Frank Patrick


A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.


Alexander Pope

(via scienceisbeauty)

How to Create Meaning at Work When the Outcome Isn’t Always Meaningful


Popular Mechanics
1953 Vol. 100, No. 4


Popular Mechanics

1953 Vol. 100, No. 4

History of English


Nov 6

Click click.


Click click.

(Source: sui-ci-dal)

Nov 4

Birthday Haiku

One more year has passed.
Each both tougher and better
than what’s come before.

Less, more, and no time
are what tomorrows will bring.
No point asking more.

Like the man says, you can always hum it to yourself when it might not be appropriate to sing out loud.

Cauliflower Breadsticks!

Cauliflower Breadsticks! Hardly any calories for the whole pan!

•1 large head of cauliflower
•2 cloves garlic, grated or minced
•2 large eggs, lightly beaten
•4 oz low fat mozzarella cheese
•1/2 teaspoon onion powder

•Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
•Chop the cauliflower into chunks and place into microwave for about 5 minutes or until soft
•Place the cauliflower into a food processor and blend until it’s a mashed potato texture
•In a medium bowl, stir together cauliflower, eggs,cheese, and seasonings
•Lightly spray a baking pan with spray oil and coat with the mixture (about 1/2 inch thick)
•Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the top starts to brown
•Add additional cheese to the top and enjoy! 

Joan and Bobby -
All I can say looking at this is that I’m not feeling “younger than that now.”

Joan and Bobby -

All I can say looking at this is that I’m not feeling “younger than that now.”

There is no foreign land; it is the traveler only that is foreign.

- Robert Louis Stevenson

Some days, it just gets to you.

Some days, it just gets to you.

Mar 7

Nuggets on video

On Performer Over-Utilization

There are still too many project organizations that put emphasis on keeping everyone busy, due to the erroneous assumption that “an idle resource is a major waste.”

Someone on one of the discussion groups I participate in recently suggested one way to get managers to think about the error of these ways…

Ask “If your people are 90% utilized, how long would it take (without overtime) to recover from missing a day of work, or of running into Murphy’s Law to the tune of a day? How about 95%? 99%?” With a little bit of thought, the dangers to speed and throughput quickly become evident.

Voicemail Transcription FAIL

One of my best sources of laughs recently has been Comcast’s phone feature in which they [try to] do a voice-to-text transcription of incoming voicemail and forward it to my email.

Here’s one from the Golden Corner Diner, letting us know that they’ve got a batch of Galaktoboureko (greek pastry) available.

"Hi this is Amy from the going(?) the corner diner. I’m calling to let you know that the we have like a like a booty call picnic-place(?) thank you."

I wish my wife didn’t erase the message before I found out what “picnic-place” was about, but Galaktoboureko becoming like a like a booty call” was good enough for me. 

Boom “like a like a”.