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Ramblings for 2013.11.24

Posted in Blogging, Family, Health, Wordpress with tags , , , , on 2013/11/24 by rmolby

Well, this early afternoon I was called upon to take my mother-in-law to the ER with possible pneumonia.

So I am waiting for her to be admitted and decided to install the WordPress app for Android on my GNote2 so I can do some WordPressing while having idle time to occupy my attention.

I had installed the iOS version on my old iPhone 3GS and it worked but I didn’t much care to use it for blogging. However the current Android version is quite functional so far.

I feel like I can blog from anywhere on the GNote2 since the screen is big enough so I can actually see what I am doing. And being signed in to the hospital wifi network I’m not using much battery life either.

So, with that in mind, I will post this and go check on my mother-in-law.

Crosspressed – The second thing to consider in self-employment

Posted in Blogging, Economy with tags , , , , on 2013/11/20 by rmolby
Never, ever, think outside the box

Never, ever, think outside the box (Photo credit: Mrs eNil)

Here’s a self-employment reality I’ve never really seen addressed that will go far in preparing you to really make a legitimate go at it.

As with most things we contemplate pursuing, we start of with a desire. In the case of free agency we want freedom in our lives and joy and wealth in our work…

Read the rest of the article at Free Agent Academy.com

My thoughts:

The author of the referenced article makes some good points to consider when deciding to become self-employed. These are points I also need to consider if I would want to make a go of it. This is why I am currently job hunting, I don’t think I am 100% ready to quit corporate employment cold turkey – not yet!

Wet Feet

Posted in Uncategorized on 2013/11/20 by rmolby

I hate it when the boots leak BUT it is becoming hard to find a decent natural(ish) waterproofer. I’ve always used DUBBIN.

Yes you can buy all sorts of high-tech sprays…

The rest of the story at Thoughtfully Prepping

Crosspressed – Crunch Time

Posted in Blogging, Economy with tags , , , on 2013/11/20 by rmolby

Basically our future looks bleak though not of our making. We had taken government advice on planning for our “retirement” years ago only for them to move the goal posts regarding state pension age. Uncontrolled cheap immigrant labor has taken the majority of jobs plus we now have our age going against us regarding looking for work. Whilst we are JUST holding our heads above water, our legs are going to be kicked out from under us by economics and government policies.To do nothing is not an option as we will eventually drown having lost everything.

via Thoughtfully Prepping.

My thoughts:

As we can see from the referenced work, the average Joe in the UK is in the same boat as the average Joe in the USA… even though the revolutionaries fought so hard to separate the future USA from the British rule, we are still economically linked, and because of this economic relationship, we are on the same boat headed for the iceberg… it is just a matter of when, not if…

Ramblings for 2013.11.19

Posted in Blogging, Technology, Wordpress with tags , , , , , , , , on 2013/11/19 by rmolby

Oh boy, so much for posting something every day.

Maybe I won’t make as good a blogger than I thought. Good news is, my job hunt resulted in setting up an interview with an IT staffing company that got hired to find an Server Administrator/Engineer. Scheduled it for Monday, their first open time slot.

Interestingly, this job was only listed on Craigslist. This is my first job interview from such a source. We shall see how it works out.

As for the blog, I will still try to post something every day. I have some back posts I’m working on, so those day gaps will disappear over the next few days.

Google Doodles for 15 Nov

Posted in Blogging, Entertainment, Fun Stuff, Holiday, Internet, Misc, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2013/11/15 by rmolby

2013 – Romania

Emil Racoviță's 145th Birthday

Emil Racoviță’s 145th Birthday

Emil Racoviță (Romanian pronunciation: [eˈmil ˈrakovit͡sə]; also spelled Racovitza; 15 November 1868 – 17 November 1947) was a Romanian biologist, zoologist, speleologist, explorer of Antarctica and the first biologist in the world to study the arctic life.

