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Laptop gone, On Happiness and Job (not Jobs)

My Macbook Air laptop was stolen. I still have my old laptop (Tonto)… but there is a reason that I bought the Macbook and that reason hasn’t evaporated. So I’ll probably need to go out and replace the stolen computer.

I seem to be going through a streak of bad luck that is testing me like Job.

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More Seth

I’ve been a fan of Seth Godin’s blog style for a while. It’s more about citing a situation, making an assessment/interpretation of the situation, then positing fundamental business questions with the intention to get the reader to determine that they may need some help. Even when he writes a blog where he never uses a question mark, the blog is intended to prompt you to ask: am I doing that? Is my business acting that way?

In case you don’t know, Seth Godin is an branding and marketing expert-for-hire (and best-selling author) so, in a sense, he’s using the blog to demonstrate his capacity to think and interpret situations in a superior way. Occasionally, he’ll make a blatant suggestion that’s more preference than expert opinion. Very occasionally, he’s post a blog that seems incongruously banal… but that’s a rare one. When that happens, I quiz myself to ensure that I’m not missing something brilliant, then I tend to dismiss it by thinking that he’s just having a bad day.

My view is that his style would work for anyone who is claiming to have some expertise, and who has a few brain cells to rub together.

So….. here’s my point… I’ve decided to use Seth’s writing style as a model for the long ingnored L2ideas blog. I’ve stopped and started that blog a few times, and deleted previous posts just the other day. I doubt anyone is reading the blog… but what the heck, as I do more marketing, networking, and such… maybe it will impress someone enough that it will make it easier for me to build a relationship with a client and close a deal. Stranger things have happened. Can’t hurt.

Now, you may ask, what have I got planned for this here blog? Good question. It’s been diary-esque all along. But really it’s not even that. In actuality I don’t blog about many things in my life. I’ve gotten some creepy crap from readers over the years. So I rarely blog about the day-to-day of work and I don’t blog about my sex life. I don’t blog about emotional stuff, and if I do I usually come to my senses within a couple of days and delete the post.

As a result this blog is BORING — but if you’re reading, you already know that. Really, I’d be surprised if anyone is still reading & even more suprised if anyone has bothered to read this far down the page! So… I’m looking for some inspiration.

I have seen some successful bloggers that are “personalities” — but I gave up trying to be a popular kid on the “A list” in early 2000. I’ve seen bloggers who are brilliant hobbyists and blog about stuff that they are passionate about but don’t work with every day (photography, finance/investing)… but that’s not me either.

Right now, this blog exists because it gives me a certain “street cred” in the IT world that helps when I assert myself as an IT Strategy Consultant with some level of expert knowledge and foresight. I can honestly say that I was an early-adopter of this technology and others. Although I’m generally the last of the first wave, I “get it” and use it, so I’m not some old fogie who is theoretical about this stuff. But the joie de vivre of blogging has waned over the years for me. I’m still looking for inspiration… maybe the Seth style will work for me on a personal blog too?

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Flowers for Trinitron Reprise

I am addicted to TV again. I am always reminded of the Tom the Dancing Bug comic strip called Flowers for Trinitron.

That really sums it up for me. When I’m TV free I do things like read the great books of the Western canon, or get a professional certification, or paint. But TV is just so damn addictive and mind/soul sapping! Especially when Tivo makes delivery of the drug so efficient. Tivo is like the crack version of TV. Ugh, I hate myself. Seriously, I am experiencing brain atrophy while watching programs like the new 90210 and House. Is there a 12-step program for TV addiction?

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Email (Mis?) Management

You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one of my email accounts. I have 9 different major email accounts. Notice I didn’t write email addresses… that’s because I’m not counting total aliases. I’m just giving you the total number for what comes after the @ symbol in an email address (example: alias@emailaccount.com)

So what’s up with all this noise? Well, I have a lot of net identities. There are all of my personal domains(5), job-related accounts(2), a gmail acct, and a yahoo acct.

Everything was fairly well managed for a while. I had most of everything funnelling into the gmail acct, then had the work email… so effectively I had 2 major email programs to manage. But, in the past couple of weeks, that has temporarily jumped to 4.

It’s really too much. I don’t know which email I am sending from or should be receiving into anymore. Frankly, I am getting a little scatterbrained about the whole thing. Good thing it is temporary.

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Vindication: Last of the First Wave

As an adult, I’ve settled into the pattern of being the last of the first wave. I let the very early adopters effectively beta-test all the new products and services. They pay more for the privelege of being the cool kids on the block, which makes the producers happy. They are also helpful in that they give constructive criticism about defects to the product development staff. Companies respond by releasing patches, and they incorporate those fixes in the next generation of the product. The cycle of product development continues.

A few months ago, I bought an iPhone. Everyone said: “Why not just wait till the new one comes out?” Due to mostly personal timing issues, that wouldn’t have worked for me… but I also know that even the coolest manufacturers put out buggy products when they go in a new direction, and I was secretly glad that I could be the last of the early adopters.

Fast forward to vindication. This article describes problems with the 3G iPhone. Maybe it’s the network, maybe it’s the chipset… whatever. There are a lot of people complaining and I am glad that I’m not part of that group. I’m totally happy with my purchase, which is the last of the first generation of the iPhone.

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