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Doug’s Paid Paid Vacation

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Yoderland ATV Park

Almost three years ago, CCNY started an initiative called Paid Paid Vacation (PPV) to help foster company wellness.  Every quarter, full-time staff here are entered into a draw for a chance to win $300 to be used towards something fun (as in, not bills) during a two-day vacation.  Those days are in addition to their usual paid time off.  This round, our IT guy Doug won and for a second time at that!

Kiddos at Strong Museum

He had a packed mini-vacation with his son and the latter’s cousins passing through Rochester, Allegany, and Gowanda for a Museum of Play, ATV riding, and a Twenty One Pilots show.

Playing with toys for the first time in years!
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No more lighters, only camera flash

Click for more details about CCNY’s unlimited vacation policy and last quarter’s PPV winner.

Honoring MLK’s Legacy: Lessons In Better Serving The Equality Movement

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Martin_Luther_King_press_conference_01269u_editOne of the best ways to celebrate MLK Day is to hear how he viewed the world and wanted to be remembered. We can do this by listening to his speech “The Drum Major Instinct”. It may be his best speech in his history of amazing American speeches.

He describes the Drum Major Instinct as both a useful and destructive instinct in all of us.

“Yes, don’t give up this instinct. It’s a good instinct if you use it right. (Yes) It’s a good instinct if you don’t distort it and pervert it. Don’t give it up. Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be first in love. (Amen) I want you to be first in moral excellence. I want you to be first in generosity. That is what I want you to do.”

He talks about how the ego, the destructive version of this instinct, is the reason why race problems exist:

“Do you know that a lot of the race problem grows out of the drum-major instinct? A need that some people have to feel superior. A need that some people have to feel that they are first and to feel that their white skin ordained them to be first.”

And ironically, two months before his assassination, he talks about how he wants to be remembered:

I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. (Yes)

I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody.

I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. (Amen)

I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. (Yes)

And I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. (Yes)

I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. (Lord)

I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity. (Yes)

It’s a good day to take the time and listen to or read the entire speech here.

Doug’s Paid Paid Vacation

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Last year, in order to support wellness within our agency, CCNY launched a new Paid Paid Vacation perk.  On a bi-monthly basis, a random name is drawn from a pool of full-time staff.  Once a name is pulled, that person must take two days off with an added bonus of $300 to use during that time. These days are in addition to their normal paid time off. The staff person must use the money towards something fun, i.e., not pay off existing bills, etc.

Read on to find out more about our one-man IT department, Doug Nichy, and his recent travels.

In August, my son and I went to the Woods At Bear Creek in Franklinville.  We enjoyed a weekend of camping, a concert featuring Metallica covers, BBQ, an ATV Dice race (we didn’t win any prizes though, boo), and fireworks.

It’s a really great campground complete with rustic cabins, RVs, and tent sites.  They have an in-ground outdoor pool overlooking the lake, restaurant/ bar, zip lines, and all kinds of activities.

Ethan always has a great time out, and it gets him off the computer!  The extra cash from the drawing helped buy extra snacks and gifts from the parks.


Afterwards, we stayed at Allegany State Park with Grandma and the dogs.  We had a cabin this time as I’ve been going here since I was a kid.  Swimming in the lake and visiting the Stone Tower and Thunder Rocks each time is required for maximum fun.

Click the image above for optimal panorama-ness.

St. Patrick’s Day South Buffalo Beer Data – A Rousing Tale Of Bad Evaluation Methods

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When wearing the green in South Buffalo, you’ll probably need to get a drink at a good bar. CCNY is here to the rescue with quality data about the best beers at three South Buffalo bars.

Methods (in this case, how not to do an evaluation)

We picked three bars based on them being in South Buffalo and close to our offices – also known as convenience sampling. We chose Blackthorn Restaurant and Pub, Doc Sullivan’s, and Gene McCarthy’s. After an exhaustive google search, we copied an evaluation instrument that reviewed a beer based on appearance, smell, taste, and its overall enjoyment. Although Todd makes a great cased for his methods, we have no idea if this is a good standard. The data visual uses icons for three of the dimensions reviewed. This is good data viz practice.

We picked people based on their availability to do this, not on their ability to rate beer. We trained them while they were rating it. Inter-rater reliability was shot to pieces. To sum up, we had a great time gathering data for pretty pictures, but sadly, we can’t submit this to a research journal. Someday, someday we will get a research grant for this.

Lager

Doc Sullivan’s did not have a lager on tap. Gene McCarthy’s lager was consistently better.



Red

Gene McCarthy’s edged out the Doc Sullivan’s red offering. Very close this one.

Stout

Of course, we care about the Stouts and kept them for last. Doc Sullivan’s stout was so good. We recommend it.

 

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