Journalling

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About a year ago, maybe more, I started writing (sporadically) in a journal and I’m quite surprised that I’ve kept it going, even though how I use it has changed. I’ve always enjoyed the process of writing, this blog is testimony to that, but even before there was this place called the internet which I…

Revisiting the basics

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There are some fundamentals tenets of our profession that are widely accepted. One being that you always need to know your audience before y can begin to understand their needs and so produce the information that they require. The reason I mention this is because, whilst it’s something very basic and is deeply grained in…

Conversation V.I.P.s

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Revisiting an old post over on the Cherryleaf blog, where Ellis was prompted to ask “Can technical authors be part of ‘the conversation’ in the connected Web 2.0 world that’s emerging?” (excuse the paraphrasing). As a long-term blogger, and someone who believes that there are many tools in the Web 2.0 world that can and…

Seven Years

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1999 – where it all began. 2000 ish 2001 ish 2002 ish 2003 2004 2005 Blimey, that’s an epic amount of rubbish I’ve posted, and a hugely huge waste of time (mine and yours) that I’ve managed to perpetuate. Actually that’s not true. Personally I’ve come a long way in seven years, far from the…

Don't do it!

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They say you shouldn’t post if you have nothing to say. But what if all you have to say is “sorry, can’t be arsed”? And what if your own conscience meant that, despite not having much to say, you felt you had to post just to let people know that they don’t need to worry,…

Intact

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Survived. Just. Not sure how well my legs will function in the morning though. And whilst I’m here I’d like to thank the person that sent me a book from my wishlist (Alasdair Gray – Lanark). I have a few suspicions of WHO sent me it but as you didn’t say who you were when…

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Stop the bus

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Hang on! It’s March. MARCH!! How the chuff did that sneak up on me?? That means Mother’s Day, father-in-laws birthday and.. er.. some other ‘family’ things that Louise will remember. Anyway I have a complaint to make: I want an extra day. We had one last year, why can’t we have one this year as…

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Million Dollar Baby

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Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic Other than knowing WHO starred in this movie, and that it had won awards and is nominated for some Oscars, we were a bit in the dark as to the story. Is it really just about a female boxer, the good ole American rags to riches story?…

Asia Quake

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Still awake. Still processing the news. The horror doesn’t wane. I didn’t mention it before because surely everyone is aware, everyone is thinking the same thoughts. Three days on, numbers rising, still only fleeting moments of comprehension. It’s so safe and warm in my house, surrounded by Christmas gifts, material items. So easy to put…

Categorical

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So I’ve upgraded to WordPress 1.2.2. Pretty smooth. I bet you never even noticed. Right? Anyway, part of my redesign thoughts include making better use of some of the WordPress features. I’m still not overly bothered about using their comment feature, especially as HaloScan will be getting some new features in the New Year. However…

At last

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Middle Lane Morons. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!! Why? Is there something wrong with the left-hand lane? I’ve heard a few excuses for this, but the usual seems to be a ‘comfort zone’ thing. The middle lane driver prefers driving there as there is plenty of room round them and they can overtook some cars…

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Come ON dammit…They say a watched pot never boils.. ehh hang on.. WHO says that? Ohh never mind… a watched pot never boils and a watched clock appears to start going backwards. Almost 3pm and it’s been a struggle to stay awake this long. All I want to do is go home and lie in…

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Did you know

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OK, I’m cheating on this one, I’m supposed to email several people with this, but I’m too damn lazy. (One thing about my friend S who sent me this, we both like mashed potato, and I’d just bought The Cold Six Thousand a day before I got her email! Spooky coincidence) 1. LIVING ARRANGEMENT? With…

Odd weekend

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Friday night, a few beers after work, then onto dinner with family (my brother-in-law and his girlfriend, and my sister-in-law). Then onto the heady nightspots of Dumbarton, where, once again, I am reminded that it’s not WHERE you are, it’s WHO you are with. Night finished at 3:30 a.m. (allegedly) and as my legs were…

Scruples Saturday

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Rabbit Rabbit Saturday Scruples 1. You want to quit a job without notice but you need a good reference from your employer. Do you invent a family health emergency? Probably not, I would like to think that by being honest with my employer I would be able to arrange some way of not serving my…