4 Months Away

So it’s been over 4 months now since I quit my job. Regrets? Not yet! The business is going really well. I’ve engraved lots of iPads and need to do an exact count at some point but would estimate 100-150 or more. iPad cases are catching on lately too. For a brief period of time I thought I might be going back to being an employee because I was offered a potential project at UVa with a fantastic supervisor and team. It was a really tough decision since I really wasn’t looking for work. False alarm though. The project didn’t change as expected and I wouldn’t have been interested even if they wanted me. Typical government BS… they had to have an answer immediately and then didn’t decide anything for over a month. ...

Leaping

This started as a Facebook status update but got way too long. I haven’t annouced it here yet have I? May 14 is my last day at USJ. People seem to think it’s Rupert’s “fault” that I’m leaving but it’s really not that specific. I like what I do here and I’ve worked for a lot of difficult people in other places before Rupert. I’m making the leap to self-employed entrepreneurship and this feels like a good time. It’s hard to run a side business and not want give it everything you’ve got… And now I’m about to have two side businesses. You’ll hear all about it soon. 🙂

The phone, video phones, multi-tasking and “the future”

Ever since I started ‘chatting’ on the internet back in 1995 or 96 I’ve been a multi-tasker.  My mom and I chatted, my friends at college and I chatted, I even IMed with my roommates when we were in the same room.  The reason this works so well is that it allows us to have a conversation (or feel like we’re having a conversation) without giving it our undivided attention.  It allows us to continue to do whatever we’re doing.  The in the same room thing might seem weird, but you need to keep in mind that someone who reads lips can’t easily hear a random comment from someone sitting ont he other side of the room.  We have to stop what we’re doing and make eye contact, or at least eye-to-lips/face contact in order to...

The Future of Work

The Future of Work

Getting sick of these posts yet? 🙂 I keep posting them because this is something I feel strongly about. I enjoy my job but I don’t enjoy being tied to a desk all day. I want a job that encourages me to work efficiently and lets me decide the best way, place and time to do that. I’d like to be self-employed, but haven’t come up with the right way to do that yet. Last night I was at dinner with my boss and another colleague. My boss said he doesn’t see himself ever retiring ever. He enjoys working and wouldn’t know what he would do instead. I offered him my job. I’d love to retire. They picked on me for that, saying “You’ve only been working 8 years, eight? What would you DO?” Oh, I could come up with...

Four months, research, music

Let’s see how I do with my last post’s list.  I’m going to take CI/hearing topics today. 1. 4 months with CI That’s right.  I was activated way back on May 4th.  I’ve been in for just 3 mappings since then at 2 weeks, 1 month and 3 months (though all were a bit late). My audiogram has remained hovering around 25-35 all the way across.  I think it is low because my maps are still getting a bit louder each time and they do the test Before I get a new map. I still prefer the Med-El FSP (Fine Structure Processing) versus the HD-CIS program.  My audiologists still insist that I keep trying both.  So one of my program slots is still HD.  They both sound good to me, so it’s just a matter of what I am used to.  Music sounds more...

Writing VBA macros for Excel or Word

Writing VBA macros for Excel or Word

This is a blog post to document and hopefully help people who find themselves with the problem I had today.  You’ll also get to hear a little about my job. Part of my job is to witness, photograph and take video of shock testing that we do for the Navy.  We have a medium weight shock test machine that can handle items up to a few thousand pounds.  Most of the items tested are furniture (desks, chairs, couches, lockers) but we also get computer racks, wall panel systems, insulation, and sometimes huge pipes and fittings. Here’s a video of something similar to what we do, but not the same…  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WStzQSLkrXs (I should see if my company objects to using social media such as YouTube for our videos. We have a couple of...

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