Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Love rollercoaster (Ohio Players) www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG7RWnB8stU not to be mistaken for Wall Street.
☣ Study: Cell phones dirtier than toilet seats - http://bit.ly/1hisjE
'Wall Street will get its house in order when it snows on Mars.' Oops, cannot use that line any more. ;)
"Where 'products' and 'services' once were, now 'solutions' will be." - Tom Peters, Re-imagine!

Ike: Death Toll increases to 32

Day 17 - 112,900 customers still without power.

 # of Customers 
CenterPoint               2,258,000 5%       112,900
Entergy Texas                  392,600 0%                 -  
Sam Houston                  115,000 0%                 -  
TNMP                    66,000 0%                 -  


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Monday, September 29, 2008

"Vote Appears to Catch Bush by Surprise" - Wall Street Journal online. [Vote] - substitute ANY word you'd like. Still valid. ;)
Post Ike Stress Syndrome - downtown 4th/5th floor electrical panels fail. Corp datacenter on 4th. Oops. CEO's birthday is today; BB addict.
#ike Day 17: Here the 7% (167,000) still without power speak their minds: http://bit.ly/42uMjS

Sunday, September 28, 2008

#ike Day 16: 270,960 customers without power. Still. And over 400 people still "missing". After 2 weeks, it ain't over folks.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Cool Hand Luke, Paul Newman..."...failure to communicate..."

Cool Hand Luke, Paul Newman ..."...failure to communicate..." via Newman's Own... http://ping.fm/YR887
Hoping Paul Newman's family sees/senses the *global* outpouring from fans and friends. Decades. Global. Legend. Humanitarian.
RIP, Paul Newman. My personal favorite: "...failure to communicate." http://bit.ly/3pkk8L Etched into my brain decades ago.
#debate Word count from http://bit.ly/UFi1r - observations here: http://bit.ly/3pkk8L Example: tax=52 times, economy=16, spending=41, etc.

Debate: Word Count

Interesting random "count" of words used in 2008 1st Presidential (USA) debate:

*note: words and their derivatives (i.e. "tax" would also include "taxes")

Word  # of times used 
tax                          52
spending                          41
war                          39
Iraq                          38
billion                          35
Afghanistan                          34
Iran                          32
economy                          16
Qaeda                          15
crisis                          15
financ(e)(ial)                          12

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#ike Day 15:386,500 customers still without power. Approx. 1.159million people. Only 9 cities larger than that. e.g.Boston+2weeks no power=?

Whole City equivalents with NO POWER...for 2 weeks?

Context: 386,500 'customers' is approximately equal to 1.159million people. In a 2005 census estimate there are only 9 cities in the US that have more than 1.159million people.

So imagine whole cities like: Detroit, San Jose, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., Memphis, Baltimore, Boston, Seattle, Milwaukee -- for 2 weeks with NO POWER.


 # of Customers 
CenterPoint         2,258,000 17%       383,860
Entergy Texas            392,600 0%                 -  
Sam Houston            115,000 0%                 -  
TNMP              66,000 4%           2,640


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Friday, September 26, 2008

"Branding is the hard-earned Certification of True & Cool Distinction within the org's sphere of influence, enormous or minuscule."TomPeters
#ike Day 14- 457,540 Customers still without power
If 1 "customer" represents approximately 3 people, that's still over 1.3 million people!

#ike Day 14 - 457,540 Customers still without power

If each "customer" represents approximately 3 people, that's still over 1.3 million people! 2 weeks later.

 # of Customers 
CenterPoint         2,258,000 20%       451,600
Entergy Texas            392,600 0%                 -  
Sam Houston            115,000 0%                 -  
TNMP              66,000 9%           5,940


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Thursday, September 25, 2008

"Think about your {mission} in terms of: Story. Adventure. Smile. Focus. Plot. Reason for being. Passion." Tom Peters, Re-imagine! {my word}
#ike Day 13 - illegal immigrants (undocumented works) will be the linchpin in Ike cleanup. [gee, what a surprise...not!]

