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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Jay: One Blue Christmas

You Should Have a Blue Christmas Tree

For you, the holidays represent a time of calm, understanding, and peace.

You avoid family fights, and you don’t get too stressed out - even when things are crazy!

You like to make Christmas about making everyone’s life a little bit better.

You don’t get caught up in greed or commercialism. You’re too sincere for that.

Your blue tree would look great with: Lots of silver tinsel

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: It’s a Wonderful Life

What you should bake for Santa: Chocolate chip cookies

What Color Christmas Tree Should You Have?

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Jay: Holidays Mean to Me?

What The Holidays Mean to You

For you, the holidays are about emotional connections and bonds. You are happiest being around those you love.

You celebrate the holidays in a offbeat style. You believe the holidays are for doing whatever you feel like - and some of your “traditions” are pretty wacky.

During the holidays, you feel magical. You love all of the decorations and how happy people are. You like to sit back and take it all in.

You think the holidays should be decadent and indulgent. You never mind gaining a few holiday pounds… it’s worth it!

Your best holiday memories are of childhood foods and traditions. You secretly still wish you believed in Santa Claus.

What Do the Holidays Mean to You?

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Jay: The Kids Are Extending My Life

You’ll die from a Heart Attack during Sex.

Your a lover not a fighter but sadly, in the act of making love your heart will stop.  But what a way to go.

‘How will you die?’ at QuizGalaxy.com

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Deb: Because why not?

A Christmas meme from Jen:

1. Wrapping or gift bags?
Prefer to wrap, but love the bag in a pinch or for odd-sized-or-shaped things.  Frankly, I’m far too cheap to do gift bags for Christmas, but I’ll use them for other occasions.

2. Real or artificial tree?
Artificial.  In the race between the dust on the fake tree and the outdoor stuff on the real tree, the fake tree?  Still causes less allergenic misery.  Also, see “cheap” above.

3. When do you put up the tree?
Now that we have three little kids...it went up a week before Christmas.  Undecorated except for a little handmade ornament that Sadie latched on to.  I suspect that it will get earlier and earlier over the coming years.  Growing up it was a day-after-Thanksgiving thing, mostly.

4. When do you take the tree down?
ASAP, but what’s possible generally makes it the first of the year or so.

5. Do you like egg nog?
Not really.

6. Favourite gift received as a child?
Oh, hell.  I don’t know.  Most of ‘em were pretty good.  smile

7. Do you have a nativity scene?

8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Is there *truly* such a thing?

9. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Snail mail.  E-mail’s a good idea, though.  (Again with the cheap, lol.)

10. Favourite Christmas Movie?
Miracle on 34th Street.  Incidentally, I am insanely proud of never having seen “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Just because I’m one of 3 people on the face of the Earth who hasn’t, and I can be a jerk that way.  Heh.

11. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Whenever I have money.  If I’m still broke by December 15th, I buy some stuff anyway.  This year I’m making pretty much all of our gifts.  If money hadn’t been an issue, I probably would have shopped at Etsy this year and been done by the first week of December.  As it is, I’m glad that the rush there is over so I can concentrate on getting things done for friends and family.

12. Favourite thing to eat at Christmas?
The turkey sandwiches Christmas night.  With lots of Hellman’s on squishy white bread.  Heaven.

13. Clear lights or coloured on the tree?

14. Favourite Christmas song(s)?
Hate ‘em all.  Every. Last. One.  sort of like Jay flinches every time the phone rings from all of those years of working support, I came out of retail work with an abiding hatred of Christmas music.

15. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Home.  Please, please home.

16. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Probably.  smile

17. Angel on the tree top or a star?

18. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
Both!  We always had a gift for Christmas Eve.  Sort of like an appetizer, lol.  Dulled the present hunger long enough for us to get to bed.  I’m sure that tradition will continue here.

19. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
The music.  grin No, seriously, it enrages me that what should be a celebration has morphed into this *thing* that is nearly impossible to enjoy.  It’s far too stressful.  And I miss being able to do the grocery shopping at Wal-Mart without being trampled.  Not that it’s ever truly calm in there.

20. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or colour?
Not unless “random stuff” is a theme.  wink

21. What do you leave for Santa?
Nothing.  I suppose we’ll start when the children learn that part of the legend.

22. Least favourite holiday song?
All of them.

23. Favourite ornament?

24. Family tradition?
Still in flux, here.

25. Ever been to Midnight Mass or late-night Christmas Eve services?

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Jay: December 10 Carnival of the Capitalists

Welcome to the December 10 edition of Carnival of the Capitalists.  There are a bunch of cool entries this week, listed in the order received, plus a few of my choosing inserted here and there.  Before we proceed, though, a commercial interruption.  Hey, what could be more appropriate.

Deb runs an Etsy shop, also called Neatly Tangled.  It carries hand made items that you might find appropriate as distinctive gifts or accessories, given that it’s December.  This week is the time to order.  First class shipping is free this week, on anything ordered through Sunday.  Check back there during the week if nothing catches your eye initially, as there will be a ton of new items being listed that were not sold at the craft fair (speaking of posts that fit CotC; marketing and venue lessons learned).  They just need to be photographed first.  I would tout her willingness to do custom orders, and she does, but time may be tight if there’s too much of that before Christmas.  It can’t hurt to ask.  Now, on with the show!

The Corner Office, a BNET blog, asks Do Sears’ Troubles Hint At Coming Wave of Bankruptcies? I haven’t seen Sears mentioned to speak of, well, since the merger.  Rob has posted about the company now and then (ah, including just recently, fairly positively, which I missed), and on one of those posts a few years ago I commented expansively about how to fix what was then Sears without Kmart.  It’s sad to see such a venerable company bleeding to death, lost in time.  The post isn’t entirely about Sears, but that’s what got my attention.

Reflections of a BizDrivenLife reflects on the triumvirate of better, faster, and cheaper when it comes to competitive advantage, in Creating a Brand Premium.  You can’t be all three.  This reminds me of software project management’s tradeoffs between speed, quality and cost, and the failure of some in management or among prospective clients to realize that you can’t have the prettiest, most bug-free, most usable program… in a ridiculously short time for little money.  Since competing on price has limitations, developing a brand premium matters.

Recent host and new blog The Startup Blog at PartnerUp doses us with reality in asking So you’ve got a business idea… Now what? Again with watching your proposed pricing, this time from a perspective of covering costs, crunching numbers and making sure it even makes sense to proceed.  Not that there isn’t much more than that to the meaty post; it just happened to catch my eye.  I like the part about pricing for what overhead will be, not merely what it is now when you start up out of your home.

Don’t let The Scratching Post scare you away if you have no clue what Six Sigma is.  It’s just plain funny, in a sorry sort of way, reading the all too imaginable A Post-Mortem on a Lean Six Sigma Training Disaster.  The turkey shoot picture will make you feel at home if you like gun blogs, while the caption alone is worth the visit.

Fundmastery Blog could have been left out by a discerning host for two reasons.  First, How Much Should You invest In Stocks? is really a personal finance post, and those are borderline to CotC, subject to host discretion.  Second, an awful lot of the post is quoted content from an article.  It’s about half and half, which is borderline.  The manner in which commentary is interjected tips it over to reasonable, to me, and makes sense.  As does the market psychology and portfolio rebalancing commentary to be found in the post.

The Financial Blogger has a blog name that automatically makes me expect a personal finance post.  While related to personal finance too, and a somewhat different entry, Comparing Primerica To Other Companies may be of some interest for its analysis of how sales and agents are presented, organized, handled, and compensated.

Small Business Essentials hosted recently, and is scheduled to be the first host of 2008.  She looks to improved productivity in 2008 with Entrepreneurial Time Management and Discipline.  I could certainly use more of that, and can totally relate to the problems of working from home.  No dogs, but three kids who are intense make things interesting.  My TV watching isn’t that extensive, but I love the fact you save time watching episodes on DVD, or that you’ve taped.  I seldom reduce it that much, but instead of e-mail running at all times, I sometimes go hours at a time between checking it.  It depends how you use it.  My former client was on a much more immediate e-mail response basis than a couple times a day, so it needed to be running.

