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Update on Future Blog Topics

Hello everyone.  I just wanted to update ya’ll on my plans for future topics.  In writing this last post on Matlab, I realized that there are many more topics that I can cover and decided to expand on a few of those.  Also, I’ve already talked with one guy on twitter for a bit about Matlab and he said he would appreciate my help.  If anyone else has any questions or wants help let me know – as I told him, I’m far from a professional level coder but I do know a lot about Matlab so I should be able to help some.  Next week, I plan on writing a basic description of all the different types of loops and recommended times to use them.  Another topic I have thought about discussing is the concept of creating data sets and the different ways of compiling that data (vectors, matrices, iterative, etc.).  Post any questions you have in the comments section and I’ll see if I can write a post about it.

How Life Experiences Can Change Your Goals?

Hello, everyone.  I hope ya’ll are doing well.  School and work is about to get underway for me soon so I’ll finally get some normal rhythm to my life again.  Today I wanted talk about something I discussed with a random guy Friday night.  We got to talking about “the bucket list” concept and he told me that he had already accomplished everything that he wanted to in life…and he was about my age.  And I got to thinking about “my bucket list.”  And I realized something fundamentally different about both of our lists.  His focused on individual experiences like skydiving and bungee jumping, and mine consisted of making a contribution to the people and world around me over the course of my life.

Hearing him talk about it in more detail, I realized it was because of the life he lived.  He essentially lived the opposite of my life and experience as a college student – I don’t want to go into details about the stuff he mentioned because he had a rough day.  Part of what happened in the experiences throughout his life is that he lost faith in his ability to make a positive change in the world, whereas my experiences have given me a lot of optimism about my potential.  I felt a need to do something positive with my life – no matter what he said, I still couldn’t say that my effort to do something positive would be pointless.  And to give him credit, he still respected my outlook on life a lot.  Deep down I think he still wants to see that some people try which I think is interesting.

This conversation really made me think about the effect of these differences for a whole population.  Some people might want to do good, but only try and change the small world around them.  Others only want to try and change something big.  Truth be told, I still don’t know what I think in that respect and don’t know what should be the norm.  I can’t help but think about old saying about having too many cooks in the kitchen on some level – if everyone has their own ideas about how to fix the big problems in the world would that just create confusion.  This debate does lead to some interesting questions everyone should ask themselves.  Do I think I can contribute something for the betterment of others?  What do others believe to be the case?  Is there something we need to do to change this?  If change is necessary, how is this change best implemented?  Have a good week and thanks for reading.

What is your most effective “sharpen the saw” hobby?

Hello everyone.  I hope your week went well.  Nothing has really changed for me.  I did my last planned tutoring session for the summer, so now I will probably go back to substitute teaching as my day job when that starts up.  I would like the keep tutoring in the Arlington area, but I think they’ll be hard to find.  Today I wanted to ask what ya’ll do to “sharpen the saw”?  For those of you that don’t know, it is referenced in Steven Coveys book “7 Habits of Highly Effective people.” There several types of hobby activities that he recommends you engage in to be at your most effective – physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.

For me, I have tons of hobbies and I go in cycles where I spend more time on one hobby or another.  Right now I spend a lot more time than I have previously playing Chess.  But I’ve noticed that everyone has a constant hobby they enjoy no matter what.  For me, it’s martial arts and working out towards the end of improving in my martial arts stuff.  I find that physicality of the habbit combined with the mental focus required helps to relieve my stress from the day and refresh my mental energy.  There are other things I do a lot that I couldn’t see giving up either, but I rank them as less important – or in the least, I can feel the drain and loss of effectiveness more when I don’t do my preferred amount of working out.

What hobby do you find that you need to do to remain at your most effective?  What group does that fall under and do you think that it is what makes it a good hobby for you?  Thanks for reading and have a good week.

Maintaining the Optimum Workspace

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Hello everyone! Everything is going well.  Still pounding away at the job hunt thing but now I have an idea of what I want to do.  I’ll still look for engineering stuff but this week I have registered at a website that acts as an online tutoring service.  I haven’t gotten any jobs yet but the pay is really good with a low amount of hours; if I can get rolling with this and get back into school it’s what I would like to do.  If not it will give me time to job search, which will be good since it will take longer take actually find and engineering job.  Hope everything is going good with ya’ll.

Today I wanted to do a shorter post where I talk about the evolution of my optimum work space organization throughout the years.  At first, when I was in high school and it was very much a cluttered, unorganized, everything laid out in the open type space.  My thought process being that it was more important to get the work done and not spend excessive amounts of time organizing stuff.  Then as I went to Texas A&M I gradually changed to the organized method, but cleanliness and the detailed arrangement were still not a high priority.  The reason is that I wanted be nice to my roommate and not everything on my side of the room look like a complete mess.  Now I almost always have a clean space and everything is in its designated spot if I am not currently using it.  If it isn’t, it is very hard to focus and I will almost always feel less productive.  I have also grown to love having natural light if at all possible.  As an engineering student, everyone always assumes I’ve been like this all through high school and college.  That is the general view of engineers so I won’t blame them there lol.

What is your work space like?  Do have a certain way you like it organized or does it matter?  Has it changed over the years?  I look forward to hearing your thoughts.  Have a good week.

Welcome to my new blog.

I  just wanted to welcome everyone to my new blog.  It may be a week or so before it starts looking complete and I start posting stuff but I just wanted to go ahead to get this started.  It will generally cover engineering and entrepreneurship with some technology stuff mentioned from time to time.  You can learn more about me by reading the link above.  Some links to my social networks will follow shortly.  Thanks and have a good day.

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