Alex got a Rubik’s cube for Christmas. I remember spending hours playing with my own as a kid and only ever being reliably able to get one side correct. While I’m reasonable at algorithms, I have horrible spatial awareness and visualization skills. With help from the Internet, I was able to solve the cube in ~15 minutes. It makes me wonder how the easy access to information will help kids (they can tackle many more problems that have already been solved) or hinder their development (they won’t develop the tenacity to tackle problems).
Arianna’s phone (Dina’s old flip-phone from 2005) finally died just before Christmas. While it didn’t work, Arianna was still happier playing pretend phone with that than an actual working iPhone. So, I asked co-workers if they had any old phones to donate. I got 5. I wonder what that teaches Arianna. Toy breaks, get five to replace it.
The kids taking pictures in the Mirabellgarten in Salzburg in April 2014.
If I had a time machine, I’d definitely figure out a way to gently dissuade the creator of Monopoly® from creating this joyless time sink.
Alex now reliably detects when I use sarcasm. It’s the end of life as we know it.
This was by no means the first time he had been on ground once sacred to some great religion. He had seen Notre Dame, Hagia Sophia, Stonehenge, the Parthenon, Karnak, Saint Paul’s, and at least a dozen other major temples and mosques.
– Arthur C. Clarke, The Fountains of Paradise
Realizing I’ve visited all of those makes me appreciate life.
You’re happy to have an SSD because it speeds up searching of Outlook mail.
It took all the strength I had not to koala fart.
— Alex, singing “I Will Survive”
A coworker suggested we do a 30-day ab challenge together. I learned a number of things:
- It’s amazing what one can do when one puts one’s mind to things. I actually was able to finish the challenge.
- Don’t agree to an exercise challenge from someone 15 years younger than you are. I was cursing my coworker daily for weeks. Yes, even on the rest days.
- Agree to the consequences of success or failure up front.
- I cannot easily detect someone (or at least this co-worker) lying to me by omission over chat (10 days undetected). I can very easily detect lying by omission in person (~1 minute to detection). In other words, it took me 10 days to realize that said coworker had given up.
And yes… my abs look like hers… you just can’t see it as easily under my beer belly.
We’re a data-driven company; we just drive like Italians.
— Anonymous Italian coworker
I have been in CH long enough that I now get spam in German, French, and Italian (both electronic and postal spam).
The bad people left, the incompetent people remain.
— Coworker, thinking about somewhere he used to work, 2014-08-21
When you ask people to teach you to fish, but they insist on giving you fish anyway (even if teaching you to fish is less expensive).
Why is it a “prologue” instead of a “prelogue”?
I propose “a minefield of meetings” (currently only 15 hits on google). I like it better than any of these.
Painting of someone wanting to take a selfie, 400 (or 2,000) years before the smartphone. (San Giovanni Battista by Tiziano Vecellio at Gallerie dell’Academia di Venezia)
To get the kids to memorize something (e.g., parent’s phone number) or learn to spell a difficult word: Make it the password on the living room (i.e., TV) PC.