Today I am mostly…

He may be a new addition to our house but little Ollie is already well settled. We understand his moods and wants, and he’s already squirmed his way into our hearts. Which made leaving him at the vet this morning all the harder, doubly so as, when I bent down to say goodbye he stuck a little black paw through the railings of his carrier cage. Bless. Ahem. In other news, the Conservative Party plan to make people to ‘community work’ if they have been unemployed for over two years. If they don’t do it, they don’t get their benefits. I quite like the sound of this, given that the perception is that a fair number of people who are …

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Writing for Translation

In the coming month I’ll be migrating some content from FrameMaker to AuthorIT and, whilst doing so, I’ll be taking a little extra time to re-write the content to be as re-usable friendly as possible, mainly because it’s likely we’ll be starting to localise our product at some point this year. I’ve a good idea of what is required when it comes to engaging a translation agency, I was involved a little in this area at a previous company, but have to admit that I’ve not really given the writing style required as much thought as I should’ve. Still, hindsight is 20/20. A phrase which, of course, would be hard to localise… ironic. So I’m doing a little research but …

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What’s in store for 2008?

Back after a couple of weeks of merriment, over-eating and general lazing about. Hopefully the festive season was as good to you as it was to me. But enough looking back, this time of year is all about looking forward. So what is coming up in the next 12 months? Well, I’m hoping to start migrating some content from Structured FrameMaker to AuthorIT, having decided that the overheads required to get DITA up and running just don’t stack up against the cost of ownership of AuthorIT. I’m a big fan of the principles behind DITA, and I will keep up-to-speed with progress, but it doesn’t suit our needs here. I’m also hoping to post a bit more often here, and …

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Contrary

Back to work in the morning and I’m quite looking forward to it, be good to catch up with people, and start the new year with enthusiasm. Or am I just saying that? And, even if I am just saying it, is that enough to actually make me believe it? You see, despite coming across as a fairly happy kinda guy, and whilst I have nothing to complain about in my life, I do tend towards morosity (if that’s a word), pessimism, cynicism and down right dour-facedness. It’s just that I tend to keep that part of me bottled up. In fact, I am so conscious of the fact that I tend to over-compensate and that leads to my current …

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In other news…

Moving away, briefly, from cat related news, today has been a busy one. Four new tyres on the car (thank you blackcircles.com for screwing up the original order), and… yeah ok, I think everything else is cat related. Booked Ollie into the vet to get jagged, snipped and chipped. Bought some “cat grass” and a fab new toy, a little laser pointer which kept him amused for about 30 minutes until, eventually, I got bored. Then headed to IKEA to buy a HOL unit in which he’ll have a nice secluded place for his litter tray (see the second part of this post for my inspiration). A quick visit to Aldi scored me a nice cheap thin ski jacket, just …

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Miaow

No, this is not a kitten post. We are not getting a kitten, there will be no cuteness here, well maybe a little for we are getting a cat in a week or so, more specifically we are getting a 1 year old, jet black cat called Ollie. My nephew and his flatmate have to give up their flat and rather than have the cat go to the local cat rescue centre we thought we’d take him. We both work all day and decided that it wouldn’t be fair on a kitten, nor a puppy and so other than getting a goldfish we kinda thought we’d remain petless for a while. However Ollie is a housecat, well trained and v.friendly, …

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Happy New Year

2008. No resolutions from me as I don’t bother with them, and also because I decide what mine would be back in November. That said, the traditional “must lose weight” makes an appearance, as does “must read more”. The former is largely down to the fact I’ve not been running… and because I’ve been using that as an excuse to eat everything in sight with the proviso that “I’ll diet in the New Year”. The latter is mainly because I’d like to get away from BUYING books that go unread until I take a holiday. So, really, 2008 will be the year of “NO”. I need to protect my waistline and my freetime! Ummm, right. Two resolutions then. What are …

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