MONEY: The CEO needs a secretary with a calender

Monday, June 7, 2010

http://jxpaton.wordpress.com/2010/06/06/if-the-company-wins-the-employees-win-we-all-win/

If The Company Wins, The Employees Win. We All Win.
By jxpaton

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I promised it on my first day on the job – Feb. 1st.

A couple of weeks later, I wrote to you and blogged that we would have it done in a couple of weeks.

A couple of weeks after that, I said it would be ready – you guessed it – in a couple of weeks.

Well, it took four months but we finally have it done. Today, I am proud to unveil Journal Register Company’s first-ever profit-sharing plan. All employees should check your email, you will find a letter from me to participants along with an official description of the plan.

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This doesn’t inspire confidence on several levels.

First, doesn’t the CEO have a secretary with a calendar to help him meet his commitments? Either way, any way, that doesn’t bode well for him as a leader. Can you imagine Eisenhower, Bradley, or better yet, Patton, failing to meet a promise made to his men in his command. If you can’t meet a relatively easy self-imposed deadline, then why should the troops believe what you say about the hard things?

Second, are you such a bad leader that you can’t estimate time: two delays and a three month silence (by your own measure). Disgraceful for a leader. And a leader who want to go digital? What email wasn’t working? Was there weekends off mixed in that four months? (My best / worst boss used to have Saturday staff meetings for ALL his executives when there was a Customer facing screw up or our availability fell below standard. Needless to say, that didn’t happen often. But, boy, it communicated his expectation to the organization!)

Third, a rank and file person doesn’t have the same level of commitment as the (well compensated) executives. The old joke about “in making ham and eggs, the chicken is involved but the pig is committed” plays here. The honchos are much more able to survive the failure than the workers. The target is an extra week. And the CEO’s bonus is how many weeks?

Sorry, but If I’m down at the bottom of the organization looking up, I’m not seeing anything that inspires confidence.

Same old “barbara streisand”!

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INTERESTING: Pontius Pilate, Lady Macbeth, and I; all wash our hands

Friday, June 4, 2010

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brainstorm/201005/washing-your-hands-reduces-cognitive-dissonance

May 6, 2010, Anxiety
Washing Your Hands Reduces Cognitive Dissonance
Soap reduces the effects of postdecisional dissonance.
By Matthew Hutson on May 6, 2010

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Some decisions just leave you gutted. Your iPad 3G or your finger. Your son or Sophie Jr. Paper or plastic. The only way to alleviate the anxiety that results from saying no to something you want is to convince yourself you didn’t really want it in the first place. Now there’s a way to reduce the effects of cognitive dissonance: Wash your hands.

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Previous research linking disgust and moral purity has shown that recalling an unethical act increases the desire to atone and that this increase is attenuated by hand-washing. Lee and Schwartz suggest that that Lady Macbeth effect and their own results might both be subcases of a broader “clean slate effect”: washing may expunge the emotional power of past acts–perhaps even good ones–from the mental record.

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I tried to explain to my friend about this “finding”. He listened patiently and added an interesting aspect. In the Gospel According to Matthew, Pontius Pilate washes his hands of Jesus and reluctantly sends him to his death

Hey, I didn’t even think of that!

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INTERESTING: We know so little about our tuckus (tuchus?) (butt!)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

http://www.impactlab.com/2010/05/30/scientists-believe-a-near-death-experience-is-the-last-gasp-of-a-dying-brain/

May 30th, 2010 at 10:09 am
Scientists Believe a Near-Death Experience is the Last Gasp of a Dying Brain

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A Dutch study published in The Lancet in 2001 found around one in five cardiac arrest victims underwent a near-death experience. They found these patients tended to feel happier, more altruistic and less afraid of death later on.

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We know so very little about everything?

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TECHNOLOGY: When IT systems fail silently?

Friday, May 28, 2010

201005281516.jpg

Rofl?

Maybe they need an IT consultant?

May 28th, 2010 @ 1515 EDST

Argh!

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GAMBLING: The Zen of Penny Slots

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Zen of Penny Slots

① You can lose lots of “real money” at Penny Slots; the casinos have them for a reason. (Don’t fail to underestimate just how much you can lose “chasing rainbows”!)

② “Money management” is essential to winning. (Machine limits, session limits, day limits, trip limits) It’s not “winning” unless you take “their” money; that’s management!

