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I love how the flow sometimes just comes together. You sit with an idea and it just takes you some where else. Oprah's show has been all over the news today. She took Frey to task for his lies.
She apologized. He didn't. So what's next?
Will Oprah's next book selection be scrutinized more than previously? (odds on that one, I think are good!)
Will the sales line for Frey's books actually take a dip? or will it continue to rise? (I think time will tell us for sure.)
In the meantime, you can check out a good summary of Oprah's lessons from Ethan Johnson at The Vision Thing as he talks about Truth, Power and Responsibility.
Settle in for a few minutes to read the full posting.
It is worth the time!
The InformationWeek Daily Newsletter has this article on business blogging:
Short, concise, some key consideration but not a lot of detail on the how to, do's, don'ts. Fortunately, a Google search will get you ready access to the tips and tricks.
One cool link they did have was the Fortune 500 Business Blog Wiki.
It lists the companies in the Fortune 500 and has active links for access to their blogs (for those that have one).
Time to do some cruising!
Read the full posting on Sex and the Seasoned Woman.
Read the full posting on Friedrich Nietzsche on skepticism
Read the full posting on Why Oil Prices Are Jumping Again
Is media creating a market for sex amongst elders like the oil producers collaborating to keep oil prices to their advantage? There is plenty of data available on marketing from the big M to the little m.
What do you make of it?
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The process of writing is kind of a trusting to the nowness, to the immediacy of the experience. And if you enter into the artistic endeavor with standards, already arrived-at ideas of what you want to do, youre not entering creatively into the immediacy of encountering the materials.
From mytopography - quoting from a book by William Stafford.
|I liked Steve Almond's article in the Boston Sunday Globe on the James Frey event.|
It is an unfortunate world where suckers get to keep the cash.
As you may have noticed I have found and been using Qumana quite frequently recently. Lektora is next in line for consideration. The possibilities of working with the two together enabling postings directly from a RSS link is enticing.
You may recall that I only do this for up to two hours a day so I need to be efficient about what I do to be as productive as I can be. Slow me down and the thoughts just dance away in to the ether some times never to return.
Qumana makes adding tags to the postings ridiculously easy. The standard formatting, spell check, etc. is there. I can italic and indent and it is similar to the quote marking Blogger uses.
But I miss two things. Or maybe the capability is there but I have not found it yet.
1 - to make a link of the post title. This is a nice feature with blogger that I use a lot but have not found out or figured out here in Qumana. If you know how and let me know, it will be appreciated.
2 - to post a draft to blogger so it can be posted "live" at a later time. There probably is a way to save it off to a file but I'd prefer to go direct into draft mode if I could. Helps my work flow. Any suggestions here are also welcome.
|Rosa Say, one of my blogging buddies on Team Synergy, has a good thing going in 2006. She is providing a jumpstart to management and how to become a better manager. It is all based upon concepts covered in her book. If you have had the opportunity to read Managing with Aloha, you will recognize some of the terms and naturally want to follow the process.|
Even if you haven't I would encourage you to check out the jumpstart.
The process is structured.
It is not overly complicated.
It makes sense.
The January Jumpstart is manager's intent. The activities are focused for us to do them now and review/discuss the results in February. In February, she introduce the next set to work on for discussion in March, and so on.
Hey, isn't this what we as manager's should be doing?
Why not join the group then as we work out this together!
Check out January's jumpstart and dig in!
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Bruce's great song, The Highway Patrolman, is getting a gospel makeover that does the song and story more than justice. This version takes it to a whole 'nurther level.
If you have a chance to visit Prairie Home Companion, or catch it on the local PBS channel, I encourage it.
Bruce, Garrison and company will make you proud!
|From Evelyn Rodriguez at Crossroads Dspatches comes this:|
I love blogging....but I'm beginning to think that absolutely nothing beats travel if your aim truly is letting yourself be changed.Read the full posting here.
From Mark Hurst at the Good Experience Blog comes this good word:
I guess what I'm saying is that good experience isn't so much a particular method, or set of heuristics to follow, as it is a process of continually becoming broader and deeper in our outlook. It's not a judgement of one particular project but a challenge of what direction to take as we continue to improve.Read the full posting here.
Can you make a connection on these three quotes from three writers on three different posts?
Think about it.
I think one underlying connection amongst these is found in my comment on Ronni's posting.
But don't go peak until you have decided for yourself!
Let us know what you think.
Please join me in providing input, feedback, direction... From Niall Kennedy at the Technorati Weblog
Hugh always has some good cartoons. Catching up with him today I find two sets of ten reasons on blogging. Wow, what a jackpot!
Check out Top Ten Blogger Lies
and of course take a peak at Newsome.org for a different spin on making it as new blogger.
Click here for the audio version
Excerpted from "The Drum Major Instinct", a sermon by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968. Available on CD and print in A Knock At Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
From Shelley Powers at Burningbird comes this insight on approaching deer accompanied by some glorious pictures:
|From Wil at ThroughTh3Wall comes this:|
Victory is heavy in the scales, but so is ease, so is my life with all of these demands of time, energy and stamina, it would be easy to stop here. Or would it? I am ten people for what seems like ten-thousand people, and this is exhausting enough on most days. But I can’t give in or let up or things will spin loose, and I’ve worked too hard to build this world. I’ve worked too hard for the impossible, and it’s mine for as long as I can keep the reins.
I think athletes have it easier to set a goal and reach it than most working folk. The time or distance of a performance is out there for all to see and compare to whomever has ever competed in that event.
But the office worker, the knowledge worker... crafting a spreadsheet, or preparing a memo, or marketing campaign...
