Archive for December, 2009|Monthly archive page

give us a break, Urban

Two recent columns here and here (subscription required for full content) on a subject I couldn’t agree more with: The fallacy of high-visibility roles — in this case athletic coaches — being more stressful than other roles.

This has come up of course because the jackleg  Urban Crier has wrung his hands on the national stage about his health, first quitting a job and then taking it back the next day.  Now make no mistake, a) he’s very entitled to quit if he feels he can’t handle something, and b) no one would doubt that there’s stress in running a major college football program.

But more stress?  No way.

Urban, you’ve got

  • Money to leave your family financially affluent for the rest of your life, even if you never work another day
  • 24/7 access to medical, exercise, and nutrition facilities
  • Legions of ‘minions’ at your beck and call, to handle all tactical needs
  • etc. etc.

You think the guy in the cubicle trying to get off in time to make Jr.’s football practice and figure out how to pay for Janie’s tuition next semester after the transmission just failed, feels sorry for you?


It’s like I’ve always said, about both ‘time’ and ‘stress’:  Go find a lottery winner, from two years or more in past.  Interview them, and listen to how much ‘time’ they don’t have and how ‘stressed’ they are.

In other words, its all relevant.


making all the lists, as it should

For any fans of good music who still don’t know of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, look at all the end of year accolades for their album…

requirements leading into modeling

Demo out, showing the connection between Requirements Composer, and Software Architect.  Exciting stuff!

great weightlifting resource

Great must-share site, for fellow avid weightlifters.
Can’t believe I haven’t seen it before.
Clean, organized directory of exercises and their variations.

Goog phone update

sad (for me) update on the Google phone, appears even though it will be sold open its GSM so I guess that means only AT&T or T-Mobile, in US. Since I’ve never heard anything good about those two carriers, guess I’ll have to shoot for Droid on Verizon instead…

want it


cities forecasting job growth

Wow, good for west central Georgia’s Columbus, where I once lived….

new vs. old

Pretty interesting presentation.  Not sure things will be as dire longterm for MS as he imagines; but I fully agree with him regarding the Cloud: