29 June 2007
28 June 2007
MEXICO CITY, Nov 17 (Reuters Life!) - Patrons smoke and gossip into the night. Some sip cafe latte from sleek china cups. Others pant and drool and lick the floor.
All are valued customers at Mexico City's Bow-Wow Deli.
The tiny corner cafe in an up-and-coming residential neighborhood caters lovingly to dogs, although people are welcome, too.
Inspired by similar establishments in Japan, it may be the surest sign yet that this developing nation of more than 100 million people -- and countless dogs -- has one leg planted squarely in the First World.
27 June 2007
The next time you're forced to do a PowerPoint presentation, head on over to Crappy Graphs. At least there will be something enticing in your presentation. Some of the brilliant options for you:
Found this info at BrandFlakesForBreakfast, a great blog from an advertising firm in Danbury, Connecticut.
I would like to add a few others. I better get designing.
- Get Away From Me
- You Make Me Ill
- Please Don't Talk to Me
26 June 2007
And sometimes, I don't have a lot of sympathy for men losing a bit of that power since, until fairly recently, they've had a lock on it. But in the story below, I really feel sorry for them. Apparently, a woman changing her name upon marrying isn't possibly dodging something like a criminal past by the name change. But men? You better check them out first. Trouble they are. Just nonsense (or in German, der Unsinn--I love that word).
Poor guys. Trying to be all equality minded and the man's after them. It would be interesting to find out if those changed-name couples' lives differ. Does there tend to be a more equal distribution of chores, child care, etc., when both change their names? How about typical roles? If both people change their names is there less, "You mow the lawn, fix the car, etc. You're the man," or "You wash the clothes, take care of the kids, etc. You're the woman." If I was a sociologist I would try to get grant money to study this.
Changing His Name
Why can’t a husband freely take his wife’s surname?
by Bailey Porter
When New Yorkers Elizabeth Batton and Garrett Sorenson married last August, they wanted to adopt each other’s last name as a second surname, making them the Batton Sorensons. But there was no option on their marriage license application to do so.
could easily change her surname to Sorenson, or to Batton-Sorenson, but for a man to adopt his wife’s name is another story. Elizabeth
That’s because although
New Yorkis one of only six states in the U.S.that recognize a statutory right for men to take their wives’ last name, the couple married in , where no such law exists. Under most states’ laws, if a man wants to take his wife’s name he must petition the court, advertise in a newspaper and pay hundreds of dollars in fees. A woman needs only to fill out a marriage license application. More. Kentucky
25 June 2007
The U.S. version of The Office provides me with at least explosive laugh per show. Plus a lot of regular laughs in between. The British version is also very funny but in a different way. It's more uncomfortably funny. In the following, David Brent (Ricky Gervais), the hopelessly clueless boss, once again sucks all the attention.
22 June 2007
God Says Yes to MeI asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don’t paragraph
Sweetcakes God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I’m telling you is
Yes Yes Yes
As one of my favorite writers, Cheryl Richardson, says, 'What are you saying 'yes' to?'
20 June 2007
The words and examples make better sense if you read today's entry first.
Today (a la Libby):*Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice for exposing undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson's identity. It was done to punish her husband, Joseph Wilson, for questioning the Bush administration's rationale for going to war with Iraq. Libby claimed to have forgotten conversations in which Plame Wilson's identity was discussed. He was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison.
sich errinern -- to remember
Ich kann mich nicht errinern. (I cannot remember.)
Yesterday (a la the jury):
wahr -- true
Das is gar nicht wahr. (That is not true.)
19 June 2007
Last week I was working on my blog and attempted to change something in the template. Bam! There went the sunburst header thingie. So I used a blogger template just to avoid problems. But it was so boring! I love color and mixing it up. (Hence my multiple blog template crashes.)
