The E-Book Experiment

I hinted yesterday’s post about Alan’s 30-Day Blogging Challenge that I was going to unveil another blog that I have been preparing to start. Except that it’s not a blog. Except that it is a blog, too.

In fact, it’s a book. Or more accurately, it will be a book. Most likely an e-book. But I’ll be writing it one chapter at a time. And not necessarily in order. In fact, most likely not in order at all.

My Heroes

These are people who I have spent many years looking up at. Some folks might think it is a kind of blasphemy to have earthly heroes. In other words, what person can possibly not fall short of who we really should be looking at for inspiration and guidance. I don’t know. I’m a bit torn. I truly have heart-felt emotions toward or about these people, and I don’t think those emotions are suspect or shallow. I also have to confess that I frequently look for more people to inspire me, help me, show me the way, or just live a just and peaceable life. I’m so far from perfect that finding a person who is doing some things right can be a very positive boost that helps me believe it is possible to do better. I’ll add to this page from time to time and these are not in any particular order.

Top 10 Ways to De-Motivate Geeks

If you read my previous comments on an article called the Top 10 Ways to Motivate Geeks, you might be interested in Nate Kohari’s personal take on a little reverse psychology: The Top 10 Ways to De-Motivate Geeks. That’s right - to demotivate them.

Sort of reminds me of my favorite company Despair, Inc., who has for their website address They are sort of a Dilbert-esque take on the old Successories posters that were interesting for about 8 months before they got old. Despair, Inc’s posters are the ones I’d really like to see more often.

Normal Day Productivity

Steve Pavlina has posted a very useful article on how to have a productive normal day. I’ve often thought what he expresses - that our culture is geared toward special events (i.e. graduations, holidays, birthday parties, weekends, etc). We seem to give little thought and planning to the present normal daily life.

We tend to let normal days just slip by, always looking forward to the next event. For me, it has been very difficult lately to have any sort of normal day since my son Obadiah died, so I found Steve’s article helpful.

Favorite Quotes

“All intellectual improvement arises from leisure.” - Samuel Johnson

“If everything is under control, you’re going too slow.” - Mario Andretti

“When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.” - Dave Barry

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be: ‘meetings’.” - Dave Barry