High Yellows at a glanceYou are gregarious, optimistic, fun loving, friendly, and can be a risk taker. You have good persuasive skills although you can be a dreamer and can get others caught up in your dreams.
You need to feel that you are getting the credit you deserve and will be quick to draw attention to your achievements. Draw attention? Not so much.
You are skilled at influencing others and use this ability to shape your environment to accomplish the results you need. You are both open and assertive with a preference for a fast paced and spontaneous work life.
When stressed you may become confrontational and wasteful of time. However when you are under stress others may view you as manipulative and over eager. Manipulative? Ouch. I prefer to think that I'm more "Let's keep this moving."
To help you increase your effectiveness High Yellows must control their time and emotions, develop an objective mind set, follow through, concentrate on tasks, and take a more logical approach. Concentrate? Oh yes. I'm even more distractable when really stressed.
31 December 2008
30 December 2008
Most of the time it's helpful. But sometimes not. "I really thought that was funny enough to record?" "What does 'Vote for BBQ mean?'" (Vote for BBQ was a real idea.)
29 December 2008
Skinhead and former victim's alliance
"For nearly three decades, Tim Zaal thought he had killed a man during his rage-filled youth. The idea haunted him, but he buried it with the rest of his skinhead past."
"This used to be my stomping grounds," says Zaal, standing on a street in West Hollywood, Calif., where he used to hang out in the early '80s. "Mostly punk rockers would hang out around here after concerts and we would be involved with violence on a regular basis. Violence for me, back in those days, was like breathing."
28 December 2008
27 December 2008
Speaking of JoJo, he helped put out a big fire at a Taco Bell in Fargo. He isn't one of the speakers in the video but you can kind of see him. Names are stenciled on firefighters butts. Look for Thompson.
26 December 2008
Another great example of the right person for the job: Jon Favreau, Obama's chief speech writer (in the Star Tribune via the Washington Post). He's only 27 years old but is completely in sync with the president-elect.
During the campaign, the 27-year-old with a buzz cut helped write and edit some of the most memorable speeches of any recent presidential candidate. When Obama moves to the White House next month, Favreau will join his staff as the youngest person to be selected as chief speechwriter. He helps shape almost every word Obama says, yet the two men have formed a concert so harmonized that Favreau's own voice disappears.
"He looks like he's in college and everybody calls him Favs, so you're like, 'This guy can't be for real, right?' " said Ben Rhodes, another Obama speechwriter. "But it doesn't take long to realize that he's totally synced up with Obama. . . . He has access to everything and everybody. There's a lot weighing on his shoulders." Rest of story.
25 December 2008
This is my Christmas card. A few years back my cousin Joni got a picture of me under one of those beauty shop dryer hoods. My annual weird/silly Christmas photo tradition was born.
Earlier this year I saw a photo similar to this at Bucca. I thought something similar would be perfect for my Christmas card. The original was very Town & Country. The woman in the photo, with her very sophisticated dog, was very refined and no doubt extremely wealthy (old money, of course). She likely holidayed at The Breakers, had a personal shopper at Nieman Marcus and a lifetime subscriptions to Gourmet and Town & Country. This is my interpretation.
Jude and Bill helped me take the photograph. Jude took the picture while Bill was off to one side keeping Sophie and Pele's attention with treats. The session was quite silly. And Laura, Photoshop whiz, made it the refined version you see here.
May the new year bring us all much joy!
14 December 2008
I was happy to see the Hannah Montana movie on the list. What are her parents thinking? Her mug is on everything imaginable. I haven't seen a Hannah Montana toaster yet. If there isn't one I'm sure there will be soon. Well done, parents. Nothing like whoring out your kid.
10 December 2008
The song was on one of my Mom and Dad's Christmas records. This was on one of those we played over and over in the lead up to Christmas. We'd play records and sit under the tree looking at the packages. We'd put the little Christmas lights under wrapping paper seams in a futile attempt to see what was inside. My Mom was very clever. She'd put a number on each present and not replace with a name until right before we opened presents. We had no idea who was getting which presents. It drove us all crazy!
The photo at right is me and my brother Mike.
09 December 2008
08 December 2008
05 December 2008
Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, started dancing, and filmed the result. The video is perhaps a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single species. Happiness is frequently contagious -- few people are able to watch the above video without smiling.
Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.
