October 13, 2011 Leave a comment
WARNING: The following post is totally corny but somewhat “ah-maze-ing.” No, its not the corn maze itself, which is impressive…
one guy's ramblings amid chaos
October 12, 2011 Leave a comment
Do you remember 10 years ago when it was becoming a scary thing to open the mail? In the weeks following the September 11th attacks details began coming forward about letters sent through the United States Postal Service laced with anthrax. Over a two month period nearly 20 people were infected with anthrax and five died, including Connecticut’s Ottilie Lundgren (a 94 year-old widow from Oxford).
Heading to the mailbox, for some, became something to have anxiety over. No longer was our biggest complaint about unwanted credit card offers and other junk mail. Instead, our treasured catalogs and cards from friends were now potential weapons. While the government officials asserted that Lundgren wasn’t targeted, it was almost more unsettling. Were random mailboxes vulnerable to terrorism?
October 10, 2011 Leave a comment
Rumor has it, someone at Netflix finally has somewhat of clue and they are nixing
Quickster Qwikster. And according to the Daily Intel, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings new mantra is “I messed up.” (Collective: duh!)
It was one thing to change (read: jack up) the pricing structure, which I found made perfect
cents sense. Then in a drunken rant of an email Hastings told customers the price change could have been handled better and by the way, the convenience of having one site to stream movies online and rent DVDs from was splitting up, because a few people still didn’t completely hate Netflix, yet.
October 8, 2011 Leave a comment
A wise colleague recently enlightened me about the “inbox zero” concept and how it was helping to organize his work day. After a little pointing, clicking and searching on Google, I found myself desirous to become an email ninja!
In just a few days it has revolutionized far more than my inbox. It has helped me organize my work-life, clear a lot of stuff off of my plate, follow up on other items and even make time to tackle some long overdue projects.
September 11, 2011 Leave a comment
No need to “remember,” as for many we have never forgotten the attacks on the United States of America that occurred on September 11, 2001. We remember where we were, we remember the emotions that we felt that day, or the lack thereof due to the shock. It was 10 years ago, but it seems like yesterday.
One thing we, collectively, seem to have forgotten was that spirit of unity that swept the nation 9/12/01 and in the days and weeks following. Marketplace Money‘s Bob Moon summed it up best: Read more of this post
August 7, 2011 Leave a comment
Back to the first breaking news bit. Rebecca Rickwood, 15, was crowned champion of Microsoft’s Excel 2007, apparently she was one of the 228,000 people participating in nearly 60 countries.
I for one am still shocked such a competition exists, never mind the fact that someone won it. I am left to wonder, how well does Ms. Rickwood know her Excel 2010. That title belongs to Chen Xing of China. Read more of this post
July 29, 2011 Leave a comment
From the U of Chicago’s YouTube page:
The new Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago houses cutting-edge facilities for preservation and digitization of physical books, as well as a high-density underground storage system with the capacity to hold 3.5 million volume equivalents. With its soaring elliptical dome and prime location on campus, the Mansueto Library’s Grand Reading Room, which opens May 16, 2011, provides an inviting space for rigorous scholarship in an array of fields.
July 27, 2011 Leave a comment
“You’ve Got Mail.” No, not that kind of mail. Snail mail, delivered to your mailbox via the United States Postal Service. However, according to the Postmaster General you’re not getting enough snail mail and the USPS may be forced to shutter some 3,700 post offices around the U.S. A list of possible closure sites was released, Connecticut has 15 offices on the chopping block, however most locations were the second or even third (or more) locations within a single city.
But, is this a bad thing? They are closing post offices because folks aren’t flocking to them.
July 27, 2011 Leave a comment
It seems that not even the Tooth Fairy is immune from the recession and budget cuts. In 2010, on average, the Tooth Fairy left $3.00 for each tooth collected. A year later, said fairy is leaving a mere $2.60.
WOW! Times have changed. I was lucky to get a dollar growing up in the 80s.