20 9 / 2014

Like A Rock Star

It’s funny that people derive so much of their self esteem from others. 
If someone says something nice to/about them, then they feel on top of the world—full of worth, productive, successful, confident.
And when someone says something negative, then they get down in the dumps—depreciated, questioning, can’t do anything right, like a failure.
Yet, it the same person inside—the same heart, the same soul.
Of course, we are impacted by our behavior (when we do good and not) and people’s reactions to it—and we should be—it’s a helpful feedback mechanism to let us know when we are messing up or as reinforcement to continue doing good things. 
But at the same time, people’s feedback is not always correct or well-intentioned and certainly it doesn’t necessarily represent holistically who we are…it’s just a snapshot in time. 
So we need to take what people say and reflect back to us with a grain of salt—listen, try to understand, but also look at the bigger picture of you. 
You know yourself better than anyone else, so incorporate the feedback and use it to improve, but don’t get bogged down by any person, event, or cheap talk.  
Yes, you can be a rock star, by reflecting from what others tell you, but more importantly by listening to that voice inside that guides you. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Like A Rock Star

It’s funny that people derive so much of their self esteem from others. 


If someone says something nice to/about them, then they feel on top of the world—full of worth, productive, successful, confident.


And when someone says something negative, then they get down in the dumps—depreciated, questioning, can’t do anything right, like a failure.


Yet, it the same person inside—the same heart, the same soul.


Of course, we are impacted by our behavior (when we do good and not) and people’s reactions to it—and we should be—it’s a helpful feedback mechanism to let us know when we are messing up or as reinforcement to continue doing good things. 


But at the same time, people’s feedback is not always correct or well-intentioned and certainly it doesn’t necessarily represent holistically who we are…it’s just a snapshot in time. 


So we need to take what people say and reflect back to us with a grain of salt—listen, try to understand, but also look at the bigger picture of you. 


You know yourself better than anyone else, so incorporate the feedback and use it to improve, but don’t get bogged down by any person, event, or cheap talk.  


Yes, you can be a rock star, by reflecting from what others tell you, but more importantly by listening to that voice inside that guides you. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

19 9 / 2014

Overqualified And Underwhelming

Ok, so this sign is sarcastic for the question I received the other day.
A colleague, who is a supervisor, asked me :
"How do you take a group that doesn’t know how to do the work (literally does not know how) and get them going, then teach them to do it on their own instead of doing nothing, waiting, blaming?"
My response was:
You can’t do everyone’s job for them…you will fail that way (and they will fail that way). 
You have to learn to work effectively with others…you have to delegate and let them do their jobs. 
As a manager, you should review, edit, comment, question, suggest, recommend, and quality assure (not micromanage).
Send staff to training, mentor, and guide them, but don’t do the job for them. 
What do you think?
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Overqualified And Underwhelming

Ok, so this sign is sarcastic for the question I received the other day.


A colleague, who is a supervisor, asked me :


"How do you take a group that doesn’t know how to do the work (literally does not know how) and get them going, then teach them to do it on their own instead of doing nothing, waiting, blaming?"


My response was:


You can’t do everyone’s job for them…you will fail that way (and they will fail that way). 


You have to learn to work effectively with others…you have to delegate and let them do their jobs. 


As a manager, you should review, edit, comment, question, suggest, recommend, and quality assure (not micromanage).


Send staff to training, mentor, and guide them, but don’t do the job for them. 


What do you think?


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

19 9 / 2014

It’s Friday.
You worked hard all week.
And you deserve a little break.
Relax, sit down, read a good book, be a bit of a pig (but not too much).
Enjoy…the weekend is starting. 
Also, thank G-d for helping you make it through.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

It’s Friday.


You worked hard all week.


And you deserve a little break.


Relax, sit down, read a good book, be a bit of a pig (but not too much).


Enjoy…the weekend is starting. 


Also, thank G-d for helping you make it through.


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

18 9 / 2014

Put A Screwdriver In It

Took this photo of this character from my desk. 
A zombie from the walking dead…taken care of with a screwdriver through the eye socket. 
Hey, whatever works. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Put A Screwdriver In It

Took this photo of this character from my desk. 


A zombie from the walking dead…taken care of with a screwdriver through the eye socket. 


Hey, whatever works. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

17 9 / 2014

Super Military Sentry

Awesome robotic sentry being deployed by South Korea along the DMZ.


