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International Institute of Business Analysis to release BABOK Guide 2.0


On March 31, 2009, International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) will release BABOK Guide 2.0. IIBA has now completed its goal of developing a common framework to understand and define the practice of business analysis. Almost 200,000 practitioners have used earlier versions of the BABOK(R) Guide.

What:     Webinar to release BABOK(R) Guide 2.0

When:     Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT (Toronto, Canada)

Where:    Webinar is open to all after registering at www.2gotomeeting.com/register/424599875

Who:      Join Vice President of Professional Development for IIBA Kevin Brennan, CBAP, PMP, for a Q&A about the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK)

BABOK(R) Guide 2.0 will initially be available in PDF format only. IIBA(R) members can download a complimentary copy at www.theiiba.org starting on March 31. Non-members may purchase a copy of the PDF for US$29.95. Bulk
licenses are available.

Humorous jokes about wives


Here are some unfair, but humorous jokes about wives, that a family member sent me.

David Bissonette – When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.

Sacha Guitry – After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can’t face each other, but still they stay together.

Hemant Joshi – By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.

Socrates – Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.

Dumas – The great question… which I have not been able to answer… is, “What does a woman want?

Sigmund Freud – I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me.

Anonymous – “Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little  candlelight, dinner,soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.”

Henny Youngman – “I don’t worry about terrorism. I was married for 2 years.”

Sam Kinison – “There’s a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It’s called marriage.”

James Holt McGavran – “I’ve had bad luck with both my wives. The first one left me, and the second one didn’t.”

Patrick Murray – Two secrets to keep your marriage brimming

Whenever you’re wrong, admit it,

Whenever you’re right, shut up.

Nash – The most effective way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once…

Anonymous – You know what I did before marriage? Anything I wanted to.

Henny Youngman – My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.

Rodney Dangerfield – A good wife always forgives her husband when she’s wrong.

Milton Berle – Marriage is the only war where one sleeps with the enemy.

Anonymous – A man inserted an ‘ad’ in the classifieds: “Wife wanted”. Next day he received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing:”You can have mine.”

Anonymous – First Guy (proudly): “My wife’s an angel!” Second Guy: “You’re lucky, mine’s still alive.”

Hovmästarsås (Swedish mustard-dill sauce)


Hovmästarsås is my favorite accompaniment to gravlax and other fish and seafood. And it is very easy to make.

Makes about 3/4 cup

  • Dijon mustard — 1/4 cup
  • White or red wine vinegar — 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar — 1 tablespoon
  • Salt and pepper — a pinch of each
  • Vegetable oil — 1/2 cup
  • Fresh dill, chopped — 2-3 tablespoons
Method
  1. Mix the mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper together well in a medium-sized bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil.
  2. Stir in the chopped dill, adjust seasoning and serve chilled.
Variations
  • Try using other types of mustard, but avoid bright yellow mustards. Swedish-style mustard is mild and sweet. Adjust the amount of vinegar and sugar as needed.

Swedish Knäckebröd (Crisp Bread)


Some slices of knäckebröd.

Some slices of knäckebröd. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More and more people are starting making their own bread, today I will provide you with a recipe for a Swedish style bread, back in Sweden we call it knäckebröd. If you have ever visit IKEA, you might have tried or seen a knäckebröd it is a crispy flatbread and goes well with soups and cheeses. My favorite sandwich with knäckebröd , is a slice of bologna sausage and cheese.

When baking it, you can try it with wheat flour instead of rye. I would not recommend plain white flour but any ‘grain’ flour will do.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups rye flour, whole wheat is fine
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
Directions
  1. Combine flour, sugar and salt in mixing bowl or food processor and cut or pulse in butter.
  2. Gradually add the milk with a spoon or pulse until you have a stiff dough.
  3. On a lightly floured board roll out as thin as you can.
  4. Cut dough into strips about 2″x3″ and punch lots of small holes in each.
  5. Bake at 300 on lightly greased pan until lightly browned- about 10 minutes.
  6. Cool on wire rack then store at room temperature.
  7. Will keep 5-7 days.

Another Crisp bread recipe that I recommend.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast (or 1 package dry yeast)
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fennel, crushed or anise seed
  • 3 1/2 cups coarse rye flour
  • 1 1/2-2 cups wheat flour
Directions
  1. Dissolve yeast in the water (if using dry yeast, follow instructions).
  2. Add salt and fennel/aniseed.
  3. Add rye and enough wheat flour to make a quite firm dough.
  4. Knead vigorously for at least five minutes.
  5. Divide into 16 parts and roll to balls.
  6. Let rise, covered, for 40 minutes.
  7. Heat the oven to maximum heat.
  8. Roll out one piece at a time to a thin circle, 8-10 inches in diameter.
  9. Use plenty of rye flour when rolling.
  10. Make a one-inch hole in the middle.
  11. Prick the surface all over with a fork (in Sweden we have special rolling pins for this purpose).
  12. Bake one at a time on a dry tray in the oven for about 2-4 minutes.
  13. They should get brown, but not too burnt.
  14. Slip them on a stick (e. g. a broom) through the hole in the middle to cool.
  15. Store in a dry place and eat with butter, cheese and/or pickled herring, maybe together with beer and aquavit.

