Archive for June, 2004

Office Space

Tuesday, June 29th, 2004

Bravo broadcast Office Space tonight. Enjoyed watching it, and matching the characters in the movie, with the characters in real life. I feel very “Peter-like”.

Frequency Modulation

Monday, June 28th, 2004

For some reason, FM seemed to sum things up for me today.

Guilty Pleasure: Tri Atma

Sunday, June 27th, 2004

I have been running Mercora continually for the past few weeks, and thoroughly enjoy allowing it to randomly broadcast music from my CD collection. A few minutes ago, I was pleasantly reminded of a song that I hadn’t heard in years. The electronic composition, “Naturliche Liebe (Natural Loving)” by Tri Atma, appeared on the very first CD I bought back in 1985. The imported German compilation disc titled Music From Utopia Vol. I included music from Yello, Laurie Anderson, Howard Jones and a number of German artists I hadn’t heard – including Tri Atma. It was a great way to be introduced to electronica – a far cry from anything that was broadcast on the radio back then, or since. I find the ambient music to be soothing and relaxing when the rock ‘n’ roll needs a rest. [ listen to tri atma ]

Paradigm Shift to Reality

Saturday, June 26th, 2004

An individual’s commitment to a corporation is probably better measured by looking at specific, individual accomplishments. Over the course of your employment, each task you are assigned, or challenge that is encountered, assessed and successfully overcome must be recorded and remembered as a significant event in the permanent record of your life. This is very important; This is your legacy.

Unfortunately, many believe that the most important factor is the number of years they have dedicated and committed to working for a single employer. After all, how often have you heard some of the gray-hairs mutter, “Damn it. The company owes me, after all I’ve done for them. The bastards.” once they have been cut loose by management and are required to seek work elsewhere. Rather than go postal, it is recommended that one sits back and reflects on each of their past accomplishments – their legacy – with pride.

Over time, all companies will change. They are organic and must adapt to the environment. The business climate is always changing, and executive leadership and board of directors respond. Organizations are modified, offices are expanded, others are closed. That’s the nature of the beast.

The challenge, from the individual’s perspective is to always remain cognizant of this situation, and not become complacent. Just because you originally hire into a company to perform a certain job, you are probably guaranteed that over time, your job will change and morph as the company goes through its normal growing pains. Your degree of flexibility and adaptability may allow you to ride the beast as it bucks and darts from side to side. In other instances, you no longer wish to remain associated with the company, realizing it has transformed into a potentially lethal, rabid, blood-thirsty animal.

They say the average person in the U.S. will change jobs 7 times over the course of their career. In the old days, someone who received their 30- or 40-year service award was considered a well-respected elder in the corporation – a mentor and fount of knowledge. It is a much different situation in this millennium. If you have 30 or 40 years of company service on your record, you are a prime candidate for “reduction in force” activities. After all, you are considered overpaid for a job that most likely can be performed by someone much younger for much less. So, senior people are released with little thought to the long-term corporate impact. Result: Budgets are reduced and some executive gets a bonus for hitting their target this quarter. Short-term goal met.

These corporate sniping incidents are rarely well publicized or challenged. None of the sniper’s peers would dare question the destructive actions of someone that has a loaded weapon. After all, the weapon could be turned on them and they could get mowed down by “friendly fire.”

So the damage continues unchecked and no one is held accountable.

Change is Refreshing

Friday, June 25th, 2004

One of my earliest musical recollections was riding my bike on our street, and hearing Jan and Dean’s “Surf City” coming from the bedroom window of a house down the street. I loved that song, and immediately turned my green Stingray around, raced to my bedroom, slamming the door behind me, and turned on the Realistic transistor radio to KHJ to catch the final minute of the song. I think that was one of the first times I recall the hair on the back of my neck tingling. The tune bounced around my music-hungry mind and stuck, as many more have done over the years… [ more ]

Friday, June 25th, 2004

the Vinyl Underground – Picture Discs and Colored Vinyl Records

Friday, June 25th, 2004

Welcome To Goner Records, Memphis, TN

The Message Board of the Record Collectors Guild

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

The Message Board of the Record Collectors Guild – A thriving, global community of avid vinyl junkies and record collectors. A comprehensive site and great resource for you late-comers who want to get into the vinyl craze.

