Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
Many among our fellow countrymen think of themselves as putting a plan into into effect that has yet to be tried, when what they’re really doing is putting a plan into effect that has yet to succeed. They forget the plan has been tried before. I think that is reasonable when you’re trying to figure out how to do things for yourself that others have done: mix together the perfect dry rub, change out a bad power supply, write a file conversion utility. When you’re doing something that impacts many others, or perhaps everyone, and earning money doing it, I don’t think this is reasonable anymore. Prior failures become relevant. They matter. And whoever wants to make an honest go out of whatever is being attempted, shouldn’t need to be told about that. I would expect them, if they’re worthy of trust, to already be boning up about the prior attempts. I would expect them to take the initiative to answer the question: “What’s the difference between the attempt that was made before, and what we are doing now?”
This is not another conservative/liberal rant…at least, not on purpose. A reasonable argument could be made that the paragraph above captures the divide that exists today between conservatives and liberals. Implementing a plan that has yet to be tried versus implementing a plan that has yet to succeed — some of us see the difference between those two and some of us do not. No, it’s not ideological, it is personal. And because it is personal I’ve been putting off writing about this (hat tip to Kate at Small Dead Animals). Hits a little close to home, y’know.
Edward E. Whitacre Jr. built AT&T Inc. into the biggest U.S. provider of telephone service over a 43-year-career. By his own admission, he becomes chairman of General Motors Corp. knowing nothing about the auto industry.
The 6-foot-4-inch Texan nicknamed “Big Ed” said steering the nation’s largest automaker after bankruptcy is “a public service.” People who know him say he can meet GM’s need for the type of transformation he orchestrated at Dallas-based AT&T.
“I don’t know anything about cars,” Whitacre, 67, said yesterday in an interview after his appointment. “A business is a business, and I think I can learn about cars. I’m not that old, and I think the business principles are the same.”
If I could pick just five merry-go-rounds for all the human species to get sick of riding tomorrow morning and never hop on ’em ever again, this would certainly make the cut: Putting an “executive guy” in charge of things outside his experience, hoping it all works out because “the business principles are the same.”
A decade ago I saw it tried with regard to maintaining enterprise application and file-and-print servers. Saw it with my own two eyes. Same stupid cliches trotted out, about business principles being the same. Many, many decades will have to come and go before I even begin to forget the wreckage that resulted from this. And no, I wasn’t the guy put in charge of those servers. He didn’t last long. Let us just say, when it was all said and done, we were not left with something that got assembled that could be used…we were left with shattered pieces lying on the ground that had to be put together…the same pieces that were lying on the ground, waiting to be assembled, before. Plus some damage. It’s not necessary to elaborate about that, is it? I mean isn’t that exactly what you expect to get when you task someone to put something together, and it’s well outside of their skills and specialties?
Isn’t that a piece of drama that has some suspense to it only when you’re living in the middle of it? With the wisdom that comes with distance, it seems silly to have ever wondered about the outcome.
It is only through a close look that this bears the appearance of making some sense. It’s like making movies out of video games. Stop doing this. Just stop it. To all the people who can make this kind of decision — if it seems to you like it might be a great idea, go back to bed and take a nap until it doesn’t look like a good idea anymore. Because it stinks.
There I go, possessing and using a memory again. How unreasonably right-wing-extreme of me.
“Business principles are the same.” The words still ring in my ears after all the time that has flowed by. And I know why they ring — because they were repeated over and over again. I remember it become a cliche, and then, an echo.
People were repeating it over and over again, because that’s exactly what people in groups do with ideas they know have to be chosen, even though they are bad. They repeat them. They repeat them because they know if they keep doing it, a bad idea will start to look like a good one. That’s how groups of people make bad decisions.
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