Together with Grigore Antipa, he was one of the most noted promoters of natural sciences in Romania. Racoviță was the first Romanian to have gone on a scientific research expedition to the Antarctic, more than 100 years ago, as well as an influential professor, scholar and researcher. (WikiPedia)

2012-2001 – none

2009 – Japan

Shichi-go-san 2000

Shichi-go-san 2000

Shichi-Go-San (七五三?, lit. “Seven-Five-Three”) is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children. As it is not a national holiday, it is generally observed on the nearest weekend. (WikiPedia)

1999-1998 – none

Later I will research some historical facts later to fill in the missing years.

Horoscope – 2013.11.15

Posted in Blogging, Health, Home, Spirituality with tags , , , on 2013/11/15 by rmolby
English: Horoscope drawn for the birth of Mart...

English: Horoscope drawn for the birth of Martin Luther appearing in Ebenezer Sibly’s Astrology. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CANCER Nov 15 2013

Limitations can be inspiring. At first, when there are restrictions and limitations on what we can do, it may seem oppressive. But in people like you, Moonchild, that barrier is often just what you need to break free. You are inspired by limits. A limit motivates you to tap into your deep well of creativity and move beyond the boundaries. You may now be facing a limit of some kind, but it won’t stop you. Once you get past the initial panic of dealing with it, your wild imagination will get to work. Reach for the stars.

Well, no kidding, when you are told not to come to work, but that you are not laid off either, that is kind of a limitation, isn’t it?

And yes, there is a panic stage I went through already – still am going through a little at this time.

And yes, my imagination has been running wild – what can I do to make a living while I am job hunting?

The limits and road blocks universe is throwing in my way are in fact inspiring me to look at many options for making a living, including this blog. Maybe I will never have the fortune to earn a living from this blog, but maybe a prospective employer might find my writing intriguing or inspiring?

We shall see what universe throws my way next – more obstacles or some opportunities, maybe?

November 15, 2013 – Daily ChineseScopes for Sheep

Your relations with your mate won’t be devoid of turmoil; the discussions will be stormy, and neither you nor they will want to lose the privilege of uttering the last word; be the more intelligent of the two by speaking less and by listening more. This lunar climate may bring about money concerns or problems in your business. There’ll also be tensions in your professional relationships. The planets will give you a homebound mood and make you love domestic joys; it will be quite difficult to drag you out of your cozy cocoon and your slippers!

Well, the wife and I have not really had any turmoil or problems, other than we’ve been sick with some sort of flue or something, but I have been doing more listening ans speaking, and due to us not feeling well, I have been in fact home bound and enjoying not stressing at work, although I have to say that I don’t feel stressed at work much, I have my days where I am glad to be at work and not at home. Working with like minded folks has its benefits intellectually and emotionally.

I have not heard anything from work, so I continue to job hunt and hope for the best – in the mean time I keep working on this blog and other options, hunt on Monster.com, Craigslist and other resources for possible leads and try to keep my chin up as best I can.

Horoscope – 2013.11.14

Posted in Blogging, Economy, Food, Gardening, Health, Home, LifeStyle, Spirituality, Wordpress with tags , , , , on 2013/11/14 by rmolby
Horoscope, Astrology

Horoscope, Astrology (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CANCER Nov 14 2013

Today is an excellent day to start something new or to blaze a trail. Moonchildren are especially gifted at thinking outside the box because you have a very creative and innovative mind. if some new idea has been knocking at your door for a while now, it is time to give it its due attention. Whether this is related to an idea that will help you make progress at work, or if it’s something that you think will improve your personal life in some way, now is the time to take the first steps. Whatever you begin during the next few weeks will have enhanced possibilities for success.

Well, over the last few months I have had quite a few encouraging Horoscopes that I have to post retroactively, just as I am posting this one day retroactively. However, this one stood out, actually smacked me in the head and yelling at me, “You see?” and “Go do something!”

