Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

20 Dec 2007, 9:11 a.m.

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Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2007 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I shouldn't blog too much between now and about 10:30 Saturday morning, so maybe you'd enjoy my links. The last few weeks include a music video that's "Oblique Strategies" for kids with a rockin' beat, video podcast recommendations for use with the Miro Guide (and to kill time during the writers' strike), a guide to the 5 basic forms of fraud, free ska MP3s, and a zillion comic bookmarks as I read my way through the entire Unshelved archive.

Yesterday I realized that I know three people -- Brendan, Mel, and Dara -- who are nomads right now.

Via Jason Kottke, an annotated list of movies coming out next year, including one that's just a series of fake trailers. Sadly it's not called A Perfect Vacuum, which is what Apple should call its Quicktime trailers showcase. Apple sucks -- you in!

I was hoping I might get Mr. Chadwick to comment when I dissed GAAP with regard to knowledge industries. Maybe now he'll bite on the "five kinds of fraud" link. And Susie says I have just the right number of presents awaiting me, but I know I should really only consider them a bonus contingent on a "meets expectations" performance review from Santa. (Santa should really be meeting with these kids in January to set goals and agree on metrics.) So, off to be a good girl and make real spreadsheets that virtually reflect the hypothetical reality of my hypothetical business. And my "go-to-market" plan, which should not involve any little piggies.


20 Dec 2007, 10:16 a.m.

Oh, I meant your stocking will be just the right amount of full. It's hard to say on the presents cause they've been gradually added to a pile under the tree and aren't sorted.

21 Dec 2007, 16:36 p.m.

Sorry, Sumana. YE accounting functions and snowstorms have successfully occupied my time recently, leaving little time for crummy perusing. I had intended to comment on your previous post, but never made it. But today I am working from home, so I wouldn't have to drive in the snow. Posts!

How do you even begin to quantify the value of people and information? Information, maybe. But people? How do you prove the worth of souls? Plus, turnover. When someone good leaves or retires, do you write them off? What if you could argue their legacy lives on? Amortize their value for 15 years? Sure, it would create jobs as we enter a recession to do this, but still. Let's say I work for EY (cuz I do) and we can now value people. Well. We have over 100K people worldwide. And because we are in public accounting, our turnover is like 25% or something crazy like that. How many manhours would it take to keep up with this assertion of management's? And how long to audit it objectively? What a nightmare.

As far as salary knowledge, I've had a change of heart. I was ranked among the highest in my previous office, and recently moved from a high-rent area to a base-rent area. If everyone in UT knew my salary, they may not like it. Which means then they would have to adjust me to move, which I would not like. After all, just because I moved, I still earned that previous salary. This is just the tip of the salary-transparency iceberg, so to speak. Ignorance is bliss.

I didn't see any fraud post, but I am computer illiterate at times. Where is this link hiding?

Looks like it is shaping up to be a White Christmas here in UT! Pack accordingly.