(i)Plodding along

Struggled out for a run last night, bloody freezing it was, and had my first 'confrontation' with a small, slightly angry looking dog. Looked a bit like a pit bull to me so I gave it a wide berth, hoping that my day-glo yellow top would scare it off. Thankfully it only stood and glared

Selling your services

Might seem a bit of an odd topic for a tech author who is employed, as opposed to contracted to, a company, but someone made this comment in passing and it kind of struck a nerve as it applies regardless of your current position. We all have something to sell. It took me sometime to

Brain dump

Here are a few thoughts that I should really expand into unique single posts but which currently lack the time or desire to do anything with. Wimbledon is upon us. It's a simple enough game, and that very simplicity does appeal to me and whilst watching Tim Henman finally beat Carlos Moya yesterday, I found

How does it know?!

In preparation for painting on Sunday, I filled the iPod with a random selection of 'general listening' music, or as Louise said "I hope you didn't just fill it with your crap...". As it turned out it was a pretty good selection, even if we only got through 108 of 784 tracks.. Fast forward to

Weekender

And just like that, I'm back at work... My family came over on Friday night and off we headed to a local hotel (Avonbridge) for a birthday dinner for Louise. Great food, shockingly bad service. We didn't even bother staying for dessert, instead grabbing some Equi's on the way home (Equi's is a local ice

one man sells?

My 'other' site holds brief details on my little side job stuff, which is mainly focussed on web design. I've just finished a website (with another on the way) and it's nice to get that little glow of achievement. I deliberately choose small projects, and it's fun to take what I learn there into my

In my menubar I have…

Last Mac specific post for a while, promise. So, from left to right then: InstantShot! - with which the screenshot was taken. YouTune controls - play, next and the down arrow gives access to all the functionality. iScrobbler - Last.fm app. Google Notifier - which checks my GMail account and my calendar (with a Growl

Happy Birthday

It'll be quiet here today as today marks the occasion when my beloved wife moves into her 'mid-thirties'. Ohh I'm gonna pay for that one... Happy Birthday darling. I love you more than I have words to say, and considering the amount of words I throw about on a daily basis I guess that's a

On my Mac I have…

As promised. In no particular order, and having installed several application "just to try" I have whittled down my must-have OSX apps to the following. I'm pretty sure these, although it's early days yet, will remain on my Mac for quite a while, particularly as I'm happy with things and the only stuff I'm still

5km and Nike+

I've created a new category for these posts, it's about time I think... Anyway, completed the jogScotland Glasgow Green 5K tonight, in a 29 mins and 18 secs!! Woooohoooo. My private aim was under 30 minutes but given that I was still a little leg heavy after Sunday's 10K I was doubtful I'd manage it,

How Belbin am I?

Recently, as part of my induction, I completed a simple questionnaire as part of a Belbin team role analysis exercise. This sounds much grander than it really is, although the simplicity of these things always amazes me. Who would have thought that by taking a few minutes to consider ten different questions, each with eight

All this and more…

A little 'achy' after yesterdays run but none the worse really. Looking back I know that I started too fast, the kilometre long hill took more out of my legs than I thought, and ultimately it was just too hot as the clouds parted the minute before the race began and I reckon it was

10 kilometres

A little over 6 miles, and the last in the series of Polariod 10K races. It was this time last year that I started jogging, but one thing I've never mentioned is who spurred me into action. It was someone I bumped into at the end of last year's race and if I seem him

Are you in Linkedbook.. um.. FacedIn?

There appears to be a surge in the number of... hmmm... not sure what they are called so let's refer to them as 'meta information website thingies' which are being adopted by bloggers but which, surprisingly, are really flying above the radar of the masses. That doesn't sound right. Suffice to say these sites are

To ad or not to ad

This blog has, and always will be, a hobby site. It will always be free. I won't ever charge you for reading the content, and if I'm honest even those bad people who are scraping my content and posting it elsewhere, don't really get me mad enough to be bothered with them (some days they