Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 21:45 @sammie356 if they have the famously prepared Delmonico steak. Ask about it, then order it. #
  • 07:56 listening to my kids and their cousins try pomegranate seeds for the first time. So cute to hear their dialogue. #
  • 08:45 is blessed in countless ways. #
  • 10:53 definitely need to put together my own version of alltop with IndividURLs - #
  • 15:28 fighting off post-Turkey sleepiness. #
  • 16:54 is getting ready for the first turkey sandwich of the season. Yes! #
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Simple Explanation of our Tax System

This was sent to me today. A pretty good explanation of the tax system that we have. I always get a little irritated when people get huffy about "tax breaks for the rich".

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
Click through and read the whole article where he extends the example to include what happens when we make tax breaks.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ban on Gay Adoption in FL Overruled - Good!

I am not familiar with the specifics of the Florida legal process, but I hope this sticks. Adoption should never be blocked from potentially loving parents so long they are sane and capable of supporting and loving the child. Here is a quote from the article:

In a 53-page order that sets the stage for what could become a constitutional showdown, Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman permitted 47-year-old Frank Gill to adopt the 4- and 8-year-old boys he and his partner have raised since just before Christmas four years ago. A child abuse investigator had asked Gill to care for the boys temporarily; they were never able to return to their birth parents.

''This is the forum where we try to heal children, find permanent families for them so they can get another chance at what every child should know and feel from birth, and go on to lead productive lives,'' Lederman said in court before releasing the order. ``We pray for them to thrive, but that is a word we rarely hear in dependency court.'

Accepting failure as learning

I hope L and I can teach our kids to see failure in the right way. This is a great article on how to start training them to do it.


via Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow on 11/25/08

Stanford Magazine reports on the applications from psychological research Carol Dweck's work, which uses careful experiments to determine why some people give up when confronted with failure, while others roll up their sleeves and dive in.

Through a series of exercises, the experimenters trained half the students to chalk up their errors to insufficient effort, and encouraged them to keep going. Those children learned to persist in the face of failure—and to succeed. The control group showed no improvement at all, continuing to fall apart quickly and to recover slowly. These findings, says Dweck, “really supported the idea that the attributions were a key ingredient driving the helpless and mastery-oriented patterns.” Her 1975 article on the topic has become one of the most widely cited in contemporary psychology.

Attribution theory, concerned with people’s judgments about the causes of events and behavior, already was an active area of psychological research. But the focus at the time was on how we make attributions, explains Stanford psychology professor Lee Ross, who coined the term “fundamental attribution error” for our tendency to explain other people’s actions by their character traits, overlooking the power of circumstances. Dweck, he says, helped “shift the emphasis from attributional errors and biases to the consequences of attributions—why it matters what attributions people make.” Dweck had put attribution theory to practical use...

...[S]ome of the children who put forth lots of effort didn’t make attributions at all. These children didn’t think they were failing. Diener puts it this way: “Failure is information—we label it failure, but it’s more like, ‘This didn’t work, I’m a problem solver, and I’ll try something else.’” During one unforgettable moment, one boy—something of a poster child for the mastery-oriented type—faced his first stumper by pulling up his chair, rubbing his hands together, smacking his lips and announcing, “I love a challenge.”

Such zest for challenge helped explain why other capable students thought they lacked ability just because they’d hit a setback. Common sense suggests that ability inspires self-confidence. And it does for a while—so long as the going is easy. But setbacks change everything. Dweck realized—and, with colleague Elaine Elliott soon demonstrated—that the difference lay in the kids’ goals. “The mastery-oriented children are really hell-bent on learning something,” Dweck says, and “learning goals” inspire a different chain of thoughts and behaviors than “performance goals.”

The Effort Effect, Carol Dweck's book, "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" (Thanks, Dad!)

