Saturday, October 15, 2011

when I was quite young.....................

Canned Heat.........................................On the Road Again

Checking in with Steve Felix

Steve Felix attends a conference and comes away with some
things worth thinking about.................

What happens when what we know gets in the way of what
we notice?

Innovation is driven by noticing human behavior.

We stop asking “Why?” because we're afraid to let people
know that we don’t know something.   Don’t be afraid of
coming back with another, “Why?"

Laughter at an idea means something is working


Ask the right question to find the answer.


Creativity: the ability to look at the same thing as everyone
else but see something different


Within 8 seconds of creating an idea, someone will tell you
there’s something wrong with it-often it’s yourself.
Suggestion: Wait 8 seconds before commenting/criticizing

That won’t work - so how can I make it work?

If you’re focused on success you’re not thinking big enough.

Your greatest solutions happen when you lack resources.

Your customer is not you-you have to get into their heads to
understand their challenges/problems before you can come
up with a solution

Force your brain not to be you! Look in places you’d never
look - that is where innovation is -not at your competitors.

The world we live in today has problems that cannot be
solved by old thinking

Opening paragraphs..............

You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of the Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter.  That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth mainly.  There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth.  That is nothing.  I never seen anybody but lied one time or another, without it was Aunt Polly, or the widow, or maybe Mary.  Aunt Polly - Tom's Aunt Polly, she is - and Mary, and the Widow Douglas is all told about in that book, which is mostly a true book, with some stretchers, as I said before.

-Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

I don't know David J. Lynn...........

.....but he sounds like a pretty smart investor.  Here is a quote
attributed to him in the October issue of National Real Estate
Investor:

     David J. Lynn, managing director with Clarion
     Properties, adds, 'The idea is buy low, solve problems
     with leasing, management, even some minor property
     issues, then wait until the economy improves and
     sell it.  It's a pretty opportune time of the cycle.  It's
     good to buy when there is a lot of fear.'

The see-saw economy............ or "you pays your money and you takes your chances"...................

It always cracks my head up (to quote my young son) when the
news folk tell us each day what the market was saying as it rises
and falls and otherwise gyrates to a beat of a drum most of us are
unlikely to hear.  Like they really have a clue.  A rational person
has to conclude that the only smart thing to do is ignore the
media buzz and just do your work.  Trying to make sense of this
chart (brought to us by the wonderblog Calculated Risk) would
otherwise seem to be a waste of productive time (like when I
could be blogging instead).

An absolute classic.....................

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers.....Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
The year is 1956

Friday, October 14, 2011

Indeed..................

Cream......................................................Strange Brew

It's our responsibility.............























thanks Hugh

On speaking consciously...................

Seth Godin reminds us of the power of words.  In this case, the
power in choosing the right words to open up a conversation. 
Full post is here.  Excerpts here:

Conversation is now open. Attention has been paid, a rapport
can be built. They can talk about ties. And good taste...........

Open conversations generate loyalty, sales and most of all,
learning... for both sides

Opening paragraphs.............























 In the 1720's, London was busy getting drunk.  Really drunk.  The city was in the grips of a gin-drinking binge, largely driven by new arrivals from the countryside in search of work.  The characteristics of gin were attractive: fermented with grain that could be bought locally, packing a kick greater than that of beer, and considerably less expensive than imported wine, gin became a kind of anesthetic fro the burgeoning population enduring profound new stresses of urban life.  These stressed generated new behaviors, including what came to be called the Gin Craze.

-Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus

Passive aggression at its finest...........



















This reminds me of the time when I paid my final bill as a paper
carrier for the weekly Main Line Times in pennies.  I went in that
final Saturday morning to settle up with my district manager and,
thinking I was clever, set the bag full of  about 2,750 pennies on
his desk.  I learned the limits of cleverness that day, as he made
me count and roll all the coins before he would accept the
payment.  Tedious work.  I was twelve years old.

Fun with images

Baby, you know it's true..............

The Monotones............................................. Book of Love

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Destiny,.........is a rising sun........

Bad Company............................................Bad Company

This about covers it...............

"The stakes are high, the situation is fluid; fasten your seat
belts, friends. We have entered an area of turbulent air."

The quote is from WRM's post on Obama and Iran, but it could
be applied to the economy, the government, the coming elections,
a few of our investments, our retirement plans, the Euro, etc.,
etc., etc.  Welcome to the golden years.

