Archive for the 'blather' Category


who was that masked man?

Thursday, May 24th, 2001

Independent consulting makes for a nomadic life. An adventure here, a campaign there, never a place to hang your hat. While alliances are made, they are usually transient. In the door, assess, recommend, resolve, ride into the sunset.

In a game where it’s all about relationships, the real long-term winning relationships are built in fits and starts, usually in project-oriented chunks. Clients, resources, allies, vendors.

In a heirarchical organization, it is practical and often necessary to make alliances with those around you, to mentor and groom candidates to succeed you so you can grow. As an independent, this is somewhat difficult. You have no staff or colleagues of your own to mould. Alliances with other consultants are useful but seldom take on a heirarchical form – other independent consultants are also in the business to be Batman – nobody wants to be Robin.

I’ve been involved for some time with a networking group (that’s human relationship building, not hubs and routers) that affords me the opportunity to meet other independent consultants. I find it very useful to meet and converse with other folks in the business. It fills some of the voids that set us apart from our “employed” counterparts, and occasionally results in business leads.

There should be similar groups and organizations where you are. Look ’em up. Get involved – just attending meetings and shooting the shit can go a long way. It’s good for you, good for your business.


spam == desperation

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2001

I got spam today from Lucent.



I would have thought that was WAY beneath them. First thing I did was check their stock chart. Sure, they’ve got over 30 billion market cap, but they must be getting desperate. A sure sign you’re turning the corner from being a market force to fighting for your life is that you’ve resorted to spam.


my god is greenland really that huge?

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2001

the word of the day is usurp – thanks Tara. nice to converse with someone in your daily stream of existence who is able leap from esoteric semantics to obtuse cartography in a single bound. when was the last time you discussed the mercatur projection map?

i’m sitting in the chair at Union Station wating for Bruno the barber today reading the Toronto Sun, something i don’t often do, and i burst out laughing, almost causing Bruno to graze this guy’s scalp.

in this article about Ontario members of parliament seeking pay raises into 6 figures, some MP is quoted:

“The risk factor for an MP is very high,” said the Liberal. “We can lose our job every four years.”

boo-fucking-hoo for you, mister hard-done-by MP. give us a break, dipstick. in the real world, you can lose your job every four frickin minutes!


on my radio

Friday, May 18th, 2001

so i’ve got radio userland on my new notebook. i’ve flipped my page. i’m entering this text. i still can’t figure out how to change the heading at the top of the page – aah, save as… that does it!


back to browsing basics

Tuesday, May 15th, 2001

Wow. A gecko-based browser that is quick, standards compliant, runs javascript (JSRS works with it), and is entirely unencumbered by excessive features. K-meleon, you got my vote. Fan-frickin-tastic.


there’s nowt as queer as folk

Tuesday, May 15th, 2001

i was in the dentist’s chair the other week, and during the intervals where i could actually say something intelligible, i was asked what it is i do and responded as usual that i’m a computer nerd. we discussed how it’s great to do what you love and get paid for it. my hygienist says to me “i’m glad you do that and not me – geez, i couldn’t program all day, how tedious!”. this from someone who’s ecstatic that she gets to fumble around in strangers’ mouths all day scraping plaque and inhaling halitosis-breath. it really does take all types to make up the world, doesn’t it.

youngpup calls this fluid nav bar experiment a failure. it’s lessons learned from this type of improvisational ‘failure’ that moves us all forward a notch. i’ll say it again – i’m glad there are people like aaron around to do this creative visual stuff that escapes me.

aaron also reminded me that i’ve been anticipating this Tibet thing for a while. should be interesting. this JDE javascript debugging environment is way neat, too.

thank you, douglas, for your wondrous five-part trilogy, for our friend dirk, and of course, for all the fish.


everything’s waiting for you…

Tuesday, May 15th, 2001

Being that I live and work lately in the ‘burbs, I was in downtown Toronto today for the first time in a few months. Lovely day, bright, sunny, 25 degrees (that’s 77 fahrenheit). Did quite a bit of walking around.

I’ve gotten used to being in the relatively unpopulated open spaces outside the downtown core, so am quite content with the solitude of walking or driving there.

Interestingly, it occurred to me that while downtown, surrounded by huge amounts of humanity and activity, my aloneness and solitude wasn’t lessened any. That’s not to say it was depressing at all, just that despite the sense that you’re in a large community, you’re all really islands of solitude milling about without mixing.

Petula Clark seemed to like it.


inky dinky parlez vous

Wednesday, May 9th, 2001

je voudrais ecrire en français aujourd’hui. je regrette que je n’ai jamais l’opportunité à pratiquer mon français – si on peut être bilangue, je pense qu’on doit essayer (au moins, plus fort que j’essayes).

j’ai recu, cette semaine, un version de mon JSRS faites pour utiliser avec PHP, merci à mes nouveaux amis, Sébastien CRAMATTE et Pierre CAILLEUX, de Boulogne Billancourt, France (leur website). Je vais le mettre sur mon website bientôt.