Thousands of feet below you
by Alice Walker
Thousands of feet
There is a small
If he were
To show up
At your mother's
On a green
Off the coast
He'd be invited in
You have shattered
He lies steaming
In the desert
In fifty or sixty
Or maybe one hundred
If you survive
To your island
& your mother's
Where the cup
Set a place
(from Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems)
Listen to an interview with Alice Walker on the Leonard Lopate show, WNYC.
Valdis Krebs has a new description of a project he did on e-mail based collaboration in an organization. Discovering social networks and communities in email flows showed how a network map exposed cliquish behavior between groups which led to inefficient communications and project problems.
Socialtext has launched a weblog (and a spiffy web site) covering social software.
True Professionalism by David H. Maister
What kind of service provider are you? Maister divides the world into four quadrants – nurses, psychotherapists, pharmacists, and brain surgeons, and notes the different strategies each takes depending on whether they do standard or custom work and whether or not there's a high degree of client contact.
This is a work aimed at partners in law firms managing their practice, though it's more generally for professional service firms figuring out how and where to make best their niche.
Originally recommended by Jeff Ubois.
"Today, I weep for my country." Robert Byrd to the U.S. Senate.
Heath Row is blogging the SXSW conference like there's no tomorrow. He types fast and in complete sentences. The next best thing to being there! Go Heath!
Who is James R. Bath?
A nodal point in Mark Lombardi's drawing George W. Bush, Harken Energy and Jackson Stephens c. 1979-90, 5th Version, 1999, James R. Bath appears in the upper lefthand corner of the 16 1/2" x 41" piece of paper. The spatial syntax of Lombardi's drawings—which map in elegantly visual terms the secret deals and suspect associations of financiers, politicians, corporations, and governments—dictates that the more densely lines ray out from a given node, the more deeply that figure is embroiled in the tale Lombardi tells. Thirteen lines originate with or point to James R. Bath, more than any other name presented. Among those linked to this obscure yet central character are George W. Bush, Jr., George H.W. Bush, Sr., Senator Lloyd Bentsen of Texas, Governor John B. Connally of Texas, Sheik Salim bin Laden of Saudi Arabia, and Sheik Salim's younger brother, Osama bin Laden.