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This is Howard C. Park's blog. Interests: live music, simulations and modeling, languages, iPod, social and business networking, systems thinking, history of science, management, BBQ, trivia, good coffee, organizational learning, traveling, personal histories.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

that's in US dollars?

I just got back from Southern California. Drove my brother's Prius for a few days, including a round-trip from San Diego to LA. I gassed up while I was somewhere east of LA for around $22. And this is in a part of the country that makes headlines about its high has prices. So, for ~$22, I did several hundred miles, averaging 40+ MPG.

Then I got back to Houston and filled-up both cars we have. About $75 total. And this is before the gas prices go crazy due to Katrina.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

gone in 30 seconds, or less

I was walking past my bookshelf and saw a book I hadn't thought about in years: How to Get Your Point Across in 30 Seconds or Less by Milo O. Frank. Good book... from what I remember. But it's 120 pages. Short for a business book, but isn't it somewhat ironic? Shouldn't it be a laminated page with big letters in bullet points?
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Thursday, August 11, 2005

what does Ronald McDonald eat?

I was recently in Chicago, close to the airport. I happen to drive by the building, which got me to wondering about this and other questions.

1. Does an employee at use to look for another job?
2. What knives are available at the Ginsu knife factory cafeteriaA?
3. Do the guys that support Mac OS versions of MS software get jeered at as they walk the halls of Microsoft?
4. Do employees of AOL use AIMB?
5. Do employees at cigarette companies take smoke breaksC?
6. Can an employee of Playboy Enterprises charge a "hostile environment sexual discrimination" against the employer?
7. Do they have file cabinets at EMC/Documentum?
8. Do they have fire drills (i.e., what to do in case of fire) at fire stationsD?
9. Consumer product companies often make prototypes available to employees. Do companies that make toilet paper offer samples and ask for feedback?
10. Can you bring an iPod to work at Microsoft?

A few notes...
A. This is not my own. I got this from Tory Gattis.
B. Actually, I know the answer to this one. They AIM like it's the last day on Earth. Some of the longest buddies list I've seen were on desktops at AOL.
C. Smoke breaks? Two people who have worked at cigarette companies have told me that people smoke all the time at their desks, at meetings, etc.
D. Is there a "floor fire warden" with a stupic plastic fire chief hat?
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