Alright, some back ground info so you can understand where I am coming from:

Due to some unfortunate circumstances that I cannot mention due to confidentiality, I have been on administrate leave from work, and it doesn’t look like they can make up their mind when I am supposed to come back, but they have not officially let me go, either. Since I am stuck in limbo, like this, I have decided to polish up my resumé on Monster.com and I have been actively been promoting myself, but it has been a long road (about 10 working day) with few results and not very encouraging outcomes, so far.

Add to this depression, stress, lack of sleep, and you can see why I might be a little down and lackluster in my life. So when I saw this Horoscope, it was like a wake-up call, framing timber over the head smack in the face realization that only I can pull myself out of this mess, and only I can make ME feel better.

I must do something!

So, I am going to try to post on this blog once a day, and I am also looking at setting up a more professional blog, and relegate this one to my ramblings, while all my constructive posts will go on the professionally hosted blog.

Having followed several bloggers over the years, and recently bloggers such Mike Elgan on Google+, the idea of working from anywhere, any time, as long as I have some sort of internet connection, sounds really appealing.

I don’t know if I will ever be able to make a living on this platform, this lifestyle, and I don’t know if I can ever be like Mike Elgan and the few nomadic bloggers I am currently following, but it would be nice if I could go out of town, for vacation or for work, and still be able to put in an hour and produce content, like I am doing now.

I have always been a fairly early riser, and I cannot go back to sleep once I am up and going, whereas the wife can go back to sleep effectively just about any time of the day. Like this morning, this gives me a little quiet time to contemplate my future and work on this post.

I have been living without any major, set goal for quite some time now, and I don’t do well when my future is wishy-washy because I don’t know where to go at the next fork in the road.

So, I am trying to think of some goals I want to reach these next few months, regardless of me getting a regular job and trying to cram in some time on the blog, or if I have to work at McDonalds or Home Depot for a few months until I can earn a living from this new lifestyle I am trying out, but this “new idea has been knocking on my door” for a while now. Now is the time for me to take those first baby steps; and hopefully, as the above Horoscope claims, whatever I “begin during the next few weeks will have enhanced possibilities for success.”

Alright, so then I fired up the next Horoscope app on my phone, and I got this:

Daily ChineseScopes for Sheep – November 14, 2013

Concern yourself with your future retirement, and process your mail that is piling up. You’ll be brimming with imagination and creativeness, and you will be in a position to hatch out very original projects. An increase of your material gains through pure luck should not be ruled out. Your health will be good to your liking. In your home, try to impose discipline, otherwise you’ll be the first to regret your free-and-easy attitude.

Alright, so the only way I can take this, is that by me starting this new blogging lifestyle, that it will pay off in the future when I am ready to retire. Of course, I am thinking, the way the local, regional, and global economy is going, retirement as we currently know it is pretty much a historical artifact. I am more thinking along the lines of retiring from actively pushing my ideas and projects as I get old enough to not want to do such things, but I don’t think I will ever retire from wanting to grow things in my garden, or to retire from blogging or at least sharing my thoughts here and there on whatever medium is current at the time.

As for my “imagination and creativeness,” that is something that is always with me, but turning some of these ideas into a reality project, that is a different matter. That is why I am going to try to blog several times a week to see if I can do it. If so, I will try to make a living at it.

So, I fire up the third & fourth app, and I get:

  1. You face an unusual situation. Things could get pretty ugly today if you allow conflict to evolve. Try to ensure that you’re keeping the peace as much as you can, especially at work, though pretty much everywhere you go. Don’t worry things will turn out fine.
  2. You feel rather agitated and under stress today. You probably had a restless night and were not able to get enough sleep. This will only be a problem at work only if you need to be part of a team and are supposed to be taking a leading role. If so, do not hesitate to assign responsibility to somebody else. It’s more import that the outcome is successful rather than how it’s achieved.

Wow, this one didn’t make sense to me until after I tried to go shopping at WalMart. I got there, and the MurphyUSA station had gasoline at decent prices, so I topped off the tank, then went to find a parking spot. I almost got hit twice by people backing out without looking. That should have been an omen!

