I've been playing around with converting old tapes and records to MP3. I think I've finally got it down. I've converted about 8 songs in the last hour, it is a time consuming process... to say the least.
What a great thing, though, to have some of the old music that I grew up listening to - no longer available on CD - in MP3 format. I've got some live stuff that I've picked up over the years: Poe. Oasis. Cacophony. Racer X. Pearl Jam. Vinnie Moore. Etc. Even some old tapes of me playing the guitar... DOH!
Anyway... I'd be willing to bet that people would pay for this. First, it wasn't easy to get right. Second, it is a very time consuming process. Third, and finally, there is some stuff, as I mentioned, that isn't available on CD. The last one is the most important one, obviously. If stuff is available, I'd rather just buy it than go through this.
Do you know of anyone offering this service? Converting tapes and records to MP3?
Politics, Religion, Money. Those are the things that you aren't supposed to talk about, right? I'll add another, Sex. Well, that is probably just good taste to not talk about in certain/most situations... ;-) LOL!!
Nothing seems to be off-limits in blogosphere, though.
I've held back from posting on most of those topics here, but I've joined a couple of friends to blog about this other stuff. A place where nothing is off limits.
Philadelphia CoF (circle of friends) member Jim Murray has proposed an idea for raising the awareness of Electric Cars.
I believe we have a great opportunity at this time to bring the electric car industry into the main stream. You might be asking yourself how can we get the masses to in brace the idea of the electric cars. I think in the same way that the inventors of the internal combustion brought the public to understand, get close to and appreciate this new product of science. "They raced them".
Hey, seems like a novel idea to me. Would that work? I don't know.
My take is that when most people buy cars they aren't looking at things like energy efficiency, total cost of ownership, or that sort of thing. Most people buy what they think looks "cool". What is the old saying? "People buy on emotion and justify with logic." How true. Now, for some people, the energy efficient aspect may be an emotional magnet, for others though (the SUV crowd, for example), that isn't the case. The products people buy mirror back to them who they think they are... or who they wish to become. Telling most people that you bought an electric car isn't likely to get the same reaction as telling people you bought a Porsche.
I think that the only way to make electric cars mainstream is focus on the design. Forget that you're making an electric car and remember that the engine isn't what most people are choosing when they choose a car. I'd trade my engine for an electric one if I could keep the body of my car... shallow, I know... but at least I'm being honest. ;-)
What do you think? How would you increase the public awareness/purchase of electric cars? How long do you think it will be before they are mainstream?
Just signed up for a "Conversational German" class at my local community college. Saturday mornings for the next 8 weeks for $100 (plus $20 for the book). Not bad. Up next is the "Conversational Japanese". I don't leave for Switzerland for a couple of weeks, so I'll get a couple of classes in before my trip.
For someone (me) who doesn't quite have a firm grip on English, this should be quite interesting. ;-)
It has been more than 10 years since I've sat in a classroom, but I'm really looking forward to it. Who knows, maybe I'll sign up for some other classes as well. My grandmother - one of my favorite people in the entire world - took classes at a local college well into her 80's.
Just caught the rerun of the latest Apprentice episode on CNBC. Bradley was fired... and I'm disgusted.
Donald said that giving up his exemption from being fired was "life-threatening" and that if he were running a business and did something like that the business would be in trouble. Wow, nothing could be further from the truth.
The trouble here is that too many people want to "succeed" or "win" but have forgotten what it means to "sacrifice" or "take one for the team".
Leadership is all about sacrifice. People fall in behind someone who is that authentic.
The challenge business-people often need to overcome is the modern confusion between managing and leading. Leaders guide and point out, they don't demand and prod. Interestingly, Western culture once had a very strict interpretation of leadership and its code of conduct. The terms honor, noblesse oblige and mercy were deeply ingrained in this.
"The captain went down with the ship." "He fell on his sword" "The buck stops here."
There is a universal symmetry to those thoughts. They are Limbic in their common sense. The R-Complex likes their clarity.
Have you ever worked for a great leader? Do you have a great leadership story? I'd love to hear it!!
I'm going to Switzerland for work. I started planning the trip yesterday, but I think I locked down the dates today. I'll be in Wohlen (close to Zurich) for one week it looks like (and perhaps a few days outside of Munich after that).
So, having never left the country before... I'm interested in any advice that anyone can provide.
What is it like?
What should I plan on, cash wise?
