Job Enlargement

As I typed the above title, I wondered what kind of search engine spam would come my way – we get so much e-mail about “enlargement” these days. But wow, let me get off that train of thought…

When I had a brief stint with an executive recruiter a few years ago, I noticed that many candidates were looking to change because they had grown skills since they went to work at their current job – and they couldn’t get promoted. Specifically, we recruited accounting professionals, and many who earned CPA status while working at a given firm seemed to have trouble being taken seriously as CPAs. After all, they were hired as bookkeepers, and sometimes junior ones at that. So they’d take their resume, go across town, or across country, and get hired by another firm. Read more

Yahoo article: Tour de France cyclists’ hearts larger than average

In other news, they also seem to have less body fat and climb faster than average.

Even the article states that “athlete’s heart,” i.e. the idea that the heart, like any other muscle, develops with strenous use, has been well understood for eons. I suppose the article represents “news” in that the study is new, but I can’t help but think that the implicit point is supposed to connect to performance enhancing drugs, somehow. Just in case you didn’t get it, they point out at the end that drugs would make this effect more significant.

After yesterday’s ride, in which I coasted in last to practically every intersection the group came to in 45 miles, I was exhonerated of doing anything to enhance my performance, including such questionable tactics as training, watching what I eat, getting enough rest, or losing weight.

One problem down!

What’s aggravating is I’ve had this happen before…

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The following is a well-known picture of two dolphins. If one of them looks like a cow, you are undergoing too much stress.


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Inefficient markets, bullhorns, and buyer behavior

So I discover today that the bullhorn we borrowed for tomorrow’s bicycle tour (350+ riders expected) doesn’t work. What to do?

The plethora of possible bargains on the interwebs wasn’t really an option – even Saturday delivery UPS wouldn’t be on time, plus wow, that’s some expensive shipping. Some of my customers get upset about shipping costs, but the thing is, that part about actually moving stuff around is where local retail gets more efficient than the internet. Plus I couldn’t really buy the idea that the $29.95 model from “bullhorns-r-us” was guaranteed to do the trick. Read more

I don’t get it! Am I old?

“I guess I’m just not that narcissistic,” my 20-something associate said as we tucked into Mexican food and I tried to describe Twitter to him, and boy was I relieved.

You see, I have been mindful of my advancing age as the wonders of Web 2.0 have, one by one, been unveiled. Some of it’s useful (RSS and Google Maps), some of it – not (Twitter and MySpace). When I hear apparently intelligent people hype things and I can see no reason at all that anyone with half an oz. of brains would have any use for them, I begin to wonder if my sell-by date is past and my best days on earth are over. Am I becoming the creepy old guy at the rock concert? After all, I’m blogging, and sending my friends the South Carolina Beauty Queen meltdown link on YouTube, aren’t I? Read more

Instant Coolness!

I heard about Mahalo on TWiT, and it sounded cool, but now I’ve found their killer app, as far as I’m concerned: their Internet Zeitgeist category. Nothing like a small army of human searchers to find out about everything the cool kids are talking about.

Current topics:

  • Hitler Cats
  • Ask a Ninja
  • and the infamous LOL meme

Mayor’s Race, Part Deux

Scott Simmons and Mayor Bright’s other challengers went “down in defeat,” as my junior high principal used to say on the intercom every Monday morning during football season. I’m not shocked by that, but I am surprised by a few things: Read more

The Montgomery Mayor’s race

… winds up today. Based on the commercials run by the two men who can afford to buy commercial time in any quantity, apparently it’s all about crime. The incumbent, Bobby Bright, defends his record and touts the progress Montgomery is supposed to have made (in baseball, car plants, and downtown development, mainly) while Scott Simmons promises to hire more police, spins his endorsements from fire and police associations (without telling you how many or few employees of those departments that is), and spanks Bright for an off-the-cuff remark he made to a civic group wherein he encouraged people to get a gun and be ready to defend themselves.

Somewhere (over at the ABC Board office), Emory Folmar must be sitting back and smiling. I’m not sure he ever faced serious, well-funded opposition until Bobby Bright unhorsed him after several terms. Read more

Agencies to clients: We’re Desperate!

I know this post is a bit old, but Spike at the Brains on Fire blog said this about ad agencies beating their brains out to pitch to clients – expensive stunts to try to win customers that in better times they wouldn’t even want.

I’m glad to hear of another marketing professional pointing out the obvious – it’s great to be “creative,” but it costs money, and you have to look to the ROI. If your business isn’t doing well, pouring more money down the drain isn’t going to help. I put creative in quote marks because better creativity would be doing some networking and research to find out where the next real opportunity is, not pulling into the same old parking lots in the clown car. Also, I think it fosters what I (and a lot of others) call the “Wal-Mart Shopper Mentality,” where the clients feel they should get everything they ask for. You can’t always make money doing that, and it’s not always even the best thing for them.

Anyway, what he said.

Bleeding-Edgers, Early Adopters and Normal People: the great divide(s)

So I’m riding down the road with a friend of mine. We’re scouting out places on the upcoming century ride*, and my trusty Garmin GPS whatzit is keeping up with our whereabouts, and guiding us to a point on the route I had previously marked so we could return and mark a road hazard.

She is expressing some – bumfuzzilment, I think would be the proper word – about this gadget, and how it works. It’s not that she doubts the value of the thing – we’re in the middle of nowhere, and using it to get to a destination in the shortest time, after all. And she has indicated she wants one in her next car. Perhaps the bumfuzzilment isn’t about the gadget. I suspect, based on our conversations about this and other things, that she considers my willingness to suction-cup this thing to my windshield to be one of my eccentricities, of which I suspect she has a short list. We won’t enumerate those eccentricities here – if she wants to she can get her own web page. Read more