Archive for June, 2009

Lies, Damn Lies, And Star-Faced Tattoo Girls

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 19:16 11 Comments

You know how sometimes there’s a big breaking story that makes international news, because it somehow ‘fits’ the story the media are selling that day, despite how it’s not really that newsworthy. This one, for example: Police in Belgium are investigating a complaint from a teenager who says a tattooist peppered her face with stars [...]

This was posted under category: Media

#LocalGovCamp (Session 1 – Rewired State)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 7:20 19 Comments

For this, and for most of the remainder of these sessions, while I took quite a lot of notes, I was generally concentrating on what was being said, rather than who was doing the saying. Where possible, I will indicate who led an individual session, so that you might know where this all originated from. [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Technology

Laptops and mobile phones only

Monday, June 22, 2009 7:20 10 Comments

Now when I’m on the train, I don’t tend to take various sorts of electrical equipment with me. I might have a laptop, I might have a mobile phone. I might have the relevant power cables and/or chargers. If I’m on a train, and they provide a plug socket, I might plug the things in [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities

#LocalGovCamp (Travel and Generalities)

Sunday, June 21, 2009 7:20 27 Comments

Having not been to one of these ‘camp’ jobbies before, I didn’t really know what to expect. On that basis, I had been planning to kind of slink into the background and fade into the wallpaper, also obviously that would be difficult for someone as beautiful as me, if it wasn’t for the fact that [...]

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

Andyone for Tennis?

Saturday, June 20, 2009 14:12 2 Comments

So, Wimbledon approacheth, and with it the inevitable speculation about how well the latest Great British hope will do in the event. For a good number of years, the hope was pinned on the seemingly perennial quarter-finalist, Tim Henman. Tim is frequently dismissed as ‘not good enough’. This is a bit unfair. Tim managed — [...]

This was posted under category: Sport

Deliberately Putting Kids At Risk

Friday, June 19, 2009 8:14 1 Comment

…is this a good idea? From the title, you’d probably assume no, but allow me to lead you down this road for a few minutes. Is it okay to deliberately put kids at risk where we have assessed the risk as low, and even if the risk does occur, it’s extremely unlikely to cause serious [...]

This was posted under category: Life


Thursday, June 18, 2009 7:20 35 Comments

There have been discussions on Accessify Forum as to what sort of icon should be used to represent accessibility, or accessibility-related topics. There is an international symbol of accessibility, which is basically a stylised white wheelchair on a blue background. This has various advantages and disadvantages. Firstly, it’s very clear. Everyone who sees it will [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Disability

It’s just like living in…

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 7:20 7 Comments

Zimbabwe Iran. No it fucking isn’t. I’ve heard this line from the archetypal ‘man in the pub’ before. It started last year when Mugabe and his thugs rigged the election in Zimbabwe by brutalising those who might be prepared to vote against him. That was when I first heard it. Generally from some relatively well-off [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Politics

Mario Kart in the Mirror

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 7:20 53 Comments

The “kids” got Mario Kart for the Wii for Christmas. It’s the game where you plug the Wiimote into a driving wheel, and basically drive around with that. It’s also bloody good fun. If you have a Wii, and I had to recommend one game, this is the game I would choose (although I also [...]

This was posted under category: Gaming, Reviews

The Owen Brochure

Monday, June 15, 2009 12:30 19 Comments

Michael Owen, scorer of 200 goals (160 club, 40 country), tormentor of Argentina in the 1998 world cup, signed by Newcastle United only 4 years ago, finds that his stock has fallen somewhat. A man for whom Newcastle paid £17 million four years ago, who Real Madrid signed the year before that — when he [...]

This was posted under category: Sport