May 15, 2007

Time for a hiatus.

A few days ago I got Seth Godin's latest book, The Dip - it's all about knowing which things you have to push through to completion to make a difference and learning how to quit those things that need to go, or go on hold, so you can concentrate on the key few things you really, really need to do.

It's time to put this blog on hold. I need for the next several months to concentrate on a new project of mine and that means, regretfully, pushing the pause button on this blog.

It's not easy doing this - I started this blog several years ago and it's hard letting go, even if I plan to come back. But if I want to get through Godin's Dip on a major project of mine, it's the right thing to do.

Thanks again to all the people over the years who've commented or emailed me about my posts here. And rest assured, you'll still find me very actively blogging at and less so at, plus a post a week at

Please reserve a tiny corner of your RSS reader for - if things go something like according to plan, expect to see this blog restart around Fall '07.

March 17, 2007

Important US/UK pet food recall

Associated Press (AP) is reporting today a recall by a major cat/dog food manufacturer of some 60 million containers of wet pet food. Some sort of food contamination has caused numerous cases of acute kidney failure and death.


Here is the story: .

The company has published on its web site an information number (1-866-895-2708) about the recall. The company, Menu Foods, produces food sold under many brand names.

Here is - as of today - the cat and dog food brands affected by the recall. Only certain lots of each food from one of two factories are being recalled - as of now:

  1. Check the brands you've bought for a match on the lists below.
  2. If you bought a brand on these lists, click it and an Excel workbook will open listing the specific lots. The two key columns are the Buy Date and Description 1.
  3. Check the individual containers of food for a small line of text printed on the package (see image). This will be either the Buy Date, the Lot number or both.
  4. If you find a match, do not use that food! In the US Call 1-866-895-2708.
  5. Watch for further information on this story. Recalls are often expanded in the days and weeks after the initial event.

Recalled Cat Product Information

    Recall Information 1-866-895-2708

  1. Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
  2. Authority
  3. Best Choice
  4. Companion
  5. Compliments
  6. Demoulas Market Basket
  7. Fine Feline Cat, Shep Dog
  8. Food Lion
  9. Foodtown
  10. Giant Companion
  11. Good n Meaty
  12. Hannaford
  13. Hill Country Fare
  14. Hy-Vee
  15. Key Food
  16. Laura Lynn
  17. Li'l Red
  18. Loving Meals
  19. Main Choice
  20. Nutriplan
  21. Nutro Max Gourmet Classics
  22. Nutro Natural Choice
  23. Paws
  24. Presidents Choice
  25. Price Chopper
  26. Priority
  27. Save-A-Lot
  28. Schnucks
  29. Sophistacat
  30. Special Kitty
  31. Springfield Pride
  32. Sprout
  33. Total Pet, My True Friend
  34. Wegmans
  35. Western Family
  36. White Rose
  37. Winn Dixie

Recalled Dog Product Information

    Recall Information 1-866-895-2708

  1. Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
  2. Authority
  3. Award
  4. Best Choice
  5. Big Bet
  6. Big Red
  7. Bloom
  8. Bruiser
  9. Cadillac
  10. Companion
  11. Demoulas Market Basket
  12. Fine Feline Cat, Shep Dog
  13. Food Lion
  14. Giant Companion
  15. Great Choice
  16. Hannaford
  17. Hill Country Fare
  18. Hy-Vee
  19. Key Food
  20. Laura Lynn
  21. Loving Meals
  22. Main Choice
  23. Mixables
  24. Nutriplan
  25. Nutro Max
  26. Nutro Natural Choice
  27. Nutro
  28. Ol'Roy
  29. Paws
  30. Pet Essentials
  31. Pet Pride
  32. Presidents Choice
  33. Price Chopper
  34. Priority
  35. Publix
  36. Roche Bros
  37. Save-A-Lot
  38. Schnucks
  39. Springsfield Pride
  40. Sprout
  41. Stater Bros
  42. Total Pet, My True Friend
  43. Western Family
  44. White Rose
  45. Winn Dixie
  46. Your Pet

I very seldom talk here about "off topic" topics, but this is important and a minute or two of effort on your part could prevent a horrible tragedy.

I've verified this is a real story about a real recall and I implore you to take a moment for the sake of your companions to make sure you do not have food covered by this recall. Please check with any of your cat/dog owning friends who may have not heard about this recall.

