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BBC Homepage Beta Using jQuery

The BBC Beta Homepage is using jQuery, but unfortunately it’s ugly.

I should qualify that – I think it’s a good move to make the homepage more personalisable, but does it have to look so Web2.0?
Big text was a fad a year ago, but it’s too informal for an internationally recognised and respected news source, and it makes it look so childish – I dread to think what the new CBBC sites would look like!

I realise this is only a beta, and may well change considerably, but without a bit of a shrink I won’t be likely to use it as a homepage tab.

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Personal Web

Recursive Moved Itself

The highly observant amongst you may have noticed that I have moved this blog to my personal domain, jezmckean.com.
You should have been brought to this domain automatically, and I hope to fix the multitude of links online, but need the automatic move for those I can’t fix.
I’ve done this because I’m working to separate my freelance business, jazzle.co.uk, from my personal stuff.

Eventually, the blog subdomain at jazzle will be replaced with a work related one.

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Musings Opinion Personal Religion Society

Rename Terrorism

If only [tag]terrorism[/tag] were renamed to ‘mild trepidation-ism‘ it wouldn’t be so effective.

Fortunately, I live in the [tag]UK[/tag], [tag]England[/tag] specifically, where our stiff-upper-lip-ed-ness prevents us from being too affected by [tag]terrorist[/tag] attacks.
It’s only when services are damaged that the country is really slowed.

Clearly there are some who unfortunately bear the brunt, often physically, in these attacks. Life for them, and their family and friends, may well be permanently changed.
But we have to put things in perspective: many many more people are killed by smoking than by terrorists in the UK; many more people are injured in simple DIY accidents than by terrorists. So why be so scared of it?

Being terrified by such a slim statistic is no way to live a life.

Calling it ‘Terrorism’ only serves to make it more powerful.

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Musings Opinion Personal Rant Society

You’re Too Fat

I Beat AnorexiaThe BBC is today reporting on the suggestion that ‘Plus-Size’ clothes tags should include [tag]obesity[/tag] help-line numbers.

I agree – it’s a fact that many ‘heavy’ people are [tag]fat[/tag] because of lack of will-power (rather than any of the rare relevant medical condition), and every encouragement guilt-inducing-method should be used to help them.
Call me insensitive if you like, but there are many many people who are consciously [tag]self-harm[/tag]ing by smoking, binge-drinking and eating crap [tag]food[/tag].
It’s another fact that the [tag]NHS[/tag] is not able to cope with the increasing numbers of [tag]overweight[/tag] people.

Large size clothes ought to be taxed as are cigarettes and alcohol and for the same reason – the associated unhealthy habits/lifestyle cost us, the tax payers, unfathomable amounts each year. It will be argued that large clothes are not the cause and so the tax is unfair, but taxing food will affect everyone more or less equally unless we go into the minefield of taxing only unhealthy foods.