Archive for February, 2008

Social & Corporate: Personal & Professional

Friday, February 29, 2008 0:19 5 Comments

It’s an interesting question, and it’s one that is going to be asked more and more often in the coming years. What happens when the boundaries between personal and professional identity start to blur? On this site — and indeed in other locations — I tend not to mention who I work for, other than [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, Media, Technology

Software Licences are unfair

Thursday, February 28, 2008 0:57 22 Comments

According to the NCC, software licences are unfair, partly because they’re virtually incomprehensible, and partly because you don’t get a chance to see what the conditions for using the product are until after you’ve bought it. Well of course that’s unfair. I said exactly that about 18 months ago when I launched my personal campaign [...]

This was posted under category: Language, Life, Technology

Whose (guide) line is it anyway?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 0:46 2 Comments

I am a believer in web accessibility. To me, this basically means attempting to make sites so that they are usable by as many people as possible; primarily avoiding discrimination users with disabilities, but also where possible seeking to ensure that sites can be used across different platforms and browsers, and so on. Some people [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Public Sector, Standards

Executed For Homosexuality

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 0:49 5 Comments

It just ain’t funny. Apologies for those of you who are used to my lighter tone, but as Paul Canning’s blogging again, I get to find out some of the unpleasant aspects of our world that I otherwise wouldn’t come across. Athough gays suffer murderous persecution ( a ‘deathzone’) in Iraq and many other nations, [...]

This was posted under category: Equality, Politics

More Memey-ness

Monday, February 25, 2008 0:06 3 Comments

This is one I’m sure I’ve done before so I’m going to bend the rules a little. Well, flout them, to be more precise. Right, so here’s the ‘rules’… Link back to the person who tagged you. Post these rules on your blog. Share six unimportant things about yourself. Tag six random people at the [...]

This was posted under category: Memes

The Sudocrem Kid

Sunday, February 24, 2008 0:54 25 Comments

Take one two-year old. Place him in a bedroom and tell him to go to sleep. What do you have five minutes later? A child that has climbed out of bed, climbed onto the dressing table, reached up to a high shelf and picked up a jar of Sudocrem (usually used to combat nappy rash [...]

This was posted under category: The Pickards

Bob’s House

Saturday, February 23, 2008 0:02 20 Comments

Many thanks to the RNIB WAC blog for this spot… This is an ad for Pepsi, it’s made by deaf members of the PepsiCo workforce (part of a group called enAble). Pepsi showed this during a commercial break at the Superbowl. And to me, they’ve not done this because the advert is written by a [...]

This was posted under category: Disability, Media

The Dandy Highwayman

Friday, February 22, 2008 0:31 3 Comments

I was a little alarmed to come across this photograph the other day. It’s got my son in it. Well, more specifically, it’s got my son in a big floppy hat, a deep red coat and holding something white and rather blurred. Except rather worryingly, from the costume to the pose to the poise and [...]

This was posted under category: Life, The Pickards

The Haircut From Hell

Thursday, February 21, 2008 0:54 11 Comments

I had a haircut the other day. I think I can, without so much as a shadow of a doubt say it was the worst haircutting experience of my life, indeed one of the worst experiences of my whole life and I’m only just sufficiently recovered from the trauma to begin to speak about it. [...]

This was posted under category: Life, The Pickards

A Spiritual Boost

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 0:02 18 Comments

A relative of mine went to see a psychic. The psychic asked “who’s Jack?”. So my relative explained the connection between us, and then the psychic told her that she had the ghost of a little boy in her house, called Joe, who really liked me because I’m funny and entertaining. Now I’m not convinced [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, Oddities