bjarvis: (Default)
I like long plane trips: it gives me time to think and re-evaluate. On the Seattle-to-Midway leg of our trip home from the Vancouver IAGSDC convention, I wrote the following list as a letter to myself. I only now need to invent some sort of time machine for sending email back to myself in, say, 1980 or so...


  1. Never speak when angry or upset.
  2. It's OK to ask for an outside opinion, especially when you're in unfamiliar territory.
  3. It's OK to say no.
  4. Listen to your body. It may not comply to your scheduled day but will always win in the end, one way or another.
  5. Before unleashing your inner perfectionist control queen, ask yourself: is the payoff worth it?
  6. Procrastination frequently comes from over-committing, a lack of clarity, laziness or fear. Get moving again by identifying the cause and addressing it directly.
  7. Details matter.
  8. Being brief & concise is an art. A really valuable one.
  9. Delegation is good management.
  10. Self-discipline, preparation and time/resource management are the paving stones of the path to success, whatever your goal may be.
  11. Truly worthwhile things are rarely easy. Practice matters.
  12. Be generous with advice but only when asked. And accept that your advice may be ignored anyway.
  13. Making a mistake is OK. Not fixing it promptly when discovered is not.
  14. Learn both to give and accept a compliment sincerely and gracefully.
  15. Surprise a friend by taking him/her out to dinner.
  16. Forgive enemies and let go of grudges.
  17. Forgive yourself. In fact, schedule some personal inventory, congrats & forgiveness once per month.
  18. If you can't remember why you're angry at someone, it's probably time to let go of the emotion.
  19. An annual emotional housekeeping exercise is a good idea.
  20. Take a vacation from the Internet periodically.
  21. Practise saying:
    • I was mistaken
    • You're welcome
    • I'm glad you're my friend
    • I love you
    • Thank you
    • I'm sorry

  22. Spend time with pets. You are their universe, and they can teach you more about life than any book.
  23. Time is your most precious commodity. Avoid those who fritter away theirs and yours.
  24. You are measured by your contributions & company, not your car or possessions.
  25. Get away from the TV as much as possible.
  26. Audio books are awesome!
  27. Have you volunteerred or given to charity this week?
  28. Every morning, list & prioritize six goals for the day. Be flexible but don't be distracted.
  29. Nearly everything in life is a choice --including not to choose. Own your decision.
bjarvis: (Rearden Commerce)
My director asked us as a team to fill out a quick personality survey and share our results. He doesn't take it particularly seriously --and neither do we-- but I suppose it's served its purpose in what it has revealed.

My director is "orange," leading by persuasion and entertainment. One of our project managers is "blue," inspiring and building self-esteem. All other in our division is "green," thinking and analytical.

Except for me. I'm "gold," dutiful, responsible, on-time, keeping everyone coordinated and focused.

On the theory that most people hire people just like them unless they are especially conscientious about finding talent which complements/supplements one's own weaknesses, I could see that green folks would hire those with a strong green streak. I was a telephone hire: they hired me and then met me in person a month later so my non-greeness flew under the radar. Then again, perhaps they knew what they were doing: since I'm the only person looking after their DC facility, gold is quite possibly the best choice they could make.

In any case, I still think the Myers-Briggs inventory is a better survey.



It's Ask Me Anything Month! Got a question for me on any topic? Nothing is off limits! Leave a comment here; all comments are screened.
bjarvis: (Rearden Commerce)
My director asked us as a team to fill out a quick personality survey and share our results. He doesn't take it particularly seriously --and neither do we-- but I suppose it's served its purpose in what it has revealed.

My director is "orange," leading by persuasion and entertainment. One of our project managers is "blue," inspiring and building self-esteem. All other in our division is "green," thinking and analytical.

Except for me. I'm "gold," dutiful, responsible, on-time, keeping everyone coordinated and focused.

On the theory that most people hire people just like them unless they are especially conscientious about finding talent which complements/supplements one's own weaknesses, I could see that green folks would hire those with a strong green streak. I was a telephone hire: they hired me and then met me in person a month later so my non-greeness flew under the radar. Then again, perhaps they knew what they were doing: since I'm the only person looking after their DC facility, gold is quite possibly the best choice they could make.

In any case, I still think the Myers-Briggs inventory is a better survey.



It's Ask Me Anything Month! Got a question for me on any topic? Nothing is off limits! Leave a comment here; all comments are screened.
bjarvis: (white hat)
It's that time of year again, March Ask Me Anything Month! Got anything you've been dying to ask me? Get a life. Hit me up!

Questions will be screened so feel free to ask anything at all.
bjarvis: (white hat)
It's that time of year again, March Ask Me Anything Month! Got anything you've been dying to ask me? Get a life. Hit me up!

Questions will be screened so feel free to ask anything at all.
bjarvis: (trailer)
Are there times that it just blows you away when you are out at the trailer with your handsome family and realize it's all real and happening?

Yup, frequently, but most commonly when --as you point out-- at the trailer where we have no work or volunteer commitments and nothing at all to do but relax and enjoy life. It's times like that in which I realize I have a better and more comfortable life than most of humanity, past & present. I'm reminded how lucky I am and how much I owe to the kindness of others.


