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All Tucked In

February 3, 2016 1 comment

My wookie is all tucked in and fast asleep…

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As for me, in a few short hours I’ll be on my way to Nawlins’ for this year’s “trip of a lifetime“. It’s Mardi Gras time and I’m all swagged up!!!!!

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All Fluff, No Substance

January 8, 2016 4 comments

So, I finally decided to get off my ass. I wrote to my US congressman (John Katko) and both of my US senators (Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand) about an issue that has been of burning concern to me for over seven years. Specifically, I asked them what they were doing about the fact that the banks who triggered the financial calamity of 2008 are much BIGGER now than they were back then.

The first response I received was from my US congressman:

Katko

I interpreted Mr. Katko’s response as all fluff and no substance. Thus, I wrote back:

Katko Fluffl

When(?) Mr. Katko’s staff responds to my attempt to pierce through the fluff, I’ll post it here.

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The Four “C”s Of Twitter Debates

October 27, 2015 2 comments

TwitterDebates

The debate that reminds me most of the above graph is the one that is centered on #noestimates. As far as I can tell, that fire has been raging along for 2+ years now.

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Stuck On

September 20, 2015 Leave a comment

My Fitbit Flex has served me well for over 3+ years. However, it’s time to replace it. A hardware fault has mysteriously manifested in the form of the middle status LED switch being stuck in the “ON” position all the time:

Flex Fail

Every time I look at it, it appears to be giving me the middle finger. LOL.

Interestingly, the step-tracking functionality still works fine. The downside is that instead of having to charge the device every 5 days, the battery discharges so fast that I don’t get an auto-generated e-mail notifying me of the low charge status. I have to remember to charge it every 2 days. Bummer.

I wanted¬† to tell the Fitbit folks about the fault just in case they hadn’t seen this particular fault before and because the info might help them preclude it from happening again in the future, but there seems to be no way to directly relay the information to them. I browsed through their web site for 5 minutes trying to find a way to e-mail them, but I gave up in frustration. I finally ended up tweeting the picture to @fitbit.

 

Fitbit

I e-mailed Fitbit just as @fitbit suggested, but I didn’t hear anything back from them. Nada, zilch.

Perhaps FitBit should be  more Zappos-like; obsessed with customer service. As you can see below, the zappos.com front page prominently shows that it has real people waiting to talk to me 24/7, via three different communication channels.

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Don’t Forget The Disclaimer

September 17, 2015 1 comment

Because of the nature of the subject matter, I’d estimate that it takes me three times as long to write a C++ post as compared to any other topic. Part of that writing/thinking time is burned up trying to anticipate and address questions/critiques from future readers. Thus, from now on, I’m gonna try to follow this advice more closely:

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It’s tough to publicly expose your work. In fact, I think that the fear of receiving harsh criticism may be the number one reason why some creative but shy people don’t post any substantive personal content on the web at all. The web can be a mighty unfriendly world for introverts.

If you’re one of these people, but you’re itching to share with the world what you think you know or have learned, give it a try anyway. You might end up receding back into the shadows, but maybe you’ll be able to handle and overcome the adverse feelings that come with the territory. You won’t know unless you give it a go. So go ahead and scratch that itch – at least once.

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The Big 6 Club

July 30, 2015 2 comments

In a caustic, Bulldozarian-like rant, Chris Matyszczyk lists “The 6 Worst Things You Can Call Yourself On LinkedIn” as:

  1. VISIONARY
  2. INSPIRATIONAL LEADER
  3. SUCCESSFUL
  4. THOUGHT LEADER
  5. CONCEPTUAL THINKER
  6. PURPOSE-DRIVEN

Amen Chris.

If someone is so into himself that he has to publicize himself as such, and you’re considering bringing him in for an interview, then your borg is either on the cusp of going down the crapper or you are already in the crapper and you’re irrationally praying for a messiah to raise you from the dead.

Can you picture yourself working for, or with, someone who actually believes he is a member of the big 6 club? Well, since it seems like quite a few people want the character below to become the next POTUS, I guess some people can… big six

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Falling Off The Tightrope

July 12, 2015 2 comments

Tightrope Since I really enjoyed reading Scott Rosenberg’s “Dreaming In Code“, I grokked his other books. Lo and behold, I discovered that Scott also penned “Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It’s Becoming, and Why It Matters“. Ten seconds and $9.99 later, I was immersed in the kindle version. Not very far into the book, Scott wrote something that touched a nerve:

Writers who tell stories about themselves, their families, and friends always walk a tightrope: you fall off one side if you stop telling the truth; you fall off the other if you hurt people you care about, or use them as fodder for your career. Dishonesty to the left, selfishness to the right.

Except for occasional references to my dog Morrie, I don’t write about my family at all. I have, however, written extensively about my former and current co-workers and managers in an abstract sense.

When you write about your personal experiences working in a corporation, unless you’re a top executive whose livelihood requires that you project of an image of infallibility, you’re likely to write about the dysfunctional, Dilbertonian, situations you you constantly find yourself in.

I don’t know how many of my working mates peruse this blog, but I’m sure some of them do from time to time. If you’re one of those perusers and you suddenly find a veiled reference to yourself in one of my rants, then I’m sorry – and remember that my writing is simply an interpretation of events and behaviors, not necessarily a statement of objective fact.

When it comes to falling off Mr. Rosenberg’s metaphorical tightrope, I tend to fall off on the side of selfishness. tightrope2

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