③ Any currency that you put in a machine is at risk; includes green backs or the paper take out amounts. (If it’s in YOUR wallet, then it is NOT in the casino’s till!)

④ For your bankroll, think about how many plays you want; then decide how much to play. Decide what you will risk and lose it. When in a hole, STOP DIGGING!

⑤ Play the first half of your machine stake with as big a bet as you can stand. (That comes from the “jump in your grave” strategy.)

⑥ Play the second half of your machine stake with an eye to staying around for the big hit. (That comes from “you have to be in it to win it.”)

⑦ When you hit the “big jackpot” or have seen all the bonus games, leave with what you got. That machine session is over. (That comes from how rare the big payoffs are.)

⑧ Never, ever, put more currency into a machine. The big payoff is NOT just round the corner. “Just another twenty and it will hit” is a logical fallacy and a wallet buster!

⑨ Never, ever, drink when gambling. (There’s a reason that casinos give out free booze to players.) Don’t gamble when you are tired or upset either. It’s supposed to be fun; not therapy.

⑩ Remember your vocabulary. It’s gambling; not investing. It’s a random number generator. There are NO patterns. Despite what you brain, heart, or other body parts tell you. Don’t be stubborn. (A big win is great; a big loss ain’t! Better a small gain taken quickly, smartly, and spritely. Even a small loss can be the best you can accomplish.)

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INTERESTING: Wash your hands and forgive past mistakes?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100506141601.htm

Wash Away Your Doubts When You Wash Your Hands

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ScienceDaily (May 7, 2010) — Washing your hands “wipes the slate clean,” removing doubts about recent choices.

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“It’s not just that washing your hands contributes to moral cleanliness as well as physical cleanliness, as seen in earlier research” said Lee, a doctoral candidate in social psychology. “Our studies show that washing also reduces the influence of past behaviors and decisions that have no moral implications whatsoever.”

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What interesting people the Creator made. How weird is our wiring? I’m not sure to make of this, but I’m going sure start washing my hands more often.

OCD?

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TECHNOLOGY: Diskless Booting; why not cdrom booting?

Monday, May 24, 2010

http://it.slashdot.org/story/10/05/08/0455244/Diskless-Booting-For-the-Modern-Age

Diskless Booting For the Modern Age on Saturday May 08, @05:08AM
Posted by timothy on Saturday May 08, @05:08AM
from the who-needs-moving-parts dept.

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An anonymous reader writes “Ever wonder what happened to PXE? Intel’s popular standard for diskless booting hasn’t been updated since 1999, and has missed out on such revolutions as wireless Ethernet, cloud computing, and iSCSI. An open source project called Etherboot has been trying to drag PXE into the 21st century. One of their programmers explains how to set up diskless booting for your cloud, using copy-on-write to save space.”

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Having had to “clean” more than one machine — freinds, family, workmates, fellow alums, complete strangers (I love helping) — I have really never ever understood why we don’t boot from a CDROM.

Persistent virus infections, hiding in boot records, would be impossible.

Given that a reboot for desktops are relatively rare and for notebooks are infrequent, we could have true “change control”.

Never understood that?

Can you help me out and explain it?

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MONEY: Lessons from the Baby Boomer’s Blunders

Friday, May 21, 2010

http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2010/05/21/what-you-can-learn-from-baby-boomer-blunders/

What YOU Can Learn from Baby-Boomer Blunders   

Neal Frankle, a Certified Financial Planner, and the author of Wealth Pilgrim, a blog about his financial journey.

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# Don’t assume your home is going to fund your retirement.

# Try like hell to pay off your mortgage by the time you’re 55.

# Don’t send your kids to schools you can’t afford.

# Think about saving as any other expense.

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I’d add some other “lessons”.

  • Don’t assume that you’ll be working after fifty. Or, don’t assume, unless your work for the Gooferment, that your pay will keep going up. One thing I have learned form my turkeys is that (a) there is a good possibility of a year out of work, living off your savings, dipping into your retirement money, and settling for a lot less.
  • Don’t assume that your “blue chip company” will even exist in the next year. Look at Lehman Brothers for a quick demise. Look at GM for a slow death. You are the master of your own fate. If the Titanic is going down, even if you’re not one it, it can take you with it. Look at the city of Detroit. Look at all the suppliers and correspondents of Lehman Brothers. Heck, my CPA took a batch with Lehman Brother’s bonds; a supposedly safe investment.
  • Don’t assume that your “gold watch” company will take care of you. Your “benefits” are very expensive. I’d suggest that, if possible, you have your own health insurance. Again, from my turkeys, loss of the benefits are a financial disaster. It can break a marriage. It can break your spirits.

