Monthly Archives: December 2011

Posts of the Year – 5

Polbo á feira with bread and wine

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It’s Friday, so it’s Foodie Fun time.  Since we’re doing the most read posts this week, here is the most read food post along with the business point it inspired.  It was called “Pulpo a la Plancha” after the dish that inspired it.  Enjoy, and have a great New Year!

To end the week, it’s pulpo. For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, that’s octopus. I have had pulpo on my mind since dinner last night and since it’s Foodie Friday I thought I’d share some of what I’ve been thinking about.
The Mrs. and I went to a tapas place last evening and there was a special of pulpo a la plancha. I’ll explain what it is in a second but I ended up ordering two plates of it and eating them both by myself. Gluttony? No, just a great business lesson. Continue reading

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Posts of the Year – 4

Here is today’s recap of the year’s most-read posts on the blog and it’s another one featuring a Bill Murray moment.  Unlike yesterday’s, which happened in real life, this one occurred in reel life – “Stripes,” to be specific, and was called “Your Big Toe.”  Enjoy.

I was thinking about this quote this morning:

An army without leaders is like a foot without a big toe. And Sergeant Hulka isn’t always gonna be here to be that big toe for us. I think that we owe a big round of applause to our newest, bestest buddy, and big toe… Sergeant Hulka.

OK, it’s really the tail end of a speech and you’ve all probably seen Stripes enough times to recite it yourself, but for some reason it popped into my head and I wanted to pop it into yours.big toe love

We’d all fall over without them, and I don’t mean the ones on our feet.  I mean the folks who provide the stability in our lives.  The subordinates who make us look good, the friends who pick us up when we’re down, the loved ones who hug us until we feel better.  Heck, as long as we’re appreciating appendages, let’s send some love to the bosses that recognize we have lives beyond work, dreams that work make possible, and treat us like humans, not employees.

So today’s brief note is nothing profound, just a thank you to all the big toes in my life and some encouragement to you to do the same to yours.

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Posts of the Year – 3

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This post was written after the one of the many recent updates done by Facebook.  It was called “Failbook” and I was not happy about what they’d done. I’m not any happier now with the timeline, the news stream on the right, etc.  Are you?  Anyway, read on for a rant and a business lesson.

Unless you’re in a cave someplace or have abandoned it for Google+, you’ve probably noticed that Facebook did an overhaul last night.  I logged in this morning and while I’ll admit I’m not the brightest guy in the world, I was thoroughly confused.  Many of the new features are clearly designed to compete with things found on Google+ and Twitter, such as circles.  For those of you struggling to make sense of the new layout, Gizmodo did a nice job color-coding everything in a cheat sheet.

I’m a believer in continuous improvement.  I’m not a believer in keeping up with the Joneses.  Here’s why. Continue reading

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