About my own Manifesto

Posted: January 29, 2014 in Bloggers, Editorial
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So my last post was heavily inspired by my recent life changes. I am looking to transfer into the career field of Business Analysis and I have found a myriad of online resources that have inspired me but one in particular moved me. Bridging the Gap by  and company has been an outstanding help and really just an inspiration in a dark time. The many references, letters, hints, and overall positive nature of the site has really put wind back in my sails that this is all quite doable. My manifesto is my personal conglomeration of the 42 reasons to start a business analyst career and it really wrote itself after reading through the list and repeating “this is what I want! This is what I want”

I am so happy to live in our day an age. More and more I’m convinced we are never alone and all of us need help and to help others. Together we will make it. I have no doubts about that whatsoever. You can follow Laura @LLBrandenburg or you too can explore the idea of business analysis at http://www.bridging-the-gap.com/


My Own Manifesto

Posted: January 29, 2014 in Bloggers, Editorial, Rant
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 I have a dream that a few great ideas, given to the right minds, can change the world.

Have you ever had a dream? What about a reoccurring dream? What about a dream that just keeps happening until it become a part of your very being? I have a lot of those dreams. I have a dream that a few great ideas, given to the right minds, can change the world. It’s not a simple dream though. I find the best ones normally aren’t. To make the world a better place it takes a lot more than just good intentions. It takes communication, it takes guidance, and it takes compassion. Sometimes it just takes one person saying, “Hey that was a good idea. Can I hear more?”

I find myself at odds ends a lot of days. I have a calling for leadership. This calling makes me feel like some sort of know it all that has everything all figured out. That’s not the truth. I think it’s more like I want to find it all out. I want to know the answers, or find the way to get the answers. I want to put the right ideas in the right hands and get the best questions asked and answered. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but sometimes, you just have to listen to people to hear what they are really saying. It’s not always in the words either, sometimes it’s in their body language, the stories they bring up, or even the way they turn a phrase. You have to ask questions, you have to be involved with people to get the most out of them. I feel this is a lost art.

Do we not see through the investment in our fellow-man because it takes work? Do we not go the distance because the journey is too hard? No it will not be easy. Yes you have to pay attention, take notes if you have to. Study people, understand them like you would a good story, song, or other body of art. Ask questions, fill in the blanks, be more than just a viewer. We need to experience people instead of just read them. These are skills that for the strangest reasons have become secondhand in nature. It is no good. We can do so much better. I’m just not ready to give up. There is a better way. There has to be. There are far and few things a dedicated team of people cannot accomplish. We can’t do it alone, but there is nothing we can’t do together.

I personally like to learn about people. I find them a very great and unique subject. Each one is different and even if they have all the same factors their personal experience is always unique to themselves. It is one of the countless joys of being human. I can’t get past the idea that with these people and experiences we can do something big. Just something massive and life changing. I want to be a part of that. I want to use everything I’ve learned to be part of a force that changes the world for the better. We might have to start small and just change ourselves. Then build to our community, and grow from there. But there is a path and we can make it down it.

I’m not afraid to try new things, learn new things, and just be a part of the new. In fact I embrace it. I want to discover, I want to conquer. I will need help getting there. I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty. Yes, disputes are going to happen. But why be afraid of conflict? Be a part of the resolution. This will get messy but sometimes you need things to be taken apart before it can correctly be put back together. We can’t let ourselves get caught up in the terrible details and lose sight of the big picture. It is a waste of our time and efforts to stand around daunted. No one is going to do this for us. We must work on this ourselves.

I don’t feel I’m the only one tired of whatever this is we are doing right now. I can’t be the only person tired of wasting their resources, time, and effort just hoping for a better way. I feel I can put these thoughts and skills to better use, at least better use than I am currently doing. It is time for a change, hopefully a lasting one. I’ll need hands to help me implement this since this isn’t a solo venture. I am certain we can do something big. We can change our world for the better. We will make it is my new battle cry. It is easy to say because it is so very true. We will. We will make it, and we will get there better than we ever imagined.

