Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happiest people also kind of forgetful

Maybe all that happiness does something to affect their memory. After all, this isn't the first time they have left someone behind. I'm not so sure I want to go snorkeling or diving down under any time soon.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Everyday expressions

A routine from one of the all time funniest men ever to walk the planet. He was a genius. I miss him.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Is she levitating?

Or not? Check out these great "jumping pictures" of this Tokyo photographer. They are really well done.

Monday, June 27, 2011

It's Monday

And we all know what that means. Time for another MOTW, Manager of the Week. This next manager lives in a perpetual state of fear that his/her illusory competence will be unearthed and brought to light in the not too distant future.

MOTW: Smoke and Mirrors Manager

Bluff Manager’s fraternal twin, Smoke and Mirrors Manager augments his/her repertoire with myriad technological gadgetry and presentations comprised of lots of bells and whistles, reams of documents and articles, magic tricks and just about anything else that will camouflage his/her lack of substance and knowledge.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Weekend Haiku

The short night-
waves beating in,
an abandoned fire.

Buson (1716 - 1783)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Orinoco Flow

Libera performs Enya's Orinoco Flow live. Enjoy and happy Friday.

Monday, June 20, 2011

It's Monday

And we all know what that means. Time for another MOTW, Manager of the Week. As this next manager description reads, he/she should not be confused with last week's offering.

MOTW: Incompetent Manager

Not to be confused with Clueless Manager, this being simply seems to be lucky and is living proof of the Peter Principle.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Weekend Haiku

Spring rain:
a mouse is lapping
the Sumida River.

Issa (1763 - 1827)

Friday, June 17, 2011


An instrumental to make your day. If you haven't heard Moby's Everloving listen to it. Here he is playing it live. It is a beautiful piece of music. No matter how many times I hear it, it still leaves me in a great place when I listen to it. I love how this song slowly builds to a crescendo with the violins. Enjoy and happy Friday.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Citi says over 360k accounts hacked

Citi announced yesterday that over 360,000 accounts had been compromised by the latest hacking attack it experienced, doubling the amount of accounts it initially said had been affected. The exact number given by Citi to date is 360,083, which according to the article is approximately 1 percent of Citi's North America branded credit card accounts.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Citi criticized for delay

Once again a Citi misstep has the company spinning its defense in terms of the 3 weeks it took to notify customers their accounts had been hacked. The way to deal with these types of events is lightning speed transparency and clear communication to regain the trust of your customers but don't try telling Citi that.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mavericks 4, Heat 2

Well, it's all over now and Heat fans will have to wait until next year to see if they can claim another NBA championship. The Heat were sluggish last night at home and lost the NBA finals to the Dallas Mavericks by a score of 105 - 95. Thus culminated a long, torturous campaign which was saddled with controversy, schadenfreude, serious injury, some dysfunction, great play for much of the season and even a few tears if you believe Erik Spoelstra. Last night the Mavericks proved that they were the better team in this series and drove a stake through the heart of Heat fans everywhere.

It is not easy to make your way to the Finals. Only two teams arrive after a long season of many hardships for a reason. It takes stellar play, consistency, teamwork, grit and luck. Miami has its big three stars locked up for the next six years, but things can happen along the way and reaching the finals two years in a row is not a lock contrary to what many Heat fans may think. The Heat squandered many opportunities in this series, but the better team won and they wrapped up the championship on our home floor. Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks and to Dirk Nowitzki for his series MVP award.

It's Monday

And we all know what that means. Time for another MOTW, Manager of the Week. This next manager probably describes one of your friends or one of your friend's friends. There is usually one in every group.

MOTW: Clueless Manager

Not to be confused with Incompetent Manager, Clueless Manager has the skills, but is just not perceptive enough to understand what his/her staff is thinking, feeling or going through. Usually lives in a world of his/her own making where things seem to be fine which they may or may not be.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Weekend Haiku

The peasant's child,
husking rice, stops
and gazes at the moon.

Basho (1644 - 1694)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Heat 2, Mavericks 3

Ouch! This is the first time in the playoffs that the Miami Heat have lost two games in a row and it could not have come at a worse time. The Dallas Mavericks beat the Heat last night 112 - 103. Lebron James had a triple double, but scored only two points in the fourth quarter. Dwyane Wade was in and out of the game due to an injury to his left hip which left him in much pain although he toughed it out and was the Heat's leading scorer with 23 points.

The series now returns to South Beach for the final two games and two things need to happen. One is the home cooking had better be of optimal quality and two is the Heat had better get back to playing defense after the night off that they took last night. The Heat cannot allow Dallas to score 112 points and expect to win. That is not Miami's operating model. It will all be academic if they lose the next game, but if they win, fasten your seat belt and store your tray tables in the upright position for what will be a game 7 for the ages.


Run out and get your headphones. Then listen to this binaural recording by Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra performing Snakecharmer. Watch and listen at 3:50 when Ottmar gets up and walks around. Also at 5:10 for the percussion break. It's a great tune by an excellent guitarist and his band. I saw him in concert about ten years ago and it was a wonderful show. Enjoy and happy Friday.

Monday, June 6, 2011

It's Monday

And we all know what that means. Time for another MOTW, Manager of the Week. There are reasons why rules against fraternization are put in place and this next manager is an example of one of them.

MOTW: Just One of the Guys Manager

Never really manages. Instead tries to join in all the repartee and shenanigans of the regular Joes/Janes that comprise the staff. He/she is usually not respected and not very effective.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Weekend Haiku

No bridge
and the sun going down-
spring currents.

Buson (1716 - 1783)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Heat 1, Mavericks 1

Hey mom, the food wasn't that great. Home cooking could not get it done last night and whatever the outcome of the NBA finals may be, the Miami Heat will look back at this loss last night as the one that got away. The Heat squandered a 15 point lead late in the fourth quarter and lost their first home playoff game of the entire playoff series by a score of 95-93. It was a meltdown of calamitous proportions. Poor offensive and defensive execution in the last seven or so minutes of the game sealed their doom.

It is now off to Dallas for the next three games and Miami will have to win at least one of those to bring the series back to South Beach. Dallas did their job and stole a game in our gym. Now it is up to the Heat to return the favor in Dallas. Go Heat!

Forever Man

One hundred percent of rock awesomeness. Two rock legends, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, perform Clapton's Forever Man at Madison Square Garden. Enjoy and happy Friday.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Heat 1, Mavericks 0

Home cooking does it again. The Miami Heat have yet to lose on their home court during these playoffs and last night was their first home win of the finals. The Heat took care of business beating the Dallas Mavericks 92 - 84 last night in South Beach. The big three scored 68% of the Heat's output, combining for 65 of Miami's 92 points. The series continues tomorrow night at home. Go Heat!