The shepherd

I know this has been around for some time, but being a technology worker gives me some great appreciation for the humor and truth in it.  If you've ever worked with consultants, I think you'll enjoy this bit of fun.


A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of the dust cloud toward him.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the shepherd, "If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you give me one?"

The shepherd looked at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looked at his peacefully-grazing flock and calmly answered, "Sure."

The yuppie parked his car, whipped out his lap top and connected it to a cell phone, then he surfed to a NASA page on the internet where he called up a GPS satellite navigation system, scanned the area, and then opened up a database and an Excel spreadsheet with complex formulas.  He sent an e-mail on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, received a response.

Finally, he prints out a 150 page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized printer then turns to the shepherd and says, "You have exactly 1,586 sheep."

"That is correct; take one of the sheep," says the shepherd, and watches the young man select one of the animals and bundle it into his car.

Then the shepherd says, "If I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my sheep?"

"OK, why not," answered the young man.

"Clearly, you are a consultant," says the shepherd.

"That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"

"No guessing required," answers the shepherd.  "You turned up here although nobody called you.  You want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked, and you don't know crap about my business.

"Now give me back my dog."

Science finally proves that politicians lie

A recent study performed by a political scientist at Britain's University of Strathclyde has shown that politicians lie.  I know, it seems like something we all should have known, but I suppose some people need to see some research done before it becomes reality.  You can read some of the details here.

A few random animal pics

I added a few animal pictures to the gallery.  The updates are in the "Animals" gallery and include a couple of bunnies, a family of ducks, and a great picture of some dolphins riding a wave.  Take a look.

Perfect time to evaluate my exercise program

While I’m recovering from my back injury, I’m not working out.  Take my word for it — trying to do bench presses or squats when your back is thrown out is somewhat difficult.  Instead of just ignoring it for now, I’ve decided to evaluate my workout routine and overall exercise program to determine if it needs to be changed.  I intend to add some type of daily cardio routine to my program and to modify my general strength training routine if I find some places where it could be improved or made more effective (at least in my mind).  I’ll post the new plan this weekend.