own to Bodhgaya, back to a more cosmopolitan Delhi and ultimately to Dharamshala.
Grass huts and cell phones. Extreme poverty and extreme wealth. Demonstrated diversity everywhere you look. Prudishness and a lack of privacy. Televisions in every hut and roads that require SUVs. Wide eyed westerners seeking salvation and angry young Islamic men resenting them. Vast spiritual riches and deep dark material deficits. Monkeys and eagles and parakeets. Every imaginable space occupied by a small merchant. A temple on every street corner.
The place defies my desire to classify and categorize it.
At 6’4”, I positively tower over everyone I meet. I catch young children staring at the white pony tailed giant. I am told that people walk by me then turn around to look and to be sure that they really saw the unusual man.
I have never been further away from my work than I am now. This must be what people mean by “vacation”. I never really took very many of them. I can feel the change in perspective growing inside of me. I have little idea what it is or what ot will mean.
Simply being here is harder than I ever would have guessed. I planned to write regularly. Instead, I took 16 hour bus rides through bandit country on bumpy roads. One night, the bus got stuck in a medieval city whose streets were to narrow to turn. Another day, we took land rovers to a holy site because the bridge was broken and we had to drive across the river bed.
I drank tea in a café that had so many flies that I had to brush them away to sit the cup down. The patrons gawked openly. I am as strange to the place as it is to me.
The next afternoon, I was in a very cosmopolitan city drinking a double espresso, passing shop windows of Rolexes.
Meanwhile, the western financial system seems to be melting down. Out of my normal information rich environment, it is very hard to tell what is happening. I went nearly a week without any digital capacity. Today, there’s just enough bandwidth to file this report.…
tion). I think his comment is a selling point for you to leverage, not the alternative. If everybody used (some of) the Broadlook Suite, and had comparable levels of acumen (in terms of how to use the tools and the brainpower to enter the keywords in the right fields), then they would have the Internet Research piece of the business [nearly] fully automated. I say nearly because I find many candidates through signatures in image files, as opposed to text that can be pulled with Contact Capture.
Now, I'd be remiss not to mention the following: In a world where Internet Research is reaching insanely efficient levels (through automation), I see three salient issues:
a. You better be able to telephone source (or have someone dedicated to this on an internal or contract basis) because otherwise, every mouse is chasing the same piece of obvious cheese. [Imagine 1000 Recruiting Firms using BountyJobs for business development (chasing the same cheese) and then your tools to find Internet candidates (laser cheese-finder) at the speed of light? Guess what happens? Yep, just like IT Contracting world, it becomes a race to the web . . . Smokey and the Bandit style.)
b. You better have a strong referral business. This takes time - I'm not talking about the "Who do you know?" line that can be employed by any entry-level Recruiter. I'm talking the relationships - the bread and butter that drives big billing.
c. You better be insanely effective on the phone . . . because in a world of the same candidates being pursued for the same jobs, we all have to up our game in a big way.
Anyway, just my $.02 - time for me to hit the phone lines :)
Donato Diorio said:The human equation is the most important and most complex to master. Great technology and process will allow those skills to be focused in the areas of highest impact. I guess to sum up my point: Let the humans focus on the revenue producing activities, let the machines remove as much as of the mundane tasks as possible.
, which was more than a few days ago. They were writing on parchment at the time. I knew nothing about the publishing industry, but just sat down and wrote the book. Since then it has gone through more than a few changes. Publishers went from publishing what they liked to having to first pass it to marketing, which in turn ran tests, and that was how many books were determined. Writers were given a few books to build up a readership but no more. That is mainstream publishing. But now with the plethora of small publishers and self-publishers and the fact that you don't have to publish first printing a minimum five thousand copies to work the economies of scale, it is all different. Kindle and ebooks, too, make a big difference. So now you are not only seeing mainstream, safely vetted stuff, you are seeing a lot of junk as well. But you are also seeing some remarkable work either from new writers or established writers who decided for what they wanted to do, they would take it out on their own. I mean, what the hell, with Borders closing their are fewer brick and mortar bookstores and sales are online, Amazon and such. Much of my revenue comes form eBooks.
The main thing to me is don't let anyone tell you what you should be writing about. Style, craft, yes there is definite input. But content and subject, that's a bad idea. The Guys Who Spied for China is based on my own experiences working with a man who was partially responsible for the uncovering of certain Chinese Espionage networks in the U.S. I could have sold it mainstream, provided the "Me" character was the young innocent who gets in over his head, goes through a moral crisis, etc....ho hum. So I went with a smaller publisher, wrote what I wanted, and the book received some nice reviews.
The other thing about the mainstream houses is that if the book doesn't shop bestseller than it goes on what is called mid-list. No table displays, etc, and it languishes for a couple of weeks before it is remaindered. Which means to the $1.99 bins it goes. They still control the rights, and you can buy cheaper copies for your friends. No fun there.
