"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
-C. S. Lewis
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In Praise of ESPN
I'm not ESPN's biggest fan. There, I said it. The main reason why is the programming. They over-cover the big three (Baseball, Basketball and Football) to the detriment of all the other sports. They rerun the same thing over and over rather than throwing a bone to people like me who want to see the other stuff too. Let me be clear: what they do, they do very well. When it comes to analysis, reporting and recaps, ESPN is second to none. That said, their web coverage of the World Cup has been amazing. That's just for the opening round. For people like me who want to watch the cup but have these pesky "jobs" we have to show up for it's been a boon. I'm able to keep an ESPN window open with the gamecast. It tells me shots, substitutions, goals, fouls etc. They have been adding highlights of goals inside of 10 minutes. It's amazing. If you're in the GameCast window, click on the icon for goal that has a video highlight and you get the clip.
Obamacare's Big Thinkers Forgot to Bring in the Doers - Bloomberg: "The yawning gap between what the IT people knew and what everyone else seems to have realized is staggering. Now, I’ve worked on some projects in which the business units seemed to have some sort of selective deafness that only materialized when we tried to tell them that they couldn’t have their magic fairy computer system that did everything they could imagine, only better, in the three months they wanted it to take, or for the paltry sum that they were willing to spend. And I learned the hard way not to assume that the business units, or even the chief information officer, had heard and understood what you said. That is how I became gifted in the art of writing CYA memos when I was directed to do the unwise or the impossible. "
Today's the day. Nine years gone and the rest of our lives to go.
This blog honors Sean Thomas Lugano
I knew Sean casually. We went to college together and were on the rugby team together. He was much better than I was. He was very fast and much stronger than he looked. Sean was one of those guys who was reserved but very funny. He wasn't one of those guys who garnered attention by being outrageous or demonstrative. He was just there, always with a smile and quick with a laugh or a joke. He took a lot of flack in college because of his modeling career. He used to model to make money for college and the idea of a rugby player being a model seemed absurd. The only commercial I ever saw him in was for The Gap and ironically, he was playing rugby in the commercial. That seemed to redeem him somewhat in the eyes of his teammates and we didn't rib him much after that.
I didn't know Sean well enough to keep in touch with him after college. Occasionally, I'd see him in th…