Web access at workRather ironically I give you this article about web access at work.“More and more workers are going online while on the job. Is it time for companies to restrict this privilege, or loosen the leash to keep employees happy?” Our company is quite relaxed about this, and I have to agree with one of the statements: “companies are becoming more understanding about personal Web use as they acknowledge that employees are working longer hours and from home as well”. My take on this issue is quite simple. I am a professional. I take pride in doing the best job I can. Yes, I use the internet for research and yes I use it for personal use. I …

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Nuts and Bolts“The whole point of growing up is getting to take control of yourself, for good or ill, and there’s less danger to society in cigarettes and fat-squirting chicken legs than there are people who insist on being too goddamn dumb to know a few basics.”

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Collective designInteresting idea that may be doomed to failure. A collaborative effort at designing a typeface relying solely on interpretation and ultimately reliant on anyone who happens to wander past. I would like to be positive about this, but in reality we all know what will happen, in fact it has already started. Go visit to see what I mean. Typophile | The Smaller Picture.

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Maybe it’s because I’ve not slept for several nights, but I’m grumpy and depressed and trying very hard to keep a pleasant cheery face on at work (which in the face of redundancies is very hard, especially when some close friends are likely to go). I’m tempted to be childish and resort to bad language (“Fuck it”) or try and act like a grown up. Obviously the childish option is the easier, but I know where it leads, and I’m really not willing to go down that path again. In fact the only reason I’m typing this is for the want of something to say. Ohhh, one thing. If you have any suggestions for a re-design (links, ideas etc) please …

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So much to say

Just can’t find the words at the moment. For some reason I’m suffering from post-holiday blogging blues, without actually having been on holiday. No doubt I’ll snap out of it in about five minutes or so, but for the meantime, I suggest you visit one of these excellent sites (yes I know it needs updated, drop me a line if you aren’t listed and think you should be… bribes accepted of course)

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Did I know this?I am in an O’Reilly book. I remember emailing my contribution to this ages ago but had forgotten all about it. Seems I am the first piece they listed in the chapter entitled “Blogging Voices”. Did I know this?Here is the proof: Essential Blogging. Either way – v.cool! Would LOVE to hear from anyone who has this book (I will nip out and buy a copy tomorrow I think, although I’ve just checked and it’s £17!)

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FascinatingI heard about this during a discussion at lunch today (it was an aside during a discussion about criminals) and went searching for more information. The Stanford Prison Experiment: A Simulation Study of the Psychology of Imprisonment is truly fascinating. Take a group of men, split them and make half guards, half prisoners then observe they way they react. What is even more interesting is how their family and even the scientists conducting the experiment, unwittingly start playing out their role. The parents, when visiting their sons complain about the conditions and hope something will be done about it, the scientists start thinking more like prison governors than social psychologists. Of course this has triggered off many thoughts about how …

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It’s all her faultA couple of weeks ago I heard about a new game. An online world type thing, and I thought I’d find out some more. Then, as usual, I forgot about it until Caterina posted this. So I applied to be an alpha tester, and I have to say that I’m not happy. Oh yes, the game is wonderful, clever, slightly wacky and askew, intuitive, compelling and all manner of other complementary comments. It is also highly addictive. The kind of “Oh my god where did the last 2 hours go, I should be working” addictive that is never good for job prospects. I’m hooked already, and this is only the Alpha. I dread to think what I’ll …

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Currie vs MajorI really don’t want to comment on this (especially as I agree wholeheartedly with what Stuart said) but I’m gonna, don’t worry it’s short. Will all members of the press please STOP giving these has-been politicians column inches! I think I can safely speak for a large portion of the general public when I say that, while the revelation was mildly amusing, and vaguely unsettling, it really doesn’t warrant 3 days worth of coverage. The things people will do to promote a book.

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