A Good Guide to Blogging – Past, Present and Future

Jonathan enjoys reading books on new and emerging ideas and concepts.

The great thing about this book is it’s not a “how to” of blogging, it presents a collection of experiences and opinions of long-time Bloggers and is essential reading if you want to get past the hype and into reality of this new cultural phenomenon.

With the chapters written in the style of a blog, it presents a
collection of experiences and opinions of long‐time Bloggers and is essential
reading if you want to get past the hype and into reality of this new cultural phenomenon.

With the chapters written in the style of a blog, it’s perhaps not a masterpiece of literature, but a good read nevertheless.

IT Offers Aid for Social Phobics

Research at the University of Glamorgan could soon help sufferers of autism and social phobia take part in social situations that they usually find difficult and confusing.

The research has investigated using internet-compatible mobile phones to educate socially impaired individuals about what is being said to them during a conversation, so that they do not misinterpret its context or feel anxious about what someone is thinking about them.

Although the technology is still in its infancy, preliminary findings have shown that individuals with autism find it helps them understand the meaning behind common expressions, which they often interpret literally.

Postgraduate student Jonathan Bishop, who led the study, said the technology, which uses 3G mobile handsets, works by read-ing the facial expressions and tone of voice of the person being spoken to, and lets the person using the system know what they are feeling, something people with autism and social phobia sometimes find difficult to do.

The research is pending publication in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning and is available for download at http://www.jonathanbishop.com/research

Utter political immaturity

Jonathan believes the Assembly should deliver best value to the Welsh tax-payer. He feels politicians need to do all they can to ensure the Assembly runs as efficiently as possible for the benefit of people in Wales.

The behaviour of opposition parties that forced the Assembly Government to refer the seating arrangements issue to a committee demonstrates the complete immaturity of the political process in Wales.

With the voting technology in the Assembly, this issue could have been dealt with in two minutes.

Instead the Welsh tax-payer is going to have to foot the bill for discussion on a matter that in other democracies would not be an issue.

As one of the youngest politicians in Wales, I hoped the Assembly would be an example to my generation of how democracy could be both modern and relevant.

I believed the significant achievements of the Assembly before the election meant politicians had grown-up and were fit to represent one of the newest and most inclusive democratic institutions. I guess I was wrong.

A straightforward guide to contemporary web design

Jonathan enjoys reading factual books that are well researched.

If you like Jakob Nielsen‘s “I’m the expert, so you’ll just have to believe me”-type books, then this is the one for you. It is easy to read, well structured, with plenty of unproven guidelines and design models.

If you have an e-business and just need a quick reference, then you’ll find this book useful. If you are looking for a more in depth book based on solid research then you’ll be left feeling short-changed if you buy this.