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How To Define A Project (And Make Sure Your Employees Don't Go Out Of Line)

It's been around in the blogsphere a little by now, but this description of how to hang a picture on the wall is just hilarious.

For anyone who's been involved in a requirements phase of a project, or been subsequently frustrated about the lack or inconsequence of the requirements in the project, it's a must read. I laughed out loud.

Speaking Of Christmas Gifts

I suppose one of the reasons I can't find much for Christmas to want to get, is because I already bought pretty much my own Christmas present:

I am now the proud owner of a Jens of Sweden MP-400 player with 1 GB of internal memory. Way cool! :)

First impressions: It's got more features than I thought, actually. It works with MP3 and OGG files; it works as a dictaphone; it picks up radio channels (which can be recorded); and it can record from any audio source through line-in and save as MP3 files.

This means that I finally have a way to record Internet radio stations and listen to in the car. I have a favorite channel called KPLX 99.5 ("the Wolf") which I regularly listen to, and I'm dying to replace the Government channels on the radio with some good ol' Texas country.

The only thing I'm puzzled about is that it seems to be perfumed. And the controls feel a little bit jiggly, which I'm not sure is a sign of low quality or not... the brand has gotten a lot of good reviews though.

The best feature though: It reloads the battery from the USB port. Just that is worth 50% of the money right there.

A Little Bit Of Christmas Spirit

I purchased some tea for Christmas today, I believe it's called Chai Tea, and it's specially scented with lots of interesting spices; including cinnamon, orange, and a few others I don't quite recognize.

I bought it downtown today, about noontime. Walking around downtime I also noticed there were a lot of stands in the market square, and people were singing and the bells in the church were ringing, for some reason. It was such a wonderful Christmas scene that I almost felt like bursting out singing "Les Cloches Du Hameau".

I didn't, though. But right now, that little bag of tea is on my office desk and permeating my entire room with wonderful scents. Added together with the Christmas lighting just outside my office window here on 2nd floor, along with my little Christmas tree sitting here, I almost feel like I'm getting into the holiday spirit here. :)

The whole purpose of my trip around downtown was to figure what I wanted this year, but I find that as the years go by, there's less and less stuff I want. This year I'm actually looking forward to just spending time with my family. My mother makes the most wonderful little meatballs and sausages, and I can't wait for it. :)

"It's beginning to look-a-like Christmas..."


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