Evening Thoughts

Night blogging isn’t so good for traffic reasons, but I figure I’ll close the week out with some interesting contradictions that have arisen within me.

First, a friend told me I shouldn’t spend so much time blogging. Basically the idea was that I should read as much as possible and work on fiction most of the time as that’s probably where most of my potential lies.

Sometime I feel that way too, but as the topic by Jenny Frazier pointed out, blogging can be beneficial to your career if you are tact and precise in your subject matter and character. A loose or offensive online image can hurt you too. Right now, I feel like blogging is the easiest way for me to flush out my voice and ideas on a regular basis. I’ve started up a fiction piece this week and will try to finish it or at least get it moving rather than stopping on the first page like I do most of my short stories. Either way, I’d like to keep blogging as I feel it could help me develop a network of people who are interested in my ideas and whom are interesting to me as well.

Another person I knew told me I shouldn’t pursue PR. I respect this person’s opinion very much as she’s quite successful and extremely good at what she does. Basically she’s told me I’m too smart to get an entry level position in a PR firm. I’ve thought about this and while I know some very smart people who are in the PR business, I don’t think that making a lateral, or more like a reverse move, into PR would satisfy me. Right now I’m developing a lot of brain function in the technical side of marketing and PR measurement. I am really challenged most of the time and an additional benefit is I like the people I work with. I think the fact that I am so adept at thinking and writing creatively coupled with my ability to learn and apply technical knowledge will help me develop my career niche down the road. Either way, I have the ability to learn a whole lot of business disciplines in my current role and I feel as if I should definitely exploit that as long as I can. Plus I feel like I am wanted here, which feels good, to be honest.

Anyways, I feel a little under the weather. Today has been pretty weird and unproductive. I’ve got an editorial piece going out tonight about central MA and it’s place in the renewable energy market. Hopefully I can rest this weekend and give some new brain project of mine hell next week.

Until then, I hope everyone has a great weekend and a safe and happy Halloween!

Mad Consumers Can Go Green Too!

Came across Real Goods Solar Living and I really like the ideas and products this online retailer is pushing. The products seem pricey compared to places like Wal-Mart or Target, but it’s safe to assume the quality and conscience are in everything they’re pushing.

Even though I’m a defiant Pagan and hate the traditional aspects of what Christmas represents (selfishness), I really like giving loved ones gifts. I want to find something for everyone that a buy for on this website and others like it. I’m going to be truly conscious about what I purchase this holiday and I hope it shows in what I give as gifts. Maybe the gift will pay itself forward into whomever receives it and that person will become a conscientious shopper as well.

Real Goods Solar, Inc.
http://www.realgoods.com/

My Intent with Content: Punches in Bunches

I like to consider myself to be more than just a half-hearted blogger. I do quite a bit of driving and extracurricular in my life and I still feel like I put out some quality content whenever I make the time. There are certain avenues of which I get paid for my writing. None of them are particularly lucrative, but they do help in assuaging the feeling that I’m doing this just for my own pleasure. However, the stipulation ussually presents itself that I keep my rights to whatever content I produce, but that whomever is paying me for it gets to print it first on their website.

This is fine except for the fact that these websites that pay me take a long time to review what I’ve written and post payment. In which time my piece may not be timely anymore. Therefor I have resolved myself to writing blog posts in bunches so that I can submit them whenever finished and queue them up for my blog posts once the payment and publishing happens on the other end.

I think this solution will help me to keep my creative flow going and allow me to write whenever I want. As long as I write often, I should have a steady stream of paid for blog posts ready to go.

Next step: finding a fairer wage for my articles and blog posts.

Acer Aspire One Shows Ittie Bittie Genius

Friday night I sent my old dog of a laptop out via UPS to Cash for Laptops
and will hopefully be receiving the $350 they quoted me for on my particular model in about a week. I was planning on coughing up another $300 to $500 on a nice, light laptop with accessories that would allow me to be portable when on the go and then dock that baby to a big screen monitor when I get home. That WAS my plan, but then…

 

Strolling around a local shopping center I stopped at Staples, recalling that a few people I know have found dirt cheap deals randomly at Staples when they’re trying to get rid of old stock. I didn’t find anything that was on clearance, but I instead I saw the Acer Aspire One. Originally I saw this computer a while ago on a list of best priced laptops. I sort of wrote it off after thinking about the size of it. Regardless of the price which starts around $350.00, I figured the small screen would prove to be an annoyance in the long run. I came to this conclusion without actually seeing or feeling the laptop in person.

Upon playing around with the machine in the store and talking to a knowledgeable and down to earth sales clerk, I think I’ve become quite close to purchasing the Acer Aspire One. I’m going to shop around a bit this week and read as many reviews and product specs as I can before I make my decision.

I find the downsizing trend of electronics incredible and I’m not sure where it’s going to stop. There are some damn supercomputer desktop models spec’d to the hilt that you can buy for $800. Now I can buy a computer that weights 8 lbs. less than my old machine and has twice the operating capacity in every aspect.

Technology is scary and groovy.

Empathy versus Sympathy

“No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride.” — Hunter S. Thompson

Everybody has dreams and aspirations and everyone has had an experience where they fell short of those dreams. In the larger application of this idea, people take chances to become something bigger and better. Choices are made that have consequences. Some consequences are good and others are bad and long lasting.

I’m so fascinated by the concept of risk taking. It’s exhilarating.

Does a hero or an admirable person emerge from a high risk situation successfully? Or is the hero a person who is able and willing to accept and address the consequences?

Blind risk taking can be done by any old idiot (e.g. financial CEO’s) but risk coupled with accountability. Risk and automatic reward (golden parachutes, high severance pay) is a recipe for disaster.