Ubergizmo reports that the Samsung SGR-A1 costs just $200,000 and supports all weather detection, a 5.56 mm machine gun, grenade launcher, surface to air missiles, and has an illuminator, laser range finder, heat infrared and motion detection, and can track multiple targets. 


Moreover, the human operator remains safe at a remote command location, while this robot at the front line targets the enemy at over 2 miles away. 


I would think this needs to be augmented with a bunker, camouflage, and/or additional sophisticated anti-air defense system to protect these stationary devices or perhaps add some mobility to these. 


Can you think of other countries that could benefit in protecting their borders from terrorists and military incursions with such a robot? ;-)

16 9 / 2014

Decide To Win

This was an interesting sign + sticker in Washington, D.C.
It asks to Stop Fighting Congress or perhaps stop the fighting in Congress.
The point is to come together and collaborate for a better decision, rather than have bad decisions made by just one side or have indecision altogether.
The New York Times had an Op-Ed over the weekend called The Great Unraveling about how we are living amidst hatred, fighting, disintegration, disease, and disorientation. 
And we are watching it as if dazed and confused—paralyzed as a nation taking maybe a baby step here or there, but with seeming no solid committment to do anything to really change, improve, better, or win. 
Scared by lost lives and treasure since 9/11…we cannot bear to lose or waiver in our resolve because of weariness or despair.
Their is a lot to get done…for ourselves and future generations.
We’ve got to stop fighting our demons and each other and instead face up, man up, to the myriad of global problems that confront us. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Decide To Win

This was an interesting sign + sticker in Washington, D.C.


It asks to Stop Fighting Congress or perhaps stop the fighting in Congress.


The point is to come together and collaborate for a better decision, rather than have bad decisions made by just one side or have indecision altogether.


The New York Times had an Op-Ed over the weekend called The Great Unraveling about how we are living amidst hatred, fighting, disintegration, disease, and disorientation. 


And we are watching it as if dazed and confused—paralyzed as a nation taking maybe a baby step here or there, but with seeming no solid committment to do anything to really change, improve, better, or win. 


Scared by lost lives and treasure since 9/11…we cannot bear to lose or waiver in our resolve because of weariness or despair.


Their is a lot to get done…for ourselves and future generations.


We’ve got to stop fighting our demons and each other and instead face up, man up, to the myriad of global problems that confront us. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

15 9 / 2014

Just About Says It All

Story of human civilization in 2 minutes by Joe Bush


History majors can probably add some, but overall completely awesome!


Maybe this is a glimpse of what it’s like to have a G-d’s eye view of the world—where time and space are inconsequential. 


Looking at this, are we almost at the end or are we just on the verge of a new beginning?  ;-)

15 9 / 2014

Doctor In Context

I took this photo in the doctor’s office. 
No, this is not my doctor, but a statue of one on the countertop.  
What’s funny to me is how he looks in context of the bottles and anatomical models all around him.  
Either the doctor has shrunk or the other things are really huge.
My dad used to tell me that doctors only know what G-d tells them, so we should pray that G-d gives them the wisdom to help us. 
And my grandfather used to say in German that “G-d is my doctor.”
Maybe that’s why the image of the doctor is looking up—to get the guidance from the one above to help us. 
That’s the intersection of medicine and faith—where truly big things can happen. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Doctor In Context

I took this photo in the doctor’s office. 


No, this is not my doctor, but a statue of one on the countertop.  


What’s funny to me is how he looks in context of the bottles and anatomical models all around him.  


Either the doctor has shrunk or the other things are really huge.


My dad used to tell me that doctors only know what G-d tells them, so we should pray that G-d gives them the wisdom to help us. 


And my grandfather used to say in German that “G-d is my doctor.”


Maybe that’s why the image of the doctor is looking up—to get the guidance from the one above to help us. 


That’s the intersection of medicine and faith—where truly big things can happen. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

14 9 / 2014

Who Can Resist

It’s the age old image of an angle sitting over one shoulder telling you to control yourself and do what’s right and a little devil hanging over the other telling you to indulge and do whatever you want. 
The New York Times says that regardless of the push and pull of these two forces in our lives, we can learn to show restraint and stay goal-oriented.
By seeing the long-term rewards of good behavior, we can avoid pigging out in the moment. 
With Kids, it’s called the Marshmallow Test—those who can resist eating a marshmallow for 15 minutes, get two marshmallows to enjoy later!
For adults, it may be that those who avoid the cake and ice cream today will live healthier and longer in the future. 
In Yiddish, there is the term sitzfleisch that refers to our ability to sit still and get our work done. 
The point is that if we can distract and distance ourselves from the indulgences of the moment, we can focus on the important things we really want to achieve with our lives. 
Of course, this is always easier said than done, because the two forces are both powerful and can be convincing.
For example, how many times can you hear, “Enjoy life a little, you aren’t going to live forever” or “You’ve worked so hard, you deserve a little break”, or “Come on, no one is perfect”…before you give in to a little excess? 
We are all tested in life, and we must try our best to pass as many as we can with flying colors—probably success is a healthy balance between living a little today in the here and now and working and saving abundantly for tomorrow’s marshmallows.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Who Can Resist

