Online Exposure

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This gag gets either more funny or less funny as tech improves. Will there come a day when a person can buy a website in a box from Walmart? I can see that happening. Think of it: you buy the box, it comes with a CD that prompts you to input on your business or personality. Then it links up to the internet, to a specific server, and voila! You have a website!

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This comic strip is available for download in print version. You can download the black and white or color image below or from the original post. Use my comic in your publication, letter, operations manual, whatever. I don’t care where and I’m not asking for any money or license. All I ask is that you don’t alter the image. Send me a message letting me know where you used it and I might feature it!

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You love Hot Clubs… you just don’t know it

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In a conversation about culture in the city I currently live in (Las Cruces, NM), I made the comment that I was going to a Hot Club music concert. The girl I was talking to looked baffled. “Hot Club? What’s that?” I told her that, if she heard it, she would know it instantly. And that she would like it.

If you are unfamiliar with Hot Club music and are unsure if you would like it, trust me, you will.

Basically, Hot Club music is Gypsy Jazz. The main name in the genre is Django Reinhart. This guy:

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Let me put it this way: if you imagine yourself relaxing in a classy cafe in Paris with a nice glass of wine while the night hums with love, this is the music you would be listening to.

Here is a good YouTube video with just Django’s music. I listen to this often:

Django died at the early age of 43 (I’m 42!). Yet his legacy lives on. Here are some Hot Club bands:

Black Market Trust (this is the band I saw)

Hot Club of San Francisco with “All of Me”:

There’s just something to the music. It’s like it strikes a chord within me. Maybe it’s because I love coffee shops. Maybe it’s because I love wine bars. Or maybe it’s because I love music to begin with. Regardless, I love the stuff. Sit back, close your eyes, and imagine yourself relaxing in a French cafe with the one you love. I bet you’ll dig this music too.

“Labeling Others”

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All this name-calling in the media — labeling people as bigots, racists, nazis, etc. — reminded me of this comic from back in 2009. I added some color to liven it up.

I’m also making my comics available for download in print version! You can download the black and white or color image below or from the original post. Use my comic in your publication, letter, operations manual, whatever. I don’t care where and I’m not asking for any money or license. All I ask is that you don’t alter the image, but why would anyone do that???

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If you have any questions, just ask in the comments section. We can figure it out!

Who are the people in your work family?

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For many of us, we spend a great deal of time with the people we work with. The other day, I mentioned to a colleague that we may spend eight to ten hours with coworkers and only a few hours at home with the family.

That’s kind of crazy.

Or is it?

Sure, everyone is pretty much in agreement that family is important. And let’s all agree that too much work can cause a strain at home. (Disclosure: right now, my own immediate family is my dog Nugget. But she’s still family!)

But here’s a twist: what if our “family” was not just our family at home, but at work? What if we started seeing our coworkers as sisters and brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts? What if we accepted them as members of a sort of family?

I realize that the bonds of work aren’t as strong as blood bonds. If you’ve ever seen the BBC office, you may remember Tim’s comment about the people at work. Here it is, just for good measure. 👇

Now, continuing the theme of The Office (the American version) as an example, we can find a sense of family with those we work with. Imagine going to work with this work family. 👇

Too may of us don’t like to go to work. I get it. But think back to your school days. For me, school, in and of itself, was a series of classes. But my friends made everything better. They were my school family. Hopefully, you were equally blessed.

Why not see our coworkers as friends and family? Let’s get to know our coworkers. What do they love? What makes them tick? How can we relate to them and have a laugh every so often?

Just a tidbit about my workplace: the office I work in is nothing like The Office. But a few of us love The Office and have a laugh about certain episodes and scenes. It makes work fun. And, in a way, it makes my coworkers my family whom I am super grateful for.

Why I Love BuJo

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Some of you are already on the BuJo bandwagon. Others, may be wondering what exactly it is. I’ll explain it for the second group.

BuJo is short for Bullet Journal. Basically, a Bullet Journal is a custom planner made by you to suit your needs using any notebook. It was created by Ryder Carroll. Here’s his video about how to create your own Bullet Journal.

It’s good to note that this is his method. It’s the foundation. But here’s the thing: people are taking the bones of his idea and creating some really cool stuff. Just search “bujo” in YouTube.

Let me get to why I love BuJo.

I’m a planner. I wasn’t always a planner. That got me into trouble, which is why I am now a planner. However, I could never find the perfect planner for my needs. Some had the right set up but the wrong spacing. Others had the right spacing but the wrong set up. Some were too bulky. Others… well, you get the idea. I felt like Goldilocks.

With BuJo, I can experiment with systems. I’m currently trying two types of calendars: a grid (like any regular calendar), and a linear system. I can also try different types of day systems. I can try a spread or, as I’m doing right now, a page a day. And here’s what I love most: if something works, I keep it. If it doesn’t, I scrap it and move forward.

In essence, the planner gets more customized each and every month!

Now, what do I personally use as my foundational notebook? I’ve found that the Arc system by Staples is the best thing ever.

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It allows you to insert pages and remove pages without having that bulky 3-ring binder feel. You can buy different types of pages, dividers, stickies… all sorts of stuff.

And I’ve taken it to next though. I bought the punch so that I can make my own pages.

Nerdy? Yes. Efficient and effective? Absolutely!

If you’re a planner like me and you have yet to find the perfect planner, give the Bullet Journal a shot. Oh, and check out #bujo on Instagram for some inspiration.

And, just for the record, the pic up top of “Self-Control + Discipline” is something I drew onto my “Inspiration” page.

 

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