Stop the conversations

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In the New Year we are instituting a No Talking rule in my office. If anyone has a question, they have to write it down and pass it to a colleague who will then write down their response. This should cut down on the amount of chatter and conversation that, obviously, is having a huge…

Happy New Year (almost)

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It’s snowing. Again. It’s the middle of March and I’m getting really bored of this weather. That said, as ever, there are worse things that could be happening. Given the recent events in New Zealand and Japan it does feel somewhat churlish to complain about some snow. That said, life continues. Mum is doing really…

Words and books

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I’m blaming Stephen Fry. I tried, I really did try and read his autobiography but it just didn’t flow for me. As wonderful a wordsmith as he is, it just didn’t read well, the flow and cadence was wrong and I found myself slowing down to read things in his voice. Whilst I like Stephen…

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This is not Friends

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If it was, this would be the “one where nothing that interesting happens because, you know, life is mostly like that”. Or perhaps it would be the “one where all anyone seems to be talking about is the snow and ice”. Or, most realistically, it would be the “one where he spends all day doing…

New Challenges

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A new year and a new set of challenges await me both here on this blog, and professionally. I’ve signed up to Project 52 in the hopes that it will help me maintain at least a regular level of content here. With quite a few side projects on the go this year I’m fearful of…

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The year ahead

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Right. It’s a New Year. Better join that gym, line up all the books I WILL read, and put away that silly Playstation thing that sucks so much of my time. I will watch less TV, write more both here and my other blog (ohh and that other place too). First things first though, a…

Present and Future

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As we roll into the holiday season, I’m going to be pausing this blog until the New Year. I’ve found it tricky at times to get into a regular posting schedule here, so that’s something I’m hoping to rectify in 2010. Looking back it’s been a good year for me, and I’m hoping to take…

THAT time of year

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Casting a wary eye over my calendar for the next month or so, given that we are now only a calendar month away from that day which tends to dominate things at this time of year, I realised that, as usual, my weekends are slowly melting into a morass of shopping trips, nights out and…

Right now, at this moment

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I’m trying to catch up on a few bands I’ve heard mention of over the past month. I’m pondering switching from dark maroon to blue. I’m still faffing with Yahoo Pipes (which power this). I’m writing up a proposal for a “community website” for a professional organisation I’m a member of (the ISTC). I’m drafting…

Hogmanay

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The year is drawing to a close, the house is tidied, the bins are empty, just my grotty self to clean and polish. As is now tradition we’ll head down to spend New Year with friends. We’ll drink, drink, eat, play games, drink, laugh, drink, and finally give up and call it a night/morning. If…

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Bye bye 2008

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Almost the end of the year. I should post about all the things that have happened. But I won’t. Can’t. Will not, regardless. I could recap the books I’ve read. But I won’t. Maybe list the new bands and albums I discovered? Nope, won’t do that either. Or perhaps just relive the best of the…

Merry Christmas

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Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden Arabic: Milad Majid Argentine: Feliz Navidad Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On! Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce Bosnian: (BOSANSKI) Cestit Bozic i Sretna…

Consistency of message

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My role in our company isn’t strictly defined so, outside of my work with the Publications team that I head up, I also get involved with other areas of the company either because I can help, or because there is a vested interest. That brought about the creation of our development community website and more…

The festive period

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December the 24th is Christmas Eve. I mention this not as a startling revelation but because it’s the first of eleven days that I have off work. So if I discount the 25th and 26th of December, as well as the 1st of January as I’m Scottish and by law we are not allowed to…

Happy New Year

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2008. No resolutions from me as I don’t bother with them, and also because I decide what mine would be back in November. That said, the traditional “must lose weight” makes an appearance, as does “must read more”. The former is largely down to the fact I’ve not been running… and because I’ve been using…