One of my favorite web comics (besides XKCD) is Toothpaste For Dinner. The comic that first got me into it was the Panflute Flowchart (below). It can be used for just about any sort of item and has come in handy in dealing with various challenges I’ve faced during my life.
Everyone that has grown to appreciate MTV has a favorite music video. For some it may be Van Halen’s Jump and for other’s it’s Boy George. For me, it’s gotta be “Just” by Radiohead.
I remember watching it on 120 Minutes on MTV late one night.. or maybe it was that very strange WBER TV Show on Public Access. I can’t remember. Either way.. here’s the video.. What’s your favorite music video of all time? Please share in the comments..
I got back last night, just in time to take Miss Possible to the airport for a trip back to the East Coast for weekend full of baby showers, hoping that she doesn’t get any funny ideas. I spent just about a day and a half in Los Angeles, and that was more than enough time for me.
Business aside, the city itself was interesting, to say the least. We booked our hotel online at a place called The Beverly Pavillion, on Wilshire just blocks from the famed Rodeo Drive in a lovely area known as Beverly Hills. Looking at the photos online, we were thrilled to be in such a luxury hotel in such a great area of the city.
One of my co-workers brought his Tom-Tom (or as we called her Luella) Portable Navigator so that we were able to get around the city without much need for directions. As we were coming down Wilshire, we heard Luella say “100 yards to your destination” — but all we saw was an ugly brick building covered with scaffolding. As we pulled into the Hotel Garage, we began to get very nervous as it served several purposes at once: Garage/Valet Drop, Hotel Lobby, Registration Desk.
I’m heading out to Los Angeles this morning on Business, to return tomorrow. I’m looking forward to the trip, as it’s my first time to the City of Angels. Our client’s office is actually located in Beverly Hills, so naturally we needed to get a hotel nearby. It’s not the Beverly Wilshire or anything, but still… I’m sure it’s nice.
While I’m 99.9% sure that LA is not the town for me, it’s still going to be nice to check it out. It’s too bad the trip wasn’t a few weeks back, when I could’ve briefly extended my stay met up with The Captain… Oh well.
Since I started with RSS feeds, I’ve become a productivity nut. As I’ve mentioned several times, one of my favorite web sites is LifeHacker. A site that is devoted to little productivity tips and tricks.
One of the major focuses of the site, however, is a system known as “Getting Things Done,” a book by David Allen. I’ve known for some time about the system, and have heard several times about it’s reliability and how great it is. It was only until recently that I happened to pick up a copy and start reading. And let me tell you, I’m hooked.
The major concept is that everything you need to do or any idea you have — no matter how big or small — needs to be put into a system that is rock-solid. By doing so, you’ll know exactly where to look to find all of your tasks, and you don’t need to stress out about them. Think of it like this.. You need to take out the garbage, so what do you do? As soon as you think about it, you package up the trash and put it by the front door — so when you leave — you see it and take it out. It’s impossible to miss. This is the very basic premise of his book. By creating a system that contains every single idea or task you need to do — you’ll have everything you need to complete a task at your disposal.
It goes much deeper and further than this, however, breaking down projects into much smaller action items. Reviewing these on a regular basis with what’s known as a ‘Tickler’ file. As well as other neat tips and tricks. His system is not something you need to buy or invest in. It’s something you create — either electronically, in a day timer or even on note cards. There’s even a GTD Firefox Extension that integrates seamlessly with Gmail and an Outlook plugin that transforms the standard Outlook into a GTD Masterpiece. He basically gives you examples of how the system works, and from there you can use whatever tools you want to implement it. The world of productivity is your oyster.
But besides being a great system, it’s a fantastic read. He has some great ideas and some great concepts the he puts in very easy-to-understand language. I would highly recommend it to just about every reader of The Diatribe. Stop procrastination today — and start getting things done.
I may be in the minority on this earth for many reasons. One of them, in particular, is that I have never read a Harry Potter book or seen a Harry Potter movie. One other point of minority pride is the fact that I’ve never eaten a Big Mac, but that is fodder for another time. When the latest Harry Potter book and movie were released recently, the first thing I did was yawn. Then I scratched and adjusted myself. Then I held on tight and prepared myself for the non-stop media barrage of all things Harry. I tried to avoid most of it, but then I caught a glimpse of a J.K. Rowling interview and heard that the next Potter book will be her last. The thought that popped into mind was, ‘will she be typecast?’ (or whatever the corresponding term is for novelists)
If so, I’m sure she’ll be just fine. Afterall, Ms. Rowling is a billionaire the last time I checked. I have friends and co-workers who have read her Potter books and marvel at Rowling’s vivid imagery and knack for weaving a great yarn. However, after the wave of media coverage ends with the release of the final Potter tale, will the world forget about J.K. Rowling? Will she even bother to top what she did with Potter and company? Will she quit while she’s ahead and enter a different field in the entertainment industry? Or will she just quit, enjoy her riches, and enter the J.D. Salinger phase of her life?