Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Letters From Dad is a movement that was started in Texas several years back by Greg Vaughn. He poses the question to men everywhere, "If you died today, what could your children hold in their hands that would let them know that they were the treasure of your heart?" Wow, a powerful and slightly morose question. However, think about it. What do you have, which is tangible and lasting, that tells you how your father feels about you and what was/is most important in his life? His expectations, his dreams, his faith. My father is still with us but even so, if you are like me, I have memories of distant conversations and nothing more. That's the power of letters from Dad.
I have been given four assignments:
- Write a letter to my wife (I just completed this and it was a Valentines hit, I tell you)
- Write a letter to each of my children
- Write a letter to my parents
- Write a "legacy" letter, only to be opened upon my death
Anyway, I'll keep you posted on my progress. With my first assignment completed, I'm now focusing my efforts on the letters to each of the girls. The point is not to stop with the letters above, but to keep it going for a lifetime. As a man, I find it frightening to completely lay myself out there in a letter, but if the results are anything like Leslie's response last week, then I'll continue to do just that.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
OK. I've been tagged to participate in a challenge. The game is simple: Do an internet search on my name, including the word "is". (ie: "Alan is") Then report a few of the captions that come up, and include a picture from the search. So here is the nonsense that I got back from this effort. Mmmmmm, Frankfurters...
- Alan is Ai's pattern-matching chatbot, presented here to demonstrate the limitations of current conversational technology.
- Alan is a fictional character on the ABC Network television series Boston Legal, played by James Spader.
- Alan is the Felix Frankfurter Professor at Harvard Law School.
I'd especially like to see Jay Kirk and Todd Vick do this one.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Whatever your personal preference, names often add complexity to our professional lives. Nobody can find Richard A. Green in a phonemail system when they only knew you as the blonde guy named Alan. So, a quick switch of the name, Alan.R.Green, and well- there you go. Now I have ensured that anyone who actually knows my real name (in the correct order) will never find me. What's a feller to do?
I suppose I can just be glad my name isn't Lloyd. (...my apologies to my old friend Rev. Brewer. You'll always be the best of the Lloyds, to me)