Social Chat

Social networking sites where you can share and comment on information as well as chat in real time with people you meet has become all the rage. Is just part of how we use the internet now. Meeting and chatting with someone from another city, state or country over the internet is considered less creepy and more interesting than it was years ago. Mostly because chat sites don’t require as much personal information from you so you can remain anonamous and its much safer now. Its interesting though that chatting in a chatroom is still popular after all these years.

Tommy Tiernan

I went to see a Tommy Tiernan show at the Mercury theater last night in Chicago. He is an Irish standup comedian and he’s very funny. I was impressed by his storytelling and punchlines in the show. A lot of Irish chicagoans seemed to be there at the show. I know there is a huge irish contingent in Chicago and they showed up last night. His humor ranges from explaining the origins of many Irish stereotypes and putting them into several funny stories and going into characatures of people he knew growing up or meets now. He also seems to do a lot of impressions of priests. But being Irish Catholic will do that to ya. Because I’m polish catholic, (or was at least raised that way) I identify with a lot of what he says because the polish are not that dissimilar. All in all he provides an insight into a very humorous world he lives in and brings us along for a wild ride. Check him out if you have a show coming to a city near you.

Nokia 2.0

I have been a reader of Business 2.0 for a few years now, and along with WIRED and TIME magazine they are part of my regular reading schedule. One article I found interesting this week was about Nokia getting into the blackberry smartphone market. I looove Nokia phones, and up until I bought my Palm Treo 650 this spring had only owned Nokia phones. They didn’t have a smartphone that was affordable, small and had email and internet and a camera included at the time. Business 2.o points out that all this may change with the launch of the new E62 smartphone. They report that its small and light ala the Motorola Q but will sell through Cingular for a lot less ($ 150.00).  If I had not just invested in my palm treo, I’d be interested. Business 2.0 thinks they will gain marketshare with this clever new device, and I think so too.

Drug Rehab

Recently Robin Williams admitted a drinking problem and admitted himself to a rehab center. I think people were suprised because its been decades since they have heard about him having an issue with anything like that. I don’t think its an uncommon problem though. I know people who I went to high school with in suburbia who have had to spend time in drug rehab centers working through their addiction to alcohol and some drugs. Its everywhere. Not just the inner cities and some celebrities. Its in all of our towns and most schools and colleges in some way. Drug problems and addictions happen for some very serious reasons and taking the time to work out the issues in a place that has the therapy and services you need is the best way to beat a demon like that. If you know someone who needs help, look into getting them to admit to a rehab center to get the help that they need.

Lorazepam

Epocrates.com has opened up a free resource library of information for health care professionals online. Their database covers over 3,300 drugs and has over 500,000 subscribers that use the resource now in medical offices and hospitals. Its a great reference guide that has all the pertinent information at your fingertips. Making it available for free online is a great way to help health care professionals get information quickly and easily from anywhere. It saves time and money by making this information available anywhere for clinicians quickly and easily. Check them out and see this example listing for Lorazepam. It has all the information available about this new drug. If you run a medical office or work within the information technology resources for a hospital you should look into this for your staff too.

Heat

The radiators finally just went on in my place. Hallelujah! Its been in the 40’s at night and its been cold in my place for weeks. I’m so glad to have the heat back on again, even though the radiators clank, gargle and hiss when they work. Someday I’ll be able to afford a place with regular forced air heat and not have the radiator noise issue, but until then I’m happy being warm. 🙂

ThinkGeek

I’ve been a fan of the ThinkGeek site for a long time now. I started buying things there about 4 years ago. I actually still have the chimp rear view mirror on my monitor at work. I also enjoy the caffiene candy even though I am not a coder that stays up all night.

Latley they’ve updated with all kinds of cool new stuff. The thing I am most curious about is the Nabaztag wifi smart rabbit. Its a little pricey but its cool. I first saw it on a french site and emailed about it about a year ago. It only spoke french at that time, so I thought maybe it would be better to wait on this gadget. Latley I’ve seen it talked about on sites again and its available in english. Its cool because it updates you with whatever information you need, weather, news & rss feeds and it wiggles its ears and blinks when things change. Its the perfect combination of info-technology and cute. Is that info-tainment? Anyway, there’s so many cool things on their site I could spend hours surfing there. (And the Nabaztag is on my christms list)

Handshakes

In this job search process I’ve noticed that shaking hands is an integral part of business whether you are doing a deal, selling something or interviewing for a job. The interesting part is all the kinds of hand shakes you get in return.

