Saturday March 31, 2007

Now If They Could Only Handle the Paperwork

It's time for my annual paean to Turbo Tax.

Like many people (not you, of course, surely not you) I put off doing my taxes. I don't wait until the last minute anymore; now I do them sometime between March 15 and April 5. But still, it's not like I'm anxious to get to this annual chore.

For whatever reasons — some books I've read recently suggest the primary reason is "fear" — I procrastinate. I find other, higher priority tasks to do instead. I have to wash my hair... do the laundry... read a book... feed the cats. Something, (anything!) else. ...
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Thursday March 29, 2007

Business Communication

In today's commentary, I discuss why I believe that formal communication and discussion between people in the workplace should always be handled by email

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Business Communication ( in category commentary ) - posted at Thu, 29 Mar, 20:06 Pacific

Monday March 26, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_12

The weather was variable, We had some rain this week.


The week was variable too. Some days were good. Some days were bad. Issues with the Job... Not much I can share. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2007_12 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 26 Mar, 23:45 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday March 25, 2007

Treasures 2007_12

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
-- e e cummings

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Spring rain.

  • A hawk, drifting over the parking lot as I waited for my afternoon shuttle bus.

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Thursday March 22, 2007

Choosing Email

In today's commentary, I discuss why we need to stop thinking of email as some strange beast. Email is written communication - nothing more, nothing less.

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Choosing Email ( in category commentary ) - posted at Thu, 22 Mar, 19:40 Pacific

Monday March 19, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_11

The weather continues to be springy, varying from cool to warm, occasionally (once) almost too warm!


We had dinner at our favorite pizzeria in The City on Monday night. Because Rich likes mushrooms and I don't, we always ask for all of the mushrooms on only half of the pizza. This time, someone goofed and put mushrooms on the entire pizza and double mushrooms on one half.

Ick!

But they were very nice about the problem and quickly made me a small pizza with no mushrooms anywhere. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2007_11 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 19 Mar, 22:45 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday March 18, 2007

Treasures 2007_11

Say "Yes" to the seedlings and a giant forest cleaves the sky.
Say "Yes" to the universe and the planets become your neighbors.
Say "Yes" to dreams of love and freedom.
It is the password to utopia.

— Brooks Atkinson, Once Around the Sun, 1951

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • DST

  • Spring smells! So delightful

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Friday March 16, 2007

Managing by "Piles"

Most Time Management books argue against managing paper by "piles". They advocate making decisions as soon as the paper appears - respond, hand it off to someone else, file it appropriately, or throw it away.

Personally, I find a fifth category to work well. That category is managed as a pile (a stack, a box, a tray...). ...
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Tuesday March 13, 2007

No Outfit is Complete...

While it's true that no outfit is complete without pet hair, a little goes a long way (especially on brushed cotton slacks...)

If tape, tape rollers, and lint brushes aren't quite up to the task, try the "Pet Hair Pic-Up Mitt" from Evercare.

No-Outfit shirt
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No Outfit is Complete... ( in category Show & Tell ) - posted at Tue, 13 Mar, 21:23 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday March 12, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_10

The weather was pleasant and spring-like. Sunday was quite warm.


The train home on Monday was 10 minutes late because it had to work around a disabled train to the south. That meant our northbound train picked us up on the southbound side of the track. Weird! However, they recently installed a loudspeaker system at this station and so we were told to move over to the other side to catch the train. That's better than hoping we'll notice a change to the scrolling sign boards. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2006_10 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 12 Mar, 22:25 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday March 11, 2007

Treasures 2007_10

After all, I don't see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles
when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.

-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Two woolly pompom dogs, waiting with their hooman in a car in front of Pet Club

  • A patch of yellow & orange daffodils, in the midst of a larger patch of California poppies

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Wednesday March 7, 2007

Never Settle

Real Life/Work Lessons from Toyota

I would love to work for a company that operated like this.

From Fast Company magazine.

What drives Toyota? The presumption of imperfection — and a distinctly American refusal to accept it.

Excerpts:

Toyota's competitiveness is quiet, internal, self-critical. It is rooted in an institutional obsession with improvement that Toyota manages to instill in each one of its workers, a pervasive lack of complacency with whatever was accomplished yesterday. ...
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Never Settle ( in category Noteworthy , Special Interests ) - posted at Wed, 07 Mar, 12:57 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday March 5, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_09

The week started out drizzly and wet, although there were some clear days too. But Monday was one of those days when I was just as happy not to drive to the Job - especially after listening to my coworkers' stories of their commutes, e.g the one who lives 6 miles away and narrowly missed being part of two (or was it three?) accidents on his way in.


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Weekly Wrap-up 2006_09 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 05 Mar, 19:28 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday March 4, 2007

Treasures 2007_09

Beauty is not caused. It is.
- Emily Dickinson

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Waking in the night to the sound of rain. Listening to the rain till I fell asleep again.

  • A nice soak in the hot tub.

  • Snow on the top of Mt. Hamilton (and Spring down here at sea level).

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Saturday March 3, 2007

The World-Changing Web

I'm wearing one of my favorite t-shirts today. I bought it from the Rome Floyd County Human Society . I've never been to Rome, Georgia; I found the site (and the shirt) on the web.

Some time back, someone I was talking to was saying how we should all support our communities by buying locally. I said I do support my community — my community is the Internet.

Pet Care
The World-Changing Web ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Sat, 03 Mar, 13:23 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday March 1, 2007

Vital Integrities

In today's commentary, I discuss the book, Vital Integrities, by George Brymer, drawing comparisons to my job history.

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Vital Integrities ( in category commentary ) - posted at Thu, 01 Mar, 00:11 Pacific