Category: "Potpourri"

The View From The Trenches

03/21/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
As always, Joel Spolsky has an excellent article on how there's a significant perception gap between the more senior people in an organization and those a bit further down. more »

RIP Gary Gygax

03/05/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
Gary Gygax, the co-creator of "Dungeons And Dragons", has died. An estimated 20 million people worldwide have played D&D, with more than $1bn spent on game equipment and books. "I thought we would sell about 50,000 copies," Gary Gygax told me back… more »

Logo evolution

02/24/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
Link is to a neat illustration of how some tech companies' logos have changed over the years. (Via Gizmodo) more »

It'd go well with the hidden room

02/23/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
A staircase/bookshelf/reading spot. I love this design! more »

On customer service

02/18/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
Recently I've had two minor complaints that were dealt with in a way I felt was wrong. It's not that the people involved were rude or difficult but simply that their initial reaction was not what would have been easiest or most appropriate. more »

"I Hate Valentine's"

02/14/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
Link is to an entertaining article from dating site Lavalife on various, uh, problems people have encountered on St. Valentine's. It's much funnier than the similiarly named "I Love Valentines" from the same author which appears to be a standard "Do… more »

Director of "The Hobbit" anounced

02/05/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
Apparently it's Guillermo del Toro, director of "Pan's Labyrinth". I've not seen the movie but Ritchie liked it which bodes well. (Via Kottke) more »

I'm clearly getting older...

02/02/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Potpourri
I must be growing old; I went to a Fry's Electronics store to pick up a set of $30 speakers* and walked out with pretty much nothing else. It wasn't too long ago that doing that would have resulted in a very large credit card bill... (Ok, I did pick up… more »

Rubbishing the stay-at-home father

01/30/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
While browsing through a friend's Facebook notes, I found a link to an older (2003) article from an American publication discussing the stay-at-home father. Perhaps it was the intent of the author; perhaps it's the required attitude of a successful… more »


01/27/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
While testing out a piece of software at work, I noticed one of the columns referred to "sulfur". Just before filing a low level problem report to correct the spelling mistake, I decided to make sure it wasn't one of the those English/American things. more »

Suspension of disbelief

01/25/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
BoingBoing has an interesting post on the suspension of disbelief and how fragile it is. The example in this case is from the recent "Cloverfield" movie and the introductory cue card, but they've covered the "uncanny valley" before. more »

IBM demonstrates why workplace regulations are required

01/24/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
IBM recently lost a suit from some of their employees seeking to redress unpaid overtime. What was IBM's reaction? They decided to cut wages to compensate. more »

Average incomes across Canada

01/22/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
As might be expected, Ontario and Alberta lead the stakes in average wages. The male/female income disparity for the same age groups is quite stunning though. (Via Denenenenene) more »

100 things that you didn't know in 2007 (UK Edition)

01/06/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
Nifty list of things revealed during 2007 as collated by the BBC. Personal favourite: 5. Cloudy apple juice is healthier than clear, containing almost double the antioxidants which protect against heart disease and cancer. Yeah, that's my preferred… more »

Joel on travel and presentations

01/04/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
A selection of excellent points of how and when to travel, and then what to do if you're demoing a product to clients. It's valid as much for people doing training as sales and marketing. more »

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