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I Am Not Defined – An Inspirational Blog

Posted by kristobaldude on March 1, 2012

I came across this blog this morning while preparing for work.  It has lots of inspirational stories that many of you may find truth in.  I was especially struck by this quote:

I am not defined by the person people see when they look at me. I am defined by the way I have lived my life, the decisions and mistakes I’ve made, the consequences I have lived through and the way I have handled the hurdles life has thrown my way.

Learn More here.

 

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How Long Does It Really Take To Create and Finish A New Blog Post?

Posted by kristobaldude on January 22, 2012

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01/22/12

I don’t  know about everyone else, but it takes me either all day or all week.  For instance, I have a journal-type post for one of my blogs (rawlifewizard)that was pre-rough-drafted/conceptualized (I’m not really sure what the academic term is for this) on Jan 15th (exactly a week ago).  But, because I work a full-time job, and I’m trying to excel at work, I’m putting in over 10 hours extra at work weekly, resulting in way more sitting than is  recommended for health.  However, in my job, I’m really doing one of my great loves which is web development.  I’m not complaining.

On top of that I’m checking into opportunities for finishing my Master’s Degree online.  Any of you who’ve ever pursued an undergraduate degree will understand that, with all the paperwork and application submissions and essays for financial aid this is a whole project in and of itself.

I’m also concurrently reading up on and doing home study tutorials on various computer science topics and technologies to enhance my knowledge and improve my earning power.  I am recruiting my friends who have web development and design education to come work for my company, which is in growth mode currently.

If that wasn’t enough, I’ve also begun a quest to master these items simultaneously, (but in actual practice it’s more akin to dynamic multithreading).  Here are the main topics I’ve chosen to concentrate on:

Those are the main topics. I’ve decided that I’m not satisfied with being a “Jack-Of-All-Trades” because everyone knows the rest of the phrase is “Master of none”.  I see the fact that I haven’t mastered much in my life, nor lived up to the potential for certain greatness I KNOW is within me, as disservice to my inner self.  I  choose the path, not to impress anyone else, but solely because it is what I feel I must do.  I can’t explain it, but I am called to a great purpose.  I am to be a teacher and a healer, and since I have finally rebuilt my emotional workings, and thrown off the shackles of hate and learned instead to embrace love and gratitude, I have already begun mentoring and counseling others to help them find their way on the great path.  I have found one of the best ways to learn is to teach.  Ironic, isn’t it?  But it has been my experience that when you can teach something to someone else in a way that they understand, you thereby reinforce your own understanding of the concept.
Some of my more specific, focused areas of interest are:

  • History of Money, Trade, & Currency
  • Cryptography, Codes & Code-breaking
  • History and Origins of Slavery
  • History of Collapse of Complex Societies
  • History of Disease & Evolutionary Medicine
  • Histories of Indigenous Peoples & Their Dispossession
  • Natural Medicine & Ancient Healing Technologies
  • Commonalities Between Monarchies, The Holy Roman Church, and Corporations
  • Unexplained Phenomena & The Supernatural as science that we just don’t understand yet.

I plan to publish papers and perhaps books on these topics.  As a non-fiction author, Isaac Asimov is a great model for how I will write my books.  See Asimov On Numbers and Asimov’s Chronology of the World for good examples of his scientific, yet easily digestible writing style.

But above all else, my health is top of the list.  I’ve had digestive and eliminative problems since 1999 and I think this God’s Herbs fruit fast is the answer to my prayers.  The only side-effect is when my body goes into detox mode, I think it shuts down thinking mode and therefore that is why I get tired and fall asleep after ingesting.  This means I’m unable to get as much done as I would like.  I am a multitasker by nature.  But I wonder if maybe I’m just trying to do too much too fast?

Now, yesterday I made time to do some writing.  Unfortunately HOLLYWOOD/BIG ENTERTAINMENT are trying to push a bill that would essentially give them a monopolistic control over the internet and they’re doing it under the guise of an “Anti-Piracy” bill (SOPA/PIPA).  There was a big online blackout where several prominent websites spearheaded by Wikipedia went dark in protest of the bill.  That’s all great and it had a great effect by temporarily preventing the passage of those creativity-devastating bills, but many of the folks who protested and such don’t realize IT’S NOT OVER YET!  The bills were’nt killed — only postponed.