You have to have a strategy, with the tactics to match.

I alwasy fall back to what I think is the “success” meme in today’s climate:

Success for your generation is: (1) ruthless financial discipline — no bad debt; (2) a life long interest in learning — education — a degree — they can’t take it away from you; (3) a NON-OFFSHORABLE white collar job in order to save big bux; (4) a blue collar skill for hard times — never saw a poor plumber; (5) one or more internet based businesses — your store is always open; (6) a free time hobby that generates income; and (7) a large will-maintained network of people who can “help” you.

FWIW

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INTERESTING: Where is the edge of the flat earth?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

http://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram-1005.html

Crypto-Gram Newsletter
May 15, 2010
by Bruce Schneier
Chief Security Technology Officer, BT

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Worst-Case Thinking

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Remember Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s quote? “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” And this: “the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” Ignorance isn’t a cause for doubt; when you can fill that ignorance with imagination, it can be a call to action.

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“We don’t know what we don’t know”

In the dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) meme the elements explode into: Data is the elemental atom of the paradigm. Information is data in context. Knowledge is actionable information. Wisdom is knowing the implications of knowledge.

Wisdom is that “don’t know what don’t know” area.

Where is the edge of the flat earth?

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TECHNOLOGY: Taming the email monster

Saturday, May 15, 2010

http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2010/05/five-realistic-tips-for-using-email-more-efficiently.html

MY COMMENT:

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May I suggest that more email accounts, with a proper strategy, mail actually be more “efficient”?

All too often, I see folks with a single email account with everything jumbled together. No ability to segregate personal from business, financial from non, family from weirdo, (Oh wait some of my family are pretty weird!), … any way, you get the idea.

I personally use lots of different accounts for different purposes. Reading down my inboxes in my mail client: Urgent Matters, Brokerage Account, Bank Account, Paytrust, Family, Friends, Work, Job Search Networking, College Alumni, My High School Class Specifically, High School Alumni, Networking, Technology Playing, Catch All, and Routine Subscriptions. And, few other oddballs ones.

May sound like a mess, but:

(1) Email time is IMMEDIATELY presented in priority order. (Most people just reply to email, so they get to know me by the address. I have my own domain so I am in complete control of the names, the archiving interval, and automatic handling.)

(2) Messages purporting to be from my bank sent by a spammer stand out like a sore thumb when they come it on the “wrong” email account.

(3) Message originating from me are distinctive in the account name so the recipient can quickly place my association with them. (e.g., HighSchoolNickname @ mydomainname dot com) Saves angst on all ends.

(4) “Lost messages”, remembered or needed later, can be found by looking in the “dedicated email” box which is just a fraction of the overall mail volume.

So in this case, more is actually less. More mailboxes; less wasted time.

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INTERESTING: Verify and validate “change”

Thursday, May 6, 2010

http://www.careerhubblog.com/main/2010/04/17-tips-for-dealing-with-volcanos-change-and-uncertainty.html

17 Tips For Dealing With Volcanos, Change and Uncertainty

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Ever-changing technology, globalisation and hyper-competition have conspired to make most of our professional lives an ever-changing landscape. Add to that a changeable economic climate, political uncertainty and a sprinkling of volcanic ash and voila – you have the makings of constant change and unpredictability.

While your ability to create and execute detailed plans may have served you well in the past, in today’s economy and work place, it’s your ability to operate in a much more fluid environment that determines your progress.

Regardless of whether you’re currently trying to lead a team through change or attempting to navigate your own career through a turbulence, here are 17 tips which may help.

1. Focus on clear outcomes instead of detailed plans

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(0) Check your paradigms and memes. Change is a delta based on a previous perception. What if that perception is wrong? Our memes shape our perceptions and vice versa. Sunset is the other side of sunrise. Both are unique changes but they are inexorably linked. Are they one? Similarly, we have so many blind spots about some many things (i.e., time; culture; distance; interpretation). Those paradigms and memes might be wrong. Worse yet they can be silently invalidated by changes over time without us perceiving that change. So, very carefully, examine and reexamine your paradigms and memes. Challenge what you think is true. Test it. Don’t depend upon it without reexamination. It can bite you in the a double q.

