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Entries from September 2015

Page Zero of My Journals

September 28th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips On the first page of each journal book, I first write a few things to keep me in the desired frame of mind. Journal Writing A tool for self awareness events people things feelings insights questions experiences with ideas dreams and fantasies The Examen Spiritual Exercises Thank God for all gifts Ask […]

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Tags: Journal · Writing

Citizens and Citizenry

September 24th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes citizens of the U.S. working for the U.S. become separated from the rest of the citizenry at everyone’s loss. Recently, heads of agencies of the U.S. Intelligence Community met to discuss the types of things they discuss in public. Several of them lamented the protests of many citizens against their efforts […]

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Tags: Culture · Employment · Government

Job Title: Stupid Hunter

September 21st, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I’m not sure what the job title is, but every organization needs a person whose job it is to find the stupid that is hindering everyone. I have seen this every place I have worked. Somewhere in the greater organization, people—often smart, loving, caring people—are doing something that is just plain stupid. […]

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Tags: Change · Competence · Consulting · Work

I Love My Unsolvable Problems

September 17th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We tend to love to live with our own problems. I read recently of a great innovation in fonts for programmers. Someone has just invented a new font that makes it easy to tell the difference between the number one and the lowercase letter L. Wow! 2015 and we’ve finally solved the […]

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Tags: Adapting · Excuses

The Proximity Law

September 14th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Things that are similar tend to be near one another. The same seems to hold for people. I am sure someone has already named and explained this law. Oh look, here is an actual definition. Oh well, I won’t get credit for inventing this. It is a shame that few persons understand […]

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Tags: Choose

The Aspirin Illusion

September 10th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I’m caught in the aspirin illusion yet again. When will I learn? The suppression of pain instead of the eradication of the disease for which the pain is a warning. Gerald M. Weinberg Here is my story… I had headaches in the mornings. I took Excedrin extra strength, migraine, etc. which is […]

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Tags: Adapting · Clarity · Health

Software Developers

September 7th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips This is yet another job title that is constantly misused by recruiters. Software Developer: another stupid job title that reveals the ignorance of those trying to hire people. Yes, I am a software developer. No I don’t have ten years Java programming experience. Are you trying to hire a programmer or a […]

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Tags: Communication · Programming · Work

Someone has to Pay for the Study

September 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Of course the study was funded by someone. How else would it be studied? Of course that study says XYZ, it was funded by the XYZ industry. I see this all the time. A study states something. Immediately, some persons deny the study because it was funded by a group of (evil) […]

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Tags: Trust