Friday, June 30, 2006

Last Day at Work!!

Today is my last day here at APC, which means no more battery BackUPS or CRAC units for me! I'll be starting my new job at Swarovski on July 10th and working amongst the sparkly things in life. It will definitely be a change in pace from the APC frat house to the jewelery crowd, but it's still a great move for me. I'll miss you guys at APC!!!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

I know a hypocrit when I see one.

Britney, Britney, Britney. One minute you're pleading on Dateline to Matt Lauer about being left alone, and the next minute you're posing preggo on the cover of Harper's Bazaar. Somebody get this girl a better publicist!! Wanted: Publicist for Britney Spears. Must be level-headed, rational decision maker. Homewreckers encouraged to apply.

Don't get me started on K-Fed. My blood pressure is already high enough this morning.

I know a hypocrit when I see one.

Britney, Britney, Britney. One minute you're pleading on Dateline to Matt Lauer about being left alone, and the next minute you're posing preggo on the cover of Harper's Bazaar. Somebody get this girl a better publicist!! Wanted: Publicist for Britney Spears. Must be level-headed, rational decision maker. Homewreckers encouraged to apply.

Don't get me started on K-Fed. My blood pressure is already high enough this morning.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Are you destined to be an Entrepreneur?

I came across this article on today entitled: The Top 10 Signs You Were Made to Become and Entrepreneur

While I can't agree with all items on the list, there are definitely a few traits that I see in myself. Check out this excerpt, or the full article

Fred's Top 10 Signs You're Made to be an Entrepreneur

10. You are unemployable. You can’t hold a job. You don’t want to hold a job. And you react to getting a job the same way a cat reacts when you try to give it a bath.

9. You are anti-authoritarian. You can’t fathom the thought of being anything less than Boss, President, Chairman, Don, and/or Emperor.

8. You have the uncanny ability to get other people to do all the work.

7. You are always looking for and/or seeing economic opportunity everywhere and in everything. While at a concert, you occupy yourself by estimating the evening’s take and its gross margins instead of listening to the music.

6. You spend more time and energy looking for easier, faster, cheaper, more effective ways of accomplishing something than if you just did the task outright.

5. You would enthusiastically trade a life-time pass to Disneyland for one ride in the Vomit Comet. In other words, you would give up a secure, even-keeled, bland existence for a life that whipsaws uncontrollably between exhilaration and terror.

4. You don’t see lack of money, lack of knowledge, and lack of experience as barriers to entry. You are also not deterred by the existence of formidable competition.

3. You favor multiplication over addition and you lull yourself to sleep by calculating price-earnings ratios.

2. You would happily invest your home’s equity and your life savings (and your mother’s life savings) in your start-up.

And the Number One sign you are made to be an entrepreneur . . .

1. When you project future earnings, your spread sheet shows that by Year 5, you can buy Argentina and sell it to Brazil.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

More videos

I just found one of my favorite music videos of all time... because what's better than the Muppets and Weezer?

Friday, June 23, 2006

Hahaha ohhh GFY

Unfortunately, I can't take the credit for this one... But I thought it was pretty funny. Go on over to Go Fug Yourself for the whole article.

Monday, June 19, 2006

New Obsession

Ohhh my long lost music videos are found! Peekvid will help you find all of those videos you remember from back in the day (as well as some recent ones). My favorites are all of those British music videos that I watched endlessly while living in France. Can you say Craig David, Atomic Kitten, and Jamiroquai?? Ohhhh I'm getting excited just thinking about it!

As if we need more evidence of Robbie Williams being a whackjob... here it is:
My advice... just keep watching until the end... seriously....

I think I've died and gone to heaven... Forget NKOTB or Backstreet Boys. No no, the loves of my life back in the 90's were those Take That boys from across the pond. That lead singer.. oyyy he's goooorgeous. In the RAIN no less! Well.. he was gorgeous, circa 1996 or so. Hahah and Robbie Williams is in a fur coat dancing around like an idiot. Priceless.
Oh my God. I think I've just stumbled upon the most embarassing thing on the face of this earth. Oh yes, it is Robbie Williams and the Take That boys.... circa 1992 maybe? I'm just... speechless. Check it out. And PS. I can no longer have a crush on the lead singer after that debacle. Ruined. ruined...

Early to bed...early to rise

I have never been a morning person. I have never even had hopes of becoming one... until I came across this article, How to Become an Early Riser. And then I realized that the guy was just full of it. His advice was this: Go to bed when you're sleepy and set your alarm clock to a set time each morning (say 5am). "Just exert more control over your sleep patterns", he says. Ohh ok so just tell that alcoholic to "just exert more control" over his drinking habits. Bottom line, early rising just isn't my thing. So I petition that the work day starts at say...1pm and goes until 8pm. How does that sound?

