Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween.

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Tree House of Horror 19 is coming this Sunday. Must record it. I dropped watching Simpsons on the regular basis, but never miss the THOH episode.

"No TV and beer make Homer go ... something something... Crazy?...Don't mind if I do!"
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The Little One comes home from day-care with a little goodie-bag.

Looks at the candy, finds a small bag of Cheetos... and says "This is Garbage!"

Random things.

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They say if you don't like the weather in Chicago you should wait for 15 minutes.

On wednesday I saw frost on the grass in the morning, today it's 60 and absolutely beautiful. Great weather for trick-or-treating.

Me and my wife decided to try to vote yesterday. After sitting in traffic for 30 minutes on the approach (an accident) my wife has discovered that the wait to vote is 2 BLOODY HOURS!

What the hell is going on, I can't even imagine what's going to happen on Tuesday?

I am not much for consipiracies, but it almost looks like someone doesn't want people to vote!

Anyways, I have to figure out how to do this later, since yesterday was the last early vote date.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Cheese-O-Rama Part II

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Talk about cheese!

Sam Jackson has signed-up to play Sho'nuff in the remake of this classic cheese.

The Last Dragon!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

School

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The class is over. I gave the presentation. Unfortunately I was over the alloted time, and had to cut short.

It really is a bummer, since I failed to pick up the pace after the 2 minute warnin sign was given.

Oh, well. I hope it doesn't affect the grade too much. I did feel like a sacrificial lamb though. Being second to present, the rest of the students rushed through their presentations.

I was left with a feeling that people had to say more.

Next class is someting called Cultural Diversity in Business. I recieved three huge books to read. I mean huge, those puppies weighted a lot.

One of the books, smaller, is called Blunders in International business.

I open up a random page, and lo and behold, I learned something new right away. It seems a company named it's product "nonox" and tried to distribute it in Indonesia, only later realizing that "nonnok" in Javanese translates to female private parts.

I think to my self, this can not be the only thing i can learn from this book. I open up another random page. It seems that there is a product named "Super Piss", which was a Finnish name for a car door-lock defreezer.

Live and learn I tell you, live and learn.

Let me know if you have other similar bits of wisdom.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cheese-O-Rama part 1

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This is going to be a new section. This is how it works, if i see something in the news or anywhere that reminds me of a great cheese movie or a show, that's going to come right here.

For example, I saw in the news today that some archeologists believe the have found King Solomon's Mines. Not the grand image of diamonds, but a regular copper types.

As I read this, I remembered a great cheese movie that rode the Raiders of the Lost Ark wave, called King Solomon's Mines, about the old forgotten Alan Quatermain. He used to be a favorite book character of mine by the way.

It had train chases, booby traps, savages, a big boiling pot, and even music resembling that of Indiana Jones, great great great cheese.

With Richard Chamberlain and a young and inexperienced Sharon Stone, I loved it.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Winter is here.

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The cold weather has finally arrived. It's about 40, windy, and although sunny still fairly unpleasant.

I have a lot to do for my class, but for now just getting the news and reading some of the blogs.

Here's couple of tests I found on my brother's blog.

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Balanced, Secure, and Realistic.


Impressionism is a movement in French painting, sometimes called optical realism because of its almost scientific interest in the actual visual experience and effect of light and movement on appearance of objects. Impressionist paintings are balanced, use colored shadows, use pure color, broken brushstrokes, thick paint, and scenes from everyday life or nature.


People that like Impressionist paintings may not alway be what is deemed socially acceptable. They tend to move on their own path without always worrying that it may be offensive to others. They value friendships but because they also value honesty tend to have a few really good friends. They do not, however, like people that are rude and do not appreciate the ideas of others. They are secure enough in themselves that they can listen to the ideas of other people without it affecting their own final decisions. The world for them is not black and white but more in shades of grey and muted colors. They like things to be aestically pleasing, not stark and sharp. There are many ways to view things, and the impresssionist personality views the world from many different aspects. They enjoy life and try to keep a realistic viewpoint of things, but are not very open to new experiences. If they are content in their live they will be more than likely pleased to keep things just the way they are.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy



I don't think this test is good. The works selected clearly influence towards the impressionist results. Although i chose some of the Japanese works, and skipped some others, clearly the impressionist collections were much more impressive, unless you are pious person.

