Ferrets + Bluetooth: Time flying and where the name Bluetooth comes from

samfloy~17 February 2018 /Random

This week seems to have flown by.

Last year I wrote about taking long lunches and an article with the evocative title “Darwin was a slacker and you should be too“. 

This is a fairly stark change to the current working weeks I’m in which involves much more of a “putting the hours in” philosophy.

Despite the merits of taking time to reflect etc., I’m coming to think that if you don’t work hard at something, you’re less likely to go places.

This was summarised by a podcast I listened to with a top performing salesperson. His thesis – the thing that separates most people from success is not necessarily a lack of talent, but an unwillingness to do hard work.

I’m not sure where I sit on the spectrum, and there is, of course, lots of nuance around defining success, and the creativity required in such pursuits, but for now, this is what I’m musing on. When I get the time.

In terms of ferrets, this reminded me of my favourite collective noun of animals (a parliament of owls, a murder of crows, etc.).

The one for ferrets is: a business of ferrets

Which comes originally from a busyness of ferrets. I guess that’s why they never came up with a theory of evolution.


In other news…

I found out this week that Bluetooth (i.e. Bluetooth speakers) is named after an old Danish king who unified several dissonant tribes. The theory was that in naming a technology that brought together separate devices, it would be a fitting tribute.

The Bluetooth symbol also comes from a combination of old Norse runes: ᚼ and ᛒ for the king’s initials.


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