West of Scotland ISTC meeting

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The next ISTC technical communicators’ meeting in Glasgow will take place on Thursday 26th August 2010, from 7.30 pm onwards. Come along to talk about latest news and trends in communication, or just to meet other communication professionals. The event is free and open to anyone interested in technical communication, such as technical authors, information…

Changing the balance

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We are still waiting on someone buying our house and, until that happens, there ain’t much else I can do but ponder the future and what shape my life will take when we go our separate ways. I think the biggest adjustment for me will be going home to an empty flat. I’m viewing that…

There was a tree

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It was a large tree, all leafy and green as a tree should be, standing tall and proud at the top of a small hill. On the ground beneath it spring flowers were bursting into life their vibrant colours proclaiming new beginnings, fresh growth,  a new season full of heady fragrances. The tree was old…

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I have a new phone

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It is shiny and new. It does a lot of things my old phone could do but does them a lot faster, and prettier. I have a new phone. It doesn’t do some things other phones do but I don’t need it to. It does have some things other phones don’t. I have a new…

Stop being serious

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Information is serious stuff and must be treated with the appropriate earnest respect it deserves. Stop laughing at the back, this is not a joking matter. How do you feel when you go looking for information and can’t find it? Or find what you think will be helpful information only to discover that it is…

Sun is shining

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Amazing the difference the weather makes. A couple of sunny days and suddenly the world is a lighter place and everyone is happy, friendly and a little bit pink. At one point on Saturday, as I sat and perused the conveyor belt at Yo Sushi!, I realised I had a big loony grin on my…

Rose tinted

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It’s funny, I always considered myself a pessimist, and whilst I certainly employ large doses of cynic it seems that I have a far more romantic view of the world than I realised. Maybe romantic isn’t the right word, let me put it another way. I day dream. A lot. I think that’s one part…

Too hot, too cold, just right

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I plonk myself down on the sofa. “Nope, not squishy enough” I plonk myself down on another sofa. “Ugh, too firm” I don’t plonk myself down on that sofa. “What a horrid shade of puce, looks like a Ribena berry has puked all over it” I plonk myself down on another sofa. “Ohh this is…

World Cup of *Yawn*

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It must be a false memory. Like that one where I’m still convinced that, when I was about 6, I used a toy phone to speak to my cousins in Dundee. I am still sure, to this day, that I did speak to them despite all evidence to the contrary. I’m nothing if not stubborn….

Chapter 6

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He stands back and looks at the scene, a young man surveying the carnage of the broken man seated before him. Something doesn’t fit here, something isn’t quite right, misplaced or forgotten, he’s not sure which and knows that it is too late for such worries. A dull moan from the chair, scarlet red lines…

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And then… nothing

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All quiet on the house front unfortunately. But I have been able to crack on with some website work and as always it’s great when the client is accomodating, helpful and all round just a nice guy. Say hi to www.davidbelbin.com (then go buy one of his books!). I’m also adding some functionality for a…

One more blog

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This blogging thing seems to be catching on, so much so that my company will soon have a blog looking at industry specific issues and thoughts. And yes, I’m one of the bloggers. I’ll link to it once it’s up and running (we are testing it at the moment) and provide a bit more information…

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Quick, slow

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I seem to have fallen into a stupor. The weekends are spent avidly doing nothing, whilst making sure the house doesn’t get into too much of a mess. Week days are all about Work during the day, and work in the evening. But don’t worry, dearest reader, balance is being maintained and once we get…

Decisions, decisions

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One personal flaw (I have a few) is that I can make decisions a little too hastily. Case in point, in our hunt for a team wide task tracking application, after some searching and experimentation we plumped for a bastardisation of Remember The Milk. It’s not as ideal as we’d hoped but it ‘would do’….

I am cool again!

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It’s a revelation to me as well, so I’ll pause to let you digest that juicy title. *pauses* OK, so it’s stretching the truth a bit, well a lot, well it’s entirely possible that it’s downright lie but let us move on lest I lose all self-esteem and realise just how far I am from…