The best 24 article ever?

26 01 2007

“Killing Jack Bauer doesn’t make him dead, it merely sharpens his focus.”

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My evening

25 01 2007

Just so you know, any plans I had to study tonight were killed off as soon as I discovered this.





PS3 vs Wii

25 01 2007

I’ve not really been following the whole XBox/PS3/Wii thing that much. I’ve only ever bought one games console and that was a PS2 about four years ago and that was only because I got addicted to Vice City.

Still, this did amuse me.





The longest Suicide Note in History?

22 01 2007

No surprises here I guess, but thanks to the shoddy way Microsoft have implemented DRM in Vista, it’s essentially ‘broken by design’.





About me

21 01 2007

OK, well after that meandering and vaguely navel-gazing first post, perhaps it’s time I introduced myself.

Hi, I’m…

Well actually, like I said before I’m going to avoid direct identifiers, as ironic as that might be considering the title of this blog. I’m not going to name myself here. Instead then, I shall try and give you some relevant facts about me that will give you an idea where I’m coming from with this blog.

I don’t want to get too David Copperfield with telling you all about myself so I’ll keep it simple.

  1. I’m 31 years old.
  2. I live on the outskirts of Leicester with my girlfriend.
  3. I’m working full time as a media manager for a students’ union.
  4. I was born in Newport, South Wales, and think of myself as Welsh even though I don’t even have a hint of an accent and haven’t lived there since I was a toddler.
  5. I grew up all over the place but think of Southampton as my home town.
  6. I studied psychology at Loughborough University.
  7. After my degree I spent a year as editor of the student magazine.
  8. Following that, and after brief flirtations with being a freelance designer I got a job with a now long-disappeared dot com which moved me briefly to London.
  9. The crash came, I resigned and took a job with a youth work agency in Leicester as a graphic designer.
  10. I stayed there for far too long but made some good friends, met my girlfriend, moved to my current job, hit 30 and finally got around to settling down a bit.
  11. I’m a Mac geek – you can expect many a geeky post put on here every time Steve Jobs does one of his cult-leader-esque keynotes and announces new shiny gadgets.
  12. I’m currently studying a course to become a fully qualified web developer and PHP Zend engineer. It’s early days yet and even CSS completely confounds me. I may post about that. I won’t make any sense.
  13. There’s a lot more to tell, but that’s enough for right now.




First post

21 01 2007

Hello.

Well, my new year’s resolutions included creating a weblog, a place where I could talk about what’s on my mind and what I’ve been up to recently. My previous attempts at starting a blog date back to a long time ago and never went anywhere, but I’m coming from a different place where this is something that I consider more important and, while I can never be sure what the future of this blog will be, I hope it will be longer lived than those attempts.

One significant point of those times I tried writing a blog in the past were that I was anonymous. I soon came to realise that it was a significant problem; writing anonymously did give me the advantage of being able to talk about things like my work in a more open way and as such offered me a kind of catharsis in what was a darker time.

Of course, the disadvantage was that writing anonymously meant that I could never share the blog with those around me, not because they would have taken offence at what I had to say, but once the cat was out of the bag, when a blog ceased to be anonymous, then it could never go back to being so and it would no longer be the cathartic tool it was meant to be.

All of this leads me to a problem though; I don’t really know how to write a blog that isn’t anonymous. Talking about anything to do with my life will mean talking about those close to me, posting pictures and video, talking about my work, and things which will impact on others. Forsaking my own internet anonymity doesn’t give me the right to do the same to them. Similarly, with my work, I need to make a very clear statement that the opinions I express are my own and not those of where I work.

Anonymity isn’t going to work for me with this blog either for those around me or my employer anyway; my intention is to link this blog to my Facebook account so it’s hardly going to be a chore tracing my comments back to me.

However, all these problems are going to mean that, as I start writing this, I am going to make a few roles. I’m going to be coy when I talk about things that would identify me. I’m happy to say that I work as a media manager for a students’ union in the East Midlands. I won’t say which one. If you’re reading this through my Facebook account then you already know, but I won’t say. To those I will inevitably refer to, my girlfriend, my friends, my family and my colleagues, chances are you’ll be referred to here by your initial or something similar unless you tell me you’re happy to be referred to otherwise. Again, if the reader is coming to this via facebook then that’s hardly going to be a tough cypher to crack, but it’s more about discretion than secrecy.

To sum up then, here’s my dilemma. I want to feel free when I write this thing. I want to be able to discuss my thoughts, the things I whimsy about and give them a public forum.  If I’m talking shite then I want those around me to comment directly on this blog and say “You’re talking shite” (they inevitably will, of course, and chances are they’ll be right). If I say something off-colour or you’re upset by what I say then tell me and I’ll remove it. But, at the end of the day, I want to feel editorial freedom when I write this thing. I’ll stand by that.

Anyway, next post I’ll actually write something interesting about myself. Promise.