Searching for the Moon

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Archive for January, 2003

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Posted by shannonclark on January 31, 2003

Visual Studio Conference Visual Basic, Visual C , SQL Server Conference

The future of SQL Server from MS – worth paying attention to as it is one of the better (if expensive) products from Microsoft. Something I probably should spend more time playing with and developing on top of.

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Posted by shannonclark on January 27, 2003

AlwaysOn Home

Yet another online community site.

I will visit – not sure how often – it is seemingly closed vs. open – and less open to contribution than either Ryze or Ecademy, so in return the reward for me to contribute is far lesser.

But Contribute I probably will – look for me there.

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Posted by shannonclark on January 24, 2003

raelity bytes

something I need to look into, it’s in Perl (not my first choice, but not my last either) and would likely mean I have move from this site… but might offer me some serious advantages (and I could always hack together a redirector for this site).

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Posted by shannonclark on January 15, 2003

The Work of Edward Tufte and Graphics Press

If you are in LA tomorrow or Friday – I’d encourage you to try to get to Edward Tufte’s tours of his own show. I’m very sorry I can’t be there myself.

Edward Tufte is one of the premier (perhaps the) thinkers on Information presentation. One of the best classes I ever took was his one day course.

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Posted by shannonclark on January 15, 2003

A proposal for pricing digital music

Something I wrote this afternoon – a rough outline to be sure, but an idea I have had for a possible new model as an alternative to the current ones for digital rights management/licensing etc.

If you read this and think it is interesting – please give me feedback – comments here, comments on Ecademy, or emails – I’m curious if my idea has any merit.

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Posted by shannonclark on January 15, 2003

Slashdot | Carping Over Creative Commons

Serious issue, but a very mixed discussion this issue in the Slashdot comments.

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Posted by shannonclark on January 14, 2003

Inc Printer-Friendly: The 10 Secrets of a Master Networker

One of the best articles on Networking I have ever read (referred to me by people at Ecademy). Keith Ferrazzi (CEO of YaYa) is the consumate power networker.

Puts my own personal network way to shame, and my own personal goal of talking to 5 new people a day in perspective. He apparently makes over 40 calls a day!

One of the best suggestions he makes, beyond the basic concept of networking not as a quid pro quo, but as a sense of karma, is to keep “pinging” people – keep in touch with people.

Definitely one aspect I am not perfect about doing – but need to get back in the habit of doing.

So, my personal goal for the rest of the month, beyond keeping in touch with current clients and current prospects, is to get back in touch with as many people as I can.

As well, he has a concept of “aspirational” contacts – people he wants to know. I need to do something similar, and then work my own networking to get myself in touch with them!

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Posted by shannonclark on January 7, 2003

home: Wrap-up 2002: Bubble Aftermath II, A New Dawn

Chris Rollyson is one of the really cool people I have had the pleasure of meeting and knowing the past few years here in Chicago. The above link is his end of year wrap up for 2002 – very well written and insightful.

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Posted by shannonclark on January 6, 2003

New Year’s Goals

some big, some small

1. Pay myself. This means, grow my business to the point past I just cover my own costs, but to the point where I actually start getting a return on my investment of the past three years of my life.

2. Graduate from College. I made a pact with a friend, we would attend each graduation ceremony at the University of Chicago until the one we ourselves were participating in. As the ceremonies will get longer and longer, and more and more boring each quarter, this is some incentive for me to get down to campus, find a kindly professor to grad a BA thesis, pay some late fees at the library, and otherwise beg and plead with department chairs and deans of students to finally get a degree. Not that it will do much directly for my career (see point one) but it will mark an end of one part of my life and the beginning of a new one.

3. Clean, organize, and furnish my apartment. Point one being important and helpful here – but not all of it, some of it is just time, effort, and some creativity in figuring out what stays, where it goes,a nd what I can get rid off – what needs to be hidden in the closets and what can be useful out of them. It will mean spending money, potentially lots of it, but should be well worth it in the end.

4. Loose some weight. I am gradually doing this by simply eating less, watching what I eat, and eating less often, but I probably should find some other ways of accelerating this – probably more regular exercise (my 15+ miles of walking a week is not bad for my legs, need something that will help with my stomach however – which is where my fat and weight gain is, not sure if a stationary cycle would do this, perhaps a rowing machine, probably weight lifting but I don’t have a partner to work out with)

5. Not end the year having spent the entire year single. I’m not seeking to get married and have kids, or neccessarily find the love of my life – just not to spend the entire year completely single – as I have spent the past four years, and all but a few months of the previous 8 years. Certainly points 1, 3 and 4 should help here – and who knows, perhaps point 2 as well – certainly hanging around a college campus would be better than being home alone in terms of meeting people.

6. Finish at least one of my writing projects – whether it is a book or a screenplay haven’t yet fully decided, but I want to finish one of them. Related to this, organize my writing and start a serious process of submitting my poems, short stories, and other writings to appropriate places for publication.

My output of writing has been growing each year, however more and more of it has been non-fiction. Personal entries such as this blog, other online blogs, and participation in various online communities. One plus – in at least one of those they have promised to buy my first novel when I sell it… so that’s good at least. And fairly uniformly I have been told that my posts are intelligent, informative, and people do in fact read them – so that too is good.

Not sure how many people in fact read this blog – haven’t been keeping it as uptodate as I used to, but it still seems that about 5-6 people a day look at it, how many are returning from day to day I’m not sure.

(you are always welcome to leave comments here or to drop me a line – love to hear from people who read what I write)

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Posted by shannonclark on January 5, 2003

TheWB.com – Talk

Okay besides comments… a message board for the show… *sigh*, guess I know where I’ll be for the upcoming months…

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