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A Simple Idea

Posted 07-26-2010 at 06:24 PM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)
Updated 07-27-2010 at 02:20 AM by Doug Nelson

I am not an economist, or an accountant. I'm just a slob that had an idea while trying to keep himself awake on a long drive.

My simple plan to save the American economy:

For too long American business has been driven by reducing the American workforce, either by outsourcing or downsizing. We need to turn that around so they're driven by growing the American workforce.

First we need to create a new term, defined as 1 American employed for...
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Birds and Forums

Posted 05-11-2008 at 11:30 PM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)
Updated 05-12-2008 at 12:40 AM by Doug Nelson

A few months ago I moved to a new house. For the first time in a couple of decades I have a proper back yard. I've taken to doing the standard things, mowing, planting a few pretties, but my favorite thing so far is I've started feeding wild birds.

I've noticed a lot of similarities between the birds at my feeder and the visitors to our RetouchPRO forums here.

There are the wrens and sparrows that feed lightly but often, chirp and tweet the best they can, then quickly...
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"Make" vs. "Create"

Posted 01-14-2008 at 04:09 PM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)

This is not a semantic discussion, so negative brownie points to the first commenter who quotes a dictionary. This is philosophy, so get out your pointy hat.

Can you sense the difference in nuance between "make" and "create"?

I seem to regularly get into discussions about this, and they seem to be accelerating, so I thought I'd poke a pin in it and post this here for open discourse.

IMO, if you are responding to someone else's idea,...
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Posted 01-04-2008 at 09:13 AM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)

I hate blog posts that sound like they might be educational, but end up being nothing more than attempts to get conversation going. That strategy is welcome in a forum, I do it myself all the time. But blogs should be an offering of knowledge, opinion, or just interesting thoughts, not a plea for readers to supply same.

Here's an example: Do You Really Need Photoshop?

It has a great title, and got linked from another blog (the point, I expect). But the title question...
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Shouting into the abyss

Posted 11-20-2007 at 07:26 PM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)

I know, some times it feels like no one is listening. This early in the blogging game, you might even be right. The search engines only found these blogs a few days ago, and it will take awhile to be indexed, ranked, etc.

In addition, unlike the forums, there is currently no way of measuring how many views your blog is getting. This is promised to change in future versions, but in the meantime realize that even if no one comments on your posts, you're still getting read many, many...
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