How Do You Deal with Stupidity? by Tim Maidment

So here’s a little thing I wrote for Lady M’s blog last month, published this month…


This, sadly, really is a question that Lady M seems to be asked on a frequent basis, often by work colleagues. No, really, would I lie to you? It’s obviously a joke right? I mean, at first sight it’s a simple enough question, and one that is mostly posed with tongue at least slightly in cheek.

Unless she is faced with unequivocal evidence of it, her usual response is to ask how the enquirer is defining stupidity. With perhaps only a few conversational prompts, this is frequently sufficient to tie her interrogators up in semantic ribbons and bows long enough for her to walk away long before the penny drops.

We all know stupidity when we see it, at least right up until the point we don’t. I think that’s because our own incompetencies blind us to our deficiencies – it’s at the root of the old joke about how…

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A Quietly Busy Day

We finally have hot water again, following a packed morning of helping a plumber dismantle the old leaky one, bundle it down two flights of stairs, and carry the new one back up. The old one had been failing for a while, so the sense of relief at not having to shore it up any more is gratifying.

Lady M had taken a day’s leave following her triumphant tour of the TechBritain ’16 event at Stamford Bridge. Rather than representing the company that pays her wages, she was there by invitation of the organisers under her online persona of TWITT (Today’s Women In Tomorrow’s Technology).

Lady M has been championing this event focusing on diversity and futurism in the technology sector ever since it was announced. In conjunction with the organisers she was even able to provide discount codes for attendees and has already had discussions about speaking at next year’s event. Even so, I don’t think she was prepared for the warmth of her reception there, or how many people knew her by reputation already.

Rather interestingly, there did seem to be a significant number of people who were surprised to learn that she was a women. A hefty percentage of men there had assumed that as some of her tweets and articles had a technical focus she was male. You can imagine, I’m sure, the saltily arid comments Lady M made to those individuals, let alone the smirks among those who witnessed the exchanges.

Despite fighting off a migraine, Lady M/TWITT has come away from the event inspired, confident, and clutching a handful of contact details for an impressive array of business and thought leaders in the UK technology sector and I suspect that the ripples of her actions and commentaries will continue to upset and inform a number of apple carts for some time to come.

So I think our afternoon in the pub with Lady G was a fair reward for her ongoing awesomeness, and as a celebration of the return of some basic amenities. Time for a shower I think.

The TWITT Twitter can be found @TodaysWomenInTo
Lady M’s Twitter can be found @JoLMaidment
The TWITT blog can be found at

Cheering From The Sidelines

Lady M has been busy this week – just one way I can tell she’s on the heal at last. She’s been laying the groundwork for a little while for a project that is very close to her heart. It’s called Today’s Women In Tomorrow’s Technology, and as of this week the blog and twitter components have gone live.

At the heart of her project is a desire to inspire, guide, mentor and bring new and existing women together working in the Technology industry. She’s already gathering attention and support – and I think that in part it is a case of the right idea, at the right time, that is capturing people’s imaginations.

She’s asked me to write a guest spot on there in the near future – but don’t let that put you off. Go take a look, and engage if you like the ideas or want to be part of a wider discussion.