Archive for August, 2006

Sex, Sex, Sex

Monday, August 21, 2006 21:53 4 Comments

Yes, this post is about a bit of the other. So if you’re likely to be offended, please don’t read any further. Bye. Look: I’m warning you: we’re going to be covering STIs, condoms, pregnancy, homosexuality and masturbation. Are you really sure you want to read on? If you’re a relative, particularly an elderly one [...]

This was posted under category: Life

A Level Results

Monday, August 21, 2006 21:13 2 Comments

I was reading a news release from my local council, celebrating good A level results today, and trying to avoid the obvious question. Are A-Levels getting easier? Oi! I said I was trying to avoid this question. It’s not an easy question to answer.

This was posted under category: Language, Life

Public Sector Forums: Deep Space Nine

Thursday, August 17, 2006 23:24 11 Comments

I’ve recently attended this event — well, actually, I think it was called “Government websites 2.0: the next generation!” but that’s the same sort of thing, isn’t it? Why would I attend an event like this? Well, firstly because I was asked to speak at it and it would be quite difficult to speak at [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Public Sector, Technology

Self-Referential Links: Controversy Rumbles On

Thursday, August 17, 2006 23:20 4 Comments

One of the biggest things that my recent trip to the “Government websites 2.0: the next generation!” conference left me with was a question. Two questions actually. The first being “was that exclamation mark at the end of the title really necessary?”. Chris Rourke of User Vision suggested that you shouldn’t use self-referential links as [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Articles, Standards

Whistle Stop WCAG 2 : To Hell … and back

Thursday, August 17, 2006 14:15 32 Comments

I spoke at a Public Sector Forums event on the 15th August on WCAG 2.0. I promised to various people that I’d make my speaker notes available online, so here they are. This is based on the second draft of my speaker notes, which is a slightly longer than the final version and obviously may [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Articles, Standards

When is an extremist not an extremist?

Monday, August 14, 2006 19:11 2 Comments

No, this isn’t some kind of I say, I say, I say joke, it’s a serious question. Under what terms do we consider someone to be an extremist? I ask because two sources which I’ve always considered fairly moderate — although not perfect — have appeared to be exhibiting a little bit of double-standards and/or [...]

This was posted under category: Language, Life, Politics

That Technorati thing

Friday, August 11, 2006 18:39 No Comments

Okay, I finally got round to it. I joined Technorati.

This was posted under category: Blogging, The Pickards

Newcastle’s New Squad: Update

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 13:54 22 Comments

This is the updated list of players who have been linked with Newcastle over the close season by one single paper — the Evening Chronicle — who have not signed for us. So next time you read someone saying “we told you here first about the signing”, ask yourself “yes, but how many other people [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United

Malware is still a bad thing

Monday, August 7, 2006 23:35 14 Comments

My earlier post on Stop Badware said that I was applauding them for their darned good idea in providing a place where people can report malware, spyware and all sorts of associated crap, even if there wasn’t much on their site at the time. However, since they dropped off my radar almost immediately, I’d not [...]

This was posted under category: Technology

419, closer to home

Monday, August 7, 2006 19:04 19 Comments

It’s obvious that my email address is doing the rounds, thanks to the W3C as I got some more spam today.

This was posted under category: Technology