10/28/10

The only true constant is Change

Everything in this universe changes, including ourselves. We strive for stability with every step by obtaining new income, relationships, items. However, ultimately, we are always in flux. Even the reasons we use to justify our choices are faulty. For instance, let's say you decide to buy a new car because your current vehicle's maintenance costs are high and gas mileage is poor. Using your rational decision making process via research and review, you find a new vehicle that serves your needs and has a lower cost of ownership. In fact, you discover that your accumulated savings for the next year would mean you could go on that cruise you have been talking about going on for a few years. Well, a lot of things can happen in a year and your environment can change easily. The trick is to allow this change. Don't give up on your dreams and goals, just allow them to change.

Recently, I was reminded of this when I discovered I had a blood clot in my left calf. Faced with a potentially serious medical condition, I scaled back on other areas in my life. I took a day off work to rest, started medication therapy and stepped back from school for a couple weeks. I still feel the result has been positive. My health has dramatically improved as I no longer am now able to walk, stand and sit for extended periods of time without pain and I have also quit smoking tobacco. Missing school has also made a positive impact even though I have been academically suspended for a year. It has forced me to step back and re-evaluate my goals and options. I now realize that an MBA, though a masters level degree, does not contain the curriculum I am most interested. In a previous post, I mentioned my plans which included a PHD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology. Well, guess what?! I just recently discovered there is a Masters level Human Dynamics program available! The courses are completely different from the MBA. Long story short, I am glad that I am being forced to take this time to re-evaluate my goals. A lot has happened over the last year and what I need now is to take care of my body and finances. So, I am happy to take a year to do so.

Change will and does happen. We just need to learn to embrace it.

6/19/10

My life with Smartphones just got exciting

NOTE: This is a comment response to a post on Geek News Central.

Ditto. I love my HTC Evo!

I started in the Smartphone world back with the Palm Treo 650 running Palm OS ($449 on Verizon in 2003).

Then, moved to the Palm Treo 700w ($499 on Verizon in 2006) as the first Windows Mobile OS running on a Palm hardware. It was a major improvement, but soon realized that I had to factory reset the thing every three months, just like Windows XP! :)


Next, I moved to the HTC Mogul ($0 trade w/ friend on Sprint in 2009), another Windows Mobile device. However, it had much better hardware, so enjoyed the significant increase in performance, screen space, gps and better camera.

So, it should be apparent at this point, that I prefer smartphones. However, I don't change phones but every 3 years or so. I almost bought the palm pre and was very exited about the Web OS because I always like the shine of palm harware and loved the prospect of merging my social network contact lists and the cloud computing concept of the platform. Unfortunately, I lost my job right before it was release and fortunately, did not purchase the device as it was realized shortly that the performance was lacking when running intensive apps. So, I went on a quest for a new smartphone. I was sick of the Windows Mobile platform. I had hacked it to improve performance and realized that no matter how hard I tried I would always be faced with the Windows experience of having to factory reset every few months to clean out the bugs and improve performance. I had been following the Google Android OS since it's first announcement, but was hesitant. I wanted to wait until the platform matured, stabilized within the market and had a larger app community.

I have had experience with a capacitive screen and on device app marketplace with my ipod touch. However, did not want an iPhone for many reasons, AT&Ts substandard service to be the largest. I prefer the Verizon network. However, Sprint is almost as good and much less expensive than Verizon.

Enter the HTC Evo!

Not only was the device reasonably priced at $199, but it also has some great hardware features that I was attracted to: slim design, large capacitive screen, 8 MP camera (better than my pocket camera at 6 MP). But what I was really exited about is getting a Mobile OS platform that actually worked and served my needs. I purchased my HTC Evo from a local Radio Shack, which offered an instant $100 rebate as opposed to mail in at Sprint, on June 4th. I had always avoided purchasing a device ON release day, so was a bit nervous about jumping into the fire. I did spend about 2 hours waiting for the device to become fully provisioned. But, was immediately impressed and felt like I had just made the biggest, best purchase decision in a long while.

That night, I drove to a heavy metal venue called the Drunken Lass in Prescott, AZ (about 2 hrs from Phoenix, AZ). I was hoping to use the Qik video streaming service that night for the show. Unfortunately, probably due to the high volume of new devices, the service was not available until the next day.

I have since found the device to be more of a resource and tool than just another smartphone device. I am able to access information quickly and reliably with the Android integrated searches, find and install apps from the Android Marketplace quickly and link my multiple google accounts (to include a couple google apps for domains), facebook and twitter contacts. I am in cloud computing heaven!

So, long story short, I am officially an Android fan-girl!

