PRODUCTIVITY: Half an hour?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Half an Hour December 9, 2007
Posted by Andy Roberts

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Today, December 9th 2007 the clocks go back in Venezuela – by Half an Hour.

Half an hour?

Yes, half an hour. That may sound a bit like the craziest thing a whole country has ever done in recent times but actually it’s just a reversion to the time zone which was used previously by Venezuela between 1912 and 1964 in the twentieth century.

The new official time zone of Venezuela is determined by meridian 67° 30? west of Greenwich, in South East London, UK. This meridian divides Venezuela into two almost symmetrical areas and represents a -4:30 hour offset from Greenwich Mean Time.

So what’s the time now? Here, very near Greenwich when it’s eight o’clock in the morning 8.00am – GMT, in Caracas, Venezuela it will be half past three: 3.30am.

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It does sound like a “dumb idea”. For the life of me, I never understood why people don’t just set their clocks on GMT and organize their lives around whatever time they need. What’s so sacred about working 9to5? Who cares if you go to bed at 11PM, 2300 local, or 0400+1? I know at my employer, GMT would save a lot of time zone confusion providing across the USA. When I was in the USAF many many decades ago, everything was ZULU this or ZULU that. Guess that’s politically incorrect now? But, there was never any time zone confusion. When I returned to my civilian employer and tried to bring this insight to our datacenter operations, everyone poo pooed it. Every years I’d watch them struggle with Daylight Savings Time or a national time zone confusion. Sigh. Some memes are just too powerful to change. I guess?

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Notice the fine hand of gooferment in the people’s lives.

Not to make things simpler. But to make a role for themselves.

Why not just go to GMT and allow people to organize themselves. It’s not like businesses could figure out what time they should open to best serve their Customers. It’s not like people couldn’t figure out what time they should hit the sack or get up. It’s not like life wouldn’t go on regardless of what digits were on someone’s clock!

In protest, I’m going to be GMT. As soon as I can find my watch!

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FUN: Scrooged

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Check it out. I just Scrooged myself. Have a look by clicking on the link below. This holiday greeting brought to you by OfficeMax®.

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MONEY: We tend to define our lives by the big events

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Understanding the Seven Habits of Wealth
Wednesday, 24th October 2007 (by J.D.)

This is a guest post from Dough Roller, a Washington D.C. blogger who writes about building wealth, one dollar at a time.

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle

We tend to define our lives by the big events: graduation, marriage, children, a big promotion, retirement. What often gets neglected are the little things we do every day, the little things that make the big events possible. As Aristotle said, it’s what we “repeatedly do” that produces excellence. When it comes to money and wealth, what do you repeatedly do?


Hard Work
Modest Living

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I remember, but didn’t “learn” until much later, that “small leaks sink big ships”.

Singularly, I have demonstrated “big leaks sing ships quickly”. It’s my personal objective to plug all my “big leaks” before I “sop earning and start burning”.

I have to get organized!


Maybe that’s the “eighth” idea. Organization. You have to be organized to succeed?

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RANT: Father killed daughter for not wearing hijab

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Father killed daughter for not wearing hijab, her friends say
Dec 11 12:56 PM US/Eastern

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Friends and classmates of a 16-year-old girl who police say was murdered by her devout Muslim father in a Toronto suburb told local media Tuesday she was killed for not wearing a hijab.

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Here we have a conflict of religion and liberty.

Didn’t the girl have a “right to life”?

So much for the protection of the “state”. It’s fictional; an illusion.

You have only the rights you are willing to defend.


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FUN: Status quo

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

“‘Status quo,’ as you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in…'” Attributed to former President Ronald Reagan

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TECH SOFTWARE:ANOTHERONEDONE records progress to your goal

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


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What it does:
Helps you keep track of your progress with a numerical goal, such as the amount of books you want to read, blog posts you want to make, batches of cookies you want to bake, etc.

* Autosaves the amount of your goal.
* Autosaves how many you have done.
* Calculates the remaining amount left to go.
* Copy info to clipboard.
* Progressbar.
* Stays on top.
* Minimizes to tray.
* Access to some controls from tray menu.

How to use:
* Enter the amount of your goal in the top box.
* Click the Set button.
* Each time you complete one towards your goal, click the Add 1 button.
* Once you have reached your goal, click Reset and begin again to set a new goal.

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Donation ware. Sounds useful.

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