Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Lessons Learned from a Recent Screw-up

xkcd: Frame

I offended someone recently. I really would never have meant to do that... but unfortunately I did. Does spending some much time with people who are "on the spectrum" make you less attuned to people's feelings yourself? I wonder. Anyway, I guess to summarize I thought I was suggesting something that would be easier for her ...

Thursday, December 24th, 2009


Suggestion from @pinemud

I have a confession about almost every big decision I've made. Going to Edinburgh, working in the US the first time, training in China, coming to Canada. Someone else suggested it to me. The other big things have mostly been opportunities, that I've said yes to. Each one of these has taken me outside of my comfort zone. ...

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Making, Managing, Creating – Time


Sacha wrote a lovely post about her free time, and how she protects it. This led me to her reflections on overtime and the whole concept of "having too much time on your hands" by herself and by Cory Doctorow. (Incidentally, it's great when people have large archives and link back to stuff you haven't ...

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Perspectives on Perfectionism

View from the Top

I was reading random posts on Penelope Trunk's blog last week when I came across one on perfectionism. Basically, she was saying that perfectionism is stupid. I have some perfectionist tendencies, but I'm not going to argue with this. I think perfectionism can mean you avoid the feeling of OK, what next, what's inspiring me today? ...

Friday, December 18th, 2009

What’s Your Video Game Type?

Your BrainHex Class

I'm not a big player of video games, we have a wii but mostly I just use it for wii fit and when our friends come over, but I was interested to see what I'd get. Find out yours here. My gamer-type: Your BrainHex Class is Mastermind. Your BrainHex Sub-Class is Mastermind-Socialiser. You like solving puzzles and devising ...

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Discovering the Value of Personal Branding

BrandBox 01

Last month, Patti Church and Treena Grevatt came in and gave a talk on Personal Branding for WISE. Patti's one of the people behind so it was great to have her come and speak to us. I was in a complete panic because they were going to use me as an example, and I thought ...

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Reaching Out

Credit: flikr / kelvin_luffs

Yesterday Sacha Chua put up a blogpost entitled "What can I help you learn? Looking for mentees". I'd been following her blog for a while now, and got out of the lurking stage and started commenting periodically, so of course I was like, "me me me!". If you don't read Sacha's blog, go and grab the ...

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Of Snap Judgments and Sexism

Credit: Flikr / myoldpostcards

Fascinating post today in CopyBlogger - Why James Chartrand Wears Women’s Underpants. It's a female writer outing herself; she's been writing under a male pseudonym for the last three years. She'd tried under her real name, but started working under a second name because she didn't want her own name to be associated with a ...

Monday, December 14th, 2009

20% of the Time, 80% of the Value

Pareto Principle Option 2

If you look, you'll see the Pareto Principle everywhere. Last week, I saw it in grad school. I was having my 20% - and it was awesome! But it does make me sad about the 80% of my time - this is the time that I spend marking, doing assignments that seem pointless and reading ...

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