I'm sure there are dozens of examples, how are they comparable?
|From Evelyn Rodriguez writing at Crossroads Dispatches I pick up this:|
Do you find yourself watching words? or being there?
|The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine profile this week is of George Church.|
wants to dramatically scale down the technology—from a national effort on the order of a moon landing to something as routine as a cholesterol check. Church's goal: to be able to decode an individual's DNA for about the cost of a personal computer, $1,000. And to do it by 2008.I hope he can do so. One more piece of info to help make life better.
Read the full article!
|There was a heart warming story in the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine this Sunday.|
Laurie Edwards writes:
Yes, it is a love story. Yes, it has a happy ending.
Truth in the relationship is the key!
I won't say more than that to spoil your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
|Well, lying seems still seems to be all the rage these days. Corporate folks (Enron, et al), politicians (Delay, Abramoff, et al), scientists (Korea's cloning guy), and now James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces.|
When will it stop?
I recall the saying, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is"...
Where was the due diligence on the publishers part?
Clearly, it had been rejected by many before being finally accepted, but that in and of itself is not unusual. Did the prior rejecters smell something wrong, or were they just too busy to take this one? They may not have foreseen that Oprah would pick it up as a book of the month selection and make it a runaway bestseller.
Check out the story at A Million Little Lies and start to decide for yourself... likely this will be a court case before the story runs its course.
|Our local grocery store, Stop and Shop, has a members program; you know the kind, you get a card, using the card, you get a discounted price. The register receipt gives you a summary of your saving for this visit and year to date. Based upon our purchases, we get coupons at the checkout counter, in the mail, you know the routine...|
On the receipt today, on the bottom, after the totals, this statement reads:
"The year-to-date savings summary will be reset to zero on January 1, 2006".
This is understandable. The year ends. A new total should start. Truth in advertising. Year to date should be only 2006.
Ah, but the totals have not reset yet.
Did someone realize that it is January 7th?
Or are we on a different calendar?
Hello? What's up?
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|Why do the electronic devices need to be packaged in these sealed plastic containers that are almost impossible to open once you get them home?|
But the plastic is not positioned in such a way as to make it easy to undo the package when the legitimate purchase has been consummated and the product is now to be used without a struggle and multiple opportunities for the equivalent of paper cuts or worse.
Why? Why can't they be designed to accomplish both ends?
Any one else feel this way?
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|Kathy Sierra writing at Creating Passionate Users has created a wonderful LONG posting on learning theory. She says in her intro:|
Read the full length of the post, it is well worth it!
She also has a PDF short version with space to write in your own notes.
As mentioned in an earlier post, there are different kinds of snow and a variety of snow shovels should be used to deal with each opportunity.
When the snow is light and fluffy, you can push it out of the way more than actually lift and shovel it. I have two similar shovels that I put side by side and use in tandem to push the snow in front of me towards the side of the driveway.
<- This kind of shovel I would classify as the "push" type. It has a small scoop to it that allows the snow to build up and fall forward as you push the snow in front of you. Whether the snow is light or heavy (but certainly more so when it is heavy), you should consider shoveling when there is 1-3 inches. Don't wait until there is 6 or more. You may go out more frequently but each time you do, it will be for less effort and less overall time shoveling.
When the snow is heavy, pushing it does not work as well. You can push it a little but then it becomes too heavy to push any more without a real struggle. For these times, you need to lift the snow to toss it along the side of the walk or driveway you are clearing. For the heavy snow, I recommend the "back saver" or ergonomic handle model.
<- The bend in the handle makes a significant difference in lifting the snow. It is so much easier this way to get the proper leverage without straining yourself. You still need to consider taking only a full load on the shovel, not one that is too much.
If you do wait to go out until the snow fall has completed, dealing with a foot or more will require taking it a little at a time. By this I mean, don't go to the bottom and try to lift it all on one shovel. Hit the shovel point into the vertical middle of the snow, lift the top half and move it before going back for the bottom half.
Develop a rhythm to your work. Step, shovel, toss, etc. Include a rest in there. Use your breath to tell you when you need to take a break. These tips assume you are in good healthy condition. Of course, if you are not in good health, consider hiring some one to do this for you.
These tips have been developed over my years living and shoveling primarily in New England (RI & MA). If you have other tips to add, please feel free to do so.
PS - the shovel images were borrowed from Suncast, a snow shovel manufacturer.
|The almost four inches of fluffy wet snow shoveled this morning was lighter than the almost one inch of slush that I cleared (with Carolyn's help - thank you!) at lunch time.|
It is still snowing but little or no accumulation is expected while the temperature will drop into the 20's over night.
So we dodged this one...
I'll post pictures of the various snow shovels and which to use under what conditions later. I need to find some good pictures, or as a last resort, take the camera to the garage.
|Yes, the wintery mix is upon us. Some forecasts call for 4-7, others 8-10... stay tuned and we'll let you know how much we really end up with.|
I completed the 1st pass at shoveling the driveway and moved 3-4" already. It is coming down steadily. A heavy wet snow that shovelers have to really be careful with but kids will love to play in. School has been called off for Franklin today.
The scoop shovel or the backsaver shovel would be good ones to use today. The push shovel will be challenging as the snow is too heavy to push far. You can start in the middle of the driveway and work from the center out to each edge. Toss the snow a good way from the edge. This will start building the pile away from the edge and save some energy for moving more snow when you come back out later.
|From Kathy Sierra at Creating Passionate Users:|
This sounds like a good new year's resolution.
What do you think?
|from Patti Digh writing at 37Days comes this gem of a posting to start the new year!|