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[I use “I” a lot below, but hey, it works since this is an opinion piece. :>]
I like it, but I also don’t like it. I like it because college level education is very expensive and beyond the reach of some people; or within reach but they wind up with huge college loan debt when they graduate and spend the next 20 years paying off loans. I don’t like it because I’m not sure if a 2-year community college degree is going to be useful enough. Sure, if we are able to accelerate learning, and focus on actual beneficial training, the 2-year degree would be good. Read more »
I sit here and ponder a good blog post topic. It’s frustrating because it seems that I have all these great ideas that I want to write about, but rarely when I’m actually at a computer and in writing mode.
This tells me two things:
1) My mind is more creative when I’m unplugged. I get a LOT of good thoughts (well, I think they’d be good :>) while I’m running. Part of that might be the “runner’s high” and stimulated by the workout itself. But I also get good ideas while walking in the woods, or out on a boat (fishing or chilling), or sometimes while reading a book. The ideas come at me at all sorts of times, but they definitely come at me more when I’m offline than when I’m online. When I’m online I’m generally focused on a task so I guess that hinders the creative juices.
2) I need to make notes. I get these ideas, then they’re gone. Sometimes they last and I can still recall them when I’m in writing mode, but more often than not – they’re done. I need to figure a good way to take notes on these ideas while I’m offline. Perhaps I need to start a practice of pulling out my phone and dictating a note message to myself; or using a “notes app” to jot down a few ideas. Or maybe I need to go totally old-school and keep my notebook near me (yes, I do have an actual paper notebook that I take to some meetings).
So to maintain my creativity and idea-flow, I need to make sure I’m spending a decent amount of time unplugged, and I need to develop a good practice on taking notes for these ideas.
When do you have your best ideas? And what do you use to take notes of these ideas for later reflection?
I read an Inc article this morning titled “Top 8 Cars to Buy After You Make Your First Million“. I hope they meant “when you make your first $5 million” or something rather than $1 million. The cars in the article are VERY expensive. If you just hit the $1 million dollar level in your bank account then go out and buy a $100k car, I’d say there is a good chance you’ll never see that millionaire level again. Read more »
NovoEd is a provider of online courses – and it looks like they have some good ones. I went to register for one of the classes this morning to check out the quality of the teaching and platform. One of the options presented was to log on with my existing Google account. I love when I have that option because it means one less password I need to deal with. Read more »
I went to download the 180 day trial of SQL Server 2014 today, and after being forced to log on to Live and verify a couple screens of data (annoying), I then got prompted that to complete the download I would have to install the Akamia NetSession Interface. Read more »