To Read: Red Azalea


Anchee Min left China for America in 1984. She had been a prize pupil and a model member of Mao Tse-tung’s Red Guard. For her dutiful work for the Party, she was awarded a place at the arduous Red Fire Farm, where she experienced – at great personal risk – her sexual and emotional awakening with the female company leader.

Selected from 20,000 candidates to be a star of propagandist films, she left behind the farm and her lover, for fame and an exotic affair with one of Madame Mao’s leading emissaries. In this autobiography Anchee Min reveals, through a series of relationships, both a little-known China and her own character – independent, enquiring, and anxious to grasp every experience that comes within her reach. It is an erotic autobiography which, through the dialogue and characterizations of a novel, traces her life and relationships through the political and cultural upheavals of the era.

You can get it from Amazon.com – Red Azalea

Mp3-players make us egoistical and anti-social


We need to let go of our head sets once in a while. If we do not, we will become anti-social and disappear into an egoistic world. Everywhere you go in the city, you see people with head sets going to their destination. With the latest hit song pumping into their ears, the time is spent without any contact to the outside world. Will this mp3 player invasion lead to us to loose what interaction we have with other people?

I have to admit I do not leave home without my mp3 player in my pocket. When I step on the subway in the morning, I have my music playing and I often do not pay attention to the other travelers.When I was paying for my groceries at Loblaws, I almost sang out loud to “Rehab” (A catchy song by UK star Amy Winehouse) without looking at the cashier. I am not alone in doing this, almost everyone aged 15 – 50 were holding their mp3-players and swinging gently as if they were at the actual concert.

Even if a lot of people are doing this, it is still a rude gesture against people that you interact with on a daily basis; it is as rude as smoking in a restaurant.I do not think that it\’s my imagination, but I think that the music creates an artificial self confidence. The body relax and you feel at home in any environment you are in. Of course, this is not an excuse, but it could be an explanation to why so many of us have become music dependent.Our daily life looks almost like an artificial society. where a bubble is floating above each of our heads with little information about name, age, interests, and today’s song list.

People walk by each other without paying attention to anything.  It becomes like walking with tunnel vision in a world where my music and I exist; a totally egoistic world.Think about how much we are missing. At the same time we do not spare any energy or complain that no one is flirting with us, or that we feel invisible and no one pay attention to us, but the fact is it is our own fault. We become blind and deaf because of all the bass.

The normal communication between people is erased by the advantage of the music\’s loud noise. The only place were interaction become a realityis in the bar or places where music is not allowed. At that time we fall back to our old pattern where self confidence is not as pleasant any more and we\’d rather hurry back to the safe environment were we are the star of our own movie.

This behavior have gotten serious penalties. Many times it been written in the papers that some one has been hit by a car because the mp3-player noise level was higher then the cars motor noise. This should be a wakeup call but instead people continue to download new songs to their beloved mp3-player.We have to let go of our head sets once in a while. If we do not distance our self from the music, we will become anti-social and disappear into an egoistic world for ever. Press STOP before it is too late.

Choose plant-based meals


Okay, this might not be good news for a lot of you turkey-lovers out there, but sometimes the truth hurts: meat, poultry and seafood production are, in general, bad for the planet.

Let’s take beef. Vast amounts of grain must be fed to cattle to produce even a small amount of animal protein for human consumption. According to the Worldwatch Institute, the total amount of soy and grain fed to livestock in the U.S. each year could feed everyone on the planet approximately five times over.

And cattle cultivation doesn’t just waste food: it wastes land, too. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, livestock production now accounts for an astonishing 30 per cent of the planet’s surface area (including both grazing areas and arable land to grow crops for feed).

Then there’s the issue of meat and climate change. Researchers at the University of Chicago calculate that if an average, meat-eating American switched to a plant-based diet, they would eliminate approximately 1.5 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Now let’s look at seafood. Industrial fishing methods can be notoriously destructive, destroying deep ocean ecosystems and depleting fisheries at lightning pace. Luckily, SeaChoice has put together a fantastic downloadable seafood shopping guide for Canadian fish lovers.

Bottom line: if you’re up for it, plan at least one plant-based holiday meal. Visit www.goveg.com for recipes and resources.

Six tips to have healthy kids


Many parents need to clean up the food and physical activity environment at home to help children be fit and healthy.

Here are 6 tips that you can start with.

1. Stock up on good food

Fill your house with foods that are both delicious and nutritious (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish, lean protein, reduced-fat dairy products) and don’t bring home junk food such as cookies, cakes, sweetened cereals and sugary drinks.

2. Make sweets a treat

Save treats for special occasions. You don’t have to give up sweets entirely, but go out for them instead of having them at home.

3. Ditch the drive-through

Avoid fast food.

4. Turn off the TV

Make physical activity the focus of the home instead of television. Don’t allow TVs in the kitchen or bedrooms.

5. Equip for exercise

Give older children the basic tools to be active: jump ropes, balls, baseball gloves, Frisbees.

6. Shake it!

Encourage them to dance. Dancing is an excellent activity,

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