March is question month. Got a question for me? Leave it here (screened).
bjarvis: (trailer)
Are there times that it just blows you away when you are out at the trailer with your handsome family and realize it's all real and happening?

Yup, frequently, but most commonly when --as you point out-- at the trailer where we have no work or volunteer commitments and nothing at all to do but relax and enjoy life. It's times like that in which I realize I have a better and more comfortable life than most of humanity, past & present. I'm reminded how lucky I am and how much I owe to the kindness of others.


March is question month. Got a question for me? Leave it here (screened).
bjarvis: (skeptical)
What question would you like asked, and what is the answer to it?

That would be something along the theme of: "May I give you a very large sum of money?"
And I would say "Yes, please."


March is question month. Got a question for me? Leave it here (screened).
bjarvis: (skeptical)
What question would you like asked, and what is the answer to it?

That would be something along the theme of: "May I give you a very large sum of money?"
And I would say "Yes, please."


March is question month. Got a question for me? Leave it here (screened).
bjarvis: (couch)
I thought I'd give a pass on this year's question month meme but I'm finding myself at a complete loss for anything else to write about so what the hell...

Go ahead, ask me anything. No guarantees you'll like the answer but give it a go. Screening comments to protect the innocent guilty unindicted.
bjarvis: (couch)
I thought I'd give a pass on this year's question month meme but I'm finding myself at a complete loss for anything else to write about so what the hell...

Go ahead, ask me anything. No guarantees you'll like the answer but give it a go. Screening comments to protect the innocent guilty unindicted.
bjarvis: (avatar)
Wow, I don't remember the last time I was ever tagged in a meme. In effect then, this is all [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr's fault.

Meme rules:
A. People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.

B. Tag eight people (SEE BELOW!). Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

20 Questions... my responses. )
bjarvis: (avatar)
Wow, I don't remember the last time I was ever tagged in a meme. In effect then, this is all [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr's fault.

Meme rules:
A. People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.

B. Tag eight people (SEE BELOW!). Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

20 Questions... my responses. )
bjarvis: (Morbo)
I scored fairly low, but then again, I'm quite content with that: scoring 100% would require demonstrating a lot of pathological behaviours...

The Life Experience Test

Overall, you have partaken in 93 out of 169 possible life experiences.
Your average life experience score is therefore 55%.


The average score is 52%, making your experiences more than 57% of the people who have taken this test.
The average for your age group (36-55) is 56%.

Broken down by category:
Art: 5/17 (29%)

Career & Work: 9/13 (69%)

Civics & Technology: 7/7 (100%)

Crime & Disarray: 1/11 (9%)

Education: 15/18 (83%)

Fashion: 4/10 (40%)

Fitness, Health and Sports: 0/7 (0%)

Life in General: 8/14 (57%)

Relationships: 13/14 (93%)

Religion & Politics: 1/4 (25%)

Social: 14/22 (64%)

Travel: 8/20 (40%)

Vices: 8/12 (67%)

 
Take the test and see how YOU compare
bjarvis: (Morbo)
I scored fairly low, but then again, I'm quite content with that: scoring 100% would require demonstrating a lot of pathological behaviours...

The Life Experience Test

Overall, you have partaken in 93 out of 169 possible life experiences.
Your average life experience score is therefore 55%.


The average score is 52%, making your experiences more than 57% of the people who have taken this test.
The average for your age group (36-55) is 56%.

Broken down by category:
Art: 5/17 (29%)

Career & Work: 9/13 (69%)

Civics & Technology: 7/7 (100%)

Crime & Disarray: 1/11 (9%)

Education: 15/18 (83%)

Fashion: 4/10 (40%)

Fitness, Health and Sports: 0/7 (0%)

Life in General: 8/14 (57%)

Relationships: 13/14 (93%)

Religion & Politics: 1/4 (25%)

Social: 14/22 (64%)

Travel: 8/20 (40%)

Vices: 8/12 (67%)

 
Take the test and see how YOU compare
bjarvis: (Olympus SP-500 UZ)
[livejournal.com profile] bootedintexas asked us to show what we're wearing on our feet today. Because I'm so completely bored out of my skull at work his ongoing happiness is of the utmost importance to me, I present the following:

bjarvis: (Olympus SP-500 UZ)
[livejournal.com profile] bootedintexas asked us to show what we're wearing on our feet today. Because I'm so completely bored out of my skull at work his ongoing happiness is of the utmost importance to me, I present the following:

Beard Meme

Nov. 4th, 2008 07:32 am
bjarvis: (couch)
Since it's national beard month or something like that and I'm feeling especially lazy and sheep-like this morning, I offer the following image, snapped minutes ago:

Beard Meme

Nov. 4th, 2008 07:32 am
bjarvis: (couch)
Since it's national beard month or something like that and I'm feeling especially lazy and sheep-like this morning, I offer the following image, snapped minutes ago:

Photo Meme

Sep. 17th, 2008 07:03 pm
bjarvis: (Olympus SP-500 UZ)
What the hell, why not...

Taken two minutes ago with my cell phone. Gawd, I need a trim.



Off to C1 square dancing in Virginia now!

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