• Escape Velocity's Easy Dozen + 2

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Aug 29, 2014
    Can we break Escape Velocity down into: 1.) Simple Parts and, 2.) Proper Sequence I’ll commence with a small whining complaint.  I hate my formal education and all the gaps I still carry inside me as a result of its atrocious weaknesses.  Am I done whining?  No, but I’ll try to impose some discipline now.  Truth is, I can correct any weakness of my education if I just seriously choose to do so.  Okay, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again,...
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  • Escape Velocity's Easy Dozen + 2

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Aug 29, 2014
    Can we break Escape Velocity down into: 1.) Simple Parts and, 2.) Proper Sequence I’ll commence with a small whining complaint.  I hate my formal education and all the gaps I still carry inside me as a result of its atrocious weaknesses.  Am I done whining?  No, but I’ll try to impose some discipline now.  Truth is, I can correct any weakness of my education if I just seriously choose to do so.  Okay, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again,...
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  • Throwback Thursday - CARBON FOOTPRINT? Or PERSONAL THUMBPRINT? MAN IT’S PERSONAL!

    by Johnny Dollar | Aug 28, 2014
    Do you know what your carbon footprint is? Do you clearly understand the implications of not knowing? Or not being within the tolerance limits? Who has established this stigma that weighs so heavily upon you? Are you being manipulated as part of a larger agenda? Or do you believe in taking responsibility for your own actions? Carbon footprint, as defined in the dictionary, is “the total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an organization, event, product, or person.” The...
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  • Got Love?

    by Nico Scopelliti | Aug 27, 2014
    [Note: a technical error prevented this post from publishing last Wednesday. Here it is, a week later.] The WATP editors are vacationing this week. Dave is in Maine and I am in Fabulous Las Vegas. But my Vegas vacation isn't about gambling, clubs or pool parties. I'm here to compete in a national level tournament. For the past couple days, I've been playing pool (8 ball) for about nine hours a day. So this week, pool is essentially my job. But hey, there's $25,000 on the line. [The image to...
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  • Reminded of the Laws of Physics

    by David Schneider | Aug 26, 2014
    I once had a great conversation with a former airline flight attendant. We talked about the different things we had seen in our collective time in business travel. While I may have thirty years of business travel under my belt, dating back to the days when there was a smoking section in the last four rows on a flight, she may have more air miles amassed than I do, since she has flown four days a week for almost five years. Our conversation turned to turbulence in flight. For so many people it is...
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  • The Power of Patient Persistence

    by David Schneider | Aug 25, 2014
    Never Underestimate the Power of Patient Persistence If you look at the back of one of my business cards, or at the bottom of one of my e-mails, you will see the title of this post. I did not invent the saying, “Never Underestimate the Power of Patient Persistence.” It was on the back of the business card of a businessman in Kansas City, Missouri, whom I knew in the 1980s. I don't remember his name, but I give him credit. The line fit his business. He arranged the merger of small...
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  • Escape Velocity

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Aug 22, 2014
    Sometimes the day takes you where it will, and sometimes Escape Velocity occurs! I hate; I detest breaking even the smallest promise.  I promised, yesterday, that today I’d post a mini-essay on the concept of Escape Velocity, but I failed. I did, however, discover that Escape Velocity has a formula, the one you see above.  Just looking at it, I know it’s a simple formula.  But, I must confess that neither my math nor my science education is sufficient – yet!...
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  • Don't show up on the news …

    by David Schneider | Aug 21, 2014
    I remember a boss telling the crew "Just don't show up on the morning news," at the end of each day. It was a tough crew, but they paid attention to the boss, never getting into trouble after hours. Perhaps somebody should have told this to Marilyn Jean Hartman, a 62-year-old woman recently convicted of stowing away on commercial aircraft. It seams that Ms. Harman wanted to go to Hawaii without buying a ticket. She practiced her approach, making attempts at San Fransisco before making a...
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