Prediction

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

Cosmic soothsayers have forseen yet one more catastrophic event occuring within the fortnight. The purging of the tainted wizards must continue. It is inevitable and cannot be avoided.

BigBlackDisk.com

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004


The concepts are being developed and the domain is registered.

Under Old Management

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

Under New Management” – We often see these signs go up in our neighborhood when a run down business gets a new lease on life when a new owner comes in, rejuvinates the place, and attempts to lure in customers with something better, faster, or cheaper.

But what if the business was performing well, and customers were pleased with the services offered. No one would ever think of putting up a sign reading “Under Same Management“.

Consider a hostile takeover of the business, intending to completely reinvent the business model and alter the services delivered. Now, add to the fact that the approach used to restructure things was based on an “old school” management style. Wouldn’t it be appropriate to hang an “Under Old Management” sign in the window to warn customers?

Technicolor Web of Sound

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

60s PSYCHEDELIC WEB RADIO – Please don’t consider that rock music from the 60’s should be called “oldies”. Rather, I think if you take the time to listen to some of these rare and probably “new to you” groups, like me, you will discover more NEW 60’s music than you can stand. Try it, and I think you might enjoy the change from the same old crap you hear on FM radio.

The Power of a Network

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

Close relationships are critical conduits for timely, and honest communication. Whether they are nurtured with letters, phone calls, voice-messages, e-mail, or face-to-face lunches, they are essential in providing a strong foundation and clear perspective while trying to interpret the confusion and chaos that results from unexpected terrorist attacks.

Nothing replaces the counsel and comfort of trusted friends after the shit hits the fan; and its important to note that the therapeutic effect works for all parties involved in the discussions.

Thanks to the power of the network.

Monday, June 21st, 2004

Japanese Pop discography – Because sometimes you need listen to things that ClearChannel hasn’t approved. It IS a free musicworld.

Days Off

Sunday, June 20th, 2004

Saturday is a weekend day and it is acceptable to put the mind on pause for the day. Also, with Sunday being Father’s Day, don’t expect too much career planning to take place. Choosing life over work.

Hell, even God rested on the seventh day.

Has It Been 30 Years Already?

Sunday, June 20th, 2004

Well, it arrived in the mail today, and couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting recently, and remembering the past 30 years, it’s comforting to know that some things remain with you your entire life. Without warning, a simple song can instantly trigger vivid and emotional memories. I can’t imagine what a day going by without music would be like, and this double-CD set brings back a plethora of pleasantries from ’74.

FACT: Mott The Hoople was the very FIRST rock and roll band to play Broadway. Sony UK has just released a remastered and enhanced 2-CD package of that quintessential live concert from 30 years ago.

“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you own only ONE Mott The Hoople CD, this MUST be IT!” – weidemanniaBuy it on Amazon.com.

Sunday, June 20th, 2004

Everybody! Everybody! – Better than cartoons on the Fox, there seems to be a large amount of time-wasting material here to pass the time. Hell, there isn’t anything worth watching on cable anymore…

Strategic Plan Made Public

Saturday, June 19th, 2004

Rather than violate copyright laws, I am unable to legally post the Daily Dilbert for June 19, 2004, in the blog. However, I strongly encourage the reader interested in the topics regularly discussed on the KD, to visit Dilbert.Com for Scott Adams’ cut-to-the-chase wisdom.

This particular strip is timely and insightful, especially for those of you that are aware of recent terrorist attacks.

Management Hooey

Saturday, June 19th, 2004

“The true value of conventional management wisdom is not that it’s wise or dumb, but that it’s conventional. It makes one of the hardest jobs in the world, managing an organization, a little easier. By following it, managers everywhere see a way to drag their sorry behinds through another quarter without getting fired. And isn’t that, really, what it’s all about?”

