Monday, February 28, 2005
Friday, February 25, 2005
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
1. My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION...
"Just wait until your father gets home."
2. My Mother taught me about RECEIVING....
"You are going to get it when we get home!"
3. My Mother taught me to MEET A CHALLENGE...
"What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you ... Don't talk back to me!"
4. My Mother taught me LOGIC...
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, your not going to the store with me."
5. My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE...
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."
6. My Mother taught me to THINK AHEAD...
"If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job."
7. My Mother taught me ESP...
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you're cold?"
8. My Mother taught me HUMOR...
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
9. My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT...
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
10. My Mother taught me about THE BIRDS AND THE BEES…
"How do you think you got here?"
11. My Mother taught me about GENETICS...
"You're just like your father."
12. My Mother taught me about my ROOTS...
"Do you think you were born in a barn?"
13. My Mother taught me about WISDOM OF AGE...
"When you get to be my age, you will understand."
14. And my all time favorite... JUSTICE...
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you... then you'll see what it's like"
Monday, February 21, 2005
"Yep," the Lab replies.
"So, what's your story?"
The Lab looks up and says, "Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young, and I wanted to help the government; so I told the CIA about my gift, and in no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of the CIA's most valuable spies for eight years running. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I wanted to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security work, mostly wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired."
The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog..
"Ten dollars," the guy says.
"This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?"
"Because he's a liar. He didn't do any of that crap."
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Monday, February 14, 2005
Sunday, February 13, 2005
One more geek with wa-ay too much time on his hands! (But it IS pretty cool!)
If nothing else, a good place to get us thinking about the resources we burn to do what we think we need to do.
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Friday, February 11, 2005
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Anyway, fast forward to today and here we are getting hundreds of e-mails a day (90%+ of which are probably spam) in our bulging Inboxes! I depend on my e-mail every day to stay in touch with business projects and family and friends across town and all over the world. But just as often, it serves as a simple social network to let my friends know that I'm still alive and staying in touch. They send me e-mail jokes, political statements and urban legends galore and I, in turn, dutifully forward the ones I find interesting or silly to my network of friends. Sometimes if I'm traveling (or sick on rare occasion), I'll miss a day or two. And that's when the e-mails pile up in my Inbox. And friends start writing or calling to see if I'm all right. It's a cool social network phenomenon.
All of this actually reminds me of something similar in nursing homes: I've got several friends who live in assisted living facilities all over the US and Canada. I've noticed that most all of them employ a very simple, nonintrusive way of knowing someone's OK. Late at night, the floor patrol personnel would hang something (like a plastic bracelet) on the doorknob to each apartment. If someone didn't open their door in the morning to head to the cafeteria for breakfast, they'd know right away and be prompted to make sure everything was all right. A low-tech version of a social network.
Anyway, with as much stuff as I receive and send out each day. I thought a daily compendium blog of some of the best bits I receive each day might actually save a lot of e-mail. I might even be able to start encouraging more of my friends to get in the habit of checking this blog page and expecting fewer e-mails from me. In many ways, I suppose this is one of the functions of a blog; to allow anyone to post a little bit of stuff at a time simply and quickly without the need to go through many of the traditional layers of web page publishing.
I hope those of you who do find this blog will continue to keep coming back to see what's new. And any comments or words of encouragement are definitely welcome.