04 December 2008
Start a bitter family fight beginning in December and keep it going until Christmas Eve. By then you'll have no time to shop so you'll save a lot of money. You'll also give "the greatest gift of all: love. And simmering grudges that will flare up at all future family gatherings."
02 December 2008
Dad tells 5-year-old, 'You did the crime, you walk the line'From Northern Territory News
November 28th, 2008
A TERRITORY man has been making his five-year-old son walk two-and-a-half hours to school every day, after he was kicked off the school bus.
When Jack Burt confessed that he'd been banned for five days for hitting the bus driver in the head with an apple core, dad Sam thought he should learn the hard way.
He and Jack last week were getting up at 5.10am for the dusty 13km-hike from the Darwin rural area of Herbert, all the way to Humpty Doo.The boy did not learn his lesson. When he returned to the bus he was in trouble after only three stops. More.
22 November 2008
Don't these people have minders? Trusted advisers that would at least counsel that if you're asking for $25 billion to get you out of dire financial circumstances perhaps you should fly commercial? Let alone showing up without a plan. "I need 25 billion dollars." "What do you plan to do with that money?" "I need 25 billion dollars."
Or is it just plain arrogance?
19 November 2008
Video from YouTube for "Normal" below
You can hear more, beautiful full-length songs from her CD Mediocre on her MySpace page.
17 November 2008
Phone a colleague's extension and ask if you can ring them right back in a moment. Put the phone down and don't call back.From my Dumb Dares for the Office calendar. This really would mess with someone's mind. That is extremely appealing to me.
15 November 2008
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12 November 2008
skiveFormer London Mayor, (Red) Ken Livingstone used it to describe diplomats who are refusing to pay London congestion fees.
Noun. An evasion of one's tasks, a period of shirking.
Verb. To evade doing one's work or duties, to truant. E.g."Every Friday afternoon you can guarantee he'll be skiving and getting drunk down the pub.
11 November 2008
They say you have the kind of a face only a mother could love, but that's mainly because she feels guilty about all the drinking.
10 November 2008
09 November 2008
*Snaps to the airport shuttle drivers for TEAM Parking (on Shepard and Davern). Their drivers are always so friendly and helpful. I won't park anywhere else.
06 November 2008
They also sell a shirt with this on it. But I think I'd feel too pressured to prove myself all day.
05 November 2008
04 November 2008
Invention of the Year: The Retail DNA TestThank goodness for Hulu*. Otherwise I'd be totally clueless about the top 5. OK, I know about the Large Hadron Collider but cannot get my brain around it.
2. The Tesla Roadster
3. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
5. The Large Hadron Collider
The rest of the list.
*Full-length episodes of great shows like Bones, The Daily Show, The Simpsons, etc. -- all in one place. Some movies, too.
03 November 2008
The New Yorker, Oct. 27, 2008
I don’t know that it was always this way, but, for as long as I can remember, just as we move into the final weeks of the Presidential campaign the focus shifts to the undecided voters. “Who are they?” the news anchors ask. “And how might they determine the outcome of this election?”
31 October 2008
30 October 2008
What Kind of Genius Are You?Via Accidental Creative -- one of the best sites on the Web.
A new theory suggests that creativity comes in two distinct types – quick and dramatic, or careful and quiet.
By Daniel H. Pink
In the fall of 1972, when David Galenson was a senior economics major at Harvard, he took what he describes as a “gut” course in 17th-century Dutch art. On the first day of class, the professor displayed a stunning image of a Renaissance Madonna and child. “Pablo Picasso did this copy of a Raphael drawing when he was 17 years old,” the professor told the students. “What have you people done lately?” It’s a question we all ask ourselves. What have we done lately? It rattles us each birthday. It surfaces whenever an upstart twentysomething pens a game-changing novel or a 30-year-old tech entrepreneur becomes a billionaire. The question nagged at Galenson for years...
...Now, however, Galenson might have done something at last, something that could provide hope for legions of late bloomers everywhere. Beavering away in his sunny second-floor office on campus, he has scoured the records of art auctions, counted entries in poetry anthologies, tallied images in art history textbooks – and then sliced and diced the numbers with his econometric ginsu knife. Applying the fiercely analytic, quantitative tools of modern economics, he has reverse engineered ingenuity to reveal the source code of the creative mind. More.
29 October 2008
28 October 2008
27 October 2008
*A bit of a dangerous listen unless you like impulse shopping on iTunes.
26 October 2008
- They have to be unintentionally funny
- A lot of ambition and questionable talent.
