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April 10, 2010
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My First Blog Post

April 10, 2010
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March 5, 2010

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A Genius Idea: Make a Possibilities Calendar

March 3, 2010

I saw this tip on Lifehacker:

If you’ve ever been that frustrating situation where you find yourself with some unexpected down time but don’t know how to fill it at a moment’s notice, lifestyle blog Life Scoop suggests putting together a possibilities calendar.

Blogger Asha Dornfest says she often runs across events or activities she’d like to attend, but aren’t necessarily important enough to carve out special time for. She created a “possibilities” calendar in Google Calendar and now, instead of relying on her memory to remind her of an art showing or movie she wants to check out, she simply parks the details on her calendar and pulls it up when she finds herself with some unplanned free time.

Dornfest keeps this special calendar stocked with things like movie and gym class schedules, museum hours of operation, open swim times at the local pool, and so on. Since she uses Google Calendar to organize her life, Dornfest keeps her Possibilities calendar hidden from view until she needs to consult it in order to avoid cluttering up her daily schedule.

This idea is genius. I always find things, like classes at the gym or movie times, that I want to keep track of, but didn’t want to put directly on my calendar or in my to-do list because it ends up cluttering my calendar up and makes it harder to track Must-Do’s and scheduling meetings becomes near impossible. But, without putting them on a calendar, I never could keep track. This solves the problem! Seriously, it’s such a simple idea, yet so genius in execution. 

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For Those of You Who Think Google is Evil and Take Over the World:

March 3, 2010

There was an article up on Valleywag today, http://valleywag.gawker.com/5484200/how-apple-could-remotely-destroy-your-google-phone,

If Apple wins its patent-infringement caseagainst the GoogleNexus One smartphone, it might be able to get all existing handsets bricked or crippled. It’s not a far-fetched idea, a Harvard Law professortold the New York Times Bits blog.

After all, EchoStar was ordered to remotely destroy DVR functionality in its satellite TV boxes after losing a patent case to TiVo. “If the court were to side with Apple and issue an injunction that insists [Google’s manufacturer] HTC kill the phone, or at least some of its functionality, they easily could,” Prof. Jonathan Zittrain told Bits. Still, most lawyers seem to think the case will be settled. Settled, that is, if Apple CEO Steve Jobs can be persuaded to arrive at one of those compromises the perfectionist so famously dislikes.

Just to recap: Apple just started a patent war with HTC, which manufactors the Google Nexus 1, which could end the Google Nexus 1 experiment, if a compromise isn’t reached between Apple and Google, which by the way Apple isn’t exactly known for, which would help to put the iPhone back as the only Super-Smart Phone. 

Even if Google is trying to take over the world, at least they allow open-source and some competition. Steve Jobs doesn’t allow either. 

This takes away Steve Jobs argument that Google is evil, or at least makes it a pot calling the kettle black situation.

It also further reinforces my belief that Steve Jobs is, in fact, the Anti-Christ. 

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Learning Leads to Genius or Seth Godin Does It Again

March 1, 2010

SEth Godin had a recent post on genius: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/02/genius-is-misunderstood-as-a-bolt-of-lighting.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+typepad/sethsmainblog+(Seth’s+Blog)&utm_content=Google+Reader

Genius is misunderstood as a bolt of lightning

Genius is the act of solving a problem in a way no one has solved it before. It has nothing to do with winning a Nobel prize in physics or certain levels of schooling. It’s about using human insight and initiative to find original solutions that matter.

This is exactly why mastermind groups, and reading, and idea discussion are so important. Those things lead to same the human insight and initiative that Seth Godin is talking about above.

With out those, there is no genius. Without genius, there is no moving forward. Period. 

 

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Unfinished Projects: An Unexpected Energy Drain

March 1, 2010

I was reading http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2010/02/finish-the-projects-youve-started-or-call-an-end-to-them.html about unfinished projects.

I realized that a source of clutter in my apartment, and a significant drain on my energy, was the uncomfortable presence of unfinished projects.

This is a classic example of things that sound so simply when you read them, but until you read them you don’t really think about it. 

The first time I read Getting Things Done, I had a similar realization. While I understood the concept behind the mind dump, I really didn’t think it’d bring about all of the things promised in the book: increased creativity! increased focus!  increased energy! 

So, I did the mind dump and it was true. I DID have increased creativity and focus, but most surprising was I really did have more energy. 

I went a back to my mind dump a few days later and really examined it. At least half of the things on the list we’re half done projects in varying states of completion. I love projects. I live for projects. And I looked at that list and did something completely out of character for me-I picked gave myself a set number of projects to allow myself and crossed eliminated any beyond the number and vowed not to take on any unless the project wouldn’t put me over that number.

Did it alleviate me of all unfinished projects? Nope. Did it stop me from keeping some projects unfinished? Nope. Did it help me focus and actually complete some projects, especially when I had an idea for a new project that I really, really wanted to start? Absolutely. 

I’m taking it slow, so my project number is most certainly higher than it should be, but it’s already significantly helped my productivity and overall energy levels and mental well-being. As I get used to having a set number and accomplish more projects, I’m actually looking forward to dropping the number lower and lower until I get to my Ultimate Goal of only three projects open at once. 

It really is amazing how much the things you don’t think you’re thinking about actually really do affect you. 

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