Archive for the 'Personal' Category

Current status

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Just a quick post to let my friends know what is happening in my life.

Not dead yet!

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

It has been awfully quiet round here lately, after Andrew K. and Vicki finally posted after many months of silence, I thought I better do something before it gets that long here. I have not given up blogging I have just been busy with other things.

Fitness or lack of it

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

After a week on excessive alcohol, nicotine (I do not normally smoke) and caffeine at WD06, I have been slack about cycling to work. It was not until Miles Burke at port:80 meeting mention that he was regularly going to the gym, I finally got back to cycling to and from work. The results were:

And her name is Willow

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Willow our blue merle border collie

Cause of a little sleep deprivation and a lack of blogging for the past fortnight. She is a very good puppy, active, inquisitive and a quick learner.

Wanted: suggestions for a puppy name

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

our little darling with her 6 black and white litter mates
That active two week old blue merle border collie puppy (top right) clambering over her sleeping black and white brothers and sisters will be ours in four or so weeks time. At the moment we are stumped for a name and are hoping for suggestions.

New job

Monday, April 10th, 2006

After twenty years with Department of Consumer and Employment Protection and its predecessors the Ministry of Fair Trading, I started a new job last week, a secondment to the State Library of Western Australia.

To those of you not familiar with the mystical inner workings of the Western Australian public sector, a secondment is a temporary loan of an employee from one Government Department to another …

Yeah but um basically

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Are four words I need to remove from my vocabulary when I give a talk.

I have just heard the podcast of my talk I gave to the Perth WSG. Other than using those four words appearing far to frequently, I am fairly happy with the results. Even if I do not say enough, I tended to gloss over things, often skipping words that I included in my notes to add detail. I also spoke too slowly …


What not to do for presentations

Saturday, April 1st, 2006
  1. Assume that your s5 presentation will look exactly the same when viewed via a projector when using firefox, as it did on your screen. FF pays attention to media=”projection”, fortunately Safari ignored it.
  2. Assume you cordless mouse will work with S5 on your powerbook projector combination exactly the same way it did on you PC screen combination.
  3. Let somebody else buy you a drink, before you present. I was foolhardly going to buy a middy of beer before my presentation, but Kay offered to buy me a beer and I ended up with a pint. Mental note to self, next time try Red Bull.

Perth WSG March meet

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Another event to plug, you will find the offical information over on the Web Standards Group and organiser Kay provides more details on her standards blog, including almost saying nice things about me ;-).

I will be doing a presentation on the button element, going into more detail that what I have already done here. Do not worry if you are not located in this obscure corner of the world called Perth, Western Australia. I will post the presentation here and the scary part is that it should be podcast as is happening with most WSG events.

Suspected Ross River virus infection

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Looks like my weekend in Dwellingup was not with out a price. Either that weekend or in the next week or so I got bitten by a mosquitoe and infected with the Ross River virus.