November 30, 2007

November 29, 2007

November 21, 2007

  • Thought

    Safari just crashed. I think that is – literally – the first time I’ve ever had that happen. Firefox crashes more than Lindsay Lohan.

November 18, 2007

  • Thought

    BTW, I’ve reconsidered the whole “@someonestweetname” thing – I’ll do it now that I’ve figured out that I can build context into the reply.

November 17, 2007

November 15, 2007

November 14, 2007

  • Thought

    “2.0” as a modifier is pretty much as meaningless as “next generation” now. We need “2.0” 2.0.

November 12, 2007

November 10, 2007

  • A Young Person’s Guide To Punk Rock — The Undertones

    Punk for me (I was a teen when it all started) was always very much about my generation. At the time I don’t think I noticed how incredibly young we all were.

    Behold the zit-filled faces of The Undertones, looking like they had to ask their mums if it was okay to go out on a school night to shoot this video for Teenage Kicks:

    And because the Internet is making everything instantly available, here’s footage of the band actually recording the song:

    It’s quite incredible that what is arguably one of the best pop songs ever just happened to be used as an example of how records are made!

    Yes, I do mean it when I say I think Teenage Kicks is one of the “best pop songs ever”. Who can argue with lyrics as unpretentious as this:

    Are teenage dreams so hard to beat
    Everytime she walks down the street
    Another girl in the neighbourhood
    Wish she was mine, she looks so good

    I wanna hold her wanna hold her tight

    Get teenage kicks right through the night

    I’m gonna call her on the telephone

    Have her over ‘cos I’m all alone

    I need excitement oh I need it bad

    And its the best, I’ve ever had

    I wanna hold her wanna hold her tight

    Get teenage kicks right through the night

    I wanna hold her wanna hold her tight

    Get teenage kicks right through the night

    I only saw The Undertones once, opening for The Clash but I’ve always had a soft spot for them.

  • Did I Really Say “Good Vibes”?

    Nestor E. Arellano (the “E” is to avoid him getting confused with all the other Nestor Arellanos out there — sorry Nestor I couldn’t resist) interviewed me on Thursday for an article called “Good Vibes Stem The Tide Of Talent Turnover”.

    One of the things I’ve learned as a manager is that my team has to understand why they are doing what they are doing, see challenge in the work, and enjoy the physical act of working (i.e. like the people and environment the work gets done in). If you don’t get those right, it’s very tough to keep anyone engaged. If they’re not engaged, they might stick around if times are tough but given options (as people most definitely are being given right now), they won’t stick around for long.

November 7, 2007

  • Thought

    Snow! I had to get out the scraper to clean off the car this morning. Winter Wonderland indeed.

November 6, 2007

November 4, 2007

  • Thought

    Just paid for Twitterific – if I use something this much I feel good about paying for it. About to do the same for Taskpaper.