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Tweets for Today

  • 08:18 Twilight review: Awful. Bad: Acting, Direction, Music, Screenplay. Where was the interesting backdrop of this ill-fated romance? Good:~2 hrs #
  • 08:27 @mhgoblue you and I and a Flip Video Camera could have made a better movie with puppets. Mostly, because we would remember to add a plot. #
  • 08:29 @derrickhackman feel better soon. #
  • 08:31 @mhgoblue and perhaps a little larger context: fate of world, wolf/vamp war, less longing looks and more gravity pls. #
  • 09:24 South Beach Day 13: Stagnated at -9, but honestly, expected that. Two more days then to a more reasonable diet (after Thanksgiving) #
  • 09:41 Clearing my queue. Back at Inbox Zero. Yes! #
  • 10:34 RT @guykawasaki: How to make a sandwich #
  • 10:34 wishes Twitter-Facebook sync didn't post Retweets as status updates #
  • 10:35 focusing on retraining smart folks #
  • 13:54 @smcbos @mgoblue Is Detroit even trying to pretend it's a real city - New Mayor probed - #
  • 15:28 laughing at the quantity of ridiculously tone-deaf offers I am getting in email for goods/etc. in this economy. #
  • 20:07 watching the season finale of TrueBlood, then Chuck and Heroes in front of a fire. Just cracked up with the kids singing Lil' Bunny FooFoo #
  • 20:18 @daveraffaele I think mine is obvious. We worked together. #
  • 20:26 @guykawasaki Guy thanks for this. A holy grail for me. #
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Monday, November 24, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:22 hanging with my little ones in my bedroom lounging before church. All is well in the Matrix. #
  • 07:29 My father lost the Eastham, MA rubber ducky race yesterday. People do crazy things - #
  • 07:43 I always wanted to know what makes doves cry - thankfully, I have this chart to tell me - #
  • 07:55 @daveraffaele I have always been partial to the bacon tuxedo - #
  • 08:05 working harder than normal to motivate the troops this am. I was ready to go since 7am. The morning person genetics didn't pass on from me. #
  • 08:41 @newyorkciteee Is this about doing personal training, or receiving personal training? #
  • 11:14 @daveraffaele let me know how twittad works for you. I suspect no one would click, but it will interesting to hear how it goes. #
  • 11:17 @sogrady $500K sounds a bit steep for resume editing. #
  • 11:20 Back from church lining up the details of my date with L tonight. We need Morristown HQ Plaza restaurant reqs to go to prior to #
  • 11:20 Back from church lining up the details of my date with L tonight. We need Morristown HQ Plaza restaurant reqs to go to prior to Twilight. #
  • 12:47 @daveraffaele I have designs on the same. Best Buy, just milling around. There are a couple things there I am looking for the excuse to buy. #
  • 17:45 @daveraffaele Yes-blu-ray is the way to go. Sounds like you got a cool new machine? I was eyeing the Pandora/Netflix player from Samsung too #
  • 17:48 Headed on a date with L. Going to see the Twilight movie. Skeptical, but hopeful. #
  • 17:49 @daveraffaele We have Lotus Note (ugh) ClearContext looks cool. I would try it. #
  • 17:52 @ericagee Dyan Cannon - yes, Hillary - I have a hard time with that. #
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:14 Back from Hot Yinyasa yoga - feeling much better than last week. Also South Beach Phase 1, Day 11 =-9lbs 4 to go for victory 11 for bottom #
  • 10:17 RT @daveraffaele: Twitterfon is hands down rhe best Twitter iPhone app to date. #
  • 10:19 A good friend started a business called Can Wee Talk. Sells baby stuff that helps kids learn sign language. Check it out! #
  • 10:23 @daveraffaele I have done South Beach 3 times since Alexa was born (5 yrs ago) .Very effective. Needed it post-leg break too. Very doable #
  • 10:24 @daveraffaele Where in the sticks? #
  • 10:25 @TweetDeck Thank you. Looking forward to resizable columns in Tweetdeck. Also love that you are on here and responsive. #
  • 10:30 @daveraffaele plus great access to decent golfing. #
  • 10:33 Anyone know if Mythbusters are on Twitter? Adam is a social media guy, I know... #
  • 10:34 When Mythbusters did this, they shot straight on. Its angles that might make this work. #
  • 15:03 @daveraffaele go Desktop Dave! #
  • 15:06 @daveraffaele - I just gave up and went straight to blog format and using blogger. It's just so easy. #
  • 15:08 Sitting by the fire about to watch Kung Fu Panda with the girls for a Family Movie Night. #
  • 19:31 Debating the merits of each American Girl doll in the catalog. Smart early positioning for Christmas methinks. #
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 06:26 @daveraffaele Ditto. My new Gmail theme = shiny #
  • 07:12 South Beach Diet Day 10: -8 lbs. 4 days to red wine. Below target 'high water mark'. 4lbs to declared victory. 12 to 'low water mark' #
  • 07:30 @derrickhackman I have always accepted that I'm not hip. I wish I could do more in terms of formatting columns,. Also a Label tag cloud #
  • 07:37 Seth Godin on Detroit #
  • 07:40 I need two more days before today can be Friday. Friday? Really? I guess that's good. #
  • 08:10 using @tweetdeck (needs adjustable column widths) waiting on @alertthingy 2.0 I wish they would combine. Column mgmt is v. helpfiul #
  • 08:27 hardest part about South Beach Phase 1=horrible eggs in the cafeteria. Scrambled=sux; Egg white omlette tastes like charcoal. Ugh. #
  • 08:47 @smcbos there has to be a middle place. Tesla + there needs to be about 12 more. I hope my tax dollars don't go for status quo #
  • 08:48 @derrickhackman @daveraffaele did you get the Gunnar Optiks? Which model? #
  • 08:54 I like Sarah Palin, but this is awful #
  • 08:57 on a webmeeting where the technology worked right away and everyone was ready to go on time. That is a lifetime first for me.. #
  • 12:44 @daveraffaele try having this conversation at an agency. <Fingers in Ears> La la la la </Fingers in Ears> #
  • 13:54 would like some wine *stat*. Alas, damn South Beach. #
  • 13:56 @tweetdeck any plans to make the columns flexibly sized? #
  • 13:58 @alertthingy How does one become a beta tester for you? #
  • 15:13 reconnecting... #
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Friday, November 21, 2008