Thinking this is going to be a fun book to read....

   It was an ordinary day, a Friday, twenty minutes till lunch-
time, five hours till quitting time and the weekend, ten months
till vacation, thirty-seven years till retirement.  Then the
phone rang.
  "Man here to see you, Si."  It was Vera, at the switchboard.
"He has no appointment."
   "That's okay.  He's my connection; I need a fix."
   "What you need can't be fixed."  She clicked off. I got up,
wondering who it was; an artist in an advertising agency
doesn't usually have too many visitors.  The main reception
room was on the floor below, and I took the long route
through Accounting and Media, but no new girls had been
hired.

-Jack Finney, as excerpted from Time and Again























Friend Jeff sent along notice that this was a book to be read.
Via the wonders of Amazon, a few short days later the mailman
brings me this slightly worn, but otherwise excellent, forty-one
year old book.  Vintage stuff, available essentially for the price
of delivery.  God bless the Intertunnel.  Thanks Jeff.

Wish I had the energy to think about this........

"This made me think about how there is a difference between
procrastination, laziness and idleness."

Fortunately the heavy lifting has been done by our Friendly
Anarchist.  Full post is here.

Not questioning the value, just the current cost of the traditional model.......

"Anyone questioning the value of education in the workplace need look no further. The unemployment rate for those with less than a high school diploma was 14.0% in September, while the rate for high school graduates with no college was 9.7%.

"The unemployment rate for those with some college or an Associate’s degree was 8.4%, while the unemployment rate for those with a Bachelor’s degree or higher was a low 4.2%."

-Jeff Thredgold
image courtesy of

Instrumentally.............................

The Mar-Keys..................................................Last Night

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Rippingtons................................Tourist in Paradise

If you like music..............

....and you must, otherwise you would have fled  from this blog a
long time ago, do go visit Any Major Dude with Half a Heart.
Today's entry details Hoagy Carmichael's pretty fabulous tune,
Georgia On My Mind, and asks which of 48 versions we prefer. 














I'll take Willie's version from his Stardust album, although this
duet with Ray Charles is pretty special.

Too much with the social media?

If you are ready to say, "Enough Already!", then why not  join
Not Google Plus today?  It is as easy as not doing it.


Field of Dreams.................























If you believe in the philosophy of "build it and they will come,"
welcome aboard.  The Heath-Newark-Licking County Port
Authority stretched a bit recently and decided to build some
speculative "clean rooms." 

Clean rooms are designed for usage where air quality and strict
control over particulate matter in the air is critical.  Usage could
be for research and development or for manufacturing.  While it
is a specialized use of a building, Licking County is no stranger to
clean rooms, as much of the workload at the local Boeing plant
revolves around clean room work.  We are hoping to build on
their presence and generate some significant new economic
development for our community and it's highly skilled workforce.

If you want a tour of the facility, all you have to do is ask.

And leave those windmills alone........


















Thanks Will

Rattling around the Monkey Cage........

The always interesting Monkey Cage blog has a post up about
leadership, politics, and the glory of buying now and paying later.
The guest post quotes extensively from the handy new book,
Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always
Good Politics.

Full post here.  Excerpt here

As much as politicians chide business leaders, they too love debt. It lets them buy loyalty now. Repayment is some future leader’s problem. Politicians hate to pay as they go. They love to make expensive promises that they don’t have to fund. For instance, politicians love to pay public sector employees with modest wages and fantastic defined pension benefits. This means less to pay today on their watch and more to pay on someone else’s tomorrow. What could be better!

....and make romance........

The Ad-Libs...............................The Boy from New York City

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

More guitar magic..........

Stevie Ray and Robert Cray........................New Blood

On love...................

 ......And remember that for human beings the most potent growth promoter is not the fanciest school, the biggest toy, or the highest paying job.  Long before cell biology and studies of children in orphanages, conscious parents and seers like Rumi knew that for human babies and adults the best growth promoter is love.

                     A lifetime without Love is of no account
                     Love is the Water of Life
                     Drink it down with heart and soul

-Bruce Lipton, The Biology of Belief

On happiness.......................

".........The good news is that we have effective treatments for the symtoms of depression; the bad news is that medication will not make you happy. Happiness is not simple the absence of despair.  It is an affirmative state in which our lives have meaning and pleasure.......The three components of happiness are something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to."

