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Unlucky for some (the future lies ahead). As they say (whoever they are). Had hoped to not to be here when this rolled around (but it’s only a number). Life goes on (14 years is a long time). Always (there are many years ahead). Without fail (life goes on). Nothing is truly unlucky (nor is…

Life continues

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No offer on house. The viewers didn’t get an offer on their property so we are back to square … two, I guess as they are still interested. Anyway, off to visit the nurse today for a checkup on my blood pressure and to see if the drugs still work (and aren’t destroying my kidneys)….

Content Aggregation

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I have an admission. I’m lazy. I work hard to get around that basic character trait but it remains there in the background, nagging away at me. Professional pride stops it influencing my work (I manage a lean, mean to-do list to keep me on track), but when it comes to things on the periphery…

Hoping for Mental

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Ahhh yes, it makes perfect sense now I’ve realised what is going to happen. There is nothing I can do to stop it, so, as I have before, I’ll just go with the flow whilst the madness unfurls around me. If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs… We are…

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ISTC West of Scotland – Meetup

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The next ISTC West of Scotland area group meeting will take place in Glasgow 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…

See you in September?

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Are you in the UK? Are you attending the Technical Communication conference in September? If not, you really should, it’s looking like it will be an excellent conference. The conference website is starting to gear up as well, and has posted some short interviews with some of the speakers, including yours truly. They should give…

I was in Edinburghertown

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I’m alive! Speaking of which, who sings that song? The one in the Five Alive advert with the Dodo? Anyone? CBATG… Having been and went and done Edinburgh on Sunday, I had planned to write up some blog posts but, alas, I’m old now and an entire day drinking takes an undue toll and leaves…

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The Presumption of Common Sense

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If there is one phrase which should set off alarms in the mind of a technical writer it’s when a developer says “Ohhh but they wouldn’t use it like that…”. Because, as I’m sure you all know, they will. I am currently working with a few people to try and pull together a solid set…

Going out

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Quick house sale update: We had a viewer and they liked the house. They are waiting on receiving offers on their place though, but still, progress! Exciting! And other exclamation mark worthy statements!! One thing I’ve been starting to do over the past few months is get out more. Meet up with people, even just…

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I’ve been gamed. Or rather, I’m gaming myself. I’m fully aware this is happening, and yet I’m actually enjoying letting my behaviour be dictated by the simplest of mechanisms, a number displayed on a screen. The premise is simple enough, the higher the number the better. I started at about 44 and slowly rose, week…

An honest to god miracle

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Have I mentioned the tour of the brewery from last weekend? I don’t think I have. Was a company thing, a tour of the WEST brewery in Glasgow, which follows strict German brewing guidelines, followed by a BBQ of German meat products (and some salad stuff) and lots of free drinks. LOTS and LOTS of…

TCUK10 – quick guide

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This is an update to a previously published post. Not all of the sessions are scheduled yet, so I’ll update this as and when but, if you are wanting a quick print out of the session to, for example, convince your boss to splash some cash, then hopefully this PDF will do the trick: Technical…

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Dance Your Way to Psychic Sex

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Dance Your Way to Psychic Sex by Alice Turing Every now and then I end up reading a book that takes me by surprise. It’s not always a huge surprise, sometimes that surprise sneaks up on me part way through the book with the realisation that I’m really enjoying it, and sometimes that surprise waits…

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Do you do social?

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I was doing some research last night, aimed at providing some real life examples of social media being used by a technical communications team. I’ve found a couple of places so far (Atlassian, I’m looking at you) but I need more. It’s easy enough to find companies which have a “presence” on Twitter, or a…

Surprise!!

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Weeks and weeks of lies and devious activity are over! (well, for now). My soul feels much cleaner now, and my poor simple brain is much happier as it’s not having to filter every single conversation for THINGS I MUSTN’T MENTION. Such is the burden of organising a surprise party, which is what my sister…