Monthly Archives: March 2009

recycled

I’m a pack rat.

last week I recycled a whole bunch of paper-products cluttering the workspace.

I held up the packet of information from that firm — the one with their “Top 10 places to work” re-prints, the description of their benefits package, the business cards of the people who I interviewed with…  I evaluated the packet for several moments.  it had been a year since I had interviewed, and I was thoroughly disappointed when they didn’t extend an offer.  since then I had reconciled it to myself; it would have been a good move, but it wasn’t a make-or-break moment in my career.  it’s probably all for the best.

normally, I would have held on to the packet — a memento of the process and something I might look back and reminisce about in the future.  but this time I tossed it in the recycling.

and this week, that firm made a deal to buy our firm.

this only serves to reinforce my pack-rat tendencies.

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fireworks, revisited

It’s a rare night, sitting alone at home, watching the Leafs play the Caps on TV.  At the intermission, they flashback to a man named Sawchuck; Terry “Gordon” Sawchuck — I wonder if he was listed in the Barenaked-liner-notes with all the other great Canadian (and international) Gordons…  “gordon howe” — yes.  “veal gordon bleu” — yes.  but “terry gordon sawchuck”? — tragically (gordon downie), he was not.

[and the commentator just seqeue’d with , “that night in Toronto…”  :P]

But dude; Sawchuck barely wore a facemask — and he was a goalie.  To see the footage of him and Bower; I mean, they had big leg pads, but their shoulder and chest pads were hardly more substantial than the rest of the players, and that’s way less than I wear when I get out on the ice.

Anyhow; so many of the hits on this blog are the Hockey Songs…  it seemed fitting to revisit this song.

Fireworks — The Tragically Hip:

If there’s a goal that everyone remembers it was back in ole’ 72
We all squeezed the stick and we all pulled the trigger
And all I remember was sitting beside you

You said you didn’t give a fuck about hockey
And I never saw someone say that before
You held my hand and we walked home the long way
You were loosening my grip on Bobby Orr

As I said in the original post, this is the adolescent view of the Canada Cup; Paul Henderson and Bobby Orr and all that.

Isn’t it amazing anything’s accomplished
When the little sensation gets in your way
Not one ambition whisperin’ over your shoulder
Isn’t it amazing you can do anything

That’s the chorus.  Not so exciting to read, but in the song it’s a little more enthusiastic: “Isn’t it amazing (?); You can do anything (!)”

We hung out together every single moment
Cause that’s what we thought married people do
Complete with the grip of artificial chaos
And believing in the country of me and you

Crisis of faith and crisis in the Kremlin
And yea we’d heard all of that before
It’s wintertime, the house is solitude with options
And loosening the grip on a fake cold war

Anyone who has lived with someone else in a committed relationship can relate to that… (no?)

[repeat chorus]

Next to your comrades in the national fitness program
Caught in some eternal flexed-arm hang
Droppin’ to the mat in a fit of laughter
Showed no patience, tolerance or restraint

OK, so this is something that is uniquely Canadian.  We had the National Fitness Program when I was in school; it was a yearly measurement of physical fitness for which you were awarded a Bronze, Silver, or Gold badge.  Kind of like a Boy/Girl Scout merit badge, but in your school phys-ed program.  I like to think I got a Gold once, but I’m sure if I did it would be in my momento-box (and there is none).  I remember the “flexed-arm hang” as some kind of torture-test;

Fireworks exploding in the distance
Temporary towers soar

Fireworks emulating heaven
Til there are no stars anymore

Fireworks aiming straight at heaven
Temporary towers soar

Til there are no stars shining up in heaven
Til there are no stars anymore

.

Isn’t it amazing what you can accomplish
When the little sensation gets in your way
No ambition whisperin’ over your shoulder
Isn’t it amazing what you can accomplish, eh
This one thing probably never goes away
I think this one thing is always supposed to stay
This one thing doesn’t have to go away

“This one thing” being that original thing — the goal that everyone remembers, the sense of unlimited possibilities, of national pride, of sitting beside that blasphemous girl, of finding true love… the fireworks.  Great song.

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for the record

guys I’ve had benched for the past 3 months:

  • Evgeni Malkin
  • Henrik Zetterberg
  • Wojtek Wolski
  • Mats Sundin

so maybe my fantasy hockey team wasn’t as bad off as if I had Staal, Savard, and Semin benched.

