August 8, 2008

Four For Friday

Q1 - Revive: When you're dragging or lacking energy and on the verge of letting out a succession of yawns and you have work to do, what do you do to snap out of it?

Q2 - Turning: Do you turn your blinker on when you're in a clearly designated and differentiated turning lane?

Q3 - Tracking: BrickHouse Security recently partnered with Duracell batteries for a national advertising campaign to highlight the lifesaving value of child locator devices/beacons. BrickHouse's device is said to helps parents relocate wandering children before the unthinkable can happen. If you have small children, have you ever considered using such a devise? If you don't have children yet, is this something you think you'd use?

Q4 - Olympics: At initial glance, one might think the International Olympic Committee blundered by awarding the 2008 Summer Games to a city in a totalitarian country that aids Darfur's thugs but considers the Dalai Lama a menace, and that censors political debate but can't silence the hacking coughs from some of the planet's most polluted cities. The four other finalists for the 2008 Olympics were all fine and attractive cities that were most certainly less controversial than Beijing (safe to say we wouldn't have seen "Free Saskatchewan" protests leading up to a Toronto version of these Summer Games). And perhaps that's precisely the point: whether it was the IOC's intention or not, due to all the surrounding sagas, Beijing seems to have made the Olympics interesting again. Regardless, with concern for environmental impact and human rights existing across the globe, do you think the U.S. and other countries should have boycotted the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, or do you think having them in a communistic country will eventually lead to democracy for that country?

Posted by Mikal at August 8, 2008 11:00 AM | TrackBack


1- The 5 minute get up and walk around technique works well for me.

2- I tend to.

3- Its not a bad idea, though I liked these monkey backpacks I saw at the zoo the other day. The kid gets to have a monkey and the parent gets a 15 foot tail as a leash.

4- I think it was a mistake to pick Beijing from a political point of view, but a boycott hurts the athletes more than it promotes the ideals of the boycotting government. I seriously doubt democracy will be a side effect of full participation in these games either.

Posted by: Greg at August 8, 2008 10:13 AM

q1: craploads of caffeine

q2: wow that is a good and deep q. I've actually thought about. I do, bec. I'm something of a blinker fanatic, bec. so many people don't turn theirs on when they reeeaalllly need to. :-)

q3: if my kids were younger, I might experiment w/ it. However I don't think it will solve the larger problem which is how to get our kids back outdoors and walking..whereas today everyone is so afraid they'll be abducted any minute that u hardly ever see kids playing outside anymore. And many kids are overweight.

q4: No, I don't think we should have boycotted...I hope the media attention on these issues will ultimately be a good thing. China is such a huge force (and country) that does touch on our lives -- I think it's better to shine a light on it. We're participating but at least Pres Bush spoke out about the human rights and other issues, letting them know we're not happy. (Yes I know many people hate him but at least he spoke out).

Posted by: julia wilkinson at August 8, 2008 10:15 AM

1- I have a list of a couple of things. The one I favor is putting on some headphones and listen to loud up-beat music that is near impossible to relax or get sleepy from. Or, I will take a quick walk around to change the scenery for a minute. Standing up and stretching to get the blood flowing always seems to help as well.

2- Most always, unless I am on the phone (which isn't a lot).

3- The idea makes sense, but I am more for the "good parenting" practice.

4- What are the Olympics? (My way of saying I don't really have an educated opinion)

Posted by: Jake at August 8, 2008 10:20 AM

1. Run around the block in a full out sprint or drink a frothy, piping hot gourd of delicious yerba mate...mmm, yerba mate.

2. Always Jack!

3. I don't think so because I don't like to live in fear like that. If you stop and really think about all the things that could go wrong, you would never leave your house. Instead, I plan to teach my kids to be smart about sticking around and kicking kidnappers in the shins;)

4. Hmm, good question. I don't think the US and other countries should have boycotted the Olympics and I don't think our being there will help turn them into a democracy - that's like trying to turn a gay person straight. Hopefully we have learned our lesson now about forcing democracy on other nations. Last time I checked, it hasn't been going very well!

Posted by: Ford Church at August 8, 2008 10:25 AM

1. Get up, move around, have a diet coke.

2. Yes, it's a habit.

3. Yes, I always wanted to install a lojack in my kids.

4. I don't think the Olypics should be politically involved.

Hello from Paris, Mikal!

