One of the requirements for all business administration students is accounting. Whether you plan on majoring or accounting or not, you have to learn accounting, because that’s the language of business. I took a course in finance, and the professor (who was an older man) would start each class by drawing a big letter T on the board, and on the left side of the vertical line he’d write “assets” and on the other side write “finance.” Then he’d point at the left side and say “this is what you have,” then at the right side “and this is how you paid for them.”
T-accounts are a big deal in accounting. They’re useful for demonstrating the effect a transaction will have on a business’s accounts. There’s a good example in this video.
All of which probably gave you a headache. Sorry about that. The point is, in accounting, everything has to balance. Every transaction has two sides, and will affect a minimum of two accounts. The left side of the T has to match the right side of the T.
I worked with accounting software most of my career, so it helped to know all of this.
Pamela, from Butterfly Sand (hi, Pamela!) provided today’s prompt, “curiosity.” Curiosity is obviously important to her, because the subtitle of her blog is “Curiosity run amok.”
Curiosity isn’t why I started blogging, but it’s the reason I kept blogging. I’m curious about a lot of things: music, television, baseball, my own life and times, and a whole lot of miscellany. Or maybe they’re sundries. Or curios. I just looked up the definition of “curio,” and do you know what it is? “A curious or unusual object of art or piece of bric-a-brac.”
That’s what I do as a blogger: share the bric-a-brac I’ve picked up along the way. I’m like a magpie: I pick stuff up indiscriminately, sometimes without knowing what I’m picking up. I’ll be in the bathroom and pick up a can or bottle of something and read the label, which tells me who made it, where they’re located, and what’s in the product. (I was at a client site once where each restroom stall had a spray can of deodorizer, and discovered, by reading the label, that the company who made it is in my zip code, and in fact they’re located less than a mile away from me.) I’ll be sitting here and suddenly I’ll just have to know who was in the movie Die! Die, My Darling! (Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers and, in his first-ever movie role, Donald Sutherland) or who backed up Luis Aparicio on the 1959 White Sox (if you guessed Sammy Esposito, you’d be right). A lot of my posts are music-oriented, or become music-oriented, because I want to know the Top 10 for some station in Australia in the early ’60’s (for example). I start a series on Two For Tuesday because I want to learn about the musicians in a specific genre, or of a specific time period. When I find out, I share it with you, because that’s just the kind of guy I am.
Today’s prompt is brought to us by Lady Lee Manila from the blog of the same name. Her prompt for today is echo.
Echo is the NATO phonetic alphabet‘s word for the letter “e.” When you spell something out for another person, especially when it’s over the phone or Skype or the radio, it’s usually useful to use a word for each letter. On the phone, if I spell my name “aych oh ell tee oh en,” the “tee” could sound like “dee” and the “en” could sound like “em,” and my name would show up as Holdom. On the other hand, if I spell it “hotel oscar lima tango oscar november,” there’s no mistake, unless the person doesn’t know the NATO spelling alphabet, in which case it’s better to say “h as in hotel, o as in oscar, l as in lima, t as in tango, o as in oscar, n as in november.” Technical folk like me would read addresses and values off of hexadecimal listings (better known as “dumps,” which I think I called “computer vomit” yesterday) that way, e.g. “what’s the value at 1-alpha-6-9-bravo-foxtrot?” for the value at machine location 1A69BF.
The NATO phonetic alphabet is officially called the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, and is also called the ICAO phonetic alphabet. It was the basis for my firstA to Z Challenge in April 2012. This year is the tenth year of the Challenge, which most of you probably already know. I’ve been a co-host for the Challenge for a few years now (I think this is my 4th year) and it’s the highlight of my blogging year. A lot of you take part in this abecedarian challenge every April, and I encourage all of you to join us.
And now here’s Dick Van Dyke with a word about the Kodak Handle camera.