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One Hundred and Twenty Years Ago Today

One Hundred and Twenty Years Ago Today J.J. Thomson announced his discovery of the electron at the Royal Institution in London.

Without a good understanding of electrons, which play an essential role in electricity, magnetism, and conductivity (in addition to more fundamental gravitational, electromagnetic, and weak force interactions), we would never have made the advances we made in modern technology. For example, even though, based on the work of Goldstein and Hittorf, Sir William Crookes developed the first cathode ray tube back in the 1870s without knowing what they were, it was electrons that made them work — as determined by J.J. Thomson and colleagues through experiments they conducted in 1896 (based on the work of Lorentz and Schuster).

The visual computing revolution started with the cathode ray tube, and, moreover, as there is no computing without electricity, and no electricity without electrons, without the discovery of electrons, and a good understanding of what they enabled, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Opposites Attract

A Sourcing and Procurement Love Story.

[S] I’m M.C. Doc on the rap so mic it
[S] Here’s a little story and you’re sure to like it
[S] Swift and sly and I’m playing it cool
[S] With Procurement, ’cause buyers rule!

[S] Oh it seems we never ever agree
[S] You like catalogs
[S] And I like RFPs
[S] I take things serious
[S] And you take ‘em light
[S] I analyze daily
[P] And I buy when I like

[P] Back office sayin’
[P] We ain’t gonna last
[P] Cuz I move slowly
[S] Catalogs move fast

[S] I like it quiet
[P] And I love it loud
[B] But when we get together
[B] We both can stand proud

[Chorus:]
[S] I take 2 steps forward
[P] I take 2 steps back
[B] We come together
[B] Cuz opposites attract
[S] And you know — it ain’t fiction
[P] Just a natural fact
[B] We come together
[B] Cuz opposites attract

[P] Who’d a thought we could be partners
[P] I place the orders
[S] And I cut the contracts

[S] I like it neat
[P] And I make a mess
[P] I take it easy
[S] But I get obsessed
[S] I’ve got the budget
[P] And I’m always broke
[P] I don’t like strategy
[S] My eyes on the prize

[B] Things in common
[B] Just ain’t a one
[B] But when we’re working in-sync
[B] It’s nothin’ but black ink

[S] I take 2 steps forward
[P] I take 2 steps back
[B] We come together
[B] Cuz opposites attract
[S] And you know–it ain’t fiction
[P] Just a natural fact
[B] We come together
[B] Cuz opposites attract

[Repeat Chorus]

[B] Oh ain’t it somethin’
[B] How we lasted this long
[B] Both of us
[B] Provin’ everyone wrong
[B] Don’t think we’ll ever
[B] Get our differences patched
[B] Don’t really matter
[B] Cuz we’re perfectly matched

[Repeat Chorus Twice]

[B] Nothing in common, only trust
[P] I’m like a minus …
[S] I’m like a plus
[S] One saving up,
[P] One spending down
[B] But together we’re on common ground

[P] When things go wrong we make corrections
[S] To keep things moving in the right direction
[B] Try to fight it but we’re telling you Jack
[B] Its true — this — Opposites Attract!

… but the unanswered question is, should they?

50 Ways to Kill Your Business

At the request of the prophet:

The problem is all inside your head
They like to say
The answer is easy if you
Take it day by day
They’d like to help you in your struggle
To be safe …
There must be fifty ways
to kill your business

They said it’s really not our habit
To intrude
Furthermore, they hope their message
Won’t be lost or misconstrued
But I’ll repeat myself
At the risk of being crude
There must be fifty ways
to kill your business
Fifty ways to kill your business

[CHORUS:]
They just slip out the back, Jack
<b>Make a new plan, Stan</b>
You don’t need to be coy, Roy
Just break yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just drop off the lease, Lee
And get yourself free

They said it grieves them so
To see you in such pain
I wish there was something I could do
To clear your mind again
I hope you appreciate that
And if I could explain
About the fifty ways

They’ll say why don’t we both
Just sleep on it tonight
And they believe in the morning
You’ll begin to see their light
And then they all go
And you’ll realize I was probably right
There must be fifty ways
to kill your business …
Fifty ways they can kill your business

Dave Caroll was Lucky! United Only Broke His Guitar!

Reading this incident (reported on cbc.ca) about how United is now forcibly removing paying passengers from planes after assigning them a seat and allowing them to board, and knowing how little room there is to maneuver in those aisles, it seems that boarding a plane now comes with the risk of getting broken bones! (While it, fortunately, did not happen this time, getting an arm or leg caught on an armrest or having one’s head banged into the overhead bins could easily result in a dislocation, fracture, or even a break!)

I guess the lesson here is clear! Do NOT fly United! (And when sourcing travel, leave them OFF of the potential preferred carrier list during negotiations.)

For those who have forgotten, you can go view the entire trilogy of videos Dave made about his horrendous experience on YouTube through the links in this 2010 post:

United Breaks Guitars (The Trilogy): 10 Million Views, All Thanks To You!

(FYI: The trilogy is now closing on 20 Million Views.)