I like Sarah Palin, but this is awful

They need to give her PR people to the dude in the back.


Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has answered a resounding "You betcha" to the question "Can she be anymore oblivious?" After pardoning a turkey for Thanksgiving, Governor Palin gave a surreal interview with a local news team yesterday - right in front of a dude slaughtering turkeys. Amazing. My favorite part is the look on the guy's face as he realizes "Wow, you're really going to do this." Then gets back to work because it's Alaska, and it's fucking cold out. In the meantime, someone needs to tell Sarah Palin's the elections over, so she can stop reciting the words John McCain wrote on the inside of her eyelids ad nauseum. Jesus, lady. I don't see how Todd Palin doesn't spend the majority of his day purposely getting rammed in the ear by snowmobiles. Unless he's somehow immune to shrill. Thanks to heather! who should be appointed Secretary of the Awesome.

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Seth Godin on Detroit

I generally agree with Seth Godin on what would be best for Detroit and the US related to the auto manufacturers. We need a massive wave of innovation and companies, laws and regulations that will enable it for us. Unfortunately, status quo maintainers will work hard to stop this at every turn. From Seth's article:

Not only should Congress encourage/facilitate the organizedbankruptcy of the Big Three, but it should also make it easy for themto be replaced by 500 new car companies.

Or perhaps a thousand.

That's how many car companies there were 90 years ago.

Topped of with the right business model to enable and thrive in that world:

I'd spend a billion dollars to make the creation of a car companyturnkey. Make it easy to get all the safety and regulatory easy to start a car company as it is to start a web company. Use the bankruptcy to wipe out the hated, legacy marketing portion of the industry: the dealers.

We'd end up with a rational number of "car stores" in every city that sold lots of brands. We'd have super cheap cars and superefficient cars and super weird cars. There'd be an orgy of innovation,and from that, a whole new energy and approach would evolve.