One of the videos they created took 17 sexual harrassment awareness training videos and pieced together the what-not-to-do segments into one three-minute treat.
17 sexual harrassment training videos pieced together -- just 3 minutes of the what not to do.
Listen to the interview; check out their MySpace page.
Found Footage Festival 2008 Trailer
25 October 2008
24 October 2008
23 October 2008
22 October 2008
Upside: You get more info about the link and the info in context. And it's delivered in a more readable format. I'm able to make a better decision on what is really what I'm looking for. You can also add a cuil option in your Firefox search bar.
21 October 2008
Father takes son to court for idleness
LAGOS (Reuters) - A father took his 20-year old son to an Islamic court in northern Nigeria for idleness, asking that he be sent to prison for refusing to engage in productive activities, state news agency NAN said Friday.
"He is not listening to words and he is bringing shame to my family. I am tired of his nefarious deeds. Please put this boy in prison so that I can be free," Sama'ila Tahir, a market trader in the northeastern town of Bauchi, was quoted as saying. More.
20 October 2008
See also Maureen Dowd's column in the New York Times.
15 October 2008
- No more humidity!
- The smell, especially burning leaves
- Wearing more orange clothing (not the hunting kind though)
- The brilliant colors -- a photographer's dream landscape
- Sleeping with the windows open and using lots of covers
14 October 2008
Libra: The bullet will miss your heart by several inches, which only makes sense, as it will be fired at your head.What do the stars tell you? Find out here. RSS feed available!
09 October 2008
As best as I can tell, das Brimborium would be a good German translation. Or maybe die Umstaende.
Makes me think of rugby and a couple of meetings I've been in recently.
08 October 2008
Naming nasty people is so cathartic. At right, Viola Swamp from the children's book Miss Nelson Is Missing. The epitome of harridan.
07 October 2008
06 October 2008
As a society we have way too much crap. Off-site storage is one of the fastest growing businesses in the country. The idea of hanging out at the place where I store all my extra crap -- if I was a guy that is -- I don't get that.
05 October 2008
04 October 2008
03 October 2008
You must be a witch because I'm under your spell and I'm boiling to death in your cauldron.Disgusting. Frightening. Hilarious
02 October 2008
I have no idea what he's saying. He could be calling the west blue-eyed devils for all I know.
01 October 2008
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27 September 2008
- Project 10 to the 100th is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible.
- Google has committed $10 million to make the projects happen. "Our goal is to help as many people as possible. So remember, money may provide a jumpstart, but the idea is the thing."
- Send in your idea by Oct. 20.
- Vote for the finalists beginning Jan. 27. (Sign up for a reminder to vote.)
- "May those who help the most win."
How many people use Google to search, send/receive e-mail, blog, etc.? And those millions of those people find out about this great project. And some of them submit awesome ideas to change the world. I'm overwhelmed by the coolness.
26 September 2008
I like to read the dare, close my eyes and envision myself, or John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, doing said dare.
Put someone else's name on your lunch bag then prominently display the bag while you're eating.
With everything you say all day, roll your eyes.
When someone hands you a form or an envelope, caress it and whisper huskily, "Mmmmmmm. Yes, I've been expecting this one."
Give a colleague an unlabeled prescription bottle filled with mints or candy, and instruct them to withhold the "pills" no matter how hard you beg.
25 September 2008
Great Historical Events That Never Happened:
Two world leaders agreed to settle their differences with a spelling bee.
24 September 2008
23 September 2008
Article 19, Universal Declaration of Human Rights:Take that, despots!
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Committtee to Protect Bloggers blog
Committee to Protect Bloggers on Twitter
Found via a comment by Curt on Web Strategy by Jeremiah
22 September 2008
- Sagface charisma vacuum. The News Quiz (BBC)
- Git wizard. The News Quiz (BBC)
- Survival of the gittest. The News Quiz (BBC)
- Dumber than a sack of hammers. The News Quiz (BBC)
- The whip-crack smart gang of chimps that look after our government. The News Quiz (BBC)
- Worst thing invented by humans since mustard gas. Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me (NPR)
- Too stupid to be elected. Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me (NPR)
- [Insert word] is [insert language] for 'I think the medicine is wearing off.' The News Quiz (BBC)
- It's a loathe-hate relationship. Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me (NPR)
- You can put your boots in the oven but that don't make 'em bread. Southern hickism related via Kelsey (a non hick)
- Niinyhammer. Samuel Johnson
- Eye of a tiger, mouth of a teamster. Homer Simpson describing Lisa's performance as a hockey goalie
- Charles Ryder's father: You liked Miss ____?
