The World Cup

There was a large sporting event happening in South Africa, you may have heard about it. I’ve been really good and, despite watching almost every game, I’ve not really mentioned it here and I’ve tried not to be too boring about it on Twitter (I feel sorry for my followers at times, I really do). Spain won. I yelled and punched the air when this happened. I was most pleased. Mainly because Holland seemed to think the best way to stop Spain was to kick them (in the chest at one point). And here endeth the football.

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Power of the Internets

I don’t have Uncle Ben, and I’m not Peter Parker, but the phrase “with great power comes great responsibility” is foremost in my mind at the moment. Although, when I say “great power” I really mean “a tiny bit of influence, mostly exerted through Google’s search algorithms” but that’s not quite as catchy… The thing is, I could write something here that is very complimentary and it could have a direct influence on the business that someone is running. For example, I COULD list the failings of our current estate agent, and then when someone Google’d the company name they’d find my comments. But that would be wrong. Wouldn’t it?

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I is a Editor

(note to self: stop with the jokey bad grammar, peoples might think you cant be writing good) I’ll say this quietly because I’m a little apprehensive but, for the next few months, it looks like we will have extra resource in our team. Basically we are ahead of the curve when it comes to recruiting so, until the rest of the R&D team catches up, we are one technical writer up! Which means that we are taking the opportunity to both get ahead with some things, and catch up on others, and one of the things we’ve never tried here is to have a formal editoral review of the content. Peer review is one thing and whilst the technical content …

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Do what you can

If you don’t have any alternatives, you can’t object. I’m not fond of making such black and white statements but, driving to work this morning, I heard an item on the news that really annoyed me. Apparently, immigration officials have been suggesting to gay immigrants who are being sent back to their home country, that they should keep quiet about their sexuality to avoid persecution. Not ideal, I agree, but then on came some spokesperson for some campaign group who stated it was wrong to give such advice as it wouldn’t stop the persecution. She didn’t (or it was edited out) offer an alternative of course. So, either the immigrants go back to their  home countries, say nothing about their …

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I’m cheating on you

I’m sorry, dear reader, truly I am. I feel bad, very bad indeed, guilty even. It’s not you though, it’s me, honestly. You are lovely, it’s just… well I wanted something different… So I am writing blog posts elsewhere. Blog posts you might be interested in… I’m sorry I didn’t tell you before, but it’s just not that easy to bring up in conversation, you know? Please don’t judge me, I will write for you again soon. Ohhh, you want to see what I’ve been writing? Hmmm are you sure? Well, ok, but only because you asked so nicely.

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10 years

I’ve had a personal website for over 11 years, the earliest posts from that are in the archives here in a category titled B.B. (Before Blog). Each page was handcrafted and typically it would take twice as long to get the post online as it took the write it in the first place. Then, along came Blogger. A way to publish at the push of a button and, on this day 10 years ago, I did just that. Since then a lot has changed. Which seems very obvious to say but it’s only when you sit back and think on the events of the past 10 years that I realise how different I am to the person that wrote those …

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