I always feel weird when I’m in the presence of serious business people. I mean, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some very powerful and very wealthy people, and while I often enjoyed their company, it is sometimes hard for me to relate to the lives they lead.

See, most of my days start with poop.

I live on a horse farm, and the first thing I do when I get up in the morning is go out to take care of the animals. Usually that involves some kind of manure management. Last week one of my wife’s coworkers needed some compost to help with a lawn he was replanting, so I got the added fun of driving the tractor.

I really don’t mind it. I like some physical labor and it gets me outside in the morning.

Plus, I think it helps me do my job better, because not only can I readily recognize horse sh*t, I know what to do with it.


The Dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide

Okay, I know that this was probably federally mandated, but I found this funny example of over-labeling:

This is label is from a spray bottle used for cleaning. DI Water, or Deionized Water, is a purified water product in which the trace minerals have been removed, which makes it nicer to use for cleaning since it won’t leave behind any scale residue.

What I found funny was the warning label, for water:

Yessir, drink enough water and you can suffer from convulsions. I’m a little upset that they don’t include death, since drinking absurd amounts of water can lead to death, not to mention if the product is used in ways contraindicated by the label (i.e. in the lungs). And be sure to wear the appropriate protective gear when working with water, or else your skin might get all pruney. It continues:

Now the key words are in the second picture: MSDS Reference. As a commercial cleaner, even if it is just water, there has to be an entry for it on the Material Safety Data Sheet, and I’ll bet that most of the wording for this label came from that document.

But I still have to ask myself if we, as a culture, haven’t gone a little too far.

Wyndham and Miller Marketing

I am a huge fan of David Thorne’s 27bslash6 website, not the least because he references the movie Brazil.

Fans of his site are aware of his on going feud with office-mate Simon, and he took it to a new level this week by defacing Simon’s page on the the corporate website of Wyndham and Miller, where David works.

David announced in a tweet that the defacement had been up for 26 days without anyone noticing. It’s brilliant, and I was excited because now that I know where David works perhaps I could hire him to do some marketing for OpenNMS, assuming he still worked there.

However, as hours then days went by without the site being corrected, I got suspicious. So I did a search on “Wyndham and Miller” and found no references outside of the website. Odd for a marketing company founded in 1996 to have no web presence. Then I did a “whois” and noticed the domain was registered just this week.


The site is beautiful. Any small marketing firm would be happy to have such a site, and under David’s profile is a very good summary of his abilities.

Too bad they don’t exist. (grin)

Announcing the OpenVND Project

OpenNMS has many uses, from insuring that customers of a billion dollar pizza business get their food on time to maintaining the machines that guard nuclear fuel, but we all know what we really need.

A way to manage our soda machines.

Nothing says “ugly” like a bunch of geeks, and nothing is uglier than when those same geeks are deprived of caffeine.

Thus today, the OpenNMS Project is happy to announce the Open VeNDing Project (OpenVND), leveraging the power of OpenNMS to address this need for the greater good.

Visit www.openvnd.org today for the full details.