When people mention this site to me in conversation, they almost always pronounce it “Scribblings.” I wince when I hear that, because it means rushed, sloppy writing — the exact opposite of what I had in mind.

Double whammy

I found out that I had been laid off at about 10:00 this morning, when my manager called me into his office to break the news. As readers of this blog know, I had been half expecting it, but finding out was still a shock.

The axe falls

The rumors are true; IBM announced a resource action today. My position is being eliminated, effective June 21. There is a separation package that, in my case, provides four weeks of pay. So that means I have two months to find a new job. This will not be easy. I’ve inquired about openings within IBM,…

Startling news

For the sixth year in a row, Minnesota has been named the most livable state in the country. Minnesota? I’ll be the first to admit that any state boasting both Jen and James Lileks has something going for it, but most livable state? How is this possible?

Friday Five: The politics of hair

I detect a certain pro-youth bias in this week’s Friday Five. All of the questions are about hair. But what if we don’t have hair? Fortunately, I still have some left. 1. What shampoo do you use? White Rain Naturals. Simple, inexpensive, and gets the job done. 2. Do you use conditioner? What kind? No,…

Thinking outside the box

I picked up a box in the hallway yesterday. IBM uses a lot of paper, so there are often empty boxes around, of the sort that hold ten reams of paper. Usually I take them home; they have handles and removable tops, and make good storage boxes for all kinds of things. But I didn’t…

Layoff anxiety

I’ve been an IBM employee for a year now; the beginning of May was my anniversary. I hope I will still be one a month from now. But that may not be the case. The Wall Street Journal and other news sources are reporting that IBM will announce layoffs in its U.S. operations later this…