I’m going to try and get my thoughts out into the ethos more. I am going to gather more people together. I am going to help communication of great minds to bring strong and powerful ideas. I am going to help these minds turn ideas into actions and greatness. As I fix myself I will ignite repair in others. I will inspire and breed inspiration. I… no we are going to change things. We will find the best methods and tinker with the ones that aren’t quite there. We’re going to get better. We are going to get more awesome.

There is going to be fear but we will not be afraid. We will stand tall and promote our ideals to all that will listen. We’ll garner strong allies and even stronger friendships. We will change the very nature of our world. We won’t miss out on the little details that makes it all so very worthwhile. We won’t let the big picture escape us. There is a dream that can be a reality. A reality that we all take a part of. I can’t do it without you. You are a part of all this. Just by reading these words you are helping the cause. If they affected you in the slightest you’re now part of the cause. If they ignite a fire in you that just won’t die you are the cause and I want to help unleash that flame.

I want to be able to look back on it all and say, “Yeah those skills I learned, I put them to good use and I changed something because of it.” I want to not feel wasted. I want to be an asset. I have a dream that a few great ideas, given to the right minds, can change the world. I know that I can help a few great minds get together. I know that I can help communicate a better world for ourselves, our loved ones, our hopes and dreams. I’m not going to give up on this, on you, on the world. There is no reason that this fantasy cannot be our certainty with a little time, effort, and good people to get us through.

So that great idea you had… can I hear a little bit more?

Time to change things up

Posted: January 24, 2014 in Bloggers, Editorial
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So a little real life for everyone. This week the job front decided to pull a fastball on me with a future office closure. I have a month before the doors shut for good. (Feb 21st) Time to find some place new.

I am going to use my real skills and talents to find myself a better career path. I feel for far too long I have ignored my true callings and passions. I have my sights set on Technology. I would love to get into the tech world. I find the products and procedures much more forthcoming and inventive. In the upcoming months I will be researching, formatting, and striving to enter a new world and endeavor for myself. It’s a little scary to say but what good things aren’t?

I think the Business Analysis job path with goals towards Project Management is where my heart is set. Lots of new jargon and lingo to learn but I’m happy to be excited at the prospect of enjoying work again. I have a few skills to brush up with as they are not used in my daily life but regardless of it all I’m optimistic and excited.

Sometimes life just happens to put you on the path you should have been all the while. I am going to enjoy the journey and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Update on the mobile keyboard front

Posted: December 3, 2013 in Bloggers, Editorial, Rant, Tech

My last post was when I moved to using physical keyboard enabled phones to the Note 2. What better way to start a refresh than to write about how it has been.

The Sidekick 4g I replaced sits in front of me, it has been called back into duty as broken screens are replaced, I remembered my love for physical keyboards as I set it up for the misses. Right now I continue to use it’s Note 2 successor abs it’s even the device I’m writing this post from. I have to say it’s been a journey.

First things first, my touchscreen isn’t better. I’ve gotten more use to it but overall using a touchscreen is not a better experience than typing, it’s just different. I find at times it has it’s own nuances and difficulties that make the experience always unique to itself. I find it consistently problematic that my keyboard is much closely tied to software causing the normal limitations. Phone slowing down? Well say goodbye to the urgency of that message. But I guess these are troubles billions go through I’m just late to the market.

I primarily use Swype as my keyboard of choice. The input method and keyboard are to my liking and simulate the speed I have typing. With it, comes errors and retypes as proficiency and speed duel each other out. It makes me wonder if the squiggles I use to input words make a language of their own, but that is a post for another time.

For the most part it works, and it jettisons the costly and heavy physical keyboard. Plus in a touchscreen generation it’s a needed experience. I miss my keyboard and every time I use my laptop or desktop I’m thankful for its input. How long until those as well go the way of the floppy disk? I guess time will tell. Until then I will continue to miss my keyboard.

Just another refresher

Posted: December 3, 2013 in Bloggers, Editorial


So we have an icon, that’s a start right. If you’re going to make it on your own you need to start fresh… and steal every idea you can and combine it with all the ideas you couldn’t. Everything is a remix.

Took back therabidsmiley.com this time need to post more than five items. Need to be less stringent on what to post and just give. That’s what it’s all about right? Creating, sharing, discussing content.

