Enough with the stickers already!

Once upon a time, Microsoft employees got t-shirts. Many, many t-shirts. It got old, as things are wont to do. Seems that Moore’s law applies to tech company swag as well. Because in much less time, I’ve gotten sick of stickers. Arghthestickerspleasemakeitstop. Everything is not a sticker opportunity. And where the hell am I supposed to put…

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Productive stress

In a conversation today, I used the phrase “appropriate and productive stress.” Stress is the bully of the moment; anything that puts weight around your middle at least gets serious consideration for that title. Three of four Americans are significantly stressed? That makes me a little sad. Mine is situational, and for good or bad,…

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Really, Yahoo!?

Sometimes fact is stranger, in that it’s harder to explain, than fiction. And a global company in Yahoo!’s position should know that the interwebz are global. So the Hack Days lap dances? Is there really any explanation that makes it OK? Not only the gyrating, but also the really lame PR-awareness. First, let me be…

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Windows 7 Shazam!

“Wow” doesn’t cut it for me. “Wow” is what I say if a lady yells at her kids in public. Or if I see one more person wear brown Uggs with black leggings (so many kinds of wrong). Or 10% off of whatever. Yeah, wow. So when it comes to the Windows 7 awesomeness, I…

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Less panic, more spa days

Most of us have probably been in the situation where we have to pull off something big; some big amorphous blob of bigness and strategery.  No playbook and no rule book. Just get it done, kid. And make it awesome. My funky little job sits in that space. My job is “figuring stuff out”; I’m…

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5K

OK, running officianados…I’m doing a 5K in about an hour. It’s being held on campus for our giving campaign. I generally like the anonymity of running in a big crowd, but running at work? Not quite enough anonymity for me. I bump into people all the time. I’ve changed my hair color so that should…

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Regretful. But it’s handmade!

Cliff Kuang (but clearly not a Fast Company editor) highlights some of the worst handmade crafts to be found on Etsy. I’ve made purchases through Etsy before; I like unique hand-crafted stuff and I like supporting the little guy. But some of this stuff is really …well, “bizarre” just doesn’t cut it. I don’t even…

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Working with Headhunters

My fellow “contrarian”, Nick Corcodillos, offers advice on working with headhunters. I don’t always agree with him, but here he speaks the truth. In fact we discussed this recently in a webinar. You can find more answers, and questions, in his nationally syndicated column Ask The Headhunter. Working with headhunters ain’t what it used to…

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Still unclear on how that algorithm works

But if you search on “aliens” you will find the fashion advice you were looking for. I’m don’t even think I can label this NSFW (depends on where you work, I guess)… maybe ALGFW (A little gross…). The searches were so simple, I can’t help what results were returned. Really! If body functions offend you, don’t click…

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What’s the difference between a facebook status and a Twitter status?

I still have a bad taste in my mouth from having joined Twitter. When I “join” or commit to something, I think about what I am going to give up in my life for that thing and whether it is really worth it. Where will the time come from? What won’t I get to do…

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