Weekend Mantra

I must not waste the weekend. I must not waste the weekend. I must not waste the weekend. The reason I’m repeating this is because, from Saturday afternoon until late Sunday evening I have the place to myself. And the footie season is starting. And I have a list of things that need done around the house (yeah, one of THOSE lists). Not to mention my own lists of things I’d like to get done, one of which is to formulate a plan on how to start a social media/community driven website for an organisation. I’ve already pondered a day of lounging around on the sofa, drinking coffee, eating pizza and chocolate hobnobs and varying my viewing between said sport …

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That sudden tightness

Driving home tonight along the A82, I’m doing 58mph in a 50mph zone. As I approach a corner a motorbike zips by me. I round the corner and just as I pass the exit ramp from the local quarry, I spot a blue light. Shit. I immediately take my foot off the accelerator but don’t brake, too obvious. Fuck. The lights flash as the police car pulls up behind me. Crap. What do I do? I’ve never been stopped before. Ohh I feel sick to my stomach, guess I’ll have to just take whatever punishment they hand out. Wonder how it will effect my car insurance. Dammit, what an idiot. And with that the police car accelerates, pulls out, and …

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Paper based

I am a paper junkie. I’m a whore for a nice caliper of paper, not too thick as to be card, not too thin as to be unsubstantial. I love the feel of paper, the rustle and rigidity that give way with a subtle movement. I love the sound of ink being laid down, the gentle drag as my hand loops and dots across the page. Despite all the advances of modern technology, I don’t see this changing. In fact I’m such a slave to this way of thinking that I’ll often print off an email if it contains important information that I’ll need at some point in the next day or so. As such I walk around with a …

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Waiting Alone

I’m sitting in the waiting area. I’m alone until an elderly lady shuffles in. I watch as she struggles to walk the few paces to the counter, I listen as she is asked to wait and watch the pained expression on her face as she gingerly steps towards the nearest chair. She turns and sits, her back to me. As she sits down the door swings open suddenly, in strides a man, about my age, full of purpose. He too is told to go and take a seat. He thumps over and plonks himself down opposite the old lady. He is smartly dressed, trousers and a shirt, well polished shoes. He takes out his mobile phone and starts his ritual. …

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I be done thunking

I’m not a big thinker. I’m a big planner and ponderer but largely, when it comes to thinking, I tend to avoid it at all costs. As such, a lot of my decisions can seem quite rash to some people. I’ve certainly not spent much time pondering things like the purchasing of houses or cars, instead they tend to be quick decisions, and I’ll be honest and say that such a policy has bitten me in the arse. It was a flat we bought in Aylesbury, it was big, slightly oddly laid out and need a fair amount of work to get it into shape. Oh well, live and learn. As I lay on the sofa and drifted in and …

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Dumbarton Bridge

Spanning the River Leven just up from where it meets the mighty Clyde, the “old bridge” is still something I’m drawn to whenever I’m back in Dumbarton. It’s not that the bridge itself holds much significance, just a few memories of walking over it on the way to Levengrove Park, leaning over to peer into the water, watching shoals of mullet glide around.

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Making it up

Having been off work the past week, spending most of my time sleeping on the sofa (think I’m fighting off a virus), I’ve been pondering what I do and how I do it. And I think I’m at that point in my career when experience plays a large part and, despite any processes that are in place, I have to agree with what Donna said. I’m making it up. Whilst that sounds like a very glib and unprofessional statement, it is probably true for you as well. Making it up is actually quite hard to do. It presumes that you have enough knowledge about who you are creating your information for, why they need it, how they want to access …

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RIP John Hughes

Being off ill, and spending most of my days dozing, means I’m slightly behind on some things. So I was very sad to hear that John Hughes had died. I wouldn’t say I was a big fan, but given that I grew up with such movies as Pretty in Pink and Ferris Buellers Day Off, I guess I was a bigger fan than I thought. To my shame I didn’t see The Breakfast Club until a few years ago, which is both a good and bad thing. Good in that it would probably have coloured my view of life for a while if I’d seen it as a teenager (very easily influenced), good that I probably appreciate it more as …

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I am rubbish

At being ill that is, completely and utterly rubbish. Admittedly my current ails leave me little to no choice but to mope around, thwarting any effort to do pretty much anything. Take, this blog post as an example, I’m already feeling light headed and my arms are heavy and I really just don’t have the energy. It’s starting to piss me off. Well it would but I don’t even have the energy for that. So I’ve been glued to the sofa, either watching movies or dozing, or a combination of the two meaning in the past four days I’ve only managed to watch three movies as I keep falling asleep. I am only posting this to assure you all that …

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No Kahuna

A few weeks ago I mentioned that we were looking for a new way track our tasks. After checking out a few different applications and web applications, I think we have a solution. The problem we have is that, whilst the bulk of the work is scheduled against a project plan, there are a myriad of smaller tasks and documentation changes that we need to track. These come in through various channels, our Support team, our ‘Core’ team (who maintain the latest stream of the product), and through our team inbox. Previously we mirrored the development teams approach and used index cards and a BIG whiteboard but it wasn’t really working for us for a variety of reasons. So I …

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