Posted by: anne-marie Sullivan at August 8, 2008 10:40 AM

Q1- I get up and take a quick walk around the office. That usually helps.

Q2- If I am sitting at a light waiting for a the green turn arrow I will usually turn my blinker off. I hate hearing that clicking noise. Otherwise, I always use them.

Q3- I don't think I'd be interested in using something like this.

Q4- Like Jake, I do not have an educated opinion on this one so I'm going to skip it.

Posted by: Meagen at August 8, 2008 11:19 AM

Q1 - Coffee, good music

Q2 - Yep. Fo-sho

Q3 - No kids, but I think I'd play the odds of my kid NOT getting kidnapped. Seems like the odds will work out.

Q4 - I think we should have taken a stand and boycotted them. China won't change unless the rest of the world makes them.

Posted by: Josh at August 8, 2008 11:37 AM

Q1 - Revive: I just buckle down and get it done. Something I learned to do in boot when I was running on two hours sleep per night for two weeks straight.

Q2 - Turning: Always, mostly because it's the law and I'm kind of a stickler for abiding by the rules of the road. But I also do it because it tells anybody behind me that I'm turning -- for those not familiar with the area and might not know that I'm in a turn lane.

Q3 - Tracking: If I could afford it, I would have had GPS trackers installed on every one of my kids already.

Q4 - Olympics: I tend to feel that countries should never boycott the Olympics. The Olympics are for the athletes, not for a bunch of hotty-totties to beat their chests and make political statements. I also agree with the fact that having the world focusing on China for a bit will do a lot to educate the world about what's going on there. It might not change anything for the foreseeable future, but at least it will be known. And as much as the Chinese government just absolutely HATES having anything negative said about them, this will be a good poke to the ribs.

What the--?! Did I just answer these seriously? What is wrong with me? (I wanted to ask myself that before somebody else comes in and does it for me)

Posted by: Stu the (not so) Wise at August 8, 2008 11:42 AM

1. I just have to get up for a minute and walk about. Taking a lap around the office for five minutes can really help me get focused again.

2. I do, I think. But that's probably out of habit more than anything else. I don't think you necessarily have to if you're in a designated turn lane, though.

3. I don't know - I would have to do some research on that. I know that I never got too lost when I was a kid, and my parents didn't have that sort of technology. But at the same time, better safe than sorry...perhaps?

4. Neither. At its heart, the Olympic games are about the athletes getting to represent their countries in the greatest sporting event on earth. Despite the politics involved, it would be a shame to see Michael Phelps, et al lose the opportunity for greatness because of political differences.
That said, I certainly don't think that games being held in Beijing will make any difference in "converting" them to a democracy. The games will happen, great athletes will shine, protesters will be arrested, and we'll all move on in a few weeks.

Posted by: David Lay at August 8, 2008 11:43 AM

Q1 - Revive:
HEALTHY: Drink lots of water and do push ups and sit ups...sometimes headstands

QUICK AND DIRTY: Java Monster: Chai Hai...This little sucker, for only $2.25, will kick start your mental engine and keep me ragin for hours on end...Warning: Naps will be highly needed once you cease drinking it.

Q2 - Turning: If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around does it still make a sound?

Q3 - Tracking:All my children are automatically born with a tracking device installed behind the ear at birth...I just haven't had the money to buy the actual tracking mechanism to show me where they are...I planned poorly.

Q4 - Olympics: Jackie Chan is from China….and so is Jet Le…maybe we have it all wrong, maybe those factories aren’t producing toxins, maybe the scientist are still stuck in a lower level of science…China has discovered that if you mix a special chemical into your factories and put a human under severe amounts of exposure to the vapors and prevent them from being exposed to the influence of the Dalai Lama you will eventually create super humans. Michelle Yo, Jackie Chan, Jet Le, Chow Yun Fat, Samo Hung are examples…I could just go on…. I think it’s a great opportunity for our athletes to go to this country and inhale the greatness that is China. Maybe the Olympics could add a new event this year like who can produce the most crappy product the fastest…China would win for sure.

Posted by: Eljuan at August 8, 2008 11:58 AM

1. Start an internet fight - gets the adrenaline going. Or starbucks.. yeah coffee's good or cystal meth - gives me awful sores on my lips (I kid). Or I visit Elquan while he is buzzed on Chai Hai.