I suppose it depends if you are trying to change something, or just interested in staying employed. Aren’t there any real “men” left in management?

[Please excuse the politically incorrect term – but seemed nicer than “people with balls”…e]

Reflection

Saturday, June 19th, 2004

Recommendation from a trusted, long-time friend who has BEEN THERE DONE THAT:

Take some time off. Do not rush into another place. Re-connect with family and friends. Sleep late for a while. Drive your car.

Points noted.

Thoughtful Discretion – WMP

Friday, June 18th, 2004

Over the years, human nature allows each of us to develop an increasing capacity to covet, acquire, collect, hoard and store “things”, without giving it much thought. Continuous and repetitious marketing tactics and peer pressure triggers notions in our heads, and produces an emotional desire to acquire. When we take the time to stand back and assess our situation, we often end up defining our individual success by what we see piled up around us.

But what about the unseen things that are eroding our sense of accomplishment, without our knowing?

In corporations, a well-defined, wealth-management program requires a regular review of the corporation’s assets and liabilities (i.e. annual budgeting process, quarterly outlooks). If things are not in balance, necessary actions are taken to stabilize the organization.

More importantly, this same process must be applied on a personal level. If left unchecked, those recurring monthly charges that show up on your personal credit cards can eventually overwhelm. How many of us are conditioned to continue paying the cable bill without really thinking if we need all of the channels or features that we were sold? Perhaps the 300 channels of high-definition television, digital cable music, and HDTV converter are no longer as important as once believed.

Action: Immediately implement a continuous personal wealth-management program. Review ALL existing spending habits. Make a list of where your money goes each month. Ask yourself if each is critical to your happiness. If not, then take action!

Note: Don’t wait for the domino of a corporation’s unexpected action to force you into action.

bushlexia

Friday, June 18th, 2004

term created by a loyal Bush Watcher. As it has been variously described, it’s a combination of dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, apraxia, illiteracy, ignorance, laziness, passive-aggressiveness, inappropriate humor, and an arrogant attitude of privilege. –Politex

See Bush Watch

Overheard

Friday, June 18th, 2004

Jill (firmly): “Stop doing that thing IMMEDIATELY.”

Jack (puzzled): “I’m not doing that thing – never have. You must be mistaking me for someone else. Have you talked to Larry? He does that thing all the time.”

Jill (flustered): “Maybe you’re right – I’ll speak with Larry. But you must admit that your type usually does that thing. So make sure you don’t do that thing any more.”

I’m reminded of that great line in the movie True Romance, when Christian Slater’s character tells his girlfriend to stop lying to him. Her response:”I am not lying to you, and promise to never lie to you again.”

Evidence of Incompetence

Friday, June 18th, 2004

Rule number 1 in dealing with people issues: If you are going to accuse someone of something, you had better make damn sure you have your facts straight. Before you demand that they stop performing an illegal operation, wisdom says you should have evidence of them performing that illegal operation. In law enforcement, they make sure to avoid making false accusations until there is enough evidence to make the arrest. Not so on the corporate “frontier”.

Sloppy; real sloppy. Perhaps to the point where a worker’s rights might be violated. Is there a lawyer in the house?

Message delivered: Actions are taking place without sufficient evidence of wrongdoing. Watch your back.

Timely Reminder

Friday, June 18th, 2004

Same Behavior – Same Results

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

Someone famous – or at least often quoted – said “the thinking that got us into this mess, won’t get us out of it.”

Everyone will agree that action is necessary and must be taken in order to force change in an existing organization. If situations are left to their own devices, they will probably continue down the path they were headed. Kinetic energy takes over. Same old; same old.

However, if management intends to force change in a particular direction, some serious thought must be devoted to anticipating the reactions triggered by the action taken. Even Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie made a game of the mental exercise “what happens next” and basic concepts of cause and effect are taught at an early age. It is irresponsible for management to take action without a well thought-out plan in mind. (Perhaps they were deprived of PBS as children.)

