I'm in the mood for a self reflective non-sequiter emo blog post, but I'll spare you, dear internet audience from going too far down that path, for more than a few meaningless paragraphs perhaps.
I had an annoying day today, where I was reminded that people work for very different reasons. People have different ideas of what means are justified. "Sticks and stones" are not fully understood many decades after kindergarten. The golden rule seems terribly complicated for some to apply (or is not really fully understood). Theory of mind, well don't get me going on theory of mind and the trouble it causes in people who have a low affinity for it.
Power, respect and authority are complicated concepts for people to wrestle with. And things which in the grand scheme of things that aren't very important are given an importance they don't deserve.
Put a bunch of people in a big building long enough and bounce them against eachother and fascinating political dynamics come into play. And no rules or processes can fully box away the undesirable of those political forces. But people keep trying (not that I know the alternative.)
People are unhappy and people act out. People fear, and people get defensive. People feel slighted so they slight others. People get greedy or entitled and reach for more. Others just try to get to the next day. And so it goes round and round.
There's never really enough information to make full sense of it all. It's possible to make useful models, but eventually some aspect of their incompleteness exposes the flaws in their construction, and they often fail more noticeably than when they succeed.
And so dear reader, there you have it, an emo non-sequiter post about noone in particular and everything in specific and the world spins for yet another day.
It would appear that the Supreme Court has essentially just paraphrased Robert Heinlein from Life-Line:
"There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back."
"I'm a BlackBerry user, because I like the keyboard," he saidSay what? At the very least you'd think he'd use a keyboard phone from Motorola.
Most would probably agree that the easiest and most damming insult directed at a manager is the dreaded label micromanager.
Looking beyond the rhetoric, the term editor does more to explain the dynamic. Editing the work of those you manage disempowers the team, removes accountability, and in general reduces motivation. Editing the work of others is easy—it seems like anyone can change the UX, add a feature, rewrite some text, or tweak a slide. The creative effort is coming up with the work in the first place from a blank sheet, so to speak. Of course there is a role for editing (which itself is a noble profession), but in the complex works of product development there is a great deal of context. In reality most everything follows an iceberg principle, with far more than meets the eye—the complexities and realities that came to light during creation might not always be visible once the work is packaged up for management.
These patterns and others all share a common result—the more you do them, the less creative and engaged your team will be over time. Each time your employ the tools of editor, rather than leader, you encourage people to stop creating and focus their energies on trying to predict your editorial reaction.
Leading is contributing data and experience–share your related experience and let the allegory and discovery do the work.
Leading is coaching–share your observations and offer pros and cons.
Leading is walking through the action/reaction decision tree—share the path, not just the destination.
Leading is reiterating accountability in so many cases.
Leading is knowing when the potential for learning and growing outweigh the risk of failure.
Leading is realizing there a few perfect answers and many great answers.
Over time as you work to keep focused on leadership rather than editing, the team grows stronger and more self-reliant. Members of the team worry more about getting the best answers and work and less about wondering what management might be after. More work gets done. Members of the team are more empowered. This positive feedback loop continues to improve every aspect of the team.
We visited our friends Adam and Comfort yesterday and we watched the last of the Twilight movies with Rifftrax audio comentary. Rifftrax are MP3 files you buy and play along with the movie. They're done by former Mystery Science 3000 guys. Generally they make bad movies pretty entertaining.
We've watched all of these movies with Rifftrax commentary with Adam and Comfort. This past Thanksgiving we had finally watched Breaking Dawn Part 1. It was a plotless, storyless dog of a movie even by Twilight standards, but the Rifftrax was pretty good, so it was amusing enough.
Breaking Dawn 2, however, was even slower than Breaking Dawn 1, somehow. Basically it's two hours of hanging out in the Cullen Vampire living room. No joke. And no joke from the Rifftrax crew managed to make this movie enjoyable either. I felt sympathy for the Rifftrax folks. It really wasn't their fault, there just wasn't enough of anything happening in this movie for them to work with -- at all.
Not even in satire could anything good be made of this DVD. Don't see.
He said yes. Since the Ryan Reynolds’ film, retailers were stuck with film merchandise that just wasn’t selling. This lead to those retailers being very reluctant, if not downright refusing, to any carry merchandise from the Animated Series. Therefore, a lack of sales on that front lead to a lack revenue for an admittedly expensive CG Series.
– for what son could ever hope to replace a father like Batman, who never dies?
