Not only..

My Gran was kept in hospital for the last couple of nights, precautionary measure as she’s doing fine. Not sure when she’ll get out though. Back from the doctor’s myself having had the stitches removed from my back, a little raw still but feels a lot better. And in a nice bit of juxtaposition, whilst I stood waiting at the chemists to pick up a prescription I spotted Punch and Judy toothpaste, although it looks a lot different now than it did when I were a lad, it was something I used to be “allowed” at my Gran’s house. It’s strawberry flavoured toothpaste aimed at kids. And yes I almost bought a tube. Aside from that not a lot going …

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GhostWritten

Ghostwritten by David Mitchell. A quick search confirms some basic facts about this book, including the oft repeated fact that it is an astonishing debut. Written in the style of a series of short stories that share a common thread the writing style never seems forced and flows from tense set pieces to languid descriptive prose without missing a beat, and somehow manages to keep both the stories and the reader involved.

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Real news

Every now and then something really important happens, not important in the “newsworthy” sense as is evidenced by the fact that it is already being shunted off the front pages (although I am in no way belittling the victims of the recent earthquake in Indonesia and the surrounding area) but important in the sense that it will effect you, and I, and billions of people around the world. Well it might. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was drawn up by 1,300 researchers from 95 nations over a period of four years. Essentially it’s an account of the current state of our natural resources, resources which are hugely depleted and still under increasing threat. “Human activity is putting such a strain on …

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Clarity

I have four blogrolls, the one on the left, one for “Other Blogs”, one for PhotoBlogs and an “Auditioning” blogroll. I’ve come to rely on and be comfortable working with them. They are loaded into a custom home page every time I start my browser. I can’t use bl.ogs as it only allows one “blogroll”. I DO use Bloglines for a huge myriad of other “sources” but I actually enjoy visiting websites to see the scenery (FeedDemon and other news readers fall into the same category). I can’t use WordPress as the “recently updated” feature doesn’t work in 1.5 and I can’t pull info from there into my browser start page without hosting THAT page on a website and.. ohh …

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Blogrolling

My blogrolling subscription is due in 7 days. Or I need to find an alternative, bl.ogs is OK but I have FOUR blogrolls and it only allows one. Maintaining links by hand is OK but then I don’t see when people have updated. Bloglines still hasn’t wormed it’s way completely into my way of surfing. I’m stuck. On the other hand, with the current exchange rates it’s only about £11 for another year. In other blog news, Orbyn.com is hiating. She’s off in search of something called real life, whatever that is…

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RADAR

Jonathan King. Guilty or not he needs to learn the meaning of the word dignity, although I doubt he’d recognise it if you filled a large bucket with it and twatted him upside the head. Twice. On what scale do you judge musical popularity? Critical acclaim, album sales or a varied level of both? What was the last GREAT album you heard? (I’m going to start reviewing CDs here as well as the occasional movie) TO DO: Finish draft post on “women in blogging” currently titled Chasming the Tipping Velvet (geddit). TO DO: Finish HaloScan Wiki, getting close. M74 extension, a good or a bad thing? When I offered to be the book keeper for my wife’s new venture, she …

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Miscellany

I’ve seen it used several times in the past week or so. It DOESN’T make you look or sound cool, smart, or ‘better’ in any way shape or form. To what do I refer? grok – tr.v.: To understand profoundly through intuition or empathy. Please, PLEASE, stop using it. You know who you are. ~ I got paid today. Thankfully no charges from the bank and as it turns out my company accounting monkeys DID process the pay run on Thursday, we even had the Director of… er.. summat or other… come round to apologise. ~ I want a laptop. A small, thin, cheap laptop on which I can write up blog posts and stuff. Needs only be capable of …

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Sassafrassin Rassafrasser!

This is driving me nuts. It may be an issue with my WordPress installation, or my CSS, an example of the problem can, currently, be seen two posts down. If I add a blockquote in WordPress, it adds [blockquote] around the area of text. All well and good. But if the quote has more than one paragraph, it adds a [p] tag within the blockquote, but only for the SECOND paragraph causing the blockquote to get all huffy (technical term). Currently the CSS for the blockquote looks like this: #content-float blockquote { color: #663399; padding: 8px; background: #F6FBF7 border: 1px dotted #CC99FF; font-style: italic; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; } The [p] tag within the blockquote won’t inherit from it as …

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Life update

Gran spent the night in hospital and should be well enough to go home today. The entire event (not the first of it’s kind) will again raise the question of whether she should really be in a sheltered housing complex, but it depends entirely on how stubborn the old dear is going to be. ~ The easter weekend has passed and, as usual, I worked Friday and Monday. People often ask me why I do that, and other than the fact that I don’t get them by default (which is good, I’d rather choose my own holidays thank you) I simply don’t enjoy them. Why? Ask diamond geezer. ~ Watched a couple of movies over the weekend, Miss Smilla’s Sense …

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Information Design and the Web 1

Inspired by John Zeratsky although I seem to have headed off with my own train of thought. Part 1 of 2 INFORMATION DESIGN – Sounds ominous, right? But it’s not. In fact it’s so everyday you probably don’t realise it’s affecting you every single minute of every single day. First things first though. What is “information design”? One of the best explanations I’ve come across is by Nathan Shedroff who states: The processes involved in solving problems, responding to audiences, and communicating to others are similar enough [across differing communication tools] to consider them identical … These issues apply across all types of media and experiences, because they directly address the phenomena of information overload, information anxiety, media literacy, media …

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