A wee bit on the quiet side

For the very simple reason that I don't have that much to say atm...

Once, again - there's always a piece of music that fits to the occasion as well as my general state of mind...

[Listening to: Barclay James Harvest - Poor Man's Moody Blues (6:58)]



Tries to get Mercury mail-server w32 to work. Having some luck - but not quite there yet...

Another obvious choice of music! ;)

[Listening to: Carpenters - Please Mr. Postman (2:55)]


Autumn has come...

Yesterday, the wind started picking up, and the rain pelted down... And it's darker now - with the equinox just around. And the trees are starting to turn. *sigh*

One obvious pick for music...

[Listening to: Diana Krall - Autumn Leaves (5:08)]


Design grumblings

What is the idea of creating a corporate design and making a communication guide and design manual available to all the employees in a company?

  1. To ensure that all communication going out has consistent looks?

  2. To make it easy in that common templates are available so that you don't have to remember where you saved the "good" one?

  3. To put an end to all the discussions about how material is supposed to look?

  4. All of the above?

In my opinion, the right answer to this small multiple-choice test is 4. And there could well be several other good reasons listed.

Why then is it that upon making a presentation, using corporate templates - even checking with Communications (the head of that particular department, no less) that the version used is the right one for alliance-partner presentations - a higher-level manager comes along and says: "Would you please change to this presentation template - it's the one we usually use for this kind of presentation?"

And that template obviously has to be non-standard. With the involved company logos in a different and less visually appealing position. Which then makes the space to text placeholders smaller and situated differently on each slide. Which means that all the slides have to be manually re-aligned. And, if that wasn't enough, why does that template have to have a lot of direct character formatting so that changes to slide masters do not automatically appear on the relevant slides - meaning that, once again, all slides have to have the slide master reapplied, manually...?


The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind...

[Listening to: Police - Message In A Bottle (4:52)]



I really should give the family recipe for Plums a l'eau de vie (should that be Prunes...?) right here!

[Listening to: Rita Coolidge - All Time High (3:03)]


The Independent: "Bush by numbers: Four years of double standards"

Just one quote:

2000 Year that Cheney said his policy as CEO of Halliburton oil services company was "we wouldn't do anything in Iraq".

$4.7bn Total value of contracts awarded to Halliburton in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Go read the full article here -it deserves a read! And it'll make you just that little more equipped to judge whether or not the Bush admnistration can claim to deserve another term.

[Listening to: Diana Krall - A Case of You (7:04)]


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Well written!

[Listening to: Styx - Mademoiselle (4:00)]