Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Now that is sweet.

Retro styling meets modern Corvette? Man this thing is sweet.

Piss it away.

Here's a subject close to my heart, IT Project Management. It appears that parts of the Government have seriously dysfunctional IT systems that have had some bad fails over the last few years. The VA office alone has wasted $300 Million dollars on two systems that have resulted in no improvement in capability.

I've been involved in large scale IT Project Management for several years and here's my opinion on what goes wrong.

  • Hire your own people to manage the contractors. It's not realistic to hire all the developers and programmers you need as full time employees but paying the same company to create the system AND run the project is the second biggest mistake you can make. You'll pay a fortune and it will take twice as long....I promise.
  • The biggest mistake you can make is to hire a contract company to tell you what you need. Hire a good team of analysts and project managers as full time employees. Give that team the tools and the power to explore your organization, talk to the stakeholders and come up with a list of requirements that maps out your needs.
  • Never, ever pick a platform or an underlying system based on a vendor pitch. Stick to your requirements statement like your life (or job) depends on it because it does. Find a system that meets your needs as closely as possible with as little customization as possible.
  • Don't fall for a vendor's promise that their software can do anything you want. You want the "off the shelf" software to meet your needs as closely as possible with no customization. Custom programming = $$$$$$, you can never completely avoid this but make every effort to keep it to a bare minimum.
  • Picking a platform first is the death knell. Trying to force a specific platform to conform to your existing processes will take forever and cost an absolute fortune. Besides if you really want to take advantage of new software systems then now is a good time to improve your processes.
If this helps you or your business then send me a check.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Soon we'll all be able to smoke as much as we want!!!

PT Jobs's Phone Circus Spectacular Suckfest.

Today is launch day for the iPhone 4. I sit hear salivating for its sleek glass and stainless steel body, angry that I didn't have the time to get a pre-order. I'm left to root around in the filth with the unwashed masses grasping my shabby iPhone 3g like some kind of poorly evolved primate.

So why is the thing so "magical"? Look where we were twenty years ago....

Stan vs, the Volcano.

A little more inside info on how the Rolling Stone reporter was able to get the big scoop on this whole McChrystal fiasco. Looks like his only real issue was being stupid enough to let his guard down with a reporter within earshot.

Put it on your ho's.

This is pretty epic.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Loose Lips

I can't believe people are shocked that Obama shit canned McChrystal over the snarky Rolling Stone interview? Do you talk bad about your boss in a public setting? I liked McChrystal and I think that his approach to the war could have been successful long term so I hate to see him dismissed in this way.

Wonder if Obama can use this as a way to abandon the longest war in US history....

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Who's hand is in your pocket?

Watch this shit.

A Representative from Texas apologizing to the BP CEO for the Government's "shakedown" of his least he has his constituents interests at heart. Those being all of the oil companies interests in Texas.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nice moves.

I thought that MTV had really gone into the toilet until I saw this.

Is that a Walkman on his belt? WTF.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Desperate Times

BP is employing private security firms to prevent the credentialed media from interviewing clean up workers on a PUBLIC beach. read that right.

More of the same corporate bullshit. Of course the guy that is making the only money he can by cleaning up BP's mess isn't going to talk to the media in front of BP's security goons. It's not like he can go fucking fishing anymore.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Corporate Greed.

BP....Bird Punishers.

What can't fly so you take it out on the birds. Assholes.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Art of Motorsport

This video is beautiful. It's amazing that this was filmed on a camera that you could probably pick up in a local camera shop for less that $3000. Of course there's no way to buy yourself talent like this.

24 HOURS IN 19500 FRAMES from tim hahne on Vimeo.

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