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Office gossip update

In which there may be competition


I said on Friday that the branch manager at the Another Part Of The Forest branch had quit his job. He said at the time that he had another job lined up, but was being rather taciturn and evasive about what it might be.

Well, the latest gossip is that he doesn’t have a job lined up at all as such – he’s going to go out and set up his own business, doing exactly what he’s been doing for us all along. His division are all going into a panic, worried all their business in Another Part Of The Forest is going to float away and follow him, just like that. I’m just wondering how long he’s going to last. I know how bad he is at keeping track of paperwork, and I know, from reading his memos, that he has trouble writing an understandable sentence. I’m tempted to open a book, around the office, on how long before his business disappears again.

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Freedom of speech

In which we ponder competition among blog hosting companies


Back in the mists of time, I wrote about Jakob Nielsen‘s top ten blog design mistakes. Including: not having your own domain name. My response: there are several sites I read and respect that do do this, but if you want to be completely sure you control your own reputation, you need to control your domain name too.

One thing I didn’t consider, though, is that the people who host your site can, if they want, control what you put on it. Filter out things they don’t like. You could, for example, do what News Corporation subsidiary Myspace have been caught doing: censor links to video-hosting sites, presumably because these sites will soon become News Corp’s competitors when Myspace introduces its own video-hosting service. You might think you can say anything you like on the internet – but if you’re a Myspace user, that apparently doesn’t apply.

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Contest

In which we get a nomination


I’ve only just found out that Tuesday’s post was one of the nominees in Troubled Diva‘s first Post Of The Week Competition. The other nominations were all very, very well-written, by people who seem to be far more fluent writers than I am,* so I wasn’t exactly surprised when I didn’t win. Thanks to Clair, though, for the nomination.

The eventual winner was this complex, emotional and moving blog post from “this too“. It’s not, at first glance, the sort of blog I normally read,** but that post is definitely a worthy winner. Plus, the site does have some lovely photos.

Oh, the other thing that the competition has made me think is: I should definitely get around to those plans to get the gruntlebeast on t-shirts.

* or maybe they just put more effort in; and bother to spend more than 5 minutes on each post.

** although I should try not to judge just from the one post, shouldn’t I

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Superfluous

In which children should definitely be heard somewhat less


Walking through the town centre, I heard a piercing scream, loud enough to make me jump. “What the hell?” I thought, worried that something horrible was going on.

Turning the next corner, I found that something horrible was going on. “HOW LOUD IS YOUR CHILD COMPETITION,” said the sign. “WIN A BEAR.”

That’s really not necessary, I thought. Children are loud enough already. They don’t need encouragement to scream as loud as they possibly can, because it happens often enough in any case. If only it was a real bear.

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