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JOBSEARCH: Myths are killers in job search

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/6-myths-that-stand-in-your-way/

6 Myths That Stand In Your Way
April 18th, 2010 by Mark Harrison

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1. Myth: There is time

2. Myth: You can rely on other people

3. Myth: You are important

4. Myth: You should put others before yourself

5. Myth: Conflict should be avoided

6. Myth: The difference between success and failure is LUCK.

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Ahhh, myths, I can relate to this one. I was so … … stupid, lazy, dumb,

Shoulda, coulda, and woulda!

Paradigms are the way we perceive the world (i.e., the JoHari window). Memes, like genes for ideas, are the units of thoughts that transfer and modify behavior.

Myths are a erroneous paradigms and memes.

So is the problem, the difference, that we now perceive them as “wrong”. By what standard?

So we have paradigms and memes that, being wrong, interfere with a successful life and a successful jobsearch.

Some of them that have particularly screwed me up.

1. I believed people. They lied. I acted on those beliefs. And, I did damage that I can’t even know or assess.

2. I “coasted” when it would have been trivial to do the work. Again, another hit that can’t be assessed.

3. I read a mensa piece (i.e., human being owner’s manual) many many moons ago. I thought it was a joke. Little did I know how true it was.

4. I have heard many of the self-help gurus and read many of the self-help texts. Read, but didn’t grok. Preused but didn’t action.

5. I didn’t play the “political game” at my various stops along my career path. Who knows what could have been?

6. I urged people to forgive themselves. I have to do the same. The “more than a year” amnesty. All sins forgiven; not forgotten.

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INTERESTING: I have some anecdotal evidence that I never understood

Thursday, April 22, 2010

http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2007/1201-glasses_help_parkinsons_patients.htm

Science Video
Glasses Help Parkinson’s Patients
Podiatrist Invents Device To Make Walking Easier For Parkinson’s Sufferers
December 1, 2007

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The augmented reality glasses simulate an effect called kinesia paradoxa: the triggering of normal walking behavior in akinetic Parkinson’s patients by the placement of physical obstacles at their feet. Sometimes such cues exist naturally, such as black and white tiles placed evenly on a floor. The black tiles appear as objects to avoid, or as guides, and trigger a reflex of landing the feet between the black spaces. Walking up regularly spaced objects like stairs triggers the same effect, and can “un-freeze” a person who otherwise has problems walking with a normal gait. Presenting virtual objects and abstract visual cues moving through the patientýs visual field at speeds that emulate normal walking can also achieve this effect.

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When I read this i had a “Great Brother Jasper’s Ghost!!!” moment.

My Mom has just past. As she aged, she suffered terribly with Parkinson’s.

Growing up, she had spent a lot of money on black and white tiles through out the apartment. Maybe it was her way, even without knowing it, that she was compensating.

Wish I could tell the author. It might help him to another breakthrough.

I find this an interesting explanation.

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INTERESTING: Corporations shift their IT costs

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/20/smartphone-mobile-iphone-technology-cio-network-blackberry.html

JargonSpy
The End Of The BlackBerry Elite
Dan Woods, 04.20.10, 06:00 PM EDT
Companies are increasingly allowing workers to use their personal smartphones for work.

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And now that smartphones are relatively inexpensive and many workers own one, companies are encouraging employees to use their personal phones for work. One retail executive told me that most of his employees were eager to use their personal phones to stay in touch with work e-mail, and some workers could be reimbursed for their phone and texting charges.

Increasingly, companies are attempting to bring personally owned smartphones into the fold of corporate IT, which in practice usually means providing access to MS Exchange or Lotus Notes. This fits into the vision of Organic IT in which corporate IT is delivered through personal technology.

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This brings up some interesting questions like ownership, liability, wage ‘n’ hour, and exhaustion. All questions that the CxOs really don’t want to recognize.

When corporate data leaks onto an employee device with the corporations blessing, who owns it? Customer lists take to a competitor by a job changing employee leaps to mind.

What are the liability issues with agreeing to this? An employees answers a email while driving and crashes defends with “the boss made me do it”.

