May 30th, 2003


Three ways Disney can save itself. Be like Walt, not like Roy.

  1. Be like Walt: invent a new, amazing thing (movie or ride technology) every year, so that the company becomes synonymous with innovation again (don't be like Roy: stop using IP to keep your competitors from cloning you, and invent new stuff to stay ahead of them)
  2. Be like Walt: fire all the McKinsey consultants involved in the running of Disneyland and hire back all the senior staff who were forced out as a short-sighted cost-savings measure (don't be like Roy: stop nickle-and-diming your staff; after all, they're in charge of putting the richest children on earth into threshing-machines for 12h a day)
  3. Be like Walt: rebuild Imagineering as an interdisciplinary skunk-works that creates brand-new, amazing, one-off stuff that builds your brand (don't be like Roy: stop subbing out your ride design and maintenance to outside contractors and buying off-the-shelf midway rides for your parks)

Gym. Session 31 of 124. Bicep & Tricep

Today we did measurements, and then did my arms.

Specifically, focused on my bi's and tri's. Once again it was demanding to focus on not using my shoulders, to avoid "shrugging" the weight. And once again, we did "superslow". One thing that happens with slow, is that the weight really feels much too light in the first rep, but by the last one, even while you are still saying "too light", at the same time the muscle is shuddering and burning.

Superslow also helps point out all the other little support muscles. Several bicept exercises ended with my forearms being the hardest hit, and rope handled pullup were interesting in that the small band of muscle between my shoulderblades caught fire.

Next time will be legs, which will be interesting. After several days of no trouble, yesterday my right knee started twinging again. Sigh.