Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk Tuesday – Blueprint for Hurricanes

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With Hurricanes hitting the Caribbean and Florida, I thought this short little video would be appropriate. See how the Oak tree can survive a hurricane and how Oak trees are inspiring designers and architects to design homes that are more resilient to hurricane and other extreme weather events.

Have a great Tuesday!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Motivation Monday – People

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You know in all the motivation postings I’ve put up, I fail to mention people. So this one is dedicated to all the people that motivated me throughout my life.

We all have them. We have families. We have friends. We have husbands and wives, besties, and even colleagues at work or in our particular profession.

Two of my biggest motivators are David Allen and Stephen Covey. David Allen wrote the book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity. Stephen Covey wrote the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. They are both terrific books that I refer to all the time.

My wife is also a motivator. I want to do well for her. When I was working, I was motivated by my fellow soldiers or colleagues at work. I wanted to do my part on the team.

Who has been your motivator? Any books, any songs, any poetry, or artists that get you going? What about your family and friends. Is there anyone you can think of that really drives you to do what you do?

If you’re like me, you have had plenty of people who have added value to your life, simply because they motivated you to do something you didn’t think you could do, or they showed you something that made a huge difference in your life. For me, Allen and Covey were those people. I didn’t know them, other than from reading their books, but boy, they impacted how I do things today.

Well, that’s all I got for now! Have a great Monday, all!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Spiritual Sunday – Secrets of Divine Creativity

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Here’s another free ebooklet from ECKANKAR. This one is about Divine Creativity. Here’s the link if you are interested! chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://www.eckankar.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Secrets-of-Divine-Creativity_ebooklet.pdf

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Gaming Saturday – CODM, Diablo Immortal, PUBG, Apex Legends

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Happy Saturday, folks! Tonight is the night I usually pull an all-nighter gaming and knocking out my daily tasks. I’ll probably hit the sack around 3 or 4 am. Anyway, this week’s games are CODM, Diablo Immortal, PUBG, and Apex Legends.

My ranking so far. I’m Legendary in both Multiplayer and Battle Royale on CODM. I’m Gold ranked on PUBG and Apex Legends, and I’m approaching level 200 on Diablo. I really enjoy playing ranked, because it adds more intensity to the game. If you play ranked, you gain points if you do well, and you lose them if you don’t do so well. It gets harder as you progress, because the level of play gets very “sweaty” the higher you go. Diablo is the only game where there isn’t ranked play, but I’ve always been a huge D&D fan and it has a flavor of playing D&D, with wizards, knights, and all the rest.

So this week, I’d like to cover the folks I follow, who stream their games.

CODM – StoneMountain64. He is on Facebook. If you hit the gaming tab on Facebook, look for his name. He’s pretty easy to find. He has millions of followers.

Apex Legends – Nickmercs. You can follow his streams on Twitch.

Gaming in General – Dr Disrespect. You can find him on YouTube.

I haven’t really watched any PUBG or Diablo streamers, but I know they are out there.

Also, if you are watching it, the final stage for the CODM world championship has been slated for December 2022. It will be in North Carolina where all the gamers meet and compete. It’ll be a great watch. I know they will be streaming live on YouTube.

Well, that’s it for this week. If there’s anything you’d like to discuss or have any questions about getting started with any of these games, hit me up in the comments. I’ll be happy to help you out and give you some pointers.

Happy Gaming!

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Reading, Watching, Learning: Deep Time, Crash Course World History, Excel VBA

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Ok folks! It’s Thursday and I am still reading Deep Time. I am getting close to finishing it, and the story is terrific. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the aliens in this part of the series can warp time. Initially, this thwarted the America and its fighting force, because the aliens could slow the weapons down so that they could easily fly by it without anything hitting them.

I’m watching Crash Course World History on Curiosity Stream. For those of you who are interested in a “Netflix for documentaries” covering nature, outer space, physics, history, and all the rest, you can find it in the Google Play store and the App Store for Apple. It runs 19.99 a year. Netflix runs $19 dollars US a month, if you are price shopping. It is a terrific value if you like documentaries. Anyway, Crash Course is a short 10-minute video that encompasses a period of history. I’ve watched the Babylonians, Egyptians, Chinese Dynasties, and going to continue this until I’m finished. It’s just a terrific and entertaining series.

Part of my MS Excel course on Udemy covers Excel Macros and VBA. Now I am in the VBA portion of the course. Today, I learned how to set up the VB editor and learned how to write some simple code in the immediate window.

That’s my update for the week, folks. Have a great Thursday! OH! By the way, I just hit my annual goal of 1,300 readers. Thanks so much for following my blog!!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday – Dale Carnegie

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People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.

Dale Carnegie

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Dale Carnegie

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

Dale Carnegie

Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.

Dale Carnegie

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

Dale Carnegie

If you’d like to learn more about this American writer and lecturer, here is his Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dale_Carnegie

Have a great Wednesday, folks!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk Tuesday – How is Technology Changing Us?

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I watched an interview of Elon Musk on Joe Rogan’s Podcast, and the conversation inspired me to think about how technology has transformed our lives. When was the last time you used a paper map? Do you experience any anxiety when you realize you forgot your phone, while running a short errand? Do you memorize anything anymore?

These are all the effects of the phone on each of us. I remember not having a cell phone for most of my life. We didn’t care about driving without one. If we wanted to find something out, we simply asked someone we thought might know. Our music was on records, we still had a phone in the house, and there were public phones everywhere. Oh how our world has changed. What happens when you lose your Wi-Fi?

I hope you enjoy this video. It’ll give you something to think about. How dependent are we on these little gadgets?

Have a great Tuesday, folks.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Motivation Monday – Simplify

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Have you ever dealt with an out of control to-do list? I have. I start out with a basic to-do list with the mandatory, “do not miss” things. Then, over time, the list grows and grows and grows some more. Before you know it, I’ve got a daily to-do list that has grown way out of control and I begin to dread even opening it up. So yesterday, I took some time out to consolidate, reorganize, and trim down that monstrosity.

Once I did, the motivation to tackle the daily to-do list returned.

If you have an out-of-control to-do list like I did, take some time to consolidate and reorganize your list. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about: Read the Bible Daily, read book A, read Book B, etc. Take these three items and combine them into read daily.

You can do this with all “like” tasks and trim down your list. You aren’t missing anything, but this gives you the flexibility to not read every single thing you have tagged for reading. Some days you’ll read for hours. On other busier days, you’ll read for 15 minutes. The list is flexible and allows you to dedicate the time you have to reading something, but not reading all of it.

I hope this helps you. If you like to have every single detail on your to-do list, don’t change it. What works for me, may not work for you. I like having a simple to-do list, that allows me maximum flexibility. You may not want to forget one thing and that’s ok.

Have a great Monday, folks!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Spiritual Sunday – Divine Guidance

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Hello, all. I hope you are having a terrific Sunday. Here’s another free e-booklets from ECKANKAR, should you choose to take a look: chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://www.eckankar.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Divine-Guidance_eBooklet.pdf

This one is on Divine Guidance. It explains intuition, visions, and all those nudges or promptings we get to do this or that. Where do those come from? How can we take advantage of this guidance? Do we trust it? Or do we toss it away?

I hope you enjoy this one. Like all the e-booklets, it is full of insights, and some practical advice on this gift from God.

Have a great Sunday!

Until next time…

Dave