Any highlights to point out?
Quick tips on German - like suggestions for a "Complete Beginners Guide to German in 1 hour a day" book or CD?
The NHL (National Hockey League) is going to announce tomorrow that they will have a lockout. The current contract has expired and the owners and players can't seem to reach an agreement.
Three things really upset me about this:
The sides met weekly over the last 6 weeks to discuss this - not all week, every week, just one or two days a week.
They knew this was coming for several years and should have had some deal worked out.
Why can't they just agree to keep the current contract in place for another season and spend the next 12 months working out a deal?
In the end, the fans (consumers) lose. Yeah, the owners and players will forego some cash - but lets face it, these people aren't hurting for money.
Greed. Plain and simple.
What other business could get away with this? "We've closed for some amount of time because we can't agree on a salary structure with our employees, so we've sent them home. But check back, cause we might reopen!"
Hogwash. Plain and simple.
EVERY business has competition - including professional sports. I've got a great minor league team here in Hershey, PA. The Bears. It is the farm team of the Colorado Avalanche. For less than $50 dollars my wife and I can drive the 7 miles to the arena, park, get two great seats, get a capucino, and be thouroughly entertained for a few hours. But I digress...
I'm pretty upset about this, in case you couldn't tell. I'm not assigning blame to either side, that does no good. They're both wrong. They care more about themselves than they do about the fans.
This is an idea I had for a book that I haven't done anything with... so I thought I would just post it here and update it over the coming weeks and months (otherwise it will remain buried on my hard drive).
This is pretty rough at this point and I'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback on it.
The Sports of Business: What lessons can we take from sports and apply to business?
The fundamentals of the game
(THINK: peewee sports, someone new to the game, etc)
It starts early – that first season of soccer, little league or peewee football. A bunch of kids at practice, not totally sure of the people around them or what they should be doing. This is not unlike someone’s first day at work at his or her first job.
This section is devoted to getting people to see the big picture as quickly as possible.
Soccer: You can’t use your hands. Try to kick the ball into the other teams goal, etc.
Football: Okay, I don’t know this one.
Business: The customer is always right, we’re in business to...
When someone is entering the workforce, they need to know what? How do coaches get people to see the big picture quickly: Stories – Examples – Practice – What?
Rules of the game
Every game has rules – what are the rules of business? How do you enforce the rules? How do the best coaches delineate their game plans?
How do the most successful teams draft? What can we learn from "draft day"? Do you have talent scouts? Is HR like a catcher in baseball or are they proactive – looking for talent? Why do pro sports teams trade players? Can you do that in business?
What makes a wining team? Is it a couple of multi-million dollar players or a team of people willing working together with a common goal? What is the make-up of some of the most successful teams in history? Why do the New Jersey Devils win, year after year, with few "star" players?
The right equipment
You wouldn’t send a player on the field with out their helmet, or pads. What are you giving your employees to help them with their jobs? Books, magazines, KM Systems?
Practice makes perfect
Every team practices, why do they do it? How do they do it? How can you embed practices in your work? Can practices be thought of as prototyping?
Conditioning – A body in motion tends to stay in motion
There is a benefit to healthy people – they are more productive, less prone to injury, etc. What can you do to ensure you have healthy employees (I bet there arestatistics here – the cost of sick time or something?)
Just like a body in motion tends to stay in motion, so does a mind. How do coaches entice players to learn the plays? How do you get people to be thinking? Engaged? Mentally alert?
Secrets of success (improvement, try new things, etc)
When a team is on the field, they are constantly evolving, adapting to the changing conditions of the game – does your business do that? How can you introduce the adaptability in your employees?
Positions (roles & responsibilities)
Most sports teams have well-defined roles - does that have to be the same in business?
Competition – Scouting, understanding, preparing for, beating
There is competition in any business – if you don’t have it today, it is coming. How do the best teams handle the competition? How do you compete?
The game – the players, the team, the lineup
Who does what? How do you assign responsibilities? How do you build project teams?
Treat every day as game day – the cameras are on
Who is watching? The post-game interview: What if you were asked to measure your performance at the end of the day? Is performing your job an act or are you a superstar on the field?
Fan (Customer) Appreciation
During the course of a season there are fan appreciation days – little giveaways as a thank you for patronizing. Also, at the end of the year, teams give their jerseys away to fans. What about the parades after championships? Can you reward your customers with a "parade" or some kind (not literally)?