Your result for Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test...

Intrapersonal


"This area has to do with introspective and self-reflective capacities. Those who are strongest in this intelligence are typically introverts and prefer to work alone. They are usually highly self-aware and capable of understanding their own emotions, goals and motivations. They often have an affinity for thought-based pursuits such as philosophy. They learn best when allowed to concentrate on the subject by themselves. There is often a high level of perfectionism associated with this intelligence.


Careers which suit those with this intelligence include philosophers, psychologists, theologians, writers and scientists." (Wikipedia)

Take Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test at HelloQuizzy



I think this somewhat fits me. Unfortunately I have a low attention span to be any of the professions mentioned above.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Picture perfect.

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I have started to take our little camera with me, to get those occasional awesome moments that I want to remember or share.

Here is some nature awesomeness. A full rainbow arc, I took yesterady in the parking lot of the college.

I should have used the stitch feature on the camera, but I haven't figured out how to use it yet.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Survey methods

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The survey is over and I got a good response rate, approximately 30% of the orders filled in three business days.

Now to the difficult part, analyzing the data. I have suddenly discovered that I actually have about 20 some questions. And only one Depended Variable, a website satisfaction. Running regressions against that, trying to chi-test all of the variables is going to be a big chore.

I now think that the class itself was not structured well. We have 5 weeks to create a survey analyze it, and present a comprehensive report. I think that the class' concetration should have been more on what the data means and how to use it, than simply constructing the survey.

Truth of the matter is, there are professionals who do the survey, and if i was in the position where I needed one, I would get one of these people. While I understand the need for surveys in a business environment, I don't think that an MBA course needs to dwell to deep into the how, but more into the why and what to do about it.

When the review time comes for this class, I will certainly let them know what I think this class should be about.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

My esteemed audience.

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I got a visit from China today, Shanghai to be exact. I don't know anybody in China. But i haven't learned google analytics well enough to see how that poor sod made it over here.

If it's a regular reader that for some reason is in China right now, thanks for coming back, but you are still a poor sod :)

I know most of the visitors to my blog, at least I can guess who comes in, based on the territory they visit from.

Not sure who's from Texas, but i bet is one of the bloggers i read all the time, so Welcome y'all!

I really got nothing to write about, kinda pathetic.

Bears won an absolutely wild game. Which made me very happy.

Have a good the rest of sunday.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Survey.

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Did I write about this?

My mind is slipping. I've launched the survey and doctors, the lazy bastards they are, did not want to click and extra button to open up a new site.

So what is a developer to do.

I have re-created the survey on the website, with database hosted locally, and posted it inside ordering process, after the submit button but before the general thank you message.

Result? I had more responses in one day, than in the three first days when the survey was hosted outside.

GAH! So much time lost, I am very pissed at our customers. I mean common! The whole point of the survey was to get your feedback and make the site better, FOR YOU!

I can't stand people who complain about something, but refuse to do something about it when given the opportunity, and somebody actually listens.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Weird things we collect.

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I am not much on collecting and keeping crap. But I am known to go out of my way to get a memento from a place I'm visiting. This includes running to the gift store at the last possible minute in the airport, to get a shot glass with a picture of the locale.

These are some of the things I enjoy collecting.

I have those $5 shot glasses from every place I visited. Some of the weirdest ones include glasses from Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. I got them on our road trip from Chi to Brooklyn, on the interstate rest areas.

I also think I got one from London and Paris.

I love doing the coin print. You know that stupid press where you put in 50 cents and a penny, and out comes out a flatted penny with an image. I have a whole bunch of them from Disney, Brookfield Zoo, House on the Rocks in Wisconsin. I have one from London, from the Tower Bridge Engine room, on the other side of it is a clear image of Queen Victoria. I think it comes on the pence.

One I treasure the most is an old penny from the Twin Towers. I don't even remember when i made it, it's getting green now. But every time I see it, I pause to think about something for a minute.

The weirdest thing I collect on occasion is drink stirrers from the bars i visited. But i don't collect just any, it has to have something of that place. Like the one I got from Hancock tower, or Paris hotel in Vegas.