Wills Perspective can be seen in Ethical Ideas and Consequences:

An examination of the role of ethical behavior in free markets.Originally written for an essay contest.

It’s a bit dated (no more Soviet Union), and heavy reading as such things can be, but it’s the kind of philosophical/theory post I had hoped to see more of entered into CotC alongside the mundane business and economics posts.

Sales Machine, a BNET blog lists Everything You Need to Know About Customers and wonders if anything has been overlooked.  I like “Customers buy emotionally and defend logically.”

Strategy Stew is a great blog name.  It is also home of How to Get Emotional and Get Customers, an actual how-to post on generating an emotional response with customers, helping you make the sale.  I love the inclusion of the proverbial 12 year old (or younger) kid, and how to bore them into never wanting to talk to you again.

Last week’s host, One Man Band, quotes others usefully in Understanding and Meaning in Marketing, exploring the not always grasped distinction between direct marketing and advertising.  Reminds me of the distinction between cold calling and warm prospects.

VesTopia makes a good point and turns a great phrase with “casting their nets beyond the ponds of statistical cheapness” in Is Ben Graham Turning in His Grave?: Growth as the New Value.  In short, it’s a discussion of whether growth investing has become a form of value investing.

Searchlight Crusade talks loans and real estate in describing The Doctrine of Delaying The Moment Of Truth, but obfuscation in sale and transactions is certainly not limited by industry.

American Consumer News arrives at the intersection of business and personal finance, presenting an old and standard business practice in search of outrage in Citibank Busted Issuing 3.5 million Credit Cards to People Who Never Even Applied.  While it may be worth raising customer awareness of the potential impact, it’s not actually a case of completely out of the blue cards to new customers, as the nascent credit card industry did at great cost in its early years to create a customer base.  Accounts change hands all the time.

Insureblog visits the political and business borderline with a What If? post comparing health and property insurance and the problem of underfunded insurer liabilities coming to roost.

Sox First explores the problem of groupthink in business and, beware, government policy, in Madness of groups.

Financial Hack brings us Lessons of the Square Watermelon, helpful in looking at business problems.  The impossible isn’t always so.  The solution doesn’t surprise me, having grown watermelons with my grandfather.

Catching Flack, one of the BNET blogs, presents a cautionary PR tale of The Losing Battle of Arguing With Bloggers.  It’s the old “ink by the barrel” effect, so businesses beware.

SportsBiz is down as I type this, apparent Google code issues, but in case the blog comes back to normal in the future, regarding My Own Hockey Team the entry says:

Two guys in Canada are trying to get a group together to try to buy a minor league hockey team using a crowd sourcing model.  It is similar to a model being used in England for a lower division soccer club, although it turns out this was in development for several months before they found out about the soccer club.

You might want to click through in case it’s up, or try again later.

James Alenteal’s Conversion Rate Clinic arguably skitters over the edge into tech territory in an effort to advise why you should Deep 6 Your HTML Tables With CSS on your sales web site.  Not sure I see load times as the issue they might have been in, say, 1997, when broadband was unheard of for most of us.

Trust Matters, and who can trust the lending industry very far?  Seriously, though, here’s a look at How To Get Your Industry Regulated, in 6 Easy Lessons, regarding the recent overlending and housing bubble issues, and legislation being considered as a result.

More Than WE Know brings us Today’s Woman Entrepreneur - Claudia of NiÉriu, about which she says:

Ninety percent of Americans identify themselves as Conscious Consumers who prefer eco-friendly products. Go behind the scenes of one woman entrepreneur’s business to find out how she appeals to this target market.

At the start it looks a bit like an ad or paid post, but then it gets down to the interview and business discussion.

Blog Business World covers a topic that hits close to home in Avoiding decision paralysis: Taking positive action.  Panic!  Indecision!  What to do?  Nothing?  Well, inaction is a decision as much as choice of a specific action is, but usually worse.  Not the sort of thing a company’s culture ought to encourage.

Political Calculations intrigued me with a post I expected to be boring: The Sun, in the Center.  It’s about a method of measuring appropriate stock values without relying on the traditional earnings per share.  The correlation over time, using dividends as a leading indicator, is remarkable.

