Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Quote

There comes a time when it lies within a man's grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, the times, lack of good fortune, or quirks of fate.
- - - Louis L'Amour

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

2010

Note to self: In 2010,
  • Simplify
  • Allow necessary change
  • Be good to yourself
  • Use life experience well, everyday
  • Learn more
  • Share more
  • Smile more
  • Live well
This year, I turn forty. For me, what stands out is that twenty years ago I was still striding away from my teen years. Twenty years...! I can't help but mentally try to measure the distance I've come. Far enough? Not so far? Remembering myself at twenty, I definitely had some growing up to do, despite the illusion I "was all growed up" and fully an adult. To be honest, there are trails in the sands of time leading from that twentieth year, all the way up til now. There are some aspects of my personality that have their roots in traits from back then.

Not all of them are bad. No, there's good stuff in there, for sure. Creativity, for one - call it a "sense of play". The innate desire to help people is another. But there's other stuff, not so great remnants that still manifest although perhaps not as strongly or exactly the same as they did back then. It's to those aspects of myself that I intend to shed a mature light on this year, much like I did for my smoking addiction over eight years ago.

When I finally took a hard look at the tobacco habit and asked myself, "Why do I smoke?" The answer, the honest answer, was simple: I smoke because I'd started when I was a teen and became addicted. When I responded maturely to that answer, it was not surprising to feel the power behind the conviction that I was no longer fifteen years old and so had no excuse anymore to keep smoking. It truly was not "cool" to smoke - as an adult I knew that, and in the knowing came the reason to knock it off (a filthy habit in so many ways, you know).

So it is in this year that I'm choosing to do the same with some of the less than desirable habits of thinking that I've chosen to honestly review. From such review will come changes that I've no doubt will lead to a healthier, happier year and future years.

May your own new year bring you health and happiness.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Outing with Ginger & Baron

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays

Special wishes to Kevin and Sophia, who are spending the holidays in South Korea with family. Enjoy and have a safe return journey!

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Whew!

Talk about a busy weekend... Saturday helped Kevino move to a new apartment (think 'lots of stairs'!). My body's got the "hit by a Mack truck" effect goin' on... was a good time, though, got some good grub, a really good movie, good drink and good conversation. Today I worked with Mark M. to replace our broken water heater. The new unit is in and working like a champ (woohoo!). The weekend flew by... luckily, just two days of work then nothing more until Jan 4th!

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Arg... water heater blues....

Just discovered the water heater is on its last legs... :(

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Camtasia Replacement

It's called CamStudio. It's a free Camtasia or Jing replacement. Full featured screen capture into video format (AVI) or can compile into Flash (SWF). Captures audio, too. Several configuration options making it an awesome product for free. They accept donations, of course. Click here to check it out.

I used it to record a Powerpoint presentation (5 seconds for each slide) and then burned the AVI onto a DVD for playback on a DVD player when no computer was available for presentations. The presenter just paused the DVD playback on each slide to give the presentation.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Another video

Sometimes creativity finds its way to the surface in alternate forms...




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