Monday, October 16, 2017

The Truck Bomb

Imagine how jarring it would be if there were a terrorist attack causing 200 or 300 casualties in Los Angeles, New York, London or Mumbai. 

And then read The Guardian article on the attack in Somalia.

"When the Frost is on the Punkin"

This has become an Execupundit tradition:

Kent Risley with 
a marvelous recitation of the poem.

Quick Look

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The trailer for the Beatles documentary.

Books and Films That Become More Powerful with Time

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Name a book and/or a film that has had greater impact on you as time has passed.

That may be easy or difficult to answer. In my case, these would be serious contenders:

Books: "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis; "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy; and "The Warden" by Anthony Trollope.

Films: "The Battle of Algiers"; "Schindler's List"; and "Signs."

Quick Look

The trailer for "Wonderstruck."

Great Book Titles

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Quote of the Day

Law is the only career I know of that has a sub-profession dedicated to helping people get out of it.

- Liz Brown

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Find Something Beautiful Today

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

First Paragraph

"So they've killed Ferdinand," said the charwoman to Mr. Schweik who, having left the army many years before, when a military medical board had declared him to be chronically feeble-minded, earned a living by the sale of dogs  - repulsive mongrel monstrosities for whom he forged pedigrees. Apart from this occupation, he was afflicted with rheumatism, and was just rubbing his knees with embrocation.

- From The Good Soldier Schweik by Jaroslav Haser

Hiring and Training

The difference between Company A and Company B is often found in their employees. When the differences are explored further then the old basics of hiring and training arise.

Consider these examples:

One employee does the same basic task as his or her counterpart in another company BUT there is a small difference either for the better or for the worse. I recall watching a front desk employee at a hotel handling the check-in of guests. His behavior signaled indifference and a desire to get through the process as quickly as possible.

I saw him again the next day with some other people and the same conduct was present. Was the person rude? No. Was the paperwork processed accurately? I assume it was. Did the customers see a positive person who welcomed their business? Absolutely not.

My guess is the person had an attitude problem before being hired and that there was little training or emphasis on people skills after the person was brought on staff.

An obvious but often overlooked truth: exceptional customer service doesn't take place by accident.

Great Book Titles

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Quote of the Day

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.

- Babe Ruth

Off the Grid

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Bear with me. Back soon.

Friday, October 13, 2017

First Paragraph

The private diaries of one of Rome's greatest emperors, the personal letters of one of Rome's best playwrights and wisest power brokers, the lectures of a former slave and exile, turned influential teacher. Against all odds and the passing of some two millennia, these incredible documents survive.

- From The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

What Can Go Wrong?

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"What can go wrong?" is a great question to ask - provided it is asked seriously - and provided it is answered slowly and thoroughly.

Great Book Titles

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Quote of the Day

There is no escape - man drags man down, or man lifts man up.

- Booker T. Washington

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jagged Thoughts for Jagged Times

Nicholas Bate: "But never run in the office."

Poetry Break

Back by popular demand: "The Fool's Prayer."

Quick Look

The trailer for "Beetlejuice."

How Did We Miss This?


KFC issues a romance novel.

Introverts Arise!

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The Sovereign Professional has helpful information on a dreaded event for introverts: the professional conference.

No Word on Whether a Beria Stamp is Planned

Che Guevara stamp

Great Book Titles

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Quote of the Day

It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good.

- Cicero

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Art Break: Simon

Art Contrarian looks at the work of Lucien Simon.


The New YorkerHarvey Weinstein's accusers tell their stories.

The New York Times: Other stars recall their experiences.

The Daily Mail: He's still in Los Angeles.

Easy prediction: Someday there will be a movie of this vile story.

Quick Shot

The trailer for "All the Money in the World."

Swift Wisdom

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Back by popular demand:

Jonathan Swift's "Resolutions When I Come to Be Old."

Praise and Guidance

Eclecticity Light noticed some very good things during a root canal procedure. An excerpt:

That young woman was extremely fortunate to be working with Dr. Sayer; to receive that caliber of training and coaching.  He affirmed and encouraged her countless times, he coached her with patience and positive feedback.  He was extremely courteous. 

Great Book Titles

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Quote of the Day

At least I have the modesty to admit that lack of modesty is one of my failings.

- Hector Berlioz

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Music and Civilization

Regular visits to Cultural Offering may seriously add to your CD collection.

Bock on Books

Wally Bock just added to my book stack. Read his review.

31 Sentences to Further a Career

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  1. "No."
  2. "I can give you five minutes right now but no more than that."
  3. "What's the counter-argument?"
  4. "And then what?"
  5. "I want to see the study."
  6. "I need more than three options."
  7. "What does the lawyer say?"
  8. "Have you checked the numbers?"
  9. "I'd like you to translate any jargon."
  10. "So what happens if we do nothing?"
  11. "Give me your thoughts in an easily understood one-page memo." 
  12. "Which specific actions are likely to achieve that result?"
  13. "Has this been fully staffed?"
  14. "Walk me through the plan."
  15. "What will this accomplish?"
  16. "What are the risks?"
  17. "Let's go and see."
  18. "What is the real organization chart?"
  19. "We'll hear from the junior members first."
  20. "Let's discuss what we don't want to happen."
  21. "If this fails what will be the likely reason?"
  22. "We will meet in two days and see if we are still enthusiastic about the proposed action."
  23. "Who should be in the meeting?"
  24. "Who will bear the heaviest burden?"
  25. "How will this look on the front page of the newspaper?"
  26. "I need to take a walk."
  27. "I would like you to keep an eye on their body language."
  28. "How many in this room understand what was just said?"
  29. "Does that term mean the same thing to all of us?"
  30. "What are we assuming?"
  31. "I need time to think."

Quick Look

The trailer for "Trading Places."

Great Book Titles

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Quote of the Day

But procrastination is not just about putting off some deed - it's also about the doer. And my own theory, based on what is surely unparalleled personal experience, is that procrastinators use distraction to self-medicate when they're feeling bad about themselves, much like what Tolstoy said about why people smoke and drink: "simply and solely in order to drown the warning voice of conscience."

- Daniel Akst