Sat, 25 May 2013 07:57:39 -0700
I?m not a fan of the new Flickr redesign. It?s not even that I don?t like the visual look of it.My primary beef is: without warning they completely changed the service for paying customers. I?ve payed for a Pro account for years under the assumption that paying for a service would provide a little more reliability. Flickr has shown that not to be the case, so I?m planning to use it far less frequently and probably far differently than the personal photo site of record I have been using it as. (I?m also not pleased with their likely upcoming attention/advertising model)
I was able to put all my photos into one Set and download the full size images using a free service called flickandshare.com, so I have everything safely out of the service now. Likely I will eventually set up my own simple photo gallery (and give these photos a new home) on my website at chris-karath.com. Hosting your own services and codes seem to be the most reliable method for content that you want around for years to come.
Photos that are here now, will probably continue to be here, Yahoo willing, into the future.
I?m coming to believe that commercial services are fine for emphemeral content, but archival content seems better suited for self hosted methods.
Since Flickr has shown itself to be of unpredictable stability, and it appears to be transforming into more a social network than a photo service, I?ll probably plan on treating it as such. If you subscribe to my account for the action figures, I?ll probably from time to time still post a picture or two of those here with links back to my own site where I?ll likely start posting more photos.
If you follow for my personal photos, following me on Twitter or my personal blog atchris-karath.com will probably be your best bet. --- Best wishes, Chris.
Sat, 30 Mar 2013 12:17:53 -0700
Both these guys have contributed a lot to comics. I'm not implying anything with the choice of pose. I figure in classic comic parlance though, these two comic heroes would be obligated to fight before teaming up to defeat some great evil.
Thread: p1825 Post by Jolloway
Hi Cris and other people who view this sight, I just started a blog site jolloway.co.uk and I wonderd if anyone can give me any tips on blogging. I am curently using a site called word press to host me blog. I start around about a month ago and I\'m really struggling with it and if you do reply I\'m only 11 and found this sight by a photo in google Images. -Josh P.S. I love the background XP
Thread: p1706 Post by Chris
Fortunately, I resisted the DC/Master Bundles as they were pretty much only bundled with basic figures I already had. Had they been bundled with more unique DC figures, I might have alot more Masters figures at this point ;)
Thread: p1706 Post by De
I almost bit on Masters of the Universe when they were being bundled with DC Universe figures in the two-packs. I\'ve also liked the blending of sci-fi and fantasy but a lad only has so much room :-)
Thread: p1674 Post by T. Bass
Hi Chris: Like you, I bought and just received an ONDA V701. Mine took 32 days (!) to arrive from China (bought from gadgetdealer.com... avoid like plague), and the box was beat to hell, but it seems to work fine ....with one exception. That said, I like the tablet thus far, but a couple of things aren\'t flying right. One, it was advertised as having Adobe Flash ver. 11.1, but instead, mine came with 10.2. Yours? Not sure this matters, as Flash is going the way of the dodo-bird as far as Android goes. My only real complaint thus far, and that despite trying everything I could find online, I cannot get NetFlix to work. This was/is one of the main reasons I bought it, as they advertised that it \"works with NetFlix\". I don\'t know whether it\'s the tablet, or the app that is the problem, but nonetheless, no love from NetFlix at this point. I don\'t know if you are subscribed to Netflix, but if you are, I sure would like to know if it works for you on your V701, and if so, how did you get it going, and what settings are you\'re using to make it work? Appreciate hearing from you. Best, T. Bass Applegate, Oregon
Thread: p1642 Post by Erin N.
Yum, looks great!
Thread: p1557 Post by davy
i kind of agree with you, and i\'m sure bale had the best intentions but the whole media circus at times is disturbing. but if to had to pick on whether bale should have visited or not i\'d rather he visit for the sole reason that if he made any of the survivors feel good,even if it was only for the briefest moments, then it was worth it. the victims medical and emotonals needs should be put first and if bale\'s visit helped any of them emotionally then i\'m glad
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Thread: p1558 Post by Jennifer
e-butlers will solve this problem: http://peterfhamilton.wikia.com/wiki/E-Butler
Thread: p1490 Post by De
I\'ve been keeping up with you and Jenn\'s hijinks through Google Reader. It\'s just easier to have everything in one place. You\'re still loved :-)
Thread: tw1336950039 Post by Air Conditioner
I wonder if more retail outlets will start implementing this type of thing.
Thread: p1453 Post by Chuck
What, you have time to blog???!!?? More painting and box moving and furniture moving, please! LOL It looks like you guys are making real progress...
Thread: p689 Post by Frank
You can also use http://vid2mp3.org to convert youtube videos to mp3. The tool is fast and free:)
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