Considering that none of the affected team members were brought into the planning phase, place your bets on how many of them ultimately decide to look for a less hostile environment to earn a living. Unless THAT was the reaction that was expected when the heads were severed, and the internal team reporting structure shuffled around.

So, what happens next? Will we see evidence of wisdom having been applied, or more of management reacting to unanticipated conditions?

As the pressure builds, let’s watch the corporation morph. It will not be pretty. Change never is.

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

Imodium.com – Welcome – Don’t ask what compelled me to go to this site. However, you will find out more than you care to know about a subject that I will not mention.

To Quit, Press the * Key

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

The blinking light on the phone indicated that one half of a conversation was left hanging awaiting a response. After checking to see if access to the phone-mail system had been locked – which was not the case – the messages were reviewed and cleared. The only voice-mail was from Jill, the local print shop rep, checking in with her monthly can we do anything to help call.

As selections were made in administering the voice-mail, this time an often heard system prompt seemed eerily appropriate on a more cosmic level.

So, the * key was pressed. Action taken.

Earthquake!

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

Did you feel the aftershock today from yesterday’s 5.2 earthquake off the coast of California? There was some damage sustained to certain structures within South Orange County; however, the long-term impact of the tembler has not yet been assessed.

Beat the Clock

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

Ever wonder just how long it might take for you to remove all of your personal belongings from an office that you have been evicted from? Conservatively, if you took the time to seriously review the file drawers and binders, it might probably stretch into hours or days; that is, if you were to do a thorough and meaningful job.

Now, if you are being closely monitored under the watchful eye of your evictors, and the clock is ticking, what would your guess be? If you said 15 minutes, you would be pretty close. Considering it is an accumulation of 30 years of your having existed, that breaks down to 62,400 hours of history blowing past you at a rate of 4,160 hours per minute – you get 1 minute to review and collect 2 years of your life. A rather somewhat fleeting glimpse, I must say.

Lesson Learned: Keep your personal stuff at home and off the company computer.

“No one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition”.

Support Systems

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

As the news traveled the wires, five friends made contact and expressed disbelief. They seemed surprised at the reaction of the impacted. However, all of them knowingly realized it confirmed their long-standing suppositions that something has gone awry in the corporation. While things appear to be final, not all future opportunities have been completely shut off. Sure, a serious body blow was felt and the fat lady sang. But the phone could ring any day with an offer. However, any real consideration given to remain with the company will be made from a new, enlightened perspective.

So, who IS wearing the ring of power now? I believe it has shifted hands and fingers. Let’s hear it for the finger.

Simultaneous Destruction

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

Well, it just so happens that “good news travels in threes”; turns out that a number of phone calls were made within minutes of each other, luring unsuspecting workers to their confrontation with the eviction team. What had started out as a quiet morning, suddenly was disrupted by muffled conversations behind closed doors, wary expressions of people passing in the hallways, and a dark cloud of what will happen next hanging over the team. My guess is that probably not a lot of real work got done today, and that more time was spent IMing others in the office.

Tomorrow promises to be interesting.

End Of File

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

8:45am. Message delivered. System crash. Reboot begins.

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

AtomFilms Hi-Def – For when you just absolutely have to watch those great shorts in high-definition.

living document

Monday, June 14th, 2004

a term often used to describe a paper, write-up, report, manual, or transcription that is nowhere near completion and subject to a complete rewrite at the drop of a hat; usually applied to documents required to be completed by a specific date, that had little or no attention given to them until the night before they were due.

Monday, June 14th, 2004

Retro Furniture Collectibles Fifties Memorabilia Antiques Gifts When you are looking for the perfect gift for that special someone who never could leave the 50’s behind.