Father: No? Was it her little moustache you objected to or her very large feet? Brideshead Revisited
21 September 2008
The book that seared Chechnya in my mind was The Oath: A Surgeon Under Fire. The title sounds a bit made-for-TV-movie like but the story is anything but. It's written by Khassan Baiev and is his story.
Baiev was formerly a cosmetic surgeon. He becomes a traveling doctor of sorts when the Russians enter Chechnya to fight Muslim separatists. Baiev took his Hippocratic oath very seriously so he treated whoever showed up whether it be a child caught in the cross fire or a Chechen separatist leader. His working conditions -- his home, bombed out hospitals, etc. -- were horrifying. That anyone survived is a miracle. Along the way he reminds you of what these now-decimated areas were like before they were destroyed by the Russian/Chechen conflict.
Being non-sectarian gets him in a lot of trouble. Both sides hate him. With the help of several human rights organizations he eventually flees with his family to the U.S., away from the from the fighters, but also those caught in the middle who need him so desperately. They are now without someone who, despite the danger to himself, takes his devotion to people first.
20 September 2008
Today I have a question. Why are there so many movies and shows becoming musicals? Little House on the Prairie, Legally Blonde, Spamalot. I heard a story on NPR this morning about 9 to 5 the musical. I really don't get it. But at the risk of sounding like the kind of person who kicks kittens, I don't like most musicals.
18 September 2008
16 September 2008
Michael Moore can be over the edge at times but we need people like him to poke hypocrites in the eye and roust things up in general. The beauty of free speech. (Most of the time I agree with him.)
Preface every statement with "Apropos of nothing" and whenever a co-worker says something, tell them, "You're not wrong."And time each person to see how long it takes for them to go red in the face and/or get a "I could strangle you with my bare hands" look on his/her face.
15 September 2008
14 September 2008
Clinton: I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy.
Palin: I can see Russia from my house!
12 September 2008
noun: A headbutt: a strike with the head to someone's sensitive area (such as the nose).
This slang for headbutt is relatively recent. The OED shows this 1982 citation from the Daily Mirror as the first printed use of the term:
"Glasgow has its own way of welcoming people ... There is a broken bottle gripped in the fist of greeting. Or there's the Glasgow Kiss -- a sharp whack on the nose with the forehead."
The term arose from allusion to violence in part of the city. An earlier term is a Liverpool kiss.
10 September 2008
09 September 2008
08 September 2008
06 September 2008
Ever since I can remember I've been hooked on learning things. Most people want to learn new things but for me it's a compulsion. (I don't think this makes me any better/worse, smarter/dumber than anyone else. It's just part of my geekiness.) It's like someone who hasn't eaten for a week heading crazily for the buffet table.
Three of my favorites:
- The Bugle -- Audio Newspaper for a Visual World (from Times Online). It's hilarious. The hosts review, and skewer, some of the news events from the week. They're snarky, smart and sometimes rude. The link to sharing your views on the shows says: "Send your partially informed opinions to The Bugle where Oliver and Zaltzman will respond to, rebuke, lampoon, plagiarise or ignore your comments as they see fit."
- News from Lake Wobegon (from Prairie Home Companion). Garrison Keillor's monologues on small-town life and human foibles. Usually hilarious and often poignant. This program is about the only thing that's ever shut up my whole family during dinner. Another plus -- if it's bluegrass night you can catch the monologue while avoiding the annoyance and anger that bluegrass induces.
- Animal Planet Audio Podcast, particularly Animal Miracles. (Don't be scared away by the narrator -- Alan Thick. The great stories cancel out his annoying voice.) The stories tell about animals' extraordinary relationships, knowledge and intuition. E.g.:
- A diabetic woman whose dog kept bugging her until she woke up enough to eat some sugar. She was slipping into unconsciousness because her blood sugar level was out of whack. The dog was not trained to do this. He saved her life.
- Prisoners who train rescue dogs to make them more adoptable. The dogs likely give the prisoners some of the first unconditional love they've ever experienced.
- This American Life. This show is one of the best on public radio. There's a theme each week and several essays or stories around it. The show can be poignant, touching and/or funny. The host, Ira Glass, is so crazy smart as are the contributors. Because it's now available as a podcast, I avoid the panicky feeling I used to get when I missed the radio broadcast.
