First winner selected

Dear voters, I liked all of your comments.  But had to pick one.  The winning entry said, “Knowledge is important–so important that it can’t be held captive in narratives.”  Having just written my previous post about Tom Howes, the word ‘captive’ just kinda got to me.

The winner will get a t-shirt with the We Can’t Win the War from a Word Processor design, and will remain anonymous for now.  I’ve asked permission to release the name.

Voting is still open.  Vote again.  A second winner will be announced end of May-ish.

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50 shiny buckles on a backpack – how to recruit a guerilla/terrorist

Yesterday afternoon we sat for hours riveted by Tom Howes talking about his experiences while held captive in the Colombian jungle for  more than 5 years.    We won’t mention the captors’ name here, because they’d probably just enjoy any publicity.  Living among them for so long, Tom has his own answer to how they recruit  “these 15-year-old kids”.   The loneliness of isolation, hunger, lack of education, the lure of what Tom called “toys” like a backpack and a weapon, and fear of being shot by comrades.  “Cut off the head of the snake,” he advises.

Tom Howes photos from insideedition.com

Tom Howes photos from insideedition.com

Photo from insideedition.com article.

Tom, we’re glad you made it back, and inexpressibly sad for those who never will come home and those who are still held captive.

Tom spoke yesterday at our customer-partner conference in Indialantic, Florida.  It amazes me that anyone can survive that ordeal, and retain a sense of humor as he has.   Tom said that thoughts of family are what kept him going.   That, and, typical of Tom’s self-deprecating humor, the machismo that would kick in when the young women carrying heavier packs kept on marching.    Too many good stories to fit here.  Read the book that  he co-authored.

Out of Captivity:  Surviving 1967 Days in the Colombian Jungle.

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Fun with Flash – My squidvicious vs The Squid Vicious

How to have fun with flash while wasting time.  Build your own squid at the Colossal Squid.  Here’s one of mine.

Versus the real deal.  Hoo!  Wouldn’t want to meet him while snorkeling.

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Interesting observations about Marine Corps Intelligence Operations in Anbar

The Past Matters.  “In many cases the most useful function a TFC analyst could perform for a tactical unit was not tell them was happening or going to happen, but what had happened two years before their rotation. In the COIN environment, the past matters.”

Mining Data about People.  “Without question, more insurgents were kept off the streets through the integrated mining of the detainee tracker database, biometrics and census data than by kinetic actions alone.”

Proprietary is Bad News.  Amen, brother! “…but much more needs to be done.  Theater specific data formats, contractor controlled proprietary information management systems, and in some cases, unwillingness to adhere to reporting standards continues to plague this process.”

Marine Intelligence Battalion returns for 5th consecutive deployment in 2007

Marine Intelligence Battalion returns for 5th consecutive deployment in 2007

Intelligence Enablers are more than Worth their Weight in Fuel! “A large number of commanders in 2003 were exceedingly resistant to the idea of “wasting lift” on any intelligence enabler; that has changed.”

See LtCol Timothy Oliver’s article  Marine Corps Intelligence Operations in Anbar: A Blueprint for Success in the Apr-2010 Marine Corps Gazette.

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Wave design wins TBA at zazzle!

The Wave mouse pad won a Today’s Best Award on Saturday 17-Apr at zazzle.com.  Makes ya want to get out that surf board, doesn’t it?

New stuff posted on the Free Stuff page

Just added some Word 2007 training ebooks to my Free Stuff page.  Check ’em out.  I hope you find ’em to be useful.  Took me awhile to figure this stuff out!

DISCLAIMER:  The opinions and dubious humor in these ebooks represent the author’s point of view, not necessarily anyone else’s on this planet.