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Saturday, January 08, 2005

Free Online Photography Course

Once again Delicious has offered up a great link for anyone interested in photography.

If you want to learn more about using your camera and taking more than the average family snapshot (or even better family snapshots) check out this Free Online Photography Class.

The class was given in real-time over a series of weeks last july, but all the lessons and examples are still available online for your use.

From the web site...

Jodie Coston is a freelance photographer who lives in northwestern Montana. She has exhibited her work in gallery exhibitions around the world and has won numerous international awards for her images.

Book: Bringing Tuscany Home

While our family connections live in Sicily, I find that Frances Mayes stories of Tuscany remind me so much of our 2 visits to the country. I am always entranced by the sights, sounds and, especially, people she describes.

There is truly a magic in Italy. Even thought they live with the same, modern-day, pressures we all have, they take it in better stride, being less concerned with the troubles than the joys of a good, simple meal and the company of friends.

Give yourself a tript o Italy in your mind, if not in person, with this book and others by Frances Mayes.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Article: Could You Use a “Stop Doing” List?

Here is in interesting article from the Organized Assistant web site,

Could You Use a “Stop Doing” List? by Inez O. Ng, INTJ

One of the tried and true organization and time-management tools is the trusty old “to do” list. I was trained to diligently put one together at the end of the day for the following day, and whatever tasks I failed to complete, to carry it forward. This system has worked well in helping me prioritize and focus. But I have also heard many of my colleagues complain about having too much on their list, and feeling very discouraged and overwhelmed by the sheer number of items on their “To Do” list. To help ease the overwhelm, I want to introduce the concept of the “Stop Doing” list.

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Career-Op: Start and Stop -- with MP3 Podcast

Career-Op: Start and Stop
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

It is a rare high-tech project that progresses neatly from beginning to end. Most project schedules change dramatically over the lifespan of the project. Along with this, many projects can go on hiatus for days, weeks or even months at a time. You probably already know that the ability to move from task to task is an important quality in your high-tech career, but learning how to put a project “to bed” and awaken it later can help you move up the career ladder.

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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda

The Future Business Leaders of America web site is now linking to the Career Opportunities Podcast, as well as several others.

Welcome FBLA members!

If you have any questions or comments on the Podcat, or individual Career-Op columns, please leave your comments here or drop me an email at: career@welchwrite.com.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Web Site Design - Joe Crawford

It has been a while since I had someone to recommend for web site design and implementation. Recently, someone I met in relation to my work writing Career Opportunities: The High-Tech Career Handbook in San Diego, has moved to the LA area. If you have need of a web site designer, be sure to check out his work. He has samples of his work on his web site.

Joe Crawford

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Career-Op: Referrals...from the archives with MP3 Podcast

Career-Op: Referrals
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

Referrals are the life-blood of anyone working in high-tech, whether a freelance consultant and coach, like myself, or an IT staffer working inside a large corporation. Word of mouth is one of the strongest methods for developing new clients or finding the next job up the corporate ladder. As with most career issues, referrals can be a double-edged sword. Friendships, family and business can suffer when referrals become a contentious issue instead of simply one person, or business, helping another.

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Belated Santa Photo

We just got this photo from the annual Christmas party at Dilbeck Realtors in Sherman Oaks, California. Susan Zavala, a fellow St. Cyril's school parent invites all the classmates from her daughter's class to join in the fun and have a great meeting with Santa. They even send us the photos in both CD and traditional forms. It is always a nice event and a great way to spend some "non-school" time with other parents.

Photos From Our Snowy Ohio Holiday Adventure

I just loaded up a photo gallery of 85 shots from our holiday trip to Ohio. There are some neat photos of snow and icicles for those of you who wonder what Christmas in Ohio, during and after a blizzard, must be like.

If you like a particular picture, I can make it available for printing via DotPhoto or set up cards, postcards and other merchandise over at CafePress.com. I plan on adding a few of the photos to my existing stores in any case.

Let me know if anything grabs your attention and I will set it up post haste.

Click on the photo to link to the complete gallery of photos.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Web: ManyBooks.net

Looking for something to read? ManyBooks.Net has out-of-copyright books i.e. Don Quixote, The Three Musketeers, etc., preformatted for your Palm PDA and others. I always keep a couple of books on my Treo 90 for those times when I get stuck in line or otherwise need to kill some time.

From their web site...

Free eBooks for your PDA.

This site contains more than 10,000 eBooks formatted for reading on your Palm, PocketPC, Zaurus, Rocketbook, or Symbian cellphone. When eBooks are added to the site they're listed on the Recent Additions page.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Web: Hack Yourself!

Sometimes we can all use a little advice and a little lift that let's us know that life isn't necessarily bad or good...it just is!

This manifesto gave me some food for thought and hopefully will do the same for you.

Hack yourself
"You can be happy. You can live the life you want to live. You can become the person you want to be. This is what I've figured out so far." [MetaFilter]

Firelands Winery

Wine from Ohio, you say? Of course, I've known about Ohio wines for years.

I had an exxcellent ice wine from Firelands Winery during our recent holiday trip to my hometown. It was so good I am going to try and order some for myself and for the friends who shared it with us.

The winery doesn't have online ordering yet, but you can still order by phone.