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Tweets for Today

  • 08:40 @newyorkciteee I am insanely jealous of your Momofuko dinner. When are d-fresh and L going to join us there? #
  • 10:14 pumping up my productivity working at home. Quiet house, tons getting done for work. #
  • 14:29 Committing to focus on an important but dreaded task for 15 minutes, break, then another 15, etc until its done. #
  • 15:48 pumped about hot yoga tonight. Feeling more confident after my session Monday. #
  • 16:15 @michaeljryan Is FiOS available in your area? We have been pretty happy with it. #
  • 19:21 just returned from hot yoga class. Felt good, not great. Now shower, kiddies to bed, dinner, fire and The Office. #
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:52 South Beach Week 1 complete: Down 6 lbs. I am hoping to keep up the pace through week 2, but doubt it. (also - 7 days to red wine) #
  • 08:06 @derrickhackman It's a phased approach-Phase 1 fast loss (~10lbs), Phase 2, a lot more foods (about 1lb a week), Ph. 3 (rest of life) =maint #
  • 09:29 is surprised to see how quickly this has turned into a busy day. #
  • 12:00 Monty Python Strikes Back #
  • 13:02 Auto CEOs Flew Private Jets To Washington To Ask For Your Tax Money [Auto Ba... #
  • 13:23 Impressed with L's political jujitsu. #
  • 15:14 fixing my new blackberry to work like my old blackberry. This is not a repost. Two trackballs failed. #
  • 15:51 trying to finish up my tasks at a reasonable hour so I can catch up on last week's Top Chef before I can watch this week. #
  • 16:32 My younger daughter dancing on YouTube - so cute. #
  • 16:59 Woot has a RC helicopter that I would love... hint hint #
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Auto CEOs Flew Private Jets To Washington To Ask For Your Tax Money [Auto Ba...

Talk about tone deaf. I recognize there were more than one person on those flights, which the article unfairly doesn't mention, but come on, these guys should use their heads.


via Consumerist by Meg Marco on 11/19/08

ABCNews says that the big three auto CEOs "flew to the nation's capital yesterday in private luxurious jets to make their case to Washington that the auto industry is running out of cash and needs $25 billion in taxpayer money to avoid bankruptcy."

Just because your company is on the verge of bankruptcy— well, that's no reason not to arrive in style. Right?

From ABC:

All three CEOs - Rick Wagoner of GM, Alan Mulally of Ford, and Robert Nardelli of Chrysler - exercised their perks Tuesday by flying in corporate jets to DC. Wagoner flew in GM's $36 million luxury aircraft to tell members of Congress that the company is burning through cash, asking for $10-12 billion for GM alone.

"We want to continue the vital role we've played for Americans for the past 100 years, but we can't do it alone," Wagoner told the Senate Banking Committee.

While Wagoner testified, his G4 private jet was parked at Dulles airport. It is one of eight luxury jets in the GM fleet that continues to ferry executives around the world despite the company's dire financial straits.

ABC estimated that the trip cost GM $20,000, as opposed to a first class ticket on Northwest Airlines flight 2364 from Detroit to Washington — which would have cost about $800.

Amazingly, private jets are a luxury that even free-spending AIG is reconsidering.

AIG, despite the $150 billion bailout, still operates a fleet of corporate jets. The company says it has put two out of its seven jets up for sale and is reviewing the use of others. Though there are no such plans by GM or Ford.

Big Three CEOs Flew Private Jets to Plead for Public Funds [ABC]
(Photo: Bonita Sarita )

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Monty Python Strikes Back

This is a great way to sell their historic footage and make sure the next generation - the YouTube generation - appreciate their timeless humor.


via Neatorama by Miss Cellania on 11/19/08

(YouTube link)

John Cleese, Eric Idle, and the rest of the Monty Python gang have decided to fight back against the unauthorized uploading of their material to YouTube. Link -via Metafilter

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Tweets for Today

  • 06:36 At my desk at inbox zero - which feels good, really good. #
  • 07:19 I am in NYC, but L says there is snow falling at home. Honestly, I think the first snowfall is nice, then I could skip the rest. #
  • 07:51 @daveraffaele what size monitors? Your answer will likely set me into a fit of jealousy. Other option: Desktop w/2 mon. + VNC to laptop? #
  • 08:14 South Beach Day 7; at -6 lbs. Not bad. I am sure that getting back to yoga regularly is a big part too. #
  • 08:32 @daveraffaele In my dream setup (i.e., do not have... yet) I have 2 1900x1200 screens oriented vertically. Need better economy and a bonus. #
  • 08:37 @daveraffaele not sure laptops can do that...Assuming you have an ATI card - download newest control panel at their site - might work. #
  • 08:44 @daveraffaele Love that. Here is an or better - find killer deal on bigger monitors. #
  • 08:46 iPhone owners just lost one of their cover stories - . I did hear this can happen with blackberries ;) #
  • 08:49 @daveraffaele you have an IT guy? Is he a PhD computer scientist? #
  • 08:50 @daveraffaele - it will work. #
  • 08:54 @daveraffaele I think you would be better off with this BT Keyboard - #
  • 09:33 Can any of my facebook friends let me know if my FriendFeed activities are showing up in their news feed or live feed? #
  • 10:08 Baby Shower Gift Idea; PeaPod pop-up portable kid-bed #
  • 10:13 Trying out both Tweetdeck ( and Posterous ( today to see if they would be good solutions for me. #
  • 10:16 US needs to start making stuff - Vicious circle of China's economic slowdown #
  • 10:23 Diving into some key client work for a while. My active overposting is done for now :) #
  • 12:58 @daveraffaele The key thing to me seems to be the automatic posting to Twitter, Facebook and Blogger ( #
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

