My name is Alexander, and I’m a TV-addict. Not a hard-core addict, I just have very little will power when it comes to resisting TV.
If I have a TV, I’ll typically watch 2-3 hours a day on weekdays and more in the weekends. The amount of time I spend in front of the TV is totally unrelated to the quality of the programs. If I can’t find one good program, I’ll zap between 5 bad ones.
The solution is simple: Loose the TV, and so we did. On january 2nd, my girlfriend and I packed away our TV, and it’s been sitting in the basement ever since. What follows is a report from our lives after two months without a TV.
Continue reading Life without TV, month 3
The thought of getting on a stage in front of hundreds of women was terrifying, but once you’re up there it’s actually easy. It went great, and we had a lot of fun both practicing and especially performing. Pictures here, here and here (I’m the one in the blue shirt).
Now, what should the next challenge be?
NaNoWriMo is a seriously cool project: You sign up, and the idea is that during november 2003, you’ll write a novel. To make it easier, there are no quality restrictions, only quantity: You must write at least 50.000 words. I LOVE the idea. This means no agonizing over insignificant details. It means you can’t procrastinate and delay. You’ll have to get down and write!
Continue reading National Novel Writing Month
I recently attended some very different training. I?m used to going to highly technical Java training, to portal seminars and to IT seminars, but over the last couple of years I?ve tried some different stuff.
And it has been great. Not only have I learned stuff that?s way different from what I normally learned, but I?ve also learned something new about learning itself.
How different was this training? Well, I started out with a week-long leadership course. Then a 3-day course in general consulting skills, and a 2-day course in conflict management. Then it got really weird. Over the last 6 months I?ve been to :
* A one-week course in modern dance (yes, the stuff where you roll around on the floor a lot)
* A 1-day course in painting (I painted a still life of a book, a boot and a banana)
* Evening classes in creative writing (I?ve written a great short story)
I’m almost through with the last batch of books, so I’ve ordered some more. Here’s a list of what I will be enjoying soon:
The Customer Comes Second: Put Your People First and Watch ’em Kick Butt (Revised)
The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning
The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism
Getting Past No: Negotiating with Difficult People
Action Learning: A Practitioner’s Guide
The Springboard: How Storytelling Ignites Action in Knowledge-era Organizations
Appreciative Inquiry: Change at the Speed of Imagination
Freedom and Accountability at Work
Nuts!: Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success
Flow: The Classic Work on How to Achieve Happiness
Playful Approaches to Serious Problems: Narrative Therapy with Children and Their Families
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway: How to Turn Your Fear and Indecision into Confidence
Loving What Is: How Four Questions Can Change Your Life
The Web of Life: A New Synthesis of Mind and Matter
Chaos: Making a New Science
Wittgenstein’s Poker: The Story of a Ten Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers
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The order should arrive in a week or so, I can’t wait to get started! Reviews will appear continuously.
Happy new year, I’m off to a party.
I hope that 2003 will be the year where we get exactly what we need – instead of what we want or think we want or think we need.
I wish you good fortune, peace and lots of fun.
It’s official, Enterprise Systems has been sold to TietoEnator.
It’s a little ironic that this deal is finalized almost exactly 5 years after we started the company. It’s also a little sad, but I truly believe that this is the best option for Enterprise to develop. TE can give the company resources and strategic direction that we could never have found on our own.
I can look back on a great time, building a great company. We (meaning not only the founders but every single ES employee) created a company where people had fun, were committed, learned and developed as people – all the while making lots of money.
I already left the company a few months back, so I will not be a part of ES’ future in TE. I wish the guys (and the one gal) the best of luck, I know they’ll all do great. They’re the smartest, nicest, cleverest, most sympathetic people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, and I’m sure that exciting stuff is waiting for them!