One step forward

Life continues apace and that suits me just fine. Still making changes (tweaks) to how I live, replaced cheap TV unit with a better, cleaner, solution (before/after), and I’ve been going through ALL of my belongings to declutter as much as I can. I’m finding some neat parallels along the way too. My tastes for interior design are typically minimalist (Oriental/Scandinavian inspired) but I also have a soft spot for quirky ornaments. Marrying the two isn’t always easy but I’m finding the balance. Elsewhere in my life I’m starting to understand more and more about myself, unearthing and discovering little quirks that have been hidden (needfully) beneath a protective veneer. It helps that I have an understanding and amazing woman …

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Weekender

Busy day ahead, so I’ll be brief. My Office Christmas party was on Saturday night. Drawing up at the main entrance, I was greeted with a red carpet, and gladly accepted a glass of fine champagne. I turned down the partridge and quail The meal was served in the atrium area of our office (the carpeted section in the photo) and was pretty good. All I really remember was the constant supply of bottles of red wine, put an empty one down, 10 seconds later a full one appeared. It was such a fun game… i think. Meal finished, it was time for the company awards. I was lucky enough to be nominated for one but didn’t expect to win, …

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idea 2007

If you are in New York City in early October, check out the idea2007 conference, which will highlight and discuss designing complex information spaces of all kinds. A limited entry pre-conference event kicks things off on the 3rd of October, and the conference proper is on October 4th and 5th. Throughout their days, people are engaging with complex information to manage their lives. And designers now realize that information isn’t simply this stuff you find – the appropriate presentation of information helps people make sense of the world around them. This conference addresses issues of design for an always-on, always-connected world. Where “cyberspace” is a meaningless term because the online and offline worlds cannot be made distinct. Where physical spaces …

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The Office

Caught a glimpse of Martin Freeman on Parky on Saturday night. This was after watching “The Siege” the Denzel Washington, Annette Benning, Bruce Willis terrorist thriller that never got released (it’s all about terrorist attacks in New York, and was filmed pre-9/11) —it’s worth a watch actually, given the extra poignancy of some shots featuring the World Trade Center. Anyway, back to Parky and Martin Freeman. Naturally, they showed a clip of The Office and I found myself giggling along. Louise and my Mum were less than impressed though and quickly came to the conclusion that you need to work IN an office to find The Office funny. Is this true? Ohh and I bet Mr. Freeman may, one day, …

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Fool to myself

Regular readers will be bored silly of my repeated assertions of just How Busy I Am, and how I’ve been trying To Get More Organised. So, rather than harp on again, I’ll just preface any posts that may, or may not, appear this week with the disclaimer of I Am Busy. There, now I can post willy-nilly on all matter of silly subjects, pepper my posts with poor punctuation, and leave my spelling to the mercy of the gods of entymology (not even sure if I spelled that right, don’t care either). The latter point may seem lazy but I’m always assured that someone (he of the recent shave) will be a worser speller than I. I’d love to blog …

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Work, rest and play

The weekend creeps into view. Slowly. Tomorrow we’re off to Dumbarton to catch up with family; talk about next years holiday with sister-in-law, see if my Mum’s voice has returned to normal, give my sister a big hug*,and find out how my brother-in-law enjoyed New York. Louise is out on Saturday night so I get the TV/DVD/PS2 to myself. What to watch, what to play (Pro Evo 4 anyone? Errr… yes of course it’s legal m’laud). Sunday and… well no plans. I’ve got the grass to maim, and some weeding wouldn’t go amiss. Ohh and there are some international football games going on over the weekend as well. Good luck to Scotland and Wales (only because I reckon we’ll both …

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So far

Yesterday, some shopping, The Terminal, and some quiet reflection centred on New York. Today, airport at 6am to wave off the in-laws (really just making sure they got on the plane). Home to tidy up and head out to Chatelherault for a car launch thing for the new Renault Modus. Keep those 100 Things questions coming!

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How will I get to New York?

In somewhat untimely news it seems that Concorde has been grounded for good. So how on earth will I get to New York and back at the weekend for a shopping spree? Typical. Now, if they could’ve hung off for a few days until AFTER my Lottery win….

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Oscar ListJon points out that the The Oscar Nominations are up. I’m finding it hard to believe that Gangs of New York got 10. A good film but not Oscar material (especially not in the editing category!!) Whaddya think? Comments please!

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