US needs to start making stuff - Vicious circle of China's economic slowdown

I have been saying this for 10 years. We need to actually 'make' stuff in the US to have a real economy. This slowdown will start the rebuilding process for this to happen.


via Boing Boing on 11/18/08

Julian Darley of the Post Carbon Institute writes about the effect of the economic slowdown in China.
[T]he fact that the US meltdown has now flowed into China is potentially disastrous for this most populous nation, but as its exports shrink and its factories shut, the meltdown is starting to flow back to America again, making an ugly situation even worse.

This vicious cycle is playing out in interconnected ways. Reduced Chinese exports to the US mean that the Chinese have less foreign currency to lend back to America, which further exacerbates the credit crisis and tends to tighten the money supply, making it more difficult for Americans to buy Chinese exports (or anything else).

The solution (for the US, anyway), says Darley: "rebuilding of the American and British manufacturing economies (less so the European), along with the supply chains to feed it and the return of the knowledge and skills to recreate it and run it." The China Syndrome Bites Back

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Baby Shower Gift Idea; PeaPod pop-up portable kid-bed

This looks like a great gift for someone about to have a baby. Lugging that giant pack-and-play around is a major pain.


via Boing Boing on 11/18/08

When Alice and I were planning our honeymoon on Roatan, Honduras (more on this later!), we knew we'd need something for the baby to sleep in -- a mosquito net to go over the crib? Something else?

I happened on KidCo's PeaPod Travel Bed on Amazon and was intrigued. It's a tensegrity-based pop-up bed/net that also works as a sunshade on the beach, and best of all, it folds up tiny, not much bigger than a toilet-bag.

I took a chance and ordered it, and I was delighted with the thing. It was comfortable, airy, bug-proof, and incredibly cool. You extract this little disc of nylon and coiled wired struts out of the case and it literally springs open in your hand, instantly turning into a perfect kid-bed with an audible whomp. It kept out the sand-fleas and sun on the beach and the mosquitos at night. It let in the breeze, and it provided shade by the pool.

Some of the reviewers have complained that the thing was hard to get back in the case, but I got it on the second try and never had trouble with it afterwards. The "quilt" that comes with it is a little junky, but we didn't need it in the tropics. Highly recommended.

The last thing you need while you're traveling with a baby is to lug a lot of extra luggage around. Rather than packing a Pack'n'Play or a folding bassinet, which are cumbersome and heavy, simply pack the ultra-light, super-compact PeaPod away in your suitcase. At 14 x 5 x 14 inches (LxWxH) when closed, it takes up little space, and it comes with a carrying case for easy portability. And at 48 x 30 x 18 inches (LxWxH) when open, the PeaPod will take up little space once you reach your destination.

The PeaPod is also designed to open and fold shut quickly and easily. Other than the included air pump for quickly inflating the small mattress, no tools are needed: simply follow the directions to "snap" it into its standing position, and fold it back down quickly when finished. So whether you're traveling across the country, making a weekend trip to the beach, or simply spending the day at a friend's house, the PeaPod Portable Travel Bed makes it super-easy and convenient for baby to sleep comfortably and safely while on the go.

