Intermission

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The past week was comprised of several acres of sleeping, a variety of coughs from a phlegm-shifting bark to a wheezy airless hack, the swallowing of many small sharp edged rocks, and the application of an ever-tightening metal band around my head. In other words, I have man-flu. More technically, I have a chest infection…

Q10: Text editor with a difference

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Recently I’ve been toying with some software tools to try and focus my writing a little better, stumbling across an application called Q10. A full-screen text editor which is, according to the website, “a simple but powerful text editor designed and built with writers in mind.” Whenever I start a new piece of work I…

What is art?

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During a Saturday afternoon wander in London, joining the throng of tourists meandering along the river, I decided to head to the Tate Modern. It’s been some years since I’d been there (Anish Kappor’s Marsyas was the installation at the time) and my art tastes veer towards that end of the scale so I do…

The tool is not important

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The tool is not important. The tool is not important. The tool is not important. I have been repeating this mantra in my head for the past week or so, over and over, like a broken record. I’m in the middle of pulling together the requirements and scope for a new technical community website for…

Publishing

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Prompted by the You’re Not the Only One… wait, you’ve not heard of it! Well a few bloggers are: …putting together a book for WARCHILD written by bloggers and here’s where you come in: We would like you to submit a written piece about something you’ve been through from any aspect of your life that…

Been and went and done it

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I spent the weekend in London and have a posts garnered from a rather wonderful weekend. Here’s the first one: Friday evening, a pub in London, and a gathering of bloggers. What can I say, a great night in the company of smart, funny people. I’ve been blogging for a while now, and over that…

Spain was Spain

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Peggy enquired how we got on in Spain last week and I guess I should mention it. Thing is it’s not really a holiday as such. It’s more a sojourn, or retreat, or… some other words that has the connotation of going somewhere warm and doing sweet fuck all. On holiday I like to do…

Happy being ordinary

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I think it’s safe to say I am a fairly average guy, with an average life. I spend my working week at the grindstone, pottering about in the evening, watching TV occasionally, playing computer games, or mucking about on the computer. Weekends are usually full of family or the usual lot of the average man;…

The Big Picture

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Deliverables are dead. Long live multi-format, anytime, anywhere delivery of information! The more I think about it, the more I am beginning to see that creating content, writing and styling and planning, for “print” is no longer valid. Quick caveat: Know your audience and the requirements. Many places mandate printed documentation in one format or…

Ready or not

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I have made the lists. I have checked the lists. The lists do not lie. I think I finally have a grip on … dammit … just remembered something else. OK, let’s start over. The coming few weeks will be hectic. The arrival and fitting of a new kitchen requires preparation, the erecting of a…

London Calling – Take 2

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Back from Spain, unpacked and back into the routine. The next few weeks will be busy, preparing for a new kitchen, finishing off a website (two on the go at the moment) as well as a few other things that have cropped up in our absence that need dealt with. However, before all that and…

Day in the Life

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“Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head” sang Paul. And everyday I do the same thing, except the comb thing as there isn’t really that much there that needs combing… I recently completed an article outlining a day in the life of a technical writer (well a day in MY…

Music I've forgotten

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There is one major downside to owning a lot of music. It’s not the worry of storage space, nor the concern of quality, instead it’s rather more trivial than that. I can’t remember what I’ve got. In any given month I’ll buy at least 2 or 3 albums (not CDs), and they’ll go into rotation…

Interviewing

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How do you do it? I’ve conducted a fair number of interviews over the past few years, not a huge amount but definitely into double figures. Some have been good, some not so good, and some just embarassing. I recently read about an interview that was more like a planning meeting, outlining the job in…

Beginner's Guide to Guitar Hero

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We got a Wii in January, and Guitar Hero arrived this week. I’ve not played it much but there are a few tips I thought I’d pass on. The first one is obvious, if you don’t have it (and you like rock music) GET IT! I know it’s hard to find, I ended up ordering…