I recently took a trip to visit family in Florida to do some SCUBA diving, snorkeling, swimming, and other fun beach-type activities. What I didn’t know, though, was that just six miles down the road from where my parents live, is a fun hang gliding place. I had the chance to go, so my little brother and I were towed up by an airplane, 3,000 feet into the air, then slowly glided back down to the earth. It was awesome. Here are two videos Continue Reading →
Here’s a video of when I was at Maho Beach in Sint Maarten (on the island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean). This beach, off Simpson Bay, is strangely positioned right in front of Princess Juliana International Airport which means it gets airplanes coming in and out all day long that fly right over where people are swimming. Not just little puddle jumpers either. Check out this enormous commercial plane (I’m not sure which kind) that took off right behind us—hopefully you can see through the shaky video just how insane the air coming from the jet engines is. The sand was whipping at us so hard that it was blinding, which is why my friend (holding the video camera) can be seen trying to shield the lens. (Warning: this video is extremely loud). Continue Reading →
I’m a pretty private person. People who know me might be aware of this, but I don’t think they have a clue just how private I am. You could say I’m “guarded,” and you could even mistake me for being “anti-social” at times. But I don’t really care what you call it—I just prefer to live most of my life without explaining everything I do to everybody I know. I think I’ve recently been able to determine that there are two main reasons for why I’m so private.
One of the most interesting aspects I’ve found about blogging (and the Internet in general) is the fact that people will comment on a particular blog post or article they read. I find it interesting because it’s only with the power of the Internet that you can actually have an interactive conversation like this. In years past if you read an article in print and either agreed or disagreed with it, all you could do was mail a “letter to the editor” and I hope it would get published in a future issue. Continue Reading →
Of all the financial advice I’ve ever gotten in my life, one particular quote about money stands out more than any other. It wasn’t advice from a financial planner, or banker, or stock broker, either. It came from a plumber I know. The roughest, red-neckest plumber I’ve met. We were talking about money one day and he said “You know, Ron, it ain’t hard to become a millionaire. Just make something that’s worth a dollar, and sell a million of ‘em.“
I think about this comment every day, because he’s right. To make it completely accurate, we’d have to modify it a bit to say “make something with a profit margin of a dollar,” but that’s really just semantics. The point is, it really is that simple. It’s a wonder why people (myself included) don’t think about life in these simple terms: I’m sure there are millionaires out there who made their money one dollar at a time just like this, who aren’t surprised at all at how simple it was.
I’ve used this blog over the past couple years to write down random thoughts from time to time, as well as much more involved, bigger pieces.
I usually spend several hours doing research, taking screenshots, writing, rewriting, rewriting again, and then finally publishing a post. Of course, the problem with that is, you wait for perfection and have to find a period of time where you can dedicate a couple hours to undertake something like that. Which means it almost never happens, since my life is so busy.
I’m going to try something new, in late 2014 and starting in 2015, which is dictating blog posts to Siri as I get little pockets of time, and intentionally not polishing or editing them and publishing them. This is the very first one. (Hat tip to Seth Godin for the inspiration).
I’ve decided to start trying this today, since I usually Think of interesting thoughts for blog posts or just general conversation all topics as I’m driving to and from work or various appointments I have. So I want to capitalize on that time that I have available, I giving us a shot.
We’ll see how this goes. Hey, at least I’ve tried it once now.
I have some happy news to share—if you haven’t seen many blog posts here recently, there’s a reason. I’m now a featured blogger at the Colorado Springs Independent. I’m still posting the same kinds of things as before: info about websites, technology, the Internet, and more. So I’ll probably not post here as often since that’s taking the time I would normally use to write here. Come check out what I’ve written on the CS Indy blog here: The Web Guy. Thanks!
I’m a big fan of conquering my weaknesses and fears. I like to identify what they are, finding out why I’m afraid of them, and then do whatever it takes to overcome them.
There’s one fear I’m working on these days is the fear that’s often cited in surveys as the biggest fear of all for most people: the fear of public speaking. A few years ago, I did a quick online search to find a Toastmasters club near me, and I’m happy to report that I found a great little club in downtown Colorado Springs (where I work) called, simple enough: Downtown Toastmasters. I joined in late 2011 and have been a member ever since.
QR Codes are the best thing that’s ever happened to the Internet, if you believe the hype. What do I think of them? Just check out this side-by-side comparison to see how much easier using QR codes can be than using the Internet the “old fashioned way,” using URLs. Continue Reading →
[This is a guest post from my Uncle Mike. He’s a great man, a great Uncle, a retired Marine, and a huge fan of Baseball. He’s also the man I know as “Uncle Fun.” -Ron]
Baseball was, is, and always will be the one dependable bastion of camaraderie and commonality amongst Americans of all stripes, for it is this great game that Democrats, Republicans, Moderates and Extremists all turn to for a respite from the rigors and grind of daily life.
What adult among us does not still experience a childlike excitement Continue Reading →