Friday Fill Ins 8/12

I guess it will help if I actually link the image they provide… lol, don’t pay attention I am just amusing myself.

And…here we go!

1. The only question is “is there a spoon?”.

2. Back pain coming in one day.

3. Three things on my desk: Humongous water bottle, Giant squeezable pill and a Suzuki Hayabusa .

4. Water is the one thing I HAVE to do today!

5. I love playing with friends. I think its time to trick people into a pictionary night.

6. Orange all over overwhelms the senses.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to chillazing with the wife, tomorrow my plans include helping a friend move and Sunday, I want to take my wife to see The Help!

Logtar’s Next Phone

I now have a history with eating crow when I make a strong stance on some technology. I remember my disdain for the XBoX when it came out and the horrible design of their first generation controllers… what do you know, they came out eventually with superior controllers that were completely wireless and just awesome… to make it worse, I have a modified remote for the xbox that we use to watch digital content so I don’t even know if the actual controllers are even charged right now.

I have called the iphone many things. I don’t hate apple, I actually enjoy their products and one of my best friends is a developer that has many times suggested that I leave the whole windows development world and try the green pastures of awesomeness that it is to develop for apple.

When my wife got her first iphone I hated it. It seemed to hate me back. I could never quite get the hang of typing on the on screen keyboard. I stuck with my conviction and entered the smartphone market first with a blackberry that I loved, and later on with an andriod… who I have mixed feelings about. Even though it has a slide down keyboard, I now use the on screen keyboard almost exclusively.

My wife then upgrade iphones and her old one became an itouch by all intents and purposes and I started using it. Little by little the reconciliation with the device begun and I started to play with it more, and more and more. I use the thing more than my android now.

The thing that pisses me off the most about smartphones is battery life. Even after all the hacks you can do to make them waste less energy, they all end up drained after heavy use. And guess what… we have like 3 different iphone plugs around the house and even in the car, so when thinking about my next phone it is a consideration that I have plenty of places to power the device back up.

I looked at the latest android devices and the next entry for motorola is not even 4G… its almost like waiting for a device that is outdated before it is even released. The other option would be an LG with an android OS… but apple is just making a better product.

Then I read an article about how much of the iphone does apple really make. While the article is almost taking a shot at apple for basically not “building or putting together the hardware” which is mostly manufactured by samsung. The real reason the iphone is successful is because it has a superior OS.

No matter how much you love the android OS, apple’s user experience is more intuitive. Even after being an android user primarily, things just happened a lot easier when it came to using the android. Getting music into the device, downloading podcasts, getting games, even web surfing sees easier on an outdated iphone.

So I am getting ready to cook that crow and probably make an iphone my next smart phone choice.

Creative Outlet

We had a wonderful weekend and part of it was spent showing one of our dear librarian friends around the parts of Chicago I like to show people. During that time we got into a conversation about creative outlets and I have seriously been craving having an outlet again.

I recently saw on a blog some amazing sketches. I also saw a presentation about comic book creation last week. Both things really made me want to draw again. About 5 years ago I even got supplies to pick up drawing again as a hobbie but I never really started or kept up with it.

Same goes for writing. I started to write a short story and got a couple of chapters in, but I left it at that. The story is still floating in my head but I never really got it down on “paper.”

Then Alicia suggested looking for a local creative group. A group of people to share your work with and get some of the creative process going. It sounds like an interesting concept, and we have tried to do that online with a group of friends but it never got traction.

Bea and I are going to start taking ASL classes together soon. It is something she has become increasingly interested on and I could not be happier. I have always wanted to get my competency level up to be an interpreter and having someone to practice with will be awesome. I hope we do continue with it and practice it.

I know the classroom environment will make it easier to learn, but for drawing and writing I really should not need a class or group of people. I do think it would help. I think it is important to set time aside for a creative outlet.

Who knows maybe Bea and I will end up liking taking classes together an we can do some kind of creative class together as well. We had talked about photography in the past, but I am leaning more towards writing or drawing at the moment.

Are there any creative outlets that you are not exercising as much as you should? or do you maybe have some suggestions about how to get my creative side motivated?

Friday Fill-ins! 8/5

I am really trying to get back into the whole blogging thing, and one of the things that I enjoyed the most was having a Friday meme to post something, but not have to think about it too much. The Friday’s Feast died a while back but I just found Friday Fill-ins! it seems like it is still active and well, let have some meme fun

1. How can I resist the urge for coffee when I have a starbucks downstairs.
2. Stubborn weed always grows back.
3. My hair is ready for a haircut.
4. I did not attend my high school reunion, can’t really say I missed it.
5. My favorite summer fruits are strawberries… but are they really just summer fruits?
6. Some lady hit a guy that was changing a tire because she was texting … what was that?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching some TV with the wife, we are really getting into this Merlin show, tomorrow my plans include sleeping and probably going out for a walk and Sunday, I want to make sure Alicia has a ton of fun while here in Chicago!

When Culture Clashes with Corporate

While linked in might not be looked at in the same light as facebook or twitter, it still has the component of social media of connecting you with people you might have lost contact with over the years. I just recently saw a name again that brought a lot of great memories.

I had seen my Dad work for a big company my whole life. Our house was full of little reminders of where my Dad worked. Postobon is the distributor of Pepsi down in Colombia. I spent a lot of weekends in that company and got to see my the inner workings of a production plant and also the accounting department where my Dad worked. Remember that back then not everyone had an old mainframe level of computing power in their pockets. So being able to do data entry on an old monochromatic green screen was just awesome.

My Dad worked many weekends while I was growing up, and it was fun to go into the office with him. I met many of his coworkers that way and it gave me a view into his world that was probably not all that accurate. An office is a lot different on a Saturday that during the week. Everything I had know about corporations up to that point was through my Dad’s eyes.

I am not sure how it is in Colombian now, but it seemed like for my Dad’s generation once you got a job with a company, you retired from it. That is kind of how I approached my first full time job. I thought, I will help this company grow and be here forever. Even though that first job taught me so much, it was also one of the worst experiences I had in a workplace.

The reason linked in comes into this post is because one of the things that I learned thanks to that person that just popped into my head when I saw their name was the sense of gratitude. When I say to an employer, thank you for the opportunity; well, its not just something I read in an interview guide, I do really mean it. I was extremely grateful to many people for that first job… but then I learned a lot about the inner workings of a small company.

For a long time I felt so attached to that job, so thankful of the first opportunity, so thankful for everything that I had learned that I did not think leaving for another job was an option. I used to think of the job itself as something of a gift, and yes in these difficult economic times good jobs can be hard to come by and should not be taken for granted.

I don’t remember exactly why I made up my mind about leaving, I do remember that it was a lot about the job just not being balanced with the rest of my life. I do remember that what gave me “permission” mentally about leaving was a conversation about who had “given” me the job.

That person I just found again in Linked in told me. You should never feel like someone gave you the job, someone gives you the opportunity might even get your foot in the door, but your work will speak for itself; don’t feel like you owe anything to anyone.

The best part of the story is that the entire time I had worked there I thought I was considered for the job solely on someones recommendation, but as it turns out, it was actually someone completely different that actually pushed for me to get the opportunity.

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