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Thursday, December 25, 2003

Merry Christmas to All! - [7:37 PM]

Merry Christmas!

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." - Luke 2:9-12

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Monday, December 22, 2003

More on the quake - [11:32 AM]

Apparently it was a 6.5, centered in Cambria. That's all I know for now, apparently it's hitting the news channels now.
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We were just sitting here minding our own business and the ground started shaking, bigtime! It's probably the biggest quake I've ever felt. It must have lasted over a minute or so. We're all sitting here trying to figure out where it happened, and we're trying to figure out who's going to report it first. Wild ride. Big earthquake, we're in Lost Hills. It was felt as far North as Exeter, where I live, and folks right outside the door are saying they felt it in L.A. Could have been Coalinga.

More to come.
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Interesting.... - [8:09 AM]

Scoble points out Microsoft's Standards of Business Conduct. From that page you can hop to Microsoft Values. I find it interesting because in my experience the 'softie generals that most directly affected my day to day life failed miserably at bullet points one, three, and six. I couldn't talk about it at the time because, well, I wanted to keep my job. I'm fairly certain this is not a company wide problem but there are a TON of ladder climbers there. Stab the guy in front of me in the back so I can stand on his dead body to reach the top. I guess that's corporate America, but I don't have to like it. I have many old workmates that stand back, mouth agape, scratch their heads, and wonder what in the world those guys are thinking. They don't have a voice in the matter, otherwise they'll be shown the door. That's why so many great developers have left the Visio group. The good news is most have found their experience in other groups to be the exact opposite of what they thought was the norm.

Then again, maybe, just maybe, these standards ONLY apply to how people outside the corporation are treated? That would bring sense to my experience.
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