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You’ve got mail

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 27, 2016 in Work

The guy who invented email died earlier this month. Although at this stage in email’s evolution, we probably would rather bury Raymond Tomlinson than praise him, there is no denying its influence on how we conduct our personal and business correspondence today. I having been using email since 1985, giving Ray a bit of a [...]

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The name game

Posted by Marlinee on Feb 7, 2016 in Work

Yes, it’s a thing. And a very lucrative thing apparently. There is a job called being a ‘namer’. People pay people to come up with name for their idea, product, concept, movie, drug, colour, and I’m sure babies if you happen to be Kanye and Kim (do you really think they came up with North [...]

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It was 30 years ago today

Posted by Marlinee on May 24, 2015 in Middle Age, Work

It is hard to believe that it was thirty years ago – almost to the day – that I sat in Convocation Hall to receive my MBA degree. Imagine, if you can, completing finance and accounting courses without Excel or preparing a 50 page strategy paper without a word processor. That’s how we did it [...]

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I am woman hear me roar

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 7, 2015 in Work

This year marks 40 years since International Women’s Year and 30 years since the end of the momentous United Nations ‘Decade For Women’. Luckily, these events were all it took to bring those of us with two X chromosomes on par with those fortunate enough to have a ‘Y’ in the mix. Oh. Wait. Not [...]

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I’m a Barbie girl

Posted by Marlinee on Oct 18, 2014 in Middle Age

It wasn’t only bad news for oil on the Stock Markets this week, it was also very bad news for Barbie. Apparently retailers are still clearing out dusty Barbies from last year’s Christmas season, leading to a 21% drop in global sales this quarter, which is the fourth straight double-digit decline. And of course as [...]

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Train in vain

Posted by Marlinee on Oct 5, 2014 in Travels

I rode on a berserk subway train the other day. At every stop the woman inside the PA machine issued a different Cassandra-like announcement: “this train is delayed due to weather” “this train is delayed due to mechanical difficulties” “this train is delayed due to signal problems” “this train is delayed due to passenger illness” [...]

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My address to the graduating class of 2014

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 1, 2014 in Work

The main point of finally finishing school is to enter the workforce, but of course deciding what to do, unless you have taken a course of study that ends in a ready-made profession, is not that easy. Even those of you who did graduate as a proto-engineer, nurse, teacher etc. may have already figured out [...]

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Private eyes are watching you

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 16, 2014 in Travels, Work

I now have my fingerprints on file. This might be a good thing in case something bad happens to me (and a note to all: if the basement floor looks recently enrobed in concrete, please ask some questions). On the other hand I now have my fingerprints on file, which places certain constraints on future [...]

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Rockin’ around the Christmas tree

Posted by Marlinee on Dec 22, 2013 in Middle Age

Almost every year around this time there are hot commodities on the Christmas shopping list that are in short supply, either because people fall prey to marketing hype or generally lack imagination. I never did have a Cabbage Patch doll, Beanie Baby, or Tickle Me Elmo. But I did have a pet rock, although it [...]

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Don’t know much about history

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 8, 2013 in Work

This just in: you make more money if you decide to be a doctor, engineer, or if recent information about the distribution of wealth on aboriginal reservations is true, Indian chief, than if you choose to complete a B.A. I am extremely thankful for this ground breaking discovery. It was also partly funded by me [...]

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