#ike Day 13 - 520,882 without power.

Interesting headline:
Undocumented workers will be linchpin in Ike cleanup — Hurricane Ike's destruction is sparking one of the largest rebuilding efforts the state has seen in decades, but at the same time is highlighting a thorny facet of the region's labor force: A lot of the recovery work will be done by illegal immigrants.

 # of Customers 
CenterPoint         2,258,000 22%       496,760
Entergy Texas            392,600 2%           7,852
Sam Houston            115,000 13%         14,950
TNMP              66,000 2%           1,320


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#suspending #ike recovery efforts...is *not* an option.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

#ike WOW! 47% of "customers" in my neighborhood still don't have power. Counting my blessings. http://www.centerpointenergy.com/staticfiles/CNP/Common/SiteAssets/doc/zipchart_sept%2024_5am.pdf

#ike Day 12 - 621,380 customers NO power; 250,000+ NO running water

Oh, and traffic signals in the USA's 4th largest city - most offline - some won't be fixed until November. Try running your city without traffic signals for just a couple weeks.

 # of Customers 
CenterPoint         2,258,000 26%       587,080
Entergy Texas            392,600 5%         19,630
Sam Houston            115,000 3%           3,450
TNMP              66,000 17%         11,220


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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

#ike, Day 11 - 787,500 customers remain withOUT power. Temp soars to 32C/90F. Next? Tempers.

Ike, Day 11 - 787,500 customers remain withOUT power

Temps reach 32C/90F and 3/4 of a million customers have NO power.

 # of Customers 
CenterPoint         2,258,000 32%       722,560
Entergy Texas            392,600 10%         39,260
Sam Houston            115,000 12%         13,800
TNMP              66,000 18%         11,880


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Monday, September 22, 2008

#ike Day10 Scenario: for every 100 traffic lights; 90 of them are dark; 9 flashing red; 1 working. And that's an improvement!
"...design is... the principal reason for emotional attachment (or detachment) relative to a product or service or experience." Tom Peters

Ike: 917,448 Customers w/ Power Outages - Greater Houston Area

Today's numbers (derived from the %s)

# of Customers
CenterPoint 2,258,000 36% 812,880
Entergy Texas 392,600 18% 70,668
Sam Houston 115,000 18% 20,700
TNMP 66,000 20% 13,200


And to be clear, a "customer" is not 1 person, but typically 3-4 people (a.k.a. "household")
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1st day of Autumn. Temp = 32C/90F and it's Autumn?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

#ike Day9-5000 sq. miles of massive destruction. Wooden everything ripped/twisted/uprooted: trees, fences, utility poles. Steel stood strong
#ike Day9 - Clever deception - 1,169,642 customers still without power.Unbelievable for the 4th largest city in the USA. http://bit.ly/RW4ZP

Clever deception: using %

(reports are now only using % instead of real #s - real number equate to real people. % avoid that.)

CenterPoint:46% out
Entergy Texas:22% out
Sam Houston:25% out
TNMP:24% out
CenterPoint         2,258,000 46%    1,038,680
Entergy Texas            392,600 22%         86,372
Sam Houston            115,000 25%         28,750
TNMP              66,000 24%         15,840


September 19, 2008

Power update: CenterPoint reaches halfway mark

CenterPoint Energy (9 p.m., figures rounded)
1.12 million customers without power
2.258 million total customers
50 percent out

Entergy Texas (4:30 p.m.)
177,955 customers without power
392,600 total customers
45 percent out

Texas-New Mexico Power Co. (7 p.m.)
28,750 customers without power
115,000 total customers
25 percent out

Sam Houston Electric Cooperative (7 p.m.)
30,822 customers without power
66,000 total customers
47 percent out
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Saturday, September 20, 2008

#ike Day8: making rounds, with a technical specialist, to a couple of our centers that will re-open Monday. Gotta be "Business Ready".

