Recycling Memo

Note to self – don’t crap in the recycle bin.


Had the management for our office space not included that in the memo, I never would have known.

Email exchange w/ Tony

My friend Tony, from a previous employer sent me an email.

Last week I was walking through the halls in the new Engineering building for a “little” local brewery downtown. The conference rooms are the latest in fashion, glass walls, built in LCD screen projectors, etc. Well, what should I see when I passed one of those rooms but a curious X-Y plot on the board, Vertical axis labeled “Time to Resolve Issues” and horizontal axis labeled “Complexity of System”, with two curved lines on the plot that intersected at 0,0. One line curved out then up, the other line curved up then out.

I poked my head in the door and asked of they knew what that was, the leader responded “It’s the Hofer curve” but I’m not too sure why he knew it was called that.

You should have gotten a patent on that thing.

Cheers, or as they say in Belgium ‘Op uw gezondheid’.


My response:

So someone I’ve never met was doing a presentation about a concept I threw out in a conversation over ten years ago!?

That is funny.

I guess that was my 15 minutes of fame and I didn’t even get to enjoy it

Boring background for those who care: Continue reading Email exchange w/ Tony

What Conservatives Consider Funny

My whack job anti-science nutcase creationist™ Representative Cynthia Davis sends out a weekly email notifying me of all of the horrible legislation she has supported in the previous week. I would blow a gasket if I were to let her emails sink in and I would have a regular supply of fodder to shred if I chose to dispute all the stupid things she says.

Anyway, at the end of each email, she attaches a joke that she considers funny. Most are just cheesy or stupid, but this one seems a little too representative of how messed up her thinking is:

A Little Bit of Humor…

Headlines from the Future

IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.

Baby conceived naturally! Scientists stumped.

Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.

France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica. No other country comes forward to help the beleaguered nation!

Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.00 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

85-year $75 billion study: Diet and exercise is the key to weight loss.

Abortion clinics now available in every high school in United States.

Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.

Average height of NBA players is now nine feet, seven inches.

New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screw drivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2030.

Florida voters still having trouble with voting machines.

My brain just locks up reading it.

  • Anti science, check.
  • Anti civil rights, check.
  • Anti choice, check.
  • Anti-gay sensationalism, check.
  • Anti reality, check.
  • Misrepresenting progressive views, check.
  • Nationalistic, check.

Junk mail

On 4/18/2008 I created a filter in Outlook to get rid of just one type of inter-company email if they didn’t apply to me.  In just under two months time, this filter has saved me from reading 610 emails to see if they applied to me.   Even if I spend only 10 seconds looking at the emails to see if they apply to me, that is still over one and a half hours of time that I have saved myself in less than 2 months.  I feel for the other 60 or so people on the email list if they aren’t doing something similar.

In related news, Ben has a similar filter set up to avoid a different type of inter-company email, but I have a habit of forwarding those to him or verbally letting him know about them.  I also have a filter set up to forward all of the inter-company spam to him,  but I haven’t turned it on.  He might get violent.

Friday – iPod Random 10 + 2 (with annotations)

  1. Rockin’ at the T-Dance (Rainmakers) *
  2. Start Wearing Purple (Gogol Bordello) **
  3. Satellite (Echo and the Bunnymen) ***
  4. Times Change (New Order) *
  5. In Today’s Room (Squeeze) ***
  6. Catch Me (Finns) **
  7. Honey Power (My Bloody Valentine)
  8. Government Cheese (Rainmakers) *
  9. Panic (The Smiths)
  10. Rocket To The Moon (Finns) **
  11. Whistling in the Dark (They Might Be Giants)
  12. I Won’t (The Replacements) ***

The following shows which brother introduced me to the band, or who discovered the music at the same time as me:
* Brother John (aka JC)
**  Brother Mike
*** Brother Joe

For those of you keeping score at home, that means Joe scored 3 pts this week, JC 3 pts, and Mike 3 pts.  NOTE: The jury is still out if we should give anyone credit for The Smiths or TMBG.