Archive for August, 2011

A Gentleman Knows

There are some things that every gentleman should know. Things beyond how to tie a shoe, how to ride a bike, or where to order the best pizza in your part of town. It may be a life-or-death skill. It may be a trivial Italian vocabulary term you may only need once or twice in your life. Whatever it is, you, as a gentleman, should be armed with knowledge and ready to act in all kinds of situations. Think about it for a second – gentlemen don’t stand there with their tongues tied looking like idiots all that often, do they? Gentlemen don’t overlook opportunities to treat a lady like she ought to be treated. On the other hand, though, we don’t come pre-programmed with all of this information! Some of it can be reasoned out by logic and wit, but more often than not, it has to be taught. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inspired by Oprah

Yeah. You read that right. I’m using WordPress at work now as a CMS for our intranet. (BTW, it’s totally awesome) One of the plugins that I have installed, at least for now as a placeholder where other content will go later, is an inspirational quote widget. I am displaying it in the footer of this blog for now, but when I decide to take the plugin off this site, you can look for it on the WordPress Plugin Page reserved for it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Technical Skills

I checked out some colleges and trade schools recently. It’s been one of those re-evaluation times in my life, and I decided to look into career and education options. My main leaning has been business and/or IT. Maybe the business of IT, you might say! So I decided I wanted to check out the University of Oklahoma, and since it was about the same distance, but a little bit cheaper, also the University of Central Oklahoma. OU has a good business school, and I was highly impressed by the tour and one-on-one academic advisement. UCO was also good as a slightly less expensive option. However, what I think will be my immediate route will be a trade school called TechSkills, which offers a program approximately 10 months in length that will provide me with the training and testing to get network and systems administration certifications such as CompTIA A+, Network+, MCP, MCSA, and CCNA. That will put me in a position where I can make enough money working part-time to get the rest of the way through college (hopefully!). Read the rest of this entry »

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Fretting is for the Birds

Well, today was not a good day on the stock markets. So far, in the last week, my 401(k) has lost 13% of its total value. All three major US Markets dropped by over 5.5% today, the major reason being due to the downgrade of the United States’ AAA bond rating by S&P. Now, while some people act like there’s never been a bad day on Wall Street before, I’d just like to point out an alternative viewpoint. First of all, even though this is a huge drop – even for a week – it is not the end of the world. A drop this fast can be lifted this fast as well. I’ve seen the Dow Jones go up by 200 points days in a row this year. Remember that huge earthquake and tsunami in Japan? Yeah, that was this year. Event-driven markets typically don’t become market trends. All of the “big three” have been up above their previous highs for much of this year, even during what has been called “The Great Recession.” Read the rest of this entry »

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