Relaxed, but not really rested

June 17, 2008

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I took a much needed break from the day job a week and a half ago and attended another Supershoots event. Was gone for about 7 days and it was great. I really needed to get away. I have come back very much refreshed and relaxed. Just not very rested. There is a ton of shooting and mentoring that goes on during the events, and when that's not happening there's a lot of partying. Like all the other events I've done like this, I'm so amped during the entire thing that I don't notice how little sleep I'm getting. It's amazing how our bodies can respond to opportunities like that. Of course, when you get back to the real world, the payback is pretty high. On the first day I was back, after a day in the office I was in bed by 8pm and slept for a solid twelve hours. Next time I do one of these I should really schedule an extra day of vacation to take at the house just to catch up on sleep.


The Creative Process

June 02, 2008

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One blog I enjoy checking in on is called Get Rich Slowly. The blog is one of the ones I use to keep feeding my brain on personal finance content. In an entry from today, the you tube clip below is included. The clip feature the host of This American Life talking about the process of getting over the initial learning curve hump. Get Rich Slowly sees this though the filter of personal finance and touches on the fact that this actually translates into basically any skill. I couldn't agree more with the message. I was super lucky to have the good fortune of mentors who helped me understand that in order to be good at something, you have to go though the time when you suck. As much as possible, don't let that time when you suck get you down. Recognize that time for what it is, the practice that is required to improve. I'm guessing this applies to most things, but certainly, if you are in a creative field, remind yourself that as long as you are trying to improve, you're going to go through gap times and that's just part of gig.


Consumer Action Handbook

June 02, 2008

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Catching up on some stuff in my news reader, I saw a post about the Consumer Action Handbook from the Federal Citizen Information Center. Put out by the Federal government, the intro say:

This everyday guide to being a smart shopper is hot off the press and chocked full of helpful tips about buying a car or home, preventing identity theft, understanding credit,filing a consumer complaint, and much more. In the 2008 edition, you'll find updated information about filing for bankruptcy, finding a lawyer, and planning a funeral, along with many other useful topics.

You can order a printed copy, or download a pdf on the download page.


Backup Software: PowerFolder

June 02, 2008

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I haven't played with it yet, but there is an open source backup application called "PowerFolder" that looks interesting. It is SoureForge's Project of the Month this month. To get that distinction, an application has to be pretty high quality, so it's certainly worth checking out. I'm dropping it here so I can find it later. It could be a little confusing to search for since: http://sourceforge.net/projects/powerfolder/ takes you to: PowerFolder is workflow server and development studio. As opposed to: http://sourceforge.net/projects/powerfolder-/ which is where the backup software is.


One step closer to the borg

June 02, 2008

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TV Rule of Thumb

June 02, 2008

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I have a subscription to the site rulesofthumb.org in my RSS reader. One that just came up today is:

Look good, sound good, and do something good. To make a steady living, you need all three. To be on television, you can get away with only two.

Sounds about right to me for the TV side of things. I'm not sure I agree with the first part though. For the site itself, the User Interface could use some work. All the links on the home page to individual rules are designed to pop up into their own windows. This effectively removes the ability to link to individual rules/pages. In turn, this will result in less traffic for their site.


More comicbook nostalgia

May 28, 2008

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imageJust discovered that yet another old comic-book/cartoon world is being brought back to cash in on gen-x nostalgia. This time, it's G.I. Joe. Scarlett certainly looks great, but with Brendan Fraser as Gung Ho, I'm apprehensive. I will give them credit for making Snake Eyes look bad ass. Hadn't thought about it in a long time, but the main comic book I remember reading as a kid was Issue 21 of G.I. Joe (I had to look up the number). While I wasn't a huge comic book geek, that one blew me away. Snake Eyes being the main character certainly helped, but the real reason was that it didn't have any words in it at all. Stands out in my mind as one of the first times that I realized that conventions didn't always have to be followed.


Better computer sleep

May 24, 2008

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If you have a computer that you happen to leave on a lot when you aren't using it, check out this article about using "S3" Standby. It's for Windows, but there is probably something similar for Macs out there. Though, I wouldn't be surprised if they do it by default. It's a little bit tech heavy, so if you aren't up for it, buy some whiskey for you geek friend and get them to set it up for ya. The example cost listed in the article is about $35/month for an always on computer. Now most folks won't have machines that take up quite that much juice, but you can probably save at least a few bucks.


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