Wally Bock’s Three Star Leadership Blog reminds us in Leadership and command that command, issuing actual orders one can understand and follow, is imperative to good leadership.  Makes sense to me.  It’s no fun being not told what you are expected to do, then being criticized for not doing whatever it was you were imagined to have been doing.

BNET Intercom, one of the BNET blogs, says there is productivity value in unified opinion about the boss among colleagues, which can be Why It Pays to Be Hated by Your Team.  That makes sense, as it creates similar common pressures to being in a high stress environment.

CotC co-founder Rob of BusinessPundit, Daily Idea, Outside the valley, and MBA by Blog didn’t enter a post this week, perhaps in honor of his birthday Sunday.  While it’s neither usual CotC fodder or Business Pundit fodder, I liked Will The United States Go Bankrupt?

Speaking of birthdays and blogging Robs, next week’s host will be the newly married Rob Sama, whose birthday is Friday.  He hosts each year immediately before or after his birthday, which I guess is one way to celebrate.  The December 24 edition will be hosted by The Journal BlogSEO ROI fills out the year in the December 31 slot.  First edition of 2008, January 7, goes to Small Business Essentials, then it’s wide open from there.  Feel free to volunteer to host.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Jay: Up Next

This week’s CotC, once I am done putting it together.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Jay: Just Call Me Eclectic

Your Inner European is Dutch!

Open minded and tolerant.

You’re up for just about anything.

Who’s Your Inner European?

Via Leslie

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Jay: YACQ (Yet Another Candidate Quiz)

Via Aubrey Turner comes another 2008 Presidential Candidate Calculator type of quiz.  I wish these things would provide HTML for a blog post the way traditional online quiz-for-fun things do.  Not that it’s so hard to do a screen capture, select the relevant part, copy to a new image, save and upload.

My percentages are indicative of my high level of excitement for the field overall.  Not my 75-odd for my top match, versus Aubrey’s 95-odd percent.  Heck, he comes almost as close to matching his 7th and 8th place candidates, Huckabee and Romney, as I do my first place.  Deb did even worse, with her top match being around 72 percent.

Still, the results are fascinating.  I mean, Kucinich beating Hillary by a wide margin?  Ouch.  Here we go…

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Jay: Leftovers!

This is what we had left over, which begs the bloggy question of what your favorites happen(ed) to be.  Did you eat peanut butter cups until they got the better of you when you were a kid?

This wound up almost two full Twizzler tubs, one of which is already well on its way down to halfway.  Poor Sadie’s belly.  They’re in the closet now, which should slow things down.

I was giving big handfuls to the kids who deigned to show.  And I have big hands, so I think that meant at least five apiece.

As for me, I suggested to the kids that they avoid eating any Baby Ruths or Almond Joys.  I also seem to have developed a thing for Milky Ways, partly because they are easier on my tormented teeth than the ones with peanuts, or the Butterfingers.  I’ve never been big on the bars that have cookies inside, though they’re okay, so I leave those for Deb.  For me it’s all about the nuts and caramel (thus my love of Paydays, not represented here), and to a lesser degree peanut butter or coconut fillings.  I’m also as happy to have a chocolate-free candy, be it like the Payday, or like a Twizzler or jelly candy like Sunkist Fruit Gems, jelly beans, etc.  Long as they’re not too hard on the teeth or too sour.

Next year it’s either buy less candy or advertise.  Seeing the Twizzler tubs and inspired by knowing the 2 year old boy upstairs is allergic to chocolate, next year I’ll have to get some of those to add to the mix.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Jay: Just How Weird Am I?

My first result, and the one I get almost no matter how I tweak my answers, is Zombie.  Note who Zombie relates to best.  The second result below is the only alternate one I was able to get, changing a couple answers to reasonable alternates.

You Are a Zombie

You’re a pretty apathetic person, and you often feel like you’re sleep walking through life.

You don’t necessarily have a case of the “blues”, but you do have a case of the “blahs.”

It’s hard for you to snap out of your boring every day routine. You’re a bit burned out.

The only thing you crave is the company of others. But you’re not too nice to the people who do hang around you.

