Zoe Guards The Door

I am testing the WordPress image upload capability. Here’s a pic of Primary Dog (Zoe) guarding the door against, well, whatever she thinks it needs guarding against. Cats, squirrels, other dogs — goodness knows we don’t guard against people, they only bring food and petting. Right?

Zoe guards the door

Rules for the Obsessive-Compulsive Sociopath

All the other rules derive from Rule Number 1. What is Rule Number 1? You’ll have to read the post. 😉

This is from goobage (but Blogspot won’t take you to the right post, scroll down to Mon 13 Sep).

If anything can go wrong, FIX IT! (To Hell with Murphy!)

When given a choice, take both!

Multiple projects lead to multiple successes.

Start at the top and work your way up.

Do it by the Book — but be the author!

When forced to compromise, ask for more.

If you can’t beat them, join them, then beat them.

If it’s worth doing, it’s got to be done RIGHT NOW.

If you can’t win, change the rules.

If you can’t change the rules, ignore them.

Perfection is not optional.

When faced without a challenge, make one!

“No” simply means begin again, one level higher.

Don’t walk when you can run.

Bureaucracy is a challenge to be conquered with a righteous attitude, a tolerance for stupidity, and a bulldozer when necessary.

When in doubt, THINK!

Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a blessing.

The squeaky wheel gets replaced.

The faster you move, the slower time passes, the longer you live.

To these I must add my personal “Rules”:

Rule Number 1: “Other people suck.” This is not as harsh as it sounds; you might expand it to “Until proven otherwise, other people suck.” What this means is that, if you expect people to be nice and happy and give you everything you want without argument, you will be very unsatisfied. However, if you go into things expecting that other people will cause you trouble, you can plan for it. When they prove they are not trouble, it’s a good thing — that way all surprises are good surprises. And remember — to other people, you suck, so go out of your way to prove you don’t.

Rule Number 2: “No good deed goes unpunished.” If you do the right thing, that action will have to be its own reward, because I guarantee that others will find a way to use it against you. This is because of Rule Number 1.

Rule Number 3: “It is easier to get forgiveness than it is to get permission.” Because other people suck, they won’t give you permission — but once you do whatever it is you want, they are very likely to forgive you “as long as you don’t do it again.” Which you won’t — for a while, anyway.

Rule Number 4: (From Al Bundy.) “It is wrong to Be French.” It is fine to be from France, or in France, or have French heritage, but if you “Are French” and Act Frenchy, well, that’s wrong. Rule Number 1 applies doubly to those who Are French. (It’s funny, laugh. 😉

Rule Number 5: “The reward for good work is more work.” Once you prove you can do good work, other people will continue to pile work on you, either becuase it’s easier than doing it themselves or because it’s easier than finding someone else to do it. Why is this? See Rule Number 1.

(UPDATE, 2008-01-21: 2 and 3 were reversed; fixed.)

(UPDATE, 2008-09-14: The source for rule 4 has been corrected.)

Object-Oriented … News?

Belmont Club writes about the rise of internet media (bloggers) over traditional big media gatekeepers:

So when the Swiftvets story shouldered its way into the public consciousness despite the best efforts of the “gatekeepers” to consign it to oblivion, it posed an existential challenge to the news foundries. For where one could come, more would follow. The Mainstream Media responded to accusations by Swiftvets that Kerry had misrepresented his combat record in Vietnam by creating their own alternative news object, whose methods were restricted to OutrageAgainstBush( )  and SympathyForKerry( ), with read only properties Responsible and Respectable. They could no longer block the data, but they could still transform it.

Kind of a funny analogy. 🙂

Alaina Visits Memphis

My sister Alaina is in town; she arrived yesterday afternoon and immdiately fell in love with Wendy, my new dog. Alaina and I went out to eat and caught up on each other’s lives. She’s moving from Indianapolis IN to Columus OH in a month or so.

Here’s the funny thing: I’m not a very religious man any more, you could call me more an agnostic or a Joseph-Campbellian. I like to think, as Franklin did, that there is a Providence that leads us toward good ends. Providence appears to have led me to adopt Wendy so that Alaina could take her home. I could be very happy with that end. 🙂

A New Dog

Last week, my neighbor Phyllis from down the street was talking about a dog she found at the corner of Riverdale and Quince. Phyllis has four cats, and they were terrified of the new dog, so she couldn’t keep it. At the same time, she didn’t want to just “give the dog away” — instead, she wanted to adopt it out to a good home. I told her to bring the dog by to my house Monday evening; while I wasn’t going to take another dog in, I have another friend (Libby) who is a dog fanatic and who would know of any good homes in the area.

On Monday, the new dog arrived in my backyard for play-time and looking-over. A good natured creature, mostly lab but with a little chow, perphaps some dachshund (long nose), about 25 pounds with a short golden brown coat. 6-9 months old, some minor tooth problems, sweet as could be.

So I took her in. 🙂 I’ve started calling her Wendy; it’s not a Peter Pan reference, although I could work one up easily enough. “Wendy” just sounds right for her. She and Zoe (my first dog) are quickly becoming used to each other.

If It’s Worth Doing…

… it’s worth over-doing.

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