KidCo Peapod Portable Travel Bed

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Tweets for Today

  • 07:48 recovering from a nice weekend and being in Chicago Th/F. It's going to take a while to get to inbox zero. #
  • 08:11 Off to get my egg white omlette. South Beach Day 6 - down 5 lbs. I am starting to get greedy about where I want to end up. #
  • 08:29 @derrickhackman Thanks Derrick. Thankfully I don't have that much to lose. But, I think there is something to your idea. #
  • 09:09 clawed back to inbox zero, just in time for everyone else to come in and try to undo this effort. #
  • 09:20 @pdpinch I held one this weekend (acer) I am desperately seeking a real need for a netbook. I can't come up with one. #
  • 13:18 wishes his eyes didn't burn big time today. #
  • 14:42 Just watched the Star Trek trailers and went from disinterested to totally psyched - #
  • 14:48 I need to get my head in the right place for yoga tonight. Two subpar practices in a row have me a little anxious. #
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 17:16 Just got done putting away the goods from Costco. Also - made chili and my fav - broccoli soup. #
  • 19:01 sitting in front of the fire counting down the minutes until we put the little ones down. #
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 12:42 @daveraffaele We love the Flip. It is so easy to use. #
  • 12:44 @newyorkciteee Criminy, what time is it? are you on the west coast or something? #
  • 12:53 @daveraffaele Any luck with TarPipe? I am thinking about playing around with it, but don't want to waste any time... #
  • 17:03 is heading into NYC to see Mike Daisey's monologue. Should be interesting; at least the company will be good. #
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:19 Awake in Chicago and finished my presentation for today. Ready to be home. #
  • 10:15 sitting in a conference room looking at a plate of bagels. Damn you South Beach. #
  • 10:16 determined to survive the subtle undermining of my South Beach Diet by the Chicago office. #
  • 13:03 @daveraffaele L and I love it. Season 2 was not at the same quality level, but the new season is back to Season 1 quality. #
  • 13:04 trying to stretch out my very stiff back.Being on a flight later won't help. #
  • 15:48 sitting in O'Hare staring at a huge delay, they just pushed back departure to 4:30 CST. I hate it when it rains in Newark. #
  • 16:42 racing @mhgoblue to see if I can get to nyc from Chicago by plane faster than her by bus #
  • 16:44 in desperate need of new bi shoes. Just had my second pair blow out in 2 weeks #
  • 16:46 in desperate need of new business shoes. Just had 2nd pair blow out in 2 weeks #
  • 16:47 thinks O'Hare has made him hate Chicago unfairly #
  • 20:37 finally back on the ground in the garden state. I can finally start my weekend. #
  • 21:56 back at home after a long trip (mostly waiting in O'Hare). Planning on early to bed to be ready for Yoga tomorrow AM #
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Friday, November 14, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:51 getting ready to head to Chicago from EWR. Then presentation rehearsals. #
  • 08:57 very sad that I will be in Chicago tonight instead of Boston for the DiaLogos reunion at Luckys #
  • 09:29 is packing. #
  • 11:21 I love these new Samsung power towers in EWR. #
  • 11:45 boarding to head to O'Hare. oddas #
  • 11:46 boardibg to head to O'Hare. odds are good we will be sitting on the EWR runway for a while #
  • 14:38 landed in chi_town headed to the merch mart office #
  • 16:23 Safely in the Chicago office updating a presentation. #
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:05 working through my inbox and all the very nice Facebook birthday wishes. Great day yesterday, back to reality today. #
  • 08:18 South Beach Phase 1 starts today. T minus 23 days to Aruba. Trying to drop 10 lbs. #
  • 09:04 Very interesting day ahead. I could go really well or really badly. #
  • 09:05 How to fire up a crowd... - if you don't smile you are have a black heart. #
  • 09:06 How to survive a downturn - particularly true in professional services. #
  • 09:08 I strongly urge my Facebook friends to use Twitter then install the Twitter app - it will update your Facebook status #
  • 09:34 @mhgoblue here's hoping you will be "gruntled" again soon (what is the opposite of disgruntled?) #
  • 10:56 is focusing #
  • 13:46 @mhgoblue we'll have scotch for you Friday - but that doesn't help you now. #
  • 14:05 struggling to understand the seemingly defeatist techniques that a co-worker is using to embarass themself into losing weight. #
