Monday, December 7, 2009

ManagementSushi Guest Post #2: Time-Management, the TV-Marathon Way

Courtesy of ManagementSushi, UK-based marketeer, brand expert, and SME business strategist, Bernie Ritchie's blog, my latest guest-post is now live.

Titled, "2010 : Year of the TV Marathon Work Week Approach?!" it's a tongue-in-cheek strategy for managing your way-too-busy work-week, based on how television stations schedule those program marathons.

To start things off, Bernie's included some of her favorite (or 'favourite,' as she'd spell it) time-management resources, as well.

Here, then, is an excerpt of the post:

"Monday could be "Email Day" where all we did was respond to what was in our in-boxes. Now many of you get *zillions* of emails, no doubt, but I gotta believe that if you had an entire day to focus just on that, why you might even be able to come in a little bit late on Mondays. And wouldn't that be a nice way to start the week?!
"Having eased into the week like that, Tuesday would then be "Commitment Day." This would be when you'd be responsible for doing all the things you said you'd do in your emails, a week ago Monday. Just imagine: "Sorry, boss, I can't help you out right now, I'm too busy honoring the commitments I've already made to other people."

"Of course that would mean that Wednesday would have to be "Commitment Overflow Day" (COD for short). Why? Well for two reasons ..."
(... continued at http://managementsushi.com/.)

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Remember THIS Job Interview Strategy?!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Don't Squat with Yer Spurs On!

Selected words of wisdom from "A Cowboy's Guide to Life," volumes I and II, by Texas Bix Bender:
  1. Never take to sawin' on the branch that's supportn' you, unless you're bein' hung from it.

  2. A lot of good luck is undeserved, but then so is a lot of bad luck.

  3. Go after life as if it's something that's got to be roped in a hurry before it gets away.

  4. Don't let so much reality into your life that there's no room left for dreamin'.

  5. Ain't never seen a wild critter feelin' sorry for itself.

  6. Honesty is not something you should flirt with -- ou should be married to it.

  7. Avoid flasharity, foofaraw, and fumadiddle in dress, speech, and conduct. leave the peacocking for the peacocks.

  8. You can't weigh the facts if yo'uve got the scales loaded down with your opinions.

  9. When you forgive and forget, forget that you forgave while you're at it.

  10. The best way to knock a chip off a shoulder is with a friendly pat on the back.

  11. Work lessat worrying and more at working.

  12. Advice is like a pot of chili: You should try a little of it yourself before you give anybody else a taste.

  13. If you ain't pullin' your weight, you're pushin' your luck.

  14. Nothin' keeps you honest more than witnesses.

  15. The purest metal comes out of the greatest heat.

  16. You're not being diplomatic just because you put "please' in front of "shut the hell up."

  17. Smetimes it takes a lot more thinkin' to deal with changes than to make 'em.

  18. You'll feel better when it quits hurtin'.

  19. The bigger the mouth, the better it looks shut.

  20. You can't tell how far a frog can jump by its croak.

  21. Always walk tall and keep your head up -- unless you're walkin' in a cow pasture.

  22. The best way to break a bad habit is to drop it.

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Thanks to A.W.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween, All!

my 2009 pumpkin

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Drowning in Life's Trash

Curious thing on Page 1 of USA TODAY® today in their Snaphots® chart. (Note: I tried finding the chart on-line, but couldn't.)(Follow-up Note: Dear USA TODAY ~ Please make it easier to find - and blog about - those clever Snapshots charts on your website!)

Today's question, which I thought was a good one, was: "How much receipt paper is generated by America's retailers?"

The answer? An attention-getting "228.7 million pounds a year."

But the graphic explanation of how heavy that amount of paper is seemed, well, curious ...

"... equal to approximately 2 Titanics."

Two Titanics?! Sorry, but I don't get the connection. Maybe if they were talking about newspapers and the dramatic slippage in the number of home subscriptions over the last few years, a sinking ship reference would be more apt. But sales register receipts?! The connection fails me.