2. Yeah I do, I sometimes realize I did it and I turn my blinker off, then I think, well why did I do that, it's too late, so I pretend I turned it off accidentally then I turn it back on, but by that time i've already made the turn so I turn it off again....jeez, meth is a hell of a drug...

3. Yes I would use this for everything, my daughter, my wallet, my car, my ass if it was removable.

4. The games will always be political in some form . Like China won't allow Taiwan to participate unless they call themselves Chinese Taipei. But I don't think a boycott would do anything, I mean Chinese don't let anything like that sway their decisions, even mother nature (I heard that to prevent rain from spoiling the opening ceremonies, the leaders proposed using rockets to disperse storm clouds, woah)

Posted by: AaronV at August 8, 2008 1:16 PM

mine is up!

Posted by: Pinaymama at August 8, 2008 8:36 PM

1: Revive: I get up, stretch, walk around a bit, and if it isn't too late in the day - say, after 5~ish - then I'll make some coffee.

2: Turning: Yes, 98% of the time.

3: Tracking: When I saw that ad, I was mortified by the storyline, but intrigued by the product. I'd have to see the product in use, in person before attaching it to my child. Additionally, for every solution there's a counter, and how effective is that product if it is rendered useless through another technology or by simply removing their transmitter?

4: Olympics: If anything, the combined impacts of the more open media from the earthquake and the Olympics MIGHT help to open the minds of the people. However, why should people in Beijing care about Tibet/Darfur, when their government takes such great care of them? It took Bush nearly a week to help folks in New Orleans after Katrina. It took those 'evil' communists 2 days to get a mass response to the earthquake, early this year. Sure they have a questionable human rights record and their concern for the environment is seemingly entirely lacking, but the Chinese people have a healthy fear of their government, mixed with an amazing sense of patriotic pride - which leads me to think that they aren't moving to a democracy ANY time soon.

Posted by: MixMasterMatt at August 8, 2008 8:42 PM

1. I usually get up and walk around, go outside for fresh air. Just take a break from what I am doing.

2. Yes, if I am in the left or right turn lane, I usually signal. There are some people who don't pay attention when driving, so the more defensive driving I do, the better.

3. I'm not sure, possibly. But since I don't have children at the moment, all I can say is that it's important for parents to keep their kids close and watch them; be aware of where they are and what they are doing. I always see parents walking through the store or on the beach and their kids are lagging behind them and the parents can't even see them.

4. I don't watch sports on TV or in person, just not my thing. But I don't think a communist country should be rewarded with something this monumental. I know the Olympics were held in Moscow in the Soviet Union back in 1980, and it didn't change communism in that country at that time. It's all political anyway. Don't do the Chinese government any favors.

Posted by: Vera at August 9, 2008 2:43 PM

A1) i'm a believer in naps. Actually, a good cup of caffiene and then a 30 min. nap results in increased performance, alertness, and the opportunity for what was learned to be processed. The caffiene then hits the body after the nap. Good formula for me!

A2) Absolutely!

A3) I would consider it, if I had a kid, but sometimes this all relates to parents being paranoid by media.

A4) It may be the catalyst for change in China, but this is not necessarily the way to go about change. IOC and China claims it's not about politics, but yet we see the incredible human rights and environmental challenges due to China hosting the Olympics. To say it's about the athletes is a farse when hundreds of thousands Chinese and Tibetans suffered as a result, from forced labor to housing destruction with undervalued compensation, to complete disregard for IOC policies. It's a real shame and sham!

Posted by: Brad at August 11, 2008 9:20 AM

1. Well it used to be a couple brisk laps around the atrium, but now it's a jog or brisk walk around the parking lot at The Big House.

2. Not always, but I try. Especially if the designated turn lane is actually two lanes. It's amazing how many people just assume that there can never be more than one even at a multi-lane intersection.

3. Probably not because I agree with some people above who mentioned paranoia fostered by the media and hype. Then again... I was appalled several years ago when I saw small children on leashes and now think those are a good idea. When the brats misbehave, one has an easier time tracking down their owners.

4. I don't think that the Olympics being in any non-democratic state has contributed to democracy in any direct way. Certainly not at the Berlin games in '36, Moscow or even Seoul. As for boycotting? We all know how non-productive boycotts are in general, and with the Olympics in particular. All it really does is give the chattering classes something to feel morally superior about while it deprive athletes of greater exposure, because you know they'll all be competing against each other at the next international even in their sport a couple of months later.

Posted by: mike at August 11, 2008 9:39 PM

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