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Thursday, November 03, 2005

What is that called?

I was pondering the other day walking around my house thinking about a pyschological concept that interested me. What is it called when you make yourself go through some sort of painful or uncomfortable process in order to experience the feeling of undo-ing that particular process? For example:

- Set you alarm for 3 AM just to wake up and know that you have at least 3 more hours of sleep
- Grow a beard that itches and hurts your face, just to have the experience of shaving it off

Anyone have any thoughts about this? I would think it would fit in some sort of mild masochism. That is probably to powerful a term, however...

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

College Basketball

Let the fun and cheering begin as College Basketball is on the cusp on getting starting. Being in Louisville, there is a lot at stake with every college season and this one is no different...

Let the games begin and Go Cardinals!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Ruby and the wild Web 2.0

After a long siesta of no posts, I figure I am going to start to turn my attention to some emerging technology that is sweeping the web. It is called "Ruby on Rails" and presents an interesting solution to the common delima of CRUD applications. I am in the midst of learning the new Ruby syntax (Which is very python esque) which presents some new concepts to me as a developer as well as a different way of thinking. I have a side web project that I think I am going to make my first Ruby on Rails candidate. Heck using subversion I might even open source the project and get some help from the outside world.....

Till next time.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Flock Me!!!

I am giving a whirl to a new browser that includes some of the cool "web 2.0" features into it...

I also have been learning a new language to put into my toolbox. I am pretty excited about this because it is the language behind a web framework that seems to be grabbing a LOT of attention. The language is Ruby. The jury will be coming in soon to see what I think. This is pretty cool as it adds to my growing list of languages that I am profficient in....Java, Perl, Python, VB, C, C++, BASH (more of a tool), etc.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Quest for the PMBA

What the heck? PMBA? What does that mean....

Well, in my current quest to "better" myself, I have taken it upon myself to try and achieve what is dubbed, a "Personal MBA". I was cruising the web not to long ago and stumbled upon a site called ChangeThis.com and they had a manifesto with a reading list on reaching this elusive goal. It turns out there is a whole community out there (Thanks, www.personalmba.com) that is undertaking this quest as well. The gist of the concept is just reading a well rounded selection of books on everything from Productivity to Accounting. It is definitely an interesting idea, and since I have yet to decide to achieve an ACTUAL MBA, this will certainly improve my business skills without having to plunk down $40,000.

That I like!

Friday, October 14, 2005

R = M * V

What the CEO wants you to know...
This is the current book on my reading list and I have to say my experience thus far has been enjoyable. The book is short, to the point and avoids the long winded theoretical rhetoric of most books of this nature. My one beef so far has been the constant mentioning of Jac Nassar, the oft distraught former CEO of Ford Motor Company. I realize the book came out some years ago, but this guy is spoken of like the second coming for Ford. Hmm. Judging by their stock price, my guess is that his abilities were far from the glorious praise that he was given.

Outside of that the central theme for the book is that of a simple equation:
R (rate) = M (margin) x V (velocity)
It turns out that with this simple equation (which he calls a foundation equation) can be used to figure out all kinds of good financial information about the company. I like that. Math makes things simple!

Cheers.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

My Morning Jacket gathers steam...




Well, I picked up the much anticipated release from My Morning Jacket, aptly titled "Z", last evening and after giving it a listen (or 2) I am blown away. From the opening jam "Wordless Chorus", which evokes a bit of foot stomping/finger clicking beat to the just gorgeous sound of "Dondante" the album has me wanting more. I can't get over the uniqueness that almost every track lends to the album and Jim James sounding haunting as ever deserves much applause for the songwriting that is just out of this world.

For even more fun with MMJ, check out their website at www.mymorningjacket.com.
Look for the movie about the making of the album. It is a bit strange, but befitting after listening to the finished product.