Monthly Archives: December 2003

OK, I’m a whimp

Thankfully, my fever broke last night; yesterday was the most sick I’ve been in recent memory. I think I now understand my wife’s rolled eyes in the past when I’ve whined over a runny nose. Yesterday was being sick!

My brother-in-law was kind enough to loan me his set of Band of Brothers DVDs. Given that I couldn’t do much as but lay in better for most of the last two plus days, I took in all ten parts of this excellent production. Sometimes I wonder what I would have been like during this time in history (i.e. if I was drafted). I feel fortunate that this answer will allude me, and I have a greater respect for those who do serve our country.

Here are some of the takeaways for me from this movie series:

  • There is a big difference between training and game time. Capt. Soble didn’t understand this, lost all the respect of his men and his superiors and was eventually transferred.
  • Command decisions are hard.
  • You will know when you’re a leader by your subordinates. (Lt. Winters)
  • Know what’s normal for you: Lt. Looks like you’re going to be surrounded. Capt. Winters: We’re paratroopers. We’re supposed to be surrounded.
  • He wasn’t a bad leader because he made bad decisions; he was a bad leader because he made no decisions. 1st Sgt. Lipton regarding Lt. Dike (Foxhole Norman), his superior officer
  • Defining moments are made and made again. As a result a team’s identity is constantly reshaped and reformed. Just because you are present for one such moment does not afford you the right of lifetime membership. Miss a critical event and you may need to reprove yourself.
  • Know when you’re needed and when you’re not. Make certain you’re right about this by relying on the input of others (e.g. someone with influence and without bias).
  • We salute the rank, not the man. Maj. Winters to Capt. Soble
  • War is truly horrific; everyone loses.
  • How can one really know the price of the freedom he enjoys if he hasn’t experienced Normandy, Bastogne or Haguenau, like someone in Easy Company did?

Mike Myers regarding his parents

On occasion, I enjoy watching James Lipton interview actors on his show, Inside the Actors Studio. He has a way of allowing you to get to know various celebrities in a way you might not imagine if only given their on-screen personas. Just now, a repeat of his 2001 interview with comedian Mike Myers (e.g. Shrek) was on TV, and in the course of talking about his parents, Mr. Myers has the following to say:

  • About his dad: “He taught me to have no inhibitions and that has allowed me to be the architect of my own embarrassment. … His treatise on life would have been “In Praise of Silly.” (His dad would have said that) Silly is a state of grace. Silly is yourself in a natural state. Serious is something you do until you can be silly again.”
  • About his mom: “Her praise is in no way a devalued currency.”

This is a blog. A What? A Blog…

Some of my family and friends are relatively new to weblogs; so when I say I have a blog, I might as well be speaking a foreign language. Culling through personalities who’ve had an impact on this form of expression, I’ve found the following explanations to be helpful in understanding the term weblog:

Now all I need to do is get my own domain on a host that can truly provide full blog functionality. My current façade is starting to concern me (e.g. no feedback hooks)…

Response from Chris Anderson on BlogX

I sent an email to Chris concerning my previous entry, and he has posted a reply: I’m recommending people participate in either .Text or dasBlog if they want to contribute. I’m all for healthy competition and the innovation that it drives, but I wonder if it makes any sense for those leading both of these dev efforts to join forces under a single banner. Sounds like Dare is a good person to provide an initial response, given Chris’ reply. Looking at the move from the other direction, Rob Howard offered some additional perspective (a week or so ago). Finally, Robert Scoble offers more commentary on the move.