Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I Really Shouldn't Care But I Do

I'm steadily making the move from YouTube over to Vimeo. I received some inquiries from subscribers to my page as to why I took down the Harry Chapin concert videos from my YouTube account. There are no copyright claims on either the video itself or the packaging but I didn't want to take any chances with the evermore aggressive copyright police at YouTube. I took some time over the weekend to upload the videos to my Vimeo account then posted a comment on my YouTube page directing people where they can find them. They were seeing a lot of activity when I pulled them; upwards of 100,000 hits on some so it's nice to have them back out there again albiet not nearly as mainstream as they'd been.

Harry Chapin you ask...really? Yeah, check out this if nothing else...Mr Tanner.

I've often said that I wouldn't mind paying a site to host my videos and wondered why YouTube didn't go that route considering the losses Google has been experiencing since acquiring the site in 2006. I'm happy to pay Flickr to host my photos and now I'm happy to pay Vimeo to host my videos. Whether or not Vimeo one day becomes as aggressive as YouTube in policing what people upload remains to be seen.

Winter arrived Saturday in a rather big way with 8" of wet, heavy, heart-attack snow. My 1986 Simplicity snowblower takes the 'heart-attack' out of the equation. Tammy and I had plans to spend a few hours perusing a craft fair at Canterbury but bad roads changed all that.

I'd been watching the forecast and spent most of Friday outside putting up our Christmas lights and finishing what little yard work I had left. I suppose it's possible the snow will all be gone by this time next week and I'd have another shot at getting it all done but it's nice to have all my outdoor jobs finished for the year. I also appreciated being able to get the lights hung while it was still warm enough to do it without gloves.

We're entering a new collaborative period at work between labor and management called WE; an acronym for Workforce Engagement. It's a program designed to give each and every worker a voice in the direction we're headed as an organization; at least that's my understanding. We've had similar programs in the past and while I'm not necessarily opposed to them, I am highly skeptical about management's true intentions. Had this been something they wanted to do on their own out of an honest heartfelt need to rebuild a relationship with the workforce that too many of them took glee in destroying I'd be more inclined to get onboard. But that's not what's happening here.

What we're actually seeing is the influence of a labor friendly White House administration; the same administration that got us a contract last year after 3 years of imposed work-rules. I'd love to believe otherwise but any controller will tell you that had McCain been elected we'd all be looking at our 5th year of frozen wages while watching management and staff receive their raises as they always have. And to be clear in this age of overwhelming budget deficits; I was actually fine with frozen wages for 5 years as long as everybody FAA-wide was sharing in the pain. But it was only controllers who were called on to make that sacrifice; 15,000 people out of 1,800,000 federal workers.

The troubling thing is that we're only an administration change away from a return to where we were.

I have a relatively short time left in my career and I really shouldn't care but I do.

Now that Republicans have regained control of Congress with a fiscally conservative (I won't be fooled again) agenda there's been no lack of discussion in the news about what programs to cut to solve the massive budget deficit facing us. Last Saturday's NYT had a Budget Puzzle where you take charge of our nation's finances and see how whatever programs you choose to cut effect the deficit.

Give it a try.

Here's my solution. What's yours?

Tammy thinks I should be President but she doesn't want to be the First Lady. What's a guy to do?

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