Monday, November 29, 2010

What if Christmas became a world-changing event again?

I came across the Advent Conspiracy today and I like it. And its ideas can be applied to any special day that has become poisoned by profit.

"What was once a time to celebrate the birth of a savior has somehow turned into a season of stress, traffic jams, and shopping lists.

And when it's all over, many of us are left with presents to return, looming debt that will take months to pay off, and this empty feeling of missed purpose. Is this what we really want out of Christmas?

What if Christmas became a world-changing event again?"

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Word for the day: Disintermediation

From Wikipedia: the removal of intermediaries in a supply chain: "cutting out the middleman"

I've been working as a JIRA specialist for some larger consulting businesses recently and this matter has come up in discussion a few times. I'm glad to see there's a nice long word for such a nasty practice. It's a sensitive matter for everyone but I naturally err on the side of caution, even if I've had existing business with the same customer that is now using the other consulting business.

I wonder if I can get my 14-year old to use it correctly in class. I reckon it would make her English teacher's day.