-Gordon Livingston,  Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

The Spirit of Liberty.........

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which weighs their interests alongside its own without bias; the spirit of liberty remembers that not even a sparrow falls to earth unheeded; the spirit of liberty is the spirit of Him who, near two thousand years ago, taught mankind that lesson it has never learned, but has never quite forgotten; that there may be a kingdom where the least shall be heard and considered side by side with the greatest. And now in that spirit, that spirit of an America which has never been, and which may never be; nay, which never will be except as the conscience and courage of Americans create it; yet in the spirit of that America which lies hidden in some form in the aspirations of us all; in the spirit of that America for which our young men are at this moment fighting and dying; in that spirit of liberty and of America I ask you to rise and with me pledge our faith in the glorious destiny of our beloved country.

-Judge Learned Hand

Glad we didn't know about this in school.........





















Thanks Will

Spinning out of sight..........................

The Royal Guardsmen....................Snoopy vs The Red Baron

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Dance..............

Dave Koz on saxophone with Bebe Winans being vocal

Opening paragraphs.........

Hanging in the trees, as if caught there, is a sickle of a moon.
Its wan light scatters shadows on the snow below, only obscuring further the forest that this man negotiates now as much by feel as by sight,  He is on foot and on his own save for a single dog, which runs ahead, eager to be heading home at last.  All around, the black trunks of oak, pine, and poplar soar into to the dark about the scrub and deadfall, and their branches form a tattered canopy above.  Slender birches, whiter than the snow, seem to emit a light of their own, but it is like the coat of an animal in winter: cold to the touch and for itself alone.  All is quiet in this dormant, frozen world.  It is so cold the spit will freeze before it lands; so cold that a tree, brittle as straw and unable to contain its expanding sap, may spontaneously explode.  As they progress, man and dog alike leave behind a wake of heat, and the contrails of their breath hang in pale clouds above their tracks.  Their scent stays close in the windless dark, but their footfalls carry and so, with every step, they announce themselves to the night.

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
John Vaillant

A poem for Monday

A regular stop on my tours through blogdom is Jade Page Press,
where one can have fun with music, language, and life its ownself.
Nan just wrote a poem that I would have called "God Just
Loves Life."   She titled it "highly unlikely."  Enjoy!

      highly unlikely

through the crack in the road
past the mud and the frost
comes forth a force
that is gradual and sure

and unlike in your dreams
when terrified
you try to scream
and barely a sound escapes

the impossible green shoot
of the plant with the tiny bud
bursts up and out
and blooms.

despite the apparent conditions,
there is enough soil and sun,
and water to prove wrong
your underestimation.

Copyright © 2011 Nan P
used by permission

About history...............

"If history teaches anything, it teaches self-delusion in
the face of unpleasant facts is folly."

-Ronald Reagan, excerpted from a 1982 speech to Parliament.

On leadership and confidence.....

   "The inauguration of President Reagan signaled a reaffirmation of historic American ideals.  Ronald Reagan brought to the presidency confidence in the American experience; confidence in the legitimacy and success of American institutions; confidence in the decency of the American people, and confidence in the relevance of our experience to the rest of the world.
    "That confidence has proved contagious.  Our nation's subsequent recovery in domestic and foreign affairs, the restoration of our economic and military strength, has silenced talk of inevitable American decline and reminded the world of the advantages of freedom."

-Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, excerpted from her 1984 speech
at the Republican National Convention.

Stooping................

"The low level which commercial morality has reached in America is deplorable. We have humble God fearing Christian men among us who will stoop to do things for a million dollars that they ought not to be willing to do for less than 2 millions.

-Mark Twain

On doubt............

Great doubt:  great awakening
Little doubt:  little awakening
No doubt:  no awakening

-Zen saying

What am I doing here.................?

Please Mr Custer, I don't want to go...............Larry Verne

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The things you think are useless.................

Steely Dan.................................Reelin' in the Years

What the world needs now.....................

Revolution..............



















Thanks Nicole

A verse for Sunday.....

8.  For by grace have you been saved through faith; and not
     of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

9.  not as a result of works, that no one should boast.

The Holy Bible,  Ephesians 2:8-9
The Open Bible

On seeing and feeling.........















"Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with
their own hearts."
-Albert Einstein

Plenty of Sting Rays and XKEs.....................

The Rip Chords..............................Hey Little Cobra