Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Here’s something that might help you as much as it helps me.
Google Desktop Search – HOOORAAAY! I downloaded this free tool on Saturday and am thrilled with the amount of time and frustration it’s saved me. Key a word or two and within seconds Google Desktop retrieves every file containing those words from email, chat, visited websites, and hard drive – all those Word documents and PDFs.
I work hard at staying organized, but I inevitably find I’ve forgotten that I filed something under some cute name I was sure I’d remember. And now I haven’t a clue. The search feature in Windows is truly a waste. But now – relief.
To reach the page where you can read about it and download the tool, go here: http://desktop.google.com/ Downloading is quick and painless. It sure made my day. In fact, it’s made my week. -- Ruth
Sunday, October 17, 2004
I’ve been pretty disgusted with the campaigns this year. I’ve concluded that neither candidate deserves much respect for the way they twist and skew information. Instead of listening to them, I’v come to rely on two websites that provide great information… www.factcheck.org and www.opensecrets.org The first investigates and reports on the truth about each candidates claims. The second – follow the money. They provide an amazing amount of easy to follow information about campaign contributions.
-- Ruth Wahtera
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Sunday, February 22, 2004
Well, I suddenly have new wallpaper on my desktop and it takes my breath away. It's an image called 'All is Well' by Deanna Hancock. The image is nothing more than an open book, some eyeglasses and the most incredible inter-play of detail and light. It's a pleasure to behold.
I found Deanna's piece in the user gallery at http://www.digitalblasphemy.com . Ryan Bliss showcases his work on this (his) site and there's wonderful stuff here. I expect that in a week or two I'll be ready to try one of Ryan's many wonderful images.
The site has both free and subscription options (I've only seen the free stuff). It's worth a few minutes of your browsing time.
By the way, I found this site through This is True - an entertaining free e-newsletter that always leaves me shaking my head. You can preview it or subscribe at http://www.thisistrue.com
Saturday, January 31, 2004
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Monday, January 19, 2004
The book provides a framework and, best of all, specific tools. Their website, www.crucialconversations.com , has discussion guides, role playing scripts, audio tapes...a plethora of resources. It’s all very well done, and it's based on many years of research and workshops teaching the tools.
I'm personally and professionally excited about the potential impact of this book for my life. What could be better than improving the quality of our dialogue -- especially when the topic is one that gets the adrenalin flowing, the blood boiling, and the blood pressure escalating!
Sunday, January 11, 2004
The new year is well underway. Time flies by. I'm blessed to have work that I enjoy and good friends to share the holidays. Now, if I can just get back on a healthy diet -- break that sugar addiction that re-emerged with a vengence. But what's worse than a blog that rattles on about me.