So, I spent yesterday writing a two-page email to my congresspersons which I submitted through a web form from an activist group for expediency.  That was time I had allotted to do my blogging.  But with this fast I’m on, and the fact that I sometimes have hemorrhoids and it hurts my butthole to sit for long periods of time ( greater than 2 hours) can be a barrier to writing production and how many blog posts I can complete.

EXCUSES AND JUSTIFICATIONS ASIDE …

Here are the steps I usually take when producing a blog post:

  1. Brainstorm the topics content of the blog. (30 min)
  2. Write the article text in MS Word.  A large chunk of this time is devoted to fact-checking any statements of fact and just making sure that the information I am publishing is accurate to the best of my knowledge.  (2-4 hrs)
  3. Proofread and correct spelling errors (1.5 hrs) (NOTE: by this time, I’m usually already tired, but still I push on …)
  4. Identify keywords and bold them, then decide which terms will be hyperlinked, and to what.  This step often takes as long as it took to write the article text because I have to research and Google for the most appropriate, and usually most thorough and concise link. (2-3 hrs)
  5. Apply text and layout styles and formatting (30-45 min)
  6. Locate images and position within the blog (1-2 hrs)

So there you have it …  Basically, to produce a blog post that I am satisfied with and proud to publish, I essentially have to sacrifice the day to blogging only.  I don’t have professional schooling as a writer or a blogger … this is just the process that intuitively makes sense to me.  However, I am interested in hearing how you guys and gals with blogs of your own produce your stuff.  Short of hiring a secretary, I think I’m pretty much doing the best I can.  But, I would be interested in any tips you might have to cut the time in half.  For me the biggest time-eater is all the research I do to ensure my statements are accurate.  Accuracy is important to me and I feel it says something about you as a responsible individual that you took the time to make sure you weren’t just spreading gossip and falsehoods that you heard were true from a friend who heard it from a friend, etc.

If there is an easier way to produce a decent blog post in less than a day, by yourself, I don’t know what it is — but I’m open to suggestion.

(BTW:  If you’re at all curious this post took me 3.5 hours to produce.  Note there are no images and no facts that I need to back up.  I also didnt’ add any text or layout formatting.  There may be spelling errors as well)

Next time perhaps we will look at how to integrate your WordPress blog so it automatically posts to Facebook … or maybe we’ll examine the Evil that Monsanto is generating in the world by trying to patent living organisms and we’ll find out who the supreme court justices were that ruled that organisms could be property, instituting a new form of hi-tech slavery.  I haven’t decided yet …

**** I was just informed that my good friend’s son just got kicked in the head by a horse.  Please, I ask all of you to pray for Chayse and send healing loving energy his way.  Thank you my friends.  You are all beautiful souls! ****

Regards,

Kristobal

Be excellent to each other!” — Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)


My other blogs:
RawLifeWizard – My personal journey of natural healing and detoxification
CodeSlayer2010 – My programming journal

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Ambitious Plans to Become A Master Programmer and Heal My Digestive Issues

Posted by kristobaldude on November 9, 2011

Ambitious Plans to Become A Master Programmer and Heal My Digestive Issues

(2011.11.09)

8:18 PM

So, today at work I had a “milestone” review.  I was assigned on last Wednesday (I think) …  Bear with me because I am slightly tired as I write this, but I need to do it now, or it will just never get done.  I’ve been meaning to blog for months and only now after a harsh but productive wake-up call at work have I been able to motivate myself past the tiredness to do this.

As I was saying though, I was assigned a “test” project by my direct supervisor which had actually come down from his supervisor.  The instructions given were sparse and consisted of “you can only use google to look-up answers and solutions”.  The task as I understood it was write client-side validation in jQuery (no AJAX or PHP or anthing else except HMTL & css) …

FUTURE TASKS:

1)  Learn how and implement integrating jQuery into WordPress

2)  Go on Craigslist and find some freelance web-design opportunites.  Charge a nominal fee with the caveat to the client that “I will build you a website … if you like it, pay me” … or something to that effect.

3)  Ok, so I need to get my desktop (Windows, though I have nothing against other OS‘s) organized, folders and files renamed to follow a consistent scheme

4)  Figure out the best convention/framework, or otherwise “way-of-doing” … brain fart.