So let me give it a try* ...
  • 228.7 million pounds a year ... equal to the approximate weight of 6,600 semi trucks (@ 30,000 pounds/truck, excluding cargo) -- trucks similar to those that likely delivered the goods to the stores you shopped at that necessitated all those paper receipts in the first place.

  • 228.7 million pounds a year ... equal to the approximate amount of waste generated by the good folk of Kansas City, San Antonio, or Cincinnati, over the course of an average year (@ 56 tons/year/person; city populations) -- trash that, in many cases, included many of those very same paper sales receipts we're talking about here.

On second thought, given the nearly 115 tons of paper sales receipts "drowning" the US each year, maybe the Titanic reference isn't so obtuse after all. Hmmm.

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* and for all you numbers geeks out there that want to check my math, I've provided site references so you can let me know how I did!

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Summer Hiatus - August 2009

picture courtesy of http://thetradingdigest.com/blog/2007/08/

As with last year at this time, I'm going blog-free this August.
Look for new posts to resume after Labor Day.
Thanks!
- bz

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?

What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis Tower!Here in Chicago, what was Marshall Field's became ... Macy's.

What was Comiskey Park became ... U.S. Cellular Field.

And, starting today, what was the Sears Tower, is now ... Willis Tower.

With a nod to Gary Coleman, et.al. from the TV show, Diff'rent Strokes, though, don't be surprised if what once was the tallest building in the world becomes commonly referred to by Chicagoans as:

What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis Tower!

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Making Lemonade out of (no) Sour Mash

Knob Creek Bourbon has figured something out about marketing! Is this great, or what?! knob creek letterDear Knob Creek® lover,

It seems you've helped cause a bit of a "situation" here at the distillery. See, because you, and many others like you, have been such loyal consumers, we've temporarily run out of Knob Creek Bourbon. And for that you deserve a huge thanks.

With that said, it's quite possible that you might not be able to find us in our usual places for a bit. Should this happen, take a deep breath and keep in mind that our next batch will be fully matured and ready to go this November (we'd bottle it now to boost supply, but then it wouldn't be aged a full 9 years and it wouldn't really be Knob Creek).

And once you've weathered the storm, be sure to proudly sport this t-shirt commemorating this historic event.

Now, hang in there and cherish every drop of Knob Creek like it's the last, because, well, it could be. Until November anyway.

Cheers, Your friends at Knob Creek

P.S. If you can't find a bottle of Knob Creek anywhere, visit http://www.knobcreek.com/ and find out which locations (if any) in your area are lucky enough to have a few bottles left on their shelves.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ten (Almost) Really Good Reasons to Procrastinate!

  1. Sometimes it takes time to figure out a better way to do something!
  2. There are probably other more important things worth doing first!
  3. Sometimes it just not time yet!
  4. Sometimes it takes time for important information to make itself available!
  5. If it’s really important, they’ll ask for it again!
  6. It may turn out that it’s something that doesn't really need to be done!
  7. Sometimes you’ll be totally delighted with the job you do once you finally get to doing it!
  8. Purposefully NOT doing something is actually an advanced form of action!
  9. Like to complain? Procrastination provides grist for that mill!
  10. Okay, so it's your turn ... what's another Really Good Reason to procrastinate?!

By the way, if it really mattered to you, would any of these Really Good Reasons to Procrastinate really be all that insurmountable?!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

GGCI now on Twitter

Follow Barry Zweibel(ggci) on Twitter

Might you enjoy some shorter, more informal, blog posts? Barry Zweibel ("ggci") is now on Twitter.

Come see what the micro-blogging fuss is about as I explore "the spaces between the moments" of business in general, change management, favorite quotations, fear and courageousness, getting unstuck, job search stuff, just for fun, leadership development, life coach - life coahcing, mentoring, motivation, music and music related, networking, success at work ... and who knows what else -- in chunks of 140 characters or less.

I'll be at www.twitter.com/ggci. Followers welcome!

