Monday, 29 September 2014

How to improve your linkedin profile summary

Interesting writeup. Need to look at mine sometime.

Interesting point about 70-80% professional and 20-30% about passions, personal stuff etc.  Most of us miss that aspect and miss out losing on the human touch!

FWIW, here

Friday, 26 September 2014

The 7 unwritten rules of companies

1. Written rule: It’s a meritocracy.

Unwritten rule: Getting promoted is not just about who does the best job. 
Politics and loyalty and favors play a large part in the decision-making process. At best, companies place 80% of their decision to promote based on performance and 20% on relationships and politics; more likely it’s 50/50. What does it take to get promoted or hired in your company? Learn the rules to get ahead.

More here

Nuclear weapon states

link through Forbes

Stuff on who has nuclear weapons and how much. Besides, a lot of interesting info if someone likes to know a bit about nuclear weapons etc.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Monday, 8 September 2014

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

There is plenty of time for death

Nice excerpts:

My position on the matter was that there’d be a certain point at which it’d be better to be dead than to live in such a world. A point at which life and the world you live it in would be so bleak that a bullet or an overdose would be the way to go.
Michael disagreed. His answer to my argument was very simple: “There’s plenty of time for death.” That even in a world of utter despair, why not live? Which brought up the question of where lies the value in the lives we lead. What are our lives about?

Last year I was trekking the Peruvian Andes with a group of people I’d just met. As the days passed and we saw more and more remote, ‘primitive’-seeming villages, an Israeli man I’d befriended asked me the same question about the people whose homes we were passing through.
“What are their lives about?”
As far as we could see, their days consisted of scrounging building materials, firewood, and food from the mountains; feeding and killing chickens; boiling water; preparing food; cleaning their homes; caring for their young; making more young. Each day the same. A continual cycle of planting, growing, harvesting, cooking, cleaning.
And while back in the US I can go home and flip a switch that creates heat, and place a phone call, read out a credit card number, and have food delivered to my door, and sign a lease that immediately provides for reliable shelter, and have spare time to pursue myriad interests that don’t involve sustaining my physical being — does that reality put me more or less in touch with my humanity? And is “being in touch with my humanity” something I should be concerned with?
In short, I wanted to ask that Israeli man, and I wish I had, what his life is about.

Interesting post through Matador