Archive for May, 2008

And You Wonder Why I Don’t Like Toffs…

Thursday, May 22, 2008 13:25 1 Comment

Working class people have lower IQs than those from wealthy backgrounds and should not expect to win places at top universities, an academic has claimed. Newcastle University’s Bruce Charlton said fewer working class students at elite universities was the “natural outcome” of class IQ differences. BBC News Bruce: fuck off. Sorry, perhaps I should phrase [...]

This was posted under category: Politics, Science

WCAG 2.0 Release Candidate Part 2 of 5: Level A

Thursday, May 22, 2008 0:10 1 Comment

WCAG 2.0 is not structured similarly to the WCAG 1.0 checklist, which listed all the single-A checkpoints, then the double-A checkpoints, then the triple-A checkpoints. This is probably partly because they don’t wish to imply that you can ‘cop out’ by conforming to one of the lower conformance levels, because doing so will still cause [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Standards, Technology

WCAG 2.0 Release Candidate Part 1 of 5: Intro

Thursday, May 22, 2008 0:05 No Comments

If you’ve already read what I’ve had to say about the earlier versions of WCAG 2.0 – from my initial dislike of the 2006 version, through to my acknowledgement that the 2007 version had improved immeasurably, then there’s going to be a certain amount of overlap here. WCAG 2.0 has now reached Candidate Recommendation status [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Standards, Technology

Boasting for Fun And Profit

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 0:43 1 Comment

In the grand list of “how to win friends and influence people”, boasting has never been something that I’ve seen as being near the top of the list. Nor has false modesty, either, to be honest. I’ve always felt that if you’re good at something, the most appropriate way to deal with it is just [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Media

My Sporting Week

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 0:55 1 Comment

With two football finals watched this season, and a third inexorably sweeping into view, there’s always the temptation to have some kind of ‘review of a season’. Fortunately, I’m not succumbing to that sort of nonsense, so instead I’m just going to talk about the sport I’ve seen or followed over the last week. Without [...]

This was posted under category: Sport

Plastic Bags

Monday, May 19, 2008 0:47 4 Comments

I’m an inhuman monster who likes nothing better than to destroy the planet, ruining it for future generations. And I like to beat dolphins to death with enormous blocks of concrete. Or at least, that’s what you’d think. You see, my crime is that when I go to the supermarket, I get plastic bags to [...]

This was posted under category: Life

Close Up Cat

Sunday, May 18, 2008 0:33 No Comments

I got a new phone the other week — I have already covered this, so I wouldn’t have been saying this, other than to justify why I was playing with the camera part of my camera phone. Right, so I was playing with the camera part of my camera phone, attempting to take a photo [...]

This was posted under category: Life

The Silverlight Express

Saturday, May 17, 2008 20:26 2 Comments

…aka the MSDN Roadshow. …filing into a cinema with Indiana Jones posters on the walls I am somewhat disappointed to see a flaming winged heart on the screen bearing the text ‘code to live, live to code’. What is this, some kind of geekathon?? And then I remembered that it was. I’m here in the [...]

This was posted under category: Standards, Technology

Interest Free

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 0:44 No Comments

I was on the Team Valley ‘Retail World’ retail park the other day, sitting in a coffee shop tucked away in Borders bookshop. I’m presuming it was a Starbucks as they are pretty much ubiquitous but it could theoretically have been ‘Costa Coffee’ or something similar. Not that this is really relevant, but there you [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, Oddities

Patrick Troughton: A Warning

Monday, May 12, 2008 0:42 3 Comments

I might have mentioned before that my four year old, BTP, is something of a Dr. Who nut. And I don’t just mean new Dr. Who (I’m no longer sure whether his favourite Doctor is David Tennant, Tom Baker or Patrick Troughton…) I told him that I’d buy him a treat when I started my [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Reviews, TV/Film