Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Show me, don't tell me

I have tried both Furl and and, mostly because of the way it makes it easy to tag sites, I prefer Jim Wenzloff has created a really nice guide to Furl, but I couldn't find a print equivalent for, so I wrote my own.

For what it is worth, you can download my Delicious_Guide which is strongly based on Jim's guide. I'm not happy with its title or the front page - all suggestions will be gratefully received. Let me know what you think.

Update Oops! The first posting of this guide had a typo on the first line of the first page! It's fixed now but I still feel silly.

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New update: I've edited my guide and re-posted the new version. Enjoy.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Research Blog: Wednesday Night or Thursday Morning

Wheelie Bin
Wheelie Bin,
originally uploaded by DavidDMuir.
On our street the bin men come on a Thursday. British English: Bin Men. American English: Garbage Men? Glasgow English: Midgie Men. :-) The question is, when do you put the bin outside for the bin men to pick up? Some people do it on Wednesday night. Our neighbour across the street puts hers out on a Wednesday morning! However, I almost always put mine out on Thursday morning, usually at the last possible minute. On one occasion during the holidays I forgot it was bin day and I had to pull my jeans on over my pyjamas and go chasing after the bin lorry with my wheelie bin in tow.
I work to deadlines... and sometimes I miss. (As Douglas Adams said. "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.") This has been the main problem with my failure thus far to complete my MEd. In a flush of enthusiasm I did a lot of work on it a couple of years ago. I collected loads of data, did interviews with students and started writing up... and then I ran out of time, got distracted and everything stopped. I eventually got back to my supervisor a couple of weeks ago and hoped I could go ahead with the data I had. I hoped I'd get away with it but didn't really believe I would. I was right, my supervisor didn't believeI'd get away with it either.
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So, somewhat belatedly, I have started collecting more data and hope to start setting up interviews tomorrow. I am at the stage of pulling on my jeans and I am about to start chasing the midgie men. I'll blog some more about my data collection next time I get some blog time.