Category Archives: Writing

The virtue of good documentation

A long time ago in a job far, far away, I rose to the position of Engineering Manager, but one of my core functions until the day the company collapsed was proof-reading documentation produced by my fellow engineers and consultants. As a computer science graduate who had spent pretty much every free elective in senior… Read More »

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smug

I was unfortunate enough to go see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in the last days of my annual leave. Before I went, I’d heard mixed reviews. There were those who argued that the introduction of a female action hero elf was the height of blasphemy against Tolkienism, and there were others that argued that… Read More »

Hello News Corp my old friend

A tribute to the News of the World and News Corp. Sing along to the music from “The Sound of Silence” (or this instrumental version if it helps): Hello News Corp, my old friend I see you’ve hacked my phones again Because a rumour had you thinking That you’d delve while I was sleeping And… Read More »

Time to shake things up a bit

When I was just a little over 18 years of age, I left home and packed my things to head off to University in Newcastle. At the time, compared to Parkes, Newcastle could have seemed like the “big smoke”, but I was already aware that it was small fry to Sydney. Over time though first… Read More »

10 classic misspellings and their corrections

While I don’t claim to be infallible, I’m a stickler for spelling and punctuation. Common mistakes, such as they’re/their/there drive me nuts. This site has one of the best explanations, even using pretty pictures as examples, of the most common spelling mistakes. I heartily recommend everyone use check it out – the oatmeal.