Y'know things that are all the rage? Blogs. Everyone has one; or at least had one before Facebook, Twitter et al diluted the realtime pool.
Since I'm nu-old skool — and watching endless streams of people copying and pasting the same thing to each other makes me long for a 'Shut up' button — I figured why not make a blog? The main difference here compared with other people's blogs is that instead of being limited to one topic, you get a little slice of everything all mashed up. Yay, I've joined the SpaceFace / MyBook revolution.
When automation goes incorrect· 214 words (kills less than a minute)
Text to speech still has a way to go before it becomes broadly useful and not inadvertently funny, it seems.
Security without atoms· 174 words (laps up less than a minute)
Ambiguous signage is a pet love of mine. Saving a few bucks to print less is fine, unless the meaning can be misinterpreted.
Five reasons why Emoji sucks as a language[1 comment] · 1405 words (kills about 7 mins)
With the meteoric rise in the use of Emoji, I can’t help but wonder if people really have missed the point of communication.
Five on Politically Correct island[6 comments] · 958 words (wastes about 5 mins)
What do you get when you cross an old book with idealists from a modern world, hell-bent on not offending anyone for fear of litigation? A damn mess.
Online illiteracy is rife· 924 words (munches about 5 mins)
I thought it was a simple question: “Why do you never forget how to ride a bike?” Yahoo Answers cropped up as the top result. I should have known better, but I clicked it.
Offended by sarcasm: cultural idioms· 293 words (eats up about 2 mins)
Oh great, now you’ve set my legs on fire. Thanks a bunch.
Manual translation· 387 words (laps up about 2 mins)
You know you’re in for something special when the opening paragraph of a DVD operating manual reads “When open, refit or demount the machine, our company cannot supply after-sales service.”
Word wrap vs line cut· 48 words (vacuums up less than a minute)
Note to email client providers: sometimes it’s better to wrap than to truncate, to avoid potential confusion.