Slacking Off (syndication.thedailywtf)
"It's a small, dynamic company." "We're growing, and growing fast!" "Our agile
team needs some strong management, and we think you're right for the job."
"Your paycheck is going to be so large Ed McMahon will deliver it."
**Michael** had heard this pitch before, but this time, he decided to take the
position. The IT director, Lisa, had her head on straight and a clear vision
for what she wanted from Michael and his new team. Those eight developers and
eight testers had languished without any meaningful oversight for the better
part of a year. The result: a team behind schedule, over budget, and the best
developers fleeing for better prospects.
With Lisa backing his decisions, Michael waded into the muck, protected by
confidence. He started the cleanup process with one-on-one sessions with
everyone on the team. Jeffery was cheerfully optimistic about their prospects.
"I've only been here six months, but I've seen a big turn-around. Our last
sprint delivered its targets, and with fewer defects than ever."
Larry, the senior-most developer, saw a far more dire future. "I've gotta be
honest, I think we've been too micromanaged the past few months. Jeffery knows
how to ...
Bachmann’s Craziest Comments, Ricin Letter Sent to Bloomberg, and More (Truthdig)
**New Director:** President Obama will tap James Comey, the former deputy
attorney general while George W. Bush was in the White House, to be the next
head of the FBI, NPR reported Wednesday. Comey, you may recall, once
threatened to resign from the Justice Department over the Bush
administration’s controversial warrantless wiretapping program. "I couldn't
stay if the administration was going to engage in conduct that the Department
of Justice had said had no legal basis," he told the Senate Judiciary
Committee back in 2007 after he left. "I simply couldn't stay." According to
NPR, the administration had recently narrowed down its choices to replace
outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller to Comey and Lisa Monaco, a White House
homeland security adviser. Mueller, who took office just days before the Sept.
11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is set to leave this fall. (Read more)
**Party Crasher:** Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is changing political
parties yet again. The onetime Republican U.S. senator who became an
independent after losing his re-election bid in 2006 will become a Democrat on
Thursday, his spokesman confirmed. Chafee’s shift doesn’t come as a huge shock
given that he campaigned for President Obama in ...
5 Biggest Disappointments of Google I/O 2013 (CameraReview?format=xml)
That's it? Seriously? Google I/O is the company's biggest event of the year,
but today's 3.5-hour keynote left us waiting for more. At this year’s I/O,
Google placed a strong emphasis on refreshing its Google Services and
applications, such as updating Google+ and Google Maps and adding a brand new
music streaming service called Google [...]
Quakertown tabs ASD administrator for high school principal (blogs)
Quakertown Community School Board has named an assistant principal at Allen
High School to lead its high school. David Finnerty, who serves as 10th grade
principal at Allen, will earn $130,000. A start date has not been set, school
officials said. Finnerty of Pottsville has an engineering degree from Lehigh
University. He went on to earn a master’s degree in math and his teaching
certification at Kutztown University. Finnerty also served in the U.S.
military as a specialist combat engineer, the press release said. He taught
math for six years at Raub Middle School in Allentown. “David demonstrates
Five Things We Know Now (WNBA)
1. Brittney Griner Can Indeed Dunk At This Level
Coming into the
2013 season there was lot's of buzz about the No. 1 pick of the Phoenix
Mercury, Brittney Griner, and her ability to dunk. In the collegiate ranks
Griner was prolific in this regard, dunking an NCAA record 18 times for
Baylor, surpassing the previous record-holder Candace Parker, then of
Tennessee, who dunked seven times.
The question was, however, can
Griner do it in a WNBA game, with WNBA defenders on the court, like three-time
WNBA All-Defensive selection, Sylvia Fowles of the Chicago Sky. Well, one game
into her WNBA career, Griner answered that question emphatically, slamming
home two dunks. In her first game.
For some perspective on that, in
the prior 16 years of the WNBA, there had been a total of three regular season
dunks, two by Candace Parker (it would be her again, right?) and one by WNBA
legend Lisa Leslie. Three in 16 years. In what we may be soon calling, "The
Griner Era," which is currently one-game old, Brittney Griner has already
dunked twice. Sometimes players do live up to the hype and Griner ...
Walk Your Talk (The Self Improvement Blog)
By Lisa U Maki - I am one person who takes people's words seriously, simply
because I take my own words seriously. I won't say anything I won't be able to
do or something I won't do. Once I've released a statement, I am obligated to
fulfill it. It is for this reason why I [...]