Saturday, April 12, 2008

Sleeping in a strange bed

I have slept on the ground under the stars, I have slept on the 26th floor of the Swissotel in Chicago. The place I enjoy sleeping in the most is my own bed.

Last night, we went to Lafayette so that we would not have to get up early and drive there in the morning to attend an event that started at 9am at Purdue.

I like traveling when I don't have to do all the driving, 'cause I find long boring drives, uh, boring.

So Kathy drives and I read, or look out the window, or write, or whatever I feel like. It works for us. Until it's time to sleep. That's when I miss my own home, bedroom, and pillows. Tonight I get my wish. ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz

Friday, April 11, 2008

Finding your way

Last night I was wanting exact directions to an address that my wife is visiting this weekend on the Purdue University campus.

I typed in the address complete with a mis-spelling of the street name into the Google search bar and POOF! There it was!

Today, I misplaced directions to a house I needed to stop at, but I had the address, so I typed into the Google search bar and POOF! There it was again!

Isn't life grand?!?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Randy Pausch Living in the face of Death

Last night, my wife alerted me to a very special show on ABC's Primetime.
About 6 weeks ago I posted his video which you can watch by clicking here.

I urge you to click here and watch the ABC show and be prepared for some inspiration. And share this with others too.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Update on my Gmail Spam-a-thon

Sorry, I realized I started writing about this on my other blog, so you can just click here for all the spammy details.

Connecting via the Net

This month, I have met with Anthony Juliano, author of SoundBite Back, and yesterday I met Joe Dager, whom I've spoken with a couple of times and have a link to one of his e-books on my Collective Wisdom site.

I also have a friend and former co-worker who is looking for office work, and I've connected with an old classmate from 30 years ago. How has the Internet changed your life recently?

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Another Blog Recomendation

Ever find yourself wondering, "What did I accomplish yesterday?"

Or, " What do you mean it's Thursday, I thought today was Wednesday?"

Or perhaps no matter what you write down on your to-do-list, there is always more list than there are hours in a day....

One of the blogs that I get updates from is this one. (LifeDev.Net) Here's a recent posting that may help you to overcome those nagging questions:

The lives of great people give us interesting clues about how to organize our days.

All of them attached great value to their daily routines. This is because they saw it as being part of ‘becoming who they are’, as Nietzsche puts it.

For the same reason they were also highly individual in their routines. They had the courage to go against popular opinion and work out often strange daily plans that suited them.

This is perhaps the first lesson that we can learn – that it takes courage and resolve to design and stick to a routine that suits you. But as Emerson reassures us: ‘The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going’.

There are at least 10 other lessons that the daily routines of the great can teach us:

1. Don’t work long hours

Despite the modern obsession with physical presence at offices (also known as ‘presenteeism’), very few of the great worked long hours.

Philosopher Michel Foucault would only work from 9am to 3pm. Beethoven only worked from sunrise until the early afternoon. No 12 hour days here. Author Tom Robbins schedules only 3 hours of writing at his desk per day.

2. Take breaks

Even during these short days, the great took plenty of breaks.

Socrates would sometimes simply stop and hold completely still for several minutes. Beethoven was known to punctuate his mornings by running outside and walking around – he called it ‘working while walking’.

3. Take even longer breaks

The great all spent a single long period away from their desks every day to give their minds time to recover and regain its creative poise.

Beethoven started work at daybreak, but wrapped up by two or three in the afternoon which left him a good 14 hours away from work. Victor Hugo wrote in the mornings and took afternoons off entirely. Churchill would do nothing work-related between noon and around 11 at night.

4. Stop work and sit down for meals

Churchill would even have a bath and dress for meals. For us mere mortals, this injunction could simply mean sitting down with your sandwich away from you desk, on a bench in the park or somewhere else. Or resolving to chew and taste your food properly.

5. Don’t work in the afternoons

There are some exceptions, but very few of our heroes did any serious work in the afternoon.

After writing in the morning, Victor Hugo spent his afternoons riding around Paris in double decker busses, watching his brethren about their work. For us this might mean blocking off afternoons for long tea breaks and non-essential tasks.

6. Mix it up

The days of the great contain a surprising variety of activities. It seems that we don’t have to focus on a small range of things to succeed.
Even the grim German philosopher, Immanuel Kant went for afternoon walks and sat down for lunch with friends each day. Gandhi walked, spun, had a long bath and massage.

