Cycling to India

I got a travel book from a charity book stall: Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy. Lots of 10-year-olds get a bike and an atlas. This one decided that she wanted to cycle to India, so (much later) she did. She posted diary entries home, and collected them unedited into this book.

It's a bit like reading what your elderly relatives did before you were born. It's fascinating, but obviously from a very different time.

She seems to have done other adventurous travel books, and I've got enough out of this one that I might try another. Judging by title alone, it might be In Ethiopia with a Mule.

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Overheard on the train

There was a young woman with a small boy on the train. He was a cheerful kid, interested in the world, and the two of them obviously got on well. Mostly they talked about what he could see out of the window. Near the end of the journey. the conversation went like this.
"I want to see my daddy."
"Yes, I know."
"Will I see him today?"
"Is he in the naughty place?"

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Goodbye, cow-irker

Here's a thing I've observed in working life. Whatever you working on, gradually all the good people leave. That makes sense. They're the ones who can easily get another job. They get replaced with new people who may or may not be any use, but certainly know very little about what you're doing (at least, compared to the people who left).

On the other hand, what does that mean about those of use who don't leave? I've been here so long that I got a free Le Creuset cooking pot. Ouch.

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Hypertext considered unremarkable?

We all know how to use the web nowadays, don't we? We follow links to other pages. This isn't news to anyone.

It's well known that you shouldn't say "For info on foo, click here" because it makes more sense to link the description ("foo" or "info on foo") particularly if there's any chance that a visually impaired person will load your page (hint: they will).

So today I was amused to receive an email saying "Please utilize the link below to view the current status or add additional comments" followed by "LINK". Maybe the well known advice isn't so well known after all.

Any way, enough complaining. My favourite web usability fact is that Jakob Neilsen has been inducted into the Scandinavian Interactive Media Hall of Fame because (as far as I can discover) he's the only person in that hall.

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