Archive for the ‘Bloggers’ Category

About my own Manifesto

Posted: January 29, 2014 in Bloggers, Editorial
Tags: ,

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
Tags: , ,

 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
Tags: , , ,

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
Tags:

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
Tags:

image

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.

Who do you love?

Posted: July 28, 2011 in Bloggers
Tags: ,

So I follow a few blogs that my friends started. You can find their links always on the left (well the left at this time). They are an eccelctic bunch so here is a brief overview of each one.

Inside the mind of a manic. Wondrous rants and raves of various commentary from pop culture to politics anything that gets her going at the moment. Decent length editorials with personal fact checking and source links. Always reliable to get you going “For real???”
A great opinion piece blog with varying topics from Tech, Public opinion, and science. A detailed blog sure to get you talking about something.
Sister of Rabid and fellow Damien Enterprise employee Fyrestata brings you whatever is on her mind at the moment. From Anime, Tech, Gaming or anything shiny or sharp Fyre puts her two cents in.
You have now reached the ends of the internetz. Brother of Rabid and Damien Enterprises other Co-founder Needsnaming brings you an eccentric mix of his tastes, likes, and inside the scary black hole that is called his brain. Meme and internet humor as well as current music likes varying from Pop, Rock, and Electronica.
She loves the things you put in her box. Happy Mailbox is Randi’s one woman army to keep the US Postal Service alive. More seriously it is a blog about various Post Card, PenPal, and letter swapping sites. Tons of photos of all the wonderful things she gets in the mail as well as sends out all over the globe. Who says postage is dead?
In his words, “a lucid state, characterized by freedom from worry or any other preoccupation” Path is a brother of Rabid as well as Damien Enterprise employee. With posts varying from Anime, Foreign interests, Tech, Gaming, and more Path shows you his take on the internet and what floats his boat. Excellent links, and great commentary.
We’re talking Semi-homemade! Lindsay brings the world of the busy-bee crafter to light. A little hippie a little crafty all easy going. She has a love for animals that are also very prominent part of her site. With projects and giveaways there is always something interesting here. Varying topics from arts and crafts, to animal welfare, and randomness.
Following the lives of Lindsay and Adora The Grown Life shows the world though the eyes of no longer being a kid. Full of wonder and spirit TGL deals with spirituality, adventure, and just living. With two authors there are varying but similar views that will leave you wishing for more to read.
A tumblr site showing the snarky side of her own personal daily life as well random things she finds interesting. Great insight and rants. Very few TL:DRs and always something that will give you a smile.
So that’s it for now. If you’re a personal blogger in my realm let me know and I’ll check you out. I keep current on all the sites above and will liberally use them to my liking.
-TRS