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I miss old tech…

From Skype chat:

I’m in USA now…
[6:52:24 AM] Jordi Comas: Dreading the long task of sorting, organizing, cataloging, printing blogging, blog-to-booking all the photos.  And then the videos.  Oy Vay!  Fuck it….  it was easier when you just sent a roll of film to the shop.

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End Applause at SOTU Speech

Through BeyondPod, I can get the official White House feed of speeches.  That is more political geek than CSPAN.  Still, I wish that someone could pass a law banning applause during the SOTU until the very end.  It is SO tedious to listen to.

Brad Tuttle, in this 2010 blog post, counted 18 minutes (!) of applause in that SOTU.

Maybe the White House could start an online petition center to allow this kind of pressing issue to be aired.

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Shades of Grey meaning subtlety not sex

I can’t say “shades of grey” anymore thanks to that annoying book.  I’m looking at you EL James.

Can we sue her for changing the language and the connotations of an idiom?


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Plunging Rules (Life Observation Series)

Being a minor or XX chromosome-d seems to impede developing the life skill of plunging.

A low flush toilet (Gerber Toilets, I’m looking at you), that requires five flushes for every #2 is a pile of shit.

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5 a.m. Kitchen Observations

1) People in my household, including me, seem to think that the last 10-20% of a jar of jam is both priceless and inedible.

2) The people who make yummy jam and then put it into an octagonal or other non-circular vessel are secretly sadists who enjoy watching people try madly to get that last bit of yummy jam out of the corners.

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What I Don’t Like About Theory Writing I

Inspired in part by the idea of an on-going series at org theory.net, (grad skol rulz), and my own desire to blog more frequently, I would like to launch a semi-recurring series of what I don’t like in theory writing.

I am reviewing conference submissions for a conference, and I have come across an example of the kind of figure or image I don’t like.

The Curse of the Everything-Is-Connected Figure.

This type of figure is usually used in a conceptual article.  And, to make matters worse, it is usually in the kind of article I am quite sympathetic to.  The author wants to get past static or overly-reified depictions of organizations.  They talk about the need for multi-level analyses which means looking at process, and, more often than not, mixed types of data.  They probably cite Gareth Morgan’s Image sof organizaions of book, or Mar Jo Hatch’s Organization Theory or Joel Baum (and others?) use of the metaphor of a fish scale to discuss org studies as a multiscience.

But, when you look at the figure, you realize that it explains everything and hence nothing.

Full disclosure: I am probably guilty of this kind of figure and when I find one, I will poke fun at myself too.  Here is mock-up I made of the type of figure.

Mock-up of the Everything-Is-Connected Figure. Are You Guilty of Producing One?

One problem with these is that they don’t specify what is moving between cells/circles/whatever-other-shape-tickled-one’s-fancy-in-insert-shape-in-MS word..

A second problem is they don’t deal with time.  Does sequencing matter?  How do changes agglutinate or accumulate?

So, throwing caution to the wind, have you seen one of these in published work?  Do they drive you a little nuts too?

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Great Poster of Online Communities

I love this!

See if you can find Second Life!

Can you finnd second life?


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My Day with Delta in the Snow-pocalypse

It is 8:30 pm.

My day, in short.

Up at 5:00.  Shower and pack.

5:40.  Drive to airport and communicate with Jeff and Laura about how to get Frank’s Car.

8:40- Arrive Detroit.
Noon Flight is canceled.

I am put on a 2 pm flight.

It is delayed.
It has a gate change.
It has another gate change.

I check in to get my boarding pass.  Ticket agent swipes me twice.  Then says “You are already on the plane.”  I think this an odd comment, buy hey, everyone is frazzled.   More on this later.

Another delay.

We board just as I am reading the news about how all Interstates in East and southern PA are closed. I-80 (mine) is almost impassable.

As it turns out, my boarding pass says I am Jenny Warren.  She is a nice horse trainer from Wisconsin.  Her boarding pass says Jenny Warren.  The ticket agent took my old boarding pass when she gave me this one.  I never checked to see if it had my name on it.

Ticket agent comes on board and says we are over critical weight and we have to fly with 49/50 passengers.  He has to kick off someone.  WTF?  Shouldn’t a commercial plane be over-engineered to carry the weight of 50 really, really fat or dense people???  He asks where “Jodii Cromaz” is.  I realize it is me.  He is thinking about kicking me off but I point out I had a confirmed boarding pass which the other ticketing agent took when she performed a technical though not anatomical sex change and made me the very nice Jenny Warren.  Who is sitting next to me.  His swift weight-conscious judgment falls on the last stand-by passenger.  He gets booted.  The stewardess starts complaining about how she is on the 7th day of her rotation.

We fly.  All seems fine.

We start descending into AVP airport.  It is very bumpy.  No visibility out the side windows.  Swirling wind and snow.  Plane feels like it is accelerating and decelerating several times.  Woman across the aisle says she can see the ground at 300 ft.  I can too, but in patches.  Stewardess looks like she is trying to look calm.

