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Today’s Big Time Wasters

June 19, 2008

Funny how time just escapes you…

Yes, some things were necessary to do today like…

1. clearing off the porch for the pressure washers. (30 minutes)
2. exercised in the form of a nice walk (1 hour)
3. collaborated with my business partner (1 hour)
4. trying to install MS SQL on my computer (2.5 hours)

But here were some of the not so important things that I did today…

1. Read my morning blogs. (1 hour)
2. Browsed some addon extensions for my Firefox browser. (30 minutes)
3. Got wind of the Sprint Instinct and reviewed it to death (1 hour)
4. Had to do some more in depth reading on Time Machine for my Mac (1 hour)
5. Played a little Desktop Tower Defense, the first time in a long time!  (30 minutes)
6. Took a nap (1 hour)
7. Collaborated with my business partner (1 hour of it was waste)

So my simple waste:need ratio is 6hrs-to-5hrs, 6:5.  That’s not a great ratio for a get-stuff-done guy like I want to see myself sometimes.

But at the end of the day, did I learn a lot?  Yes.  Am I happy with these learnings?  Yes.  But am I getting the stuff done that needs getting done?  Not exactly.  I had 6 hours today that I basically pissed away.  And there in lies the rub…   [Do you think blogging about it will help?]

Mile Envy

May 26, 2008

In a recent conversation with Min, my friend and old roomie in LA, it was explained to me that I have mile envy. That is, Min and her husband were the lucky recipients of two tickets to Thailand by her sister, Ho (yes, that’s her name, and she is also my friend and old roomie), to attend said sister’s wedding. (That’s right. I was living with two korean sisters, and unfortunately, nothing kinky ever happened…) This is mile envy. Being envious of a person who has the ability to travel the wolrd due to a seemingly unlimited amount of airline frequent flier miles.

Today, though, I no longer suffer from mile envy. To defeat it, I have acquired a mile patron, much like Ho is to Min, who purchases tickets for me to travel the world with their inexhaustible mileage accounts.

And all I can say is WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!! I’m going to Thailand!

Contrary to your now deviant thoughts, I will not have to prostitute myself out to this patron of mine. Instead, I’ll be “putting out” in other ways, not to be discussed in this blog.

Now… off to make plans!

P.S. I’ll be going November 15 – December 2 if anyone thinks they can make it! People I know, of course!

Been busy… but here’s what’s happenin’ in March

March 25, 2008

So I’ve been chuggin’ along with my little business and working hard on my data model.  What’s that?  Data model?  Yeah, yeah, so I’m a dork.  But it’s good stuff when you delve into it.  A bit scary when you don’t know if what you’re doing is the best way, especially given that there are tons of professionals out there who can whip this kind of work out in a couple of hours.  But so what?  I’m working on it, learning it, and fastly becoming a software designer in my own right!

Anyway, just thought I’d catch you up with work and life.  I’m still doing all my fitness stuff, 100 pushups a day, 50 crunches, 50 lunges.  It’s paying off.  All of these exercises are getting easier… so I’m having to increase the resistance and/or slow down the reps.  I don’t necessarily see the need to increase my reps at this point.

And I was a bit bummed that only one person responded to my pushup challenge.  You know what?  I guess I’m pretty psyched by that actually.  So big ups to you, Allice!  Meanwhile, another week passed by and I managed to do fifty this time!  From fourty-four to fifty.  Nice progress.  I’m sure it’ll slow down here soon.

Finally, I added one more thing to my list of daily chores.  Piano!  Gosh I miss my piano.   My whole first month back in Atlanta I didn’t even touch the thing.  But I’ve been playing regularly, and hopefully am practicing smarter than ever before.  My goal is to play Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini” within a year, the solo part, that is…  It’s 90 pages long, so I have my work cut out for me.  I basically get four days of practice for each page.

One last thing, I’m goin’ back to Cali tomorrow.  Right on!

