TCUK11

I went to a conference and it was good! As ever the Technical Communications Conference sparked thought, debate and no little amount of revelation. The sessions I managed to attend were all well presented, well considered and well received, and the chats over lunch, dinner and at the bar prove to me that I'm in

Meander

  What a funny word... meander. Anyway, Saturday saw us doing just that, walking from my flat, down Byres Rd, stopping off for a coffee, a peek round some antiques shops, and on to the Riverside Museum where some mental people on bikes were flying through the air. After that, we wandered... sorry meandered... back

Finished!

Murrayfield Stadium, originally uploaded by Gordon. In total I've raised over £850, so thank you to everyone who donated. I quite enjoyed myself, thankfully the weather held and I almost managed it in my target of 4 hours (4hrs 7mins in total). Add in cycling to and from Glasgow Green and I covered 69 miles

When life is good

I tend to forget about this little blog, more and more frequently I'm too caught up in the 'now' of things happening. Twitter is useful in that respect as it's less daunting to use to capture a passing thought, no pressure to flesh it out into a longer blog post. Cycling is going well, the

Next West of Scotland Area Group meeting

The next ISTC technical communicators' meeting in Glasgow will take place on Thursday 13th October 2011, from 7.30 pm onwards. As it's happening just after the conference, I will be presenting a (short) report from the Technical Communication UK 2011 conference. Come along to talk about latest news and trends in communication, or just to

On yer bike!

At the start of Cycle Glasgow 2011, originally uploaded by Gordon. http://www.justgiving.com/gordonmclean Last year I agreed to take part in the Glasgow to Edinburgh cycle (mostly because my mate was nagging me to do it). I didn't own a bike but it sounded fun. Then, early this year as you all know, my Mum had

Quick wins

At work I have a laptop running Windows 7 and every lunchtime, as I lunch away from my desk, I lock the machine. Except what I should do is pause iTunes, set my IM status to Away, and then lock it but I forget to do all that most days and just bash Windows+L. However,

Always learning

Next week the first of two new recruits joins our team. Both are graduates and whilst neither graduated from a Technical Writing based course they both have a good mix of skills, coming to the position through different routes. It'll be a challenge for them, and a challenge for us, to integrate them to the

In the mood

Right! Yes, right. I think, yeah I'm pretty sure, well as much as I can be, that my mindset is in the right place. I pick up my bike on Saturday (finally) you see, hence the change of mindset this week, in preparation. Hmmm, I'm waffling. Let me explain. For a long time, many many

When is too many, too many?

When is too many, too many?, originally uploaded by Gordon. I may have a problem. In this photo there are 11 sets of headphones. 3 - Sony MDR-ED 21LP 1 - Apple iPhone set, with inline mic 1 - generic headset with mic 1 - Sennheiser PX100 1 - Sennheiser PX200 1 - Sennheiser EH1430

Ode

You are the quiet ponder behind a secret smile. You are the couple walking hand in hand, the girl giggling on the phone, the outfits in shop windows. In the coffee shop you are in the corner, legs tucked up beneath you, reading a book. In the newsagent you are the woman behind the counter

Where are the new ideas?

"Imitation is the sincerest of flattery." It's a fine line between imitation and theft but, looking around at other documentation sets recently, it's interesting to see so many common items. Table of contents, numbered lists, signposts and so on. These things exist, and are common, for very good reasons but as we continue to learn

No mean city

Indestructible, the death dodging kids laugh as the bus driver rages. Shards of sunlight slice through buildings, blinding the strolling shoppers as they wander with vague purpose. A broken voice begging for change from behind dull eyes. An old man pauses to talk to the African drummer, rich timbre in shared laughter. A real connection

Blog on TwitbookPlus

Apparently, according to something I read online over the weekend (so it must be true, right?) blogging is fast evolving into a niche activity thanks to the uptake of such fancy-schmancy websites like Facebook, Twitter and maybe even the new Google+. Given that when blogging started it was a fairly niche activity, and given that