Archive for June, 2002

Anagram

Friday, June 21st, 2002

enormous audacity at limit = mutual admiration society

dna

Friday, June 21st, 2002

multi-faceted system designed to record significant events and conditions, which also enables trained technicians to purposefully or randomly modify, alter or remove offensive components; helps create an alternate reality.

SlangSite

Friday, June 14th, 2002

SlangSite.com – The Slang Dictionary

Modern Tales

Friday, June 14th, 2002

Modern Tales – Professional Webcomics

The Makers

Friday, June 14th, 2002

THE MAKERS: STRANGEST PARADE

Thursday, June 13th, 2002

A List Apart: CSS: Making Alternate Style Sheets Work

YouB YouS YouW

Wednesday, June 12th, 2002

term of endearment; usually accompanied by people pointing their finger at the accused.

PeopleCards

Saturday, June 8th, 2002

PeopleCards.net :::: The Official People Trading Card

Stinky Reasons For Avoiding Delegation

Saturday, June 8th, 2002

Nearly all topnotch managers are good delegators. If you’re not, scan this list of reasons people don’t delegate. Compare the reasons with your own behavior. Once you know why you have trouble delegating, you can work to overcome this common managerial disease-and leap ahead.

– LONE RANGER SYNDROME. (Or, “I’m the only one who can do it right.”) Some bosses seem to relish the role of managerial martyr or supervisory Sisyphus (rolling that heavy burden of decisions up the hill every day, only to have it roll back down again). Yet, at the risk of sounding negative, there are hundreds of downsized managers who deluded themselves into believing that they were the only ones who could do their former jobs correctly. Nobody but nobody is indispensable.

– I’M RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HAPPENS. You’re right, you are. Sure, it’s scary. Richard Nixon once said, “I have an absolute rule. I refuse to make a decision that somebody else can make. The first rule of leadership is to save yourself for the big decision. Don’t allow your mind to become cluttered with the trivia.” When the Watergate slammed shut on his fingers, however, he became a victim of this immutable management truth. Not to put too fine a point on it, but agile managers have come to terms with this reality. Through delegation, they’ve prepared employees for handling certain tasks and decisions, making themselves less worried about their performance.

– I DON’T HAVE TIME TO TEACH SOMEONE ELSE. Oh, really? If you don’t, who will? The higher that pile in your in-basket climbs, and the longer your list of e-mail, the worse your job becomes and the more panicked and overwhelmed you feel. There’s virtually never an ideal time to teach an employee how to do a newly delegated task. The best time to begin grooming employees for delegated work is right now.

– MY PEOPLE ARE OVERLOADED ALREADY. Well, who isn’t? If you can find anybody in your organization who doesn’t complain about being too busy, they’re probably prime candidates for downsizing. Although you should be sensitive to your employees’ work loads, morale, and protests, you should also realize that most workers feel “too busy” today. Besides, it’s not hard to delegate compassionately, sympathetically, and tactfully.

– I HATE TO LOSE THE CREDIT. If you’re in a team-oriented organization, it’s likely that you’re sharing credit for your group’s success already. Teamwork isn’t compatible with credit thieves and Lone Ranger managers. Even if your company hasn’t adopted teamwork, however, appreciate the wisdom and long-term benefits of sharing credit with your people. The better they look, the better you look. After all, you’re responsible, right?

[Courtesy of The Agile Manager – Highly recommended.]

Saturday, June 8th, 2002

Redneck Neighbor

Friday, June 7th, 2002

Larry Winget, CSP – Irritational Motivational Speaker

MOBY.COM

Thursday, June 6th, 2002

MOBY.COM

Thursday, June 6th, 2002

MOBY.COM

Rewards Follow Actions

Thursday, June 6th, 2002

A great man once said “…initiative is a great thing, but to be so ambitious that it drives behavior is dangerous. To be successful in this company requires being a team player and performing the current job well without always thinking about the next job. This is a relationship business, and you cannot succeed by being a grandstander or going it alone.”

Countrified Fable

Tuesday, June 4th, 2002

One day a farmer’s donkey fell into an abandoned well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway; so it just wasn’t worth it to him to try to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. Realizing what was happening, the donkey at first cried and wailed horribly. Then, a few shovelfuls later, he quieted down completely. The farmer peered down into the well, and was astounded by what he saw. With every shovelful of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up on the new layer of dirt. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off, to the shock and astonishment of all the neighbors!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to not let it bury you, but to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping-stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up! Remember the five simple rules to be happy: Free your heart from hatred. Free your mind from worries. Live simply. Give more. Expect less.

Also, the donkey kicked the shit out of the guy that tried to bury him. Which brings me to another moral for this story: When you try to cover your ass, it always comes back and gets you.

DEF LEPPARD.com | The official Def Leppard site

Tuesday, June 4th, 2002

DEF LEPPARD.com | The official Def Leppard site

Anagram

Tuesday, June 4th, 2002

Old yellow stain > looney lad wilts.

Tuesday, June 4th, 2002

CYBERNAUTS RULE OK – official site

Tuesday, June 4th, 2002

D E F L E P P A R D . C O M

administratium

Tuesday, June 4th, 2002

Scientists announced the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science – tentatively named ‘administratium’.

Administratium has 1 neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 111 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by a force called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

Since administratium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

A minute amount of administratium causes one reaction to take over 4 days to complete when it would normally take less than a second.

Administratium has a normal half-life of 3 years; it does not decay but instead undergoes a reorganization, in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons and assistant deputy neutrons exchange places.

In fact, administratium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization causes some morons to become neutrons forming isodopes.

This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to speculate that administratium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration.

You will know it when you see it…

[courtesy of rf]

Glow Boy and the Mott Man

Monday, June 3rd, 2002

At the request of my son David, a new line of merchandise has been added to the emporium. Check out glowBOY – a stylish, neon image of the artist. Extremely appropriate when worn skateboarding, or under an Armani jacket at the club.

And in case you didn’t check your calendar, today is Ian Hunter’s birthday. It was only 20 years ago that Ian was 20 years younger than he is today. Happy B’Day to THE Mott Man!