Fat, fat, fattie

I’m overweight. I know I’m overweight, I know what I need to do to lose weight but I remain, stubbornly and without willpower, overweight. I don’t like the fact any more than you probably like thinking about it but those are the facts as they stand at the moment, laydees and gennelmenn. I am fat. Looking around me I see that there are other fat people too. I know I’m not alone, just as I know that whilst I may be fat, I’m actually quite happy. Sure it annoys me that the person I see in the mirror doesn’t match my mental self-image (ONE day someone with a swimmer’s body will stare back… yeah right..) but I’ve long since made …

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Writer River

The unstoppable Tom Johnson has cranked out a new Digg-style website aimed at collating the best blog posts and articles about technical communications, as voted for by registered users (that’s you!). It’s a great idea, and I really hope it takes off (whilst secretly hoping that at least ONE of my posts makes the front page one day!). WriterRiver.com is a social news site for technical communicators, which means you can both submit and vote on news stories. When you submit stories, they initially appear on the Upcoming Stories tab. After a story receives 5 votes, it moves to the Front Page Stories tab. Go and check it out, get registered and start submitting.

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Swampy 2006

Bloody hell, I WON ONE! You are now reading, OFFICIALLY, the Best Manly Blog of last year! Go me! According to Timbo: “He’s a man, which is a good start. He’s Scottish, and as we all know all Scottish people are tough and therefore manly. He knows lots of technical things about Interweb thingy stuff and probably trucks and tanks. He runs, which is something only men are really any good at. See, very manly.”

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25 Tracks

No, it’s not a meme (although I think there is one). Let’s say that you could download, for free, 25 tracks of music. And, for the sake of completeness, let’s say that this opportunity was given to you by the lovely Lisa of Rullsenberg Rules and that the tracks must be available from emusic.com which has a huge range covering most genre. What would YOU download? And yes, if I get 25 tracks from you lot, I’ll download them and.. well… something else might happen. So, ONE TRACK PER PERSON please, and I’ll try and confirm if it’s available. The trial runs out in 14 days, but you’ll all lose interest WAY before then, so have at it! P.S. I’m …

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Today…

… I will mostly be meeting met “BritBlog” Mark (he’s organising a blogmeet dahn sarf by the way). It was Be good to finally meet him having exchanged so many, and some heated, emails in the past year or so. We chatted about this and that but mainly, obviously, the plans for the merger of Scottish Blogs and Britblog. Over the past couple of months since the first announcement we’ve been round the house with the design and now we both agree that we’ve got a good model to take forward. We’ll issue an update soon, but I have to admit that I’m getting a little excited about things. Mark’s a great guy, very self-effacing and I think meeting face-to-face …

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Counting

Thundering at the window. Rain slams into glass. A million impacts. A staccato beat of tiny sharp flat… Ohhh bugger that, too tired to be creative… It’s chucking it down, blowing a gale and keeping me awake. Rather than lie in bed and wonder if that new dripping noise is a drip or, um, something non-drip related… ohh it’s just stopped. Phew. Dammit, a new one has just started. My home is my castle and my mind keeps me awake lest I miss any damage reports from this whooshing groaning screaming building. Now, I think I got a couple of hours sleep as the last time I saw on the clock, before I got back up, was 11.54pm. It’s now …

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Composed

To be sung to a classic four bar blues riff – think “Bad to the Bone” from Terminator 2, each line interspersed with a DA NAH NAH NAAH NA style, chugging guitar: Woke at two thirty,The house was hot,Got up outta bed,So see what’s what, Was the heating busted?Or was it still on?Temperature readingTWENTY ONE! Bashed a few buttons,To turn it back down,Set it to thir-teen,My job was done, Then I woke up this morning,To a cold cold house,The wife she was angry,I felt like a louse … And so on. I really should learn how to operate that new fangled control unit thing we got installed.

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Getting there

Limping towards the finish line that will be the ‘members only’ launch of the Scottish Blogs website. Just need to get ONE DAMN FORM working, import some data and ‘stick a fork in me’ I’m done. I’ll let the current members play with it for a bit (which means I’ll be blocking it off temporarily with a password… maybe.. if I can be bothered) and allow them to edit their details and then the site goes live. There are still quite a few features I want to add but I can add them later without a hit on the current users and I really need to get this off my ‘list’. In other news (ohh hang on, can’t mention that) …

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Did you know

OK, I’m cheating on this one, I’m supposed to email several people with this, but I’m too damn lazy. (One thing about my friend S who sent me this, we both like mashed potato, and I’d just bought The Cold Six Thousand a day before I got her email! Spooky coincidence) 1. LIVING ARRANGEMENT? With my wonderful wife. 2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? The City and The Stars – Arthur C Clarke, Harts War – John Katzenbach, Underworld – Don DeLillo. 3. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Don’t use one, the joys of an optical mouse. 4. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOARD GAME? Trivial Pursuit I guess, only one we play. 5. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MAGAZINE? Q, Focus, FHM… …

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