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Random Act of Kindness, June 2009

Here's a cute little air travel story: I was returning from Ohio earlier this week after doing some in-person executive coaching work and was now at the airport waiting to board what was to be a completely filled flight back to Chicago. Even so, the gate area seemed particularly crowded, though. That's because the flight before mine hadn't left yet -- maintenance issue.

It took a while to determine the source of the problem (delay). It was then determined that the part needed had to be flown in from someplace else (more delay). And, once it finally arrived, it was further determined that the replacement part was faulty, as well (even more delay). After what was now a 5-hour delay, arrangements were being made to cancel the flight entirely.

A frail, 90-year old lady, was one of the would-be passengers for that earlier flight. But after the gate attendant re-booked her for a flight in the morning, the Little Old Lady refused the hotel room voucher she was given.
"That's too much back and forth for someone my age, " said the Little Old Lady. "I'll just stay in the airport through the night."
Well, nothing the gate attendant, or gate supervisor, could say or do was going the change this Little Old Lady's mind. That's when I stepped in.

"Maybe I can help," I said to the attendant. "If you give me that hotel room, and maybe a meal voucher as well, I'd be happy to give up my seat on the full flight so this Little Old Lady can get home to her daughter tonight." Done.

The Little Old Lady turned to me, nodded, and asked,

"Why, sir, are you willing to do something like this for a complete stranger?"

"Because I have a mom who flies, too," I replied.

"I bet she's not 90-years old, though, is she?!"


"You're 90?!" I asked as incredulously as possible. "No way!!"

And her face light up like a Christmas tree!

So with that, I successfully completed a Random Act of Kindness for the month. "And it's still only June 1st!" I thought.

But wait, there's more: It turned out the hotel's shuttle driver was out sick so the assistant manager came and collected me at the airport. I guess he liked my story because when we got back to the hotel he told the receptionist to upgrade me, free-of-charge, to their one of their best rooms!

What goes around comes around.

So I had a lovely evening, got to sleep a little late the next morning, return to the airport, and, courtesy of a one-hour time zone shift, get back to Chicago in time for the coaching calls I had scheduled for the afternoon.

The end.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Lessons for Leaders in Chinese!

"Lessons for Leaders", an article I was interviewed for in Insight Magazine, was recently compiled by a Chinese news service:

领导力的三堂课
中金在线 - China
公司总裁泽维贝尔(Barry Zweibel)说,“这也完全是他的份内之事。但是他不能激励这里的员工,不能让公司的投资者支持他的变革计划,这就导致了他在家得宝领导地位的终结 ...
I get a kick out of the way that looks!

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Friday, April 3, 2009

If I was Lou Piniella's Executive Coach

I’m a business/personal life coach. I do executive coaching, leadership consulting, life coaching. I don’t work in baseball, or with baseball players.

But I AM a big Cubs fan, so, in honor of Opening Day, I’ve been thinking about what I’d talk with Lou Piniella about, as his executive coach …

C, as in, “Circle the Wagons” – If ever there was an “Us Against Them” season, this is that. So, Lou, the sooner you can get your team to realize that this season – Year 101 – is not so much about winning it all, as it is about PROVING you guys can win it all, the better. And we’re not just talking about doing it during the regular season, either, are we, Lou? We’re talking regular season AND post-season … BOTH.

