Thursday, 21 October 2010

actually working

My favourite quotes from the Work section of The Lazy Person’s Guide to Life by Gray Joliffe, a truly wonderful book which seems to be out of print. If I ever get back to regular employment, I have to make sure that I can reach my full lazy person’s potential there.

actually working
Some people like making work complicated because it gives them a sense of identity and importance. Those of use who are secure enough not to need this reassurance attempt to simplify everything, and get through it quicker.
The easiest thing to be at work is the boss, because then you can delegate everything and concentrate on important things like lunch and going home early.
business travel
After all, that amount of iron isn’t entitled to fly.
commuting
The lazy person’s philosophy is this: as most of us work with our brains it is ludicrous to transport our bodies from one place to another, home to office.
getting fired
Getting fired is harmful to the self-esteem, but only for the first five or six times, after which you give up on yourself and make your fortune painting abstracts under an assumed name.
meetings
Meetings are for the most part unnecessary, but if you are dragged into one, you can catnap surreptitiously and that beats working. Don’t let key people see your eyes snap shut, though, because it looks amateur.
self-employment
Lazy people are never unemployed, as they prefer to call it freelance or self-employed.

For more quotes, go here.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

budget cuts vs Nobel prizes

Science is Vital has got its official website and a bunch of celebrity supporters, including Sir Patrick Moore and the Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse. More than 30,700 have signed the Petition to be delivered to Downing Street this coming Thursday. (You still have a few hours to sign it!) Who knows, this time it may work. Or may mot. I just read on Exquisite Life blog that
To pay for a Conservative—Liberal deal on student fees, ministers are considering the possibility of a second wave of extra cuts to science budgets after the Comprehensive Spending Review.
And speaking of Nobels: isn’t it good news that four of this year’s Nobel crop (Robert G. Edwards, Andre Geim, Konstantin Novoselov and Christopher Pissarides) are based in Britain? That undoubtedly will help the argument. As Lord Rees, President of the Royal Society (quoted here) put it,
Just this week two Russian scientists <Geim and Novoselov>, working in the UK for the last ten years, won Nobel Prizes. Would they have chosen the UK today, when cuts are threatened?
On the other hand, and quite in contrast to last year, there were no women Nobel prize winners this time. Shame.