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Changes are afoot

Since leaving Digerati Studio in June, I’ve been picking up odd bits of freelance work but not yet really enough to provide a decent income for my family. I mentioned on Twitter on Friday that I’d had an interview and been offered a job. On Monday, I accepted the offer. So far, I haven’t mentioned what – or where – the job is. Fear not, your wait is over. I will be working for a medium-sized company called N4 Solutions, which is based near Cirencester. Read more...

Horizons

It feels quite weird to be writing this, but I’m leaving IOP Publishing after nearly eight years: my longest-running job by a country mile. I’m going to Digerati Studio, a Web agency in Bath; no more train-induced commuter stress for me. I’m leaving just as the first project I worked on at IOPP – the Magazines Online Subscriptions system – is being retired, which I feel is poetic: a complete project lifecycle. Read more...

September 19th

Off the train; voices in a garden. I look and see barbeque smoke. Up the hill, more smells of outdoor cookery; further on, it blends with the aroma of the chip shop. A beautiful reminder of the summer we never had.

dConstruct 2008: part one

Last week I made the annual pilgrimage to Brighton for dConstruct - one of the UK’s leading grass-roots Web conferences. Now in its fourth year, the theme of the conference this time was “Designing the social Web”, a topic increasingly of relevance to what we do at IOP Publishing. “Social Software” is merely software that gets better the more people use it; it’s not necessarily about creating the next Facebook or MySpace, and many (though not all) sites could benefit from social features. Read more...

A further reduction in wisdom teeth

[This was a slightly incoherent ramble which I haven’t had time to tidy up. I blame the anaesthetic (for the incoherence) and Life in General (for the lack of time)] My lower 8s (bottom wisdom teeth to non-dentists) have been trouble since they first started coming through in 1999 - the gum pockets got infected before the teeth had even emerged, so I had to have a trip to the emergency dentist (in Melksham, as I recall) and some antibiotics. Read more...

Pearl Georgina Emily Beadle, 1938-2008

Pearl Beadle, my Mum, passed away peacefully yesterday morning, April 2nd 2008. She was surrounded by the love of her family during the last week. Many of the family were at her bedside when she left this life at 9.40 am. What can I say? Her passing came as no shock, given the events of the past ten days. Mum suffered a second stroke on Easter Monday, this time affecting the left side of her brain. Read more...

Upsizing our car

!http://farm1.static.flickr.com/62/196222499_82457835d9_m.jpg!:http://www.flickr.com/photos/cokeeorg/196222499/ [Renault Scenic](http://www.flickr.com/photos/cokeeorg/196222499/) Originally uploaded by [CokeeOrg](http://www.flickr.com/people/cokeeorg/) Our Christmas trip to Basingstoke (hello, glamorous life!) took place before Abigail arrived; nonetheless, the sheer amount of stuff we took with us and brought back (presents, kids’ toys etc.) rather emphasised how small our little Honda Jazz.aspx?model=291 is. Its small size but generous interior space is one of the reasons we bought it in the first place and its boot is one of the largest in its class, but now we have two kids we’re starting to consider upsizing to a larger car. Read more...

Mobile GMail, Twitter and why I'm no better than Crackberry addicts

At the company Christmas meeting/lunch/disco in 2006, I had the pleasure of sitting at the same table as one of our directors. During the meal he checked his email on his Blackberry (nicknamed “Crackberry” due to the addictive nature of anywhere, any time email) several times. I seem to remember telling him, in jest, to “put it away”. Fast forward to 2007. Three has the best-value data packages of the UK mobile operators: £2. Read more...

Abigail Emily Beadle

[Abigail Emily Beadle](http://www.flickr.com/photos/t1mmyb/2154524254/) Originally uploaded by [t1mmyb](http://www.flickr.com/people/t1mmyb/) Slightly late posting this (I twittered, Flickrd and emailed on the day), but Abigail Emily Beadle was born at 9.25pm on December 30th, 2007, weighing 7lbs. Mother & baby are mighty fine :) Phoebe is delighted to have a little sister, and Kathy is delighted not to have had another Caesarean section and the -attendant- +associated+ six weeks’ recovery.

The wheels on the bike go round and round

!http://farm1.static.flickr.com/222/522082375_6a48dc6aae.jpg(Bath 9 miles, Bristol 7 miles)!:http://www.flickr.com/photos/t1mmyb/522082375/ I like cycling, if only because it’s not jogging, an enterprise I find tedious in the extreme. I’d much rather be playing football (that’s soccer for any Americans reading this), but you can’t thusly commute to work. We had a recent reaquaintance with the world’s favourite two-wheeled human-powered transport/leisure activity whilst on holiday in Cornwall. The weather wasn’t great for most of the week, and it bucketed down with rain just as we arrived in the car park in Wadebridge next to the Camel Trail_Trail; nevertheless we cycled from Wadebridge to Padstow (Phoebe resplendant in her new rack-mounted bike seat), had a cream tea and cycled back again. Read more...
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