Archive for December, 2005

Get Back in the Box

My dear mother bought me a great book for Christmas entitled “Get Back In The Box” by Douglas Rushkoff. I completed in last night, but I actually plan to read it again in about a month – once I have had some time to fully digest the content. Rushkoff covers a wide range of topics in the book, all supporting his theory that we are in the midst of a modern renaissance. It is a fascinating and thought-provoking read. I am going to hold off on my interpretation of it until after my second reading. It is really that in-depth and that good. Voice your thoughts on “Get Back In The Box” here.

Get Back in the Box

Thanks to InBubbleWrap!!!

I love to win things! I especially love to win books, because I also love to read. Along comes inbubblewrap which now I love as well. This site gives away free books every day! All that is asked of you is to answer 2 typically off-beat questions. I have won a couple free books now, and I can’t say thank you to them enough. They will even send you an e-mail everyday to remind you to enter to win. It is that easy. Check it out today. To Ryan and the rest of the IBW crew, I would like to say a sincere “thank you.” Know of any other great sites like Inbubblewrap? Let me hear your voice.

If you build it…

I have been working on enhancing voice. I have been playing with the free WordPress interface quite a bit. I am really excited about what I have been able to accomplish thus far. I have added links to some of my favorite sites, RSS subscription buttons, and even a “subscribe by eMail link.” I also utilized a great page that I found on Squidoo by Rajesh SettyBlogging Starter Checklist. While I did not use everything he recommends, it was very helpful. If you are considering starting a blog or launching a site, I recommend giving it a look. (check out blogosopher too) Got any suggestions for additional enhancements? I would love to hear your voice.

2 must read posts from Lifehacker

One of my favorite sites on the web is Lifehacker. If you do not have it in your favorites, put it there. Better yet, subscribe to the RSS feed. Either way Lifehacker is a great place to find geeky tools to make life better. There are two recent articles that I would like to mention, because of their usefulness. The first is the Geek to Live: Best Apps of 2005. This article has links and summaries about some of the best tools that have recently been made available. The list includes Mozilla Firefox, G-mail, Bloglines, Yahoo Widgets, Google Maps, Google Earth, del.icio.us, itunes, and more… I found that I am using all of these applications in some form or fashion, and pretty much love them all. All of these applications are excellent, and somewhat widely known, which brings me to the next great Lifehacker post, the Top Underrated Apps of 2005. This list has such great applications as Yahoo Calendar, GTD TiddlyWiki, PowerToys for Windows, Picasa, among others. Both posts are great reading and can provide you with information about many great tools you can use to make your life easier. Others that I would add would be Backpack and TaDa List from 37Signals, of course WordPress, blogger, and Pandora. One recent discover I made was the ability to sync Yahoo Calendar with Outlook through Yahoo’s intellisync tool, making my Outlook portable. That was a huge find for me. I intend to elaborate on ways I use these and other tools in future posts. I am curious to know which of these tools, if any, are you using? Additionally, what others should have made the cut? Voice your opinion with a comment.

Thank you to the blogosopher

My first Thank You goes out to David Esrati, the blogosopher. David provided me with a tip the other day about WordPress, the tool I am using to build this site, offering a free version of their software. This then got me interested in checking it out for myself. From there, my mind began racing, and I came up with the idea for this site, voice. While the site is just getting started, the ideas have been ruminating in my brain for a while now. Thanks to David, I have been able to get them out from between my ears, and onto the screen. Additionally, through the next wave and blogosopher, David regularly challenges the status quo in his ongoing quest to change the world. His voice has inspired mine. Thank You David.

One per week

What better way to use my voice than in the form of giving thanks to others? Because so much of what I experience and enjoy about life is the result of someone else’s efforts, the least I can do is show people some gratitude. With that in mind, I am going to attempt to send one hand-written thank you card to someone every week. Now, this is not the typical thank you for my birthday present card. I am not including those in this endeavor. I am talking about recognizing someone for taking the time to care and make a difference in my everyday life. I will also acknowledge that person publicly here on my site, voice. It is a modest gesture, but a sincere one none the less. Thank You for taking the time to read this post.