Archive for July, 2006

Those darn Toon fans turn up everywhere, don’t they?

Sunday, July 30, 2006 19:35 2 Comments

My mother’s been on a two and a half week safari in Africa, and apart from making me insanely jealous by regaling me with tales of walking with lion cubs, sitting in a jeep driving alongside real live wild lions, seeing giraffes, rhinos and the like, as well as taking in various items of cultural [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United

How much do we pay Boumsong?

Saturday, July 29, 2006 15:13 23 Comments

I mean, I knew he was on decent money, but I didn’t realise he was getting £18.2 million per year. At least, that’s what clubcall would have us believe …

This was posted under category: Newcastle United, Oddities

15% less visitors, and I’m happy

Saturday, July 29, 2006 13:39 3 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was looking at my site statistics, and discovered I was suddenly vastly more popular than I had ever been. From my previous position of around 400-500 hits per day, I was getting somewhere in the region of 2000. Wow. Well, it’s nice to be popular. However, when I looked at [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, The Pickards

My very first 419, thanks to the W3C

Saturday, July 29, 2006 10:44 2 Comments

You can imagine how delighted I was to get an email from Mr Eedirs Adam, addressed to the managing director. Since it’s my personal site, I presume that’s me. Anyway, he was formerly a personal aide to one of the ministers of Sierra Leone, and … what the heck, he can tell you himself. I [...]

This was posted under category: Technology, The Pickards

Mmm… lovely Duff

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 23:22 35 Comments

Firstly, quick pointers for those of you who for some reason or other don’t follow football in the English Premiership. Football is the world’s best game. Americans call it soccer, but they’re wrong. They just call it that because they’ve got this game, which is a bit like rugby, only with more padding, big helmets, [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United

Time, tide, and universal cognitives wait for no man

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 0:48 1 Comment

Just one of those odd little snippets that catch your eye, but you know how people talk about the past as being behind you? And the future ahead of you? Right? Obviously time not actually interacting with the standard three dimensional model (I’m talking Newtonian physics here, before anyone gets uppity) it’s neither in front [...]

This was posted under category: Language, Oddities

The Forgotten People: Designing for Cognitive Disability

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 22:29 31 Comments

This article isn’t going to tell you information about types of cognitive disabilities, what causes cognitive disabilities or how to diagnose them. It’s not even going to differentiate between them. All it is going to do is look at some of the problems people with cognitive difficulties frequently face, and provide advice on how to [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Articles

Articles Re-issued

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 18:47 14 Comments

As part of the gradual transfer of content from the old version of my site over to WordPress, I’ve transferred three articles. If you’ve not previously read them, then now’s your chance! If you have previously read them, then you can either take the opportunity to read them again, or just ignore this post.

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Articles, The Pickards

Social Conditioning: The Differently Abled

Thursday, July 20, 2006 21:23 23 Comments

In a thread on AccessifyForum this afternoon, the following question was asked: is [visually] challenged accepted US terminology?Redux A quote I found from the RNIB this afternoon seemed to suggest it was:

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Articles, Language

Milos Mandic And The Strange Case Of The Comment Spam

Thursday, July 20, 2006 18:51 5 Comments

A very accosting layout and a interesting discussion topic, do you provide any Web-based services to universities or students?Milos Mandic I received a comment on my blog some time ago (June I think) asking pretty much that question. Apart from mentally adding "well, do ya, punk?" to the end of it, I wasn’t sure what [...]

This was posted under category: Technology