Monday, March 31, 2003

Swopped ASCII

I received a newsgroup posting in Australlian swopped ASCII, it was fun to decode it:

Message: 5
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 13:12:33 -0000
From: "oo1pouep"
Subject: swopdoms

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(¿paeuaodqns) sans auO ¿adop e ysnq s! ¿uew paq e weppes sI
- auo ppo ue moN

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Way ahead'a ya -
a quiz [in swopped ASCII]
I do upside down as my sis is in oz, down unda. (Is she an auzzie?
nope.)

Now an odd one -
Is saddam a bad man? is bush a dope? One sues (subpoenaed?)
Opinions, I dunno. Wisdom is needed. I'm anxious and uneasy.

Zionism and nazism - unneeded enemies. Xenophobia.

How did I pass a mensa exam ?

dan. :-))

* poppin' down pub now, be p*ssed soon.

Thursday, March 27, 2003

Today was a good day. I attended a webinar on recruiting and a live networking event from HumAchieve. They're nice people (even though their domain name is tough to spell).

I found a new toy at" PlagiServe. It's a site where professors can upload a paper and see if it's been stolen from the internet somewhere. Registration is a pain in the neck because it gives you anumeric user ID, but it's interesting to see where stories are paraphrased from.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

In my perusing of the web, some interesting things pop up, like this company posting its own resume: http://www.lmcresources.com/resume.htm.

I am finding it hard concentrating on prospecting when the war coverage is so riveting. CNN's coverage is starting to feel like a movie of the week: "War on Irag - The Embedded Story"

A strange experience came to me while walking home from an appointment this morning: A woman was riding a bike in NYC with her left arm raised. Normally when I see this, it's a bike messenger giving a rude gesture to a cab or a bus, but she was actually signalling a left turn, a gesture I have not noticed since high school. It's a pity that the polite thing is not the expected thing.

P.S. "The early bird gets the worm, ... , the patient cat gets the bird"

Saturday, March 15, 2003

I just read an article on speaking in techno-babble: [READ]

Part of the problem that technical people face when trying to be understood
may be the education system in the US. Most school
students learn only one language and do not possess the "get your point
across" skills that help people think like the other person.

An interesting anecdote is that during some international space missions,
the etiquette was to use the other person's primary language so that you had
a better understanding of what you were trying to say to them instead of
them trying to catch up with you in your native tongue.

This works well for me as I look for new jobs and consulting projects. Most
headhunters do not understand the job requirements that they are trying to
fill and do not realize that TQM and Six Sigma have so much overlap, or that
the CMM and Software Process Improvement are complementary skills. (I can
send translations if needed).

Another issue is that so many people are lazy, not active listeners. The
listener should ask questions if they do not understand; the speaker should
not hold this against them since they are taking the time to listen. An
English teacher taught me a great lesson: never pass a word that you do not
understand without looking it up, or saving it for later. All the people
who buy a word a day calendar would be better served by reading the Wall St
Journal or NY Times with this rule in mind.

Mark

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
QOTD: "It's a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a
word!" - Andrew Jackson

Monday, March 10, 2003

It's a slow week so far, I m planning on going to a few of the millions of networking events in NYC this week.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

1) Quote of the Day: "Reality is for people who can´t handle Star Trek"

2) Dave Johnson is still on survivor http://www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor6/survivors/prof/dave.shtml

Sunday, March 02, 2003

Links for Homeland Security:

CIA Factbook

Duct tape blues: [play]

How to use duct tape: [read]