From the workplace · Learning · Technology

Hyphens, En Dashes and Em Dashes

In the late 1990s I delivered several months’ worth of training sessions to civil servants, training sessions that combined computer use with tips about publishing and printing. The delegates were about to start using their computers in a way that would save time and money in a clearly quantifiable way. This doesn’t happen with every… Continue reading Hyphens, En Dashes and Em Dashes

Advice · From the workplace · Smart Thinking

“Say the third thing that comes into your head” (contains rude words)

“Say the third thing that comes into your head.” This is advice I heard a year or two ago in a TV interview given by the comedian Reginald D Hunter. He is from the American South but has lived in the UK for many years. When he returns to America his English style of humour… Continue reading “Say the third thing that comes into your head” (contains rude words)

From the workplace · Learning

How to work out the day of the week from any date (takes 10 minutes)

This is a test of my ability to teach, and my students’ ability, and willingness, to learn. You can work out the day of the week for any date in history if you can do the following 3 things: add 4 numbers together; divide numbers by 4 and by 7; learn a 12-digit sequence. If… Continue reading How to work out the day of the week from any date (takes 10 minutes)