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It's Habitual

Dear members and constituents, It's been two weeks since the last Donut Friday. Sure, some have had donuts during the intervening timeframe (I count myself among this group), however it's not the same. As I was pondering what to call this feeling it occurred to me "withdrawal" may not be the best term. Not only is it a term that is used by the banking industry, which could be cause for confusion, but more importantly, it is generally associated with addiction. People in rehabilitation go through withdrawal, however, I don't think any of us want to be rehabilitated from our donut "habit". I propose, instead the use of the term "longing". It has a more positive connotation. You long for something familiar and good like a loved one… or a fresh delicious donut. In preparing for his debut in the Friday Donut Club today, Mr. Paul Savill conducted some research. He found a headline that read " Lamar's Donuts Beats Krispy Kreme in Denver Donu

Who was Harry Nyquist?

Dear Members and constituents, Ever wonder why a T-1 has 1,536 Kilobits per second of capacity? Why not a round number? Even if you were to use Kilo bytes per second you'd come up with 192 KB per second. In case you were wondering, it all comes down to the dawn of digital voice communications. In order to reconstruct a sound, the samples taken can be no less than half of the frequenc y of the sound we are trying to represent. In normal conversation the human voice seldom exceeds 16 KHz and therefore sampling it 8,000 times per second would be sufficient for both sides to understand each other. They also decided 256 levels (8 bits) per sample provided sufficient information. Of course 8,000 samples per second at 8 bits per sample provide us with 64,000 bits per second, the bandwidth of a phone call. That is, of course, why your voice on a phone conversation sounds a little "tinny" and does not have quite the quality of, say, a CD. You take 24 of these together and, voilĂ ,

The state of the Donut union

Dear members and constituents, I did not vote on Tuesday. There, I've come clean. You see… I don't live in Denver where some interest was created by the ad campaign for the alphabet soup issues and, quite frankly, I do not know either of the candidates for mayor of Arvada. Be that as it may, this off-year election combined with the fact that next week marks the beginning of a new rotation at the Friday Donut Club has made me ponder on the state of the Donut union. I am here today to tell you that the state of our union is strong. We started the year as a two dozen donut club. We moved in January to three dozen donuts. This rotation we start with four dozen! Despite some pretty substantial churn this year (5 members left the company and 5 members left the club), our numbers have grown. With 27 members entering 2007, we now boast 33 members (over 20% net growth!). The Friday Donut Club has remained open to all who aspire to our three simple principles: (1) Four dozen (2) boutiqu

An opportune moment for donuts

Dear members and constituents, How about them re-orgs? I, for one, think all this attention being given to fixing our service delivery woes is spot-on. The division of GNS and MNS was tactical in nature and one that eventually needed to disappear. The division of customer-facing operations by customer-facing group looked good on paper, but it is apparent that was an idea before it's time (and it may yet make sense in the future once integration is complete). It is, however, the creation of project Kairos that has been the biggest source of curiosity for me. Named after a Greek god I had never heard of before (apparently Zeus' youngest divine son). Also the brief moment during which things are possible. I figured there was a brief window of opportunity to come-up with an unofficial, unapproved and unsanctioned logo for this project. And here it is. Also here, are the donuts. TimeWise has arrived with donuts from LaMar's (Courtnee Ulrich is in Hawaii). Now is the opportune