"Murphy was an optimist!"
Reality Me Wordle December 30, 2008 10:46 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Blog, Publishing
What do I talk about here?add a comment
Hurricane Creek Keeper tells of Gestapo Style TVA Police December 30, 2008 1:26 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Environment, Health, News, Of Interest, Touchy Subjects
My friend had a similar experience:
TVA’s private security detained our friend as (TVA’s words) an “environmental activist.” Cathy asked last night, what does one fear from an environmental activist at a toxic waste site? Are they afraid they’ll pull out a paper towel and start cleaning?
TVA’s private security, described as dressed in dark uniforms with no clear insignia, took our friend’s picture, took personal and professional contact information, recorded the license plate, commented on the contents of the vehicle, commented on the environmental bumper stickers, and kept our friend detained in the car for a half an hour. Our friend had turned onto a side road but not crossed any fence, barricade or posting of any kind.
Read more about the Tennessee coal sludge spill on Wikipedia.add a comment
The morning thus far December 29, 2008 10:36 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
We have guests visiting. Noah had a friend spend the night last night and Tommy had a friend spend the night. So this morning, between coding efforts, I have made two batches of cinnamon rolls, answered guest questions, woke the dead, intervened several times between the six year old (Amy) and the three year old (Evan), and unclogged one stuck toilet. Mornings like this are why I get up before everyone else to code, code on the weekends, and code at night. Excuse me, I have to take a few minutes to have my Lego figure ride a Brio train.1 comment so far
A sure sign you ain’t gettin’ any December 28, 2008 11:25 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad, Sex, Touchy Subjects
Wife speaking to daughter: "Your dad and I are going downstairs to watch some television. You can come on down. We’ll be awake." No vanilla tonight.add a comment
Oh Dem Picky Eaters December 28, 2008 5:42 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
On days like today, I wish the kids would just let me buy mass quantities (anyone remember mass quantities?) from Taco Bell. Oh thing is I’d end up eating it all myself and they’d starve. Of course, if I do homemade tacos most of them will eat.
I really want to bring some variety to the table but am torn between going with the safe bet and getting food into them versus working hard on a new dish to have noses upturned while everyone turns to Ramen. I’ll end up doing one experimental dish every week or two just because I’m motivated to get away from the same ol’ same old. Think I need to run to the store and at least buy tea.1 comment so far
Social Rules in the Digital World December 28, 2008 1:46 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Communications, Technology
We have social rules in society. For instance, we don’t sneeze into our hand then immediately shake someone else’s hand. Some people have difficulty understanding social rules in real life. To further complicate these social rules, they vary from culture to culture. Now, introduce the Internet and it’s latest craze, social media. To be in, hip, popular, and just not ignored on the Internet right now, you must be "social." For businesses, this means engaging your customers.
A great example is Comcast’s Frank Eliason and his use of Twitter. Frank created the Twitter account @ComcastCares and started using keyword searches with tools like Summize to find customer’s complaining about Comcast’s service and he tackled these problems directly, one on one. Rather than the customer reaching out to Comcast, Frank reached out to the customer and redefined customer service on the Internet. Now many companies use Twitter and blog searches to engage customers, retain customers, and repair their corporate image.
Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh took the Zappos core value #6 "Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication" to an extreme by encouraging staff to embrace Twitter and blogging. Tony tweets as @zappos and blogs under the Zappos CEO and COO Blog. Even though he is a busy CEO, he takes time to respond to people like me. That’s engagement!
So what of social rules online? Just read comments at a major media outlet such as Knoxnews.com and see how the power of apparent anonymity can turn the uninitiated Internet neophyte, what I would assume is a normally decent human being, into a royal ass. I see horrible comments in such forums that I cannot imagine a person having the audacity to utter in mixed company in person. Twitter is undeniably one of the best examples of social media on the Internet. In 140 characters, you share with your followers (and the world if your Tweets are not set to private) the mundane in your life, the news, announcements, or whatever suits your mood. Seems simple enough, but there are unwritten, social rules which have formed around the service. Genuine Jeremy Floyd polled his followers and published Rules of the Road-Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Twitterverse. If you feel his list needs expanding, head over to his blog and add your social rules in his comments. You can also send him a message through Twitter @jfloyd.add a comment
Bad sign December 28, 2008 12:40 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
I’ll be the first to admit, that it’s a bad sign when I’m walking through the house muttering that I don’t know where my wrecking bar is.2comments
Of Grasshoppers December 27, 2008 10:28 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Grasshoppers, Philosophy
Student: They don’t want to hear me.
Master: They want to see what you do.
Santa Got a Blackberry! December 24, 2008 8:52 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Christmas, Communications, Holiday, Technology
If you didn’t know, Santa is all ago! I know, because he has personally Tweeted me. That’s right, you can find Santa Claus on Twitter! @SantaClaus is sending updates as he progresses around the world. @SantaClaus25 is discussing his Christmas Eve progress and sending direct messages to other Twitters. @Santa is reporting his locations and posting videos. It looks like The Polar Express Conductor may have retired for the season. He was @PlrExpConductor.
Merry Christmas to all! And Tweet well tonight.add a comment
Words tha don’t make my day December 24, 2008 12:31 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Software, Technology
Never a good sign:
This is a friend’s machine being cleaned for tonight.1 comment so far
Straight No Chaser – 12 Days December 24, 2008 9:56 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Christmas, Holiday
Universal in grand stupidity forced Youtube to take down the Straight No Chaser 12 Days video that had over 10 million views! Fortunately, AOL video still has the original up. You can see the new and old video by clicking to this post. I have since relocated the website selling their new cd called Holiday Spirits. I hope Universal comes to their marketing senses and lets Youtube put the original back up with its 10 million views intact.add a comment
State of Me December 23, 2008 10:27 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Christmas, Daily Life, Holiday
Too stressed to post. Shoot, too stressed to think straight.add a comment
Put out December 22, 2008 2:15 pmPosted by utterz in : Daily Life, Podcasting
My college experience finally explained December 22, 2008 10:16 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Education, Health, History, Mental, Science
Smart kids are more likely to be heavy drinkers "There’s a link between a high IQ and developing alcohol problems"add a comment