It’s morning. I boot up the pc and right after the inital daily processing of email messages I launch the last.fm player. On some days music is an afterthought. Other days almost require the rhythmic inspirations brought on by quality music. The player’s still trying to get station information. Hmm…server must be busy.
Rather than wait indefinitely for a connection or troubleshoot the player I turn instead to Pandora. Alas, as I arrive at the site I discover that Pandora, along with most other internet radio sites, is taking part in a Day of Silence. To bring attention to a situation which threatens the existence of internet radio, most internet broadcasters will be off the air today. Last.fm is not taking part in this Day of Silence so I can only assume that being unable to connect to a station earlier today was because of increased load on their servers.
I have spoken out in support of internet broadcasters and will continue to do what I can to help the fight to Save Net Radio.
By the way, our home internet connection has been out for several days. It has affected my posting ability and makes me how much I’ve come to rely on the Internet. On the bright side I have been extraordinarly productive in the offline world.
Ahhh, summer. Warm sunshine. The alluring smell of soothing ocean water. Fresh strawberries. Juicy watermelon. Grilled corn-on-the-cob. Yes, summer to me doesn’t just mean hot weather and beach getaways. It also means the arrival of some of my favorite in-season fruits and vegetables. What I really look forward to is the opening of local farmer’s markets. Not only can I get my hands on fresh produce, I get a chance to mingle with the farmers as well.
If you’re in the Jersey City area sometime this summer, stop by one of the markets shown below. If you’re nowhere near Jersey City, take some time to find out where and when your local markets take place. Make it a point to visit these markets and enjoy!
- In Newport, on Pavonia Avenue near the PATH station, the market is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- The Hamilton Park market, at Eighth Street and Jersey Avenue, is open Wednesday from 2 to 7 p.m.
- In Van Vorst Park, Jersey Avenue and Montgomery Street, there is a market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
However far modern science and techniques have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson: Nothing is impossible. ~Lewis Mumford~
My previous post mentions CAD files. Not everyone has a couple of thousand spare dollars to pick up industry standard CAD applications. Not everybody needs expensive software, either.
Cumulate Draw is probably more of a Visio replacement than a CAD replacement. It’s certainly not as powerful as, say, Autodesk Architectural Desktop. But if you don’t need dimensions accurate to an eighth of an inch and just want to sketch a quick floor plan, Cumulate Draw might suit your needs. It is free and available online. Your work can be exported to several different formats, including JPEG, PNG, and SVG.
Here is a quick office layout I created in Cumulate Draw. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized image.
The CADDManager.com Blog presents a list of interesting questions when dealing with client-provided CAD files. Well-intentioned clients who share these files to help begin a design could actually raise red flags with their respective contractors. One potential question the CADD Manager recommends is
Do you verify all dimensions or just accept the files as being right ?
These questions are presented from the perspective of the contractor but it is also important for clients to be mindful of these sorts of issues. I am usually in the role of a client. Normally when dealing with CAD files the work entails either creating the drawing from scratch or verifying the accuracy of a drawing. So those issues don’t normally apply. Now that we have an established base of CAD drawings, in the future we will probably begin to furnish these files more often.
Seeing potential contractor questions such as those suggested by CADD Manager will allow us to proactively address these questions before the need to do so arises.
Finally, when dealing with contractor supplied CAD files, I believe that the list of questions would then apply to the client perspective. If you touch CAD files in any way, whether as a client or a contractor, the list should prove useful to you.
Client provided CAD Files [CADDManager.com Blog]
The other night some friends and I were discussing the draining power of negative people. Energy vampires are everywhere. They readily discover all flaws with the status quo in the office then resist any efforts to implement change. They seem to continually be cursed with romantic woes, none of which are ever their fault. Sometimes we all can get into a rut. Sometimes even the most optimistic person can notice only the negative side of things. I’m not talking about anyone undergoing an occasional spurt of negativity. But some out there are just plain negative. They seem to get very chatty when sharing problems but grow silent when discovering solutions or quickly discover why every offered solution won’t work. They are incapable of “seeing the light at the end of the tunnel” or finding the “silver lining”. If you give in to their negativity, they can quickly sap your thirst for life away.
So how should you deal with negative people?
Catherine Pratt over at Life With Confidence discusses 10 strategies on how to deal with negative people. Here’s one I plan to use the very next time I’m stuck talking to an energy vampire:
3. Say, “Now tell me something positive.”
Right after they’ve finished telling you some tragic story, say to them, “now tell me a positive story”. Some people have no idea how negative they’ve become. That’s what they’re surrounded by day in and day out so it’s just become a way of life for them. By being given the reminder, they may actually realize that being negative isn’t the kind of person they want to be and may start to work on becoming more positive. Or, they may decide it’s not worth telling you their horror stories because you’ll ask them to think of something positive. Sob sisters (always whining, feel the world is against them, feel they’re victims) will probably not find you very attractive anymore.
I’d like to add another bonus strategy.
11. Read the The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
This book focuses more on dealing with your own limiting self beliefs and achieving personal happiness. In doing so, you would be able to remain blissful even if surrounded by scores of negative folks. Simple yet profound, The Four Agreements is a book I constantly recommend.
How to Deal With Negative People [via Life with Confidence]
The Jersey Journal reports that ambitious plans for a potential park got a big boost as Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise said his administration is recommending spending $3.2 million from the Open Space Trust to acquire the last 5.6 acres needed for the 13.6-acre Bergen-Lafayette tract.
If this project moves forward it would be the largest park to be developed in Jersey City in a century. There are still quite a few issues which need to be worked out before that can happen, though. I am hopeful that the remaining obstacles can be overcome. More open space is always welcome in an urban area.
Big park for Bergen-Lafayette [via The Jersey Journal]