It’s the age old image of an angle sitting over one shoulder telling you to control yourself and do what’s right and a little devil hanging over the other telling you to indulge and do whatever you want. 


The New York Times says that regardless of the push and pull of these two forces in our lives, we can learn to show restraint and stay goal-oriented.


By seeing the long-term rewards of good behavior, we can avoid pigging out in the moment. 


With Kids, it’s called the Marshmallow Test—those who can resist eating a marshmallow for 15 minutes, get two marshmallows to enjoy later!


For adults, it may be that those who avoid the cake and ice cream today will live healthier and longer in the future. 


In Yiddish, there is the term sitzfleisch that refers to our ability to sit still and get our work done. 


The point is that if we can distract and distance ourselves from the indulgences of the moment, we can focus on the important things we really want to achieve with our lives. 


Of course, this is always easier said than done, because the two forces are both powerful and can be convincing.


For example, how many times can you hear, “Enjoy life a little, you aren’t going to live forever” or “You’ve worked so hard, you deserve a little break”, or “Come on, no one is perfect”…before you give in to a little excess? 


We are all tested in life, and we must try our best to pass as many as we can with flying colors—probably success is a healthy balance between living a little today in the here and now and working and saving abundantly for tomorrow’s marshmallows.


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

13 9 / 2014

6 D’s Of Cyberwar

Popular Science had a interesting article that spelled out the six D’s of Cyberwar:
On the offensive side, you want to destroy, deny, degrade, disrupt, and deceive.
"Unlike World War II code breaking, cyber attacks offer the potential to not just read the enemy’s radio, but to seize control of the radio itself."
- Step 1: Infiltrate the enemy’s networks and communications and gather/exfiltrate information.
- Step 2:  Compromise the enemy’s information either by:
1) Corrupting the enemy’s information, planting misinformation, sewing erroneous reports, and causing poor decision-making. 
2) Taking control of their networks, disabling or jamming them, and disrupting their command and control or harming their critical infrastructure and causing mass confusion, destruction, and death.
Examples are “not merely to destroy the enemy’s tanks, but to make them drive in circles—or even attack each other” or to cyber attack an enemies control systems for electricity, dams, transportation, banking, and so on. 

With the ability to steal information, sow misinformation, seize control, or even stop the information flow altogether, cyberwar is not just another weapon in our arsenal, but “a tool to help achieve the goals of any given operation.”
On the flip side, you want to defend against the enemy’s use of cyberspace to hurt us.
We need to continue to get serious about cyberwarfare and cybersecurity and become the masters in the information domain, and quickly. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

6 D’s Of Cyberwar

Popular Science had a interesting article that spelled out the six D’s of Cyberwar:


On the offensive side, you want to destroy, deny, degrade, disrupt, and deceive.


"Unlike World War II code breaking, cyber attacks offer the potential to not just read the enemy’s radio, but to seize control of the radio itself."


- Step 1: Infiltrate the enemy’s networks and communications and gather/exfiltrate information.


- Step 2:  Compromise the enemy’s information either by:


1) Corrupting the enemy’s information, planting misinformation, sewing erroneous reports, and causing poor decision-making. 

2) Taking control of their networks, disabling or jamming them, and disrupting their command and control or harming their critical infrastructure and causing mass confusion, destruction, and death.


Examples are “not merely to destroy the enemy’s tanks, but to make them drive in circles—or even attack each other” or to cyber attack an enemies control systems for electricity, dams, transportation, banking, and so on. 

With the ability to steal information, sow misinformation, seize control, or even stop the information flow altogether, cyberwar is not just another weapon in our arsenal, but “a tool to help achieve the goals of any given operation.”


On the flip side, you want to defend against the enemy’s use of cyberspace to hurt us.