So I get inside, and some of the food items I needed from the produce department were not the best of quality, but after some picking through the produce, I found some usable items. I go get some breakfast cereal, milk, butter, Vitamin C supplements to help me boost my immune system while I am fighting inflamed lungs, then try to find some plain Keebler Sandies, but all they have are the pecan style ones my wife doesn’t like. I’m getting ticket off by now. I give up and try to go check out and almost get run over by a overzealous shopper at the front cross aisle. Yowser!

So I stand in the self-checkout lane, and bless her heart, this disabled lady on her scooter slowly unloaded her basket onto the conveyer, and after scanning the first item the checkout machine breaks! Everyone has to move over to the other one functioning self-checkout lane or a regular cashier lane, while an associate helped her get loaded back up to go to the customer service checkout… SIGH!

So I now wait with 6 more people in front of me, and this damn checkout machine acts up as well! I am so pissed by now, that I push my cart down an aisle and walk out. I went to Crest instead – no problems, great produce, shoppers are friendly, lots of register open, and I found everything I needed.

I REALLY needed to keep it together at Wally World… I will avoid that place if I can from now on… and I need more sleep!

For the next app, I find:

Thursday, November 14, 2013 (Cancer – First Decanate) Solve problems 

You’re exceptionally sharp and seem to have the right instincts for good decision making. With a confident approach to difficult problems, the chances are you solve them, or at least find a way to live with them. Get these problem-solving strategies down on paper as clearly structured notes are extremely helpful later, when everything doesn’t seem so clear.

That last idea, getting things down on paper, as they say, in my case, post about it here on my blog, is what I decided to do. My short term memory has been horrible lately, add to this my hearing in my right ear especially is down to less than 50% and the left to about 75% of normal, especially with background noise, and it’s a mixed bag of trying to remember and get anything accomplished with all the stress and emotions thrown in. Just another reason to blog as much as possible, this blog can also act as my journal. And better than paper, I can search it – LOL 😀

The next app I fired up told me:

Increased physical courage and a strong sense of adventure combine to make this a very interesting time. You need to do something innovative, daring, unusual, liberating, exciting, and challenging. You are inclined to act on some of the wilder impulses and desires you feel from time to time. If you have an inventive streak, you could make a startling discovery or breakthrough now.

Deciding to get back to blogging, and do it on an almost daily basis, should prove to be “something innovative, daring, unusual, liberating, exciting, and challenging.” The wild “impulses and desires you feel from time to time” stem from the fact that in many ways I am a home body, home maker, my western and Chinese general horoscope confirm this, but at the same time I am also intrigued by traveling the world, seeing new cultures, finding interesting food and people… new natural environments to enjoy… those are all things I also would like to do.

So starting to blog on a more regular, consistent basis, is different, “innovative, daring, unusual, liberating, exciting, and challenging.

Let me explore these words a little more:

