Wanting to change

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Over the past few months I’ve been slowly trying to change some habits, trying to break the patterns that led me to be on the computer until the wee small hours doing nothing particularly productive. And it seems to be working. I’ve cut down on the number of websites I visit on a regular basis,…

Muscle memory

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As I slowly transition my home computing setup towards Mac OSX, the main thing that is slowing me down is my lack of knowledge around the keyboard shortcuts. Having used Windows for so long now, many of the keyboard shortcuts I use are now deeply ingrained and I my fingers find the correct combination effortlessly….

Twats. A rant.

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RANT 1 Dear Person in the car in front of me. I’m sure you are very very important and that you must get to work with as much haste as possible, god forbid you waste even the briefest of moments on your journey. However, see all that snow pilled up on your car? No, you…

I went for a walk today

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The childlike wonder is written on his face, the gentle corners of a smile and wide-eyed fascination. He watches the magic float and dance before him, cosseted and warm, whilst long slender tendrils tease at the folds of his scarf. His face upturned to the thin grey canvas feels vibrant, singing the easy lyrics of…

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I do not fit

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I like minimalism. When I see homily clutter I like it. I like rock music with big heavy guitars. When I hear quiet melodies over plucked strings, I’m entranced. I prefer curvy, buxom women. When I see a petite girl something stirs in me. I like order. I’m happiest in the midst of chaos. I…

New Manager: How soon is *not* too soon to start changing things?

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I recently received an email which asked: Since my career seems to be following a path broadly similar to yours … I’d love to know what your experience was and any lessons learned. Specifically Mark, who sent the email, asked a few questions: How do you take over as manager for a group of technical…

Man's best friend

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A dog is truly a man’s best friend. If you don’t believe it, just try this experiment. Put your dog and your wife in the boot of the car for an hour. When you open the boot, which one is really happy to see you? (via my Mum – the woman who tried to answer…

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Oll-E

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I don’t talk much about our cat, largely because I don’t want to become one of THOSE people who do nothing but talk about their pet but in the year since he’s been with us, and I choose my words carefully for one does not ‘own’ a cat, he’s slowly and annoyingly wormed his way…

New Manager: What are the first activities you should do?

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I recently received an email which asked: Since my career seems to be following a path broadly similar to yours … I’d love to know what your experience was and any lessons learned. Specifically Mark, who sent the email, asked a few questions: How do you take over as manager for a group of technical…

Fixing Me

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I’m sitting at the dining table, the laptop in front of me with a view out of the back garden. I’m being dazzled as the in the sharp light of a crisp winter day bounces off the last of the snow. Ollie has been in a couple of times to check I’m ok, and to…

Rip it up

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There is a part of me that is destructive. A part of me that says fuck you to all and sundry. A part of me that questions and challenges everything. That part of me hides in the shadows waiting for the moment to reveal itself, to rise up and strike down upon thee with great…

New Manager: How do you get better management buy-in?

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I recently received an email which asked: Since my career seems to be following a path broadly similar to yours … I’d love to know what your experience was and any lessons learned. Specifically Mark, who sent the email, asked a few questions: How do you take over as manager for a group of technical…

Facebooked

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I’ve still to find any good reason to visit Facebook more than once a month. It’s just never really grabbed me, largely because I have plenty of other places online where I can interact and all of them are far more subtle than the constant barrage of utter nonsense that the bulk of Facebook seems…

Change of frame

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I spent a fair portion of yesterday wandering around Glasgow taking photos. Some were in a touristy kind of way but others were directly influenced by a conversation I had with someone. I had been talking about ‘finding’ shots to take, and she said that what she did was figure out the type of images…