Day 1168: Times

Oh, I’m sorry, did you say something about how I talk?

Kevin Hellriegel's Blog of Worthless Advice

I’ve been having problems with certain “words” in my life. I’m making the effort to eliminate the following words and phrases:




….And something

… And stuff

I think…

I’ll try….

Let’s get into the meat of the situation, we all have phrases that we say that begin to drive us crazy. My least favorite is my habit of saying “and something”.

For example:

“The battery is very large and something.” Of course the battery is “and something”. I feel like a dork every time I say it. Please, help me stop the use of the “and something”.

And like Yoda says I shouldn’t “try”, I should “do” it.

Instead of me saying “I’ll try to mow the lawn.”

No, instead “I will now the lawn.” (Unless it is raining….who wants to mow the lawn in the rain?).

In an effort to be specific, I’m switching to:


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Culture Shock: Why it’s a good thing

Wanderlust: Becoming a Traveler

We’ve all been there. Whether it was due to starting at a new school or job, moving away or even settling abroad: Culture shock is a thing. It leaves us with lasting impressions and ways to improve and better our lives and the way we live them. Personally, I think it’s crucial to experience culture shocks every once in a while in order to become the person you wish to be.

Culture Shock

Of course, there are different levels of culture shocks and depending on these, it’s more difficult to adjust and assimilate to a foreign culture. However, once you learn to do so, you gain so much perspective and understanding – understanding for the foreign culture as well as yourself. For several reasons, I therefore believe you can gain much from these so-called culture shocks and grow as a person. Be careful though, they are addictive:

  1. It makes you stronger to…

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Sharing Muffins with A Manager (Part 2)


Welcome back to the part two of Chris OKeefe‘s interview. If you have not read the first article, I suggest that you pop right over to have a read first before continuing.

I understand you have 6 team members reporting to you, did you pick them out yourself?

I managed the selection process for hiring these individuals but others are involved. Typically, one of our physicians (essentially my medical counterpart) and I review the resumes and interview the top candidates. Depending on the position, we will either make a decision at that point or bring people back to meet with other staff and faculty.

Every team has their own individual characteristic. So what is your team’s?

Let’s see…this is a great team and I want to do them justice. They are a bright and dedicated group. As I already said, they are highly independent. They are good problem-solvers and…

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Original Source

Barataria - The work of Erik Hare

Robotics season and new work means I have to run a repeat.  This one, while a bit dated, has a message that needs to be repeated anyway.

The internet is a wide, rolling river of information. It can be treacherous and dangerous to wade into if you’re not careful. If you’re looking for a cool drink of truth, the muddy brown of this mighty Mississippi of data often has a harsh stench of bias bubbling along with the waves. What can a reader thirsty for knowledge do?

The answer is to seek the source – the cool, clear stream that feeds into the torment at the headwaters. I call it the “Urquelle”, a German word meaning “original source” favored in the mountains and rolling hills that are the source of so many great rivers in Bavaria and Bohemia. This process of seeking out primary sources is valuable not just for…

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