  • 15:24 filling the void with cashews #
  • 15:32 @mhgoblue this is why God gave us alcohol - go get some. #
  • 16:44 @pdpinch do you have a URL to the Yammer client? #
  • 16:48 @mhgoblue how about some yoga pre-scotch? #
  • 17:38 @pdpinch Don't worry you are within .2 of me, but per usual did better (things don't change after 28 years) #
  • 17:45 putting the finishing touches on my day. #
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 06:35 Getting all my inboxes to zero in order to start my day right. #
  • 06:50 waiting for the ibuprofen to take effect so I can look to my left. #
  • 07:49 greatful for another very good year. #
  • 07:49 grateful for another very good year #
  • 07:51 Thankful for those who serve in our nation's military to protect our freedoms. Happy Veteran's Day to our nation's true heroes. #
  • 10:02 Thankful for all the birthday wishes. Also for the heroes that are our active duty military and veterans. #
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 06:31 in the office clearing out my queues getting to GTD inbox zero. #
  • 11:00 is getting confusing signals from my body. I would like to announce to my body that I would like it to have a single message. #
  • 11:21 prepping for a strange week at work. #
  • 16:22 @mhgoblue She could make a whole bunch of foods in his honor... Slim Shady Stew, etc.. #
  • 16:24 trying to get geared up for late-night yoga. Afraid of where I am in my recovery from Sat. Really need to get back into the 3x/wk routine #
  • 16:35 @newyorkciteee stay strong! #
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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:09 has finally stopped sweating from my 7:45 hot vinyasa yoga class. I am not in shape to do two hardcore classes in 36 hours. #
  • 10:12 @daveraffaele its working #
  • 10:16 thinks he has a whole stash of elementary/middle school era pictures - Ralph R Smith-ers beware. #
  • 10:20 was mistaken about the pictures - but I know where to find them, it will take a few days #
  • 10:22 off to do the standard Saturday routine - soccer, swimming then meeting up with a good friend at a church fair. #
  • 13:02 taking a moment to relax while L took M to swim class. lil B is playing quasi-educational games on the computer next to me. Geek family ;) #
  • 14:02 off to see a friend at her table at a church fair. #
  • 19:26 relaxing in front of a fire before the girls bedtimes. Just made a killer chix fajitas with guac. Rockin'. I wish I remembered how I did it #
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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 06:00 waiting for the train. where is everyone today? #
  • 08:30 should have shaved this am. #
  • 14:31 doing jumping jacks to get the blood flowing #
  • 15:28 resorted to a venti skim chai to do the trick #
  • 16:10 if I am here, and you are here, isn't this "our time"? #
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Friday, November 07, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 06:22 riding the train in, I love these EVDO modems but they are a little slow. When is XOHM going to be in NYC? #
  • 06:23 @akaRaff that fox woman is amazing to have that foresight under duress. #
  • 07:23 upping my productivity by staying "in context" longer. (e.g. answering a ton of emails at once) #
  • 07:25 @akaRaff I am interested... Do you have invites or do I need to poke the @otherinbox team? #
  • 08:50 @akaRaff Thank you Dave. #
  • 11:57 hungry early today. Not sure why. #
  • 12:19 @derrickhackman @akaraff between the two of you, there has got to be a better way to do this... - iPhone App? #
  • 13:36 @akaRaff @derrickhackman I knew that - that's why I suggested it. I was looking for this the other day when in CLT. Crowd-sourcing! #
  • 13:51 @derrickhackman with this news - - people would be able to use the app over wi-fi & you could put pics in it #
  • 13:51 thinking of new ways to solve my problems #
  • 13:52 stretching at my desk in advance of some hardcore hot vinyasa tonight - I am so in need #
  • 13:58 @mhgoblue They might have meant East Sweden TX - map => #
  • 14:00 @mhgoblue I meant Sweden, ME #
  • 16:52 will be making a nice salmon steak with 5 spice and sesame asparus for dinner. #
  • 17:41 is already dreading Lori's famed half moon, reverse half moon, standing split, warrior 3 combo - I just started sweating #
  • 21:41 going to lock in the positive relaxation effects of yoga with a @harpoon_brewery IPA #