Friday, September 19, 2008

#ike Day7: Back in Houston. There's a palpable tension everywhere. On the fence, fine line, from turning chaotic. Man w/1bag ice assaulted!
"The aim in short: Cool People working on Cool Projects with Cool Clients." Tom Peters, Re-imagine! [and that aim is "Nirvana"]
#ike Day7 - Pilgrimage back to Houston; 3hrs. Will Qik updates. Catch up with corporate stuff.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

#ike Day6 - Just called my answering machine @ home. It answered! (i.e. power restored after 6 days) W00t! [normally this is not newsworthy]
#ike Houston: FREE BEER! (that's the way to get your power back on. picture>http://ping.fm/i0OjP
#ike Day6 Power restoration. Just saw this map by zip code. I'm last. Dang! http://ping.fm/bftFp

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

#ike Powergrid operator CenterPoint lambasted on restoration "map". Houston, Texas http://bit.ly/3lHX74 Bad move CP. ☠
Wow, just saw FULL SCREEN on CNN with Twitter address along with email address as contact means. Twitter. On CNN? Yes! (may be old news?)
#ike Day5:State of Ohio=1.3million without power; City of Houston=2million without power. All bad. How to spell FEMA? F-A-I-L (Whale)☠

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

#ike 1.46million customers...and this is progress? CP executives: "What's our stock price? Not high enough. Stall." Allegedly. :)
Relaying: "orchid8 Sign says: do not travel to Houston or Beaumont. You will run out of fuel." Ike Reality Show, Day #4.
CenterPoint Energy reported 1.49 million customers, or 66 percent of its customers, still were without power as of 10 a.m. today.FAIL WHALE!
#ike Houston - Day4; 2million households no power=No fridge,No water,No gas pumps. 1% more connected to power yesterday. This rate=70days!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

#ike safe & sound. Lost power @1:30am CDT; lost sleep all night :) buckets of rain, fierce winds - like going thru car wash in house. 77008.

Friday, September 12, 2008

#ike It's "when" not "if". @ 77008 no rain yet; winds mild/sporadic.But coastal already w/ 105,000 customers without power!Worst is to come.
Pasta "al dente", Paul Newman italian sausage & bell pepper sauce - ready to eat. #ike -satellite dish recp off/on now. Wind picking up.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mobile Phone Email Text Formats:just issued my first email to "Everyone" list @ work (about 1200 people).http://bit.ly/2BmU4a Ike approaches

Mobile Text Email formats

US Carriers email messaging format
AT&T phone#@txt.att.net
Nextel phone#@messaging.nextel.com
Sprint phone#@messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile phone#@tmomail.net
Verizon phone#@vtext.com
Virgin Mobile phone#@vmobl.com
Beyond GSM phone#@txt.att.net
Centennial Wireless phone#@cwemail.com
Cellular South phone#@csouth1.com
Cincinnati Bell phone#@gocbw.com
Boost mobile phone#@myboostmobile.com
AirVoice GSM:phone#@txt.att.net
AirVoice CDMA:phone#@messaging.sprintpcs.com
Alltel phone#@message.alltel.com
Qwest phone#@qwestmp.com
MetroPCS phone#@mymetropcs.com
Cricket phone#mms.mycricket.com
"Remember, passion is contagious -- spread from person-to-person, mouth-to-mouth." - Tom Peters, Re-imagine! [so, true; leverage passion.]

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

"Turn every part of your enterprise into a scintillating Professional Service Firm. Scintillating = good word, BIG WORD." -Tom Peters

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

"Treating people -- not money, machines, or minds -- as the natural resource may be the key to it all." - Tom Peters, Re-imagine! [*is* key]

Monday, September 8, 2008

"Groovie Little Hippie Pad" by ZZ Top - listening at lunch today. Sirius-16, The Vault. Funny...those 60's.
"If you're serious about innovation, you have to get serious...and systematic...about forgetting. Period." - Tom Peters, Re-imagine!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

10k/6mi/1.5liters water later/only 30C/86F -- cooling off finally. Autumn is around the corner? Sweet!
Forgot I had graciously be granted a Ping.fm code in mid-June only to discover it's now in open beta. Oh well...still cool. :)