Information(ally) Overload(ed)

Note: Been meaning to post this for some weeks now but couldn’t find the right moment… I guess now is as good a time as any. Cross-posted at Informationally Overloaded, my ‘other’ blog. The title of this blog was, believe it or not, chosen more carefully than most of you may realise, and far more carefully than I let on. Mind you I do put some thought into this site from time to time, honest, so it may not come as that much of a surprise to some.. This blog has always been, and will remain to be, a place where I can dump my brain. A place I can spew out the various thoughts that assault my mind on …

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A friendly reminder

If you currently link to this site, please update your bookmarks, links, blogrolls and whatnot to http://www.onemanblogs.co.uk/. The previous URL (gordonmclean.co.uk) will stop forwarding to this site at the end of the month. You have been warned.

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Dispatches from the deck(chair)

A week in the sun. Mild tan achieved (think healthy glow rather than skin cancer city) and back to the rain. So a few numbers, and a notable mention or two. Number of crappy spy thriller novels read: 1 – Tom Clancy: Red Rabbit Number of books from “list of books I really should read”: 1 – Kerouac: On the Road Number of fascinating books that made me think: 1 – Maeda: Simplicity Number of times I had to charge my iPod: 3 – mainly due to Albert Hammond Jr., Elbow and Starflyer 59 (with Stevie and Aretha as backup) Number of runs: 2 – would’ve been three but for various circumstances, more on which in a moment Number of …

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Selling my soul

I receive a bribe! Why am I starting to sound like JonnyB! and what’s with the exclamation marks! A friendly email, from a friendly person, from a company I’ve used before, arrives in my email. Apparently he’d like to bribe me to blog about his company and their website. I’ve used said company before, and was quietly impressed by what they had to offer (at that time) but this is different as money, or rather a voucher of monetary value, is involved. And so I find myself with a dilemma. Looking around the internet, in general not about this company in particular, there is plenty of bile, vitriol and ire spouted forth about all and sundry. Nary a product or …

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Click, delete, click, delete

Photography can be a bit of a black art, but then anyone who has picked up any camera that is more than a point-and-shoot will know that. Aperture this, exposure that, bracketing, f numbers, focal distances and on and on and on with the terminology. Of course that’s the same with any technology, I know, so I guess what I’m really saying is that I’ve yet to experience that lightbulb moment, that mental switch where everything goes from being “Maybe if I … ” to “I know this’ll look better if …”. I guess this is what makes a hobby, a hobby. Specialist knowledge. Right? As I’m constantly trying to improve my knowledge, and hone my, ahem, art, I generally …

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Drawn to Water

Recently, Hg was musing on how he is “fascinated by the sparseness of the planet’s polar extremes and specifically by artistic responses to the territory”. He quote from Brian Keenan’s book, Four Quarters of Light, and it’s such a great quote that I have to repeat it here: “Wilderness to the creative mind is like a blank canvas to a painter: it is full of possibilities. Here is perfect peace and absolute freedom; here too may be the prologue of melancholy or bliss. In the wilderness there are no ready-made roads; you make your own and go where you choose.” Isn’t that glorious. The entire post is worth a read and really struck a chord, and as well as having …

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Costa de la destinación Tropical

OK, if this link works correctly, the cross marks the exact position on the roof terrace where I’ll spend most of my days next week. The beach is just too far (well not really … scroll down that page a little… ). The weather looks ok, and I’ve got a fully loaded iPod and a few books to get me through. I may have to resort to alcohol at some points of.. every evening.. but don’t worry, I’ll survive. And don’t panic, I have found the time to line up the odd post for you to keep you amused in my absence. Ohh sure there are other blogs you COULD read but, frankly, why would you? I mean aside from …

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Writing isn’t important

Like most professionals I’m a member of various mailing lists, all of which deal with very similar issues, usually with overlapping people and discussions as well. The field of Technical Communications is wide and varied but there is always one type of query which is guaranteed to get a response… or 50 responses… sometimes more. They are typically asked innocently enough, and at face value you’d think that most of them can be answered fairly simply and without too much back and forth. But, of course you are discounting one major factor, that holds true in many industries but does seem to be more prevalent in mine. Pedantry. The vagaries of the English language are well-documented and far-reaching, yet time …

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Gordon's Mum Writes

Whilst I’ve written about this in the past (thanks to Donalda, who STILL doesn’t have a blog and I think she’d be a big hit, for finding it for me), my Mum has responded to a recent request for the “Gordon Gordon” story. I’ve never tried guest authors, but as it’s my Mum… mind you, this is definitely a one-off, if you want any more tales from my Mumsy then she’ll need to setup a blog of her own (which would, as it happens, give her the, apparently, much sought after coloured name in the comments). The previous two sentences will make NO sense whatsoever if you don’t visit the comments here very often. Sorry about that, but it IS …

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