Huffy the tyrant, old people, hat competition and some advice

Steven Huffy is a tyrant. He may have very nice hair, as evidenced by his winning hair of the month on a regular basis, but is a bloody tyrant. How do I know this when he hasn’t to my knowledge ever slaughtered anyone or anything in the office? Have a look at this photo he uses for this avatar and tell me he isn’t a ruthless menace to the free world in the mould of a gulag populating maniac.
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Maybe we should have some office guidance on the use of avatars along the lines of not using famous despots.
We have an officially elderly person in our midst. It has come to my attention that Iain ‘Chubs’ Frame celebrated a milestone birthday recently. You won’t have seen him in the office recently as his wife kindly offered to take him for a stair lift fitting. If you have forgotten what he looks like, here is a reminder…
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Many happy returns Iain.
Some people have been wearing what they believe to be are acceptable hats so I thought we could have a little competition. First up, with a deliberately blurred image, is your opportunity to decide whether it is a hat or a tea cosy belonging to an elderly person?
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Secondly, can you decide whether this hat belongs to a lady or a man?
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Fraser has decided he wanted to set up a column in the blog offering wise words of the type a Guru may utter to their followers. He also insisted on his photo being used to publicise the column so here goes.
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“talk doesn’t cook rice”
“a man with a full beard has lacking hair elsewhere”
I am sure we will have some more next week and that some of you may find inspiration from his utterances. He doesn’t say much but when he does it is normally profound.
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Finnie’s Fabulous Fash Finking (F4)
Hiya lovies its that time of the week again when I dispense practical and indispensable fashion tips. Firstly, I regret to inform you that due to some ghastly and costly legal dispute with Vogue we are no longer allowed to refer to Robert Thomson with a  P. Apparently he has some licensing agreement with them on style advice and his image rights.
I happened to be in the EHQ reception this week at the same time as some primary school children, or they could have been the latest graduate candidates. Anyway, they were all wearing horrible shiny suits. Unless you happen to be Borat or Justin Bieber then you should never wear a suit of the shiny type. Try aiming for a nice tweed suit like this chap, particularly if you can pair it with some authentic wrinkles..
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The Canadian Tuxedo is the look du jour if you are lucky enough to be below 30. For those of you not wired into the fabulous beating pulse of fashion I am referring to double denim. Channel Bryan Adams, you can’t go far wrong.
If you are a lady not washing is in this week. Be dirty, don’t worry about it. Look everybody is doing it.
Belfies. Be like our wonderfully exuberant sisters in arms Gisele and Gwen and take a picture of your self breast feeding. Don’t worry if you don’t have a baby or even if you are not a woman just give it a go, maybe a colleague can help you? Remember the important thing is the rampant narcissism not the actual  act of assisting a small person with their nutrition needs. Also, remember not to post to Facebook as this is for squares like Captain Haphazard.
Tara till next week fashionistas.
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The serious bit you may want to read
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ZD is back challenging our thinking around shipping to users.
Is DONE “Shippable to our users”? The mobile world has made deployment straight to the user easier but our reality is still very different..Trying to figure this one out for telematics at the moment!
http://www.infoq.com/news/2008/02/done-shippable-quality

Great quote from Bill Gates,
“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”

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Chris Brind has been pondering sprint length this week and has blog on weekly sprints.
Niels sent me this.
‘Interesting article about the challenges facing banks and an avenue for digital strategy. Sounds v familiar. (in fact this whole site is pretty much a treasure trove of fascinating viewpoints)
Some stuff I have read.
Sunset for British banking empires?
Love the info graphic with this piece. It makes you think whether search engines should be called ‘search engines’ or ‘directories of curated information that offer the best value to the provider of the search engine’?
Barclays extend their Pingit payment service
Getting development and business teams on the same page. Never easy but worth striving for..
A start up in the US is looking at reinventing insurance for the mobile generation
The one day I forget my headphones and I have to sit in front of a loud woman on her phone on the train. What I know about her life is that her partner will be at her house when she gets home, he will have run her a bath because she is tired, she will be fetching him a KFC, he shouldn’t eat what was in the fridge as it has gone off, he will be bringing his washing for her to do, she thinks Scotland is a long way from London, her friend has bought a drier for £500……I could scream.
Have a great weekend everybody. I look forward to seeing you all next week.
Andrew
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