Ok, sometimes you just need to not take yourself too serious. Especially when it comes to thinking about your life and career. On moments like that I can always trust on my Mum. She has saved every little scrap of paper I ever produced and among those are some real gems of personal insight. This one (I was 8) is one of those. Now, it is in Dutch (if you discount the numerous typo’s) and it would lose its significance in translation but it reads more or less: “Mama this is a threat letter. Give me 200 cents”. Apparently I handed it to her with a smile on my face.
Luckily for me I lost those criminal urges early on and chose a different career path because I don’t think it would have sustained me for very long (200 cents!).
Overheard in the office: Can you CTRL+A, CTRL+C, CTRL+M, CTRL+V, ALT 1 that?
translation: Can you send me a copy?
Ok, not work related at all but one that really gave me a good Monday morning laugh 🙂
Ignore the guy talking in Dutch (he’s just talking about the fish).http://dewerelddraaitdoor.vara.nl/typo3conf/ext/vara_flashplayer/player/player.swf
Yesterday while waiting for a customer a colleague asked about my laptop case. I’ve got one of those with wheels that you can pull around in stead of carry. Hé! It’s my mobile office, I don’t see you carrying your desk on your back, right! According to him it was more acceptable for women to have one with wheels as they tend to carry around a lot more stuff.
Mmm…… that got me thinking so later that evening I unpacked my bag to see what was actually in it.
But in general I don’t think I carry around excessive amounts of stuff. Especially if I compare it to some of these!
The one thing that Social Media has tought us is that you can never predict what is hot or not. Even the most trivial thing can be made into a straight out hype on the Internet within a day.
Take the infamous “Blumenkübel”. Now you might think ‘What?’ and yes I thought that as well. But still this word made it into the WorldWide Trending list on Twitter, has a Facebook page with thousands of followers and was mentioned on major news sites. It has been one of the topics for the last two days on the internet.
So what is it all about then?
Well simply put Nothing really. It’s a non-story, something to talk about in the absence of serious topics (summer recess). ‘Blumenkübel’ means flowerpot in German and refers to an article in an obscure local German magazine two days ago about a flower pot outside an elderly home that got broken by vandals.
Someone started twittering about it and within hours this story just got totally hyped. Worldwide people were twittering about……. a broken flower pot.
Some of them not even knowing what the word meant at all. Al thanks to social media. Would you have predicted that a broken flower pot would have gotten that much attention??
Funny detail, the author of the article just started and this was one of her first articles. Now that’s a way to make an entrance!
Heard a co-worker’s company car got stolen today. Wouldn’t have minded if it was mine, would solve some Personal Liability problems…..
Like the unexplainable scratches (“No I didn’t do that! The wall just ran into my door, than ran around the car and did it again……twice!“) or the sticky carpet caused by the fact that I only saw this brilliant solution after I spilled a full cup of diet coke over the carpet…..
D-Day! Tonight is the night when Holland is going to win the world cup or get another national trauma (we’re still not over the ’74 World cup final defeat by Germany). The internet is ready for it! even buienradar.nl (weather prediction site) is in the mood and has literally turned Holland ‘Orange’!
An accurate predicition of todays weather, as the dominant color today will absolutely be ORANGE!