Writing from October 2002

Freckled eggs?

OK, I want a weblog, dammit. A personal one for occasional thoughts and news, rather than a dull topic-focused one.

But anyway, that reminds me of my favourite series of Doonesbury strips, from nearly ten years ago... The story continues for the rest of the week; use the little calendar.

In Newton on 21 October 2002. Permalink

"I will not tolerate infestation!"

My flat is still. The walls are white, the floors look like wood and nothing moves other than the light emitted from boxes of electronics. Maybe this is why discovering a mouse in my kitchen still has me shivering two days later. In my home I'm not used to seeing things moving over which I have no control. If I was living in the country it would make sense. Even the large suburban house in which I grew up was home to many insect escapees from the garden so a brown ball of rodent wouldn't have seemed out of place. But I live in a clean white yuppie London apartment two floors up in which even insects are unusual visitors and I don't want to share it with mammals I haven't invited.

So I'm unsure what to do. I had no idea if the council could help, and it appears they can come and put poison down. I found some pages about the many mousetraps in history and some fun things to do with traditional mousetraps but not much practical help. All possible solutions make me uneasy, but I do want my stillness back.

Update: Matt told me about the problem of evolving a mousetrap. Interesting, but I would like a method that doesn't involve an evolutionary arms race with mousekind.

In Personal on 29 October 2002. Permalink

What to do when morale is low

Certain people might find this article useful. A stream of advice that you might think is common sense, but apparently not.

"Look at the level of energy. Is your staff engaged and participating in projects and meetings, or are they withdrawn and lethargic?" ... "You have to treat your staff as though they're volunteers, not paid workers. You have to do something every day that will make them want to come to work."

(via Iluminent)

In Misc on 29 October 2002. 2 comments. Permalink

On the move…

www.gyford.com may well be moving to a new server soon, so things might go a little awry. Hold on tight.

In Personal on 30 October 2002. Permalink