Saturday, December 22, 2007

Thoughts at the start of 11 days

Somewhere a few weeks ago I was traveling. Vancouver, Bellingham, Whistler, Vegas. That's quite a bit. I felt the 'harshness' set in. Lack of gratitude with simultaneous expectation. They go hand-in-hand. Then the pressure seemed to seep out, slowly but steadily, and I realized that I was somewhat glad I don't do that anymore more than maybe twice a year. The back-to-back cities and the crappy weather (generally 90% of the world's weather is crappy compared to Southern California so really when you travel anywhere North or East you basically are going to get worse weather any time of year).

I like home. I like my bed and my too-comfortable home and my wardrobe. I like my local yoga studio and I like my instructor. I like my girlfriend (more than so!). I like Calypso on my head in the morning and I like Tangerine asking for treats (at 9:37am even though the rule is no treats before noon).

But more importantly, with 11 days of peace and quiet -- on my own terms, with my own needs first and my own best wishes to fulfill -- I intend to appreciate all those joys of life listed above and then some. I'm taking this time of year called "the holidays" to just appreciate everyone and everything. I am grateful.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Holiday Inspiration

First off, hats off to one of our vendors who sent my team a "Cubicle Bling Kit" which is absolutely hilarious. It came with instructions on how to "pimp out" your cube and has a corresponding website. Unbelievable Holiday efforts. Good job guys.

Secondly, I found this on Slashdot today which I found to be absolutely hilarious. Pretty much everyone in my generation, the generation before and the generation that followed is a Star Wars fan in some way. So hopefully folkis can appreciate 30 Years of LucasFilm Holiday Cards.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Elf Yourself

The usefulness of this application is absolutely in question. However, without a doubt, the integration of this application online and the phone/voice mail component is really unbelievable.

Go ahead and try it for yourself. You build the elf first, then you can record a voice greeting and the website knows in real-time what you're doing on your phone. Very cool integration.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Chinese Food On Christmas

7th Day of Channukah is tonight and my Dad sent me this. How true, how true.