Signposts

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I recently attended the Glastonbury Festival and, despite the mud and mayhem around me, found myself pondering an issue that we have in our documentation set. Throughout the week I was at the festival I spent a lot of time consulting a map of the festival site, trying to figure out both where I was…

A new view

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A few years ago, having bought my first digital camera, I realised there was much more to taking a photograph than just “point and shoot” and I started to consider the machinations of photography a bit more seriously, I read up on things like exposure, aperture, f-stops and other things with odd names to make…

Why I am a Technical Writer

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Having been in a bit of a lull, I recently asked those who follow me on Twitter what I should blog about. This post is in response to a suggestion from Peter Anghelides who replied: “Blog about why you became a technical author?” Which is a good a topic as any as, like many people…

Best Post

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For a while now I’ve been meaning to update the About page of this blog. Ideally I’d like to put a short list of the ‘best’ posts from this blog. Trouble is, whilst I’m quite happy to choose the list myself, it’s sort of tricky to find them, I mean seriously, there is a LOT…

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Psychological Music

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I have a LOT of music. I buy a lot, borrow some, obtain others (hey, would you pass up a 4GB download of every “Now” album.. yeah I know, I should’ve too). The one thing I’ve always had a problem with is tracking my short-term listening habits. I tend to buy music in spurts. I’ll…

Weekender

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And just like that, I’m back at work… My family came over on Friday night and off we headed to a local hotel (Avonbridge) for a birthday dinner for Louise. Great food, shockingly bad service. We didn’t even bother staying for dessert, instead grabbing some Equi’s on the way home (Equi’s is a local ice…

Dispatches from the deck(chair)

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A week in the sun. Mild tan achieved (think healthy glow rather than skin cancer city) and back to the rain. So a few numbers, and a notable mention or two. Number of crappy spy thriller novels read: 1 – Tom Clancy: Red Rabbit Number of books from “list of books I really should read”:…

First run of 2007

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Still trying to get rid of the lurgy, I decided “bugger it” and went out for my first run of 2007. Bloody glad I did because I feel GREAT now! Gotta love those endorphins! It was a busier than usual session, a LOT of new people.. can anyone say New Year Resolution?

12 days after?

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Apparently decorations are supposed to stay up until 12 days after Christmas. Balls to that, this site will revert to a more subdued hue tomorrow. Similarly we’ve taken down our decorations. Back to the grind it seems. But not before repairing the broken garden fence which we received as a new year present (at about…

Coming Down

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Dunno about you, but our Friday night was spent avoiding Children in Need. It’s just awful. But then I feel the same way about can-shakers on street corners… same thing, different exposure. Saturday and, after a quick stop off at Costco, we headed through to Dumbarton to help prepare the rest of the buffet for…

Open day wander

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A few historical sites had open days this weekend, so Louise and I headed off to visit Glasgow Cathedral. What a glorious building. I can’t really say much more than that (or I’d be here all day), suffice to say that there is something very powerful about buildings of that stature, maybe not religious (for…

Stupid is..

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I’ve received several of these emails over the past few days, all have the same subject line: “Please open the Microsoft word document attachment to read this offer in Japanese” Now granted I am slightly fascinated by the culture of Japan and the Far East but, come on. If you want to infect my system…

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Street Painting

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I received an email yesterday featuring some examples of Street Painting that were truly wonderful, for example: I forwarded the email onto a few friends, and got a link sent back: Kurt Wenner – Street Painter extraordinaire. I dug a little further and found that it seems he is continuing/advancing the art know as “Madonnari”….

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Quick Mini iPod thought

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A LOT of people are saying the same thing about the Mini iPod too high a price for too little product. Of course, for an extra $50, the 15GB iPod doesn’t look so bad. Maybe that’s the strategy? Seems a bit daft in the face of it I agree, but it is a good way…

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Men!

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So, Friday night 2 a.m. and with most people beginning to show the effects of a LOT of booze, as usual two guys got all hot headed and started the old pushey-pushey prelude to a fight. The people and circumstances don’t really matter as they weren’t discussed, seemingly deemed unimportant by our two protagonists, after…

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