Diary – Thursday 01 August 2002

Pinch! Punch! First o’ the month!

(that always pisses Hazel off. Or at the very least elicits a heavy sigh)

Bleary rise without any shine due to more late night Shogun reading, and attempts to buy digital camera extras from Dabs (battery, CF card and CD-RWs) failed miserably for some reason 🙁

Met Lindsey after work (although Lucy did bring me Stella sustenance from the S&S soiree) and we headed back to hers via Tesco’s for supplies of pizza and ice-cream for a girls’ night in.

Home for more Shogun, but only after packing for the weekend…..

Diary – Wednesday 31 July 2002

Kissing Jessica Stein with Janette accompanied by Nestle copies of magnum and a cornetto icecreams, and an impromptu encounter with Phil and David in the foyer; they were off to see Ivan etc complete with strobe lights.

Good girlie film, strong characters but then I’m no critic. I enjoyed it without having to work out why.

We walked to Waterloo via the new Hungerford footbridge – how long before I drop the “new”? – and admired the Eye from the safety of (almost) sea level. Janette hadn’t seen the bridge before. We wondered how both Hungerford footbridges and the ‘new’ Millennium Bridge will change the pedestrian circulations around London, and in particular the flows between the north and south banks for the Thames.

Diary – Wednesday 31 July 2002

Just done a DNS look up on the IP address from Mark’s comment on Saturday. Sorry to use you as a guinea pig Mark, but this is the first true life example I’ve had of an instance when I can use geeky (?) things I heard about, but never tried…. and then I tried the S&S IP address too. Fascinating (for me!)

Diary – Wednesday 31 July 2002

EEK! I received my first comment on MT Sparkly today, and it was from another m loosemore!!

I’m dying to take the vanity line of questioning… i.e. how did you find it! I mean it’s not as if anyone ever found www.sparklytrainers.com before (a good think seeing as for most of it’s existence all it had was a holding page put up by Tom when he registered the domain. I’ve just googled on loosemore, and Sparkly hasn’t come up in the first 17 pages….

I can remember the first time I googled my surname, Google brought back 4 pages of hits, mainly Sandra Loosemore’s pages suggesting an unusual combination of interests: figure skating – frogs – origami.

i’ve just googled on “Mary Loosemore”, and there’s “about 289” hits.

It’s weird knowing someone else is actually reading this. I’d not expected anyone to discover it for a while. In some ways it’s a good thing to have to assess now what I want to achieve in doing MT Sparkly. I’ve a feeling it’s going to be a diary, with “extra bits”. The extra bits being admin things (boring meter readings and the like so i’ve got my facts and figures to hand when battling with hapless call centre staff), work-related jottings and comments on things i learn and use at/for work or think I might find useful. My personal portable, shareable know how bank.

The diary bit is a bit vain, don’t you think? and a bit boring. But it helps me get into the habit of making regular entries here and makes me learn more of the features, and to identify different ways in which I can use MT Sparkly. For instance, I’ve decided not to use it for uploading photos. I’ll continue to use fotopic for that, and link from here to collections or individual photos on my fotopic site.

Ah well, lunchtime’s over…..


One of the online resources I find useful at work is TechoLawyer. I subscribe to a few of their newsletters, and rate TechnoGuide and LLRX as good sources of information on IT issues in the legal environment.

TechnoLawyer is predominantly a US legal community at the moment. That’s still useful, given that the old dotcom adage that, where technology is concerned, looking at the US is a bit like looking into our own UK future a couple of years hence. In any event, I’ve not found any comparable source of information for UK Legal IT, although uklit, a yahoogroup for IT Managers and Directors from UK law firms, comes closest, but still no cigar.

July 22’s TechnoGuide had two items of interest to me.

The first was a request for advice on email newsletter tools and mail-list-management-meets-newsletter-creation tools. Interesting as devising recommendations on how to provide our BUMs (Business Unit Marketeers, believe it or not) with the controlled/controlable wherewithal to create and despatch ’emailshots’ is one of my current projects.

The other item of interest was in the New Topics section; Bloggers wanted!

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Below you’ll find new discussion topics as well as the
corresponding Master Topic, the approximate distribution
date, and suggested questions. Once we receive a Post on a
new topic, we schedule a Topical Compilation.

1. Bloggers Wanted (08/08/02)

(Master Topic: Collaboration/Knowledge Management)

a. What is a Blog and why should lawyers care?

b. Please list and discuss your favorite public Blogs.

c. How does your firm use Blog technology?

The above questions are just suggestions. Feel free to
discuss any aspect of this topic.

Respond to this Topic:

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And that got me thinking; why not use this, my blog, to record my learnings and make them more widely available and personally portable. ‘Hey maybe I’ll tell the guys at TechnoGuide that!’ urm, probably not!