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Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
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Sinead O'Connor: "She Moved Through The Fair."
Former Congressman Sam Steiger, one of the most colorful and refreshingly candid politicians in American history, has died. An excerpt from The Arizona Republic article:
I recall listening to a conversation between a couple of neighbors when I was in elementary school. One neighbor had served on an American naval destroyer in the Pacific during the Second World War. The other neighbor, a German immigrant, had been in the Hitler Youth and then joined the German Navy. They talked about one event and another as if discussing a ball game. Their tone could have been taken from a documentary. I didn't ask as many questions as I should have. I was a kid and they were adults and no doubt I missed much of what was said.
The opening music in the "John Adams" soundtrack.
From the very first scene of the first episode we learn precisely how difficult the people of the future have it. Jane Jetson is standing in front of a flat panel “3D” TV and conducting a strenuous workout — of her fingers. Of course, we’re meant to laugh at the fact that people of the year 2062 are living in the lap of luxury needing only push a button to accomplish what used to take hours, but it was also a subtle jab to those viewers at home who may complain about how difficult life is when all the modern conveniences of 1962 were at their disposal.
Wally Bock on The Player-Coach.
I coach people and teach workshops on how to make presentations. [There is even a modest book on the subject that should be on every manager's book shelf.]
The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius.
Chocolate + snails = Smarter snails. Probably happier ones too.
An old French engraving survives from the early seventeenth century. It is a battle-print, at first glance like many others in European print shops. We look again, and discover that it shows a battle in North America, fought between Indian nations four centuries ago. The caption reads in old French, "Deffaite des Yroquois au Lac de Champlain," the "Defeat of the Iroquois at Lake Champlain," July 30, 1609.
An example of why people are wary of the media. I'd love to hear their explanations.
Great stuff, as always, at Eclecticity. [Where does he find this stuff?]
Someone designed the furnaces of the Nazi death camps. Someone measured the size and weight of a human corpse to determine how many could be stacked and efficiently incinerated within a crematorium. Someone sketched out on a drafting table the decontamination showers, complete with the fake hot-water spigots used to lull and deceive doomed prisoners. Someone, very well educated, designed the rooftop openings and considered their optimum placement for the cyanide pellets to be dropped among the naked, helpless men, women, and children below. This person was an engineer, an architect, or a technician. This person went home at night, perhaps laughed and played with his children, went to church on Sunday, and kissed his wife goodbye each morning.
Some pranksters glued a new iPhone to an Amsterdam sidewalk. Hilarity ensued.
While we're on the subject of food, The Pioneer Woman shows how to make your own slice-and-bake cookie dough. She also has a flashback:
...at this news report.
Rob Long has a candid opinion on newspaper advertising revenue.
James Lileks remembers some old loves at The Bleat. An excerpt:
Things you pretend to know but might not: The definition of "jelly bean."
In nearly two dozen cases, a single U.S. Department of Agriculture employee attended a conference at a cost to taxpayers of $10,000 or more, according to a Washington Examiner analysis of agency records. In one instance, the USDA spent nearly $57,000 for a conference attended by only one of its employees, according to agency disclosures that do not provide any explanation of the cost.
Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and give her a house.
After living for seven years as a Jesuit seminarian, practicing vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience to the Jesuit general in Rome, I morphed into corporate man. On Friday afternoon, my role model was the Jesuit founder, St. Ignatius Loyola, whose writings reminded us seminarians that "poverty, as the strong wall of the religious life, should be loved." The following Monday brought a new career in investment banking - and new role models. One managing director lured talented would-be recruits with the tantalizing prospect of becoming "hog-whimperingly rich." I never quite got the image, but I did get the point.
John Carpenter's horror classic will have a special showing in theaters near the end of October.
At Ricochet, there's an interesting post with comments on the best biographies. Some of my quick nominees would be:
"Which aspects of your day's work could be described as the prose, which would be the poetry, and are you shirking either?"
Did anyone in 1952 ask voters whether they would prefer to have Eisenhower or Adlai Stevenson come to dinner? The nation liked Ike but hired him not for the pleasure of his company but to have him see that the laws were faithfully executed and to preserve the peace, which he did.
Let your imagination go. Check out the fantasy art of Christopher Rahn.
Juke box. Georgia Gibbs. Start moving.
The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.
From a 1964 Shindig show: Little Richard brings down the house.
Rich Archbold on the rise of literary self-publishing. An excerpt:
Catchy tune. This video of The Easybeats from 1967 hints at the clothing fashion virus that would afflict society in the Seventies. May the statute of limitations never expire on bell bottoms.
AAA Auto Parts is not, contrary to what you might believe, named after Alfred A. Archos. Nope, the owner had precisely the same strategy in naming his business that Jeff Bezos did when he named Amazon. To be first in the phone book.
"How many times does a person have to screw up before management pays serious attention?"
The Incomparable Bate: Paradoxical Productivity.
At the blog of Old Try, a print shop, is an unusual six minute film directed by Daniel Fickle.
"Portlandia" shows how it's done. Of course, making a profit is another story.
Young men think old men are fools, but old men know young men are fools.
At Anderson Layman's Blog you can always find great music.
FutureLawyer, techie extraordinaire, finds some smart shoes.
As the incisors of the Nazi jaws bit deep into the American front, a bleary-eyed Dwight Eisenhower stared at the tangle of red grease-pencil lines snaking across his smudged maps. He winced. The tall, bald general whom every man in uniform saluted was painfully aware of what those advancing red lines represented: regiments cracking, support units overrun, supplies captured, men cut down along a fifty-mile swath.
The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
From Parks & Recreation, troop leader Ron Swanson displays the handbook for the young rangers.
At Defining Ideas, Emily Esfahani Smith outlines the world view of Victor Davis Hanson, professor, farmer, and agrarian conservative. An excerpt:
Take some time today, pop over to Business Insider, and read Richard Branson's 18 tips for success.
At CoolTools: The Fiskars 12' Pruning Stik.
Pride is a wonderful feeling. It makes work seem like, well, more than work. It elevates it to a mission, to something that carries special meaning. Certainly saving peoples’ lives and property from fire is certainly a mission you can sink your teeth into. But our work as project managers also has the potential to create strong feelings of joy and accomplishment. Witness the outpouring of joy at NASA’s Mission Control when a space craft lands successfully. Or how about the crane operator atop the new One World Trade Center currently undergoing construction who remarked to a New York Times reporter about his and his co-workers feelings about rebuilding Ground Zero “this is the greatest job we never wanted.” Now that’s pride.