I’m loathe to start a speed link section like so many other bloggers, but I’m ensnared by the possibility that information that some readers might want to know about is passing them by while I wrestle whether to write a long or short post about some of these items. So here is my first attempt at speed-linking with brief explanations.

  • Brian Bailey has a new book called The Blogging Church: Sharing the Story of Your Church Through Blogs. I’m really looking forward to getting this and reading this as soon as time, money, and family allow. Thanks to Merlin Mann for pointing this out. Merlin is a contributor to the book.
  • I discovered another disgruntled Brevard citizen who seems to have problems with local property management firm, Underill, and its owner Buzz Underill. I too had significant problems with Underill at one point, although I got them resolved after ranting about it for months. I thought it was related to a snappy employee of theirs named Heather Losee, who since has caused me grief at my previous property management company, All-Florida Properties, but after seeing this website, I’m beginning to wonder if Underill is just another example of a local real estate firm who feels untouchable.
  • If you need to quickly edit an image, and don’t feel like learning (or paying for) Photoshop, you might want to check out Smiley Cat’s large comparison chart of Online Image Editors. I’ll save you the suspense: they chose Cellsea as their best pick. But see the chart anyway if you are looking for particular features. [via LifeHacker]
  • Go read Seth Godin’s article entitled “Sheepwalking”. Everyone. Go do it now. Here’s the first line to wet your appetite: “I define sheepwalking as the outcome of hiring people who have been raised to be obedient and giving them a braindead job and enough fear to keep them in line.” Enough said. Go read it.
  • In a position to hire someone? CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, Michael Hyatt, posts his interview questions for the ideal candidate. I wish most people who’ve interviewed me had been astute enough to ask even a few of these. Generally speaking though, I’ve got more experienced at being interviewed than the interviewer has at interviewing. Maybe that says something about me (I’ve been to a LOT of interviews), but I also think it says something about the sad state of companies who put inexperienced people in the position of hiring new help. Seems like a core function of senior personnel should be involvement at the outset of the interview process - and not leave it to human resource drones, or middle-managers.
  • Lastly, not to be a drone myself and repeat what the entire blogosphere already reported last week regarding Steve Jobs fantastic “Thoughts on Music” article (perhaps “manifesto” would be a better word), I highly recommend reading it. Even if you aren’t familiar with the issues at hand, Jobs will bring you up to speed quickly. And I’m saying this as a supporter of some of the RIAA’s recent actions (although certainly not all of them!).
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