Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The world's worst airport terminals

A while back I posted about the world's best airport.You can read that post here. Now it is time for the other side of the coin, but the contrast isn't entirely accurate. The operative word in the title of this post is terminal. This article ranks the world's ten worst airport terminals. So, while the overall airport itself may not be one of the worst, according to this article you certainly do not want to get stuck in these specific terminals if you can avoid it.

Monday, January 30, 2012

It's Monday

And we all know what that means. Time for another MOTW, Manager of the Week. This manager is an overall embarrassment to the company and one often wonders how he/she made it through the interview process and was hired to begin with. It is especially taxing to go on any business trips with this individual.

MOTW: Social Misfit Manager

Social Misfit Manager should have read Emily Post’s Etiquette (full title Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home) during his/her formative years but obviously did not. Upon meeting anyone for the first time he/she usually blurts out something inappropriate. Meals while on business trips, especially in foreign countries, are tense affairs with Social Misfit Manager committing a gaffe a minute, oblivious to the effect it has on his/her hosts. Generally the higher Social Misfit Manager is in the company the more outrageous his/her behaviors and the stories associated with them are.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Weekend Haiku

The sound of a bell
struck off center
vanishes in haze.

Buson (1716 - 1783)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Bless the Child

Nightwish performs Bless the Child live. Enjoy and happy Friday.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Beware the Facebook police

Jimmy Kimmel warns us about the Facebook police and actually has footage of one of their raids. Be warned, it's not pretty.

Cash Mob

Here is a nice, feel-good story for today.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The dangers of safety

Do we take more risks today because technological advancements seem to make us feel more protected from adverse events? That is the questions posed by this WSJ article.

Or are you afraid of technology? As this woman is...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Now that is the good life...

I bet these cows sleep better than I do. I have heard of the pampering that the Kobe beef cows get (i.e. massages, etc.), but I never heard of them sleeping on waterbeds. Well, these dairy cows do and according to the article, the quality of the milk has improved ever since hydro-somnolence was introduced.What next, a day trip to the spa?

Monday, January 23, 2012

It's Monday

And we all know what that means.Time for another MOTW, Manager of the Week. Given the tough economic times businesses have been going through for quite a while now, this manager might be considered by some as an asset for the company. Nevertheless, he/she is still a pain to work for and the style is not sustainable as it consistently erodes morale.

MOTW: Cost Conscious Manager

All orders for paper clips, pens and pencils, stationery, etc must go through him/her. Cancels magazine subscriptions on a whim and monitors the break room for excessive coffee consumption. Makes everyone travel coach although he/she travels first class even on a forty-five minute flight. Any expense must be scrutinized and justified before it will be considered.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Weekend Haiku

Good house:
sparrows out back
feasting in the millet.

Basho (1644 - 1694)

Friday, January 20, 2012


Here is bond performing Victory with Andre Rieu. He is one lucky guy. Enjoy and happy Friday.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

It's Monday

And we all know what that means.Time for another MOTW, Manager of the Week. This next manager is a wannabe frustrated Soviet negotiator from the SALT era.

Brinksmanship Manager

In actions similar to those of the Soviets during the Cuban missile crisis, this manager defies his/her superiors and pushes everyone around him/her to the edge of sanity while doing so. By countermanding Senior Management’s orders, hoarding resources, not following procedures and being argumentative at meetings, this manager is constantly at loggerheads with all around him/her, daring anyone and everyone to disagree and take appropriate action. Eventually the appropriate action occurs, which, because of contagion, is also bad news for any of his/her staff.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Weekend Haiku

The camelia-
it fell into the darkness
of the old well.

Buson (1716 - 1783)

Friday, January 13, 2012


A recording of Venus Hum's Alice. Enjoy and happy Friday the 13th.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Top 25 oddball interview questions

According to glassdoor.com, here are the top 25 oddball interview questions of 2011. At the link you can also see what company asked the oddball question and view the answers given.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Hitler reacts to the Broncos OT win over the Steelers

It's Monday

And we all know what that means. Time for another MOTW, Manager of the Week. This week's offering is an example of not knowing what lurks behind the mask of corporate functionality.

Politically Correct Manager

Decked out in clothes from a GQ shoot and with never a hair out of place, PC manager says all the right things, fluidly moving from one topic to the next with the grace and speed of a gazelle. PC manager has all the latest non-offensive vocabulary at the tip of his/her tongue and uses it to ingratiate himself/herself with all of the different constituencies which make up today’s diverse workforce. Unbeknownst to all, PC manager is secretly a bigot.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Weekend Haiku

Visiting the graves-
leaning on their canes.

Basho (1644 - 1694)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Beautiful People

A recording of Beautiful People from Rusted Root's album When I Woke. The whole album is great. Enjoy and happy Friday.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Beautiful Song

As an audiophile I must say I really enjoyed this book. It is an engaging read which takes you on a wonderfully crafted journey through a boy's life, his love of music, and the joys and tribulations he reaps due to his dedication to his craft. Stu, a typical suburban boy grows up to be an atypical rock star, Dylan, and along the way deals with all the ins and outs of becoming successful in the music business with his band The Overture. I found myself continuing to read as I eagerly wanted to know what each new chapter in Stu's multifaceted life would bring, including the eventual waning of his fame and career as the music industry changed around him and how he would handle it. This is a wonderful book which sucks you in and leaves you feeling satisfied at the end, having read about a life well lived with purpose and grace.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A DUI waiting to happen

It's whiskey in a can. That's right, twelve ounces of straight whiskey in a can that is not resealable. The company that is marketing the product, which is based in Panama, is stressing that the can should be shared between three or more people. Well, at least the can is recyclable so you are doing your part for the environment as you drink your dram.

Monday, January 2, 2012

It's Monday

And we all know what that means.Time for another MOTW, Manager of the Week. Let's hope this new year doesn't begin in crisis mode. If it does, let's hope we do not have this manager in charge.

MOTW: Crisis Manager

Procrastinates and delays fairly easy decisions early on in the process until they become looming crises. By the time the decision is made everyone has to work flat out with unrealistic deadlines to solve what would have been routine only weeks before.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

As I stated before, I normally do not post on Sundays, but again I will make an exception. It seems as if both Christmas and New Year's Day have fallen on Sundays this year. Happy New Year to all and here is wishing you and yours only good things in 2012.