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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Why Pauli is a bad blogger

One gimmick I've come across is to begin a brainstorming meeting by asking the question, "What would cause this meeting to fail?" Then you write down the answers, and don't do those things.

In a related vein, Pauli has done us all the favor of writing down the things that have caused his blog to fail.

#2 is one that puzzles me. I noticed people at work doing this a few years ago, when giving involved answers to questions, e.g.:
"When will the report be finalized?"

"So the main sections are complete, but the appendices are still in review."
In this context, "So" means " ". I thought it might be a bad habit in the circle of people I work with, but it seems to be widespread now.

I blame Seamus Heaney, who famously began his translation of Beowulf, "So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by...."