This is mighty Zeus Ocean Storm, our beloved ten-year old yellow Labrador Retriever. His job is to strike adorable poses for my cameras. This one was taken pre-sunrise one Saturday morning. The camera of choice was this iPad. Side lighting provided a nice blend of contrasts from darkness to shadows to the blown out highlights between his eye. This picture extends across the full dynamic range from absolute darkness to absolute light.
The various job reports target selected data, with no one report extending the full dynamic range from abolute unemployment, through fulltime employment, and end with reporting over employment.
Sitting to think of what to write will only set your ass on fire, give you headache, twist your face to look stupid, instead, walk around with a blank mind and something from somewhere will fill it up.
Michael Bassey Johnson
Capture fleeting thoughts to avoid the excuse of I’ll remember that & we never do. There was one great inspiration yesterday. I even remember where the now lost thought occurred. Maybe if/when I go there today, I should look around for a moment to see if I can find it.
Later – well I looked for it, wasn’t there anymore. I did better at taking notes from the random scream of consciousness. Time to see what leaks out of the fingers, to the keyboard and released to the wild wild yonder.
Are you tired yet? Seems like your head hit the pillow and the alarm jangles you out of peaceful repose? Or was the night spent with the demons of yesterday, today and tomorrow?
Sleep. Popular guidance ranges from recommending 6-7-8 hours per night. That’s up to a third of each and every day. Another way to look at it, 122 days per year. For every 40 years of life, ten are spent asleep.
Any less, then you may not be okay to drive. Depending on your level of grumpiness, you may not be okay to be around other people. But, if you are reading this, then there is a reasonable sound chance that you are in Human Resources. IF not in HR, then you still are a human resource. People avoidance is not a recommendation for professional success.
I’m tired of the hatred.
You had such promise.
My life will be better without your vile filled intrusion.
Confession- after last weekend’s guided Birds & Brew tour….I posted some great eagle pictures and a quickly cobbled together video. It was worth sharing. Here’s one now.
Well, it has been awhile. I took a hiatus to do some real reading, to refill the word well. Looking back, I found myself trapped in Social Media hell, reading, writing and thinking in snippets of shallow, random and reactional thought. My GoodReads reading quest for this year is a gentle 26 books. After less than two months, 9 have been completed.
These two brains sit on the creative desk in my sanctuary. The one on the right is vendor swag from some HR convention. The one on the left is a Halloween prop.
Over on my other blog – Maine Forest Cafe – I recently posted on The Hidden Brain which spoke to the two minds, not much different between the two brains presented here. One mind is our unconscious mind, the other being our conscious mind. The unconscious mind is the operating system. The conscious mind represents our thoughts, dreams and screams.
This is a hand drawn equilateral triangle. Three equal nine-inch lines joined with three equal sixty degree angles. (I couldn’t find my protractor – remember them?). This triangle is a useful visual model for presenting selected concepts.
For the purpose of this model, two interior lines have been added at three inch intervals. This changes the dynamic of all things being equal, but it does create interesting opportunities for analysis.
TI – Tier 1 works out to occupy 55.55% of the surface area.
TII – Tier 2 works out to occupy 33.33% of the surface area.
TIII – Tier 3 works out to occupy 11.11% of the surface area.
Doing the math, this leaves 0.02% unaccounted for. This accounts for the two boundary lines between the three tiers.
So what can this mean. For the purpose of this introductory model, consider the Declaration of Independence inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
55% of our time is consumed in Life supporting activities. That works out to be 13 hours 12 minutes of each day for sleeping, hygiene and other life sustains activities.
The next 33%, nearly 8 hours is spent on Liberty activities. Sounds like a typical day of full time employment.
The final 11%, 2 hours, 38 minutes is spent in the Pursuit of Happiness.
This is the first presentation of the All Things Being Equal model of triangles. There are other applications. For now, enjoy the concepts as authored by Thomas Jefferson in America’s Declaration of Independence.
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The following is an extract/intro to an Escapees magazine article. It was written by Kay Peterson #1, Escapees RV Club Co-founder and Director. The article itself was first published in March/April ’90.
You can take a ball of clay, a newspaper and a steak and simultaneously throw them on a campfire.
The clay will harden, the newspaper will flare up and dissipate into ash, and the steak will cook into a meal. Yet all have been exposed to the exact same situation.
Given identical circumstances, some people become hard and bitter. Some come all apart and never “get it together” again. And some turn the events of their lives into wonderful adventures. Vera Wilkins was an adventurer. She was a dreamer, too — a dreamer whose favorite song was “I Believe in Miracles.”
Vera the Dreamer, Vera the Adventurer and Vera the Doer lives on in my mind as a shining example. It isn’t what happened to you that counts, but rather what you do about it.
Got Money? Got A Wallet? Are you at the ready to grab it and go or not go?
The most recent spin cycle is about an alleged called boycott against LL Beans. This alleged boycott is because a Bean family member made a donation to the conservative presidential candidate. The boycott may have been called by GrabYourWallet.com. Here is their current/updated(?) statement on this issue.
L.L. Bean: Take Us Off ‘Grab Your Wallet’ Trump Boycott by Jason Claffey (Augusta Patch) – Note that LL Bean is neither listed as a place to boycott nor a place to shop on this site.
LL Bean, as a company, chooses to remain politically neutral. This alleged boycott was unfair and unnecessary.
Welcome to 2017 – another rotation complete, the next rotation started. The endless ending and beginning goes on.
Resolutions without actions are only, at best, good intentions.
My one good intention is to Be Better Daily. Hopefully, each day will add another incremental improvement towards BBD.
Looking forward, there is a simple three step process to BBD.
1: Calm the mind
2. Observer the mind.
3. Analyze the mind.
Owning the processes of the mind, accepting responsibility for our very own thoughts is essential for the incremental improvements possible through the BBD implementation. Our brilliant mind, left to itself, creates hell. We can create an authentic heavan through BBD by COA. (Calm, Observe, Analyze).
Consider this thought. Our natural survival response starts with Denial. Denial leads to a concept I’m calling the Friction of the Mind. This Denial creates rriction. Friction creates heat. Heat creates hell.
And this is all in our mind.
Welcome to 2017.