02 September 2008
From The Onion.
Old, Grizzled Third-Party Candidate May Steal Support From McCain
29 August 2008
"‘Is America ready for a woman or a Black president?' I can understand saying, 'Is America ready for a moron?'… Will people flee as if Godzilla is attacking the cities?"It's about 1/2 through the video below.
He also said about superdelegates, "What are those? Delegates that got bit by a radioactive spider?"
And about that vacant Mitt Romney. "[Mitt Romney] Who by the way, is that guy a Pixar character? He looks like an alien pod had created him to be a president."
- You should delete so much of your e-mail. The default state of your inbox should probably not be keep sitting here until I stop weeping. Merlin Mann, Inbox Zero Talk at Google (video)
- E-mail is the biggest time suck in the modern workplace. Julie Morgenstern in Never Check E-mail in the Morning
26 August 2008
Sometimes, I sit here and watch The Cow. I watch Bentley. Dennis is in the other room or he is at the store or in the yard. And I sit alone with my sleeping small animals and I think, I couldn't have kids because it would kill me. These two, they nearly kill me. More precious to me than anything. Children would be worse. Intolerable, that love would be. Already is. Nearly.I know how the feels.
Luggage surcharges are old news at my airline. I’ve had them for years: for second bags that don’t contain golf clubs, for cardboard boxes held together with twine or duct tape, for long, rolled-up things that you bring into the cabin, and for any carry-on item that I have to help you stow or retrieve, or that you jam into the overhead compartment sideways, so that it crushes my sports coat, which I have folded using the time-tested inside-out method, or whose size forces me to place my briefcase in a compartment other than one directly over my row. The charge is fifty dollars, exact change only. From now on, I will also be charging fifty dollars for any piece of luggage on which you have written your name and address in gigantic letters.
Previously, at check-in, I have visually estimated your weight. From now on, you may be required to step onto the luggage scale. You must also certify, before boarding, that no part of your arm or torso will extend over your armrest and touch me or cause my arm or side to get hot at any time during the flight. If the test calipers at the boarding gate cannot be passed freely over your entire body, you will be required to purchase an additional ticket and to sit in the exact center of your two seats. Furthermore, you must keep your feet stowed directly in front of you at all times in such a way that your legs do not touch my legs or penetrate any part of the imaginary vertical plane separating your seating space from mine. Fifty dollars. More.
25 August 2008
In honor of one more day of fun, this comic from XKCD (sounds like a fake name but it's not). I would so love this on a shirt.
24 August 2008
*The video begins with an ad.
23 August 2008
- Oh war, it's just God's way of teaching Americans geography. The Daily Show
- It's a two-dork operation. (I can't remember where I heard this.)
- Glorious absence of sophistication. Definition of redneck by Jeff Foxworthy on the Late, Late Show
- Can't we have one meeting that doesn't end with digging up a corpse? Mayor Quimby on the Simpsons
- Everyone off, Loonyland City Centre. Vicar of Dibley
- 5000 pounds? You could get a person killed for that! Vicar of Dibley
- You self-important toss pot! The News Quiz (BBC)
- [I would like that] as much as I like stubbing my toe in a fire. The News Quiz (BBC)
- Don't give a toss. The News Quiz (BBC)
- Wasted DNA that is [insert name]. The News Quiz (BBC)
22 August 2008
12 August 2008
Touch-A-TruckThe announcement also says "all ages." I would so like to see some adults show up. The looks on the faces of the fire fighters, cops, etc. would be priceless.
This is your chance to not only touch, but hop right in the driver's seat of a fire engine, police car, snow plow or dump truck! Come on out to the Community Center and check out all of the city trucks.
11 August 2008
So disgusting. Yet so beautiful.
07 August 2008
Pele is a rescue. He was picked up by animal control and no one came to claim him. After five days, unclaimed dogs, and other animals, are euthanized. Rescued Pets Are Wonderful gets adoptable animals from animal control after the claiming period is up. They put them into foster homes and then try to find 'forever homes' for them (see Pele's pre-adoption photo below).
We think he's part Chihuahua and Jack Russell and about a year old. We are having some housebreaking and separation anxiety issues but it will all shake out. Sophie and Pele push each other's buttons, play fight and mad chase through the house. I don't that she'd admit it, but I think Sophie's glad, now, that he's here.