Check out these podcasts and useful Android websites:

Podcasts:
Android and Me Podast
Android Central Podcast
Phandroid Podcast
CNET's Android Atlas Podcast
Android Guys Podcast

Community:
Android Community
Android Developer Community
Talk Android
Sprint Android Community
Android Guys
Hello Android

4/6/10

Metal for Charity: Future for the Music Industry


Check out how Todd Murdock & Gina M Love from Murdock's Trinity Records & Promotions are changing the music industry! Their innovative model takes advantage of new media in a way that traditional major record labels and broadcast channels have continued to ignore.

Related News:
How Are Record Labels Handling Business Amidst The Download Free-for-All?

They have built a Dy-Na-MITE! team that will be sure to shake the boat and ruffle some feathers:

Michael Beck Sound Producer genius from SoundVision Recording (Website)

From Bio on his website:

"Producer/engineer Michael Beck started as a musician(singer).He has toured extensively throughout the U.S with bands such as Candlebox, CheapTrick, BadBrains, Prong, 311, Stabbing Westward, Overkill, Obituary, No Doubt, UFO,& many more.This touring came as result of several different indie & major label deals.
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He was Local Music Director for the Phoenix based alternative rock station"The Edge" for 3 years & is currently on air at rock station 93.3 KDKB. He has worked as A&R for Warner Bros.Records & Hollywood Music. He is the owner SoundVision Recording & has produced & engineered everything from local demos to national & international releases."

Shona from Phoenix, AZ production company Rock Along Productions (Website)

From Rock Along's About page
"We are a local Arizona company that supports the local music scene in a variety of ways. We coordinate concerts at local venues to give small local bands the chance to perform and grow their fan base. We support all things music and art related in AZ!"
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Lopsided World of L on 98KUPD

From info Tab on Facebook page:
"Radio show filled with brand new and past gems, rock, metal, goth, pop and hip hop....

host of the show: Jonathan L

info:
JONATHAN L, former Alternative KUKQ-AM PD and one of the pioneers of the format, returns to the airwaves at 98 KUPD with a specialized 3-hour weekly show called "THE LOPSIDED WORLD OF L,". It's a mixture of Alternative and Rock from the past and present ."
Related News:
Jonathan L's "LOPSIDED WORLD OF L" PLAYLISTS (Friday, Apr 3, 2010, Saturday, Apr 4, 2010) - Losing God was played!




From Facebook Info Tab:
"Octave Radio is a high-energy arts and entertainment radio talk show highlighting local artists and culture in the Valley. The show airs live every Thursday night from 7pm-8pm on KWSS 106.7 ... Local artists, entrepreneurs, community organizations, Culture, Radio Radio Radio"
Related News:
Todd Murdock's Trinity Records & Thrash Metal band 'Losing God'



I am positive Trinity Records' network will continue to grow rapidly. This small cross-section of individuals will go down in history as those who helped the revolution begin!

4/2/10

Lifelong Student & Mentor

I have recently fully realized the main purpose this particular instance of my life on this earth.....

Pretty, big, thing to realize, right?

Well, here it is: I am to forever be a Student & Mentor. I have always had the thirst for knowledge and the natural inclination to console and assist others. Anyone who knows me, would most likely agree that I am a natural leader and organizer, though would equally be surprised that I would make such a bold statement.

Some good sense adages come to mind...
"You will attract more bees with honey than vinegar"
"Treat other as ye wilst be treated" aka The Golden Rule

I sometimes have to stand back and giggle a little at how easy it is to get what you want from the universe. There are a few important steps.
  1. Ask for help. Be sure to express your need. But, do not demand or threaten.
  2. Believe that people want to do the right thing.
  3. Be a cheerleader! Encourage others that they have the power.
  4. Help others often. Be careful not to stretch yourself too thin.
  5. Receive graciously and gracefully. Appreciation goes a long way.
This is the mantra I sing. I may falter in my resolve from time to time. However, always come back to this foundation and reap the rewards and joy.

To illustrate by example of my adult education timeline...

2003-2006

2009-2012

2012-2015 (May start sooner and be concurrent with MBA)

Career timeline...
1997-2004 - Odd Jobs
2004-2006 - Tech Support
2006-2009 - Programmer
2009-EOL (End of Lifetime) - Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Activist, Thinker, Leader, Visionary & Mentor/Instructor

Wow, that is a big jump in aspirations! Eureka!

All the while, I am racking up the school loan bill. Without fear, mind you. Because I trust that when the time is right, the fruit of my efforts will reap its rewards. Honestly, I envision that the bill will be paid down before I have completed my education.

So, here we go world. Are you ready?