… This will seem RANDOM to some, but …
I’m totally having this thing where it’s only 8:30 at night and sitting up typing this I am getting sleepy.  But when I lie down and try to fall asleep I can’t!  Then all I can do is lay on my bed watching puter-tainment (that’s where I watch TV shows or Movies on my computer from Netflix, Amazon, etc.)  Maybe it has something to do with sitting and compressing my abdomen vs laying flat??  Who can say … but, I have to stop for now because my eyelids are closing.

Until next time … (don’t worry, I’m working on coming up with a catchy exit slogan)

10:08 PM – See that’s what I’m talking about.  I didn’t go to sleep.  I ended up spending 20 minutes gathering and editing beach photos into a nice background for the “Moving To Panama City” blog below.  I uploaded my photos to photobucket and for some reason WordPress keeps converting my url to have ampersands in unexpected places (like in between two digits!).  So, that’s what I’ve been working on (see, that’s the ADD) … BUT  now I have to stop and rest of a couple hours … we’ll see.

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Arriving in Panama City

Posted by kristobaldude on September 5, 2011

Someone's Beverly Hillbillies car

Someone's Beverly Hillbillies car

2011.09.05

Well, I made it to Panama City Beach yesterday!  About halfway through Alabama torrential rain made the traveling require a slower driving speed of around 44MPH.  I had maintained a speed of 55MPH from Indiana as that was about the safest I could drive with all my things strapped onto my roof like the Beverly Hillbillies! 😉

At almost exactly 2PM CST I arrived in Panama City Beach.  The last call I was able to make when i got to town was to Frank at Surfside Storage, who never answered, then my phone died.  Luckily I was near a mall with lots of stores, but believe it or not, I could not find an outlet to plug my phone in to charge it anywhere!  Not even in Starbucks!  In fact, I’m in a McDonalds in Panama City right now about 5 blocks from the Homeless Shelter and IT doesn’t even have a power outlet in any of it’s booths either!  I guess that keeps people from staying too long?

Also, interestingly enough, when I got to town yesterday my phone wouldn’t stay charged (NOTE TO SELF: look into switching to an iPhone), AND my TomTom Via GPS had just died.  What??? Yes!  I have only had my GPS about 3 weeks when it died on me!  Today is Labor Day and I will be taking the GPS back to Sam’s club.  I won’t be buying another one today.  I will have to do some very thorough research on GPS’s, like I usually do on anything electronic, before I buy another one!

Chase account is down to around $50.  So, if I take back my GPS that should but a safe amount of $120-ish back in my account.  Is there a Chase location near me now?

I need to do a location search and see who is open for Mini/Self Storage near the shelter, and also near work.  Laptop says I only have an hour or so left before battery dies.  Need to find a Starbucks.  Or Barnes & Noble.

Finally, I should note that there is a Tropical Storm that was battering the beach yesterday, resulting in high winds and rain, but it really wasn’t that bad.

Take care people!

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Moving to the Beach

Posted by kristobaldude on September 2, 2011

Official seal of Panama City Beach, Florida

Panama City Beach, FL

2011.09.02

Well people, I just got a job as a PHP Developer in Panama City Beach, Florida!  I’m super psyched!  I was notified on Wednesday morning that I got the job right after I sent my thank you note to the interviewer.  Looks like “Thank You” and courteous follow-up are definitely keys to succ

ess! So, today is Friday and it also just happens to be Memorial Day weekend.  Gas is up to $3.79/gal for regular unleaded.  It’s funny because I actually remember when “regular” and “unleaded” were two entirely different options, lol. I’ve got most of my packing done except for one suitcase, my guitars, and my perishable food items.  I still need to arrange a storage unit near my workplace.  Boy, today Indiana is having 100+ degrees temps and so now I’m considering waiting until pre-dawn to leave, when it should be cooler and quiter.  I figure I should arrive in Panama City Beach by Sunday evening or Monday morning at the very latest.  I have never driven to Florida before so this will be an entirely new experience. My trusty Suzuki Aerio will be my transportation from here.  I will be able to pack all my computer books in it and maybe even all of the rest of my books.  Maybe I can make a deal with my landlady that is win-win where she can buy my office furniture from me (drastically reduced) that I just bought for $600.

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Kristobaldude’s Blog: 2010 Year In review

Posted by kristobaldude on January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 32 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 74 posts. There were 5 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 488kb.

