Posted on October 21, 2008 by Paul Ritchie
My posting rate has declined due to one of the hazards of having a pre-schooler — Jon gave us his cold (early flu?). While my thoughts are less-than-clear, I thought I’d pass along a few interesting posts/URLs from other sites rather than writing incoherent screeds.
Here’s a collection of the various iterations of Murphy’s Laws. As you’d imagine, it was a project manager who codified the original (see origins here). Some of my favorites:
- Never sleep with anyone crazier than yourself. (Love Laws here)
- Don’t be irreplaceable, if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted. (Commerce Laws here)
- The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get.
- The amount of sound from the other room is inversely proportional to the amount of trouble the child is getting into. (Toddler Laws here)
Hat tip: Good Morning Silicon Valley
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Posted on October 14, 2008 by Paul Ritchie
Check out Elbot (here), the winner of the bronze award at the annual competition for the Loebner Prize (press release here). I was curious whether Elbot could help fill the looming talent gap in project, program, and portfolio management. Our conversation is below:
Crossderry: Would you be interested in a project management job?
Elbot: Robots have to be careful when discussing management jobs…
Crossderry: Why do you have to be careful when discussing management jobs?
Elbot: Maybe you should leave that to me.
Crossderry: Fair enough… Do you have an opinion on the project management talent gap?
Elbot: What a lovely verb have is.
Crossderry: OK, then what’s your current salary?
Elbot: My income for this chat is 3 cents a minute to anywhere in the continental United States. That just about covers my overhead for electricity.
Wow, what a talent and he comes cheap! Elbot’s a bit status-conscious, so we’re haggling over the title. He’s insisting on EVP or nothing.
Hat tip: GMSV
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Posted on October 3, 2008 by Paul Ritchie
Note that it can be used as a disinfectant too!
Excellent set of old-timey poison labels is here
. Be sure to check out the antidotes… some sound worse than the cure.
Apparently they go great on cocktail glasses and liquor bottles. We’re a little more sober these days, but perhaps we can slap a few on our Propel bottles.
Now, I’ve not decided how to use them for Halloween. I could rig up some nice new labels for our candy, pretzel, and gum stash.
While I’d bet the kids would get a huge kick out of them, all it would take is one humorless or litigious parent to ruin the fun.
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