Friday, June 10, 2011
I have to dart out the door early today, so I'll post on "
three four good things," with the fourth allowing me an alliterative title.
1. From the same source, Thinking Directions, that first taught me about "three good things," comes the first book on salesmanship to ever spark my interest, Ron Karr's Lead, Sell, or Get out of the Way. I have so far taken just a cursory look at the on-line sample, but I suspect that my interest is a direct result of the book implementing its own advice of not "PUKE-ing." (See pages 3-4.) Or, in my words, Karr isn't overwhelming me with mountains of information about salesmanship (or, worse, merely asserting that it's important) so much as helping me understand why I need it. It is much easier to become motivated -- and to remember information -- when one has some idea of its value.
2. Our place is nearly ready for the baby now, thanks in large part to the generosity of our relatives and friends. And yes, the man cave/nursery looks quite good in its new Winnie-the-Pooh theme and pink color scheme.
3. Going paperless has never been so easy: In order to integrate paper and computer note-taking, by digitizing my paper notes -- and to save space -- I purchased a Fujitsu ScanSnap s1100 portable scanner some time ago. (This thing is about the size of a small three-hole punch.) It is so fast and reliable that I am now also gradually digitizing our records at home. I shred any old paper records I can as soon as off-site backups exist, and should eventually realize at least a couple of file drawers of new storage space. (Everything counts in our tiny apartment.) I'll also have backups of everything. My only complaint is that the scanner is not fully supported under Linux, so I have to run it under VMWare or using my wife's computer.
4. My latest beer recommendation is Lagunitas Maximus IPA. I'd hoped to buy another six-pack at my usual beer emporium yesterday but, unsurprisingly, they were out. In linking to the Beer Advocate review, I see that Lagunitas's regular IPA may be a viable alternative.