Monday, October 31, 2005

This Blog Sits...

I am not a Paris Hilton fan, but I dig this pic.

Read This Blog Sits at the Intersection of Antropology and Economics.

A Little Pollyanna

Like her blog, her disclaimer says something. I never know where she is going unless it is City Hall, but I love her just the same, and like a lot of people, I wish I could be more like her.

DISCLAIMER: I speak only for myself and none of the three dozen publications that have employed me to date. Or the dozen publications that currently use me. Or that TV station where I work once in a while. That's my disclaimer. Although I am quick to add that I will do my best not to embarrass myself or humiliate anyone who may cross my path as a current or future source of news. Or friend. Or employer, as an employer is a terrible thing to waste.... To (sorta) paraphrase Good Witch Glinda from the Wizard of Oz, "I want to use my blog for good, not evil." I also would like to drop 5 dress sizes and dance back-up in a Tina Turner tour. But we all know how that's going to turn out... But I will DO MY BEST to be good here.

Read A Little Pollyanna.

Rebecca's Pocket

She is Rebecca Blood. Her picture here gives one the impression that she is a little bit mental. She fancies what she fancies and this is what she writes about, as well.

Here is her blog and here is her bio.

"Rebecca Blood challenged journalists to stop worrying so much about bloggers and concentrate on doing good journalism. It was refreshing to hear how an outsider views the strengths and weaknesses of mainstream journalism." — Kris Kodrich, journalism professor at Colorado State University and board member of the Colorado Professional Chapter of SPJ

Fragments from Floyd

Fragments from Floyd is written by Fred. Fred writes from a quiet place called Floyd County, Virginia. Fred is a naturalist and it shows. His blog is straight forward, contains many beautiful photos and much common sense.

Fred is a good writer. He is pragmatic and informative in a neighborly way.

I like Fred and I think you will, too.

Read Fragments from Floyd.

eye 2 eye - Ian Macarthur

From the land down under comes this blogger discussing multidisciplinary, cross-cultural design practice, innovation & creativity.

Ian is also a frequent reader of cph127 (also noted in this hitchhiker guide)

In his blogger profile, Ian says of himself:
My focus and professional interests and practice are in the area of design management. I consider China, India and Asia more generally to be of greatest importance in terms of opportunities for design as a profession to make significant difference to the future of all people on the planet. I am interested in contributing to the process of educating industry and people about the need to utilise design in these regions in order to maximise the potentials of collaborative practice, new technologies and education to solve the problems we face as a global community.
Ian writes on East | West behavioural and thinking dichotomies
The Shanghai Swiss Chamber of Commerce recently commissioned Birds & Fish Communications to work on the development of a quarterly magazine appropriately titled “The Bridge”. Designed to foster more awareness of Swiss Chinese business relations in Shanghai and China generally the publication’s March 2005 issue featured a wonderful article “10 differences between Western and Eastern Behaviour and Thinking” by Hans J.Roth, Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai. The article describes the most significant differences between European and Chinese cultural environments. Although quite broad brushstrokes the observations can be considered a solid general guideline. I thought it would be positive to share the main points of difference highlighted in the article.
Read the remainder of this posting here.

So if you are interested in design and opportunities in China, read Ian!

Friday, October 28, 2005

hypocritical - Rick Turoczy

Rick Turoczy is hypocritical. In his own words:
Sometimes I write hypocritical, a blog on marketing. Its purpose, beyond feeding my pure unadulterated hubris, is to provide yet another forum for yet another a) frustrated writer, b) misunderstood genius, c) marketing slob to critique concepts, capture thoughts, pose questions, and share ideas, in hopes of gaining a better understanding of the art of communication. While it is doubtful I will uncover anything new, perhaps I will provoke thought or provide the right sugarcoating to make an idea digestible or inspire you, gentle reader, to comment, critique, and return.
He writes with Blogger, has been having problems with trackbacks and wrote about it when he identified the problem.

In his posting on Take my RSS feed, please:

Just think. A few magic clicks of your mouse and you could be hosting such previous gems as:

* Want comments on your blog?

* RSS feeds: Can't we just all agree on a common home?

…. and much much more

But that's not all, act now and you'll get all the lame posts, too. At no additional cost. Hearken back to the times we all groaned when I wrote:

* St. Patrick's Day, an increasingly vulgar brand that continues to remain popular

* Don't recreate the wheel that has already been created: The fine art of creating a satirical marketing site (and using the word "create")

…. and much much more

Well worth taking the feed for!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Idea Sandbox Blog - Paul Williams

The background page says:

Idea Sandbox is about connecting people with solutions.

Solutions come in many packages. It may be a person, a place or thing. When you have a problem at your organization - where do you turn? Who can you call? What do you Google?

Idea Sandbox is all about bringing those people, places and things together to help solve your business problems.

