Rural vs Urban

I am not the most cosmopolitan among us, but I am fortunate that I get to travel to a few of the major, global metropolitan areas each year.  London, New York, Shanghai, Dubai, Santiago, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur have all seen the soles of my Cole Haan’s in recent years.  While languages could be a…

4:01am

4:01 AM.  That is what time my eyes popped open today.  From dead asleep to wide awake.  After a week of half-assing it at work between Christmas and New Year’s, there is much to do.  Today and every day. I like taking time off from work, but I truly enjoy the harried need to accomplish…

Political Process

I have become more involved in the political process of my town recently.  As a newly minted member of the Advisory Committee I am a part of the nine-person team that makes recommendations to the townspeople on issues that are voted on at Town Meetings, and we make budget recommendations to the Town Selectmen. A…

Great Quote from T.E. Lawrence

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds Awake to find that it was vanity; But the dreamers of day are dangerous men, That they may act their dreams with open eyes To make them possible.

“Nope. It wasn’t us.” = FAIL

I just called a local exterminator after the wife found a dead mouse in the basement.  the call went like this: Me: “Hi. I need to get a service plan on my home.  I believe [name of company] serviced the home when the previous owners were here, so I thought you guys would already have…

Bottlenecks at Work

Bottleneck: Bottleneck literally refers to the top narrow part of a bottle. In engineering, it refers to a phenomenon where the performance or capacity of an entire system is limited by a single or small number of components or resources. But what if the bottleneck you are facing is a human being? If the “entire system”…

From a comment I posted on Leaprate.com Today

The below was written as a Comment and Reply to a previous commentor regarding social trading in th eMargin Trading Products industry. Rather than “illusion”, a better term for copy-trading and social trading is (was?) “marketable add-on service”. Of course there were few legitimate, successful trade leaders. There was no need for regulation, and anyone…

“News (?)” Broadcasts

I put on Fox News this morning at 6am.  I normally do not watch Fox News.  In the first 6 minutes I was absolutely disgusted with the way the three anchors fawned over the Republican National Convention, defended Melania Trump’s seemingly plagiarized speech, and praised Chris Christie’s public prosecution of Hilary Clinton. I thought to…

How To End ISIS – JLM

I follow a blog from Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures.  One of his regular commentators is an interesting guy who goes by the handle of JLM and has his own interesting blog at http://www.themusingsofthebigredcar.com.  His comments about how to defeat ISIS are spot on. From JLM In the darkness is death. In the light…

8 Viral Video Sensations were a Hoax

  I believe that short-burst video is the best marketing tool going these days.  This story of the viral video’s is not about short-burst video as each one is over 30 seconds long.  But it is a well-told & great case study in How Video Content Goes Viral, which is a big part of short-burst…

This Is Great!! Substituting Donald Trump for Calvin of Calvin & Hobbes

Full credit to someone named “Dr Forrester” on imagur. I have always loved Calvin of Calvin & Hobbes because of the complete zaniness of his ideas and what comes out of his mouth.  Calvin is the perfect embodiment of a self-centered 6 year old. And if these images of Donald Trump speaking Calvin’s words do…