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Spinny Finally Sees “Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” On Stage

  • February 28, 2014

So, our little town of Utica, NY hosted two performances of the Rice/Webber hit as the troupe ironed out their final kinks before heading out on a national tour, and my wife & I were privileged to have a couple of tickets to see last night's performance. As a birthday gift to each other (we were born 8 days apart) we splurged on a couple of the better seats in the house. My impression? I grew up with the sound track on vinyl, played so often I knew all the songs by heart (that and "Superstar" were the backbone of a Rice/Webber phase I went through as a tween), but I had never seen it performed....

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The Customer’s Goal IS Your Goal

  • February 26, 2014

I read this Dilbert strip yesterday, and found it both funny and sad (Original link here). See, the bald CEO's attitude is one I believe to be all too common, and their reaction to Dilbert's question lays bare their unspoken attitude. Bottom Line. Ship that product. Make that quarterly report shine and keep the stock holders off our backs for a couple more months. I say that attitude is short-sighted and costly in the long term. What the CEO should have been saying is, "Our goal this quarter is for our product to make the lives of a million people better." By extension you can presume a million...

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Kids and Their Pets

  • February 22, 2014

Another charming batch of images courtesy of my mom. Get ready for a cuteness overdose!

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(Insert Deity Here) Helps Those Who Help Themselves

  • February 20, 2014

Recently one of my more "New Age" friends posted a quote on a social media site about the value of meditation. As I interpreted it, chasing after things was to be avoided; rather, wait for your need to bring things to you. I encountered that in the context of the recent news of the couple who believed in "faith healing" and who refused to take their two children to actual doctors, subsequently killing them both. More fuel on the fire: I've overheard more than one of my more religious acquaintances espouse a philosophy of "let go and let god." I get this feeling that such people believe they need...

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