Wednesday, April 26, 2006

April - the month of many faces

so while i've already mentioned that April is National Poetry Month and some of you may know that April is also Jazz Appreciation Month - it also seems that April is Make Your Employees Uncomfortable Month.

First, the poetry. Here's another quick one:

The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

and a link to the Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot

Ok now for Jazz:
April 25th was the birthday of Ella Fitzgerald. Born 1918.

Here's a few music clips: (these are real player links)

Mack the Knife
Someone to Watch Over Me
Blue Skies

for more Jazz Birthdays click here

now we come to where i dig into my personal experience and dub this month "Make You Employees Uncomfortable Month" why? you ask. good question, mister, um, i'm sorry i didn't catch your name... well no matter.

Part 1
#1 way to make your employees not trust you: bring in a consultant to monitor them and don't tell them why or warn them at all.

here's the scoop: one of my jobs brought in a consultant to monitor the helpdesk. that magical place where a small army of two to three people, including me, buffer the rest of the IT department from the thousands of employees who often break their slightly intelligent rocks (also called computers) and then blame us. not "us" in a general sort, but very often "us" as in whoever is on the phone at the time.

Part 2
#1 way to scare the bejesus out of your employees: decide that the company is going to change over to a new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software.

for those of you who are still learning, ERP software manages everything from purchasing to production to inventory to invoicing. YAY!

so, my other job has set up a week's worth of meetings with a consultant to determine how the new software has to work to fulfill our needs. this consultant then goes back to the software company (which he was hired by) and tells them how the software needs to work, then they configure it. seems to me like a ridiculous game of telephone - oh well, nothing can be as bad as using telnet for the software base.

well, that's enough ranting and informing, informing and ranting for today. i should probably get to work.

oh and happy hump day!

14 little fish:

Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

Have always liked the Robert Frost poem. Good choice.

I almost posted on Ella yesterday. Her music is phenomenal. Her "Baby, Its Cold Outside" duet with Louis Armstrong is one of my favorites and I LOVE the song Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered which was butchered badly on American Idol not long ago.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

Oh, I forgot...sorry that work is even more of a pain in the butt than normal! Happy Hump Day, indeed!!!

3:52 PM  
Blogger anne swam up to say...

Beautiful poem, beautiful music.

Didn't understand most of that last part, but it sounded like you're allowed to be slightly p-o'ed.

5:07 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

anne - sry, i kinda rushed there at the end -

thanks carl, you're so sweet :)

i'm not po'ed really nor is it a pain in the butt (yet) - part 1 is well just sort of obnoxious but as i am a temp, who cares - if they don't like me, they don't even have to fire me. it just amuses me how the management can so utterly miss with the employees sometimes - that "#1" is a direct quote i received in a nemail today from one of my co-workers. and as for part2 - this will get difficult when the move over actually happens.

7:51 PM  
Blogger JP swam up to say...

'slightly intelligent rocks (also called computers)'

Best quote today.

1:35 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

nice alliteration, carl v!

when i think intelligent rocks, i think Terry Pratchett & druids.
wow, i'm a geek.

as for the Frost poem, tis one of my all-time favorites (says this lifelong fan of Dead Poets Society..)
what's odd is that when i first started writing poetry, back when i was 12 or so, i wrote something almost exactly like this--without yet having read the Frost piece.
(his is naturally way way better...)
i wonder if there is still a copy of that somewhere?

1:33 PM  
Blogger anne swam up to say...

Err... nothing to be sorry about. I'm just very ignorant of the ways of ERP (and otherwise) software...

1:37 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

& i love the hollow men. LOVE it.

here we go round the prickly pear!!!

1:40 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

i'd love to read that jenn - perhaps i should post my response to hollow men...

anne - "I'm just very ignorant of the ways of ERP" - be glad, be very glad - i could have lived a very full life without ever working with an ERP software

jp - a long time ago, i had a computer teacher (i think i was learning pascal) told me that and no matter how far they've come, computers have never gone that far from rocks (or door stops for that matter)

1:52 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i am from a far-off planet called...Erp.

2:18 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

nanu nanu

you know i finally found that poem which was a simile/metaphor poem using the last verse of the hollow men as a base and you know - it's from 2001 and it's not very good. maybe i should rewrite it...

10:12 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i don't remember that one at all.
do i?

12:08 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

naw - you wouldn't - as i indicated not a screaming masterpiece of poetic genius - wrote it for a class (anselm?); assignment:similes/metaphors

1:19 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i was just thinking about posting something about anselm before the end of poetry month...hmm....

12:18 PM  

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