The busiest day of the year was December 16th with 79 views. The most popular post that day was FACEBOOK GONE … DISAPPEARED!!!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were ifreestores.com, facebook.com, google.com, erichepperle.com, and search.aol.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for general motors bonds, cheetah, wiccan altar, customer service representative, and customer service.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

FACEBOOK GONE … DISAPPEARED!!! December 2010
2 comments

2

EXAMPLE: Compliment/Recommendation/Testimonial for Exemplary Customer Service. May 2010

3

Tweaking my HP Compaq Presario Windows XP SP2 OEM Image. November 2009
6 comments

4

Your General Motors bonds aren’t worth much any more … (or WTF is MTLQQ & Where The F*** Is My Money?) June 2010

5

Crazy, Frustrating: DNS Virus? No, Adobe Flash install messed IE and Firefox UP! (11/13/09) November 2009

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Basic Computer Skills for Senior Citizens and the Computer Illiterate

Posted by kristobaldude on December 20, 2010

Basic Computer Skills for Senior Citizens and the Computer Illiterate: A Technophobe-Friendly Guide

Anyone can master Basic Computer skills!

Anyone can master Basic Computer skills!

Recently, I received a call from my mom who lives in Portland, Oregon. She was having trouble with her printer after having previously also had issues with viruses and malware. As I attempted to assist her with her issues, I ran into a very frustrating situation that has continuously been a stumbling block in my ability to help get her up and running again. That thing that prevents our progress is her lack of basic computer skills, and she is not alone as millions of people today still have no computer education except frustrated hands-on attempts.

First, you must understand that I have no way of viewing my mom’s computer or connecting to it to fix things (In XP, I used to be able to remote in, but now she has Vista and that option is not available), so every time she calls me for help, I have to walk her through each part of the fix or troubleshooting process, step-by-step. I am known as a very patient person who is able to explain technical concepts well to most folks with little to no previous computer knowledge. Unfortunately, my mom seems to need a lot of repetition for her to finally be able to perform a simple instruction. I don’t mean to cast aspersions; this is just simply the way things are at present. She is not dumb either: to the contrary, she is very smart about some things. However, when it comes to computer, tech, science, etc … she falls short. And that’s OK. Some people have an aptitude to pick up new technical skills for their entire life, but are less apt at picking up new social skills. For Mom, it is simply “vice-versa” – She can pick up new skills, such as the concept of Social Networks like Facebook and MySpace easily. But when it comes to basic computer maintenance and ownership topics, like how to install a printer, defrag a computer, or find files in Windows, she is at a loss. These things don’t come easy to her and others like her.

The many frustrating hours I have spent trying to help my dear mother on “legit” level 2 technical support issues such as diagnosing printer failures and configuring antivirus/anti-malware programs, have usually been impeded by my having to re-explain the fundamentals of computer ownership, use, and maintenance (sub-Level 1 tech support) ad infinitum. For her it is a frustrating experience because it’s just not her domain of expertise. In my own life, I’ve had similar frustrations and it was always very hard, until I found a way to understand the concept through analogies that made sense to me, etc. One example from my past was my inability to understand the concept of “decimal places” … Had I never figured that out, I would definitely not have become a programmer or been good with math.

I too feel like my patience and time is being tried and wasted, respectively, because in my mind (and in reality) I am thinking “I already told you this!!! Why haven’t you learned this by now??? For over 10 years I have been telling you this!!!” Also, “No Mom – RIGHT-Click!!!” has been something I have had to say a lot. Imagine if every time you asked somebody to drive to the store to pick up some things, that you had to re-explain how to put the key in the ignition and how to operate the accelerator (aka: gas pedal) and brakes; now you have some idea of what I have to go through on a regular basis. That would soon grow tiresome to even the most kindhearted and helpful person.

This mutual pattern of frustration was the direct impetus for my writing this article. It culminated today when after another exasperating session of attempted technical support on a computer issue; I finally told my Mom that I can no longer help her with her issues because it is simply disrespectful to waste my time by not remembering or improving her knowledge of computers on her own.

Let me give you a brief analogy: If you were in a musical band, and the band was learning a new song, and there was one part that you found particularly difficult to play, it would be your responsibility to learn that part on your own, would it not? Further, to come to the next band practice having NOT practiced on your own would simply be disrespectful of the other members’ time, because instead of spending time learning more new songs, they now have to take the band’s time to try and teach you what you should have worked on, on your own.

To ask someone repeatedly something they have already answered for you ad nauseam, is BLATANT DISRESPECT FOR THEIR TIME, and breeds resentment from the person who is attempting to give assistance.