We need to continue to get serious about cyberwarfare and cybersecurity and become the masters in the information domain, and quickly. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

12 9 / 2014

Vitamins R Good 4 U

I like this advertisement for Vitamin Water. 
It is on the side of a dispensing machine. 
The colors, the flavors, the energy brands…all very appealing. 
Their “Zero” drink is especially good for the calorie conscious of us. 
My desk draw is full of these…chug a lug. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Vitamins R Good 4 U

I like this advertisement for Vitamin Water. 


It is on the side of a dispensing machine. 


The colors, the flavors, the energy brands…all very appealing. 


Their “Zero” drink is especially good for the calorie conscious of us. 


My desk draw is full of these…chug a lug. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

11 9 / 2014

Got Flashed

Crazy day…true story.
I was going out to lunch in Washington D.C. today minding my own business…
When two young women were coming down the block in the opposite direction.
As they got closer, they started to giggle…
And then all of a sudden, at point blank range, one of them lifts up her skirt.
Both of them crack up and run off. 
I am not often left speechless, but this was definitely a new one on me. 
Let’s just say, my wife told me that I have some “splaining” to do this evening! ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Got Flashed

Crazy day…true story.

I was going out to lunch in Washington D.C. today minding my own business…


When two young women were coming down the block in the opposite direction.


As they got closer, they started to giggle…


And then all of a sudden, at point blank range, one of them lifts up her skirt.


Both of them crack up and run off. 


I am not often left speechless, but this was definitely a new one on me. 


Let’s just say, my wife told me that I have some “splaining” to do this evening! ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

11 9 / 2014

9/11 Remembrance

“Never Forget Project" - 13 years after the tragic events of 9/11.
2,977 American flags at local university in Washington, D.C. 
Question: With all the weighty terror threats aroud the world, including the latest and largest from ISIS—is never forgetting the same as doing everything possible to make sure it doesn’t happen again?  
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

9/11 Remembrance

Never Forget Project" - 13 years after the tragic events of 9/11.


2,977 American flags at local university in Washington, D.C. 


Question: With all the weighty terror threats aroud the world, including the latest and largest from ISIS—is never forgetting the same as doing everything possible to make sure it doesn’t happen again?  


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

11 9 / 2014

Okay For A Drive By

So, having grown up in New York, I’ve definitely heard of a drive by shooting, but never a “drive by meeting”. 
Until a colleague asked me, “Okay for a drive by?”
A little taken aback, but I was available (and figured not in any imminent danger by his type of “drive by”), so I agreed to meet for a few minutes. 
The meeting was quick, like a car whizzing by, but we discussed what was needed and accomplished the immediate goal. 
Personally, I prefer when someone is driving the meeting, rather than having a drive by meeting, but we all need to be agile to whatever the day brings. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Okay For A Drive By

So, having grown up in New York, I’ve definitely heard of a drive by shooting, but never a “drive by meeting”. 


Until a colleague asked me, “Okay for a drive by?”


A little taken aback, but I was available (and figured not in any imminent danger by his type of “drive by”), so I agreed to meet for a few minutes. 


The meeting was quick, like a car whizzing by, but we discussed what was needed and accomplished the immediate goal. 


Personally, I prefer when someone is driving the meeting, rather than having a drive by meeting, but we all need to be agile to whatever the day brings. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

10 9 / 2014

G-d, Thinking Of You

I saw this on the side of a car and liked it—simple and to the point:
"Praise G-d"
My father used to tell me that “There are no atheists in a foxhole”—basically every one shits their pants when that tank rolls overhead.
There is a tendency to turn to G-d when we feel we need him—when times are bad—but then sort of forget about him when things are okay again, and we feel like we have it all under control.
Even when things are bleak, it can be easy to lose faith in anger and despair. 
So challenge #1 is to remember him in good times and bad—we are in his hands, always. 
In terms of how we praise G-d?
Some do it in prayer, others in deed.
That leads to challenge #2—to speak and act with consistency and sincerity. ;-) 
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

G-d, Thinking Of You

I saw this on the side of a car and liked it—simple and to the point:


"Praise G-d"


My father used to tell me that “There are no atheists in a foxhole”—basically every one shits their pants when that tank rolls overhead.


There is a tendency to turn to G-d when we feel we need him—when times are bad—but then sort of forget about him when things are okay again, and we feel like we have it all under control.


Even when things are bleak, it can be easy to lose faith in anger and despair. 


So challenge #1 is to remember him in good times and bad—we are in his hands, always. 


In terms of how we praise G-d?


Some do it in prayer, others in deed.


That leads to challenge #2—to speak and act with consistency and sincerity. ;-) 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)