This weekend I’ll be saying goodbye to a friend I didn’t think would be leaving me this soon. We’ve had a great relationship together but we have both come to realize it will never work out for the two of us. This tumultuous ending comes as a surprise to very few but it doesn’t stop it from being a remorseful breakup. Others had made the decision long before me. Some never even gave them a chance. But this weekend ends the longstanding relationship with me and a physical keyboard on my phone.

Oh QWERTY key I knew you well. You’ve always been a friend to me allowing for quick opening and typing out of long detailed and complex thoughts. You’ve allowed vibrant use of my vernacular without worry for word addition or misunderstanding. You’ve allowed me to be my own personal typist and spell check. But our time together is coming to a close.

Why you ask? Well to be blunt it is because you’re becoming so very outdated. I can honestly say there never was a time when I felt you kept up like the rest of the pack but I loved you regardless. You gave me something that the others couldn’t. You gave me text confidence and for that you were always priceless. I remember when we first met. I was so nervous but it became an instant love affair. My text message limits sky rocketed as I found I could always find just the right things to say with you. No longer did I have to worry about clumsy T9 or mistake prone on screen. You were mine to express myself how I saw fit. You were always known so well like we’d been together forever. You were simple… but I think that is where the problem in you lied.

Your simplicity became your biggest burden. With more and more phones being able to accept after market keyboards via Bluetooth why should anyone feel pigeonholed to keeping you around oh QWERTY key? With your addition of girth with no added power more and more users flocked away from you. Why add the inches just to type a little bit faster? The onscreen keyboard wasn’t that bad right? Well it was for me. I held out as long as I could. But you didn’t seem to hold out for me.

What happened to us? Why did you stop coming around? I use to see you and maybe 5 of your friends a year but now I’m lucky if even one good one of you comes around. You also never seem to excel. You’re not terrible, but mid-range at best. Why can you never be a blockbuster? I feel you’re never supportive much after the start of the relationship. You sort of just fall to the side and are forgotten. So now it’s my time to do the same.

I want to say I’m sorry. I really do. I always supported you. I never thought that this joy had to end. But for me it really does. You’re just not reliable anymore. I can’t trust you’ll be around when I need you. Do I think I’ll find better? No I really don’t. But I think that I’ll have to make due. I’ll find alternatives and ways to make things work until the hurt of losing you is just a mere memory.

It was great while it lasted old friend. Maybe one day down the line we can meet again in another fashion. Maybe I’ll run into a cousin of yours that is compatible with what I need. But for right now I have to say goodbye. I have to turn away and not look back. But you’ll always be the physical keyboard in my heart.

BatShitCrazy Films

Posted: February 22, 2012 in BSC, Movies
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So I got a great message from a longtime friend today on why don’t I post more movies and trailers of upcoming films and such. The main reason for this is that I am lazy and really just don’t want to watch these trailers and such to get an opinion of something I probably won’t be watching anyways. Not to be taken down I was then given these following gems to add to a series I will be calling BatShitCrazy Films. For BSC Films it just needs to be left of center, extreme, completely missed the mark, or just wrong. Sometimes it could also be a film so epic I wept before the trailer even ended. So I present you with the first BSC Film.


Why does this deserve BSC? – It has Nazi’s… from the moon. I’m not sure this needs any more explanation other than someone thought long and hard enough to bring Nazi’s current and they brought them from the fucking moon. Also the Sarah Palin like president isn’t a swing and a miss either.


Why does this deserve BSC? – We all thought Bobcat Goldthwait was a tad psychotic since his police academy days. But in this movie that he not only wrote but directed can clearly show his current state of mind of the entertainment industry. I might have to purchase tickets to see this one.



Why does this deserve BSC? – There is a scene where the entire street is filled with bullets and guns. Plus you had Chow Yun-Fat in another bullet cinema. Just tell me there will be doves. That is all I ask.



Why does this deserve BSC – I have watched this trailer three times and still have no idea what this movie may remotely be about. From the preview alone it looks to be worse than 2001: Space Odyssey. The entire movie pay just be this trailer dragged out to 2 hours 20 minutes.


That’s all I have for now until my trailer ninjas bring me back some cinema gold. Can’t wait to see what the next BatShitCrazy Fillms gives us and I’ll update some of the prior ones shown. I made a channel on Youtube for any of the ones I find (or have had found for me) which you can find here