Churchill painted, fed his fish, played card games and constructed buildings all over Chartwell farm. He famously claimed that our minds don’t need rest as much as they need variety.

7. Aim low

Don’t schedule every minute of your day. Leo at Zenhabits suggests that we have morning and evening routines, and leave the middle of the day open for completing key tasks and other things that come up.

Daily routines are supposed to make things easier, not more complicated. Micro managing every minute of your day does not work.

8. Take time to relax

The great all reserved time to relax. And this doesn’t mean engaging in some semi-productive activity like reading a book or washing the dishes. No, they blocked out time to do nothing at all.

Gandhi would often spend time just staring at the horizon. Churchill would sit down to smoke a cigar after lunch and Beethoven would stop off for a few beers after his afternoon walk. In his recent autobiography, Alan Greenspan mentions that he too makes time to reflect each day.

9. Get up early(?)

This one is the subject of hot debate. Samuel Johnson, Churchill and Dylan Thomas got up late. Gandhi, Franklin and Mandela all got up early.

But whether they were early birds or night owls, the great all make sure that they had long periods of uninterrupted quiet time; whether late at night or early in the morning.

10. Exercise!

Al Gore interrupts his work day at 3pm to go for a run. Emerson, Beethoven, Nietzsche, Victor Hugo and Gandhi all went for walks. Nietzsche said that he ’scribbled’ notes while he took his walk and claims that some of his best thoughts came in this way.

Mandela’s 5 am walks are legendary. The story goes that he once invited a persistent journalist to interview him during this morning walk - but she ended up being too out of breath to ask any questions.

Albert’s blog provides weird, insightful and funny bits that allow you to protect and enhance your Headspace. Check it out or subscribe to his feed.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Lost Interviews Part 1

Peanuts creator Charles Schultz:

How to Host and Post Video's

Our kids have figured out how to do it, you can too!

First of all, you can sign up for a free "Channel" on They are the ones that are actually hosting the video.

Next, there may be some editing that you need to do. When I bought my current laptop with Windows Vista, it has a program "Windows Movie Maker" which took some time to learn, but if you have done anything new with a computer program, you can learn how to do this too.

One item that I forgot when I was creating some of the videos that I have posted on YouTube, there are limits in length and/or size of each video. I had to re-edit some of the video's to comply with these limits.

To see what I've done so far, click here and you should go directly to ScLoHoVideo. on YouTube.

There's my first attempt at editing an interview of Fort Wayne Area Networkers, also an exclusive interview with Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream fame. Plus a creepy commercial for Coldwell Banker.

Have fun!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Proud to be an American Male (explained)

This past week, I've heard on radio and television broadcasts a bunch of whining about the discriminated against American (white) male. To which I say, So What?

There have been attempts thru legislation to give women an equal standing, to give African-American's an equal standing, to give immigrants, to give, to give, to give even more, but again I say, So What?

I do not apologize for being born in this country as a guy, and I do not want any special treatment just because of my gender or skin color. I have seen too many people of all backgrounds complain that life is not fair, and I have seen too many other people of all backgrounds overcome the circumstances that surround them and live their lives based on their terms.

Stop whining, and start living.

Earlier this year, I found a blog called the Art of Manliness
, and want to share with you an excerpt from last week:

The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: Chilifest Edition

April 5, 2008

Last night I attended the annual Chilifest put on by my law school. Lots of great chili this year. I definitely ate too much. An organization that I’m a part of at school was defending their two year winning streak. Unfortunately, we lost. There’s always next year.

Now for some links:

Saving face - not just for the Japanese (@ just like a man) No one wants to look like an ass in front of people. Saving face is a phrase imported from China. In China people try to avoid making the other person look bad when engaged in a disagreement. This post puts a Western spin on the concept.

25 Ways to Simplify Your Life with Kids (@ zen habits) If you have kids, this is a great resource how to make your life easier.

The First Money Talk: The When and How of a Conversation Every Couple Needs to Have (@ the simple dollar) Studies have shown that money is one of the leading causes of divorce. Do some preemption by sitting down with your wife and have a frank discussion about your finances. The earlier the better.

Powerful Networking Through Business Card Etiquette (@ just a guy thing) This is a great post from Ian on the etiquette of business card use. He also explains how you can use business cards to advance your career.