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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 writing #incomprehensible #twaddle u n me l8r lol @knickerlicker reduces my vocabulary to four letter words — 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. Now Im dahn wiv da yoof.

  • When automation goes incorrect

    · 214 words (devours 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 (kills 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 (vacuums up 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

    · 902 words (devours 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 (laps up about 2 mins)

    Oh great, now you’ve set my legs on fire. Thanks a bunch.

  • Manual translation

    · 387 words (sucks 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 (eats up less than a minute)

    Note to email client providers: sometimes it’s better to wrap than to truncate, to avoid potential confusion.