Category Archives: development

They take and they take and they take

I don’t know many entrepreneurs. If you count people who would routinely and unironically refer to themselves as such, I only really know one; he seems all right enough, as an acquaintance. But (a couple of years ago) that one … Continue reading

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I am still here, you know; just about

The company I (just about) still work for had rather unwisely kept me on, for nearly nine years, at the same short notice period with which I started. For reasons of good will, diligence, and timing, and a desire to … Continue reading

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The law of conservation of genii

When a dog gets passed around often enough among colleagues – at least three owners over the years – then it effectively becomes an office dog. Based on that assumption, my place of work had an office dog, ever since … Continue reading

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It never drains; then it pours

We have two kitchens at work, for tediously historical reasons. Each of these houses a coffee machine. In the farther kitchen from my desk, indeed in a separate building, is a miniature Gaggia: solid, unfussy, single-function. If you don’t want … Continue reading

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What’s my problem?

My problem is that my ability to write has a distinctly muscular flavour: not in the sense that such as Hemingway might write in a muscular fashion; but that I have to exercise it, or it wastes away. Do it … Continue reading

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Season of longings

A couple of weekends ago one of my colleagues offered us all a day trip on the riverboat he lives on. K. and I joined a number of my co-workers in hopping on board – often literally, as it passed … Continue reading

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Authorship, once gazed upon, can never be erased

One of my reasons for moving this blog to wordpress.com was that I wanted to largely dissociate it from myself: that is, my public self, my employer, my real-life friends. This wasn’t just to be able to make sarcastic remarks … Continue reading

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Copenhagen strategies

We’ve both just returned from Copenhagen: a conference trip for me, a birthday holiday for K. Denmark is an oddity: much as Finland looks Scandinavian when you squint, Denmark looks a little Germanic when you don’t. The capital city is … Continue reading

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Anhedonia sucks but it keeps me cheery

I’m off to a conference tomorrow for a day or two tomorrow. It’s possibly the greatest opportunity I’ve ever had to better myself in my career and in a community I respect, and a great responsibility for me to help … Continue reading

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Dog on wheel

An employee at the hilariously named company immediately behind our offices—think, say, “Pony Avengers”, or possibly “Livestock Squadron” and you have a rough idea—takes a dog to work. Nothing unusual about that: this is the countryside, after all, and at … Continue reading

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