Weeknotes #21

Week commencing Monday, 5 December 2022

Quantified Self

  • This week: Stand 6/7; Exercise 5/7 and Move 4/7. (71%, disappointing). Morning walks: 1/5. Total steps: 65,002


  • I do enjoy the so-called ‘social chit-chat’ group of ex-colleagues. A few of us met in town on Monday. It shocks me how quickly four hours can pass in good company.
  • Finally, I gave blood on Thursday. I registered about 18 months ago but the local sessions I had booked in for kept getting cancelled due to staff shortages. As the hour approached, I kept thinking about putting it off but I am very glad I didn’t. Everybody was lovely. The whole process took about an hour. I felt a bit woozy as I started to head home but I think that was all in my head. PY came with me to offer support which was lovely.
  • Friday to The Island. Furniture was delivered – mainly a sofa and some desks – which meant a lot of work to put it together. IKEA furniture can get a bit frustrating. All done and lovely but way too much cardboard to be disposed of.
  • Saturday night freezing cold on top of a Southern Vectis bus for a Christmas Lights tour of the island. There was a stop for mulled wine and PY and I were, probably, the only people who braved the outside of the bus for the whole journey. It’s feeling like Christmas.


  • Interesting comment in The Rebooting newsletter reminded me of an earlier time. It’s not often that the early AdTech businesses I worked for get mentioned anymore.

… The exception was aQuantive, which managed to build out an ad server called Atlas from its agency business. That ended up an amazing bet, with aQuantive getting bought by Microsoft in 2007 for $6.3 billion, a purchase that was mostly, if not entirely, driven by Google’s purchase of DoubleClick. In the end, Microsoft ended up writing off most of the value of the assets.


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