How not to blog

1. I was going to blog about the cheque I just put into the bank but that’ll just lead to a moan about how skint we are (and will be for some time) and I can’t be arsed with that. 2. I was going to blog about the holiday weekend but I didn’t have any holidays and that’ll just lead to a moan about how I need a break but can’t take one at the moment (next week, next week…). 3. I could blog about our plans for the garden this year, but they are dependant on money … see point 1. 4. I want to blog about web design stuff but as one client is still under wraps, and …

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The Office

Caught a glimpse of Martin Freeman on Parky on Saturday night. This was after watching “The Siege” the Denzel Washington, Annette Benning, Bruce Willis terrorist thriller that never got released (it’s all about terrorist attacks in New York, and was filmed pre-9/11) —it’s worth a watch actually, given the extra poignancy of some shots featuring the World Trade Center. Anyway, back to Parky and Martin Freeman. Naturally, they showed a clip of The Office and I found myself giggling along. Louise and my Mum were less than impressed though and quickly came to the conclusion that you need to work IN an office to find The Office funny. Is this true? Ohh and I bet Mr. Freeman may, one day, …

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What's in a name?

Anyone who has been visiting this site for a while will know that I have a bit of an ‘issue’ with the identity. It’s been through “snowgoon” to “something” to “gordonmclean.something” to “gordonmclean.co.uk” to “informationally overloaded” (and I’ve probably missed a couple).. and I’m sure you will agree when I say that THE MADNESS MUST STOP!!! Thing is… well… I dunno about you but I’m just not that keen on “informationally overloaded” as a title. I’ve considered shortening it to “info-overload”, and considered switching it back to being a tagline. I just don’t know. It’s a quandary indeed but I’m leaning on having just “Gordon McLean” as the title, with “is informationally overloaded” as the tagline. And I know I …

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Snippets

I promised myself I’d limit this kind of post to a Friday only, so please just ignore Wednesday’s post (it’s full of woe anyway…). In fact so am I, being a Wednesday child. Explains a lot, doesn’t it. Er… no. Not really. ~ Things wot I have learned to be effective #627: Don’t tag people with a Meme, let them lift it for themselves. Much more efficient than the usual “tag you’re it” method, and ensures no-one feels ‘excluded’ when you don’t pick them. ~ So, if comment is free why are all the comments riddled with dross and insults and negativity? No wait, that’s WHY they are full of dross, insults and negativity, because they are free… it’s a …

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Lunching with the diva

Of the pixel variety. Always good to meet a fellow blogger, and as we’ve “known” each other for several years (before she was a diva in fact) it was extra special to spend a pleasant lunch in the company of pixeldiva herself. We chatted about all sorts, as us eclectic bloggers are known to do, and my lunch hour (and a half) came to a close all to quickly. One topic we did discuss was you lot. Not ALL of you, obviously, but the core group of bloggers that I’ve been visiting for years, commenting, and emailing (with the occasional IM thrown in for good measure, you do have my MSN details, don’t you?) and, as I stated as we …

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Just one more

Hands up everyone who’s played Tetris. Hours I spent, flipping blocks round, shuffling them left and right, until my hand would cramp and the buttons of my GameBoy start to wear down. One memorable train journey down to London gave me the opportunity to play for some 6 straight hours and I could hardly move my thumb for days. You should’ve seen the high score though! Anyway, I’m a bit too busy to play many games these days, and I certainly don’t have the time nor the patience required for something like Tomb Raider. In fact, my game playing has evolved to the point where I much prefer a good “pick up and play” to anything that requires time or …

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Miscellany

Quick one today, things to do, people to see.. etc etc. Despite my recent plaudits First Scotrail aren’t happy to rest on their wotsits and have updated their notification system to include further updates on a set timescale. So, I can ask for an email to be sent to my work address with any problems of the evening train home AND then have text messages sent to my phone for the next 20 minutes after that in case of any late breaking issues. Top stuff indeed. I really must get along to one of their “meet the manager” sessions and congratulate them in person, although I’m sure my post will have been sent round and they are all patting themselves …

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Jack of none

I’m a fairly intelligent guy. I’m not a huge intellect but I reckon I’d be “slightly above average” on the scale of smartness which I’m sure exists somewhere… I mean I’ve taken one of those Mensa tests, and did some sort of “smartypants” test, before I joined Sage/tetra back in the day, so based on the those I have PROOF that I’m smarter than you. Well not you (obviously), but definitely YOU (yeah, you). I’m not boasting. Honest. In fact it’s become a bit of a puzzle for me, you see I’ve always been smart-ish, was in the top classes for Maths and English and if I’d applied myself a little more I’m sure I could’ve gone on to great …

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Inside Man

Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic Spike Lee goes big budget, a bank heist that isn’t, Denzel on form, Jodie Foster playing it straight and sassy, and Clive Owen talks quietly throughout. The trailers make this look like a thriller, and it is to an extent, the plot slowly reveals itself with some nice twists that keep you guessing although, like the best movies, the hints are all there whilst you watch. A smart bank heist movie then, except it isn’t. Spike Lee makes sure that the pacing isn’t too fast, and throws in some nice moments —the moment when a Hindu is grabbed by the police and they exclaim “Fuck, it’s an Arab!” gives us a nice …

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Every day?

Can’t be bothered to post. Yet the urge to post is an almost pavlovian reaction when a browser opens. It’s not healthy and I’m trying to break the habit of posting just for the sake of it and only posting when I have something to say or something to post (we did watch Inside Man at the cinema over the weekend, so I’ll write up a wee review thingy later). However, as has been pointed out, I do so like to delve into the why and wherefor of such reasoning and this is too good an opportunity to miss. Of course to do so would have me hoisted on my own petard, so I won’t. But what about you? Do …

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