get started on and I really need some help and more expertise to achieve this. I am looking for people with some of the following talents:

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Author: James Barrow
Tags: Jobs

Dog Bins

My new App ‘Dog Bins’ went live about 3 weeks ago. It’s an app that will show you where all the dog bins are near to you when you’re out for a walk with your dog. It’s currently in the data collection phase. As I can’t log all the dog bins around the world by myself it’s very easy for you, the user, to open the app and take a picture of a dog bin that isn’t on the system. The app is currently FREE and I urge all dog owners, walkers or anybody who like to see clean walkways with no poo on them.

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Up and Coming

I had to split up  and initial post “A bit of a catch up…” because it was too long. So here’s the part about what I’ve got planned for the next couple of months. Enjoy!

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Pixel Pals Update

I had to split up  and initial post “A bit of a catch up…” because it was too long. So here’s the part about Pixel Pals. Enjoy! 😄

Pixel Pals has had a few updates, including sleep, difficulty and changing your creatures name setting. It also got a iPad retina display update when the 3rd Gen iPad came out, but since then it’s rather slowed down. I’m sorry for all you people out there who have wanted more, but I just haven’t had the time. Big News though, I’m starting on Pixel Pals v2.0. It’s going to be an update to the current app, so you don’t have to buy it again and it’s going to be a complete re-write. 😖 Yep, one hell of a task for me but it has to be done.

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A bit of a catch up...

I started writing this post and have just realised, its way to long for a single post. So I have split it into 3 separate parts:

  • This post will go through some general catch up things,
  • Pixel Pals Update” has more details about whats been happening with Pixel Pals and its future,
  • Up and Coming” talks about what I’m going to be working on over the next few months.

So a lot has been happening since… looks at last post date… October 2011… oops! Yeah a little longer than it should be between posts I agree, but I’ll try a bit harder now. I’ve recently moved to Sweden with my girlfriend, big move I know, but the best thing about it is I can work on my apps full-time (for now). So I’m going to give a little run down of whats been going on, and what you have to look forward to in the future.

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First Up and Live

So since my last scribblings a lot has been going on. I’ve finished my degree at Oxford Brookes Uni getting a 1st Class Honours in Sound Technology and Digital Music. It all feels a bit weird that I’m all finished and done with Uni now, the last 3 years have just gone so fat. It’s one of those thing people tell you when you start, but you never believe them.

Along with that I’ve had my first website and first app go live. The website was done for a company called Octavo Pictures and was done in conjunction with one of my graphic design friends Emilia Buggins. Emilia and I have worked together in the past on her website but this was our first joint venture on a site that wasn’t for our selves.

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This is where it all begins!

So what an active couple of months it’s been! I’ve been working solidly to finish my degree (main part of which is my dissertation) and I’m finally nearly there. I handed in my write up yesterday and only have a few exams and one piece of coursework left. Scary times ahead, but I have plenty of projects to keep me busy.

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So much for an early night...

So I get into bed at 9pm this evening and am just dozing off. Finally an early night, nothing going through my brain for once apart from the tv show I was watching. Well there it is, have to turn that off don’t I. Oh and I left my washing in the machine. If I don’t put that in they dryer now, then they’re going to smell of damp tomorrow and it’s such a waste to have to wash them again! By the time I’ve finally got back into bed it’s 11.30pm and I have a million and one things in my head again and I can’t fall asleep.

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