Frittering away more time

Well, I must own up to being a hypocrite.  I’ve found more ways to waste time to fill the pockets emptied by my recent housekeeping of my daily schedule.  I will memorialize them here, and then more on. I think I wrote before about Rob Ford’s “The edge of Flash”.  I justify the time I spend once a quarter or so investigating Rob’s new delicacies in the bejeweled world of Flash animation online as being a sort of virtual art gallery tour.  And he always delivers up some site with a unique new animated game.

The “got milk?” site is really a sweet detour if you have a few minutes to spare.  Ahem, my To-Do list beckons!

(Still seeking)

PS…Next post…yet another interesting diversion and an alternative to eBay surfing for the odd and unusual.

PPS…also want to investigate the motives people have for blogging…they seem to break down into categories like “professional/PR/resident topical expert”; “comic relief/online stand-up sitting down at the computer”; “activism/advice/sharing helpful ideas”; “self-confessional”; “alter-ego, glamorous personification”…  guilty of all the above!

Published in: on September 15, 2008 at 4:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Avoiding cobwebs in the mind, like spider solitaire

There’s nothing like a good, ole’ fashioned to-do list to get me stoked to get things done.  That and

combined with the necessity of stripping off of my computer some time-sucking applications, like its preloaded games.  I finally had to remove spider solitaire as it was interfering with my sleep cycles!  I also have been trying to free my inbox from newsletters and email subscriptions that are not that productive for me any more.  Sort of like Feng Shui for my email inbox.  Too bad I have this insatiable curiosity!  I just found another one as I was looking through time management resources.  I will see if it’s worthwhile.

I really need to focus my “free” time on stepping up my language study. I’m planning a trip to Europe in late December and I think my facility with Spanish will finally let me spin off to somewhat intelligible Italian.

It appears others are equally obsessed with the game (see Keith Devens’ detailed account of his game) and their personal winning percentages, with I did realize is affected by the level of the game setting…my computer came with 3 levels and the default was the intermediate difficulty level, which my games before I pulled the plug on the insanity left me hovering around 13% wins.

Part of my resolve to yank off the application was my horror of gambling as a vice.  I recently went to a local casino (in Florida we have a couple of pockets of legal gaming due to Miccosukee Indian reservations).  I lost 14 cents.  I guess I don’t qualify as having a gambling problem.  I like my money too much to let go of it.

But time is money, right? Yes, a good trade off–forfeit the dubious enjoyment of mind-numbing computer games that carry probably millions of combinations (one online source touted “zillions” of games–is that a real term?) for the real payoff of communicating in real time with real people in a very limited opportunity of foreign travel.  Okay, that’s good prioritizing.

That’s one thing I should do when constructing my “to-do” lists…a little prioritizing, though I finally simply having a new list each day guarantees for me a certain higher level of productivity.  (Some say having a “Not to do” list may help too!  So I’m trying out something called Ta-da List.   Brian Benzinger has a whole slew of other applications summarized on his informative site which reviews webproducts, called Solution Watch.   I got a little curious when I saw the trail of Brian’s writings there ended around the 3rd quarter of 2007, so Google led me to find out that Brian started up something called Parallel and was last seen on Twitter.  Hhhmmnn…the new “crack”-type addiction for bloggers.  He has re-emerged to my knowledge yet, but he’s a bright young guy, so I hope all’s well.

Published in: on September 14, 2008 at 10:12 pm  Comments (2)  

Mr. Right and the cheering, rooting section

While quietly clickety-clacking away on my laptop in a local library this past week (my alternate office, beside the Panera Bread cafes), I was joined at my table by a nice gentleman who asked to share the space.  We started talking a bit, between my working on a flyer design for a dance studio I frequent, checking Facebook messages, etc.  Earlier in my visit I had browsed the library shelves, picking out choice selections from the new and mustier holdings, including a smattering of Italian language self-study books and European travel guidebooks.  After paying a whopping fine that had been nagging on my conscious for previous overdue videos, I’d checked out my picks of these selections, and also a book called,

Why Mr. Right can’t find you : the surprising answers that will change your life– and his,

by J.M. Kearns, which I’d recommend to anyone with a toe in the dating pool. It basically advises how to rethink one’s parameters and be open to all venues to meet people.  For women, it has great descriptions of the thought process men go through in screening a potential Miss Right.  And for men, it has some eye-opening explanations of some really stupid myths women cling to subconsciously that limit their peripheral vision.

So, happily, I ended up getting together with this new found friend from the library later, at a coffee shop, which led to a nice boating expedition, and while I don’t think he’s Mr. Right, it was nice to make a new friend.  And friends are the sustaining nectar that feeds the lonely hearts during their search for love, hopefully distracting them from the wistful moments that inevitably surface from time to time when one flies solo.  They are our cheering section, that we celebrate birthdays with, who listen to our tails of the maybe’s were exploring, who counsel or just nod sagely as we describe the frustrations of dealing with relatives we’d at times like to disown, or know when to call at just the right moment.  I’m glad to have quite of few of these buoyant souls, who encourage me in whatever hair-brained or perhaps brilliant new plot I want to hatch.  Like occasionally, my blog entries.  : )

Published in: on September 7, 2008 at 8:35 pm  Comments (2)  
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Avoiding the Panera Paunch

I’ve become a huge fan recently of a place called Panera Bread.  Actually, it’s not one place, but a chain of coffee shops that stepped to fill the void vacated by the greedy swarming monster named Starbucks, in offer in the latter’s stead the free wi-fi that so many students, entrepreneurs and otherwise disenfranchised souls depend upon to be linked in, hooked up, and online.  You can find a Panera or other free wi-fi spot (local public libraries are pretty good but of course, it’s shhh to cell phone use there) on several websites like

UPDATE –SEPT. 25, 2008—PANERA BREAD has recently blocked attempts to access

I try to keep the “latte factor” low on my visits to my new “office,” for reasons of both physical and fiscal health.  Like today, an E.T. bagel (no, not the extraterrial kind, but the savory “everything” bagel) was the lessor evil of choice, lightly toasted by the cheerful counter girl, and enjoyed with a wee bit of real butter.  One of the things I like about this one particular outlet is that it’s blessedly less than a mile from home, and has a parking garage with thus-far free parking, as the building boom in this area has over-estimated for the moment the retail and business visitor traffic to the area across from a major retail shopping maul, er, mall.

Published in: on September 1, 2008 at 10:13 pm  Comments (1)  
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