Monday, December 31, 2007
Take your work ethic into the New Year. You stay until the job is done — it's a matter of pride, and it's a matter of dignity. That said, if there's one thing to leave in the past, it's your tendency to settle for too low a wage.
Take your instinct about what is truly valuable with you into the New Year. And what you can leave back in 2007 is your fear that you are unworthy of it. Repeat: "I am worthy of the things I desire."
I can honestly say, next year feels like a breakthrough year.
Focus, discipline and high standards are the watchwords for the New Year.
Yeah, I have resolutions for the New Year, but theyre more goals than resolutions. Resolutions are wishes and intentions, goals are benchmarks.
It's looking good.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
I used to shop @ CompUSA all the time in the 90's, rarely going there since the end of the last decade. I last bought a external hard drive case from them about 2 years ago, preferring to get what I need on the Internet.
I doubt most folk will miss them.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Theyre a pain to work on, with innumerable screws, breakable plastic bits and fragility.
Taking them apart, you have to be careful and organized, making sure nothing is lost, broken or done out of order.. Putting them back together, its the same, but double checking that youre not missing anything. And dont sneeze.
Mac laptops are worse, much worse, with non-standard fasteners, proprietary parts and no public service manuals. Apple doesnt want The Unwashed Masses messing with their products.
Oh yeah, and I have a Mac laptop I need to work on. O_0
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I think that outlook started as a kid, we didnt have birthday parties. Eventually, what with my travels, it got to the point where holidays passed unnoticed, eventually becoming more of an annoyance than a celebration.
I think many folk are puzzled at my disregard for holiday conventions.
Apart from being aware that most places will be closed, theyre just another day to me really.
Maybe if I have a family, I might do traditions, but eh.
The New York Fox 5 weather woman took the morning weather job @ the SF CBS station here. It's her first Christmas away from the East Coast.
She looked so homesick when her co-workers brought up that fact, saying she had called her mom who replied "You'll be aight".
Christmas here out West is different, especially when you dont have anyone close around. I think the wide open spaces add to it.
Of course, we arent dealing with bad weather, although frankly - I like snow in winter.
Yeah, one could go into the mountains, but it taint the same.
Making your lifestyle secure for the future and setting up ways to be productive in the coming year have taken most of your attention the past few months. Most Virgos will be pleased with the progress and wait for the new year with the anticipation of an even better year to follow. A renewed sense of independence has increased your level of self-confidence.
That's how Im feelin'.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
In any case, after I left, I was urged by deep geek friends to switch to Unix. One totally switched over, running clusters in his bedroom. My geek friends felt it was in my best interest.
The deepest Ive gotten with unix is to set up a QA lab and a few web-servers, but otherwise, I didnt use it.
In retrospect, I shoulda - but I wasnt that interested.
Nowadays, LAMP competence is almost mandatory. And unlike 10 years ago, it's ready for primetime, so ....
I'm switching to Unix. For personal use, even.
For a geek, that is a Big Deal.
Yeah, Im still a geek.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Put some more effort into your career today, and get ready to do the work you've been putting aside. It's a good idea to assess your current situation and think about whether or not it may be time to set your sights a bit higher. Formulate your plans. Start by organizing a list of your recent accomplishments. -
Hm. That's a good thought.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I always wonderd why I would do that. I'd always thought it was because I didnt feel like I was yet a Pro, but now I realize the real reason. I dont WANT to be a Professional Photographer. Or more accurately, I dont want to make a living as a Pro. Never have.
Being a professional photographer is a hard way to make a living, not that far above trying to be a professional writer and that is far harder.
Today, Ive started feeling good about what Im trying do, because I am doing exactly what I want to do, inspired by Gordon Ramsey. In fact, it was watching his "Kitchen Nightmares" series that really crystallized my feelings.
His practical demonstration of his principles of passion, high standards and fundamental business principles have really inspired me.
And with that, Im happy and have started on what Ive wanted to do for the past 15 years. Actually happy, inspite of being short of money. But that's temporary. I only feel scared if Im not doing something.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
About 2 -3 months after I got it, this Powerbook died.
Except for my old PowerComputing Mac, every Mac Ive personally owned has died on me - this one simply refused to boot. It is one of the reasons I dont belong to the Cult of Mac.
I can fix it, but Im not motivated to do that because A) As a tech, I consider computers disposable, B) Laptops are a BITCH to work on once you get past memory upgrades C) There are 3 possible things wrong with it and one of them costs more than the thing is worth, D) It's time to buy a new Mac. I need an Intel Mac.
I do miss it tho, because Lord, the thing is pretty. Simply gorgeous.
However, when it died and I picked up a near brand-new PC for a HUNDRED BUX off Craigslist, my productivity went through the roof. I simply struggled to process the massive amount of images I shoot with it. Not because it was slow, but because the tools available for the Mac are simply inefficient. Trust me, Im not ill-informed.
There is not one Mac based photographer I know who doesnt have a PC in the corner.
So, as nice as this machine is - it is better off dead.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
You're getting passionate. Passion is the difference between doing a job and being a professional. Passion is the difference between liking someone and claiming someone.I hope so. I havent done much shooting since Thanksgiving, been pretty much a hermit.
At the same time, Im shifting my direction irrevocably - come hell or high waters.
Heh, I keep saying that.