If an employee has to support “off-hours”, what’s the wage ‘n’ hour implications?

If an employee is exhausted and burnt out, what is the costs of the mistakes and replacing them?

And I’m not even a lawyer; just a fat old white guy injineer who has had to “do” it.

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INSPIRATIONAL:

Sunday, April 18, 2010

http://www.impactlab.com/2010/04/16/earthquake-in-tibet-amazing-photo-gallery/

April 16th, 2010 at 7:48 pm
Earthquake in Tibet – Amazing Photo Gallery

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A girl reads a book outside her makeshift tent amid the rubble of a quake-demolished building

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It’s hard not to be moved seeing these pics.

Could it happen here?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Hero has a heroine for a wife; shame on the VA

Friday, April 16, 2010

http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2010/04/remembering-hero.html

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Remembering a Hero

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Almost everyone knows about Audie Murphy, the most decorated American soldier in World War II. For his combat actions in the European Theater, Murphy received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars and three Purple Hearts.

But fewer know the story of his widow, Pam. After her husband’s death in a 1971 plane crash, Pam Murphy went to work as a clerk at the Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center, a VA facility in North Hills, California.

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Sounds like a heroic woman married to bona fide war hero.

Argh!

Never heard this story when she was alive; too bad. She deserved her own medals from the VA.

We’ll get VA level service from Obamacare andwe’ll wish she was still around.

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RANT: The Cutomer is King

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

PGP doesn’t think so. Maybe they don’t care. Maybe they get the big enterprises to drop big bux on them.

Try and buy “PGP HOME” and paste and cut your email in to the retype email field. (Or use a keyboard macro expansion!). Can’t do it.

So, I guess I don’t need “PGP HOME”.

One lost sale. Think PGP cares? I don’t

And, lest you think it’s just PGP, look at how many times you have to put your ZIPCODE in AND your state as well. Think there might be a relation between the two? And, STATE is the only pick from a list field, when everything is text input. Can’t edit STATE for valid values.

Argh!

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INTERESTING: Scrabble doesn’t need new rules

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/7556429/Scrabbles-makers-to-allow-proper-nouns.html

Scrabble’s makers to allow proper nouns
By Stephen Adams
Published: 7:00AM BST 06 Apr 2010

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The games company said it would be introducing the rule change – the first in the game’s 62 year history – to “enable younger players” to get involved.

This could cause a power shift between the generations, with those possessing a keen knowledge of the top 40 singles’ chart legitimately able to cite such high-scoring examples as singers N-Dubz (17 points) and Jay-Z (23 points).

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“There is no dictionary for proper nouns as such so provided the word played is an accepted spelling, rather than just a cheeky one made up by the player it would be acceptable,” she said.

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Argh! Is this change for the sake of change.

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INTERESTING: Maybe the Great Apes are “smarter” than we are?

Friday, April 2, 2010

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100324094640.htm

Science News
Great Apes Know They Could Be Wrong, Research Suggests
ScienceDaily (Mar. 24, 2010)

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Dr. Call concludes: “The current results indicate that the looking response appears to be a function of at least three factors: the cost of looking inside the tube, the value of the reward and the state of the information. The combination of these three factors creates an information processing system that possesses complexity, flexibility and control, three of the features of metacognition*. These findings suggest that nonhuman animals may possess some metacognitive abilities, too.”*Metacognition: cognition about cognition, or knowing about knowing.

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Sigh, I thought I was smart, but I could be wrong. Can some one explain this to me?

My tool set stopped at “thinking about thinking” with DeBono.

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INTERESTING: Life after basketball “fame”

Thursday, April 1, 2010

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/20100401_The_1985_Wildcats__Where_are_the_champs_now_.html?viewAll=y

Posted on Thu, Apr. 1, 2010
The 1985 Wildcats: Where are the champs now?
Compiled by Pat Maguire and Anthony Machcinski
Inquirer Staff Writers

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Villanova’s stunning 66-64 win over Georgetown for the NCAA basketball championship took place exactly 25 years ago.

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While most are dithering through life, or prattling about April Fool jokes, here’s some wisdom — life goes on. I found it because of a modest “manhattan college” connection. But in reading it, it gave me a sense of “continuity”. Well written. Only apparently one man’s life was a “train wreck”. One was unfindable. And, everyone else made their way. Is it always like that? In those proportions. Throughout history, do we all “labor in the vineyard” and pass namelessly away without much of a splash?

