Life, Thoughts, Philosophy

Michael Jackson was Comfortably Numb

There are some songs that stand the test of time. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd combines great lyrics with great music. The analogy with Michael Jackson and the trial of his doctor is striking and the lyrics contain references to giving a stressed out performer drugs to keep him relaxed and functioning to perform:

” I hear you’re feeling down, I can ease your pain”…

“Just a little pin prick, they’l be no more aaaaah, but you will feel a little sick” …

“That’ll keep you going through the show”…

“There is no pain you are receding” …

“I have become comfortably numb” …

Money, an anxious pop star, a doctor ready to supply the drugs for money. The easing of the pain.

– Pink Floyd’s art, or real life??




Life, Thoughts, Philosophy

About Rugby for a moment, the All Blacks.

I lived in New Zealand. I even often used to see the All Blacks, they stayed where I stayed.

I can tell you that the Rugby World Cup is vital to New Zealand. Not the event being there, it is vital that the All Blacks win it! They are the best in the world, they have skill, style, natural talent, and it is the national sport.

It’s also the sport that a small nation, of only 4 million people, dominated the world in for a century. National pride is very bound up in Rugby. When the All Blacks lose a vital match, there is measurable depression across New Zealand! The problem now is that the All Blacks are not as far ahead as they used to be. They are still the best, but the top teams can beat them. And they do beat them in later World Cup stages so it is many years since New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup.

This is their chance, they have the team and coaching that is good enough. They are playing at home. They are the best. But the pressure on them to succeed is immense. There is no other big sport like Rugby in New Zealand.

I really would like them to win, it’s good for the sport like Spain winning the World Cup Football. – Style and flair succeeding.

But, if they lose…there are plenty of New Zealanders who won’t be able to discuss Rugby for a  long time, months…!!

Life, Thoughts, Philosophy

Modern day Bankers

I was at a bank the other day trying to do money transfer. They said it would take 2 days and sometimes up to 5 to get to the other account. I pointed out that there is a thing called the Internet now and maybe they should look in to using it! Imagine a web page taking 2 days to load- and in reality there is little difference.

They did not see the joke!

Games, Life, Thoughts, Philosophy, Software Development and Delivery

Indie Development

When I was in New Zealand I met developers who were writing for the iPhone. Some produced good games, yet despite that were disappointed when the game did not succeed. The impression some had was that putting the game on the App Store was putting the game on the market. It isn’t, it’s more like putting your game into one gigantic warehouse of hundreds of thousands of similar products, and hoping somebody walking in to the warehouse will see your game and buy it. That experience of a lot of work leading to nothing much can disappoint and demoralise people which is a shame.

The missing link is marketing. The old saying “If you build a better mousetrap the customers will come” has never been true. They won’t if they don’t know your mousetrap exists.

But there are many other advantages with the App Store business model. . .

Football, Life, Thoughts, Philosophy, Premier League

You gotta admire Carlos Tevez

The man is hugely talented as a footballer, yes, but he is also a great leader of men, albeit now on the football pitch. What really sets him apart in my mind is his open sense of humanity. He displays passion and dedication but also cares about his children and is prepared to change his life for that.

If he doesn’t end up in some leadership role in business, football, or politics after football, I will be surprised.

Comedy, Life, Thoughts, Philosophy

..And you can’t get a steak before 12 at Manchester Airport

So I had to wait a while at Manchester airport. I was sent to the wrong terminal and did a lot of walking. I was hungry, had missed breakfast. So I went to the cafe there. Signs were up. Full English Breakfast etc. – that caught my eye. Then I saw Steak and Chips – that was my choice.
So I went to the counter, another sign saying “Steak and Chips” listed with the other food options. “Steak and Chips please” I said.
“Not until 12 o’clock” the man behind the counter said. “It’s 17 minutes to!” I said in desperation.
Realising I had a point, (there was nothing on the signs saying it had to be midday before you could get it), the main said “give me 5 minutes, I’ll get it for you”. So I assume he went to negotiate with the Chef, I don’t know..
The steak arrived at my table just after 12. Service eh?

Football, Football Manager, Life, Thoughts, Philosophy, Premier League

How much did Arsene Wenger lose it?

Arsene Wenger has looked strained, frustrated, angry. If I saw someone at work like that I would say they are having troubles at home. A Football Manager is the leader of his team, he is there to inspire. It was years ago now that Kevin Keegan lost his cool in the title run in and his team didn’t make it.

The question is, does it rub off on the players? Do they get more nervous? Do they feel more pressured and make more mistakes like anyone under pressure and stress at work.

Was it time to give the players a break, take them away to the sun for a couple of days, and get some life perspective? If you think that winning is not the most important thing, are you more likely to win?