Archive for October, 2004

What’s Really Important

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit ~ John F. Kennedy

Having devoted that better part of the last month in contributing my talents to an effort to bring together a universal spirit on the planet, this “quote of the day” I received seem strangely relevent.

Thought I would share it.

FOREVERPET Launches Lowest Priced Cat Cloning

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

ForeverPet, a division of Geneticas Life Sciences, today announced the launch of the ForeverPet cat cloning service for cat owners. Priced at $19,950 this new cloning service is the most economically priced of all cat cloning services currently on the market, and adds cat cloning to ForeverPet’s other services, including DNA cell banking and horse cloning. ForeverPet, under the slogan “For More Than A Lifetime”, allows pet owners to cryopreserve a tiny biopsy that safely preserves their pet’s DNA for future use in the production of an identical clone.

IMPORTANT: If you are going to clone your cat, you have to be focused when you shop around – and make sure you go with the most economical service. Just imagine the wonders that a low-cost contractor could do with your cat’s DNA.

Should History Be Altered?

Sunday, October 24th, 2004

I worked in the garage most of last Saturday, and had the wife’s radio on. It was tuned to the local “oldies” station – K-RTH 101. As a rule, I don’t listen to FM radio, opting to either my computer’s MusicMatch generate a random playlist from my personal CD collection, or listening to other people’s playlists on Mercora.

What struck me, as I listened to the 40 song, 2 hour long rotation on K-RTH (my perception only), is that NONE of the songs from the 60’s sounded the same any more. No matter if it was Elvis or the Beach Boys, the Supremes or [ insert 60’s band name here ], the versions of the songs that played on the radio now have been remastered.

While I suppose there is always the urge to improve the mix on an old song, and take advantage of all the fancy schmancy technology available, I think it is reprehensible. No longer does listening to one of your favorite songs from the past bring back memories; now it brings back thoughts of “I don’t remember this song sounding like THAT!”

I’m certain that my opinion doesn’t really matter to anyone, I would hope that the purists out there will hold the line and refuse to purchase or promote the reprocessing and repackaging of our musical memories.

No one in their right mind would consider picking up a copy of Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer” and rewriting it using today’s jargon and lingo. Sam Clemens would be churning in his grave.

So why is it OK to do it with the music.

So THAT is why I enjoy listening to vinyl records – complete with scratches, pops and clicks – because every nuance brings back specific thoughts and recollections from my past; and I value every one of them.

Dilbert Speaks

Friday, October 22nd, 2004

Butt-Osterich: “It’s been a great three-hour meeting, but I have one question”.

BO: “Can a business-led project management process optimize our strategic core issues?”

Manager: “Was that gibberish?”

BO: “I thought that’s what we were doing.”

Letting Go Of What You No Longer Need

Sunday, October 10th, 2004

It’s Saturday, and after spending the morning in the office taking care of a few calls to prospective customers, I just sat down at the old ‘puter to check out myYahoo. I realized that I have been watching a number of different stocks for which I have had some level of interest. Included in that list were FLR and MEE – legacy stocks from my 401K past. However, no longer being an employee of the former, and having long ago moved my investment monies to other areas, I determined that there was no longer any real need to keep these in my portfolio. Out of sight; out of mind. In a similar vein, I am no longer watching the message boards or headlines for these companies. I don’t think I will be missing out on anything.

Action: I recommend that everyone periodically look around your personal spaces, using a third-person perspective and trim off the unnecessary fat. Like a garage that has exceeded its capacity to store all the crap you refuse to throw away, it is essential to hold a personal garage sale on a regular basis. It ain’t the garages fault – its YOUR responsibility. So I took action.

Now, back to focusing on the future – with a smile. I would hope that you find little slime or editorial about FLR on this site in the future. Waste of my energy.

Exploring New Waters

Friday, October 8th, 2004

Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something I have done. ~ A.E. Hotchner

Timely inspirational message sent from the head of the office this morning. Seemed quite relevant, considering the past few months.

The Mandala Project: Home Page

Friday, October 8th, 2004

The Mandala Project: Home Page Get lost in the mysticism of the mandala. Symmetrical therapy.

BlogShares – Fantasy Blog Share Market

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

BlogShares – Fantasy Blog Share Market Interesting concept that I just happened to come across. What makes it interesting to me is that my unread postings blog is included, since there is another blog that has linked to my site. Still exploring if this is meaningful to me.


Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

evhead: “So, while I think I’m likely to start another company sometime, I’m forcing myself to be non-committal at the moment. My goal is to develop some perspective, learn new things, rest, and explore (which, of course, will make me more certain that it will be the right thing if/when I do get around to starting something else). Not that I won’t be doing things — I expect to do some ‘projects.’ I don’t plan to disappear from the web or Internet or blogging (although, I’m not committing to anything, mind you). I still think it’s an incredibly exciting time, and we’ve only scratched the surface. (Duh.)”

It seems as if quite a few people are going through this introspection thing. Nice to know it happens to the best of us – and the neat thing is that he’s doing it at 32 years of age. Read Ev’s entire posting.

Report From The New World – Day 1

Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

Well, I completed my first day on the new job, receiving some excellent 1-on-1 training from the head of the company. Rather looking forward to working in this small, entrepreneurial environment, and being much more in charge of my future than in my past lives. As a loan officer, I will be in a sales role – one that my many years in the engineering company had never crossed my path. Even though my previous assignments required me to “sell” concepts to employees within the company, I don’t consider it the same thing. In the end, they had no obligation to “buy” what I was selling.

So, I’m looking forward to interacting with people in the real world – with all their problems, issues and challenging situations – and providing them with a service that might help them sleep a bit better at night; with a little more financial peace of mind.

That said, my nights and weekends will still remain focused on my pursuit of the passion. I spent the better part of last Saturday and Sunday completing some demo Flash animations for what could turn out to be an extremely influential presentation. Last Thursday, had dinner with Jeff of the BigBlueBall and brainstormed some killer ideas on a series of Flash FAQs. Excited about it and have jotted down a few notes and sketches on what they might look like. Promises to be a kick!


Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

an overused term, blindly adopted in 2004 by television program promoters, used to describe what in the past had been known as a new episode; oddly enough, it actually describes trite, predictable and teen-angst filled shows (primarily on the WB) with storylines that are rotten, spoiled, and rancid; often reduces an unsuspecting viewer to periods of involuntary vomiting; similar to the term bad when it means bad.