At the end of the day corporate jargon is as old as the hills

Tuesday, 5 April, 2016

What do the words contact, interview, donate, electrocution, balance, and endorse, all have in common? They were once, back in the day, buzzwords, or management speak terms, of the kind you’ll find in a latter day workplace if you touch base at the end of the day, and leverage those deliverables.

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If you like things organised neatly, this is for you

Friday, 1 April, 2016

If you like things, anything at all, arranged in some organised way, or to a pattern of some sort, then you’re going to love Things Organized Neatly.

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Maybe you’re somewhere out there making toast

Wednesday, 30 March, 2016

We’re all creative to one degree or another, creativity is not, after all, the exclusive domain of artists, musicians, writers, and the like. We all have a talent, there is at least one thing each of us excels at. For me, this is one of those things

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Amazing, now we can unslice tomatoes

Thursday, 17 March, 2016

You can’t unboil an egg – well, actually it’s possible, if difficult – but you can, it seems, unslice, or unchop, a tomato, watch and see

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Should I get up? It’s never too late to ask that question on a Monday

Monday, 7 March, 2016

Actually, it might be a little late by now on a Monday morning for such a question, but should I get up? Enter your location, and see what the website says… maybe you’ll be given a day off.

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Why didn’t Carol win the special effects Oscar then?

Thursday, 3 March, 2016

Hmm… the special effects used in Carol, the latest feature of Todd Haynes. I had no idea.

Possibly the filmmakers had trouble sourcing Christmas hats at the time they were filming the scenes at the department store where Therese worked?

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A sort of handy checklist should you need to see a podiatrist

Thursday, 18 February, 2016

I don’t go to podiatrists all that often, so I guess it’s useful to know what do to prepare, should you ever need to see a foot doctor. I thought it would be as straightforward as making an appointment, but apparently not…

List all the medications, vitamins and supplements you’re taking and wish you could take, including non-medical marijuana, if it were legal in your state or didn’t require a humiliating meet up with a local high school student in the grocery store parking lot.

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On looking smart in situations where you’re in over your head

Wednesday, 17 February, 2016

You’re sitting at your desk one day, trying as best as possible to plow through your work, when an email message arrives informing you that you’re now a director of the company, and your first board meeting will be tomorrow morning.

Elation soon turns to despair however, as you fret over what to wear, and, more importantly, how to act, since it’s all a new experience for you. Oh yes, I know the feeling. Happily, Dan Davies, writing for Mr Porter, has created a cheat-sheet, or how to guide, for this exact situation:

The first step is be convincing. Avoid non-verbal leakage (which can be as messy as it sounds). Don’t move your head suddenly when asked the question, touch your mouth, neck or throat, or shuffle your feet – they’re all giveaways that you’re mentally spinning. Verbal “tells” include repetition, offering too much unsolicited information (or padding) and qualifiers such as “If I recall correctly” or “If I am not mistaken”.

There’s also advice for looking the part at art shows, ordering wine at an upscale restaurant, and dealing with philosophy discussions at dinner parties.

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The Cardboard Home Cinema, putting a home cinema in every home

Friday, 5 February, 2016

Photo by Manuel Pita

I’ve not quite warmed to the idea of watching movies on my smartphone, mainly because I think the screen is too small. That I still own one with a four-inch screen, and intend to for sometime, doesn’t really help, but I think you’d need at least an average tablet size screen to really enjoy watching a film or TV show, on a smaller device.

However, if watching movies on a smartphone is your thing, you might get a kick out of the Cardboard Personal Home Cinema, essentially a cardboard box that sits on the floor, that you then crawl under, after placing your phone over a viewing slot on the top of the box. Actually, this is something kids might have fun with.

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The Lord of the Rings, too much like work to be able to enjoy?

Wednesday, 3 February, 2016

At last, someone who doesn’t like The Lord of the Rings… to the mind of Remy Porter, J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy saga is too much like work, and Middle Earth bares an uncanny resemblance to way too many workplaces.

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