Saturday June 13, 2015
Hard As Rock!
Rich is out in the Back Forty (that's yards, not acres), working on a project.
The Idea (in theory): to attach some 4x4 boards perpendicular to the slope back there to make it possible to walk along the edge of the hill horizontally.
In practice? Our house is on a hill made of decomposed granite. Great stuff. It has excellent drainage. Mud slides? We never get mud. Rain is gone within a minute of hitting the ground.
On the other hand, it's miserable to dig through. After we bought our house, we converted the back lawn to water-conserving garden. We rototilled down about 18" and removed all rocks larger than a golf ball. That made it possible to dig holes in the garden for planting things.
OMG! Save Teh Waterz!
Yesterday via @ThinkProgress:
Skip Showers For Beef, a new grassroots project born of the California drought, acknowledges that giving up beef - a product that uses huge amounts of water - is hard. So the campaign's creators have come up with a creative way for Californians to keep eating meat while reducing their water use: Just stop showering.Well, actually, no, as it turns out. While California beef production does use a lot of water compared to, say, one adult human taking a shower, it doesn't use much in comparison to a lot of other things. Most other things, if you think in terms of agriculture.
California certainly does have cows. California is #5 in US states for all cattle and calves (2015). However, while California leads the US in dairy production (about an $8 billion business annually), the state only raises two percent of the country's beef.
"We need to create more attention-grabbing campaigns like this to wake people the f*** up" -- MobyWho
Who, exactly, are we trying to "wake up"? And why do we need "attention-grabbing campaigns like this one" to do it? That "campaign" is silly... and it's dishonest.
Wednesday May 27, 2015
Sour Grapes and the MBTI
The MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) is a self-assessment and self-discovery instrument for Psychological Type. It was developed in the late 1940s and has been in use since the 1960s. To date, millions of people have taken the MBTI.
Notwithstanding its popularity (or perhaps because of it), there are detractors. How much of this is due to the fact that the MBTI was not (gasp!) created by formally-educated psychologists?
Monday May 11, 2015
Whose Reputation Is Really At Stake?
When you work in Customer Service, your job is Customer Satisfaction. Whether you're in a call center, at the returns desk in a store, or working in a restaurant, your job is to keep the customer happy and wanting to come back again.
While you're on the clock, you represent the company. You should never be the person directly responsible for a bad review, the loss of a customer... or a blog post such as this one.
Tuesday May 5, 2015
Watching Temperament Play Out Over Coffee Cups
One of my interests is Personality Type and Temperament. I also like Starbucks Frappucinos.
You wouldn't think these two things would intersect, but, recently, I realized that they do. They come together in the form of the precious and controversial Trenta cup.
Sunday April 26, 2015
StrengthsFinder and Psychological Type
I traveled up to Sacramento yesterday (a 2-hour trip by BART & car) to attend the April CCC-APT meeting. Erin Passons presented "Discover Your Strengths: Combining StrengthsFinder and Psychological Type".
Sunday April 19, 2015
There's No Such Thing as an Ambivert
The term "ambivert" was popularized by Dan Pink in 2013, in an article on leaders and sales. The word operates in the same colloquial universe of definitions in which introverts are shy and retiring and extroverts (usually spelled with an o) are loud and outgoing.
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