What's in a name?

The price of fame, in blogland, appears to be nasty comments. At least that’s what some visitors, the minority it would seem, to Naked Blog take it to be. Peter rightly points out that it is his writing that is the key element of his site, but I’m not sure that the following statement is quite what he means. “the medium would descend to a money-making racket, then I wouldn’t have championed it so vociferously over the aeons.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to second guess a Bloggies Lifetime Achievement nominee but there seems to be a growing view that you either blog for pleasure, for the aesthetic if you will, or you are a whore to the …

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Patience?

Blimey, it’s almost cold enough to freeze the testicles off a monkey made from a copper and zinc alloy! Anyway, my fingers are just about warm enough to type so I have a question. How long should I wait for payment before re-listing an item on eBay? The bidding ended 5 days ago, and I’ve contacted the buyer twice, once to say if they paid immediately they could have the item by the weekend, and again last night to enquire WHEN they would be paying… the second email was mainly to see if I get a response at all! I didn’t include a ‘must be paid in x days’ note anywhere but in my limited experience with eBay I’ve never …

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Weekender

Blimey, it’s almost over ALREADY! A few beers on Friday night, and after dragging myself away from the pub I came home to find the remnants of a curry Louise had ordered, bonus! Admittedly after a few pints of Guinness and a spot of curry, Saturday was a little… windy. Thankfully by the time Saturday evening rolled around I was no longer in danger of making the shipping forecast – MALIN. NORTHWEST 4 INCREASING 7 OR GALE 8. SMELLY. – and enjoyed a great evening out to mark the 21st birthday of Louise’s cousin, Sharon (OK, not really. She’s 53… um… 41?… no wait… 36??). It’s always a good night out, as that side of the family are very easy …

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iTunes Meme

Meme alert. Yes, always a sure sign that I’m too busy to be bothered actually putting some effort into posting here, it’s meme time. This one was stolen from Neil and has scared me a little, particularly the first set of stats. Who the hell needs that many tracks?* How many total songs? 11,937 songs, equal to 35.3 days or 59.38 GB. And I’ve still got a few CDs left to rip, need a new hard drive first! Sort by song title – first and last?    First: ’39 by Queen (album track from A Night at the Opera) – a lovely banjo lead ditty about space travel.    Last: Zuton Fever by The Zutons (album track from Who killed the Zutons?) …

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4 Things

When in doubt, meme! (or in other words, I’ve been tagged by Ben at Binary Moon). Four jobs that I’ve had Training Squad – McDonalds Technical Author – Dr.Solomons (McAfee) Documentation Specialist – Tetra (Sage Group) Technical Communications Manager (now Senior Tech Author) – current employer Four movies I can watch over and over Groundhog Day (no I’m not trying to be funny) The Shawshank Redemption The Rock L.A. Confidential Four places I have lived Dumbarton Aylesbury Bothwell Hamilton Four TV shows I like to watch 24 – new series starts on Sky One on Feb 12th! Friends – ohhhh sue me. It’s easy to watch. Frasier [insert successful American show, probably from HBO] – House, Gray’s Anatomy, Lost, Desperate …

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Here's tae Rabbie

Some hae meat and cannot eat. Some cannot eat that want it: But we hae meat and we can eat, Sae let the Lord be thankit. 1 Tonight we feasted on haggis, neaps and tatties in homage to the beloved scoundrel of Scotland George Galloway Robert Burns. It’s been a long time since I attend a Burns Supper, with all it’s traditions, songs and laughter they are great fun, so if you ever get an invite to you really should accept. These days they even allow the wummin to attend – previously they were men only affairs – although it’s fair to say that’s nothing to do Rabbie as he loved the ladies, fathering a few illegitimate children in his …

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Miscellany

Is it rude to phone an establishment you’ve emailed and ask them to check their email? What’s the point of having a website and an email address if you don’t check them and respond to potential customers?! Eh!! A question. Whilst driving to the airport to pick up my sister-in-law today I was bullied out of the outside lane by a very intimidating procession which including 5 police motorbikes, one large black tinted windowed Merc with blue lights flashing behind the grill and two larger black tinted windowed Range Rovers, also flashing flights behind grills and the rear windscreen. Who was it that garnered such obvious protection? Anyone got any ideas? They pulled in to Glasgow Airport somewhere but I …

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Grooming

Recently, Adrian of Sevitz admitted to spending a lot of money getting his hair and nails done and it got me thinking. Now, I’m the type of guy who still visits a barber, refuses to pay more than £10 for a haircut – my last haircut cost £6 instead of £8 because “let’s be honest love, there’s not that much left to cut” – and when my wife points out that my back is getting a little hirsute my only thought is if that is the reason I’m always so warm. I do ‘groom’ though. I moisturise most days as I’m prone to dry skin and I am regularly attacked by a woman wielding a pair of tweezers determined to …

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Meet the author

(and several other far more interesting people) February 18th, the Jolly Judge pub in Edinburgh, anytime after 2pm (full details). Just thought I’d mention it here lest anyone miss it, and yes I’ve emailed everyone who has attend previous blogmeets. At least I think I did… Anyway, be there or be the product of a number multiplied by itself (oh yes, you can imagine the ‘witty’ banter already!!).

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Personal Priority Ponderings

Despite the fact I’ve only been away for a week I seem to have lost some of my usual ‘productive’ habits and I’m struggling to get my head around everything I need to get done this week. Typically that means I resort to one thing. A big long list. Trouble is, having started it, I’m struggling to remember what should be on it (in fact I’ve just added two items in the midst of typing that last sentence, funny how the mind works, ain’t it). It’s not that I feel particularly out of touch as much as that I’ve never really noticed just how busy my average day is and how far behind I fall when I’m out of my …

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