Sadly seems so.

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INTERESTING: Better to walk a human?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/14/the-best-walking-partner-man-vs-dog/

December 14, 2009, 12:27 pm
The Best Walking Partner: Man vs. Dog
By TARA PARKER-POPE

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Is it better to walk a human or to walk a dog?

New research from the University of Missouri has found that people who walk dogs are more consistent about regular exercise and show more improvement in fitness than people who walk with a human companion. In a 12-week study of 54 older adults at an assisted living home, 35 people were assigned to a walking program for five days a week, while the remaining 19 served as a control group. Among the walkers, 23 selected a friend or spouse to serve as a regular walking partner along a trail laid out near the home. Another 12 participants took a bus daily to a local animal shelter where they were assigned a dog to walk.

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With very surprising results.

Unless you’re a student of human nature!

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TECHNOLOGY: Education is the key to getting benefits form technology

Sunday, March 28, 2010

http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/27/why-america-needs-to-start-investing-in-its-workforce-again-2

Why America Needs To Start Educating Its Workforce Again
by Vivek Wadhwa on Mar 27, 2010

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Ask any old-time IBMer, and you will hear stories of IBM’s legendary workforce-development practices. When a manager identified a manufacturing worker with promise, the company would teach him how to dress, how to speak to clients, and how to service products. These technicians would then be trained to be computer programmers, sales reps, or product managers.

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If you do get hired, it’s up to you to stay current or get booted out with the first dip in sales. American corporations consider their workforce to be disposable — like ball-point pens and cigarette lighters. Gone are the days when a company would train a factory worker to become a computer programmer or offer lifelong employment. It’s all about quarterly revenue and profits now.

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The Indian experience highlights what can be achieved by investing in upgrading the skills of the workforce. If workforce training can take the output of an education system as weak as India’s and turn its graduates into world-class engineers and scientists, imagine what could be done with a worker base that has received amongst the best education in the world, as is the case in the United States.

U.S. companies have long played the guru, developing and disseminating many widely adopted management and workforce practices. The time has come for the guru to learn from one of its disciples: India.

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Once upon a time, AT&T was like IBM as well. One of my early achievements was proposing Computer Operators be trained as Programmers. I had “the Charter”. Took the project from: “We need programmers.” to graduating 21 of the initially 22. (Darn girl! Went and decided she’d rather have a baby. She shoulda waited; ruined my talking point. She came back from maternity leave and successfully tested. But, I didn’t get credit for her. Still don’t understand why?)

Vivek hits upon a key change needed in the American business meme. “Quarterly”! We, as a society, have to figure out how to change the meme of “company” from a short-term focused entity to a long-term focused one. A company is “eternal”; unlike human beings. And, it is a creation of the government, so it should be easy. It’s all rooted in the tax code. We see corporations as “paying taxes” when if fact they just pass them on to real people and hide the tax in the cost of the product. To change the company focus, several things have to happen: realign corporate management’s desire to the long term, change investor’s expectations to the long term, and — probably the hardest — change the government’s rules. Management annual salaries should be limited to less than POTUS (President Of The United States) makes; bonuses should be in the form of long term bonds. (That will cure that short term viewpoint in 30 minutes or less!) Investors, to encourage sticking for the long term, should get a real “capital gains” tax break — most of the time your “capital gain” is inflation; not a real gain — ZERO tax for investments held for say a decade. And, the government — well they are probably incurable — we need stable money, low taxes, and low spending. (Like that’s going to happen with out a revolution!)

We can start on “education” by ending “public education” as we know it. It took seven decades to get into this mess; probably take seven to get out of it. But parents should educate their children. They are the ones who had them, have their best interests at heart, and have the motivation from them to succeed. Education expense today has no ROI. It’s a mess.

We have a lot to do to recapture the American Dream!

[When I worked with Vivek, was he this smart? Didn't seem so at the time. Maybe I'm the dummy.]

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TECHNOLOGY: Technology malpractice; Abbott Diabetes Care dictates how you interact!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

EMAIL RECEIVED AS A RESULT OF TEDIOUSLY ASKING A QUESTION ON THEIR WEB SITE

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Hello,

Thank you for contacting Abbott Diabetes Care, maker of FreeStyle and Precision products. We are pleased to provide you with a team of dedicated Specialists to help you understand your options in obtaining the FreeStyle and Precision products. Our Specialists are available to assist you toll free at 1-866-246-2683, Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 9 PM (CST).

