I am two weeks in to my fantastic new job, and am currently spending the bulk of my clocked-in time training. I have been filling my days with online videos, in-person training classes, and books (both in print and audio). I am currently attempting to soak up as much knowledge as possible… and retain the lessons learned. Among the sizable pieces of knowledge I have digested (learning new software programs, methods of task management, etc.), I have also come across several tidbits of trivia and quotes that I thought I would aggregate and share, as they’re burning space in my notebook. Enjoy!
Top 10 random things I have learned in my first weeks at Schipul:
- Houston is the most diverse city in the nation
Note: I have been unable to find a source on this claim, but there is demographic data that suggests that Houston represents the cultural composition the entire U.S. will see in the not-to-distant future.
- A font point is 1/72nd of an inch
- One loses more mental focus constantly checking e-mail than smoking a joint in the middle of a project
“In 2005, the BBC reported on a research study, funded by Hewlett-Packard and conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London, that found, “Workers distracted by e-mail and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers.”
- MC Hammer’s real name is Stanley Berrell
- 80% of web searches result in a click on organic results
“SEO is the tortoise, SEM is the hare” – Lynda.com training video on search engine optimization
- One small Tootsie Roll is only about 10 calories. You can eat almost 5 before even incurring one Weight Watchers point
- Women control 80% of the consumer spending in America
- Rules of thumb for good brand names: it has 2-4 syllables, 2 vowels, and hints at what the product is but doesn’t say it directly
- Pressing “F11” makes your web browser go full screen
- Toby the red panda (new resident to the Houston Zoo) is perhaps the cutest animal ever
A few random quotes I have stumbled across in my first weeks at Schipul:
- “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them” – Albert Einstein
- “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
- “A day spent being ‘world famous’ is a lot more enjoyable than a day spent being ordinary.” – Fish!