Monday, January 25, 2010

Colaborating With A Challenging Peer

This is going to be a rough week for me.
I have to give a joint presentation with my peer later on this week.
In the reviews with my management last week - though I realized that I was not "content complete" at least I was on target.

My peer missed the target.  It was clear.

Thus I have a decision to make.   (I must note that I also have an important meeting to prepare for [actually 2 meetings but on the same subject] on tomorrow).

  1. I can focus on completing my section to my liking and just accept that in total the entire presentation is going to be less than optimal because of my peer's content
  2. I can spend the extra time and effort to mold his content into form.
If I do #1 then I will have less stress this week and fewer debates.  Our team will suffer from a presentation that was not good.  The fact that the other guy wants to go first further complicates the issue.   Some people might tune out before my part is executed.

If I do #2 I am going to have to go far beyond my content and force him to make substantial changes to his content during this crunch time.  We typically like to be content complete a day prior to the presentation.  This will be cutting it close.

I see that I have little choice but to do #2.  

I am going to have to keep reminding him what the overall goal of our presentation is as a means of bring him in line with it and cutting out some of the extraneous material that merely takes up time.

I don't need this.  Certainly not this week.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Titanic Movie "Avatar" Cruises On For The 6th Straight Week @ #1

They are merely $2 million short of the all time highest grossing movie - "Titanic".

'Avatar' tops box office for sixth-straight week

$1.841 Billion in its world-wide take!!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Moving On Up - I Recall My Broken Down Audi 5000S

See this tow truck company?   About 17 years ago I had a 1984 Audi 5000S.  The thing used to break down regularly and I had this company's phone number on speed dial.

I got cancelled from "AAA" because I had been overusing their towing service - which is really an insurance policy.

I am so glad that those days of struggling are over.
Now I have a late model car and a car payment.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Small Banks In Georgia Being Crushed By Economy

State banking crisis impacting metro, rural banks

A few years ago "community banks" were the beacon of hope.   They were profitable and provided an alternative to the mega-banks that had branches that spanned the coasts wither vertically or horizontally and in some cases both.

Recently there has been a tremendous shakeout in the banking sector.  Where I live I see at least 2 upstart banks that are closed.  Their newly constructed buildings have "For Lease" signs on them.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Million Dollar US Soldier

Newsweek - The Million Dollar Soldier

Lesbian Utah Democrat Lawmaker Operates As Surogate Mother For Two Gay Men

AJC: Lesbian lawmaker in Utah carries baby for gay men

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Christine Johnson will serve an additional role when the Utah Legislature convenes this month. The lesbian lawmaker announced she's a surrogate mother, carrying a baby for two gay men.

Johnson, D-Salt Lake City, said she decided to become artificially impregnated with sperm from one of the men after the two close friends expressed frustration over the difficulty of adopting a child.

Utah law prohibits unmarried couples from adopting and does not recognize gay marriage.

Johnson, 41, who has a 17-year-old daughter from a two-year marriage, is four months pregnant and expecting on June 21.

"I can very much empathize with their desire to become parents and share their lives with and open their hearts to a child," Johnson told the Salt Lake Tribune. "I'm immeasurably grateful to be a mother."

Johnson offered to be a surrogate at no cost to save the Salt Lake County men the prohibitive cost of hiring one — as much as $100,000.

The Health Care Bill's Impact On The Middle Class

Health Care Countdown: Senate Bill Could Hit Middle Class Hard

Friday, January 8, 2010

Oil Rich Venezuela Faces A Power Crisis

WSJ: Energy-Rich Venezuela Faces Power Crisis

I wonder how much traction Hugo Chavez is receiving back at home as people listen to him on the world stage but have to deal with the actual results of his policies back at home?

People protest against power outages.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Pastor Rick Warren Goes From $900K In The Hole Into $2.4M In The Black

Warren: Donations plea brings in $2.4 million

O.C. pastor asks for $900,000, receives $2.4 million

A year-end plea for $900,000 yielded $2.4 million for the Lake Forest mega-church led by Rick Warren, the evangelical pastor who gave the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration.

Warren had sent out the appeal via an online communication to Saddleback Church members Dec. 30. The money was needed, he said, to offset a deficit resulting from hard economic times. Giving among church members had declined at a time of greater need for church’s aid.

Now, the church will enter the year with an unanticipated surplus, officials said.

“I wasn’t surprised by this offering, as Saddleback is famous for radical generosity,” Warren said during tonight's service.

Warren represented the total with a display that included 24 parishioners rising to represent $100,000 each, said spokeswoman Kristin Cole. Virtually all of the individual donations were for less than $1,000, according to the church, she added. More donations remain to be counted.

The church has launched similar appeals before, raising $1.6 million for victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami and $1.7 million for victims of Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans in 2005.

“I say without fear of contradiction that I don’t know of a more generous church,” Warren said in a news release.

The church does not release comprehensive information about its budget -- or even a budget total -- so it’s difficult for those outside the leadership to get a clear picture of church finances.

The church was never in danger of going under, Cole said. But without the infusion, the church would not have been able to accomplish its ministerial work as planned, she said.

Like other charitable organizations, Saddleback has had to do more with less, even as it expanded its work in some areas, Cole said.

Warren launched the appeal online with these words: “This is an urgent letter,” he wrote in all capital letters, “unlike any I've written in 30 years. Please read all of it and get back to me in the next 48 hours.”

In a later message, Warren sought to downplay any suggestion of critical difficulties.

“The cause of our financial shortfall was NOT a management issue,” he wrote in an online message, “but simply by the way Christmas occurred in this year's calendar. After 10 packed Christmas services, and with Christmas Day on Friday, many people were out of town or too tired to come back for weekend services, so the unusually low attendance created an unusually low offering. That is understandable.”

Warren already was famous in evangelical circles when President-elect Barack Obama asked him to deliver the invocation at his inauguration. Many other evangelical ministers had sharply criticized the views of the Democratic presidential nominee; many liberal supports of Obama, in turn, faulted the choice of Warren to play such a symbolically important and visible role at the inauguration.

The church, which belongs to the Southern Baptist Convention, says that about 22,000 congregants attend services every week at its five regional locations.