Kudos for a change

I just want to salute the nurse I spoke with on the phone at Harvard Pilgrim the other day. I’m sorry I didn’t get her full name so I could sing her praises.

I’ve had a cough as a result of a cold that made me sound like I belonged in the tuberculous ward and it was keeping me up at night.

I spoke with the nurse on the phone and she suggested a type of cough medicine I had not tried and OMG, it worked and I got a good night’s sleep and started to feel better.


Our own version of the Berlin Wall

As I cruise down Rt. 128 every morning I see these ugly erections going up. I’m particularly annoyed by the fact they are putting them in front of the Meditech building which is a nice looking building with beautiful grounds. Why? It just sends the noise up to scatter over a fairly larger neighborhood.


Why do women flush with their feet?

This action really bugs me and it is an example of the me generation run amuck.

By flushing with your foot, you are actually picking up germs from the floor (the actual dirtiest part of the bathroom) and depositing them on the handle so the next innocent person who is not germ phobic to pick up on their hands.

Please stop flushing with your foot and if you must take a few sheets of toilet paper and use your limb with the opposable thumb to flush the toilet.

And stop papering the seat and also just plain flush the damn toilet.

An article on germs in the bathroom: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Health/story?id=1213831&page=1


Anyone tired of the next big thing?

I have to say I’m getting tired of every dramatic new project management technique.  We’ve been through Agile, Lean, CMMI and just plain waterfall.  I think software is getting worse instead of better.

Is there really any better way to manage than to know your people, trust them, know what you’re building and how long it takes?


Some quotes on teaching

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
Oscar Wilde

Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the “naturals,” the ones who somehow know how to teach.
Peter Drucker

Please stop teaching my children that everyone gets a trophy just for participating. What is this, the Nobel Prize? Not everybody gets a trophy.
Glenn Beck