I think I have a pretty medium handshake. One that is polite and not to wimpy although being a girl, I am not after some kind sof tough handshake. What I get in return varies from the crusher break-all-the-bones-in-your-hand kind to the clammy or dead hand that itsn’t really shaking at all. I am not sure what makes people think that shaking hands with a death grip is a good idea. Nor do I know what intimidates people so much that shaking hands is a scary thing and they offer a limp scared hand that you get and are afraid to shake at all. Its maybe an insight into what they are thinking and feeling as well as how they feel this represents them. 

Really, I’d just like people to just offer a medium handshake or none at all.

Opensearchlist for new searches

 Toolbars are a great way to add functionality to your browser. Many companies offer downloads for toolbars that allow you to get information quickly and easily. I have been a fan of Google’s and Yahoo’s toolbars for a while now. I also just heard of another site that shows how you can Add search providers to IE7 and Firefox 2. So you can add specific search box toolbars to your browser if you use multiple search engines and don’t want to keep going back and forth opening a bunch of browsers. (which is a pain) Check out their site and see what you’ve been missing. ( You can even add ebay, miriam webster, new york times & Youtube!)

Happy Bday

Its Google’s 8th birthday today (and my 31st). Its odd sharing a birthday with a search engine. Maybe we should party together? Me and all the engineers. That sounds like a wild time with a lot of geeks. As long as Ze Frank is there would be a fun geek party. Anyway Google’s come a long way in the past 8 years, as have I. They have had a stunning growth in marketshare and revenue as I have had a normal growth in career-business knowledge and income.

Its interesting though how different things are now and how much google’s existence (and the internet in general) has influenced and shaped my life. I am almost glad I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a living in HS and that whole teaching thing didn’t work out. Its presented the opportunity to work in the online marketing industry when it didn’t even exist when I had to choose a major. Its been more exciting and eventful than anything I could have chosen at the time. I’m glad that things have changed, and that I’ve been allowed these opportunities. Google’s a part of that, so thanks Google, and happy birthday. I know I’ll be celebrating tonight.

Distance Learning MBA

I have been thinking about getting an MBA for a while since a lot of people in my office either have them or are working on getting them. It seems the “must have” management education package. The tricky part is that an MBA is time consuming, universities aren’t always convieniently located and its expensive.

One school I ran across in my research is Capella University. They offer a distance learning program for an MBA. Its pretty unique. They are an accredited university so the degree is real, even though a lot of the learning is done online. They specialize in business and technology degrees mostly and they have over 16,000 students currently enrolled. That’s as many as a big state university. Check out their Distance Learning MBA program online that specializes in Marketing and Technology today. Its  a great opportunity to further your career and get your MBA.

Surgery

Not long ago my aunt Joyce had hip replacement surgery. She was about that age in her mid-60’s where hip replacement surgery becomes somewhat common. We all saw that she had a hard time getting around but were worried about such a serious surgery and the risks associated with it. We just saw her last weekend at a family gathering and its been about 3 months or so since the surgery. She is doing much better and the new hip is better than the old one. She is glad she had the surgery because she feels better and also glad her retirement pension health insurance covered it. We’re just glad it all worked out ok and that she is feeling better and able to get around more easily.

More catching up

1. Richard Hammond is doing better following the crash last week while filming Top Gear. Here’s what Jeremy Clarkson has to say about it and the future of the show. Feel better soon hamster.

2. Apparently Mini is releasing a larger version of the mini. Its kind of a medium rather than a mini. 

3. AdAge realizes the truth in advertising – we live in a photoshopped world.

4. This isn’t particularly useful, but its cute. If I had money to burn I’d buy it.

5. Cool Stuff. Recycling bins that don’t look like recycling bins. – Custom window films that  give privacy without drapes or blinds.