Pilot comes on and says he cannot land.

We are going to Syracuse, NY- 20 minutes away.

We land.  A huddle between stewardess, pilot, and local gate agent.  We will call him John.  John comes on the PA and says that they are looking into things.

I start texting frantically.

John comes back on and says we can not go back to AVP.  The conditions will not improve in short term.  So, since there are fewer hotel rooms than us, and Syracuse is smaller than Knoxville’s airport, our best option is to fly back to DETROIT.  Ugh.  He says it is too dangerous to take ground transport to AVP.  He says if any of us do anything that makes the plane stay in Syracuse for more than 60 minutes the flight crew will be beyond it’s legal maximum for working hours and something vague and menacing will happen.

We deplane so we can pee and they bring us sandwiches.

I call a hotel and car company thanks to some quick texting and googling on Mike and Virginia’s part.

I ask the other gate agent (not John) if I can get my carry on bag.  I explain to her that I am not Jenny Warner, but that I am Jordi and I am getting off the plane.

I’ll crash here and drive down to Scranton tomorrow, get my car (Bernie), and then Bernie and I will put out our hands in the fine people of PennDOT and their big snow plows to go home on I-80.

Which is how I ended up writing you this email from a Holiday Inn in Syracuse while I wait for some steak tacos to be delivered.


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Risotto Wisdom

The great Nicole, our former nanny and current STELLA service jack-of-all-trades asked me for a recipe for risotto. I thought it was just a few steps, so I started writing. Well, like a risotto, simplicity became complexity.


Risotto wisdom.

I don’t really have a recipe I use.  It is like life, there are just principles to follow.

1)      Right kind of rice (La bomba or other Italian or Spanish short grain rices, arborrio also).

2)      A solid bottom pan that holds heat well is good since you keep adding new ingredients and you don’t want to lose heat.  That is why I used that monster fucking heavy thing always.

3)      Melt oil (butter or olive oil) in pan.  More than you think you need.

4)      Have a drink nearby.  Preferably wine.  Have a sip.

5)      Finely dice some onion or other root veggie to give it earthiness (for example, mushrooms or even celery could work if it were finely diced).

6)      Add rice while cooking over somewhere above medium heat.  Like 5.5-6 on our oven.

7)      Stir rice until it absorbs all the lipids and looks a little translucent.  I think we are getting nuttiness in the rice here.

8)      Start adding some liquids to cook the rice and develop the flavor.  Stocks are pretty key.,  You can experiment.  I kept throwing in carrot juice to make it healthier and give it that wicked color.  But you need something with a full taste like chixn, beef, veggie, or seafood stock.

9)      Throw in some white wine in there at some point.  Maybe 1-2 cups.  Or Sherry, or whiskey.  Play with flavors.  You don’t want to break the bank here.

10)   Keep adding liquid and stirring pretty often.  The recipes act like it is one teaspoon at a time and then stir 40 times.  I never found that necessary.  See 1 and 2 above.

11)   Grate some zippy cheese at some point like reggiano or parmesean.

12)   Keep adding liquid.  You want that thick saucy consistency that comes from the rices starches slowly lending with the liquid.  The whole process takes anywhere form 40-60 minutes.  I can’t remember.

13)   It’s done when the rice is as you like it.  Ever so slightly firm for me.  Some foodies might have some idea of crunch or over cooking.  Whatever.  It is your fucking risotto.

14)   Think about what you want to put on top or in, like roasted veggies, meat, fungi.  Actually, you probably want to do this around #1 or #2.

15)   Throw in some herbs at some point.  I don’t like to overcook herbs, so I wait until towards the end.  Unless it is bay or something that needs lots of time to blend.

16)   Put the cheese in at the end, fold in other ingredients.  Salt and pepper to taste.

17)   Drink some more wine of any quality you can afford.  Enjoy your creation and ponder what other flavors you want to add next time.  At some point you want to do risotto with fungi of some kind.

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So I like to make little contributions to language.  I think it comes from a punning family and then marrying into even more of one.  Or maybe it is a function of the mild learning disability.  Words and phrases always look a little off.  I tend to break them down into their components and then think of alternate meanings.

A very off color example.  Virginia is discussing a blog that tracks authors’ submissions to agents.  It is called a “query tracker.”  I quipped: “Is that a way to monitor short gay people?”

Anyway, in my writing group someone was complaining about multi-tasking and hos distracting it is.  Amen!  I rpelied that she should “unitask.” A quick google search reveals it is a company.  It is also a term the productivity crowd picked up on.  “7 Unitasking Tips.” Rats.  I was hoping to coin it.

The only silver lining is that I meant it as half serious-half snarky.

My defintion:

Unitasking: To achieve multi-tasking’s promise, and to live in the mental space of multi-tasking, by pursuing many tasks one at a time. Anyone can do things sequentially and methodically.  Only a recovering multi-tasker can frantically maintain a zen-like state of self-induced stress while unitasking. The key is to think of ten things you should be doing at once, and then proceed to do them one at a time.


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