So, Lou, what, specifically, do your players need from you so that the proverbial “chip” stays firmly planted on their individual, and collective, shoulders?
U, as in, “Use Everyone” – You already know this: What wins regular season ballgames is the exemplary play of a team’s stars, but what wins playoff and World Series games is the exemplary play of a team’s stars AND some surprise performances by some of the team’s other players, too. So it’s up to YOU to make sure that no one is too tired, or banged-up – or rusty – come September, October … and November, Lou. That’s YOUR job. And only YOU can do it, Lou. You know you need to rest your players BEFORE they get tired, so that they DON’T get tired. And you know players hate that whole idea because, to them, “resting = weakness.”
So, Lou, what are YOU gonna say when your players push back about being rested?
B, as in, “Brand the winning strategy” – Again, it’s not just about the Cubbies winning; it’s about HOW the Cubbies win. In other words, what’s their style, or reputation, going to be in 2009? Is it getting an early lead and keeping it? Winning the close ones? Coming from behind? Scoring in multiple innings? The BIG inning? Lights-out pitching? Whatever it is, Lou, you’ve gotta recognize it, and talk about it … early and often … so that your team can start owning it as their own … as the inevitable.
So, Lou, what *brand* of baseball will you be making sure that the Cubs are playing this year?
S, as in “Sound off” – I love the whole Sweet Lou thing, but what makes the nickname work is that it’s seeded in an unpredictability, a danger, and maybe even the promise, that *Mount St. Lou* is a-gonna blow! I think this is one of the Cubs’ secret weapon’s … Sweet Lou going Ka-BOOM! Especially when talking with the media. It may seem counter-intuitive, Lou, but making a bigger noise off the field, will make it easier for your guys to make a bigger noise ON the field … where it counts.
So, Lou, what distractions do you know you need to create the passion, intensity, and gitty-up ease in each and every one of your players on through November?!
So Cubs fans, whadeya think? Say, Skipper, how'd I do?!

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Cheery Me!

Cheery Me!This just in from the UK's Daily Express newspaper: Psychologist Dr David Holmes has identified the world's "happiest" names.

Per the article: "The happiest people in Britain are called Judy or Joshua. Stephanie, Linda, Pam and Pat are among the most cheery, as are men named Matthew, Jason, Terry and Barry."

Hey, men named Barry are among the most cheery!

Who knew?! (As if my long-standing "cheerful" membership in the Secret Society of Happy People -- no lie -- didn't already give it away!)

Hunky-dory, this all is, wouldn't you say?!
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Thanks, Leeeeeeeeeeesa!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Random Post Feature

Courtesy of phydeaux3, I've added a random blog post Quick Tab over there in the right-hand column. Enjoy!

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Monday, October 6, 2008

How Happy Are You?

So how happy ARE you?! Here's a fun little quiz courtesy of the Chicago Tribune and the Psychological Flourishing Scale:

Step One - Answer each of the 12 statements below:
  1. I lead a purposeful and meaningful life.
    A. Strongly agree
    B. Agree
    C. Slightly agree
    D. Mixed, or neither agree or nor disagree
    E. Slightly disagree
    F. Disagree
    G. Strongly disagree
  2. My social relationships are supportive and rewarding.
    A. Strongly agree
    B. Agree
    C. Slightly agree
    D. Mixed, or neither agree or nor disagree
    E. Slightly disagree
    F. Disagree
    G. Strongly disagree
  3. I am engaged and interested in my daily activities.
    A. Strongly agree
    B. Agree
    C. Slightly agree
    D. Mixed, or neither agree or nor disagree
    E. Slightly disagree
    F. Disagree
    G. Strongly disagree
  4. I actively contribute to the happiness and well-being of others.
    A. Strongly agree
    B. Agree
    C. Slightly agree
    D. Mixed, or neither agree or nor disagree
    E. Slightly disagree
    F. Disagree
    G. Strongly disagree
  5. I am competent and capable in the activities that are important to me.
    A. Strongly agree
    B. Agree
    C. Slightly agree
    D. Mixed, or neither agree or nor disagree
    E. Slightly disagree
    F. Disagree
    G. Strongly disagree
  6. I am a good person and live a good life.
    A. Strongly agree
    B. Agree
    C. Slightly agree
    D. Mixed, or neither agree or nor disagree
    E. Slightly disagree
    F. Disagree
    G. Strongly disagree
  7. My material life (income, housing, etc.) is sufficient for my needs.
    A. Strongly agree
    B. Agree
    C. Slightly agree
    D. Mixed, or neither agree or nor disagree
    E. Slightly disagree
    F. Disagree
    G. Strongly disagree
  8. I generally trust others and feel part of my community.
    A. Strongly agree
    B. Agree
    C. Slightly agree
    D. Mixed, or neither agree or nor disagree
    E. Slightly disagree
    F. Disagree
    G. Strongly disagree
  9. I am satisfied with my religious or spiritual life.
    A. Strongly agree
    B. Agree
    C. Slightly agree
    D. Mixed, or neither agree or nor disagree
    E. Slightly disagree
    F. Disagree
    G. Strongly disagree
  10. I am optimistic about the future.
    A. Strongly agree
    B. Agree
    C. Slightly agree
    D. Mixed, or neither agree or nor disagree
    E. Slightly disagree
    F. Disagree
    G. Strongly disagree
  11. I have no addictions, such as to alcohol, illicit drugs, or gambling.
    A. Strongly agree
    B. Agree
    C. Slightly agree
    D. Mixed, or neither agree or nor disagree
    E. Slightly disagree
    F. Disagree
    G. Strongly disagree
  12. People respect me.
    A. Strongly agree
    B. Agree
    C. Slightly agree
    D. Mixed, or neither agree or nor disagree
    E. Slightly disagree
    F. Disagree
    G. Strongly disagree

