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The CEO and Lead Engineer

Today must be the day for anecdotes, while taking a short break for coffee another lead engineer told me a great anecdote I hadn't heard before.

The CEO and Lead Engineer

One day the CEO of a growing company walked into the lead engineer's office and said, "you have been working really hard for a while, take a break and come with me."

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Shooting Fireworks by Hacking My Camera

Well 2 days of preparation and a lot of reading really paid off. The last few years I have not been very happy with my photographic results from events like the 4th of July shows. So this year I decided instead of being a rank amateur I would try and figure it out.

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Video / Image sharing for knowledge

Just ran into a tool called Jing (http://www.jingproject.com/). Frankly this is pretty darn cool. I already use things like CamStudio, IrfanView, FastStone and others. But Jing is just darn cool. Video capture, image capture no biggy, being able to annotate with arrows and text, been there done that.

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OK so I finally got a Wii

I ended up in a position where I could (well not really but lets pretend) afford to buy a Wii. So I did.

I got the Wii, 2 extra controllers, Wii Play (which comes with a controller too), 2 Nunchucks, 2 N64/NES controllers and a small stack of games (including Zelda TWP).

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Geek WMDs (Weapons of Much Distraction)

Oh how I dream of higher paycheck so that I too might own my own USB Missile Launcher (http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/cubegoodies/86b8/) or the superior USB Rocket Launcher (http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/warfare/8a0f/) or the more handy USB Coffee Cup Warmer (http://www.cyberguys.com/templates/searchdetail.asp?ProductID=9959) or even better the LED Faucet Light (http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/gear/8122/)!

What a fabulous day it would be to hook up my web cam to my USB missile launcher and really add a new realm to the telecommuting journals.

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How do you get to getting to fixing that you are not getting things done?

Reading "The Art of Getting Things Done" and thought I'd poke around for possible software that might be conducive to the style of life management discussed. I ran across this presentation (http://www.davidco.com/mindmanager/mm_replay.html) by David suggesting that MindManager from MindJet (http://www.mindjet.com/us/) was an excellent tool for safely recording all the little notes, projects and to-dos for later retrieval.

Dave also presents a 10 minute overview of his whole Getting Things Done philosophy. In other words there are many interesting points.

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A few books that really helped me out

I like reading. Sometimes the book turns on the proverbial light bulb. These are a few of the professional development books that did this for me: Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd Ed. by Tom Demarco & Timothy Lister (at Amazon)
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How do you get to getting to fixing that you are not getting things done?

Reading "The Art of Getting Things Done" and thought I'd poke around for possible software that might be conducive to the style of life management discussed. I ran across this presentation (http://www.davidco.com/mindmanager/mm_replay.html) by David suggesting that MindManager from MindJet (http://www.mindjet.com/us/) was an excellent tool for safely recording all the little notes, projects and to-dos for later retrieval.

Dave also presents a 10 minute overview of his whole Getting Things Done philosophy. In other words there are many interesting points.

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My new computer monitor

... I wish!! ... this is a very cool ergonomic experimental monitor. When this thing goes production I want to know about it.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=06d013845e

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Autoduel Comes To Life

So here I am reading my morning items. Last thing on my mind is how to rig a flame thrower to my car (not that I haven't spent time thinking about that when I was a tad younger). Yet, I ran into some interesting side notes (which never happens on the Internet). That led me to ... you guessed it ... how to mount a flame thrower on your car.

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