The blog is the creation of Paul Williams.

Did you know you could turn your photos into real postage?

If you read this blog, you would have found out.

Make it a place to visit. Who knows what we'll learn next?

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Improbable Research -- What's New

Good stuff!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Monday, October 24, 2005

Is it really?

This blog is worth $6,209.94.
How much is your blog worth?

Some would say: This isn't a new blog posting, what are you doing?

I would say: Patience, my friend, all good things take time.

What would you say?

Friday, October 21, 2005

Through the wall - Wil

The trial and tribulations of being a mother, a wife, and a triathlete come together in the writings of Wil.

Getting ready for my first Ironman in September, 2006, and I'm starting to feel like I might just be able to pull it off. A married mom of two preschoolers, here you'll find my insane account of juggling family, career and triathlon. Never a dull moment on this ride; promptly departing at 4:00 a.m. daily.
From The Plan

THE PLAN is the mile marker that jumps into the path of the oncoming emotional blob and slaps it around a bit – whips it into shape, you might say. Look at this, it’s almost over. Get it together - this isn’t so bad, have a gel, drink some water, get over yourself already and breathe. You know that spot when you get your wind back – well, all of the emotional smelling salt stuff of that spot is THE PLAN.
From Back to the Beginning

Physical ability can be carved, mental toughness can be forged, but passion must be born – it takes flesh and blood and heart and guts. And that’s why you must bleed to be the best.
Read more of Wil here.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Boy Who Heard Music - Pete Townsend

Pete Townsend, yes, the one and the same as was once part of The Who.

What is well known is that I'm a rock star. You are not worthy etc. In fact you are worthy. And so am I. We deserve each other.

He is publishing his novella, The Boy Who Heard Music, in serial format via this blog, a chapter at a time.

Chapter 1 through 5 is now published... so you are not far behind, can catch up quickly and hang in for the ride to the finish sometime in February 2006!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Treasure Island - JD

Good advice from JD:

Loved ones! Please! Do not mistakenly assume that you will always be blessed with the aroma of love. Today, while you have breath, do something to say “thanks”. Creatively code your passionate irrational insanity into an unforgettable message. When you next rest your head on a fragrant pillow, breathe deeply as you wink into sweet sleep.

From JD's profile:

Flooded passages and the feeble pointing finger of a WWII veteran point our way to tons of burried treasure. This blog began as a historical account of the search and recovery of golden bars of Japanese war booty. It is written as a fictional image of what happened to me yesterday. I have four sons. The fact that I have zero daughters proves the existence of God (I could neither discipline a daughter nor resist her requests). Seeing urgency to love others while time remains as being the crucial focus of each effort, I attempt to occasionally interject the philosophy of love.
For more insights on the philosphy of love, check out JD!

Updated 10/31/05:
This blog is temporarily abandoned.

Oh well, I hope it wasn't something I said.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Never Work Alone

This is more than a common sense saying and a significant safety factor for some types of work, this is a new blog that addresses workplace issues.

Never Work Alone is a blog where you'll find great advice for management and leadership related problems. Each week we post a problem and a summary of the response from the great community of managers and leaders over at the Never work Alone Googlegroup.

Never Work Alone is a coproduction of Slacker Manager, Genuine Curiosity and Random Thoughts From a CTO

This is one blog to put into your reader and keep tabs on.

Who knows, you may have an opportunity to utilize it yourself someday.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

A Gonzo Journal by Cowboy Caleb

Worthy of praise...

Gonzo Journal is the personal blog of Cowboy Caleb, editor of Tomorrow, the self-professed Boing Boing of Singapore. Cowboy has been blogging since 2002 and he turns 27 this year.

The Journal features imaginary conversations, invitations to virtual parties, colorful wedding photos, and massive linkage.

If you have some time to spend, this is a good place to do it.

It won't be time wasted.

Scared Monkeys and More...

Scared Monkeys is a blog written by Tom and Red, two guys who went to high school together, and have been discussing politics and life for years. They have been sharing their conversation with the blogosphere since February of 2005.

Tom and Red have been quoted and featured by the liks of CNN, MSNBC, and Slate. They've made appearances on radio and television, as well. Now, they have expanded their offerings to new blogging enterprises.

Following are other Sacred Monkey blogs:

Mick O'Grady - Mike Daily

Mike Daily is a novelist and freestyle fictionist who frequently performs his work in Portland, Oregon. He has recorded a 13-track CD as Mick O'Grady Trio (MO'GT) w/ Daniel Austin and Brian Crowl; a five-track EP and show as Slack Variables w/ Matt McCullough, J. Morales, and David Moscovich; and the Korean Grass Never Needs to Be Cut EP (listen to "Drum Machines") w/ Roads Less Traveled--all in six months' time. On March 31, 2005, Mike Daily performed live on KBOO 90.7 "Night of the Living Tongue" w/ Crowl, Moscovich, and special guest Rafael Katz. His second novel, As Is, is forthcoming from Almighty in 2006. Daily apparently uses Mick O'Grady to write about himself in the third person. And first.


what more could one ask for???
try the freestyle way of Mick (or is it Mike?)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Life Beyond Code - Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty has just published his new book, Life Beyond Code.

