Monday, March 3, 2014

Oh what an Opportunity

I started working on The Career Fitness Program , Exercising your Options, after my career counselor at Sage College generously passed to me during one of our sessions. I took her advice and began working through the exercises in the workbook. They did test my patience, and re-framing my attitude for success took time. Right around the same time a friend I met at toastmasters took me to the Barnes and Noble book store in a local mall. He decided to buy me a book, and the one he picked surprised me. The name of the book is "I don't know what I want but I know it is not this" written by Julie Jansen. Julie Jansen has written a step by step guide to finding gratifying work.

What I did discover was working through both these books was useful. But it took much more time than I wanted to commit to my professional development project. So don't be surprised that when you begin this process of assessing and reassessing your career goals, that it is a continual challenge.

Monday, February 24, 2014

13 Reasons You're Not As Successful As You Should Be by Jim Kukral


#1 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Laziness

#2 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Entitlement

#3 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Fear

#4 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Negativity

#5 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Stop Thinking

#6 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – No Goals

#7 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – “They”

#8 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – No “X” Factor

#9 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Time Waste

#10 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Social B.S.

#11 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Think Small

#12 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Don’t Want It

#13 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Don’t Believe

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Making a Makerspace Creating a Business Model

This article by Guy Calavacanti is a series of workshops and articles sponsored by Artisan's Asylum and MAKE. The first article in the series is on how to get insurance for your creative manufacturing makerspace. The next one discusses the business model. Consider the ways you can make money in this creative manufacturing environment. Creating a Business Model http://makezine.com/2013/06/04/making-makerspaces-creating-a-business-model/

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Build Your Own Website (Free)

The about.com website is full of useful information. I have found it a valuable resource and rely on it frequently for general information about "anything" I need to learn about quickly. From About.com: What Free Website Service Is the Best? They suggest Reviewing the options (1) Blogger: A free blogging service (2) WordPress: A blogging tool and publishing platform TVCOG make space had a workshop on WordPress. (3) Google Sites: A web page publishing tool. (4) Tumblr: A microblogging platform for multimedia-rich content The URL will read: www.yoursitename.blogspot.com, www.yoursitename.wordpress.com, sites.google.com/site/yoursitename/ or yoursitename.tumblr.com. TRY WEEBLY Weebly offers a free online website creator so I thought I would try it. I started and closed after I could not upload my business logo so it matched the background. I did decide to try this free website creator since it also offers blogging and e-Commerce. It supports paypal. Comparison of free web hosting services is a great wiki to read before spending lots of your time on creating a versatile website with e-Commerce features. Well how did Weebly measure up? ONLINE MONEY TRANSFERS Paypal is the gold standard for e-Commerce transactions. With one catch, it can not load money to a prepaid Credit Card. Macy's and IEEE both do not accept paypal as a method of payment. A fix for this is MoneyGram. Weebly supports basic features for blogging and e-Commerce. Site owners can develop simple stores with payments through either PayPal or Stripe

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

LEDs to brighten Palace, save cash

National Grid grant helps pay for new bulbs By Eric Anderson Published 8:03 pm, Thursday, December 19, 2013 The Palace is embarking on a project to replace 8,000 bulbs throughout the theater, many of them energy-hungry incandescents, with the LED fixtures. National Grid provided a $70,000 grant to help pay for the move, which is expected to cut the Palace's electric bill by 30 percent, or about $31,500 annually. "This project will have paid for itself in less than two years," said Ron Semp of Rise Engineering, which works with National Grid on energy efficiency projects. The theater will realize savings "just (on) the manpower alone," said Holly Brown, the theater's executive director. "Some of the spots in this theater are extremely challenging to get to." National Grid offers grants to small businesses to help them save energy. Funding comes through what's known as a system benefits charge on ratepayers' utility bills. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority offers similar grants. http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/LEDs-to-brighten-Palace-save-cash-5079929.php

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Dutch Students Break Electric Car Acceleration Record

I got interested in this article after Emma Willard hosted its first makerfaire on Saturday October 11, 2013.   Of the entire list of articles on the electric car @ IEEE Spectrum Online, this one seemed the most interesting.

Dutch Students Break Electric Car Acceleration Record

"Dutch students today shaved 20 percent off the record time for an electric car to reach 100 km/h"

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