Elbow – Carling Academy

Last night I stood in a crowd of people, rapt and in awe of a band that, frankly, can’t get much better (although I’m sure they’ll prove me wrong). I’m not going to write a review per se as SwissToni has already done an excellent job, but I did just want to capture some thoughts about last night. 1. It’s the subtle things that make you realise this is a slick outfit, well seasoned. Guy Garvey comes on stage wearing a jacket. As the first song starts up he takes it off and lays it down. At the end of the evening, as the last song winds up he puts it back on. End of show. 2. As others have …

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One year wiser

A quick thank you to everyone who took a moment from their day to wish me Happy Birthday on Friday. Many of you did so through Twitter, some by email, some by comments on this blog, some by text message and… eh… yeah I think that’s it. Thank you. Each little message gave me a lift and I was a little surprised by just how I was affected. I am sincere when I say that it meant a lot to me, so thanks (have I said thanks yet? thanks!). So, as I sit here in a new t-shirt, smelling of new aftershave, contemplating which Hitchcock movie to watch (from the boxset I received), or perhaps to play one of the …

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Thoughts on HATT Survey thoughts

Tom Johnson has had a look at the survey recently published by the HATT matrix website on help authoring and, by pulling in the results of some other surveys in the same area, has extrapolated some good conclusions from them. He rightly points out that surveys need to be taken with a pinch of salt (he goes into the detail of why this is so), and that whilst the numbers involved would seem to be high enough it’s likely that the questions themselves need further consideration in future. That said, there are two things I took from his post. 1. Know the problem before picking the tool You may not be in the position to switch authoring tools, but if …

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Pssssssstt

Anyone got any words I can borrow? I need to find more than 140 characters worth as that’s all I seem capable of at the moment. So, I’d like to blog, I really would but I’m now stuck, not paused. Odd that. In times of old I’d just keep typing and see what turned up, usually a load of old tosh (you HAVE checked out the archives, right?) but I’m struggling to do even that. And, to be honest, there isn’t any good reason for it. The events of last week have passed and it turns out that my thoughts on presents is probably something I should’ve considered better before I posted. I could post a follow up to that …

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Ohh I’m WAY busier than you..

Due to product release pressures I’ve not had much time to look at the new version of Author-it, let alone get the SQL database setup so the rest of my team can get it installed and starting having a play. Whilst we are getting some training organised, I’m confident that we are smart enough to figure out a lot of the basics ourselves (I’ve used Author-it before so can guide them a little) leaving the training for the harder things such as variants. Having finally sourced space on a server my next task will be to setup the database on SQL Express. This is a cutdown version of Microsoft SQL Server, with much the same functionality but a maximum database …

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Paused

I started this blog, this website, purely to see if I could. It wasn’t really about the writing/publishing/conversation at that time, it was only about me. I’d already started jotting down my thoughts (for various reasons) and despite the rambling nature of them I did find that it helped. The process of vocalising and externalising your thoughts and emotions is a compelling reason to write. It’s just the show off in me that continues to blog. So why the sudden introspection? Well, as ever, that big thing called LIFE has given me cause to focus and ponder and consider. I’ve just had the sad news that my friend’s Dad has suddenly passed away. It brings back memories in a sudden …

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Present tense

I wish people would stop asking me, I really don’t know and whilst I can always give suggestions I really honestly don’t need anything. Can we just not do the whole present thing? I am, of course, talking about my upcoming birthday. Now I’m fairly well off, I can afford most of what I want and that’s even before I consider things I really NEED (errr… nothing, really), so the whole idea of getting birthday presents seems a bit daft. Is it just me? Regular readers will know I that I flip-flop between fighting off the hordes of consumerism and succumbing to charms of the latest gadget. So this whole birthday present thing depends on the current state of the …

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What’s in a name?

Every company is unique. Every company has their own processes, their own documents and, of course, their own language. That language is part of the culture and if you don’t embrace the new language it’s likely that there will always be friction and, worse, misunderstanding in the future. Take, for example, the process documents you work with. Regardless of industry there is usually some form of communication that contains the requirements of what you have been asked to build, and after that it is likely there will be a more detailed communication that outlines what it will take to meet those requirements. Previous monikers for the former, that I’ve come across, include Market Requirement Document, Business Requirement Document, Request for …

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Brrrrrrrrrrrr

Just a quick blog post to note that this morning we heard the first ‘ding’ of this coming season, when our car tells us the temperature has dropped to 3C (or below). No frost yet, but it can’t be far away. And, is it just me, or did we suddenly enter Autumn bang on October 1st? It’s like someone flipped a switch!

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And I did run

Last night, after a gloriously sunny day, the clouds rolled in and the heavens opened. Why does that phrase always making me think that God is peeing on us (or all of the angels? I dunno…)? Anyway, the rain raineth on the just, which is apt as I only just made it in time to start the first jogScotland session, splish-splashing my way across the car park to catch up with the group as they made their way out into Strathclyde Park. Thankfully I asked which group it was before they headed off as it was the wrong group (who were setting out for a 30 min jog, my group was doing 15 mins! Hey, I’m easing myself back in..). …

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