Information Pollution

Information Pollution (Alertbox): Excessive word count and worthless details are making it harder for people to extract useful information. The more you say, the more people tune out your message. Written by some bloke called Jakob Nielsen, this article makes some very valid points, although they aren’t exactly original. Let’s hop in the DeLorean, fire up the flux capacitator and head back to 1919 and a meeting with William Strunk. “A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his …

Continue reading »

Scottish Blogs

Can you believe that there are some Scottish Bloggers out there that haven’t joined the webring? Joshua Called Me is one, and the author lives all of 10 miles from me, ridiculous! (the fact that he lives so close, not his website. His website is very nice actually…) This post was brought to you by the Scottish Blogs management.

Continue reading »

Keeping up with the news

Typically (and this is not a rule) I don’t link to current news topics. Not sure why, I guess I’m figuring that smarter people than I are covering them and I don’t have much to add. These days I rarely buy a paper (usually on a Sunday though) and keep up with the news online. I don’t tune in to watch the news on TV any more either. How many other people are like me? I’m guessing that newspapers and TV ratings are beginning to notice, question is, what are they doing about it?

Continue reading »

Arrrrrrr matey!

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) was quite good. More action in it than I thought, humourous to a point and a decent all round summer movie. Still can’t make up my mind about Johnny Depp’s accent. Not helped by the fact that in the opening minutes I was sure he was trying to be Tommy Cooper…

Continue reading »

Not talking about the weather

All of a sudden we have a hectic social calendar. Nights out pile up, and we hardly get a minute to ourselves. The grass doesn’t get cut when it should, the re-decorating in the bathroom STILL isn’t finished, and even basic things like getting to the supermarket to buy milk becomes something we have to squeeze in between visits, and dinners etc etc. I’m not complaining of course, far from it (although my bank manager won’t be too happy… again…), but it does make our upcoming holiday seem further away than it really is. Or is it just me that measures time by upcoming events. This week was ‘after’ a 70s themed 30th birthday party on Saturday night, and my …

Continue reading »