Thursday, August 10, 2017

Coming back to my blog

It has been a while, and a lot has happened. I am now in Taylorsville Utah and working for Elsevier in Salt Lake City as a QA Engineer. Lots of exciting things going on that I am reading and trying to do. I am past my first half century and am following the "Younger Next Year" Exercise program. With that and improved diet. I have managed to get my cholesterol within bounds, without taking statin medication. I also got my blood pressure way below 120/80 which was surprising. since I thought it was already optimal. When I gave blood recently they measured 94/60!

There are some interesting things that I want to delve into, so I hope to talk about  my work in those areas in this blog.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Getting exposed to some new stuff

I have yet to take advantage of this service, but I think that it is pretty cool.

Quarterly is a web site that features Curators that will periodically send you a package. You do not find out before-hand what it contains, but it you do get to choose your curator, and many are already well known on the internet for their design chops (hope you know what I mean there).
I have wandered onto the web site every so often, and it has really been growing, with new curators joining on. The most recent wandering was from www.thisiscolossal.com whose curator is now associated with Quarterly.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Learning about Other Countries, or A Dangerously Distracting Web Site

Since my geography skills are rather poor, I was looking for some worksheets that would allow me to brush up on countries and related information. I found Sporcle which has some games where you have to come of with the names of all the countries on certain continent, as well as matching games and other related things to do.

This reminded me just how ignorant I am of many other countries. It brings to mind the woman that set out to read a book from each country of the world. I guess a similar task would be to travel to each country, but that would be expensive, if not because of airfare, at least in terms of time.

I wonder what else could be done in a similar style, maybe eat a meal from each country, or buy a handicraft, or listen to a song.

Any suggestions?

Sunday, February 02, 2014

The Online prescription eyeglass experiment!

I read this book a while back (Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World by Mark Frauenfelder). It was pretty good. I am interested in the DIY, or Maker revolution, and maybe his was a good example of an everyman trying his hand at things. I subsequently checked out his blog, and he talked about getting eye-glasses online. It was a little risky but I decided to get some extra glasses, I am always shocked by the markup on frames at my local eye doctor. So I tried Coastal.com and got a pair of prescription sunglasses, and a pair of regular eyeglasses, for about $137.00 and $48.00 respectively. The frames are a little funky, and my wife does not really like the red ones, but I think that I fancy myself stylin' like Seth Godin.

Here is what my new glasses look like:
Kind of a Men in Black sort of look. 
A little of the detail of the frame

 
Red eyeglasses

A side shot to show the checkerboard pattern.

So far I have been happy with them. From what I have learned they are made in the USofA

Sunday, December 01, 2013

These shoes are magical

I do not get too many compliments about my attire except for two things:
  • My Star Wars t-shirt (certain to get compliments at Vons (like Safeways))
  • These Shoes (fake Vans)

Friday, September 06, 2013

Seth Godin stepping into the MOOC realm

Following Seth regular blog, I saw that he is starting a variation on the Massively Open Online Class. Although it might not be strictly online, and he calls it Krypton Community College
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He observes that there is a 97% dropout rate for classes such as Coursera. I can attest to this because I have started a number of them and have dropped out of all when I realize that I just had not accurately determined the time I had available.  Seth is looking at creating courses that are taught as people meet in small groups in homes. I have yet to read through all the information, but it is interesting. Check it out.

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/krypton_community_college/

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

20 Things The Rich Do Every Day from Tom Corley

On Dave Ramsey's podcast he shared some of this info, and then provided the following on his web site. It is from a book by Tom Corley, where he talks about the difference in habitual behavior between rich and poor. The following was on his website RichHabits.net. I am going to see about getting this book. I have some questions about his methodology, but find the differences very telling.


1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.

2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.

3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically 4 days a week. 23% of poor do this.

4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% for poor people.

5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% for poor.

6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read 2 or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% for poor.

7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% for poor.

8. 80% of wealthy make hbd calls vs. 11% of poor

9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% for poor

10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs 2% for poor.

11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% for poor.

12. 79% of wealthy network 5 hours or more each month vs. 16% for poor.

13. 67% of wealthy watch 1 hour or less of TV. every day vs. 23% for poor

14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% for poor.

15. 44% of wealthy wake up 3 hours before work starts vs.3% for poor.

16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% for poor.

17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% for poor.

18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% for poor.

19. 86% of wealthy believe in life-long educational self-improvement vs. 5% for poor.

20. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% for poor.