Archive for May, 2011

Be Self-Employed

Did you know that no matter what you do for a living, you can be self-employed?

I don’t mean that you won’t work for someone, and, in fact, no matter what you do, in one way or another you do work for someone else. Even self-employed (legally speaking) people work for their customers. They are constantly on the job hunt. However, what I mean is more along the lines of your perspective. I just recently read the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, and he brings a lot of interesting perspectives to how you look at money. One chapter is entitled, “Mind Your Own Business,” or in other words, take care of your own finances like you would for a business. A business that isn’t making profit won’t be in business for long. Businesses sell products in order to generate more revenues, which can in turn be used to invest in employees, retail space, new products, etc. All those investments (ideally) should be used to in turn generate even more revenue, and the cycle repeats itself. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tornado Outbreak in Oklahoma

Today was the most humid day on record ever. Anywhere in the world, since the beginning of time. Okay, that may be hyperbole, but seriously, it was humid. It was so humid that it was almost foggy all day, and the weather forecast actually included tornadoes. Normally, even in Oklahoma, a forecast this time of year would go like this: “Moderate chance of severe weather, including thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes.” TODAY, however, it was more like this: “There will be large and devastating tornadoes.” Not only were tornadoes predicted, the level of destruction was also included. You know the weather’s going to be bad when businesses and schools close in advance of the weather, rather than in response to it. That is just what happened today. Fortunately, although there have already been some tragic reports of deaths and injuries as a result of the storms (4 confirmed dead by local news as of this posting), the destruction could have been a lot worse if the tornadoes had touched down only 20 to 30 minutes later, plowing through the Oklahoma City Metro area. I took the liberty to snap a few screenshots while I watched the local news report… that is when I wasn’t propping up my queen sized mattress up against the bathtub! Read the rest of this entry »

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If there is one thing I wish I had learned sooner in life, it’s the value of friendship. Don’t get me wrong — I had friends throughout my grade school years, but the way I look at the whole thing is much different now. Jr. High and High School seem to be breeding grounds for cliques, which by definition do not “readily allow others to join them.” Think back with me. You had the football group, the theatre (or theater, if you prefer) crowd, the geeks, the freaks, the potheads, and depending on what decade you grew up in, the emo kids. Many more categories could be listed, but the general idea is that people with common interests tend to stick together, and unfortunately, we tend to exclude others as well. It provides some sort of sense of security.

However, this should never be the practice of a Christian, and furthermore it is actually repulsive to people in general. “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly,” said Solomon. Do you want to have friends? Of course you do, and of course I do! Before someone can have friends, he must first learn how to be a friend. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written in Ink

The Internet’s not written in pencil, Mark, it’s written in ink.

Said Erica to her ex-boyfriend Mark Zuckerberg on The Social Network. The internet is written in ink. Even if you delete a page, it’s probably been indexed and archived with Google or the Wayback Machine. Just to check my facts on this, I looked up my old ultimati0n page all the way back to version 0.81 Build 5, also known as 2002. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of difference between it and the most current version I put together. Perhaps that means it was just so perfect at that early stage that it required little to no revision. Or perhaps not. Read the rest of this entry »

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Two Weeks, Two Graduations

Last week was free graduation week! Well, at least for me it was. Some people go party crashing, some people go graduation crashing. I just got drug along to my friend’s sister-in-law’s ceremony because I was out of town visiting him. This week, however, I should probably start giving gifts since I know the people personally.

I am going through some college paperwork from my 2nd college. And I’m thinking about starting all over at a 3rd college, except the first 2 were “Bible” colleges, which basically means that none of my credits will transfer to a state school. That’s okay, though, I can still reach my graduate-by-30 deadline if I go for 4 years straight. Maybe a business major with a minor in web design. Meanwhile I’m mowing lawns for money while I look for a job and/or decide if I can go to school this fall. Maybe they will grant me complimentary credits for starting my own business. Probably not…

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Return of the News Cast

That’s right. It’s time for the old news section, affectionately referred to as… well, “News,” to make a comeback. I haven’t given this kind of an update since August 2010, and prior to the one other update that year was 2008. It’s not that I haven’t had any news to report, but other obligations and pursuits have clouded out my online life in one way or another. Well here’s some news for you: that’s all changing now. As I get back into web design and web development, that puts me right back in front of the ol’ screen once more, and when Ol’ Screen get stared at, Ol’ Screen expect news update. Or something like that. Read the rest of this entry »

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