Poka Yoke

February 29, 2008

We all definitely need this in our lives. Poka yoke is the Japanese term meaning “error avoidance,” or in more colloquial terms mistake-proofing. A good example is to put your cellphone or your keys in your shoes to ensure that you don’t forget them on your way out the door.

Why do I bring it up? Because I somehow misplaced my USB thumb-drive. It wasn’t where it was supposed to be, which was in my USB hub. In order to avoid issues in finding it, I always put it back into the hub as soon as I return. This way, it’s always in its place.

Well, it turns out it was in its other place. You know, the place where it is supposed to be when it’s not where it’s supposed to be, id est, with all my pocket change.

I bring this up only because having searched my book sack in the spot where I’d normally keep my USB drive, I found my friggin’ PASSPORT!

So somebody tell me what kind of Poka Yoke can I use for that because obviously what I got ain’t workin’!


February 29, 2008

Hey! What’s that in the cor…  MOTHER OF GOD!


February 25, 2008

My most recent purchase for the house. A house that is cold to my feet.


I never knew how much I would LOVE you, Slippas… So blue, warm, and fuzzy.

Between stimulus and response…

December 24, 2007

“Between stimulus and response is a space. In this space lies our freedom to choose our response. In these choices lie our growth and our happiness.”

“Regardless of the social and psychic scars you may carry inside, regardless of how others treat you, regardless of the disappointments and strains and setbacks which may blindside your finest intentions, you see the space between all of that an your freedom and power to respond to it.”

This is by Stephen Covey, the author of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” I have never read the book in full. But I am reading a daily reflections book of his that echoed this sentiment. Pretty powerful stuff.

It seems that as a result of practicing this, we could lose what makes us “us”. That is, our reactions, our emotional outbreaks, our wittiness, all in the quest to be self-aware. I have a friend like that and he is so uber-thoughtful on everything. Occasionally he breaks out of that shell. But usually he takes it all in and then hits you with a barage of thought.

I don’t know if I like that method so much. I want to be me. And I want to believe that people will either stick around because they like who I am, or they won’t. But then again, I guess this tells me that I can be self-aware in all cases, but that I can still react when I am aware that the consequences are low, but on the other hand that I should think carefully before I respond when the consequences are high. That sounds better to me.

But doesn’t that go without saying? I guess so. But some us are much better at it than others. I consider my self in the latter camp with a desire to improve. =]

Champagne and Chicken Wings

December 24, 2007

Because who said they DON’T go together?!  And who said I have to save the bubbly for a special occasion.  I’m celebratin’ my chicken wangs!  What!?!

Uncle Luda would be proud.


December 3, 2007

Ever since I had my first shoulder surgery on my right shoulder two years ago (the day before Thanksgiving), I haven’t been able to do much in the way of working out. My second shoulder surgery followed exactly one year later (also the day before Thanksgiving), this time on my left shoulder. And so it’s now been one full year since my last operation.

Not working out sucks. I used to have a chest and shoulders to brag about. Until recently I was almost reduced to man boobs. But without a gym membership, I didn’t think I could really regain my physique.

About two months ago, though, I started to push-ups. It was horrible. I was winded after ten. Now I’m pumping out 40 before I’m winded. At the beginning, I couldn’t do a diamond push-up any more. Now I can do them easily once again. My chest is actually in better shape now than when I was actively working out. My shoulders have regained their definition, and my arms are becoming more shapely as well. All from push-ups!?!

The thing I thought I’d never do again, however, were dips. It seemed like so much stress on my shoulders. I had tried them a few months back, but I was tentative. After a couple of months of push-ups, though, I finally did some dips today. Twenty of them, in fact (two sets of 10, let’s be honest).

Now, if I can only start adding abdominal work to my daily routine… Hmm…

Need to chuckle today?

November 16, 2007

For the cat enthusiast in you…

The name of the website is funnier (to me) than the site.  But the site is pretty funny, too.  It gets a chuckle or two.