Monday, 18 May 2009

If you are going to buy 'A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates (paperback)' - I won't spoil the ending for you

While investigating positive and negative product reviews on Amazon I've come to the conclusion that:

1) Some people must have no time for doing anything other than creating huge volumes of reviews


2) Maybe if they had enough money to purchase all these products, time to read/listen/watch them or room to store them they probably do have a lot of free time


Anyhow, I have come across some great bogus reviews, an unexpected surprise. It's almost as much fun to read the comments on these reviews by those who do not appreciate the sarcasm/irony.

Christina Martin has created some good ones, also there is the classic review of the Bic Crystal ballpoint pen by Matt Williams.

When there are items for sale such as A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates you just can't help yourself...

Friday, 15 May 2009

Culture club

Recently we have been connecting with many more people in Asia Pacifica nd Japan as we grow business in this region, mostly on behalf of North-American-based companies.

Being British and working with colleagues from all over the globe I have become aware of the similarities and differences between the Brits and the Americans, the differences between North Americans and Canadians and also how major European county cultures differ dramatically.

Asia Pacific and Japan is a whole new learning experience and one I am enjoying immensely; the familiarity of Australia and Singapore's openness to the west, balanced with polite reminders that North American/British confidence can be perceived as arrogance.
Japan and Korea are next; my initial contact with Japan makes it clear I have a lot to learn but it's likely to be rewarding, professionally and personally.