Not only..

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My Gran was kept in hospital for the last couple of nights, precautionary measure as she’s doing fine. Not sure when she’ll get out though. Back from the doctor’s myself having had the stitches removed from my back, a little raw still but feels a lot better. And in a nice bit of juxtaposition, whilst…

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GhostWritten

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Ghostwritten by David Mitchell. A quick search confirms some basic facts about this book, including the oft repeated fact that it is an astonishing debut. Written in the style of a series of short stories that share a common thread the writing style never seems forced and flows from tense set pieces to languid descriptive…

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Real news

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Every now and then something really important happens, not important in the “newsworthy” sense as is evidenced by the fact that it is already being shunted off the front pages (although I am in no way belittling the victims of the recent earthquake in Indonesia and the surrounding area) but important in the sense that…

Clarity

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I have four blogrolls, the one on the left, one for “Other Blogs”, one for PhotoBlogs and an “Auditioning” blogroll. I’ve come to rely on and be comfortable working with them. They are loaded into a custom home page every time I start my browser. I can’t use bl.ogs as it only allows one “blogroll”….

Blogrolling

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My blogrolling subscription is due in 7 days. Or I need to find an alternative, bl.ogs is OK but I have FOUR blogrolls and it only allows one. Maintaining links by hand is OK but then I don’t see when people have updated. Bloglines still hasn’t wormed it’s way completely into my way of surfing….

RADAR

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Jonathan King. Guilty or not he needs to learn the meaning of the word dignity, although I doubt he’d recognise it if you filled a large bucket with it and twatted him upside the head. Twice. On what scale do you judge musical popularity? Critical acclaim, album sales or a varied level of both? What…

Miscellany

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I’ve seen it used several times in the past week or so. It DOESN’T make you look or sound cool, smart, or ‘better’ in any way shape or form. To what do I refer? grok – tr.v.: To understand profoundly through intuition or empathy. Please, PLEASE, stop using it. You know who you are. ~…

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Sassafrassin Rassafrasser!

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This is driving me nuts. It may be an issue with my WordPress installation, or my CSS, an example of the problem can, currently, be seen two posts down. If I add a blockquote in WordPress, it adds [blockquote] around the area of text. All well and good. But if the quote has more than…

Life update

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Gran spent the night in hospital and should be well enough to go home today. The entire event (not the first of it’s kind) will again raise the question of whether she should really be in a sheltered housing complex, but it depends entirely on how stubborn the old dear is going to be. ~…

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Information Design and the Web 1

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Inspired by John Zeratsky although I seem to have headed off with my own train of thought. Part 1 of 2 INFORMATION DESIGN – Sounds ominous, right? But it’s not. In fact it’s so everyday you probably don’t realise it’s affecting you every single minute of every single day. First things first though. What is…

Dreich

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Bank Holiday, still no sign of my pay. Feckers. Still other events are bringing context and focus. My Gran fell last night, had to kick in the front door to get to her and she is now in hospital. Everything else is hidden behind a barrier of grey, smudged and blurry like the sky outside….

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Yawn

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Losing an hour’s sleep is not what you want when you aren’t sleeping too well, but on the plus side it does mean that summer is approaching. You DID change your clocks this morning, right?

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Miscellany

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Changed the dressings on my back yesterday and Louise took pictures of my wound. Still slightly open with two stitches, gross. Explains why it’s as sore as it was, I had no idea how deep they had to go… which reminds me, must take some painkillers before I go to bed. ~ So Scotland lost…

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Who?

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Non-plussed. Funny bits weren’t that funny. Dramatic bits weren’t that dramatic. The rest was a bit bland. Considering the competition, largely American I have to admit and largely post-watershed, this felt a little light and almost too fast-paced for it’s own good. Not sure what Christopher Eccleston was aiming for, but if it was “slightly…

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100 Movies

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As I’m all “wrote” out, I thought I’d tackle this meme I’ve seen in several places over the last couple of weeks. Lazy blogging of the nth degree but infinitely less time consuming than writing a post although, as ever, I find myself procrastinating about how quick and dirty these things are only to spend…