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In other news #4

02.18.2005

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What’s up with Blogger

What’s going on with the lags? I love the new style of comments, but this week there was some major lag-time with many blogs and it seemed like some were affected more then others. I noticed a few people through the web of BS commenting on that fact. I know I had a few issues when just making a posting as well. Maybe they are working on some more updates?

I can only hope that within the next few months there is an update in terms of categories. I would love to have a category assuaged to certain posts; that way I can have a link to all posts about books, or all adventures, etc. I know there are other sites that allow this and most of the blog software out there will do it as well…I just don’t feel like moving! :)

Anyone else have thoughts on “needed” additions to BS?

For those of you that have typing and/or spelling issues like I do; try out Google’s new toolbar. Version 3 (new one) is in Beta so it could be a little buggy for those non-computer types out there. However, it has an awesome feature: spell check before submitting a form. So now you don’t have to cut and paste from a word processing program to get your posts and comments spelled correct!! Get the new Google tool bar here.

Blogs of note #3

02.18.2005

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Worth a mention, good for a laugh

TGIF…it’s a “feature” day at BD@BS again. So what does that mean? Well: On with the sideshow!

Daily Horoscope

02.17.2005

babblingdweeb

Scorpio – InfoSpace

Why do I even bother reading this crap? I better listen to my intuition eh? Right, well it says that I should watch my back for people that might want to stab it all the while I should be on vacation on some sunny sandy beach while drinking a pina colada from a hallowed out coconut with a paper umbrella and pineapple slices pinned to the side.

Hopefully my guardian angel can double as a bartender, stripper and a loving supportive significant other…now that would make my day! After all those are the important things in life right? :)

“You know the expression about being in the right place at the right time? Prepare to familiarize yourself with it on a very personal level, but don’t take it for granted. For the moment, it’s going to feel like there’s a veritable team of guardian angels on duty, all of whom are silently guiding you in the right direction at the right moment. In short, better listen carefully to your intuition.”
Daily Horoscope: Scorpio – InfoSpace

Confession Wednesday #4

02.16.2005

babblingdweeb

I get NSF on my emotional bank account

I hate giving up. I hate quitting. I hate them so much I overextend myself way too often. I do it with friends, family, lovers, work and with myself. Lately I have been trying to keep as positive of an attitude that I can with my two jobs…the rest of my life is what it is right now so work is focus #1 (for the most part).

This is the second small company I have worked for; not the first I found issues with motivation, dedication and commitment from the employees. I just can never figure out why many companies don’t like hearing suggestions or ideas from people low on the corporate totem pole. Sometimes problems that seem major, are really minor and the person at the end of the line sees were the real bottleneck is. I find that many companies don’t want to tweak their corporate process and they don’t want to hear about minor issues until things get really bad. Why? What is wrong with striving for continuous improvement?

Devils Advocate: When too much time is spent on reevaluating the situation or process that is working; less time is being spent on the actual work. A healthy balance must exist between work and evaluation.

I once worked for a very large corporation as an intern. Well they had this awesome suggestion program! When your suggestion was used, you received a check for $150 or so. You could submit as many suggestions as you wanted with some minor rules. Things like: you could only get paid for a used suggestion every 6 months; you could not suggest something that was specific to your job in the suggestion program…you were supposed to just innovate in your job and discuss it with your boss. Very simple and mostly common sense rules; with the exception of one rule: you could not be a intern, co op or contract employee. Well as I said, I was an intern…but I had some ideas that were pretty interesting in my eyes and a few of my coworkers! So to start the process on the right foot I submitted a suggestion to change the suggestion program to allow co ops and interns to participate. I even used one of the 7 corporate principals [“there are no barriers to teamwork”] to illustrate this concept. Well of course I got a form letter saying that my “suggestion to change the program to allow co ops and interns to participate in the program was denied because it was submitted by a co op or intern. We [Company Name] currently do not allow interns and co ops to participate in the program so your suggestion has not been evaluated.”

Awesome! Well I ended up talking to a few financial managers about it and they almost died at the absurdity in the response. After being told a few times that they were going to look into it I just shrugged it off as a funny moment (a Dilbert-ism if you will) and eventually when a full time job rolled around I left the company to work in my field. About 3 months after I left I got an email from one of my friends there: Attention all employees, we are pleased to announce a change in the suggestion program! Now we are allowing all interns and co ops to participate in the program and receive the same rewards as our full time employees. How Awesome!

While it is a totally different issue; I am in that boat again at the company I work at now. It seems that our corporate struggle and a lowly peon’s suggestions for corporate restructuring are not taken as having enough merit since I haven’t worked here that long and I have yet to attain my degree.

On the flip side, my other job is volunteer in that I don’t get paid; however, it is a full fledged job. I am on the board of directors for a small library and museum in the city. After a little corporate struggle there I put in my two cents and with some additional help from a friend we are making changes. This past week I was promoted to the vice president of the corporation and one of the primary directors of operations and planning.

Different perspectives, different work environments…same issues and same suggestions. Just different outcomes. Why can’t life be like that more often?

I have made this letter longer than usual, because I lack the time to make it short.
– Blaise Pascal

In other news #3

02.14.2005

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I have good news
I have bad news


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So much to say

02.14.2005

babblingdweeb

On this BS Day

I’m sooo moody today I don’t even have the energy to get into it. This weekend was bizarre and women are just bizarre. Dissed, ditched and stood up. WTF is with people? So lemme cry my little cry and rant my little rant…I know you are all so eager to let the words go in one ear and out the other.

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And that’s just part of the story…Happy Valentine’s Day kids.