In the few years we’ve been away from Aberdeen it seems like quite a few cool new cafes have opened up — which makes me feel much better about moving back here since I spend quite a bit of time working from these sorts of places :-)
In particular I really like how many new places are decorating their interiors with white walls, washed out woods, and very light pastel colours. It makes for so much more light and airy rooms than the traditional dark, wood-panelled pubs.
Today we had brunch at Cup Cafe on Little Belmont Street. The food was lovely but the best bit was the bathrooms! It was like falling down Alice’s rabbit hole:
Yesterday I tuned in to the Business of Software hangout with Steli Efti of Close.io who spoke about sales in startups.
I hadn’t really come across his stuff before so after it was done I checked out his blog and really like his post about making sure you follow-up on leads “right the fuck now” :-)
When you’ve got a qualified prospect on the phone, there’s one thing you always want to do before you end the call: Initiate the next step!
Do it right then and there while you still have them on the phone, not by telling them how much you enjoyed speaking with them, not by agreeing to talk again soon (someday), not by sending them a follow up email.
Use the power of right fucking now to get the thing done.
Read the full post on his blog here.
The Independent reports today that following ETC CEO Philip Rizzo’s blatantly sexist comments on Facebook directed at one of his managers he has banned Facebook use “for senior management”.
The reason apparently is that according to Minister Bartolo:
he is not a sexist person and that he respects his colleagues and, in fact, I think from his perspective he thought he was passing a compliment.
There are two types of sexism. There is the blatant in your face kind where an employer might ask for sexual favours (at worst) and then there is the kind where the offender “meant no harm, was making a joke, and in fact thought he was passing a compliment”.
In many cases the latter is worse particularly if the person in question is a publicly appointed official in a senior position and responsible for employment and training.
Banning the use of Facebook is actually a terrible thing from a transparency point of view because it simply puts the problem behind closed doors. Nothing is actually changing: the Minister is simply asking his top officials to “not have this sort of presence on Facebook”. The implication being that its fine to do it elsewhere, say at the water cooler, in a staff meeting, or in setting national policy — just not in public.
While the correct course of action should have clearly been to dismiss Mr Rizzo, failing that Mr Bartolo could have at least opted to:
- Issue a stern warning that this sort of behaviour is not acceptable by any government employee, on or off Facebook.
- Launch an investigation into the matter to determine whether this attitude is prevalent among ETC management.
- Mandate that Mr Rizzo (and possibly other senior staff) attend a sexual harassment training course or similar.
But perhaps that’s too much for “the most feminist government ever“.
A touching poem by David Whyte that a mere seven months ago would have been unremarkable to me yesterday left me speechless.
Carrying a child,
I carry a bundle of sleeping
my daughter adrift
on my shoulder,
dreaming her slender
I carry her
her moon lit
like a tiny
a path that leads
where I can’t go,
so that I read her palm
what I read
walk with her
in moon light
on the landing,
with whom I walk,
to go on
where I can’t
with so many
that must know her
than I do.
And so to these
and this broad night
to hold her
when I cannot,
to comfort her
when I am gone,
to help her learn
to take it
for the way
to help her see
light will not help her,
where happiness has fled,
Read the rest on David’s Facebook page…
The folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) publish reports evaluating the privacy practices of various internet companies. WordPress.com received a perfect 5 on 5 score in their annual Who Has Your Back report as well as a perfect 5 on 5 score on the Intellectual Property Who Has Your Back report.
We also note that some services have gone above and beyond the evaluation criteria in this report. Automattic, the parent company behind WordPress, has filed lawsuits in response to abusive takedown requests.
This makes WordPress.com the only service to score a perfect 10/10 across both of the EFF’s surveys.
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