Monthly Archives: March 2012
While I love my new tablet and have a number of eBooks downloaded and ready to read, I have found myself re-reading old-fashioned paper books this weekend. Back in 2009 I received an advanced reading copy of Michael Connelly’s thriller The Scarecrow. Advanced reading copies were one of the nicer things that big publishing used to do for book sellers and book reviewers. Released only to the aforementioned specialized readers prior to hard cover publication, these were trade paper back versions with the same art as the dust jackets of the forth coming book. I got my very first ARC, of Michael Chabon’s debut novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh way back when I was a book store clerk in New Orleans. I quite enjoyed that novel and did my best to sell it once it was published. Sadly, less than three years after…
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The murderers of slain Mexican human rights activist, Agnes Torres Hernandez, may face the consequences that come when individuals commit heinous crimes against humanity. While she was laid to rest on the thirteenth of March, 2012, her killers were still at large and there was a more than passing question as to whether they would be vigorously pursued or not. With five murders of LGBT persons in Puebla still technically on the books from 2012 alone, there was serious doubt that authorities would react appropriately. Thanks, in part, to massive international online attention and pressure, the authorities did act and have brought in 4 of the 5 persons considered suspects in the Agnes Torres murder.
With suspects in custody, the true story of the murder of Agnes Torres is becoming clearer. She was invited to a birthday party for Bueno Mazzocco on a Friday evening. By all current accounts, she…
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At Marshall-Alan Associates, we place executives at every level of the hospitality industry, including directors of hotel operations. What exactly is this position, and what are the duties and qualifications?
A director of hotel operations is responsible for overseeing, directing and supervising various operating departments, including:
- Front Office
- *Front Desk
- Food and Beverage
- *Room Service
- Bell and Valet
Marshall-Alan Associates looks for individuals who have experience ensuring positive guest experiences, and who can effectively coordinate various departments to deliver exceptional guest service and maintain full functioning operating departments according to four and five star hotel standards and SOPs.
Job specific duties may include the following as well as other duties which can be assigned:
- Maintaining staffing levels in all operating departments for optimal performance and customer service
- Ensuring smooth, efficient, cost effective operation of…
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Time was, most every newspaper or magazine had an explicit slant. No one thought it strange that one paper promoted the point of view of one political party while a competing newspaper promulgated the views of their opponents. And then it was decided that journalists are really supposed to be neutral. Except of course I don’t really think they can be. It seems to me that a reporter’s or a publication’s bias inevitably influences all reporting. That a journalist claims to be “fair and balanced” is a huge red flag to me. I would much sooner read a report by a journalist who openly supports my political opponents over one who claimed to have no horse in the race.
Some of the worst journalism that I see, browsing as I do many different newspapers are a feature called “fact checker” which purports to drill…
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I LOVE ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!
They say that everyone is a little bit Irish for St. Patrick’s Day, and I am glad. The music, the food, the culture, the dance. It is good to be Irish!
Some of my favorites in the food department – Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, Lamb Stew, all kinds of potatoes, and Potato Bread.
Good Looking Recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage from All Recipes.com
Irish music with beautiful young girls dancing:
The History of Ireland and it’s culture is diverse and deep. Unfortunately, there has been violence and civil war which included a division between Protestants and Catholics. Not including the Civil War, the Northern Irish conflicts have resulted in the deaths of over 3,000 people due to terrorist acts.
Irish people have been openly discriminated against…
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It is kinda fitting that I am writing this Life@42 blog post on the 60th Anniversary of the birth of Douglas Adams. While Douglas Adams was busy writing The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, he was often quoted as saying “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
I first read Eve Mayer Orsburn’s The Social Media Business Equation shortly after blogging How the Brantford Library understands “The Social Media Business Equation” by Eve Mayer Orsburn. Since then I have read it three times before actually sitting down and writing this blog post.
The question of deadlines is an interesting element of business. Do you focus on imposed timelines or focus on quality deliverables. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), I probably should lean towards timelines, but I consistently lean towards the agile side and prefer to focus on incremental deliverables…
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