Remembering the basics

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What do you call your documents? What is the first thing you do when you start writing? What is the last? All these things that you do without thinking about, the basic automation that your brain easily handles, over and over again, these things are, to you, so basic as to be forgettable. You don’t…

And then I forgot his name..

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Friday night, beer, an ex-colleague. He remembers me, I can’t for the life of me remember his name. In my happy drunk state I just flat out said that I’d forgotten his name, I don’t think he was offended or at the very least he was polite enough not to show that he was. Turns…

Movie splurge

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Dear reader, there is some risk of spoilers if you keep reading. So, if you want to your forthcoming viewing of Inception or Toy Story 3 to be sans spoiler, stop reading now. I’m now going to continue writing and presume that at least one person is still reading. It’s a vain hope but a…

Just write

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Just write, they say. Once you get into the habit it’ll just flow, they say. It doesn’t matter what you write, just that you write, they say. They are starting to grate. They are starting to annoy and irk and leave me breathless and angry and incapable and pathetically unable to think about anything else…

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What don’t we know?

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It’s a simple enough question really, and one I’m trying to answer at the moment, how do we know what we don’t know? Part of the work I’m doing with our Information Pyramid (which I’ve mentioned here before) is to try and map the content we do have into some sensible groupings. That will allows…

Always with the music

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For a while now I’ve been toying with attending a certain rather well known music festival. Highlights on TV are one thing but there isn’t anything quite like experiencing the atmosphere of these things first hand. This is also the reason that, unless there is an extremely good reason, ever attend a gig at the…

How rude

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There is one thing I haven’t done here for quite a while. It’s rather remiss of me so please accept my apologies. Quite simply, I wanted to say thank you. To you. Yes YOU. Thank you for visiting this blog, and more importantly, thank you for coming back and visiting again. A lot of the…

Square root of 1

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So we’ve switched Estate Agents, and taken a different approach with the price. Fingers crossed it gets us a result although, on the news yesterday it was announced that the housing market has slowed again so I guess we will just have to wait and see. Life continues, of course, and last night I was…

The World Cup

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There was a large sporting event happening in South Africa, you may have heard about it. I’ve been really good and, despite watching almost every game, I’ve not really mentioned it here and I’ve tried not to be too boring about it on Twitter (I feel sorry for my followers at times, I really do)….

Power of the Internets

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I don’t have Uncle Ben, and I’m not Peter Parker, but the phrase “with great power comes great responsibility” is foremost in my mind at the moment. Although, when I say “great power” I really mean “a tiny bit of influence, mostly exerted through Google’s search algorithms” but that’s not quite as catchy… The thing…

I is a Editor

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(note to self: stop with the jokey bad grammar, peoples might think you cant be writing good) I’ll say this quietly because I’m a little apprehensive but, for the next few months, it looks like we will have extra resource in our team. Basically we are ahead of the curve when it comes to recruiting…

Do what you can

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If you don’t have any alternatives, you can’t object. I’m not fond of making such black and white statements but, driving to work this morning, I heard an item on the news that really annoyed me. Apparently, immigration officials have been suggesting to gay immigrants who are being sent back to their home country, that…

I’m cheating on you

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I’m sorry, dear reader, truly I am. I feel bad, very bad indeed, guilty even. It’s not you though, it’s me, honestly. You are lovely, it’s just… well I wanted something different… So I am writing blog posts elsewhere. Blog posts you might be interested in… I’m sorry I didn’t tell you before, but it’s…

10 years

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I’ve had a personal website for over 11 years, the earliest posts from that are in the archives here in a category titled B.B. (Before Blog). Each page was handcrafted and typically it would take twice as long to get the post online as it took the write it in the first place. Then, along…

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…