Step Two - Calculate your happiness/flourishing score as follows:

  • Give yourself 7 points for each Strongly agree response
  • Give yourself 6 points for each Agree response
  • Give yourself 5 points for each Slightly agree response
  • Give yourself 4 points for each Mixed, or neither agree or nor disagree response
  • Give yourself 3 points for each Slightly disagree response
  • Give yourself 2 points for each Disagree response
  • Give yourself 1 point for each Strongly disagree response

Step Three - Consider your results:

  • 80-84 = Extremely high flourishing
  • 74-79 = Very high flourishing
  • 68-73 = High flourishing
  • 60-67 = Flourishing
  • 48-59 = Slight lack of flourishing
  • 32-47 = Lack of flourishing
  • 12-31 = Extremely low flourishing

Step Four - Next Steps:

Happy with what you found?! If so, GREAT! If not, review the 12 questions and decide which ones you want to happily flourish more with.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Cubs Clinch 2008 NL Central Title

Go Cubs Go!

The Chicago Cubs, 2008 NL Central Champions

Go Cubs Go!

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Zambrano No-Hitter!

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Go Cubs Go!

Congrats to Big Z, Carlos Zambrano, on his no-hitter against the Astros. Ironically, the game was played at a 'neutral site' (Miller Park in Milwaukee - CC Sabathia's house, that is - because of Hurricane Ike shutting down Houston). Ironic, as well, was that Zambrano's no-hitter included him hitting a batter with a pitch! But that's perfectly fine by me.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Low-Cost Employee Motivation

Some things stand the test of time. One example is a December 2006 article called, 20 Low-Cost Employee Perks, from Entrepreneur.com. Here's some of what it says [and some comments from me]:
  • Family days. For those times when the kids have a half day of school or a snow day, family days allow employees to take a day off without having to use up vacation or sick days. [Don't forget that life outside of the job - theirs, or yours!]
  • Computer discounts. Buying in bulk typically allows a business to get good prices on computers and peripherals. [And how about extending the savings to employee' friends and families so they can benefit, too?]
  • Movie days. A group movie outing or free movie passes can be a pleasant perk. For the sake of variety, you might also consider an outing to see a community theater group. [I've given packs of movie passes to employees' spouses as a thanks for, and in recognition of, them letting their significant others work all those extra hours.]
  • Free car washes. The latest in "express exterior" car washes costs around $5 per wash, meaning for $100, you could give 20 employees a shiny car every few months.
  • Continental breakfasts. They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, so serve a free breakfast once or twice a week. Bagels, muffins, coffee and similar fare make for a nice way to start the day. [Discount coupons at the local coffee shop is a nice touch, too.]

What are some of the things you do to treat your employees right?

