Brian Haner (Papa Gates) – Guitar Hero

Not only is Brian very talented with his guitar, he’s very funny too.  This is a classic:

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Don’t Drink Water

Water sales has become a huge business these days.  There are stores that specialize and sell ONLY water.  That seems amusing to me, like the old Saturday Night Live “Scotch Boutique”, where they specialized in selling just tape.

I don’t drink water.  You probably shouldn’t either.  Think about it for a few minutes: fish swim around in water and pee in it.  That’s nothing I want to drink.  And, it’s even worse than that!  They drink it too, then pee it out again!  Horrors!

Once it’s boiled and flavored with something like coffee beans, it becomes somewhat palatable.  Unfortunately the cafeteria downstairs at work hasn’t yet mastered this art.  “somewhat” would be a large stretch in their case.

The other thing I find inane with water is the recommendations on how MUCH you should drink per day.  I tell you, if I drank as much (of any liquid) as doctors recommend, I’d be in the bathroom all day.  Chugging down 3 liters of water per day like clockwork just seems ridiculous to me.  You see, our bodies have this neat mechanism built in.  It’s called “thirst”.  When your body needs liquid, this “thirst” mechanism is triggered and you find you want to drink something.  It’s very clever.  Here's what I do:  When I get thirsty, I drink something (well, not water. I mean … come ON!  Fish pee?).  When I’m not thirsty, I don’t drink anything.  It’s a great system.

In addition to not having to run to the bathroom all the time, I don’t have to carry around water bottles, or have big 64oz cups of soda on my desk for constant imbibing. I save money, effort, and it’s quite convenient to utilize this built-in liquid “fuel gage” type system.

For Peter Sellers fans…

I ran across these two videos by Peter Sellers, doing Beatles songs in a “different” way than they do!

Here’s one where he does “A Hard Day’s Night” Shakespearian style:

And this one is “She Loves You” as Dr Strangelove would have done it:

Google Insights

Here’s a fun thing you can play with – Google insights for Search

You can put in a search term, and optionally some filters, and then the system will show you how much (over time, since 2004) that particular thing was searched for.

For example, I put in “Field Camera”.  Here is the result I got:

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This shows some query activity over the years, but that interest has peaked starting in 2011

Put in your own favorite thing and see how often people are searching for it.  In fact, put your own name in!

Outsourcing Leadership

Ok, so here’s a pretty inane concept for you, and there are companies who do this.  To me, this is beyond nutty.  I can see outsourcing the grunt processes in your company.  I can also see outsourcing various functions such as timecards, service desk, printer maintenance, network maintenance, etc.  However, when it comes to Leadership… the leadership of a company IS the company.  Outsourcing that is like a ship’s captain turning the rudder over to somebody else then going down to the saloon for drinks, hoping that all will go well.

Hot off the press: Gitane

We finished the last polishing touches on Gitane, a lovely song about a special needs girl.  You can give it a listen with the player in the right hand column.

Enjoy!
Tim & Ellis (The Strange Game)