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Film Music

Spider-Man Loves You

I’m working with my team at a meetup in Lisbon, and really enjoying this track from the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack:

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Music

Today’s musical salvation – “It’s In The Way That You Use It”

Some days a little musical assistance makes a lot of difference when the day seems to be crawling towards its conclusion.

Today’s musical salvation is an oldie from Eric Clapton titled “It’s In The Way That You Use It” from way back in 1986.

I created a playlist with a bunch of oldies, mostly from the 20th century. I have it playing on my iPod Classic today and I am grateful for it!

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Writing

“I must get my words down every day …”

Ever say to yourself: “Just write my words down, whatever they are, just write something!”?

Do you have those days when you don’t know what to write or even feel like writing but, at the same time, you know you just have to write something or your wound will scab over and you won’t be able to write again?

Most days are like that for me.

This is one of the reasons I really like this quote from John Steinbeck:

In writing, habit seems to be a much stronger force than either willpower or inspiration. Consequently there must be some little quality of fierceness until the habit pattern of a certain number of words is established. There is no possibility, in me at least, of saying, “I’ll do it if I feel like it.” One never feels like awaking day after day. In fact, given the smallest excuse, one will not work at all. The rest is nonsense. Perhaps there are people who can work that way, but I cannot. I must get my words down every day whether they are any good or not.

For more quotes from a writer who really seemed to work really hard to get his words down, read “How Steinbeck Used the Diary as a Tool of Discipline, a Hedge Against Self-Doubt, and a Pacemaker for the Heartbeat of Creative Work“:

How Steinbeck Used the Diary as a Tool of Discipline, a Hedge Against Self-Doubt, and a Pacemaker for the Heartbeat of Creative Work

Image credit: Pixabay

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Miscellany

Working dogs

I worked from home this afternoon and our dogs joined me in the couch. I don’t think they were quite putting in the effort I was.

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Business and work Events and Life Mindsets

Work equals Play equals Purpose

I just watched a terrific video titled “All work and all play” which contrasts attitudes towards work Baby Boomers, Generation X’ers and Millenials have.

I am definitely a Generation X person (at least my roots are there and that is the generation that influenced my ideas about work) and I have two Millenials working for me who have a different approach to work. I love the Millenial approach to work and adapting to that mindset (adopting it, even) is a wonderful challenge. I’d like to think I am not cemented in a Gen X mindset but although I like to think of myself as having an unconventional approach to work, it’s easy to slip back into that mindset as an employer. I suppose it’s a bit like a blankie for Gen X’ers living in a very different work to the one we came to terms with when we were studying in the 80s and 90s for formal qualifications and life-long careers.

I got caught up in time sheets in the last 2 weeks and that is such a traditional lawyer’s firm approach to productivity and not at all how I saw myself before this month. The realisation that I was becoming something I have been working to distinguish myself from as a lawyer jolted me. Well, that and last week was just a weird week. This video is a nice overview of the sorts of attitudes towards work which have influenced me in the past and continue to influence me today.

I wonder if it’s possible to convert to Millenial?

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Business and work Useful stuff Web/Tech

Hangouts, an alternative to regular client office visits

I work at a client’s offices in Fourways once a week. The idea is to be in the office working so people can discuss issues with me on an ad hoc basis and so I can touch base with my client’s management on important issues. I love being in their space, its a dynamic client and the people are terrific. The only downside is fighting my way through traffic to get there. I realised this morning that Google+ Hangouts could be an interesting way to be available to the staff and avoid the trip to Fourways (the travel time works out to about an hour in total).

The two main challenges to this are that even Hangouts are not as conducive to ad hoc discussions as being in the office in person and the other is that not everyone is using Google+. Its a thought though, perhaps as a way to cut back on the number of visits a little. Of course, going in a little later could address the traffic issue and preserve the benefits of being physically present.