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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 06:14 riding into work today. going to talk about work and work only all day. #
  • 08:09 happy to be at inbox zero for the first time in a while. #
  • 14:33 reassured by the graciousness of many and sorely disappointed in the ingraciousness of others #
  • 14:34 needs a new hobby #
  • 15:45 @mhgoblue @ericagee I appreciate the reassurance tho I am chuckling that you might have thought it was for you. You should see my facebook #
  • 15:46 @derrickhackman I still love Nozbe. I haven't been able to recreate my system with Google. #
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:14 voted for the better candidate for the country #
  • 07:40 pinning my hopes on PA #
  • 08:47 @smcbos If things go as expected today my Jindal 2012 sticker goes on my car tomorrow. #
  • 10:09 @mhgoblue @smcbos If you watched Jindal this year in the runup to hurricanes, his command of detail and leadership were otherworldly. #
  • 10:11 @mhgoblue @smcbos we'll see how he gets through this: and then really find out how good he is. #
  • 10:24 quietly crossing my fingers today #
  • 11:02 terrified by this: --- Ben Franklin had it right: #
  • 11:03 hoping for a long night with wine, not a short night. #
  • 11:05 @mhgoblue the difference is I got MY money back, not someone else's handed to me.- Important difference #
  • 11:48 score one for the People's Republic of Cambridge - using 2004 voter's lists - #
  • 11:53 Is going to need a drink in 7 minutes, but probably won't get one for a lot longer than that. #
  • 12:54 needs hot yoga #
  • 15:20 needs less stressful interests #
  • 15:21 is wondering where the leaked exit poll numbers are, even though I will refuse to believe them. #
  • 15:45 @eliasheldon Cindy McCain is a Theta #
  • 17:36 going home to make shrimp dip, drink wine and pray that I am part of a silent majority that hates pollsters #
  • 17:40 @akaRaff agreed - I am not silent, just hoping there are people that have been silent confounding pollsters when we run away with this #
  • 17:47 @akaRaff my wife @eliasheldon is still somewhat in this camp. A nice Zin can coax it out of her though. #
  • 17:49 @akaRaff back on TED talks - may I recommend Jared Diamond "Why Societies Collapse" #
  • 17:56 @akaRaff Last two tonight: Both lighthearted - we might need it. & #
  • 19:11 trying to stay positive #
  • 19:17 @akaraff "help me obi wan you are my only hope" #
  • 19:21 @smcbos @akaraff why are you watching CNN? #
  • 21:16 Jindal/Palin 2012! #
  • 21:51 I am going to bed to weep. Good news is that we will be having a new prez in 4 years #
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 04:27 in a car to EWR to fly to CLT fore a new client #
  • 04:34 @pdpinch chumby only connects via wifi. there is a connectivity FAQ on their site (on BB so can't post link yet). #
  • 05:18 @pdpinch from site:"If the wireless security is anything other than WEP, WPA personal or WPA2 personal the chumby won't work." Sorry. #
  • 05:19 @pdpinch Do you guys have a wireless guest network with only external access? #
  • 10:29 in a conference room in Charlotte next to a woman who smells like watermelon jolly rancher #
  • 15:14 wqrapping up a mtg on retirement products. feeling underprepared #
  • 16:27 @eliasheldon retirement #
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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 15:32 relaxing in front of a fire, prepping for hot yoga tonight rumored to be with Cold Play as backdrop. #
  • 15:34 Got my Chumby fully working w/ the key apps-weather, time, Google Calendar and Facebook photos. Killer app=Pandora hooked to wired speakers #
  • 15:37 My 4.5y.o.(Alexa) at church: "Why do we die?" My wife: "It's complicated." Alexa:"That's okay, daddy knows-he can explain it to you" Luv her #
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Tweets for Today

  • 08:30 relaxing with the kiddies #
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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:56 Getting to Inbox Zero - GTD #
  • 10:02 @newyorkciteee Happy Halloween - now that is the pick-me-up you needed! #
  • 10:06 @mhgoblue I will put it at a 5% chance I will walk out - though I would do it politely. #
  • 14:15 @akaRaff I read all of them, but I think you follow a lot more active people than do I #
  • 14:50 @mhgoblue yup they do. @smcbos #
  • 19:39 Outfit of the Halloween night - "McCain supporter that got beat up by Obama" supporters. Hilarious. #2 - Robin Hood outfit with Obama mask. #
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