What weird things you collect? This is a question for all of you lurkers out there, that I know read my crap, but never comment on it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Couple of quick quizzes.

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Name that dog. I know my doggies, mixed-up maltese and border collie.

Name That Dog Breed

I don't know my villains that well.

Name That Movie Villain

I kinda know my elements

Name That Element

And I have a less than spectacular knowledge of sodas.

Name that Soda

I missed 7 out of 50 states. ALABAMA, ARIZONA, DELAWARE, IOWA, MONTANA, OREGON, TENNESSEE. The sucky part is I remembered Alabama, just didn't put it in.

I named 43 US states in 10 minutes How many US states can you name in 10 minutes?

Tuesday morning.

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The roll out was successful. Everything is working, and I am very happy about it.

On a sadder note, the survey for my class is out there, and proved that I was right again about doctors in general. They are the most whiny and bitchy group of people when it comes to internet ordering.

I gave them the opportunity to speak about the website, give feedback so we can make it better. I got 4 BLOODY RESPONSES in two days. Granted yesterday was Columbus Day, and office were probably closed, but common people. Get with the program, or stop your bitching about navigation and searches.

Thank you!

On the lighter note, here is a picture of some weather awesomeness. As i was driving the little one to day care, the front passed right above us. It looked very zen like, with clouds and bad weather grayness leaving, and the sunshine coming in.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday night is all right

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Yeah, I am working. I feel like bad mama-jama.

Although 3rd cup of coffee helped.

By the by. While this post says i posted it a 6:29 pm, it's 12:03 am my time.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saturday is fun.

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The city got hit with absolutely gorgeous weather today. What does the family to do?

Botanic gardens of course.






I am now sitting a working in preparation for tomorrow's night release. At the same time i have decided to take an old keyboard parat, clean-it up and put it back together.

I hope i will be successful.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I am neither good nor bad

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Why is it that I always score somewhere in the middle?

You are a

Social Liberal
(65% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(61% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Centrist




Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid.com: Free Online Dating
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test


I should get all the pictures for this, since i am smack in the middle of Adam Sandlers nose.



Thank you Nathan

Work, School, Work, School, Maybe a little common cold for good measure.

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Not a good start of the week. I am a firm believer that colds are caused by the virus. And i caught one. To paraphrase Bad Boys II's Martin Lawrence, "It's a new breed. Called big motherf^&*er."

I have a lot of work to do for the merger rollout, and a lot work school work to do.

And that's that. Cubs lost, big surprize! Sox lost, who cares! Bears won, but it's difficult to loose against the Lions.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

3D Modeling

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One of my hobbies is 3D Modeling. I've been doing this on and off for the last seven or so years, with no commercial success. I am not imaginative enough, nor do I have enough patience to achieve any sort of greatness in the field.

I do however return to it once in a while. My interests are only mechanical in nature, and given my general love for all things space and science-fiction my preferred subject matter is .. wait for it.... Space Ships.

So I am putting up a slide show to the blog, to share my amazing work with the world.

Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

School and Kids

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Well, it happened. I am back into the classroom, with all my pals. The class I believe will be extremely boring. A lot of what they will be teaching us about surveys is very common sense. The thing that I am looking for most, is taking the results of the survey and quantinize(quantate? quantify?) it into something useful.

My original proposal for survey was related to the current website and the updates I'll be releasing this week. The problem is, which I realized after the work was done, the logistics of implementing it are horrific. I'd need to get approval from business unit, review it with them, post it, and hope that the doctors (whiny little sissies they are) would actually take the survey without anybody offering them a free iPod.

By the time all of this could be done, the class will be over.

I have decided to resort to plan B. I'll be making a survey concerning Fall TV season and people's TV watching habits. To all my loyal readers, I ask you to go and spend 5 minutes filling it out, when I post it. For all I care you can draw hearts from the radio button matrixes.
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I am confusing my child.

Yesterday she came in chanting, "Go Cubs. Go Sox (one of her teacher likes Cubbies, the other likes Sox)". Then she forced my wife to put on the Bears shirt and said:

"We like the Bears and daddy like the Yankees." After that my wife, bless her for understanding a bit of sports, had to explain to her that the teams play different sports.

I need to have a conversation with her, and explain in terms a 4-year-old can understand.