Archive for June, 2007

The most exciting time waster ever

Posted in Tools on June 20, 2007 by barbararuth

I just discovered the most exciting time waster ever. The Grateful Dead’s new and improved site enables users to create a list of their history of shows attended, with the option to add comments to each one. I think they could do a little tweaking with the interface — making it possible not only┬áto search by venue or date but also to mark shows attended in batches.

Maybe that isn’t a problem for those who don’t need to select every single Shoreline show or every Kaiser show from 1985 on! I know I’m not the only one. I guess I’ll tackle the project in chunks, starting with the one-offs like the Zenith in Paris.

For my fellow Deadheads, the URL is


“The 4-Hour Workweek”

Posted in Book Reviews on June 20, 2007 by barbararuth

Although I am sometimes irritated by the superior, “cool dude” tone in which the book is written, I’m pleased, validated, and amused by Timothy Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek. Achieving the life Ferris describes, as you might guess, requires a lot of hard and smart upfront effort and quite a bit of persistence. However, the author seems to suffer from the same rage to learn that plagues me.

After my first 6 months in my first corporate job, I realized that I could accomplish everything that was required of me in 1-2 days a week. Bored sitting in the same chair, interacting with the same people five days a week, I wanted to be allowed to have five diffferent jobs each at the salary I was earning. I knew that such a schedule would allow more vacations and total breaks from work, the “walkabouts” Ferris raves about. I was less resentful of not being able to travel the world than I was at the requirement that I drag out 1 days worth of work into 40 hours in a gray cubicle.

This author offers one more data point to my theory that if you are even minimally above average in performance ability, working a “normal” job is a waste of your time and likely to be extremely frustrating — in a sense, what you’re being paid to do is to not be productive in any of a gazillion areas of life and to spend your energy and creativity perfecting your imitation a slower person!

Cynic’s dictionary

Posted in Random Thoughts on June 14, 2007 by barbararuth

Good organization: an abstract structure for concentrating resources, systems, and power and joining together individuals rooted in their consciences, intelligence, and knowledge in service of collective goals

Evil organization: an abstract structure for concentrating resources, systems, and power and employing the energies of individuals unhinged from their consciences, intelligence, and knowledge in service of the (sometimes unspoken) agendas of parties with no clear accountability.