Archive for February, 2007
ManagementSpeak: Just because the building we’re supposed to be moving into is full, it doesn’t mean they won’t find room for us somewhere. Translation: Expect to be transferred or laid off.Â If you were important enough to keep, we’d reserve room for you. KJR always reserves room for quality translations like this one from KJR […]
Frederick Jackson Turner wrote about the Frontier and how it shaped, and continues to shape America’s national character. The Frontier requires independence and self-reliance. Need water? Dig a well. Need a barn? Build a barn. Someone steal your horse? Do something about it. It’s the American way, or at least it’s the American way among […]
ManagementSpeak: All you have to do… Translation: This will take you at least a year. KJR Club member Tim Lawrence didn’t take very long to interpret this common explanation.
It’s time to rant and rave. It’s time for all of us to rant and rave, because everything about the quagmire our so-called leaders have plunged us into was entirely foreseeable and entirely preventable. Yes, that’s right. The subject this week is the change in daylight savings time, and how completely idiotic it is. Oh, […]
ManagementSpeak: He has been given opportunities to excel in a number of different roles in the organization. Translation: It’s time to fire his worthless posterior. This week’s anonymous contributor excels in the art of mumbo jumbo translation.
You always test. The only question is whether you test before or after you put your software into production. No, this column isn’t about Windows Vista. Mathematicians haven’t invented numbers small enough to describe the chance of my having anything original to say about it. This column is about mistakes, and what to do when […]
Once upon a time/Somebody say to me (This is a dog talkin’ now)/What is your Conceptual Continuity? Well, I told him right then/(Fido said)It should be easy to see The crux of the biscuit/Is the Apostrophe. – “Stink Foot,” by the late, great Frank Zappa (since so many of you asked)
“How will this help me in my later life?” While many high school math teachers consider this to be an annoying question, they’re wrong. Far more annoying are the math teachers who can’t produce a good answer. Case in point: It takes a modest background in mathematics to appreciate the nuances of the surface area […]