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Candidate City: Chicago!

Congrats to Chicago for becoming one of only four cities in the entire world to make it to the Final Phase of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games host city selection process. How exciting!

Per the Chicago2016.org website:

"Chicago offers a magnificent backdrop in the heartland of America for athletes to compete and spectators to cheer them on. We are a city that prides itself on achieving harmony among our lakefront, our 29 miles of shoreline parks and the city itself. In 1909 Daniel Burnham’s “The Plan of Chicago” introduced a comprehensive design for the city, and it still serves as a guide for planning today. By placing the Olympic Games in the very heart of our city, we will give our global guests the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the downtown parks and lakefront and offer athletes from around the world a compelling and unique experience.

"A city is only as vibrant and strong as its citizens. Chicagoans embody Midwest values — integrity, hard work and optimism. Our community is a melting pot of ethnicities represented in our neighborhoods by 26 nationalities of more than 25,000 each. And we are passionate about sports, as evidenced by the 8 million tickets sold to sporting events in Chicago every year. We embrace athletes, support them in triumph and despair and are inspired by their efforts. The Olympic and Paralympic Games would likewise inspire us.

"Mayor Richard M. Daley has pledged to make the city the greenest in the country. To that end, he has overseen the planting of a half million trees, bisected major boulevards with median strips spilling over with prairie grasses and colorful blooms and pledged to have the city using renewable sources for 20 percent of its energy needs within five years. Indeed, there’s hardly a neighborhood in which you don’t see some sign of continuing beautification.

"Chicagoans are proud of our past, invigorated by our present and excited about our future. We are energized by the prospect of playing host to the Olympic Games, an event that would showcase and promote global partnership and harmony. We will not only stage an inspiring sporting event but also embrace and strengthen the Olympic Movement. Together we will Stir the Soul™."

Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro also in the Final Four, so congratulations to them, too. But I know which city I'm rooting for! Very exciting, indeed.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day!Yup, that's right. Not only is April National Poetry Month, but April 17th is Poem in Your Pocket Day!

"The idea is simple:" says the Academy of American Poets. "[S]elect a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends on April 17. Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores."

Or, if you prefer, you can download your favorite poems to your cell or smart phone: Poems to go!

Now I'm not a big fan of poetry, per se, but in honor of the day, let me pull out an old fave, Knots, by "Independent British Psychoanalyst, Social Phenomenologist, Radical Psychiatrist, Existential Philosopher," and poet if you ask me, R. D. Laing.

Here's an excerpt from Knots:
There must be something the matter with him
because he would not be acting as he does
unless there was
therefore he is acting as he is
because there is something the matter with him

He does not think there is anything the matter with him
because
one of the things that is
the matter with him
is that he does not think that there is anything
the matter with him

therefore
we have to help him realize that,
the fact that he does not think there is anything
the matter with him
is one of the things that is
the matter with him
(Can you see why the piece is called Knots?!)

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Slacker Radio Rocks, or Chills, or Any Other Style of Music

Slacker Radio PC Magazine calls it, "The most exciting thing in digital music to happen in a long time."

Forbes says, "Slacker's No Slouch."

CNET News.com calls it, "a distinctive new Web music service."

I just think it's a great on-line music companion that offers an incredibly wide array of music styles, and a surprisingly deep collection of artists and song titles for my listening pleasure - without commercial interruption ... especially if you enjoy "alternative" musicianship.

Try it yourself: Just head over to www.slacker.com, select the type of music you like, and click the 'play' button. (I'm listening to its Alternative Chill at the moment - and loving it.)

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Superbrain Yoga, anyone?

I just read about something called Superbrain Yoga® - a seemingly simple and reportedly effective technique for energizing and recharging the brain that's based on the principles of subtle energy and ear acupuncture.

AARP magazine ran the story on Superbrain Yoga in its March/April 2008 edition. Here's what they had to say:
"While yoga has long been shown to affect mood, one yoga move in particular is getting attention for boosting brainpower. Superbrain Yoga, as the exercise is called, is being practiced across the country as an antidote to brain drain. Go ahead. Try it!

