Daily Archives: November 20, 2008

The misuse of Web 2.0 “stuff” :)

To see what I mean, go to the blog Aviary and see Redesigning America 2.0. To be fair, I think it is in jest. I hope! I like this idea, though:

America should be a positive experiment, always changing.

Analyze your blog/blogging with typealyzer

Have a blog? You have to try the Typealyzer! When I gave it this blog, it came back with this:

“The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generelly prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.

The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.”

I think that is just about right for the first part. I am not sure about the action and risk part: perhaps my blog is partially a form of wishful thinking! 🙂

Try it out! (Thanks to andrewSullivan.com for the tip)

Essential tools: my blackberry camera

One thing I love about my blackberry is the camera. While it is a 2 megapixel camera, the quality is only so-so. (Compared to my 6 year old Kodak digital camera that is also 2 MP and takes much better pictures). The photo quality may be so-so, but the blackberry camera has some excellent features:

  1. It’s always with me, partly because I rely on it heavily, partly because it is easy to carry (unlike some cameras).
  2. I can email images that capture as soon as I capture them. This allows me to do things like post them on Twitpic or my Tumblr tumblelog immediately.
  3. I can capture images at work. This is very valuable when working on a whiteboard or some other temporary work environment. I can easily go back and review my “notes”. (Something I am doing right now! 🙂 )

Late night thoughts

Muscles are made stronger by tearing them, and that the heart is one of those muscles.

A reminder

From the good people at The Poster List: Pop Art Posters!

You have walls: you need posters! So go and buy their posters: they’re hot!

How not to beg for money: fly in a private jet to the meeting

It’s a simple rule of asking for money: look like you need it. Instead, today we had the spectacle – there’s no better word – of the Big Three auto CEOs flying to Washington on private jets to ask for taxpayer money (CNN.com).

Apparently they couldn’t fly on a commercial flight for “safety reasons”. I hope someone asks them about that. The bigger risk they took was coming to Washington looking like fat cats. That was “unsafe” for their companies and their careers.

I have often heard people in business deriding people in government for not being as savvy as they are. But most people in public office would have enough of a clue to figure out how bad this looks.

Businessmen and women looking for public money are going to have to try a whole lot harder. Painfully so. Starting with getting rid of the corporate jets.