Watching Internet based TV – Cutting the Cord

I’m now watching more and more internet based TV. It seems that television from internet providers is far superior to network broadcast TV.  I find myself watching a lot of Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video.  What is interesting is the original content from these providers is so compelling and well-written that I laugh when I watch what is being broadcast on traditional television.

The interesting thing is that Continue reading “Watching Internet based TV – Cutting the Cord”

Chris Shaul’s Instagram Feed

I’ve always enjoyed photography but have never pursued it seriously.  I’ve always enjoyed the creative process of taking a scene, capturing it on film (or in a data card) and then presenting it.  I’ve learned a few rules along the way that help to make my photos better, but I am by no means a professional. Continue reading “Chris Shaul’s Instagram Feed”

8 tips that can make business travel a little more bearable

Business Travel Tips

I travel a lot for work, probably not as much as some people, but a lot more than most people.
According to stats, I have been to 69 cities and have flown 176,000 miles in the past few years.  I’m not a million miler and I admit for some hard core travelers that is not much.  But for me that has been a weary adventure in the air and at the airport.   Along the way I have discovered a few things that help make life a little easier.  Here are some of my business travel tips. Continue reading “8 tips that can make business travel a little more bearable”

My Top Life Hacks that make my life a little easier

I’m a software consultant and project manager.  As such, I am busy and need to find time each day.  I try to be as optimized as I can be with tools such as my task manager and my methods for getting things done.  But there are things that I have discovered over the past 8 years or so that have made my life a bit simpler and faster.
Please let me know in the comments if you have any other cool life hacks that make things easier for you.  That being said, here is my collection of My Top Life Hacks that make my life a little easier.  (I am sure there will be follow-on posts as I learn new things and tools!)

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Are Expectations a Function of Ego?

Today I was running through a drive-thru to get a quick breakfast.  Little did I know that this would be a moment that would allow me to explore my feelings to understand and ask “are expectations a function of ego?”

The car in front of me pulled forward after getting their food and then stopped just far enough that I could pull up to the window.  I paid, got my breakfast burrito and was ready to jet out of there.  Well, the guy in front was still sitting there.

I let out a friendly tap on the horn, this was the type of honk that says “excuse me”, not the type that says “move your ass.”  Just a quick note on the horn to let him know that I wanted him to stop digging in his bag of food and get going.

I expected he would wave and move along.   Well, he didn’t. Continue reading “Are Expectations a Function of Ego?”

Why Lifelong Learning is Important and Three Things You should Know

Lifelong learning is a way of living that I work to continue each year. It is one of three areas that I work on maintaining in my life. The other two are growing my fitness level and building a strong spiritual base.

When developing the theme of this blog, I wanted to focus in on the things that I am always trying to expand, my mind, my body, and my spirit. I learned of these three themes years ago as a child at the YMCA. My parents used to send me there in the summer for camp, where I made friends and learned new things. I have since moved on from my days as a camper at the “Y”, but these three principles remain with me.

One should always work to make sure that these three areas are always in balance. Unfortunately, it is easy to become unbalanced. Focusing entirely on learning and expanding the mind, while neglecting the spiritual aspects of our lives can be detrimental. Focusing in on becoming scholarly or entirely absorbed in learning our jobs, while neglecting our physical health is also not good. Continue reading “Why Lifelong Learning is Important and Three Things You should Know”

Five Steps to Improve your Communication Skills

Last night I witnessed something that got me self-reflecting.  I saw a blatant case of today’s detached society in action.  Here is my actual post from FB/Twitter:

“Just witnessed another sad LA way of living: 3 people having dinner together, all talking on the cell to someone else.”

I think it is sad that we have to live in a society that promotes this way of being.  I know I have been guilty of this myself.  Checking emails on the phone while sitting with someone; or, simply thinking of what I need to do once I am back at the computer while trying to have a conversation with someone else.

Life is too fast and is getting more so.  We need to cope with a slew of sensory inputs and mental stimuli.   With so much going on externally and in your head, how can you improve your communication skills?  Here are some things that I focus on. Continue reading “Five Steps to Improve your Communication Skills”