So, here you see, I am trying to alleviate some of that frustration and resentment by providing a list of resources, including several online training videos, which cost nothing to make use of, except a few minutes of your time.

Though it was my mom’s lack of computer knowledge that prompted me to write this, my wish is that anyone else who is suffering from this problem may gain hope and a better understanding through their own self-study and efforts of the below materials. Now, everything is in one source, and at your fingertips!

For some, even searching the internet can be an ordeal. Truly, even for the experienced, it is sometimes difficult to find a topic online because of the way Google search works. Do not fear my friends, for I have invested several hours of my time researching and compiling the links and resources that for you, may have taken several weeks or months to accomplish.

I put a lot of my personal time into gathering these materials. The only thanks I ask is that you comment and let me know if you found this article helpful!!! Also, I would be happy to hear of any additions to the content you might suggest!

Sincerely,

Eric “Kristobaldude” Hepperle
December 20, 2010


RESOURCES:

LOCAL: Portland, OR

The Multnomah County Library offers a free basic Computer Skills class called
CYBER SENIORS
(click here for schedule and times).

ONLINE: Articles

 

ONLINE: Video Tutorials

 

HUMOR:

 

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The Parable Of the Hijacked Thread:

Posted by kristobaldude on September 2, 2010

The Parable Of the Hijacked Thread:

One time after a town hall meeting, Kristóbal was asked by the people to explain how he viewed the new Tea Party movement.  Some in the audience claimed that the Tea Party was composed of uneducated racist bigots. Still others believed that the Tea Party was made of proud patriots who believe in the constitution and the original vision of the founding fathers. He considered his response carefully. Instead of giving a straightforward answer, he told the following parable:

Once a man named Oregon wanted to find all the photos on his PC, so he searched: “*.jpg“, (less quotes). Everything was going fine when to his dismay he received an error that said:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library

Runtime Error!

Program: C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE

He tried to ignore the error, but to his chagrin, his search would instantly terminate each time he received the message.

Well, he tried everything he could think of, since he was very smart and savvy with computers and technology, but still could not find a solution. That’s when he decided to post to a forum-surely someone else had had the same problem and it would not be long before some helpful soul would post a solution.

Quickly he posted a specific, yet concise explanation of the problem including the error message above. For days other posts came in from people saying they had the exact same problem and asking if anyone had found a fix yet, but there was no reply. Until one day, a well-intentioned, but somewhat naive woman named Florida offered to help OREGON and all the others like him who had been having the same problem. She told them all of a solution that had worked perfectly for her and implored them to try it.

Right away the responses started to come in from folks who had had success with the solution Florida described. But, there was something wrong – the solution was to “Runtime Error! Program: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE” – an entirely different problem that only looked similar! The folks claiming success, also misread or misunderstood the question OREGON had posted, but for some, it was just the solution they were looking for, and they continued to praise her for it.

OREGON and others like him watched in horror as day-by-day, more responses of success with Florida’s solution kept pouring in, all the while wondering what had happened here? To make matters worse, many more people visiting the post felt they didn’t have time to do much if any reading or research on the issue, and misguidedly thought that the solution to the EXPLORER problem had been found, since so many had claimed success on the thread.

Only after trying Florida’s solution multiple times did they realize it was faulty, and now they must start the search for answers all over again. Those who understood the original issue were now in the educated minority, and more desperate than ever for a REAL solution.

Finally, fed up with hearing the wrong answer over-and-over again, and still hoping for a real solution to the original problem, others who understood the difference between OREGON’s problem and the one that FLORIDA had actually addressed, stood up and as one voice they typed

I don’t understand what has happened here. I’m VERY confused how this discussion morphed from one about Windows Explorer to one about Internet Exlorer … Has anyone solved the problem with EXPLORER.EXE ???“, they cried.

The thread had been hijacked, not by trolls or hackers, but by well-meaning folks with good intentions, who thought they were helping. Well, some of the folks who understood the difference between the two issues tried to steer the discussion back on course, but by now it was too late … Somehow, the wrong people proposed wrong solutions to the wrong problem. And the train it wouldn’t stop going – nor would it even slow down.

After he had spoken these words, Kristóbal became very hungry, thus he proclaimed to the gathered masses “I’m hungry – Let’s get lunch!

© 2010 – Eric “Kristobaldude” Hepperle

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