Saturday, November 18, 2017

What About Worst Practices?

Why should we focus on worst practices?  An article by Umair Hague says to start with the worst practices and take tiny steps or giant leaps towards bettering them.  He's talking to executives when he says these 4 steps will illuminate how bad things are:
1. ask your critics
2. spend a day in the trenches
3. examine your past
4. diet on your own 
Good advice for all of us except the dogfood thing.  Dezi would not be happy about sharing her 'dog's breakfast'.

What about - this is a site full of ideas for personal and career success - its name is focused on time management  - I would call that efficiency and effectiveness - I wonder how much it addresses the quality side - heart and soul. 
Let's head to - it gets down to specifics and has 10 bad habits you must eliminate from your daily routine - this comes from Dr. Travis Bradberry who wrote the Emotional Intelligence book:

1. using your phone, tablet, computer in bed
2. impulsively surfing the internet
3. checking your phone during a conversation
4. using multiple notifications
5. saying yes when you should say no
6. thinking about toxic people
7. multitasking during meetings
8. gossiping
9. waiting to act until you know you'll succeed
10. comparing yourself to other people.

The # 9 item is procrastination.  This is the single most popular worst practice in the search on images.  Lots and lots of images about procrastination.  

So let's ask the wise ones about this - there are words on procrastination from most of them:

“In delay there lies no plenty.” – William Shakespeare

“How soon not now, becomes never.” – Martin Luther

“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today.  Procrastination is the thief of time.”- Charles Dickens

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln

Our picture today expresses this theme.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Twelve Months a Year - Fishing in Niagara

The Lower Niagara River can be fished 12 months a year, and someone was out fishing a few weeks ago.  There are a lot of varieties of fish. Chinook and coho salmon, steelhead (rainbow trout), walleye, small mouth bass, white bass, carp, catfish, yellow perch and carp.  There are even Muskellunge and Northern Pike. There are sturgeon though these are endangered. 

The deepest section below the falls is 170 feet deep, just below the Falls.  That's the same as the height of the Falls themselves. 

I was curious how deep the sections of river are for the pictures we're looking at today. The first is the scenic look-out at Queenston - it faces towards Lake Ontario.  The second looks towards the Niagara Falls - this is the Queenston Bridge in the distance.  Our final image shows the Queenston docks withe the ubiquitous fisherman.

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Dog's Breakfast

How did a dog's breakfast get such a bad reputation? in the 1937 Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, the expression is listed as "a mess."  It is suggested that this dates from before the time of canned dog food when a dog's breakfast consisted of dinner leftovers from the night before. 

This should not be confused with "a dog's dinner" which means the opposite and is normally expressed as "all dressed up like a dog's dinner" and sarcastically means over-dressed or showy.  This comes from where the list of expressions is quite fun. 

More on the dog's dinner from a New York Times article ON LANGUAGE: Dog's Breakfast: "Why have you got those roses in your hair?" asked a character in "Touch Wood," a 1934 novel by C. L. Anthony. "You look like the dog's dinner ." This expression was defined by the Oxford English Dictionary Supplement as "dressed or arranged in an ostentatiously smart or flashy manner," probably derived from the 1871 usage "to put on the dog ."   And lest we forget, the New York Times examines the well-worn expression - 'dog-eared.'

I found this picture of Dezi on a spring search under the wisteria.  Is it for a dog's breakfast or a dog's dinner?  

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Seven Times Seven

I hadn't realized that there are many versions of Bible verses.  I was looking for things about seven times seven.  It seems a poetic and lyrical expression.  Of course there is a movie and there are a number of songs with the title.  My search quickly retrieved 'forgiving seventy-seven times'.  This is a verse from Matthew on forgiveness:
Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy-seven times!"

But it doesn't seem to quite be that clear:  here is a sampling of the interpretations from well over 20 versions of the Bible:
New International Version
Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

New Living Translation
"No, not seven times," Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven!

English Standard Version
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Berean Literal Bible
Jesus says to him, "I say to you not up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven!

King James Bible
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"I tell you, not as many as seven," Jesus said to him, "but 70 times seven. 

It makes me wonder what that Emoji Dick novel reads like. Fred Benenson briefly considered translating the Bible first.  The famous opening line is "Call me Ishmael"  - you can see the Emoji "here"  in the Guardian article.  The stunning piece in the article is his all-emoticon version of the New Yorker's famous Eustace Tilly cover. 

I came across these pictures of Ryerson's new imaging arts (photography) building in November 2012 - Gerry was there with the Toronto IES members to get a tour of the design.  The bottom picture shows the building's light panels which reflect in the puddles of the pond, giving rise to abstract images.   

Monday, November 6, 2017

Where are November Jokes?

I haven't found any jokes about the month of November but there are lots about the seasons, and Autumn has its own share:

What do you give to a pumpkin who is trying to quit smoking?
A pumpkin patch!

How do leaves get from place to place?
With autumn-mobiles.

How does an Elephant get out of a tree?
Sits on a leaf and waits till Autumn!

What will fall on the lawn first?
An autumn leaf or a Christmas catalogue?

What do you call a tree that doubts autumn?

What is a tree's least favorite month?

Our pictures today have some happy thoughts and greetings for the day as we adjust to Eastern Standard Time.