February 06, 2007

FYI: Technical difficulties - IdeaMatt temporarily off OfficeZealot's GTD Zone

This has been a bad day for the Internet: "Hackers briefly overwhelmed at least three of the 13 computers that help manage global computer traffic" and my friend Matt Cornell blog has been the victim of technical difficulties over at the Getting Things Done Zone on Since more than a few readers here read Matt's blog, he's asked me to pass along the following:

Matt says: A few kind readers told me that posts from Matt's Idea Blog have recently not been picked up at the Getting Things Done Zone on Bob was kind enough to post this message on my behalf. I'm working with the nice OZ folks to get this fixed (yes, I'm apparently the only blogger still using In the meantime, here are some recent posts you might have missed:

January 29, 2007

More GTD videos

While I’m in a video mood, here’s my top pick from YouTube of GTD-related videos:

The Carsons – like in Carson Workshops, Think Vitamin and several Web 2.0 projects – have a channel on YouTube with lots of good stuff.


I’m adding it to my ongoing MyGTD project in MasterList Professional to watch all of them, but the one I watched (below) was excellent.


November 20, 2006

Find the right time - globally

Pamela Slim at Escape from Cubicle Nation has found a very handy tool online for anyone trying to figure out when's the right time to call someone elsewhere on the globe, let alone 2 or three people.

The World Clock Meeting Planner could not be easier: plug in up to four major cities, your target date and it will create a graphic showing what normal workdays overlap, who is usually asleep when and when weekends are ending starting. Very handy - and free.


October 19, 2006

What one man can do

Wally Wallington is a retired carpenter who likes to dream up ways of moving really big things by hand with no technology with such ease that your jaw just drops to the floor.

  •     By himself, Wally can lift a 22,000 pound concrete pillar from the ground and set it perfectly on its end in a hole.
  •     By himself, Wally can move a entire barn 300 feet.
  •     By himself, without using anything more complicated than weights and wood and his own incredible abilities, Wally is rebuilding a modern Stonehenge out of multi-ton concrete blocks.

If I had not seen Wally do these things for himself I would never have believed it, hence the video link to a video on

What's Wally secret?  Gravity helps, but his real secret his imagination.  Have a watch -- and see if your jaw doesn't drop too.

August 14, 2006

Applying GTD to emotions.

I was looking over Vox this morning for the chapter of Clear Blogging I'm writing this week and I came across an excellent post about a way to use GTP in no way I'd never thought of. Emotions can be as destructive to productivity as open loops and mind clutter. And emotions can be processed using the GTD system.

For example, being angry with the client who blew you off for meeting. Or some little spat that you may have had with your Significant Other this weekend. Or just the number of different daily frustrations that using a PC entails. All of these can get in your way as you try and work, let alone have a productive and happy life.

Bobby Anderson's post about applying GTD to the emotions that come up as you work makes a lot of sense. If you've never thought of applying GTD to all of the petty and not so petty and emotional upsets that may be getting in the way of you getting things done, give this a read.

Bobby calls this system the emotional Getting Things Done system. Here are the main points:

1. Start by writing down every negative emotion that still isn't unresolved issue.

2. During the day write down each meaningful amotion that grabs your attention.

3. Process. The good emotions need no further action. The negative emotions need some resolution.

4. Take, plan, or schedule action to resolve negative emotions. For example, if you're beating yourself up because you haven't gotten something done, schedule time to look at that task and decide what's keeping you from finishing it.

I think one of the weaknesses of David Allen's Getting Things Done is ignoring all the internal dialogue that happens in each of us in the course of our daily lives. I think that Bobby is onto something here.



May 09, 2006

Remerging with the online traffic.

Nope - I've not been off doing the business trip from Hell,  or one of those funny things called a "vacation" I hear about every so often. I've been absent from this blog for these past several weeks, thinking.
Thinking? Thinking.
Basically, I've been thinking about how to move this blog,, my micro-ISV, Safari Software and not coincidently my life to the next level. And, providing people like you who read this blog on the web or in your RSS reader with some real value.
I think I've got the answer now, so I decided to drop a quick post here to explain what's up. First up is a total redesign of my company's web site, and this blog, so be cool for a little while longer - good things are happening.


January 26, 2006

Why the same post 4 times last night

Thanks to my friend Thomas Rushton for pointing out that my last post made it's appearance not once but four times. TypePad has been working just fine until last night when I clicked the Save button and got an "We've encountered an error. You're post is toast. Have a nice day." message.


This was one of my better posts; to see it swallowed up whole by TypePad did not make me a happy camper. To TypePad's credit, the "go back to exactly where you were, no worries" button worked, and there was my post's content, ready to go.

But three more tries got me three more error messages. Finally, it took. Why I don't know.

About an hour later, I got this message:

    Thanks for the report and we apologize for the error.
    We experienced a brief issue where some people received
    errors when making a change within the TypePad application,
    but we have now resolved the issue.
    You should be able to use the application normally again,
    but if you do experience any other problems, please let us

2 points to TypePad for dealing with this so well. But -3 for having the error in the first place. It's enough to make me believe in desktop software again.

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January 16, 2006

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    Exploring the intersection between Getting Things Done and building a micro-ISV.
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