Proofread

I recently passed on a piece of knowledge that I was given by a previous boss. I was a young eager thing with no real mind of what I was doing. I would throw a document together and punt it out to the world without so much as a second thought, not advisable when you are a Technical Author. Nevertheless it was my first real job and I really wasn’t THAT sure what I was doing (still not that sure now). Anyway, I came across a website tonight, read through it’s blog page and thought to myself “That person could do with that piece of advice”. So here it is: “Always re-read” Simple, huh. Then why doesn’t this bloke do …

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How to…

Title a blog OK not really but I do like this one: Positively Mental. Not sure about all the pink, but that’s because I’m a boy I think and prefer blue of course, but well put together, cleanly designed and, most of all, well written. Definitely to be added to my daily(ish) list of visits.

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West Side Story

Or why “I like to be in America” Reason #14: NBA. I’ve mentioned this before I’m sure, but I REALLY miss my NBA since it moved to Sky Sports Extra here in the UK. As a Telewest customer I can’t get the channel at all. The time I spent in San Francisco was great, I actually had the choice of which game to watch, unbelievable! Anyway, things are getting tense in the Conference Finals, my ‘showtime’ team are being held the Kings in what looks like being a tight series. Granted I can get a lot of info from the web, but as the NBA is very rarely covered here in the UK I miss all the little extra’s you …

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Online Games

I’m pretty sure I’ve featured this before (MUST implement a search facility for this site…) but they are worthy of repeat mention. Be warned: You WILL lose large portions of your day here. (Even if you just spend 10 mins activating the lovely smooth mouseovers on the main page like me…). Have fun at Orisinal.

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Is it magic?

No it’s not. And David Blaine doesn’t claim otherwise. However the amount of attention that has been lavished on him for this stunt is slightly baffling. Similar stunts were popular in the 20s, and the saint San Simeon’s time living on a pillar, is well documented. But why the hype now? Are we really that unable to entertain ourselves? I’m a fan of David Blaine the magician, but this kind of ‘death defying feat of physical endurance’ leaves me a bit cold, but he does seem genuine in his efforts and he is constant in his determination to outshine his idol, Harry Houdini. A recent interview on ABC lets us see that he is wily enough to sell his stunts …

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Blogistan

O’Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference All hail the “the Distributed Republic of Blogistan”: “A main theme was quick to emerge… the sudden realisation that each of us.. were all heading in the same philosophical direction: that developers now see the internet as a platform to run applications on, rather than something to connect to”. A rich seam of knowledge was available and was thoroughly wrung out, the main conference website gives plenty of detail, and makes for absorbing research reading. The proliferation of personal comments from attendees also gave a nice insight to how it ‘really’ went down. All in all everyone who attended came away feeling slightly dizzy, very enthusiastic, and chock full of ideas. Yet another thing to add …

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Oh God, Eurovision

Isn’t it funny how memories can become distorted. I won’t be watching this weekends Eurovision Song Contest, mainly because I don’t enjoy the music and let’s face facts; it’s never really been the same since “Save your kisses for me”. However, I had forgotten what it used to be like.

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Concept Car

VWvortex Volkswagen Audi “Volkswagen presents the world’s first 1-liter car” “”It really is a fascinating experience to drive through the night at 100 km/h with the fuel consumption indicator showing just 1.0 ltr./100 km, and nothing but the stars above your head.”” Very clever, and looks like something from a film by Luc Besson.

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