Thursday, February 22, 2007

the aging boxer

so i've finally found the words to express how it feels to be in the driver's seat at a big company. prior to this, feeling was always "this is frustrating" without a proper analogy to express it until i stumbled across this thought yesterday while chatting to a colleague. it goes sort of like this:

leading a team in a big company is like being an aging boxer. you know where you need the land the next punch to beat your competition. in fact, you know where the whole next couple round of blows need to go. you're not stupid. but the muscles required to obey the commands to hurl a couple shots at your opponent just simply move too slowly to have the desired impact. they land with a dull thud rather than a cartoon "ka-pow!" same thing with your opponent's punches: i can tell you almost exactly where they will hit us and how they will do it. think i can muster the organizational reflexes to duck and avoid the blow? nope. the smaller, agile company can ably move from side to side but the lumbering big company simply does not possess the reflexes of its younger brethren. you can see it coming, you just can move to miss it. this is not to glorify the start-up experience, which is chock full of its own issues, but only to call out the frustration that many people must feel in a big company when they know what they need to do to beat the competition, but just can't make the creaking limbs of the senior citizen obey their pleading commands...

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

humor when it's needed

so today sucked. no point trying to sugar coat it. still dealing with a stomach malaise and work is as miserable as it has ever been with viscious politics and vise-like budgetary belt-tightening.

in times like this, we can only turn to humor to soothe us, usually predicated on other people's misfortune. so without further adieu, i share the best of a series of answers to test questions passed along by jane today. enjoy!!!

ps: click on the images below for the full view.

Friday, February 16, 2007

dc on da tv

against someone's better judgment, they let me on for the top story on a local newstation for the ferocious and entirely unexpected valentine's day virus attack!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

NEW!!! Ankle Untwister SuperPill!!!

that's exactly what i was looking for last sunday after eatin' it big while bombing down bear mountain on my snowboard on saturday. not that i expected anything other than time and rest would heal my wrecked ankle, but i got to wondering about this while watching the superbowl with jonathan. hear me out on this one.

so we're planted on the coach watching the colts pull away from the hapless bears and eagerly awaiting a new round of superbowl commercials when i start to realize just how many damn advertisements there are now for prescription drugs. flomax. cialis. etc. what happened to the bud bowl! and all those coors commercials with the owner in his ll bean jacket drinking a beer in the rockies? hmmmm...

outside of ethical concerns of making people think they have some sort of problem, i have to admit i find these funny. the flomax one showed a bunch of old dudes high fiving after mountain biking, thanks to having been relieved of the ghastly pain of an enlarged prostate which would have otherwise forced them to take so many bathroom breaks along the way they would have never made it past the neighborhood convenience store. not funny at all, but the list of disclaimers and side affects afterwards that they are forced to announce are priceless!

1 in 100 flomax users develops an intolerance to oxygen

known side effects of flomax include possible teleportation to another astral plane populated by otters that speak like regis philbin

if you stand up too fast after taking flomax, you may spontaneously combust

if you occasionally develop hangnails over a 1/4 centimeter in length, flomax may not be right for you. please consult your physician
and then there's the commercials for the cure to "restless leg" syndrome. oh the horrors of RSL!!! thank god they finely have a solution for addressing the horrible plight of restless leg syndrome. think the marketeers behind this one had any idea that the sloths planted on the couch might have developed "restless" legs? think the reason why they might have "restless leg" syndrome might have something to do with their legs telling them it's time to get off their leaden asses and go someplace other than the fridge?

so, all i'm asking for is this: if you're going to develop and mass market remedies, solve real problems everyone has! just play the numbers: i bet i was one of thousands of people who were sitting there watching the superbowl with a twisted ankle. if i saw a commercial that promised to greatly expedite or even fix twisted ankles, i would have limped out the door in a heartbeat to the nearest pharmacy.

btw, hats off to sprint for their ad on "connectile dysfunction". hilarious stuff. now that, my friend, is good marketing!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

current playlist

gbede | tony allen | lagos no shaking
infinito particular | marisa monte | infinito particular
stoned, part I | lewis taylor | stoned
soft summer | john beltram | lush life electronica
fairy dub | kedaco | little dub - kedaco is born
hey girl | welcome to jamrock | damian 'jr gong' marley
electioneering | radiodread | easystar allstars
young man | cee-lo green | closet freak
ribcage | elbow | cast of thousands
mas que nada | sergio mendes | timeless
close edge | mos def | the new danger