  1. Different – I have never done anything like blogging to earn a living. This is about as different compared to working all my life for some flavor of the government as a wage slave, as it is for a fly to go diving in the ocean. However, I also feel I am a Jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none, and have a lot to contribute on subjects I know about, because I have either done it or failed at it.
  2. Innovative – I will have to reinvent myself, I am not one to voluntarily go out and get on a soap box, and talk to strangers about whatever I want. Speaking to a crowd makes me very uneasy. But thanks to this medium, I can just say what I want, when I want, how I want, without getting into the emotional turmoil of being confronted by someone that hates what I have to say – you can just move on and not read my blog as far as I am concerned. For that matter, when I am done writing this post, I will update my about page and put a disclaimer on it stating the above.
  3. Daring – This endeavor is a little daring, it’s almost like my family is already daring me to do this and fail, without so much a saying a word. I realize this is my subconsciousness doubting I can do this, so I need to keep working on it, I need to keep pushing myself to proceed and dare myself to do this. It should make me a stronger, better person.
  4. Unusual – In many ways, this is unusual for me, to put myself out there, on a pedestal, an emperor without clothes, emperor of my own fantasy, this new lifestyle I am trying to create for myself. Will I succeed?
  5. Liberating – Ah, Liberty, some people call it freedom, but those are two words resonating similarly with people while they mean different things. I will do more research on this subject, but let’s just say that the reason by doing, what I am doing here on this blog starting today, is liberating because of how WikiPedia puts it: “Classical liberal conceptions of liberty typically consist of the freedom of individuals from outside compulsion or coercion, also known as negative liberty. This conception of liberty, which coincides with the libertarian point-of-view, suggests that people should, must, and ought to behave according to their own free will, and take responsibility for their actions, while in contrast, Social liberal conceptions of (positive liberty) liberty place an emphasis upon social structure and agency and is therefore directed toward ensuring egalitarianism. In feudal societies, a “liberty” was an area of allodial land where the rights of the ruler or monarch were waived.” With that said, it feels scary, but also liberating to take the first baby steps to take charge of my life, to do what I think is right for ME, and by extension, my immediate family.
  6. Exciting – I am definitely excited about doing this! Why, because it is new, for all the above reasons. The possibility that I may end up able to travel while making a living at the same time is exciting. Making a living while visiting exotic new locations, or even old world places of interest, like Rome, Italy, Nürnberg, Germany, or Nepal and Norway, getting to see these places is very exciting. Meeting people and eating local food in these locations is exciting. What else can I say?
  7. Challenging – this is going to be the most difficult part. The challenge of getting to where I want to be will be a big challenge, maybe the biggest one I have taken so far in my life. It was a big challenge when I left home, in Germany, leaving my parents and sister behind, and joining the United States Air Force. Different society, different culture, different food, different customs, those were all challenges I had to overcome. None of them were easy, really. I still feel challenged by some of them, today.

So, having started the day with all of these thoughts, I figured, but not use this as my entry point to starting my blogging effort, helping me get to where I want to be in the future, whether it takes me 6 months or 6 years to get where I want to be, I will try this. I have listen to Jack Spirko and is Survival Podcast since almost the beginning, watching him grow his rant podcast into a business. If he can do it, so can I. I am not Jack, I can”t do what he does, but I can do my own thing, and now is the time to do it!

Ramblings for 2013.11.10

Posted in Blogging, Internet, LifeStyle, Technology, Uncategorized, Wordpress with tags , , , , , on 2013/11/10 by rmolby

Oh my, I’ve been absent from this blog for quite some time!

I have been very tired, A LOT, lately, due to many stresses in my life. Then, recently, for reasons I will leave unmentioned due to confidentiality reasons, I was put into administrative hold on my job, and am currently waiting on a decision from upper management.

Having a few days to reflect on my life and my career, I am beginning to wonder if this is the right path for me, or if I need to consider moving on?

Coincidentally I came across Mike Elgan’s post on aNewDomain.net about being a nomadic blogger, journalist, and writer for major publications. Mind you, the above post was written a few days ago, but when looking into his writing I also found this post at Computerworld.com, where he talks briefly how he and his wife decided to give up the average American lifestyle of large house, cars, cable TV, etc. and became a semi-nomadic writer making a good income and living well abroad.

Next I read this article/post published about a month after the above mentioned article, also at Computerworld.com, mentioning the top 10 nomad bloggers.This particular post on thinktraffic.net introduces you to the top 10 nomads and what they have to say about their lifestyle.

Mind you, these two articles were written in 2009! This is 4 years later, when I discover these posts, but they are as relevant today as they were back in 2009; this information is ageless in general, only the means of making a living may have changed a little. This is what I am looking into right now, can I still make a living blogging, journaling, writing in 2013 and beyond?

We shall see if this is still a viable way to make an income. I’ve been reading a bit about web hosting, WordPress hosting, and such, and I think for the near term future I will stick with the free solution right here on WordPress.com until I know for sure I can stick with it and post on a regular basis.

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