Monday, June 12, 2006

World Cup fever

The World Cup is something that the majority of Americans just can't fathom. Soccer (football, le foot, footie, etc etc) in the US is something that one grows up playing but there's never really that national sports fever about it, like there is for baseball or football (American style, that is). I didn't really "get it" until I lived in France, right down the street from the Stade Velodrome, a stadium in Marseille, France that is home to the Olympique de Marseille (Allez L'OM!!) It's amazing to me how wound up these people get about soccer. It's craaaazy. But soo much fun. We would buy our tickets to the game minutes before it started by the gypsies out in front, trying to negotiate the best we could in our lacking French. One time we even ended up in the VIP section because the game had already started and we had no idea what seats we were negotiating for. I really do miss it! I hung out with Jen and her German this weekend (who lives with a house full of Germans) and they even had painted bananas to resemble the German flag. World Cup Feeeevaaaaaaa

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Bird Lady

SSlice19: I just want bird lady to quit though
SSlice19: she's always cluttering my desk
jem4415: which one is bird lady?
SSlice19: and if she leaves we get a new temp without skills who I can make file my stuff
SSlice19: the one who brought a bird in her shirt a temp
jem4415: a real bird??
SSlice19: yes
SSlice19: and it lived in her boobs
jem4415: what?!?!
SSlice19: I told you this story
jem4415: you're making this up
jem4415: no I vaguely remember you started to tell me this
SSlice19: and I recently found out that it pooped on her and this is how Donna found out that it was there
jem4415: ohhh this crazy world we live in.

Anyone know a good cure for the hiccups?

I've had the hiccups ALL DAY today! They just keep coming back! They started when I missed a call from Matt (my boyfriend who is in the woods of New Zealand without access to modern necessities, by the way) who somehow managed to make it to a phone. I missed the call by 10 minutes because I was downstairs and my phone was upstairs. This wouldn't have been such a big deal if 1. it hadn't been his birthday and 2. the next time I'd hear from him would be in a week and a half. **Sigh** So now everytime I think about it I get all upset and the hiccups come on.

I don't know if any of you have ever had recurring hiccups... but they're pretty freakin' obnoxious!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Happy Birthday!!!!

I want to extend a Happppy Birthday to the man in my life!
Happy Birthday you little devil! ; )
....technically Matt celebrated his birthday yesterday in New Zealand and as far as I know the world didn't end apocolyptically so I think were all going to make it.

Wish Matt a Happy Birthday! And I'll be sure to send it along to him : )

Procrastination: Pull vs. Push

When I was in school, procrastination used to be a huge issue for me. I was a believer in the "procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday" way of life. For some reason, I always thrived on the thrill of "last minute". While that system worked out pretty well for assignments... it didn't work out so well for housework and those other life errands that didn't have a grade/deadline.

I came across this article about the Pull vs Push way of looking at procrastination. Or basically, a list with tips on Overcoming Procrastination Through a Pull Method.

My favorite is #6... How to Talk to Yourself
6. How to talk to yourself:
-- Replace "I have to" -- which promotes victimhood and resentment -- with "I choose to."
-- Replace "I must finish" with "When can I start again?"
-- Replace "This is so big/difficult/complex" with "I can take one small step: one rough, rough draft, one imperfect sketch."
-- Replace "I must do this right (i.e., perfectly)" with "I can be human." Accept "mistakes" as feedback, and part of the natural learning process. In fact, try to be imperfect. Intentionally do the first part of your project sloppily: rough draft in crayon, or on a coffee-stained old envelope. Worked for Abe.*
-- Replace "I've got to get this done; I don't have time for play" with "I must make time for play." Reward yourself with fun, friendship, exercise, whatever, after you've made your start. This makes making the next start much easier.

Monday, June 05, 2006

You're getting sleeeepy

I came across one of my favorite topics on Lifehack today, sleeping. It was an article about the myth that everyone needs 8 hours of sleep a night and proposed an experiment to find out how many hours will work for you.

Personally, I find that the less sleep I get, the more awake I feel in the morning. And by less sleep, I mean approximately 6 hours, not like 2 hours. The problem, is that I just can't get out of bed and I love sleep. Hmmmm. I guess I could experiment with it though.

Click here to read the article:

Before the advent of the electric lightbulb, it wasn'’t much of an issue, people hit the hay after a couple of hours by candlelight, and stirred at daybreak. But the invention of artificial lighting, and the subsequent introduction of shift working, has progressively '“detached us from the 24-hour cycle of light and dark,'” says Russell Foster, professor of molecular neuroscience at Imperial College, London.

Today, our culture of long hours at work and the 24-hour availability of almost everything from convenience stores to television and e-mail have demoted sleep in our priorities. To manage fatigue, says Dr Foster, '“we'’ve fallen into a stimulant-sedation loop, where stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine are used for wakefulness during the day and sedatives such as hypnotics and alcohol are used at night to induce sleep.'”

The eight-hours mantra has no more scientific basis than the tooth fairy.

That has compressed the sleep cycle. A report published last year, entitled “Insomniac Britain”, by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy found that adults in the United Kingdom sleep an average of six hours 53 minutes each night. Is that enough? Not according to the ancient formula of eight hours of rest, eight hours of work and eight hours of play, which many physicians and therapists still swear by. And it'’s not enough for the survey respondents, many of whom considered themselves '“sleep-deprived'”.

[Article at The Economist]

Friday, June 02, 2006

Thursday, June 01, 2006

J moves out... the lizard moves in

It's been a busy past couple of days! Unfortunately there will be no more "Through the Wall" conversations to be had, as my roommate on the other side of that wall has moved out. : ( You will be missed J!! I also said goodbye to my beloved this morning and shipped him off to New Zealand for a month. In exchange, I got one bearded dragon lizard, one MacBook Pro, and the keys to his apartment. My to do list now includes: buy more crickets... I don't know how I feel about that yet.
Wish me luck!