Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A True Employee Incentive

World's first beer health spa opens in Czech
London, Mar 28: A family brewery in the Czech Republic has opened the world’s first beer health centre in its cellar. The Chodovar Family brewery in Chodova Plana offers beer baths, beer massages and beer cosmetics.

The cellar has seven huge Victorian style baths where visitors can swim in beer while enjoying a pint poured at a bathside bar.

"Beer can treat a range of conditions, particularly skin conditions, and the health centre should appeal to men who are put off by 'posh' traditional spas. I have heard of some places in other countries where people can swim in beer but it's just a gimmick. We believe in the healing properties of beer and we offer the full range of treatments. We are a fully-fledged beer spa," Ananova quoted Jiri Plevka, the owner as saying.

The guests are charged 80 pounds for weekend packages, and can indulge in a range of health treatments including beer wraps, starting at 12 pounds per session.

Friday, March 24, 2006

You Got Game? You Know Jack?

Hey, Sports Fans! If you KNOW sports, put yourself to the test here.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Par for the OC?

The last Sunday evening when Pam and I were in Huntington Beach for Boeing, we travelled down to Laguna Beach to see the sunset, eat dinner and witness the hotness of the OC.

This picture I took that day deserves a 'Priceless' award! No plates or registration AND illegally parked. The officer writing the ticket said, "He can afford this!"

Company library: It begins

Need a five-minute break this beautiful Friday afternoon? No, I don’t need to bum a smoke or play ping pong – I’m talking about a diversion that has a more, er, direct benefit to the company. ;)

I’ve been thinking about a way in which we can leverage our employees’ collective book collection (is that redundant redundant?) so that we can know what books we have at our disposal. So I invite you to help me try LibraryThing, an online book-cataloging site. It’s free and easy, and I’ve registered an asynchrony user for us all to share. It uses the concept of tagging, which you may be familiar with from sites like Flickr or
  1. Go to
  2. Sign in using asynchrony/asynchrony.
  3. Click the Add books tab.
  4. Add as many of your books as you like, tagging liberally.
Some examples of tags might be the book owner (or, since many of our books are technically company-owned, book “possessor”) – I suggest using aCe login name – location or topics. Check out the list of books already in our catalog to see what I mean.

If you have any questions or ideas, please let me know. Thanks!