Monday, November 10, 2008

GKN Weekly Update 11/10/08

Hello and welcome on this crisp, Fall day!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only two weeks away? Yikes! This year has sprinted by. Let's see what I ran into last week...

Before we do, could you guys do me a big favor? I'm now using Blog Control to analyze my blog traffic. If you're using the Good Karma Network, Nexcat, etc. right now and not reading this directly from my blog, could you click on this link and read it from there? You don't have to do it every week, just this once so I can get an idea of what my weekly blog traffic is like. Please feel free to add yourself as a Follower of the blog as well. Thanks!

I have a very interesting new gig! I have been hired by Comic Book Mania as a web host. This means I will be reviewing comic books, movies, and video games, then recording the reviews which will be posted on their website. I may also attend local cons (geek-speak for those "interesting" conventions where everyone dresses up like Vulcans and Stormtroopers) and do on-camera interviews. My first reviews should be posted pretty soon!

I recorded another gig for my friend Mike Tonkin at Touch Screen Magic. This one was for a new product called MEVAS. It's a device you install in your car to give you advanced warning of emergency vehicles coming your way.

Speaking of Touch Screen Magic, here is a link to the Pay It Forward Card gig I did a few months ago. Enjoy!

TIP OF THE WEEK: So, last week's election was pretty exciting! An overwhelming majority of my peers are very happy with the results and look forward to four years of change, new horizons, and hope. I am, too. However, we do need to keep one very important thing in mind: change takes time. We need to be patient. We need to understand that things won't change overnight and may take months or even years to happen.

This applies to life as well. One of my favorite adages is "you can't talk your way out of something you behaved yourself into". Your life is a complex tapestry of choices & consequences and it's almost impossible to un-weave them immediately. You need to make different choices, develop new habits, alter your systems of thought and systems of execution. Change takes time and change is good!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Life can be like a tire iron - sometimes cold and hard; and it feels real good when you stop beating yourself over the head with it. Unknown

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: When was the last time you made a conscious effort to change a behavior you don't like? Did it change? If so, did it last?

Have a great week!

3 comments:

James Lorenz said...

Congrats on the Comic Book Mania gig.
Sounds very cool!
James

Tom said...

Yeah, I'm excited about it. I'm still waiting for the first batch of comics & movies for me to review. I'll let you know how it goes!

Paul Payton said...

Hi, Tom,

Re: Comic Book Mania: it sounds like a wonderful way to make your hobby into a paying gig. How cool is that?!?

You wrote: "[L]ast week's election was pretty exciting! An overwhelming majority of my peers are very happy with the results and look forward to four years of change, new horizons, and hope. I am, too. However, we do need to keep one very important thing in mind: change takes time. We need to be patient. We need to understand that things won't change overnight and may take months or even years to happen."

I agree - it took us 8 years to get into this mess, and getting out of it won't happen in a day, a week, or even a month. On the other hand, President-Elect Obama seems to be doing all the right things and in the right order so far; let's hope he continues.

(And for the folks who worry that he'll be pulling too far left, remember - as Gail Collins wrote in the NY Times - that he has pledged to govern from the center. Paraphrasing her comment: "And where to folks think that center will be - far left field?" On the other hand, the past 8 years have seen this country jerked so far to the hard right that, in my opinion, the former center now looks like left to a lot of people. We'll see how things unfold one day at a time....)

Congratulations again on a good week, Tom. Take care, stay happy, and have a good Veterans Day.