Realize, given some of the subjects you bring up, the barrios, especially, most of the gatekeepers don't have a clue what that is about. So their input other than style, structure, is negligible on the best of days. Just write from you own perspective. It is in the context of literature , first person non-fiction, especially, subjects that have received little exploration. Well worth doing. That is the area that I would find the most interesting. The Blood Orange, by the way is drawn partly from old Spanish California Bandit legends. Years ago, a copy in LA, his family went back generations, described how the bandits roamed the Hollywood Hills and ventured into town, the highways, the ranchos. Interesting stuff. Especially since there are still bandits in the Hollywood Hills, but of a different stripe.
At the end of the day you are other formulaic or you decided to write what you want. Tough choice and there are advantages to both. As a kid I asked Allen Ginsberg, no wilted flower, how do you hold it all together? How do you keep the emotions in control so that it appears contained and structured. He answered, "you don't. You just go where you want to go."…
The Pit gets ready to host NCAA tournaments
Posted at: 03/12/2012 9:28 PM
March Madness comes to Albuquerque, New Mexico. That's great news and should be a boon to the local economy.
GREAT! But what's this? The "PIT" BTW is the University of New Mexico basketball arena.
"Crews at The Pit are working around the clock to prepare for the NCAA tournament games coming to Albuquerque this week.
Preparations began two months ago.
Transformations mandated by the NCAA include removing all traces of the University of New Mexico Lobos for national TV purposes."
Rules are rules but this is BS. Where's the logic of blocking out where the games are played? Isn't PR good for everyone? National and International publicity is a good thing.
Albuquerque burrito bandits arrested over the weekend
Posted at: 02/05/2012 11:08 PM By: Shaun Griswold, KOB.com
Two men spent their Super Bowl weekend in jail because of a dispute over a stolen burrito.
The Albuquerque Police Department said Anthony Sanders and Louis Vasquez reportedly approached a man on Zuni Road in Albuquerque and asked to have a bite of his burrito.
The man agreed.
The two suspects then grabbed the burrito and walked away.
The burrito’s rightful owner walked up to the men and said he wanted his burrito back.
That’s when police said Sanders and Vasquez attacked the man.
According to the criminal complaint, Sanders pistol-whipped the burrito owner.
Sanders and Vasquez are charged with aggravated robbery.
Thinking of you and thought you'd like to know this. Moral of the story: If you share your burrito with a bandit, he's gonna want the whole thing.
Woman who took pumpkin found guilty of shoplifting
Posted at: 02/21/2012 12:11 PM | Updated at: 02/21/2012 12:14 PM
A college student who took a pumpkin from McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty was found guilty Tuesday of shoplifting.
Lauren Medina will have to serve 40 hours of community service and will have to pay court costs.
The judge deferred her sentence – meaning that if she successfully carries out that sentence, her conviction will be wiped from her record.
Medina, a 22-year-old college student, told us she grabbed a tiny pumpkin from a display at McCall's Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty after attending the haunted house in October.
Medina told us she didn't know the pumpkin was for sale and said she offered to pay for after she found out.
The Torrance County Sheriff's Office said it is pursuing the case because a law was broken and if it is not enforced, more people will break them.
McCall's Pumpkin Patch owner Kevin McCall told us he felt "violated" by the theft.
Stay with KOB Eyewitness News 4 for more on this story.
Taking a little pumpkin is not violating anyone. Now, if it was a big, prize-winning pumpkin--that would qualify as theft.
Drumming up court costs is a shady way to make a living...even the infamous Judge Roy Bean who was considered the Law West of the Pecos, would look down on such pity interpretation of the law...West of the Pecos.
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Gay Santa Fe hair stylist refuses to cut Gov. Martinez' hair
Posted at: 02/21/2012 7:20 PM | Updated at: 02/22/2012 3:04 PM By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Governor Susana Martinez has lost a hair stylist thanks to her position against gay marriage.
Antonio Darden, a popular stylist who runs Antonio's Hair Studio in Santa Fe, said he cut Martinez' hair three times, but that's it - unless she changes her mind about gay marriage.
"The governor's aides called not too long ago, wanting another appointment to come in," Darden said. "Because of her stances and her views on this I told her aides no. They called the next day, asking if I'd changed my mind about taking the governor in and I said no again."
The governor has said she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, and that does not cut it with Darden.
"I think it's just equality, dignity for everyone," the popular hair stylist said. "I think everybody should be allowed the right to be together. My partner and I have been together for 15 years."
Darden said gay couples do not have the same rights that married couples have, and he is determined to fight that, even if it means losing an important customer.
Ironically, the governor has been taking heat from the religious right and from one prominent big-church fundamentalist preacher in particular, for appointing an openly gay man to a position on the state Public Regulation Commission.