Almost finished

Bye bye 2009, almost. It’s been…. well for the most part it’s been fun, it’s been good, I’ve learnt a lot, and will take some of that into the coming year. Christmas was, as ever, a mixbag of anti-climax, lots of food, laughter, some alcohol and a nasty hacking cough. I have resolutions ready, one only, and will tape them to my mirror as that seemed to help a bit with the ones I had last year (Exercise, Lose Weight). And whilst I’d love to do a big round up of the past year I’m not going to. Not done one before, and don’t see why I should start now. Hope you’ve all had a good ‘festive period’ (that’s what …

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Santa is on his way

So, go on then, which list are you on? Naughty or Nice? Naughty for me, without doubt, and frankly I wouldn’t have it any other way. Those “Nice” kids have no fun whatsoever, life is too short. I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already, but then as my sleeping patterns are all fucked up as I’m hacking and coughing like a the seasoned 80-a-day smoker I’m not. Huge balls of phlegm that gargle and bubble in my… ohh too much information? Sorry. It’s not too bad to be honest, and if nothing lese means I have a real excuse for sitting watching movies all day (all 4 hours of The Ten Commandments the other day, currently singing along to The …

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Present and Future

As we roll into the holiday season, I’m going to be pausing this blog until the New Year. I’ve found it tricky at times to get into a regular posting schedule here, so that’s something I’m hoping to rectify in 2010. Looking back it’s been a good year for me, and I’m hoping to take a lot of things forward in the coming year. All of that will be covered here, of course, and I’ve got some plans to revisit some of the topics that I’ve shared with you this year. Rather than write up a review I thought I’d just see what Wordle thought of my website, which is interesting in and of itself: Thanks to everyone who has …

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MNTKOT*

I can remember the first time I heard it, in the Clyde Bar in Helensburgh. Raw, explosive, vitriolic and, to my 17yr old ears, a spitting hammer blow through my music collection. I bought the CD that weekend and as soon as I got home, rushed up to my room, closed the door (I’m not THAT rebellious), put it in the stereo and turned it up loud. Thumping bass notes, screeching guitar and THAT refrain. FUCK YOU, I WON’T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME!! As a track it still has enough raw energy and youthful (misguided) attitude to remain an anthem to many an angsty, angry, acne-ridden youth, and through the “power of the internet” it’s now the Christmas number …

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Technical Documentation Know-how

A few days ago I received an email about a new website. I’ve seen it mentioned on other blogs but think it’s worth repeating as there is some useful information there. I am contacting you because I have just thought that maybe a post about my new web site on software documentation and user assistance could also be interesting for your readers. In addition to about 250 useful links for technical writers, the site for example provides checklists and up-to-date market surveys of more than 350 help authoring tools, screen capture tools, screencasting tools and other utilities for technical communicators. All information can also be downloaded as a PDF booklet (approx. 100 pages). On the website you can find some …

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A new view

A few years ago, having bought my first digital camera, I realised there was much more to taking a photograph than just “point and shoot” and I started to consider the machinations of photography a bit more seriously, I read up on things like exposure, aperture, f-stops and other things with odd names to make sure I had a good grasp of the basics. Then I bought a semi-SLR camera with the aim of practicing with that so when I “upgraded” to a full SLR I’d be getting the most of all the capabilities. Well that and the semi-SLR camera was much cheaper. So, armed with my Canon Powershot S3 I started taking photos “properly”. I was mindful of the …

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How to Write

What a wonderful group of people you are, my dear readers and fellow Twitterers. I asked for some suggestions as I’m pulling together a short, internal, workshop covering some simple techniques and tips for the “non-writers” in our organisation. I received some great suggestions and a couple of excellent links and, as promised, here is a generic version of the presentation. How To Write View more presentations from Gordon McLean. The one I’ll run internally has some examples that are specific to the audience and our organisation, so I’d suggest if you are going to use the presentation I’ve provided, that you add in your own examples. Much easier for people to understand if they see real examples in action.

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Mystery

Two things happen to me on a semi-regular basis. Well, a lot of things happen to me on a semi-regular basis but I’m only going to mention two of them in this blog post. Frankly if I was to list all the things that happen to me on a semi-regular basis I’d be here all day and you’d be somewhere else because that would probably be THE MOST BORING BLOG POST IN THE WORLD, EVAH! So I’ll limit it to two things that happen to me, mainly because there is no pattern as to when they happen and I’ve never been able to figure out what causes them. Now let me just stress that these things are, in the grand …

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Always Learning

In using up the last of my holiday allocation for the year, I find myself finishing up on the 17th December and not returning to work until the 5th of January. Previously I’d have viewed that as a good chance to get some things done (and there are two things I MUST get done before the end of the year) but being yet another year old and wiser I’ve decided not to bother making any plans. Sure if I end up with a free day I have a few things in mind, but by and large I’ll be taking things as they come. It’s gonna be a chilled out Christmas.

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