After now having experienced my first TED like speaking experience, I have a whole new level of respect, admiration and appreciation for the preparation, fine tuning and intimidation one travels through to deliver a 18 minutes talk in front of an audience that expects your idea to be profound. I’ll never watch another TED talk online without honoring this journey that all the speakers had to pass through. What a powerful experience.
Google just launched a revamped version of Google Calendar’s event page with a focus on simplicity and coordinating multiple schedules. It’s sparser and simpler than the previous iteration. More importantly though, it adds several new features for easier scheduling.
First, the repeating events interface has been overhauled. Instead of taking up a full block of space, the repeating event editor appears when you check the “Repeat…” checkbox at the top of the page. This will bring up a new repeat event editor where you can specify the parameters of the repeating event.
The other new addition is the “find a time” feature, which appears as a new tab on the event page. Here’s how Google explains the new feature: “When your friends or coworkers give you permission to see their calendars, you can click this tab to see a preview of their schedules and hover over their events to see what conflicts they might have.”
Even if they don’t do much work, seems like dogs in the workplace is a good idea! From the Economist:
Manager’s best friend – dogs improve office productivity
THERE are plenty of studies which show that dogs act as social catalysts, helping their owners forge intimate, long-term relationships with other people. But does that apply in the workplace? Christopher Honts and his colleagues at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant were surprised to find that there was not much research on this question, and decided to put that right. They wondered in particular if the mere presence of a canine in the office might make people collaborate more effectively. And, as they told a meeting of the International Society for Human Ethology in Madison, Wisconsin, on August 2nd, they found that it could.
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