"Step 1 - Place your left hand on your right earlobe, thumb on the front of the lobe with fingernail facing outward and second finger behind the earlobe. Superbrain yoga techniqueThen, with your right hand, grasp your left earlobe, again keeping your thumb on the front of the lobe, facing outward. Press both earlobes simultaneously, making sure your left arm is close to your chest and inside your right (which devotees say helps energy travel upward to the brain).

"Step 2 - As you press on the earlobes, squat down, keeping your back straight. Do 10 to 12 deep bends, inhaling through the nose on the way down and exhaling through the mouth coming up.

"Step 3 - Repeat daily."

Has anyone had any experience with Superbrain yoga? If so, please share.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

pzizz is it!

PzizzI use pzizz to help me fall asleep at night. I use pzizz when I need a pick-me-up. I like it so much that I'm now a pzizz affiliate. So what is pzizz?!

pzizz is a Mac and Windows software application, that you can listen to on your PC, or download to an iPod or MP3 player, that generates special soundtracks to help you take a quick nap or fall asleep for the night.

pzizz works in as little as 15-20 minutes to clear your brain, improve your focus, lower your stress, help you relax, and leave you feeling quite energized and refreshed, actually.
  • During the day, I create a 20-minute MP3 using the pzizz Energizer Module to take a quick speed-nap.
  • At night, I use the pzizz Sleep Module and in less than 15 minutes I'm out like a light! (It works so well that I fall into a deep, relaxing, sleep even when I try to stay awake!)

pzizz does what it does in the way it mixes words, music, and sound effects into novel, but recognizable, soundtracks that engage me to nod off. Yeah, it does seem counter-intuitive to say that it engages me to fall asleep, but it really does!

I think it has something to do with the fact that each new nap that the system generates is slightly different than the one before so there's always a bit of the familiar, and a bit of the new, in every recording.

So if you're having trouble falling asleep at night, or feel like a quick power nap would really help, give pzizz a try.

Thanks.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

I'm Trying to Evolve

(excerpts from Evolve, by Ani Difranco)

"I walk in stride with people
..... taller than me
..... and partly it's the boots but
..... mostly it's my chi

"And I'm becoming transfixed
..... with nature and my part in it
..... which I believe just signifies
..... I'm finally waking up

"I am trying to evolve
..... I'm just trying to evolve

"I am trying to evolve
..... I'm just trying to evolve

"So I walk like I'm on a mission
..... cuz that's the way I groove
..... I got more and more to do
..... I got less and less to prove

"It took me too long to realize
..... that I don't take good pictures
..... cuz I have the kind of beauty
..... that moves

"I am trying to evolve
..... I'm just trying to evolve

"I am trying to evolve
..... I'm just trying to evolve"

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Friday, January 4, 2008

Wishing You a "Great" 2008!

Happy New Year, everyone! And while it might sound a bit sing-song-y to say, here's wishing you a great 2008!

Too trite and hackneyed? Surely not. But if so, here are some variations-on-a-theme that maybe get a little less airplay:

  • Here's wishing you a top-rate 2008!
  • Here's wishing you a clean-slate 2008!
  • Here's wishing you a gold-plate 2008!
  • Here's wishing you a easy-skate 2008!

I could go on, you know. In fact, I will!

  • Here's wishing you a not-too-high-of-a-gate in 2008
  • Here's wishing you a winning-debate in 2008!
  • Here's wishing you a really-short-wait in 2008!
  • Here's wishing you an ice-cold-salad-plate-of-a 2008!
  • Here's wishing you an extremely-satisfying-state in 2008!
  • Here's wishing you keep-off-that-extra-weight in 2008!

Okay, you get the point.

Now go make it so.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Just for Fun - category archives

Follow this link to the GottaGettaBlog! archives for more postings from Barry Zweibel on the topic of: Just for Fun.

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