Seamus K - Irish tech industry expat living in Sweden.

Month: September 2019

Stuff that comes to work with you…

…because you forgot to check your pockets before going out the door.

It would be nice though if I had my own desk where I could leave a few personalised touches lying around. They gave me this little warm feeling while they were there. Another reason to despise hot desking.


If the Lough Ness Monster doesn’t exist, where did the story come from?

Searches can’t find the animal, and science has shown there isn’t the food supply to sustain a population of such creatures. So where did the story come from? 

Vox Hiberionacum, the excellent debunker of historical nonsense related to Ireland has an informed examination of the subject on Twitter.



Bored at a work meeting? Then leave

I am supposed to be at an all day productivity training session today at work. But I have some other urgent stuff so I left. Funnily enough I talked to a few people at one of the breaks and they had similar feelings. The idea is fine, but there is no way we need to spend an entire day on this stuff. 1-2 hours tops. 

It is a pity when our time is getting tied up (and there were over 30 people in the room this morning) in this way. 

The best advice I have heard on meetings and productivity recently is from Elon Musk. He famously has said:

“Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value.”

“It is not rude to leave. It is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.”

It takes a bit of bravery to do it. But you feel better afterwards, and you end up getting more real work done.


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