He is an Entrepreneur, Author and a Teacher (he describes himself as someone who EATs with passion!)

His insight on the tortoise and the hare story:
Stories can mis-lead us and take us in the wrong direction if we are not careful. If you really want to conclude "slow and steady wins the race", please go and find something else other than the above story to based your conclusions on.

My $.02: This story has run its course. When everyone around you is "fast and steady" and you are "slow", this story or the conclusion won't help. You need to change!

His advice on celebrating small victories:
Nobody is surprised when a small failure causes a major upset but everyone will raise their eyebrows if a small victory is celebrated in a big way. Both are extremes but each one gets a different treatment.

Happy people do things the other way around. It's fun to be around people who celebrate small victories. They are full of life and they bring life to people around them.

When was the last time you celebrated a small victory? May be it's time for a small celebration for a small victory...

Make it an event on your day to read Rajesh!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Steven's Log - Steven

Steven says Hello to Melbourne

Offers the view from his new apartment

And finds some chocolate afternoon tea

Now, why else would you want to read Steve?

Well, I might be a little biased, but the world can't have enough Steves!

Read more from Steven!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Operation Eden

Operation Eden is Clayton James Cubitt's blog. Clayton writes about a third world America, one of which many of us know little or nothing. The pics are striking and the words are biting.

eHub - Emily Chang

Interested in the latest in technology?

Want to keep up with what is happening in web tools?

Then you have one place to mark and check frequently! eHub by Emily Chang
eHub is a constantly updated list of web applications, services, resources, blogs or sites with a focus on next generation web (web 2.0), social software, blogging, Ajax, Ruby on Rails, location mapping, open source, folksonomy, design and digital media sharing.
Check it out, it will be worth your time.

Friday, October 07, 2005

weblogg-ed - Will Richardson

Will Richardson is a teacher with a passion for writing and blogging, well not just blogging, using current technologies to teach.

He is the author of An Educator's Guide to Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other New Web Tools that are Transforming the Classroom published by Corwin Press, scheduled for release in early 2006.

He as a great summary of how to use RSS for education.

He has found out that it is possible to write up a poor version of a research paper, post it to wikipedia, wait a couple of days for the world to edit and correct it for the originator. Oh my, now that is using the system. As a teacher he is concerned about it. As a former teacher, I am also. But fortunately the output would be easily cross checked so the "smart student" should see their day in court.

Read more about from Will here.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Running Chick with the Orange Hat - Dianna

Dianna writes about her running efforts. She wrote about her training for the Hartford Marathon last year. She finished in 4:02, not bad at all for a first timer!

She is in her final preparations for this year's Hartford Marathon which goes off this Saturday.

Good luck Dianna!

Read all about Dianna's running exploits here.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Mary's Blog -

Why read “Mary’s Blog?”

Well, I’m a business developer & marketing troubleshooter (working with all sizes and types of clients). As such, I cover a lot of ground in this blog. I’ve been working since I was 16 and have had an eclectic career (and have eclectic tastes in work and life). When talking about me, my clients and colleagues use phrases like, “No BS” “Straightshooter” “Fun to work with.” “Cuts to the chase.” “A true pro.” All of which I hope is reflected in my writing.

One day I’ll talk about a cool technology. Another I give “down and dirty” tips about how to get and keep customers. Yet another day, I’ll make reading recommendations that may help you think outside the box.

Read more of Mary Schmidt here.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Kieran's Adventures in Slow Twitch - Kieran Snyder

Found via a posting about her running (she's a marathoner), Kieran writes in her profile:
Aspiring fashionista, as recently confirmed by co-workers. Paramount leg-wrestler. Sassy linguist. Both leader and member of posse. Good drinker, for some values of good. Marathoner flirt social impresario. I kick ass.

She posted today on Food is Love and I had to reveal my love of Fluffernutters (that will be the subject of another post).

In the meantime check out Kieran here!

Genuine Curiosity

Genuine Curiosity is written by Dwayne Melancon, a clean shaven U.S. citizen.

Why "Genuine Curiosity"?
Dwayne suggests, when in dialogue, eliminate the background noise. Try to neutralize any preconceived notions. Don't jump to conclusions or make assumptions. Refrain from asking open-ended questions, at least, at the onset. This will give the other the opportunity to tell you about herself.

This is difficult for some people, who won't stop talking long enough to listen to anybody else. If this is you, implement a change. Learn to listen.


Read finslippy.

"Alice will not harm you. She only craves your delicious spine...?"