Feed Your Habit


Older than I'd like to be,younger than I'd like to be. Still raging against mass culture/conformity .. to be continued

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Google Dominates The World

Thanks to Will Pate, I discovered this article online about Google's Ten Golden Rules. Not sure why it's happening at the moment but the older I get the more I seem to run across these odd co-incidences. There was a similar article about Google and It's World Domination plans in (I Think as I can't quite remember where I read it now) The Vancouver Sun of Dec 17, 2005.

The paragraph in the web article that really caught my eye was this one:

"Cater to their every need. As Drucker says, the goal is to "strip away everything that gets in their way." We provide a standard package of fringe benefits, but on top of that are first-class dining facilities, gyms, laundry rooms, massage rooms, haircuts, carwashes, dry cleaning, commuting buses—just about anything a hardworking engineer might want. Let's face it: programmers want to program, they don't want to do their laundry. So we make it easy for them to do both".

The co-incidence was striking most especially after having recently read JG Ballard's "Super-Cannes" where he structures his story around a business enterprise strikingly similar to Google in the "cater to their every need" aspect.

In a world where Work/Life balance becomes part of the workplace what then? Is there really any distinction to be made and if not where will it lead us?

Monday, December 05, 2005

Burning Ears and Cold Air

Cold weather doesn't bother me much, I'm warm blooded by nature. However there is nothing like living in a warm climate and stepping outside in T-Shirt and Shorts and staying in the same outfit for a whole week. Calgary's a different story however. No way in hell can you step outside in -18 degrees in anything less than 5 layers which takes at least 5 mins to achieve. Cold outside but warm body then too warm in the car/store then cold again, oh and without a decent hat your ears start burning. So even in the cold you're warm but somehow it's not quite the same.

Ah well bring on summer!

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