Archive for September, 2003

Sierra Vista Remembered

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

Sierra Vista Remembered Diane West used to live across the street from me in La Habra, and a lot of these kids ended up at Sonora High.

Is Google God?

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

Thomas Friedman asks, “Is Google God?”: “‘If I can operate Google, I can find anything. And with wireless, it means I will be able to find anything, anywhere, anytime. Which is why I say that Google, combined with Wi-Fi, is a little bit like God. God is wireless, God is everywhere and God sees and knows everything. “

This Is Good News

Sunday, September 28th, 2003


Ian Hunter – Straight From The Horse’s Mouth – Issue #35: “Aleks asks when am I coming to LA? A lot of people want us in LA and I’m one of them, so we are taking steps. I’m in the process of a few changes here, which I will divulge at the appropriate time.”

AtomFilms

Thursday, September 25th, 2003

AtomFilms – One of the first sites that started the drive to make the internet a replacement for TV and the movies.

inflammation rash

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

just suppose if you juxtaposed the consonants; related to use of telecommunication technology when traveling merrily down the highway of corporate life (huh?)

The Flaming Lips

Sunday, September 21st, 2003

The Flaming Lips Thanks to Jeff for turning me onto these guys.

LUDWIG BOLTZMANN INSTITUTE FOR URBAN ETHOLGY

Saturday, September 20th, 2003

LUDWIG BOLTZMANN INSTITUTE FOR URBAN ETHOLGY

Karen Nichols

Saturday, September 20th, 2003

Karen Nichols’ Fine Art Photography Gallery

Attack of the Madman

Thursday, September 18th, 2003

If you remember from last week’s episode, the madman had again tried attacking. However, it appears now that the emperor’s clothes are in fact quite transparent to others in high places, and that there may be a shift in power. BUT if we have learned nothing else, it ain’t over until the fat lady sings. [Any overweight divas nearby?]

Viva Rock Vegas

Thursday, September 18th, 2003

Well, one can’t always explain why one does what one does. But sometimes, one just has to go with one’s subconscious, primitive impulse, put all reason and practicality aside and just GO FOR IT.

So, come October 25, this fifty-something rock ‘n roller will be escorting his spouse to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a quiet evening enjoying the gentle and soulful tunes of – you guessed it – Aerosmith and KISS.

Sure the ticket prices were outrageous and insane. BUT, if you are going to Vegas to throw away your money, I guarantee that your “burn rate” of $200 a seat for a 3 hour, once in a lifetime concert, is a bargain. Sit at a slot machine for that amount of time, and you’ll probably drop close to a grand!

So, with that perspective, I have no remorse for paying the price of admission to ROCK MY F*KIN SOCKS OFF!

Zwan

Sunday, September 14th, 2003

ZWAN

To Have and to Have Mott

Saturday, September 13th, 2003

Mott Haven

Color University

Saturday, September 13th, 2003

ColorMatch 5K – You say you need a hexadecimal fix?

Am I Right? Misheard Mott

Friday, September 12th, 2003

Am I Right – Misheard Lyrics, Mott The Hoople

Sociable Design 2001

Friday, September 12th, 2003

MAS 961: Designing Sociable Media – Why not take advantage of some course material from MIT?

Message from the Dark Side

Wednesday, September 10th, 2003

Words of wisdom from someone who has ventured to the dark side…

Any time you get involved in a corporate initiative, it is usually a combination of good things and bad things. One good thing about a corporate initiative is the added visibility, being in the know, participating in efforts to implement change in a big way etc..

One bad thing is you can not always do corporate initiatives and you have to return to your roots. You have to get back into projects, back into engineering, sales or somehow stay connected to how we make money. Typically that is on a project. That is where we make our money.

One more bad thing is when you go back to a project, you go through a natural let down because you are no longer in the know, no longer as visible, and no longer part of making a larger impact and you will feel that you are now on the outside.

However, the real and lasting good thing, is the realization that you can still make a difference on a project; make money; develop people; implement the needed changes and make a visible, tangible (perhaps on a smaller scale but no less important) impact on the corporation – and on your career.

In summary my advice is simple: Ask for a project assignment as a project engineer on a high profile or large project where you can make a difference. It will be appreciated by the local management that you are requesting a project role, and you will have an opportunity to use and put to use your magic in a way that can be used as an example of how it should be done.

Good luck – hope this helps.

The World Bri’ed Web

Sunday, September 7th, 2003

The World Bri’ed Web – Brian M. Weidemann: “Yes, I am teasing you all. I will not show you a picture of Evelyn herself, at least not yet. I’m still breaking her in; and loving every second of it, I might add. I figured out the following: if I play her with the “treble” bridge pickup setting on the guitar itself with the tone knob all the way down, then lined through a Rockman Guitar Ace with heavy distortion set, then into my Crate amp with Lo and Mid EQ settings down and Hi EQ up, a little spring reverb added, then into my Tascam mixer, effect-out though my Boss DD-6 digital delay pedal and back … if I play Evelyn like this, then I sound vitually identical to every Boston guitar lick ever recorded. Really. It’s somewhat impressive.

And here, to prove it, is an exclusive .mp3 of me screwing around on Evelyn, playing a sort of medley of: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (J.S. Bach), Peace of Mind (Boston), The Depths of Your Embrace (BMWeidemann), Panama (Van Halen), All The Young Dudes (Mott The Hoople) [there you are, Dad!], and Smokin’ (Boston). Keep in mind that this was recorded solely for this update, without my having warmed up. Enjoy.”

White-Collar Farming

Saturday, September 6th, 2003

SEEDS of business process innovation sprout from within the soul of individuals who are passionate about the subject. The germination might be triggered by intense frustration with an inefficient work process, a difficult situation, or by observing a recurring condition that could be improved with just a little bit of cooperation among a few, influential people.

If you happen to be the one sowing these “idea-seeds”, you need to carefully consider the environmental conditions that surround you – if you expect any growth. Depending on your corporation’s “culture”, the soil for change may be rich and fertile, and immediately embrace your newly planted idea. However, even with the best soil conditions, there may be little moisture or sunlight through which the metamorphosis can successfully occur. That doesn’t mean that your idea has no value, is of little worth, or is a waste of a zealot’s time. What it does mean is that your chances of making a real difference in your particular company are dramatically reduced. The same idea in a different company could be revolutionary given the right conditions.

Think about it… Consider that corporate leadership usually changes out every few years. Also, realize that it takes some time before the new leaders are actually comfortable enough to even think about disrupting the status quo. After all, the people that selected and ushered them into their new leadership positions are often the same ones responsible for creating the perpetual, hostile atmosphere that continually stunts the growth of innovation.
and there is the rub.

Oh, you might see some corporate initiatives that present a “welcome mat” for new ideas or innovations, but when you carefully evaluate what has actually come of any of the ideas, you find that they rarely get the sponsorship – other than lipservice – for the time required to make a difference. Watch-out for corporate sponsored programs with names such as “Better-Way-Bucket”, “I Have an Idea”, “POWerful Performance”, or “Breakthrough!”

The satisfaction you gain by sowing your seeds in another field can only be experienced by sowing your seeds in another field.

Have a nice day.

factoid

Friday, September 5th, 2003

something resembling a fact; unverified (often invented) information that is given credibility because it appeared in print; a brief (usually one sentence and usually trivial) news item; often overused by corporations in attempting to sound cute, with-it, and NOW when dispensing small amounts of information to its employees.