Ray Charles Lives

Sunday, June 13th, 2004

June 11, 2004, marked the day a treasured musical institution moved to a higher plane. While the music of Ray Charles has never been specifically on my radar or in my personal record collection, I am now extremely aware of how much of a part he played in evolving the art of rock’n’roll. Expect to see more Ray Charles albums show up in my collection.

R.I.P. – Rock In Peace, Ray… and even though your vision will return, please don’t lose the shades!

Saturday, June 12th, 2004

Andy Kaufman Returns – I KNEW IT!

Saturday, June 12th, 2004

Consumer Information Center – High Blood Pressure: Treat it for Life – The first step toward curing the illness is recognizing that it is in your power to do something about it. Albiet a bit late in my life, I’m beginning to think of this as a serious issue.

Are You a Gentleman?

Friday, June 11th, 2004


Would you flick your Bic for this chick? Click the pic.

Webb Wilder

Thursday, June 10th, 2004

“Webb Wilder, ‘the Last of the Full-Grown Men,’ is large enough for the big screen, hip enough to star in cult classic b-movies and tough enough to keep his seat on a never-ending rock ‘n’ roll caravan that has crisscrossed the map performing to enthusiastic crowds for over a decade now. His latest Watermelon album, Acres of Suede, is a bumper crop of classic Webb Wilder rockers.”

If you don’t think you’ve ever heard Webb Wilder, think again. Check out his Music page, click on the album Doo-Dad and listen to Tough It Out. If that don’t ring a bell, or float your boat, you must have been dead 10 years ago. A true original, and worthy of a mention here.

Giving 100%

Thursday, June 10th, 2004

Giving 100%

What makes 100%? What does it mean to give more than a 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?

We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give more than 100%. How about achieving 103%?

Well, here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

If the letters of the alphabet A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z were represented as: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26, then:

H – A – R – D – – W – O – R – K would be:

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98% and,

K – N – O – W – L – E – D – G – E

11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96% but,

A – T – T – I – T – U – D – E

1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100% however – –

B – U – L – L – S – H – I – T

2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

and, look how far ass kissing will take you:

A – S – S – – K – I – S – S – I – N – G

1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%.

So, one can then conclude with mathematical certainty that:

While, hard work and knowledge will get you close, and, attitude will get you there, it’s Bullshit & Ass Kissing that will put you over the top!

[courtesy of ksc]

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

ROCK JOTS GOES LIVE
Today, I have decided to perform a “cell division” and create a separate blog specifically related to music, musicians and all things rock and roll. As I travel the wires, I will be depositing my nuggets along with witty and/or insightful comments on ROCK JOTS.

But, don’t worry. You can still find an ODDIT trail of my non-musically inclined discoveries here on dropping crumbs.

Epiclectic Radio Now On the Air!

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

MERCORA P2P NETRADIO
Well, if I’m online, you can use this really cool peer-to-peer radio client to listen to my mottmania playlist. Once you load the application, add epiclectic to your friends list and tune in.

Formats Change – Deal With It

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

Today, ROCK JOTS goes live. The format from here forward should have more editorial opinion and comment, but I’ve put previous links found on the dropping crumbs page for reference.

US Entrepreneurs Weigh Risks of Going to Iraq

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

“Those already in Iraq with big corporations say working conditions are rough and caution it is not an assignment to take without experience working in a hostile environment. But they stress the personal and financial rewards are there with the right balance of security, company ties with Iraqis and respect for their culture and values.”

Apparently, its not necessarily all about the pen.

Monday, June 7th, 2004

The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were

Sunday, June 6th, 2004

Kini’s Collection

Sunday, June 6th, 2004

Every Cover Tells a Story…

Saturday, June 5th, 2004

Smokydiva’s Vintage Clothing

Happy Birthday Ian

Friday, June 4th, 2004


HAPPY BIRTHDAY IAN HUNTER
from all of us at weidemannia and threeFOUR.

[Photo from his early years – generously borrowed by a fan.]

TAKE a minute and visit ianhunter.com and see what he’s up to TODAY. Perhaps his current tour will take him near your town.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LISTENING!