Archive for March, 2002

Sunday, March 31st, 2002

Toys & Novelties from Archie McPhee Online

Sunday, March 31st, 2002

Accoutrements – Outfitters of Popular Culture

Sunday, March 31st, 2002

Cascading Style Sheets, level 1

Weidemannia Adds Style

Saturday, March 30th, 2002

Never satisfied to leave well enough alone, I’ve decided to begin implementing style sheets. My goal is to be able to make changes to the look and feel of the site, with minimal effort. So far, so good. However, not all pages have been touched.

crotchititian

Saturday, March 30th, 2002

an individual who prides themself in showcasing traits of feeble, senior citizens (i.e. spilling soft drinks on friends, dribbling coffee on their shirt)

Friday, March 29th, 2002

Instant Messaging & Chat – BigBlueBall.com

Friday, March 29th, 2002

Scott Pakin’s automatic complaint-letter generator

Fifty.

Wednesday, March 27th, 2002

Well, the kid it the big 50 today. The team at work took me to lunch, and forced the obligatory old age jokes on me. Of special note, my friend Jeff went the extra mile, and created a newsletter in the spirit of our somewhat bizare sense of humor. Check it out. [If there are any copyright issues that have been violated, please drop me a line – meant only in the spirit of spreading some humor in the world…sw]

Jeff also was the inspiration for my new “product line” in the emporium – become a mottmaniac. [btw, I think he gets something like a nickel from every sale…]

Reflecting with Abraham

Monday, March 25th, 2002

Reading the latest issue of the Smithsonian Magazine, I came across a copy of Lincoln’s second innaugural address from March 4, 1865. For some reason, the second paragraph seemed to resonate. I offer it here for reflection.

“On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago, all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it – all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurance agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war – seeking to dissolve the Union, and divide effects, by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.”

And continued in the next paragraph…

“… Neither party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration, which it has alreach attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and asstounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has his own purposes.”

Monday, March 25th, 2002

the day the planets aligned

Sunday, March 24th, 2002

Internet Anagram Server / I, Rearrangement Servant : anagrams, wordplay, solver, finder, generator, crossword, transmogrify, pangram, shuffle, fun

Sunday, March 24th, 2002

Real Joe Affirmation Bullshit Generator

Planets Aligned

Saturday, March 23rd, 2002

The planets have aligned. I have met Ian Hunter, shaken his hand, and he has added his signature to the Mott Man license plate. Share the experience.

Saturday, March 23rd, 2002

destruir

Death By Dog Mauling

Friday, March 22nd, 2002

…or just business as usual at a large corporation?

I watched the morning news and listened to them discuss the outcome of the dog mauling trial in San Francisco. Here is a situation where two people were warned repeatedly about the malicious and viscious nature of their dangerous “pet”. They chose to take no action to correct the situation. Tragically, it ultimately takes the death of a human being to bring the absurdity and horror of this situation to the attention of an outraged public.

There are those who would say “you can’t fault the dog, since the owners never trained it.” Others would take the position that “well, sure its their dog, but they can’t control its natural instincts. It’s not their fault.” Then you get the absurd defense lawyer out to get her 15 minutes of fame by attempting to turn it into a gay-bashing event, introducing irrelevant and ridiculous “evidence”.

I understand the importance of due process, and that justice takes time to ensure our freedoms and human rights. In this particular case, justice was served and the perpetrators will be paying for their crime. However, it does nothing to restore the life of a once healthy, and happy woman. That debt will NEVER be paid off.

Learnings? I suggest you draw your own parallels about what you may see around you regarding how business executives develop people put under their care. Are they making any attempt to correct bad behavior? Who is really at fault when an employee “goes off”?

Time will tell – let’s just hope there are no more deaths.

and then there is the controversy about the catholic church and coverup or mishandling of bad behavior by priests. hmmmm… As Buffalo Springfield once said “something happening here”.

Friday, March 22nd, 2002

Who Would Buy That? (auction oddities from all over the web)

Friday, March 22nd, 2002

All the News That’s Fit to Blog

Anagram

Friday, March 22nd, 2002

Death to the evil orcs! < > Elves tried to hatch – O!

Dear God,

Friday, March 22nd, 2002

Please, please, please don’t let me do anything that would lead others to refer to me as an evil orc.

Amen

Friday, March 22nd, 2002

mottman

Washington Post’s Style Invitational

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

In the spirit of unread postings, the Washington Post’s Style invitational asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are some winners…[marked with an *]

reintarnation*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

coming back to life as a hillbilly.

bozone*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

n.) the substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating; the bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

cashtration*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

(n.) the act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

giraffiti*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

vandalism spray-painted very, very, high.

intaxication*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

sarchasm*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

the gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

inoculatte*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

to take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

hipatitis*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

terminal coolness.

osteopornosis*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

a degenerate disease. (this one got extra credit).

karmageddon*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

it’s like, when everybody is, like, sending off all these really bad vibes, right? and then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a totally serious bummer.

glibido*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

all talk and no action.

dopeler effect*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

the tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

arachnoleptic fit*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

(n.) the frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

beelzebug*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

(n.) satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at 3 in the morning and cannot be cast out.

caterpallor*

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

(n.) the colour you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you’re eating.

corybantic

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

wild; frenzied; uncontrolled; “The radio is nothing but a conduit through which pre-fabricated din can flow into our homes. And this din goes far deeper, of course, than the eardrums. It penetrates the mind, filling it with a babble of distractions, blasts of corybantic or sentimental music, continually repeated doses of drama that bring no catharsis, but usually create a craving for daily or even hourly emotional enemas.” Aldous Huxley, On Silence, 1946.

