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Boss-across-the-hall update:  comprise versus compose

Boss-across-the-hall update: comprise versus compose

He is busy making a PowerPoint presentation for Important People. We had words. Boss-across-the-hall: Please review these slides. Me: [5 minutes later] Technically, what comprises the e-mail system is incorrect. The whole comprises its parts. The parts compose the whole. BOTH: Really? Well, I like the way comprises sounds. I’ll keep it. Me: What about […]

You, too, can be a published author

You, too, can be a published author

Several years ago, when I was younger and full of venom, I wrote a mean little blurb, and the Philadelphia City Paper included it in their infamous I Love You, I Hate You section. The publication of this nasty note was my first and only big break. Not surprisingly, I Love You, I Hate You […]

SkyMall catalog: consumer whoredom at 50,000 feet

SkyMall catalog: consumer whoredom at 50,000 feet

The SkyMall Catalog. It’s one of the few constants in today’s uncertain airline industry. The carriers can reduce the number of blankets and take away the meals, but travelers can always count on the SkyMall Catalog, a beacon of consumer whoredom, to be waiting for them on the plane, conveniently located in the neighbor’s seat-back. […]

Boss-across-the-hall-update: conference bike!

Boss-across-the-hall-update: conference bike!

I just sent boss-across an e-mail, which he will hopefully read first thing Monday morning: From: Becky S To: Boss-across-the-hall Cc: Business Intelligence Team Subject: Can we put this in next year’s budget? Pretty please? I think the conference bike would be perfect for IT outings and those long, post-lunch meetings: http://www.conferencebike.com/index.html This Quicktime movie […]

Testicle Festival

Testicle Festival

While traveling, it is useful to track down local publications, which provide insight into a place’s character. Last week in Montana, I picked up a copy of Fish Fables, some kind of Whitefish newsletter, and the Independent, one of those invaluable liberal rags with weekly listings and arts reviews. Fish Fables consists of weird factoids […]

Montana pictures

Montana pictures

It was hard, but I picked my favorite photos for a Montana album. If you like people pictures, don’t even bother–it’s all lakes, gorges, waterfalls, and rocks.