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Giving blood

I give blood every 12 weeks at my local Red Cross blood donation centre. According to Red Cross a blood donation could save up to 3 lives. Which makes me feel good about myself. Which is why I do it. And why you should consider doing it too. To feel good about your self. If that sounds selfish it’s because it is. Last year I was looking for ways to feel good about myself, that actually did...

Louder Minds

My wife Michele has started a new website – a site for introverts. It’s interesting, inspiring and pretty, pretty funny at times.
It’s called Louder Minds – and the Facebook page is pretty good too. Or Instagram if that’s your thing.
Here’s a taste or two:

Tonight’s the night

This is sooooo Michele and me…
Below is the start of the comic, make sure you click through to see the full comic and final panel – it pretty much nails it.

Make sure you click through to see the final panel.
(btw Why did I not include the entire comic here? Because the artists asked nicely here – and I want to support them)

When a Team Member Dies

The technology world lost a wonderful writer and highly respected thought leader recently – Kerry Butters. Kerry Butters passed away on 23 February 2016 after a short battle with cancer. I had the pleasure of working with Kerry since early 2013 – she was a pivotal member of the XEN team and a wonderful guide to me personally. I’ve written a post over on the XEN blog covering her...

Sitting in Judgement

Imagine you are a passenger in a plane that is starting its takeoff approach. You are accelerating down the runway when the left engine catches on fire. The pilot heroically brings the plane to a rapid halt and commences the emergency evacuation procedures. There is heat, and fire, and smoke. People are panicking. You are in the plane, perhaps in a middle row, with an exit 10 rows ahead, and 10...

First World Reflections

I was waiting in line to talk to the concierge in the hotel yesterday (I’m currently in New York as I write this). I was third in line, and the line was starting to grow behind me. Up ahead in first place, hijacking the concierge was a father and his daughter. I’d guess she was 11 or 12, but I was behind them so couldn’t really tell. I couldn’t hear the conversation with...

On Taking a Life

For the sake of this discussion, let us assume a few things. First, let us assume that when judgements in capital cases are handed down, they are judicially pure. We know this is often not the case, that judgements can be the result of political machinations, bribery mismatches, racial inclinations and numerous other motivations. But let us assume for these few minutes that they are indeed...

Taking a compliment

An interesting social experiment where a women decided she’d agree with compliments men gave her. The results are pretty interesting – summary:  she mostly got criticised, called vain, and even abused. The issue is probably not a gender one (eg if the roles had been reversed and men had agreed when getting complimented, they’d likely have gotten similar pushback) but it does...

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