“No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong”

July 24, 2015

imageThis is gospel.  I have heard this uttered by so many of our fresh-out-of-college hires, it’s headshaking.  It’s like it became en vogue for self-important, arrogant MBA-types to pull this “It’s my opinion…” line out when they can’t defend their opinion with fact: Only “the way they feel”.

Hey kids:  Facts matter.  Misaligned conjecture doesn’t.

I have had so many conversations or email exchanges with students in the last few years wherein I anger them by indicating that simply saying, “This is my opinion” does not preclude a connected statement from being dead wrong. It still baffles me that some feel those four words somehow give them carte blanche to spout batshit oratory or prose. And it really scares me that some of those students think education that challenges their ideas is equivalent to an attack on their beliefs.

-Mick Cullen

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On Combs & Alosi

July 6, 2015

Saw this on a board.  Posted to share with some specific folks.  Please ignore otherwise.

“Both seem to be pretty good people, but not sensitive to the other’s perspective. First off, Daddy Diddy should be the subject of discussion. He went crazy over a small issue his son could have easily absorbed or dealt with.

But the reports are now that Alosi was very hard on Combs and there were two tipping points. He went to the NBA All-Star game with his dad instead of attending a voluntary workout (that others missed.) When he returned, Alosi had a screen shot of him at he game in good seats with his dad and made him work out with others who missed practice while the rest watched and were encouraged to hiss and boo. The screen shot was projected onto a screen or TV during this incident. He called out Combs by calling him worthless, and said he was only there because of his rich daddy and why doesn’t he just quit.

The other tipping point was similar where the day of or before the assault, Alosi went off on Combs in a similar manner and Combs finally said something, which got him kicked out of practice.

I think Alosi was likely trying to motivate Combs, but did so in the exact wrong way. Where he assumed he needed motivation to work, what he really needed was to be treated normally and fit in aside from his father.

I think Combs disregarded the tough love as hate and his Dad went psycho without having a chance to settle down.

The only part where Alosi really looks bad is if he was actually riding him to the point where Alosi clearly wanted him to quit. If he cannot stand people because they are successful, then that is a strange form of reverse discrimination. It reminds me in a sense of how everyone loves for a high first round pick to fail so they can call him a bust, but a seventh rounder everyone roots for.

re: Voluntary Workouts… I heard was that some guys work out on their own and the lesser guys are thrown into this camp. These are called optional in part because there are groups of players who do their own regiment, usually prescribed, but not attended to, by Alosi. The guys who are not the best players are thrown into a big pile and this is that pile. It is like they are the lowest ranks of the military and the others are officers.

They are also optional because the NCAA sets limits on mandatory workouts. Some players study, while others do not. Some guys have tutors for certain classes, others do not.”


Ask your Senator to support our troops and the brave animals that serve alongside them.

May 28, 2015

Taken from the Best Friends mailer from Memorial Day:

National alertDear Members and Friends:

Memorial Day is the time for us all to give thanks to the brave men and women who serve our country. Our service members risk their lives every day to protect the land they love, the family members and friends who love them, and the animals they care for. And standing right beside these warriors are the military animals who are helping to protect our country at home and overseas.

The military puts these animals to use in a variety of ways, but whatever the job, they all serve their country with dignity and pride. That’s why we think it’s so important to honor these veterans both during their working lives and later, when it’s time to retire. Just like the men and women in uniform, these veterans deserve every chance to have peaceful and enjoyable post-service lives, and they deserve our support.

The 2016 fiscal year military appropriations bill recently passed the House of Representatives and included a provision that mandates that all suitable military animals be made available for adoption. It also says that each animal’s handler – the person who these veterans most trust and rely on – shall be given priority when it’s time to adopt. We can’t think of any better way to say thank you to our human service members or the animals that serve alongside them.

The bill is making its way to the Senate and we want to let Washington lawmakers know that we think this special provision should stay in the final version. I’m asking you to help us right now. We’ve made it easy for you to ask your U.S. senators to support section 594. We all know that politics isn’t a spectator sport, so now is the time for us to stand up for our service members (human and animal alike) and show that we’re behind them.

I know that you’ll help us in this effort like you’ve helped so many times before. Please click here to take action. With your continued support and effort we will truly be able to Save Them All®.

Thank you,

Gregory Castle, CEO

Best Friends Animal Society


This is what computers are made for.

May 5, 2015

Wanna see a picture of sheer joy?

Derby the dog: Running on 3D Printed Prosthetics

As found at:


Google automatically inserts tracking IDs into PDF documents you download

April 30, 2015

imageAre you a Google Docs user?  Do you create PDFs of your content?  Hope you like spyware. 

When you create a PDF from Google Docs, all links in the document will be automatically changed – without notifying you – to include a Google tracking ID.

Now Google will undoubtedly feign ignorance, disable this at some point later in the future, & promise to never do it again….

  • Just as Google did when they were caught stealing & aggregating the public’s Wifi passwords…
  • Just as Google did after the Entertainment industry filed suit again them for turning a blind eye & allowing stolen IP to be posted to YouTube…
  • Just as Google did after being caught indexing every student & teachers documents…
  • Just as Google is doing now after being caught giving their properties preferential treatment in their search engine as a monopoly…

This is Google, folks. ‪

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REFERENCE:

Link Tracking Warning!
This document was first authored in Google Docs, then Downloaded as a PDF. So, Google has thoughtfully (ha!) added “tracking” redirections to all of the links here. (I have no idea why, but that’s Google.) If that bothers you, simply copy the text of the link into your browser’s URL field.


Stories from the field

April 30, 2015

Someday, I’m going to write a book about my time with my employer.  My role has given me some amazing opportunities to work with customers that y’all would be really surprised to hear about.  Each of these lines represent stories that I’m gonna write about some day.  I’m gonna keep this as a running list for the day I decide to start really writing this stuff down.

  • “Pirate away”
  • JCB
  • Writing a check for 95
  • “Cows”
  • DMS – Messaging
  • Scientology
  • Vertex Ball
  • IndyMac Waiting
  • John Tesh
  • Salma Hayek
  • Trader Joes
  • Ralphs
  • DirectAccess Palms Springs/Bakersfield
  • Technet Saturday
  • “I make no margin.”
  • Nissan in Denver
  • Barbara & Bill
  • Steve & Wynn
  • “Your mike is on”
  • Brad & Hughes
  • Aerogel
  • Mac User Group – Apple vs Microsoft
  • Bill @ UCLA
  • Bill @ Four Seasons BH
  • Brian & uBid
  • KROQ
  • Kinko’s Picnic
  • Donuts
  • “Don’t go there, Bill”
  • The Chicago shoe incident
  • Tap dancing on stage in San Diego

HOWTO: Fix the “blank notification” problem on your Microsoft Band

April 12, 2015

There’s a niche scenario in which you may start to see blank notifications – notifications on your Band that have no content in them, even though there should be information about an appointment or something.

I have heard (not for certain) that this is caused by a relatively rare memory condition that may be resolved in an update.  (Don’t hold me to this)

I’ve encountered this once & according to what I’ve read, the way to fix this may be one of two ways:

  • TURN OFF/ON THE BAND
    Go to Settings & the Power symbol, then “Turn off” your Band, then turn it back on again.
  • BURN DOWN THE BATTERY
    Allow the Band to run until the battery runs out completely.  Then recharge it and start it again.

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