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Sincerely,
Abbott Diabetes Care

Join the FreeStyle Promise® Program Today and BE Supported! (https://www.freestylepromise.com)

This communication may contain information that is proprietary, confidential, or exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, please note that any other dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. Anyone who receives this message in error should notify the sender immediately by return e-mail and delete it from his or her computer.

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No, I don’t want to call and talk to one of your “dedicated Specialists” (In a third world country?)

I just want you to answer my damn question.

If I wanted to endure the “fingernails on the blackboard” physical pain of calling your call center, I would have called in the first place.

My last THREE phone calls with product problems were really great experiences. Why would I want to repeat that experience? That’s why I sent you an email.

Argh!

If “marketing is a conversation”, Abbott Diabetes Care sure isn’t listening.

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TECHNOLOGY: Just use GMT!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

http://www.lewrockwell.com/pr/end-daylight-saving-time2.html

End Daylight Saving Time
by Sheila Danzig

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It has not escaped our notice that in the United States, Eastern standard time is the same as Central daylight time and Mountain standard time is the same as Pacific Daylight Time. Thus, we propose that The Pacific and Central time zones remain on permanent daylight saving time, and that the Mountain and Eastern time zones remain on permanent standard time.

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This proposal will simplify scheduling, travel, and commerce. And by ending semi-annual clock tampering, it will also allow people to get more sleep, be better adjusted to their daily routine, avoid missed appointments resulting from failure to reset clocks, and, most importantly, save lives.

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http://www.standardtime.com/

I don’t agree completely.

Let’s just go to GMT time. COmputers already do.

And, leave everyone free to sort out the details themselves.

With one standard time, people will sort it out.

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TECHNOLOGY: Can’t Yahoo at least id spam that claims to be from Yahoo?

Friday, March 12, 2010

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From: “Yahoo!” <jenny@networkci.net>
Date: March 12, 2010 1:53:42 AM EST
To: <jenny@networkci.net>
Subject: Verify Your Account Services!!!
Reply-To: mail.dataservicea2@yahoo.com



Yahoo! Customer Care Satisfaction Survey

                             Account Alert Yahoo!

Dear Valued Member,
Due to the congestion in all Yahoo users and removal of all unused Yahoo! Accounts, Yahoo would be shutting down all unused accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Info below after clicking the reply botton, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.
UserName: ……………………………… Yahoo!
Password:………………………………….
Date Of Birth: …………………………………..
Country Or Territory:..……………………….
After Following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconvinience.



Yahoo! Customer Care Yahoo!


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This type of SPAM is exceptionally frustrating.

Yahoo should at least be able to catch it.

They even have a offering of “hidden addresses”. So you’d thing they could use that to ensure that their sers KNOW what’s really from them.

Come on, guys, this ain’t rocket science! Is it?

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JOBSEARCH: Hold on by your fingertips

Sunday, March 7, 2010

On Mar 3, 2010, at 11:35 PM, LUDDITE wrote:

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Interesting….a ‘slew’ of people got RIFed this past Monday. And do you think they picked me, no! They think I won’t hold out but I will fool them…work till I am 75! :-)

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Ahh, it makes a “teacher” proud when the student exceeds the master. “Go For The Gold” ain’t just for the Olympics!

A vestige of the “gold watch” era, the companies make workers “disposable”.

Part of “jobsearch” is: (1) making sure you do NOT have to search for one in this terrible job climate for fat old white guys — like expense avoidance is much better than saving after-tax money; AND (2) if you are going to get nuked, you need as much money as possible to cushion the blow. No way anyone should ever “voluntarily” leave a job without very careful consideration.

Argh!

Remember: Success for everyone’s generation is:

(1) ruthless financial discipline — no bad debt;

(2) a life long interest in learning — education — a degree — they can’t take it away from you;

(3) a NON-OFFSHORABLE white collar job in order to save big bux;

(4) a blue collar skill for hard times — never saw a poor plumber;

(5) one or more internet based businesses — your store is always open;

(6) a free time hobby that generates income; and

(7) a large will-maintained network of people who can “help” you.

Can’t preach it enough!

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