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fotd: the opposite of “bubble and bust”

President Obama tonight said that we need to prevent “the cycle of bubble and bust”.

The opposite of bubble-and-bust is a planned economy.  Sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it?  Sure, we’ll just plan the economy and we won’t have to worry about business cycles or economic downturns anymore.

Wikipedia’s list of current, glorious ‘planned economies’: Cuba, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea, and Burma.

Yeah.  Let’s not sign up to get on that list.

[ugh, he just said “dependence on foreign oil”.  will it be so much greater when we’re dependent on foreign wind-power technology?  apparently Europeans have all the technology…]

Everybody likes to think that if we just add a little regulation here and a little nationalization there, we can prevent bubble-and-bust without completely dismantling Capitalism.

What we’ll end up with is the same thing we got after the Great Depression — huge government programs, the worst of which are Ponzi-schemes, which will burden the country for generations.  Good times.

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guilty on five counts

… possibly six:

10 Annoying Habits of a Geeky Spouse

I don’t have that particular Think Geek t-shirt, but I wish I did (that’s probably even worse, isn’t it?)

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I think I just threw-up in my mouth a little bit

got this in an email today:

Since the stimulus money is for “shovel ready” projects, I wonder if [our client] can get some of this for technology upgrades? I would think that updating their antiquated hardware/software would be a pretty quick way to spend some of the money.

Have they mentioned anything to you?

no.  and unless they’re using a jack-hammer and a shovel to renovate the datacenter, I pray to God that they didn’t think computers and networks were the “shovel-ready” stimulus this was designed for.

this might just be the final straw — I don’t know how I can work for a firm so at-odds with my personal beliefs.

[this should go without saying; but no references to my employer here, please.]

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Satirocal News Program Ignorant of Difference Between Reporting and Whatever It Is That Cramer Does

At first I thought it was ironic, but this is just sad:

Apparently Jon Stewart and the Daily Show writers don’t understand that CNBC is part news/reporting and part entertainment (for lack of a better word).

From about 6am through 6pm they report on financial and economic news.  They have in-house analysts that don’t typically make predictions, at least not very specific ones.  Rick Santelli is one of those analysts — he reports on the numbers and the reactions from the bond markets.  It’s pretty clear that he’s a market fundamentalist, but there are other in-house analysts on the show that balance him out (if being a mouthpiece for Obama/Democrat talking-points is considered ‘balance’).

During the ‘news hours’ they also have guest-hosts (who typically have their own agendas and would never be considered neutral) and they’ll interview any fund manager that is willing to go on camera (who often have wild predictions and definitely have their own agendas).  Implying CNBC is stupid for airing the bad predictions of these analysts is like questioning CNN for airing interviews with McCain aides claiming they could win key battleground states.  It’s like blaming Anderson Cooper for the wreckage of Katrina (which I do, but that’s another post).  It’s like calling the New York Times stupid for all the crap Thomas Friedman has gotten wrong (awesome, a place I can use that link!  I was wondering how to work it into a post…)

After 6pm, you get into Jim Cramer’s Mad Money and Fast Money, Suze Orman, etc, and these shows are what I would call entertainment (again, I can’t think of a better way to group them; many do not find them entertaining at all, YMMV).  But they’re not news.

The Daily Show clip mixes the entertainment/predictors and the interviewed analysts (with their agendas) with the news reporters.  Cramer has been wrong, wrong, wrong, but don’t link him with Santelli.  Do a YouTube search, Daily Show researchers, and notice that anything with “Santelli” and “Cramer” in the title has a clip of the two of them fighting — Santelli hates Cramer; he thinks he’s a hack.

Santelli also opposed the bank and insurance bailouts, and said so very openly on air (again fact checkers, just search YouTube), yet Stewart implies that he is only against the little guys and the mortgage bailout.  That’s just dishonest on the Daily Show’s part.  Santelli should go on the show and demand an apology.

As for Santelli turning to the bond-traders to get their opinion on the bailout, it’s not really any different than CBS or your local news reporter asking “the person on the street” what they think about something…  At least Santelli did it live so he couldn’t cherry-pick the responses to support his view.

Anyway, just another reason why I don’t bother to watch the Daily Show.  It’s rarely as funny as it is angry and wrong.  And when it is truly funny, there’s always YouTube.

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