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Blogs suck, and absolute blogs suck absolutely

Nov 06, 2008 in Personality, Philosophy, Strategy

Now that I have your attention: A fellow Tech Writer (Tina—I mean Holly Harkness) turned me onto a Wired magazine article about how blogging has lost the spontaneous, personal feel, now that there are so many of them out there. According to the writer, Paul Boutin, one would have more success being heard by contributing to the Facebook-, Twitter-, Flickr-, or YouTube-ospheres, rather than the blogosphere.

From the beginning, blogs have always been about conversation and sharing. Yes, several have advertisements on them. Yes, several have hired pro writers (for instance, Duo Consulting hired me). And yes, many do read more like online magazines than personal observations from the field. But nobody’s forcing you to read them. You can select what you want to read.

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How much do your kids know about sex?

Sep 23, 2008 in Personality, Strategy

Tonight I was put into an unusual predicament. The local elementary school plans to host presentations to discuss sexuality and sexual health with students from Kindergarten to grade five. My kids—my little babies, will be told about “all the different holes” in their bodies, what they are and how they work. Not completely sure if I was okay with this idea, I joined my wife to listen to the speaker, Saleema Noon, give the skinny on all the ideas with which she planned to fill our kids’ heads. Apparently I was only one of the 60 concerned parents who questioned what our kids would be learning, and above all, why are kids will be learning it.

Saleema Noon is an attractive, 30-something, sexual health and family life educator with a wide range of experience working with children, teens, and adults. I lifted part of that statement right from her website. She has a B.A. in Family Sciences, and later completed a M.A. in sexual health education, a decision she says that was provoked by her counseling grade 10 boys and pregnant teenage girls with little or no factual sexual knowledge. The teenagers she counseled were vulnerable to peer pressure, due to their ignorance of sexual responsibility.

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Revivannoing SBUX the Howard Schultz way

Aug 07, 2008 in Personality, Philosophy, Strategy

This is a response to a tumblog post that my co-worker sent me from her side of the cubicle wall. On whatilearnd.com, a curious girl in a curious world posted 14 Ways Starbucks Has Tried to Revitalize Its Brand. While the rest of the world was distracted by drinking the coffee, she’d been taking notes. Darn good ones, too. Her blog doesn’t allow comments, so this post is my way of adding my own thoughts to hers.

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I can be such a geek

Jul 09, 2008 in Creativity, Personality, Philosophy, Strategy

Our manager called a team meeting for us to meet a new co-worker. I introduced myself as the guy who hits the ground running, taking on all sorts of different projects which made me curious about hacking the embedded system within my 4-port gigabit wireless draft-N router and my broadband residential gateway at home. A co-worker introduced herself as someone who loves working but she rarely uses the computer after the kids go to bed unless she needs to post pictures of her family vacation on Facebook. I couldn’t have seen that one coming from a mile away.

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Days like these

Jul 04, 2008 in Creativity, Productivity, Strategy, Technology

Some days it feels like I hit the ground running. Today it felt more like I lost my breath as I chased the ground as it ran off well ahead of me. I never did catch up; and you know, for the first time in my life, I felt like shutting down my computer, waving a white flag, and sitting on the beach sipping a triple venti soy peppermint macchiatto with extra caramel drizzle.

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Free translation fun for Friday

Jun 27, 2008 in Creativity, Philosophy, Strategy, Technology

Today I received an email from Aopen.com. I must have signed up for an account seven years ago when I registered my AK-73(pro)A motherboard. The problem with this email is that it’s all in Chinese. Even after all these years, I’d remember that I registered in English. I don’t write Chinese. Nor do I speak it, much to my grandmother’s chagrin (rest her soul). Plus, I couldn’t even guess as to where an “unsubscribe” link might be found, as there was nothing in the common sections of the email that even resembled one.

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Canada helps students to find summer jobs

Jun 27, 2008 in Philosophy, Productivity, Strategy

The Service Canada Centre for Youth (SCCY) program, under a different name, helped me find my first summer job in 1986. All my friends were working at McDonald’s; I was a junior “professional”. This job paid me enough to explore Expo 86 in Vancouver, buy new clothes, and date the receptionist. Job hunting had never been easier in my life.

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