Happy New Year!

Not a lot of time to put up a post the last couple of weeks… What with the holidays, family coming to visit, and staying… hanging out with my family, et cetera…

I have been thinking a lot about the past year — as this time of year is really about reflection (for me). And while I have somethings I want to get down "on paper," I don't have the time to post it right now…

Hopefully I'll get to it tomorrow or Sunday…

So for today, I'll just close up some tags I've collected the last few weeks…

Have you seen a clock like this?


A very funny "true" video, with an all-star cast:


For the science geek…


And finally, there's this… I got it as an email and thought it was both funny, and very, very sad…


A Japanese company ( Toyota ) and an American company (Ford) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.

On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile. The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action. 

Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person

steering, while the American team had 8 people steerin g and 1 person rowing. 

Feeling a deeper study was in order, American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion. 

They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing. 

Not sure of how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents, and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager. 

They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called the 'Rowing Team Quality First Program,' with meetings, dinners, and free pens for the rower. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes, and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses. 

The next year the Jap anese won by two miles. 

Humiliated, the American management laid off the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next year's racing team was out-sourced to India . 

The End. 

Here's something else to think about: 

Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US, claiming they can't make money paying American wages. 

TOYOTA has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US. The last quarter's results: 

TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses. 

Ford folks are still scratching their heads. 




Stay tuned for some ruminations on the last year, as well as what/where I want to take things in the new year…

I hope you all had a safe, wonderful, amazing holiday season!

Ciao for now!