Happily Leading Change

Wednesday, March 20th, 2002

To quote the last paragraphs out of John Kotter’s “Leading Change”:

…people who are making an effort to embrace the future are a happier lot than those who are clinging to the past. That is not to say that learning how to become a part of a twenty-first century enterprise is easy. But people who are attempting to grow, to become more comfortable with change, to develop leadership skills — these men and women are typically driven by a sense that they are doing what is right for themselves, their families, and their organizations. That sense of purpose spurs them on and inspires them during rough periods.
And those people at the top of enterprises today who encourage others to leap into the future, who help them overcome natural fears, and who thus expand the leadership capacity in their organizations — these people provide a profoundly important service for the entire human community.
We need more of those people. And we will get them.

Fro-DOH Fro-DOH

Wednesday, March 20th, 2002

Who’s going to carry the ring to the fiery mountain and throw it in when Frodo is taken out?? Maybe it’s time to cut the ring off the evil orc’s finger!

Seeing What You Observe

Wednesday, March 20th, 2002

Sherlock Holmes once told Dr. Watson, “Watson, you look but you do not see; you may see but you do not observe; you may observe but you must reason about that which you observe. My deductions are quite elementary.” A must sort of lesson in the business and social world we live in today.

powerfool

Sunday, March 17th, 2002

word used to describe someone who is in a position of authority but who is unable to contain or control their power resulting in destruction and devastation; example: He acted powerfoolishly when he made that decision to bomb the village.

deflectivism

Saturday, March 16th, 2002

the practice of attempting to remove all implications of personal responsibility by relying heavily on the use of absurd allegations, innuendo and/or flat out lies; is not considered a desired trait in effective leaders; typically results in what is commonly known as the ricochet effect; can be fatal to the practitioner.

Tuesday, March 12th, 2002

HowStuffWorks – Learn how Everything Works!

Monday, March 11th, 2002

Despair, Inc.

Monday, March 11th, 2002

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild

Enron Code of Ethics

Monday, March 11th, 2002

(Thanks to The Smoking Gun Archive)

You just gotta love this.

You’ve seen it for sale on eBay. You probably read Tom Zeller’s whimsical piece about it in The New York Times. Heck, even the Smithsonian Institution just nabbed one for the permanent collection. So, TSG is understandably proud to present a copy of a truly valuable artifact, Enron’s in-house “Code of Ethics.” The 64-page booklet was distributed to employees along with an introductory letter from Chairman Kenneth Lay noting the “moral and honest manner” in which the energy firm’s business affairs should be conducted. Below you’ll find some selected pages from the guide, which was aggressively ignored by many of the Texas skells who drove the firm–and its workers–into the ground. (6 pages)

Monday, March 11th, 2002

The Smoking Gun

Monday, March 11th, 2002

Graphic Design from the 1920s and 1930s in Travel Ephemera

Monday, March 11th, 2002

A different kind of amy

FDnot,com

Saturday, March 9th, 2002

FDnot.com :: Index – save yourself a bit of typing, and click here to join the merryment… […and if you are posting to the knowledge drain, make sure to give yourself a nickname in your blogger profile so we know who the hell you are!]

Friday, March 8th, 2002

Someone here might be interested to know that www.FDnot.com is back.

ugottabefreakinkiddenme

Friday, March 8th, 2002

common response to information being communicated that has absolutely no possibility of being reality-based or logical; abbreviation: rufkme – pronounced “rough me” [remember the “k” is always silent]; derivative of the popular phrase “are you f*ckn nuts?”

Deviate Behavior

Wednesday, March 6th, 2002

Taken from Fast Takes…

Deviance is the source of all innovation. It’s the wellspring of new ideas, new products, new personalities, and, ultimately, new markets. It can be a force for good or for evil ( and sometimes both ). In its purest sense, deviance is really nothing more — or less — than any one of us taking one measurable step away from the middle of the road. Extend that step once more, and you’ll find yourself moving from the comfort of the accepted into the fast-paced world of the trendsetter. Take another small step, and you’ll land in the rarified realm of the ultracool avant-garde. Venture one hesitant step further, and you are in the sometimes seductive, more often frightening world of the cultist and the fanatic. Dare to take that last lone step, and you’ll crash head-on into the heart of social darkness: the world of naked, pure, unabashed, and largely frightening deviance.

catechumen

Wednesday, March 6th, 2002

a neophyte; a person who is being given basic education of a subject.

the day the planets aligned

Tuesday, March 5th, 2002

the day the planets aligned

Monday, March 4th, 2002

You’re not the only one who’s done time in NAM…it took years off of my life!