Over the past year at my job with Klenz towel, I have been completely stressed out more than once. After a hard day of work I find the best solution to maintaining my sanity is a glass of wine and turning on my favorite Internet radio station and just listening for an hour or so. Sometimes these sessions can last for three to four hours. I paid some attention while taking a barrage of psych classes in college, there I learned that music affects a different part of the brain than normal speech. The cool thing is that while you listen to music, it is actually “massaging” the rest of your brain. Imagine getting a back rub that makes your knee feel better (how neat is that?)
Next time you are stressed, try throwing on a slow paced melodic masseuse along with a glass of your favorite vintage.
I’ve thought long and hard about the question that I posted last time, and I came to the conclusion that if I were selected to be CEO in a foreign country, I would accept the position. However there would have to be a list of priorities, my family must be able to be educated and safe, I would have to make more money than I did in the United States, and above all else, Kelsey must say yes. 🙂 I sometimes wonder how people can make decisions without consulting their family and loved ones. I’m not even married yet and I can’t imagine making a life altering decision without first consulting Kelsey.
Hope you all have a good weekend and a happy Valentines day!
Today while sitting in class with one of my favorite educators of all time, David Artko, he posed a question that really got me thinking. If a company I was working for told me that they were starting a division in Europe or Asia and they wanted me to run it, would I be willing to take the job. He was talking about his past experience at Bank America, he was CEO of Bank America in several Asian countries including China and Japan.
I’m not going to lie, this question really knocked me back on my heels. My gut tells me to yell out “I WANT TO DO IT!!! PICK ME!!!” but my brain is telling me, “Think about it, you may make more money and become more cultured, but at what cost?”
I’d like to think that either way I would choose, it would be the right one. Being deeply rooted in the midwest, my family would hate it if I were to up and leave to a different part of the country, let alone a different part of the world. While I contemplate this, I want you, the readers to also contemplate it. What would you do if you were offered the job of CEO in a different part of the world?
I’m going to follow up on this question within the next week.
Wednesday was bitter sweet. It marked the end of my last Jterm in undergrad. Will I miss the 4 hours of class everyday or the insane amount of homework? No… But will I miss the 6 hours of free time where I took up hobbys like working out and reading? Yes… Next Thursday will mark the start of my final semester here at the University of Sioux Falls. I plan on going out with a bang. My GPA has done nothing but improve over the last year and a half and I intend on keeping that upward trend moving. I’ve got a tough schedule ahead of me though so I need to buckle down. (the main reason i’m writing this in my blog is to remind myself that it’s not going to be a cakewalk.)
I’m going to make a schedule to post at least once a week on the blog. I’ve been doing a terrible job of it.
Oh and I just found out that when I complete a week long journal for Google about the CR-48 I win a 50 dollar amazon gift card!
Today I tried spending the entire day in the clouds. I failed, but not until about fifteen minutes ago when I realized that there was no way to get the pictures off of my SD card that I put into the SD card reader on the side of the machine. I then went running to my mac to upload the pictures to Picasa.
Other than the SD fiasco, I feel that I did well living in the clouds today. I did find some more pro’s though. I’m beginning to love the super fast startup and shut down. This feature is what will come to set the google laptops apart from others. My apple takes much less time than my sister’s dell to startup and shut down, but the Cr-48 takes the gold medal in the race from startup to browsing the internet to shutting down.
I have a new album started on Picasa full of all of the pics if you want to look at all of my pictures. I uploaded a lot of them, but not all.
I’m now in possession of a 3g device. My Cr-48 has 2 years of free Verizon 3g service. Thanks Google and Verizon! You’ll see the 3g feature in the pictures below. I’m going to say sorry in advance for my poor picture quality. It was dark and I didn’t set up the images very well.
So, today my Christmas break started out right… When I arrived at my house in Canton, there was a large unmarked package waiting for me in the garage. I had no idea who the person on the package was, and why he was sending me a package. I knew I hadn’t purchased anything on ebay in the last month or so, and that I didn’t have anything that heavy coming for me from @iwearyourshirt. When I opened it up, there was a box with a mouse’s instructions on how to build a “rocket wheel.” I was clueless… I opened it up and HOLY CRAP!!! Inside was the Google CR-48 laptop that I signed up to test for the company. I had no idea that they would choose me to be one of the beta testers. I’ll post pictures of the computer tomorrow. Tonight I’m in the process of charging and orienting myself to the functionality of the machine.
Day 1 Pro’s:
-Great Keyboard Layout
The keyboard is unlike any other computer keyboard I’ve used before. There is no CAPS LOCK key, there are no F1, F2, F3… and so on, there is no start button or apple button. There is a magnifying glass key where the caps lock key is on traditional keyboards. if you hit this it pops open a new tab showing all of your apps (I’ll discuss these tomorrow.)
-Super Fast Startup/Shutdown
In a matter of less than ten seconds I can turn the computer on and be browsing the internet. I can hold the power down and and it’ll shut off in about two or three seconds. It also has a sleep function very similar to Apple’s Macbook pro. I shut the lid, it goes to sleep, instantly, if I open the lid, it wakes up, instantly. Super Fast!
The CR-48 is very light. It weighs in at under four pounds (3.8 lbs) and is extremely portable. I feel like I could carry this anywhere and do anything with it. Oh and did I mention it has free 3G Verizon service (tomorrow).
Day 1 Con’s:
The trackpad is very jumpy and not very consistent. While I was typing this, my palms attempted to get out of the tab twice and messed up my spelling by jumping lines nearly a dozen times. This sounds terrible, but it’s simply a minor inconvenience that’ll take some getting used to.
-Lack of “Amenities”
This gem comes with everything you absolutely need with no extras. It comes with a webcam, mic, trackpad, single USB drive, VGA out, 3.5 mm headphone jack, SD memory card reader, and oh wait, that’s it…
I’m not sure why, but I’m not able to watch movies on Netflix… FAIL
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So for my christmas list this year, rather than sending out lists individually via email, I’m going to update my blog as a new item is added to my list. My list this year is not as long, or as expensive as years past, but that can change if something unbelievably awesome and expensive comes out that I cannot live without.
Christmas List 2010
- Professional looking brown belt
- Professional looking black belt
- I wear size 34 pants if that helps
- Good Electric can opener (or VERY GOOD hand crank can opener)
- 19” or bigger widescreen monitor (Samsung preferred but only if on sale)
- Socks (short Hanes red stripe toes)
- I DO NOT NEED UNDERWEAR
- iHome Keyboard
- New Snowpants (insanely waterproof with reinforced seams)
- Lightweight polo or two (size large)
- Long sleeved dress shirts
- Something that goes with brown shoes (I’d ask Kelsey)
- Khaki pants (gift cards are best)
- Premium Country by David Adam Byrnes (Mp3 Download)