Week 17: Penultimate
- This was my penultimate week in the “office” at the Financial Times. I’ve really enjoyed my time at the FT and have learnt a load and met some really nice people, I’m going to miss getting to work with lots of them. I’ve got a week annual leave to use up after that and then a brand new adventure lined up, so I’m pretty excited about that.
- I wrote a blog post about one of my bigger projects I’ve been working on while at the FT, “Making recruitment fair for people of colour”. One of the things I’ve really appreciated about the FT from almost when I arrived is how committed they are to improving diversity. Rather than just being lip service, like many places I’ve encountered, they actually put serious effort into improving it. I hope I can take some of this with me.
- At work we ran a second episode of our mock local radio show. I’d learnt a lot from the first show about what I needed to do during the show so was happy to have a chance to iterate. It was once again a lot of fun and it’s a shame I won’t get the opportunity to do another one before I leave. I’ll probably try and find time to write up how I got it technically working just because I was quite proud of the end result.
- Two weeks ago some “custom” table legs I’d ordered arrived, where custom means I got to pick the dimensions from a predetermined set of options. I’ve screwed an old bit of plywood (a kitchen cupboard door) onto them and have set this up in the corner of the living room as a more permanent standing desk to use for lockdown. It’s been really nice to finally have a space to work at that I didn’t need to put away after every working day and reassemble every morning. It’s also a much better desk size than any of spaces I’ve got around the flat.
- The hardwood floor below the desk was proving to be a bit of a challenge for my feet. One of these fancy anti-fatigue mats has sorted that right out though, it’s so fluffy and cushioned below my feet. I’ve seen similar mats in my barbers and now understand why they have them given they are also on their feet all day.
- This weekend involved another all day party with friends, done remotely over twitch and zoom. It’s nice to see friendly faces but it’s still doesn’t really handle larger groups that well.