This past weekend I looked for the sunburst template but didn't find it. I decided I should stop messing around so I used one of the blogger templates that you can customize. Now I can switch up the colors according to the season, or my whim. There's much less chance for a crash and burn since the customizable template lets you do many of the things I've tried in HTML -- to varying degress of success/failure.
If there was a Web site that sent a virtual slap or rap on the knuckles, I would be first in line.
18 June 2007
When : Always
Today is International Panic Day, a day for everyone to be worried and concerned. We're not sure what is so big, and so widespread, to create an international incident of this magnitude. But, here it is on the calendar folks......an international day of panic.
Clientcopia is a collection of stupid-client stories. You don't have to be a services organization to laugh at these. Anyone who deals with other human beings will find these horrifyingly funny.
Stupid Client Quote #5403
We recently began invoicing via e-mail (beats the cost of postage, faster and, face it - we're a web company so why would we not?).
Customer: I got this invoice in my email...
Us: OkayCustomer: Well I need a printed version for accounting to pay it.
Us: Okay - if you use the print function in your email to print out that invoice you'll have a copy to give to the accounting department.
Customer: But I need a printed version, not email...
Us: We are no longer sending out "print" invoices, just via email. Do you have a printer attached to the computer that you receive email on?
Us: Do you know how to print off the email?
Us: Then I suggest you just print the email for accounting.
Customer: But we need a print version...
*sigh* I gave up and printed the email and put in the mail to them, miraculously a payment arrived on schedule.
17 June 2007
16 June 2007
|Your Birthdate: September 29|
You have the mind of an artist, even if you haven't developed the talent yet.
Expressive and aware, you enjoy finding new ways to share your feelings.
You often feel like you don't fit in - especially in traditional environments.
You have big dreams. The problem is putting those dreams into action.
Your strength: Your vivid imagination
Your weakness: Fear of failure
Your power color: Coral
Your power symbol: Oval
Your power month: November
I'd really appreciate good thoughts and prayers for these dears. Thanks!
14 June 2007
The German equivalent, at least I think it is, is die Initiative (in-ish-"e"-ah-TEE-va). Or, die Eigeninitiative.
Superfund makes me think of toxic waste and that makes me think of hazmat (hazardous materials) suits. The suit you would wear if you were cleaning up a superfund site. Whenever someone is cleaning out our office refrigerator I suggest they wear a hazmat suit.
13 June 2007
12 June 2007
A new trend? Photo and a link to a New York Times story at Deep Fried Kudzu. I also found info on TrendHunter. It looks to be a very cool site. Also on the site, a foot rest that works like a skateboard. I don't think I could concentrate on my work if I had one of those. But, it would be a welcome distraction in some meetings.
11 June 2007
08 June 2007
06 June 2007
The human rights organization hopes its "Eyes on Darfur" project will help prevent violence before it happens, and compel computer users worldwide to pressure the country's president, Omar al-Bashir, to let peacekeepers into the country.This sets my liberal soul on fire. A serious break in the wall the Sudanese government has try to build between the atrocities and the rest of the world. Evidence!
On Eyes on Darfur you can get information on villages in particular danger (those close to resources the Janjaweed wants, such as water) as well as learn what you can do to stop the madness. On the NPR site you can see images of a village before an after the Janjaweed came through and hear the report on Eyes on Darfur.
05 June 2007
04 June 2007
You grow relationships by sharing intangibles and you can't do that until you overcome scarcity thinking.--------------Them Generation. This generation isn't confined to a demographic, it is a way of seeing the world through interdependent eyes.
Suggested activity: Scrutinize one business issue this week (new product, old process, etc.) and ask yourself what it means to someone outside the value chain (company, shareholder, Customer). Look five years into the future and identify all the humans that will be impacted by the business issue. Find the "Them" out there that have no voice, but will feel the impact of your business.
03 June 2007
As usual, a couple of employees make him look even more stupid by pretending to take him seriously. Due to language, this is best listened to with headphones unless you're at home. Or, don't care.