Like Herding Cats

You know when you have a set of disparate, yet related, ideas and plans and whilst you know they WILL all tie together it can sometimes be a struggle to both see how that will happen and communicate it to your various stakeholders? Well that’s where my head has been the past couple of weeks. No wonder I’ve been tired and headachey, my brain hurts! Basically I’m trying to pull together a plan for the next 6-12 months that wraps up the ongoing development of the single source solution my team have in place (we are using Author-it), with the production of a knowledge centre (containing all of the product documentation, releases notes and more), which will be hosted on …

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On blog comments

I always get excited when I see an email in my inbox with a subject line that starts “WordPress:…” as it means someone has commented on one of my blogs. Such a simple delight I know but hey, you take pleasure in the little things I guess. Sometimes that delight is instantly crushed when I realise it’s a spambot that is trying to add a comment containing a link to either some ‘enhancing’ pharamceutical, a flirty comment from a hot chick, or just complete nonsense accompanied by a phishing URL. However there seems to be a rise in the number of “real” spam comments these days, and that is hugely disheartening. These comments are left by, it seems, real people …

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Chapter 4

‘Why not’, he thinks as he circles the advert in bold red ink, ‘I’ve tried everything else’. Wanted: People who can find lost things. He’d always been pretty good at figuring things out, liked reading detective novels when he was younger, and he never failed to find his Christmas presents no matter how ingeniously his parents hid them. Yeah, this might finally be the job for him. God knows he’d tried just about everything else, and had the scars to prove it. With nothing else catching his eye, he scoffs down the last bite of his pastry, washes it down with the last of his coffee and hustles over to the payphone in the corner. “Yes?” a brusque voice answers. …

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Observed

Despite having had a small fortune spent on it recently, the car needed to go back into the garage this morning. I decided that I’d drop the car off, walk to the barber and get my haircut then walk home. Rain permitting. Which it did. All in it’s a couple of miles, mostly uphill and as the day wasn’t too warm, nor too cold, and the clouds were slowly dispersing I thought, why the hell not. I’ve always liked walking, more so in cities where there is so much to observe, but even a wander through a suburban town like Hamilton has moments that make it worthwhile, be they sad, happy, odd or even mundane. A middle aged woman sitting …

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