Blogger Meetup

Thanks to some horrible past experiences I have been cautious about meeting people from the blog world. I am glad that I went and got to meet some new people that turned out to be a blast to hang out with. I don’t think I have ever had four hours go by that fast.

We got there a little early and had a beer while we waited. Bea had to go to the bathroom and a father was also leading his little girl to the bathroom. He just saw a dude standing out side the girls bathroom and like I was doing waited right outside. I realized that woman take forever in the bathroom, while we waited for them we only exchanged a couple of glances. I was half hoping Bea would exit the bathroom first so that he did not think that I was some weirdo hanging out by the bathrooms… it turns out we were there for the same meet up, and the guy waiting there was Meesha.

Before we found out about that, we hanged out at the bar enjoying our beer. There was another group of people there that pulled out a laptop but I did not recognize anyone… so we kept on waiting. Finally around the time the meeting was supposed to happen I did a quick walk around the place and found Spyder, Dan, The Librarian and Hoochie Mama. I told them that I had to go get my wife from the Bar… when I came back Meesha, Kansas City Kitty and KC Daily Photo had joined the group. Chimpotle arrived but was kind of shy probably thinking he was the youngest one there. I did not get a chance to talk to him as much as I wanted to, but I am sure we will in the future.

We got an awesome table and started to have chats about pretty much everything from religion to relationships. It was interesting to see how bloggers interact with each other in a group… I mean, we are all a little narcissistic and like to be the center of attention… and all the dialogue that developed. It was awesome to get to know everyone at a more personal level and to see how open everyone is once they are face to face.

Mr XO, Happy in a Bag, KC beer blog and Well Hell Michelle showed up fashionably late but joined the fun right away. I got to talk to some more than others and would really like to eventually call some of them friends. I love this town even more now that I got to meet some of the notorious bloggers around. Funny thing is that not many even realized that the veteran blogger of my household is actually my wife. She already posted some pictures in her flickr.

Firefox Speed Config

If you have firefox, as you should (IE Sucks.) you should also do a little changing so your browsing speed improves. That is if you have a high speed connection. Download the latest version (here).

In your address bar type about:config and press enter.

Then on the filter type network.http.p and press enter.

Double click on

network.http.pipelining and network.http.proxy.pipelining to change them both to true (the default is false)

then double click on

network.http.pipelining.maxrequests make it 8 which is the max (the default is 4).

Happy Surfing.

From Blockbuster back to Netflix

I defended blockbuster to the point that I said it was better than netflix as an online rental place. I believe they were for a year, but Blockbuster screwed up… big time.

They gave their customers a great deal to the point that I thought, hey a brick and mortar rental place is still relevant. The problem is that they did not really think of what they were doing. You could return your online rentals for new release movies and I think that just killed them. Then they take that away and make a lot of people upset because when you join a service because of a promotion, when it gets taken away most people are just going to bolt.

Netflix and their slowing down power renters really upset me. But I have decided to come back to them and check out their new community features. They are web 2.0 enough to make me interested, if they start making more flixter like they might have something going. That is one nail in the coffin, the one that truly closed the deal is probably the big red boxes.

Blockbuster is super expensive, renting 4 new releases pays for a whole month of netflix movies, which in my experience could be up to 20 movies. Netflix is now not slowing down their shipping and as long as you watch and send back pretty quickly you will always have something to watch. I kind of stagger the movies so that something is hopefully arriving as I send something.

Netflix also now allows you to watch movies directly from your PC which is becoming more and more popular. If you have not tried an online rental service, you should. The only way I would not is if a local store was still open around here, sadly Blockbuster helped run out of business the last one we had.

Work Ethic

The generation entering the workforce has the wrong ideas. I am going to make the cut off pretty simple. If you played sports as a little kid and they did not keep score you are in the demographic I am talking about. Lets refer to them as the generation of non-losers.

When I went to high school I could point out every single burn out. I knew that most of them were going to skip college and just spend the next 5 years hanging out at the bowling alley. They will years later wake up from the stupor and do something with their lives. Some of them never did, some of them did some college but could not kick the slacker habits. Those kids to me were trying to get their parents to pay attention to them… now fast forward a little bit to the kids that their parents spoiled because they paid too much attention to them.

I know it sounds a little crazy, but I do think that the overprotective parents that never let their kids lose might have ruined them for the workforce.

I have seen this trend more and more in recent years. Kids come out of college expecting to make more money than those people that have the experience just because their degree is on the latest technology. They feel a level of entitlement that is at times a little scary. This gap is even bigger when they work for a baby boomer who is used to a totally different type of work ethic.

Most kids in these generation want an almost equal amount of play for the time the put into work. Places like google and flickr show a “fun” work environment where the dorm room mentality extends to the workplace. So what happens to everyone else that is not lucky enough to work for one of those avant-garde companies?

First they are totally unhappy because their expectations are not met. Then they become very bitter towards a place that has a ladder they need to climb. They have been told over and over how smart they are and do not seem to grasp the concept of experience and hard work seems to baffle them.

In the era of shortcuts and user friendly someone forgot to write the manual to corporate America in a language the new generation can understand. It is almost like a company has to have a facebook profile reminding the kids that you have to get to work on time, and that they might even have to work weekends.

Mediocrity and failure were never rewarded when I was growing up. Being average was almost as bad as being a failure at times, but to some of the generations now that is actually a pretty good goal. Getting a C is not just a passing grade, it is something you are content with. Those principles do not work on the real world. An accounting mistake costing your company a couple of hundred thousand dollars is not an ups, but a pink slip. Some of the kids today actually think that would be harsh, everyone should be allowed at least one mistake… right?

How can we help this new generation? Do we create a myspace profile on how to not get fired? Do we make the next WOW or Halo 4 not playable between the hours of 9-5? How can they learn about work ethic? How can we bridge this gap?

Most of these kids grew up thinking that their parents worked way too hard and they should not have to do the same. So how do you sell them the idea that hard work is actually rewarding beyond having just a paycheck?

A new niche of motivational speakers is growing, and the surprising thing is that is not just targeted at the kids but at the employers to make their work environments not fall pray to the new job hopping workforce. I am not sure on what side I really stand just yet, but I do know that experience was something I did not understand very well until I worked for 10 years on the same field.