34 days ago

It has been

Oh and one more thing: from now on I’ll be blogging in dutch again. Switching to English was a bad choice because most of the time it just puts an extra barrier. Occasionally I might write a particular blog post in English if I want to reach a broader audience – consider those articles as exceptions.

Or as Johan puts it:

Dat heeft alles te maken met vlotheid, schrijfstijl, en snel kunnen publiceren wat je denkt. Een vreemde taal zet een extra barrière voor zowel schrijver als lezer.


As an individual, you’re seeing 10% of the organizational drama your manager is seeing. I know it’s intriguing to get the full story, but again, it’s often none of your business, and it’s not your job. As a manager, you get front row seats for all of the drama in all its messy glory.

* Excerpt from Rands in Repose

And that’s what bothers me sometimes: not seeing (or knowing about) that other 90% – cause in some cases – you will need to know the complete story, especially when you need to make certain decisions.

Game mechanics for Design & Social media

Joshua Porter interviews Amy Jo Kim – resulting in a lot of useful information;

I see a game mechanics working well on sites like YouTube, Yelp, Twitter, and Flickster.

YouTube has done a brilliant job of making the overall experience feel game-like, without turning the site into a traditional game

Online reputation is basically a multi-player gaming system that involves Social Points (points awarded by other players, rather than by the system).

Make sure to not miss out on this one!

Do you have 5 minutes?

“Excuse me, could I borrow 5 minutes of your time?” – A question we all regularly get & more important: often while working. I don’t know about you, but 80% of my time I’m sitting behind a desk, working on my computer. Did you read the verb “work” in my last sentence? To me, working means I’m busy with something – concentrated – in a constant flow of preforming certain tasks to get my job done.

I started working almost 2 years ago – ever since I’ve seen a lot of different workplaces; small rooms, big rooms, lots of people, few people, noisy, calm … – I can live with that, in fact, I love working in a workplace that’s open with & lots of people around me. It gives me energy – that’s a good thing.

But there’s always one thing that disturbs me: when someone interrupts  my work, my flow. I hate it when people come standing next to my desk, asking me questions – “borrowing 5 seconds of my time”. When you go to someone’s desk – asking him a question – you should think of the following remark: something that does takes 5 second of your time, does not necessarily takes 5 second of my time.

I have to stop what I’m doing, think about your question, perhaps even answer your question. Maybe you want to show me a website, or some other stuff – all related to your question. Those 5 seconds just became 10 minutes. Continuing where I stopped, isn’t always that easy. Depending on what I’m working on – I can’t always instantly make the switch, or continue afterwards.

I’m concentrated – there’s a certain vibe, flow while I’m working. It keeps me going, it keeps me focused.

I know – some questions are urgent & you sometimes need answer instantly. But when something’s not urgent you could send me an e-mail, asking me your question. Perhaps ask me when you can come over to discuss.

If you want your question to be taken seriously – this is for you. If you are on the other side of the fence: share it.

Sidenote: This could rather be something personal – maybe you don’t mind all of the above. But I find it rather annoying when I get interupted all the time.

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