Union Safe: News: Killer Clutter – 25 June 2004

Killer Clutter – 25 June 2004: “Cluttered desks, poor posture and hours spent in front of a computer are damaging the health of office staff, with increasing numbers suffering Irritable Desk Syndrome.” I just knew it. Sitting at your desk all day is bad for you! Meetings, on the other hand, are good for you. There is the exercise you get on the way to and … Continue reading Union Safe: News: Killer Clutter – 25 June 2004

Tracking the end of the world – the Doomsday Guide

This site is a real gem, at the Doomsday Guide you track doomsday in its many and varied forms. This site provides an “online link resource to the full spectrum of End of the World Scenarios” inlcuding Armageddon, the Apocalypse, End of Days, Doomsday. There are even categories to look under: Environmental Technology Extraterrestrial Religious Prophecy (western & eastern) Prophecy Global Conflict I’ve always had a … Continue reading Tracking the end of the world – the Doomsday Guide

Death by PowerPoint – yet another perspective

Many people have noted how annoying it is to go to a meeting and experience the well-know ‘death by Powerpoint’ phenomenon. But one person who’s made the argument most excellently is Peter Norvig, when he put the Gettysburg Address on PowerPoint. This simple action encapsulates all of the arguments against Powerpoint so powerfully. How much less inspiring the Gettysburg Address is in this medium. How much less … Continue reading Death by PowerPoint – yet another perspective

2004 Commencement Yale Class Day Speech, by Ken Burns

Ken Burns makes some excellent points in this speech, I’ve picked out some highlights – click here to see the entire text (in PDF). Now more than ever we in the western world should heed speakers like this. Ken speaks of a United States that has inspired many over the years. It would be a pity to see the US become that which it hates, forgetting … Continue reading 2004 Commencement Yale Class Day Speech, by Ken Burns

5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers: some interesting ideas for the ambitious person

Found this site in my wanderings the other day when I was supposed to be studying for an exam. It is based on a book called The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers by James M. Citrin and Richard A. Smith and more info can be found at www.5patterns.com. The basic premise of this book is that people who have extraordinary careers display some common patterns: Understand the … Continue reading 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers: some interesting ideas for the ambitious person

MBA – still value for money?

The other day a friend who has just completed an MBA from a prestigious university was disconsolate to read an article by Tim Dodd in the Australian Financial Review (AFR, 17 May 2004) titled “MBAs are losing their cachet”. Dodd argued that employers prefer people whose postgraduate studies were in a specialised field rather over a generalist MBA. This is all well and good, but I … Continue reading MBA – still value for money?

Good quote about self esteem and talent

Found a great quote about self esteem yesterday: “Where talent is a dwarf, self-esteem is a giant.” (J. Petit-Senn, Conceits and Caprices) This seems to encapsulate my feelings about the current obsession with building up self esteem even in the face of indubitable evidence as the individual’s incompetence in a particular area. We are so busy building up self esteem at the expense of true … Continue reading Good quote about self esteem and talent