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Scotto, He likes the books.

About me: Male, Near Washington DC


Birthday: February 02, 1969


Website: http://blog.scottobear.com


Fave types of Books - Weird stuff, Westerns, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Thrillers, Muilti-genre, mysteries


Interests -agnosticism, american history, ancient civilizations, ancient history, animal rights, animals, applied science, art, bare feet, bioluminescence, blackhellkat, blogging, blowing bubbles, bob ross, bones, books, butterflies, camping, cartoons, cats, clouds, comedy, comic books, comics, compassion, computers, conversation, critical thinking, cryptozoology, curiosity, dark humor, dragonflies, dreams, dwarves, egyptology, etymology, exotic cuisine, film noir, finding a solution, fireflies, foggy mornings, folklore, forests, forteana, freaks, freedom, friendship, games, gaming, giant rubber monsters, green, groundhog day, halloween, happiness, health, helping others, herbs, hiking, history, hong kong cinema, hope, horror, hugs, human rights, humor, illumination, innocence, inspiration, irony, journaling, karma, kindness, libraries, love, magic, memoirs, monkeys, movies, museums of art, music, my wife, mythology, naps, nature, newton, numbers, occidental culture, oriental culture, palendromes, parks, peace, people-watching, petroglyphs, philosophy, photography, playing, primates, problem solving, programming, pyewacket, questions, rain, reading, reason, roadside attractions, robots, roleplaying, rpgs, salmagundi, science, science fiction, scottobear, shiny objects, sound effects, staying up late, super heroes, synchronicity, the boston molasses flood, the moon, the ocean, the prisoner, the unknown, thinking, thunderstorms, tiki, trees, trivia, truth, urban legends, used bookstores, vegetarianism, veves, vikings, vintage art/ads, voodoo, walking, webcams, weird tales, westerns, wind, wisdom, wit, writing, zombies

Currently reading

The Dawn of Malevolence / Urinal Cakes All the Way Down - Two Pack (The Annals of Absurdity)
Joshua Price
Beekeeping: A Practical Guide
Richard E. Bonney
Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees: Honey Production, Pollination, Bee Health (Storey's Guide to Raising)
Richard E. Bonney
Back RX: A 15-Minute-a-Day Yoga- and Pilates-Based Program to End Low Back Pain
Vijay Vad
Fortune's Daughter: A Novel
Alice Hoffman
Shotguns v. Cthulhu
Chris Lackey, Chad Fifer, Steve Dempsey, Natania Barron, Jason Morningstar, Ekaterina Sedia, Kyla Ward, Adam Scott Glancy, Dennis Detwiller, Rob Heinsoo, Nick Mamatas, Kenneth Hite, Dave Gross, Daniel Harms, Robin D. Laws, Larry DiTillio
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Robin Sloan
The Fuller Memorandum (The Laundry Files)
Charles Stross
Edith Wharton
Expiration Date
Tim Powers

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life - Spencer Johnson, Kenneth H. Blanchard The subtle, underlying message of this book is "Don't waste time fighting against bad changes: accept that bad stuff will happen to you for no good reason and just keep moving, like an animal." The animal analogy is a valid one: animals do not question or complain about changes that hurt them, they just try to survive. Any CEO would love a company full of mice--and this book is a great step along that road.

Furthermore, the book's core analogy makes the insulting assumption that employees shouldn't bother with reason or analysis: pure survival instinct is all the CEO wants to see. Real humans in a maze, confronted with vanishing or moving cheese, wouldn't just whine; they'd analyze their situation and find a creative solution, instead of just going back to foraging. Maybe the cheese-deposit mechanism is stuck; maybe the cheese is shifting in a pattern that can be understood; maybe there's a way out of the freakin' maze! "Just accept it and keep moving" is not only a simpleminded philosophy, it's often dead wrong.

Change is not always bad, but it should always be questioned, and opposed if it's harmful. Be a man, not a mouse.