“Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.” – Ambrose Bierce

October 9, 2012

A friend of mine was recently ruminating on the concept of making time. How do you ‘make time’? What does that mean anyway? How does one make time? Find time. Also peculiar. Time is time, it’s just there, all the time. I don’t have time, but I don’t not have time. There is always time.…

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Jo Rowling

“My writing path isn’t dependent on what people expect or say of the work.” – Jo Rowling

September 27, 2012

Yes, I said Jo Rowling. I know from her recent interviews that it’s a name that she associates with her private self, not her professional self. So perhaps I shouldn’t call her that, but hey, it’s her name. We all know the story: on the eve of publishing, she was asked to choose a more gender-neutral name, to appeal to all the boys that were the target demographic of the scrawny character named Harry Potter […]

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a touch of purple

“Is [your handbag] structured enough to indicate that you are a serious businesswoman?” – Mrs M

September 24, 2012

This weekend in the Financial Times, Mrs Moneypenny ruminated on her productivity in Singapore, as she was the closing speaker at the Deutsche Bank Women in Asian Business conference. In her own words: At one point, I addressed the rather critical issue (for women) of handbags. What does your handbag say about you? Is it structured enough…

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“The Arts provide a universal understanding of personal experiences.” – Mae Jemison

September 17, 2012

There is a huge divide between arts and sciences. University is where this became crystal-clear to me: the many hours that science students had to spend in lectures and doing practicals, compared with the reading weeks that arts students got. Scientists can often be arrogant about how their subjects are so much more difficult and…

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“I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer.” – Neil Armstrong

September 3, 2012

Neil Armstrong, the legendary Neil Armstrong has passed away. A man who brought space to the masses, a man that was unashamedly a geek. In fact, his exact words, back in 2000, were: “I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer, born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in steam tables,…

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“An estimated 90% of Fortune 500 CEO’s play golf.”

August 27, 2012

Headlines were made last week when it was announced that the Augusta National, home of The Masters championship, was to admit two women for the first time in it’s 80 year history. It should be noted that their first black member only joined in 1990, so it’s not exactly on the bleeding edge of modern…

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“There’s all kinds of different women who do this” – Marissa Mayer

July 18, 2012

In case you were hiding under a cave for the past couple days, Marissa Mayer is the new CEO of Yahoo! The commentary around the appointment really crosses the full spectrum. On one side, the vocal female side, we have the “woo hoo” factor – because she’s a woman, because she’s an engineer, because she’s…

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