Here’s to building a vision and seeing it through until the end. Here’s to sustainability.

The Fast Lane Electronic Toll Pass is Useless

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/04/13/fast_lane_ignorance_has_toll_study_says/

So, I’ve found that my “Fast Lane” pass gets me on the highway somewhat quicker than if I’d have to stop and pay the MassPike toll collectors. But, this point is completely muted by the traffic jams that seem to be a result of “Fast” lanes placed at the Weston and Boston tolls. When one heads North into New Hampshire or Maine, every single lane has an electric payment system installed so traffic can be distributed evenly across the tolls. On the Massachusetts Turnpike, all of the “Fast Lane” traffic is routed to 2-5 (out of 4-10) lanes causing a much worse bottleneck effect than even the tolls alone could cause.

At one point, fewer people had the Fast Lane pass and it was actually of benefit to use it at the toll plazas. Now every morning I see the non-electronic tolls sitting empty for entire minutes while traffic waiting to get through the “Fast Lanes” backs up for hundreds and hundreds of yards.

I know that volume going into Boston is an issue. I know I’m not the smartest duck in the pond when it comes to my commuting choices, but at the moment I need to live outside of Boston for a cheaper cost of living. So, when my only route to my daily destination is clogged to the brim, I’m feeling forced to either look for a job with an easier commute or move back to Boston again (that’s not going to happen ANY time soon).

Urban sprawl and inflation are ridiculous. I wish I could afford to live in the city where I work.

AND to top that off, my car insurance went up 30 dollars a month due to living in Worcester. Must be the high rate of homicide, car jackings and terrorist attacks that the insurance adjusters take into consideration.

At least my Toyota Yaris gets great gas mileage and the cost of gasoline is getting better.

That’s my gripe post for the week.

My buddy Seth just sent this email out…

–My buddy Seth just sent this email out. This is Wednesday night (NOT TUESDAY), if any of you were interested or in the area. If you need a ride or have any questions let me know. Thanks!–

Hi All,

Jim Laurie and myself will be giving a public talk tomorrow (Wednesday) in Gloucester, titled:

“Soils, Fish, Climate and the Gulf of Maine – Strategies for a Sustainable Future”.

Please feel free to come and to invite others.

What: Public lecture, “Soils, Fish, Climate and the Gulf of Maine – Strategies for a Sustainable Future”.
Where: Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA
When: 7 PM
Who: Jim Laurie & Seth Itzkan
Sponsor: Schooner Adventure Lecture Series. www.schooner-adventure.org

Sending Out An S.O.S.

Can somebody please sent Saint Bernards and a Swiss search party? I’m completely buried under piles of work!

The title just stuck out in my head, even though I hate The Police like the The Dude (Big Lebowski) hates The Eagles.

I’m going to try to make it to Gloucester tonight for Seth and Jim’s presentation. I was only able to contribute a few hours of research due to recent work obligations, but I really want to be there for support and networking reasons. I’m really pumped to hear them put some radical ideas about biology and global warming into peoples heads. So, at 5PM, unless the roof collapses I’m leaving my desk and heading north. I’m well on my way to having everything done already, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

I want to write a bit about Hunter S. Thompson’s last article for the Rolling Stone Magazine in 2004. It would be interesting to write what he would think (a theoretical interpretation, of course). I also want to share thoughts on new consulting/job angles and making the best of my current situation.

Also, for the record: although I didn’t get the job in Chicago that I truly and badly wanted to get, I understand their decision. I learned a lot about the industry and the type of person that is best suited for marketing, sales, PR and advertising of renewable energies and sustainable technologies. I’m not just saying this because I’m hurt or in denial. The next time around, or the time after that (and so fourth) I’ll be able to hone in on the exact jobs I want and assert myself correctly to get that job.

I shall try to update when the dust settles. I know this blog is all over the place today. Also, I can’t wait to get my other blogs up and running!

Until then, much love.

I <3 Democracy

So, I got a letter yesterday stating that my voting address has been changed and that I am now registered to vote in at my new address. Sweet! I am so happy that I get to vote!

I am going to bring this piece of paper just in case anything shady happens and some angry Republican starts babbling about ACORN.

Also, The Sole Proprietor gave Caitlin and I the best seafood meal that either of us have had in recent memory. Wow! Dijon horseradish Mako is just delicious. I thought to myself, “I am eating something that could just as easily eat me.” Maple scallops? Forget about it! Not cheap, but absolutely worth it. Especially when you consider that this seafood is so good and we’re in Worcester!

I’ve Decided My New Blog(s) and Will Be At A Speaking Engagement Next Wednesday

I figure I have two real passions that I can articulate in daily copywriting; green (stuff) and food. As of now, I write and read about both these topics daily and feel I can learn a lot and write a lot about them.

Please stay tuned for an update on the names and addresses of these blogs. I am debating whether I want to use Blogger or WordPress.

Does anyone have any suggestions for blogging templates? Should I think about getting my own domain name eventually?

I also thought on my drive home last night, wouldn’t it be fun to venture into a little video blogging? Especially with cooking and exposes on green (stuff).

If you’re wondering what the (stuff) means, it’s a work-around way of saying that I haven’t narrowed down the green things I want to talk about yet. I’m leaning towards green media and/or green small businesses. I’ll also get back to y’all on that matter too!

Also, I’m working on a speaking engagement on the Soil or Broil topic I blogged about last week in Gloucester. Jim and Seth are giving the talk and I’m helping them with researching figures. Seth wants me to talk about the part about Menhaden in Maine… I feel so unprepared! We’ll see what I can come up with. I can’t wait to meet all these people who are interested in finding new and exciting ways to solve global warming and other environmental issues. I’ll try to link to or post up details of the event if anyone is in the area and interested in going.