Your greatest power: Your lack of a normal conscience

Your greatest weakness: Your lack of most emotions

You play well with: Aliens

What Kind of Monster Are You?

You Are an Alien

You’re so strange, people occasionally wonder if you’re from another world.

You don’t try to be different, but you see most things from a very unique, very offbeat perspective.

Brilliant to the point of genius, you definitely have some advanced intelligence going on.

No matter what circles you travel in, you always feel like a stranger. And it’s a feeling you’ve learned to like.

Your greatest power: Your superhuman brain

Your greatest weakness: Your lack of empathy - you just don’t get humans

You play well with: Zombies

What Kind of Monster Are You?

Via Tammi the Werewolf

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Deb: Because I am amused at the result.

Your Superpower Should Be Invisibility

You are stealth, complex, and creative.

You never face problems head on. Instead, you rely on your craftiness to get your way.

A mystery to others, you thrive on being a little misunderstood.

You happily work behind the scenes… because there’s nothing better than a sneak attack!

Why you would be a good superhero: You’re so sly, no one would notice… not even your best friends

Your biggest problem as a superhero: Missing out on all of the glory that visible superheroes get

What Should Your Superpower Be?

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Jay: Zap!

I promise not to kill any pleasant Irish criminals…

Your Superpower Should Be Manipulating Electricity

You’re highly reactive, energetic, and super charged.

If the occasion calls for it, you can go from 0 to 60 in a split second.

But you don’t harness your energy unless you truly need to.

And because of this, people are often surprised by what you are capable of.

Why you would be a good superhero: You have the stamina to fight enemies for days

Your biggest problem as a superhero: As with your normal life, people would continue to underestimate you

What Should Your Superpower Be?

Via Sharon, but she already knew that.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Jay: How Aspie Are You?

Via neurotypical John Scalzi comes a new and different online aspie test.  In covering aspects not seen in the more typical quiz that floats around blogs periodically, instead of my coming out one side or the other of borderline, I come out well and truly Aspie-looking.

As it says on the graphic below you may want to click on for the original sized version that’s more readable:

Your Aspie score: 161 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 54 of 200
You are very likely an Aspie

Here is that screenshot:

It has some fascinating questions, like how good are you at sneaking up on people or animals.  I’ve been told many times I’d make a good burglar.

The funniest part was when I got to the rocking question I was, in fact, rocking forward and back in my concentration on the test.  It’s not something I do constantly, but I catch myself at it sometimes.  It struck me funny that one of them was then.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Jay: Hey, Man…

Your Personality Is Like Acid

A bit wacky, you’re very difficult to predict.

One moment you’re in your own little happy universe…

And the next, you’re on a bad trip to your own personal hell!

What Drug Is Your Personality Like?

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Jay: Clockwise

I’ve seen repeated links to this left versus right brain thing.  I’ve looked at it repeatedly and found nothing changes the fact that she is spinning clockwise.  It doesn’t change with time and staring.  It doesn’t change with peripheral vision.  It doesn’t change by noting that her posture strongly suggests counterclockwise movement that makes the actual clockwise movement look strange.  She’s spinning clockwise, and apparently I am not succeptible to whatever optical illusion is involved.


Intriguing.  Deb was able to see this going the other way… sometimes.  So I stood there with her and watched it on her computer.  She periodically saw it go the other way.  For me it never changed, apart from it comes to a stop sometimes if there is enough activity from other stuff on the page.  It seemed to be the times it stopped that triggered her seeing it go counter-clockwise.

Since we both watched it at once, it has to be a perceptual thing, not just a trick where, for instance, some people load a different version when they view the page.

Update Later:

I see, it appears to be an optical illusion associated with the shadow of one of the feet, which always appears to go counterclockwise, whichever way the rest seems to go.  I could get it to change by focusing on the foot that’s going the opposite way, basically as suggested in the comments.  Weird.  Usually that sort of illusion is more obvious to me.  Then again, in that craze many years ago of prints you had to look at funny to see the picture in the fuzz, I almost never could distinguish a picture.

Update after Wizlanche:

If you guys like the spinning girl optical illusion, you might also like this ferris wheel, which for me is far more responsive.

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