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Sep. 2nd, 2008


All shiney and new...

I just Chromed all over myself today...

Aug. 25th, 2008


21 Habits of Happy People

From: http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/happy-people/

“Happiness is a habit - cultivate it.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one wants to be sad and depressed.

We’ve all seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. I’m not saying happy people don’t feel grief, sorrow or sadness; they just don’t let it overtake their life. The following are 21 things happy people make a habit of doing:

1. Appreciate Life
Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
2. Choose Friends Wisely
Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. Friends that have the same ethics as you will encourage you to achieve your dreams. They help you to feel good about yourself. They are there to lend a helping hand when needed.
3. Be Considerate
Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life. Respect them for who they are. Touch them with a kind and generous spirit. Help when you are able, without trying to change the other person. Try to brighten the day of everyone you come into contact with.
4. Learn Continuously
Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. Try new and daring things that has sparked your interest – such as dancing, skiing, surfing or sky-diving.
5. Creative Problem Solving
Don’t wallow in self-pity. As soon as you face a challenge get busy finding a solution. Don’t let the set backs affect your mood, instead see each new obstacle you face as an opportunity to make a positive change. Learn to trust your gut instincts – it’s almost always right.
6. Do What They Love
Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! No wonder there’s so many unhappy people running around. We spend a great deal of our life working. Choose a career that you enjoy – the extra money of a job you detest isn’t worth it. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and pursue special interests.
7. Enjoy Life
Take the time to see the beauty around you. There’s more to life than work. Take time to smell the roses, watch a sunset or sunrise with a loved one, take a walk along the seashore, hike in the woods etc. Learn to live in the present moment and cherish it. Don’t live in the past or the future.
8. Laugh
Don’t take yourself – or life to seriously. You can find humor in just about any situation. Laugh at yourself – no one’s perfect. When appropriate laugh and make light of the circumstances. (Naturally there are times that you should be serious as it would be improper to laugh.)
9. Forgive
Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. Forgive others for your own peace of mind. When you make a mistake – own up to it – learn from it – and FORGIVE yourself.
10. Gratitude
Develop an attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings; All of them – even the things that seem trivial. Be grateful for your home, your work and most importantly your family and friends. Take the time to tell them that you are happy they are in your life.
11. Invest in Relationships
Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict. Nurture and grow your relationships with your family and friends by making the time to spend with them. Don’t break your promises to them. Be supportive.
12. Keep Their Word
Honesty is the best policy. Every action and decision you make should be based on honesty. Be honest with yourself and with your loved ones.
13. Meditate
Meditation gives your very active brain a rest. When it’s rested you will have more energy and function at a higher level. Types of meditation include yoga, hypnosis, relaxation tapes, affirmations, visualization or just sitting in complete silence. Find something you enjoy and make the time to practice daily.
14. Mind Their Own Business
Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. Take care of you and your family. Don’t get overly concerned with what other people are doing or saying. Don’t get caught up with gossip or name calling. Don’t judge. Everyone has a right to live their own life the way they want to – including you.
15. Optimism
See the glass as half full. Find the positive side of any given situation. It’s there – even though it may be hard to find. Know that everything happens for a reason, even though you may never know what the reason is. Steer clear of negative thoughts. If a negative thought creeps in – replace it with a positive thought.
16. Love Unconditionally
Accept others for who they are. You don’t put limitations on your love. Even though you may not always like the actions of your loved ones – you continue to love them.
17. Persistence
Never give up. Face each new challenge with the attitude that it will bring you one step closer to your goal. You will never fail, as long as you never give up. Focus on what you want, learn the required skills, make a plan to succeed and take action. We are always happiest while pursuing something of value to us.
18. Be Proactive
Accept what can not be changed. Happy people don’t waste energy on circumstances beyond their control. Accept your limitations as a human being. Determine how you can take control by creating the outcome you desire – rather than waiting to respond.
19. Self Care
Take care of your mind, body and health. Get regular medical check ups. Eat healthy and work out. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water. Exercise your mind by continually energizing it with interesting and exciting challenges.
20. Self Confidence
Don’t try to be someone that you’re not. After all no one likes a phony. Determine who you are in the inside – your own personal likes and dislikes. Be confident in who you are. Do the best you can and don’t second guess yourself.
21. Take Responsibility
Happy people know and understand that they are 100% responsible for their life. They take responsibility for their moods, attitude, thoughts, feelings, actions and words. They are the first to admit when they’ve made a mistake.
Begin today by taking responsibility for your happiness. Work on developing these habits as you own. The more you incorporate the above habits into your daily lifestyle – the happier you will be.


Aug. 2nd, 2008



Heathrow terminal 3 is an interesting place. Packed with tired and bored people waiting for their gates to open, the place is busy. Crying kids, frustrated travelers, and smokers needing a fix brings the level of background noise to a point where some kind of headphones become a necessity. I admire those rare souls that can stretch out across a few seats amid the chaos and actually sleep.

22 hours of flying for a day and a half of meetings really takes a toll on me.

And on this particular trip, I am on American Airlines (the well known AA135/136) and compared to my normal travels on Air New Zealand (NZ 1/2), American Airlines is definitely substandard. The level of service is poor, the seating in economy class is more crowded, the food is lower quality, and the in-flight entertainment selection is, well, pathetic.

As many miles as I have been flying the past six months, air travel is definitely much worse than the past. The planes are packed due to reduced flights, and you pay a lot more for a lot less. And it is only likely to get worse...

Jul. 30th, 2008


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This was the earthquake map about 2 minutes after the 5.4 hit the Chino Hills area of Los Angeles county. I work about 70 miles to the south (just below the point marked "Oceanside") and felt the roller when it hit.

Lights swayed, the floor and walls rolled, but no damage or anything.

Jul. 28th, 2008


Work, work, and more work?

So July has been a month of very long hours, a lot of travel, and huge projects to deliver. We just finished moving the corporate office about 1/2 mile from where it was previously and this involved my team dismantling more than 150 servers in our engineering lab and then setting them all back up again in the new lab location in less than 4 days. 10 racks of servers, hundreds of network drops and network connections, major HVAC work, and so on...

Bringing up 80 servers in a new data center in London at the beginning of July, now moving 150 servers down the street and for the next two months we get to consolidate our Minneapolis data center into our Irvine data center, and the end result of that particular project will be more than 600 servers in 22 racks and 50TB of storage plus all the supporting infrastructure... Aye....

To round out this month, I am off to London yet again on Wednesday to interview on Friday some candidates of a job position I have open at that office, and then I fly back on Saturday... 22 hours of flying for a half day of interviews... *sigh*

I am not sure what sleep is anymore...

Jul. 13th, 2008


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Journey to the Center of the Earth was fun in 3D. The kids had a great time.

Jul. 5th, 2008


London today, LA tonight

I am at LHR in terminal 1 waiting for my back to LAX. The rest of the team stays through th 16th but I have too many meetings and such to deal with at the office. The logistics problems with some of our shipments has put us 2 days behind schedule and now the team will have crunch at the end.

I am starting to enjoy London a little bit though this trip I didn't have any chance to play tourist. Four 16 hour days in a row have left me exhausted. And when I get to LA, I still have a two hour drive to San Diego. It will be nice to sleep in my own bed tonight.

Jul. 4th, 2008


London progress

Things are moving along with the London project, though we still two logistical problems -- a $200k piece of equipment is still in route from Luxomburg to London. Logistics company can't pin down exactly where it is. And one piece of our second shipment is still MIA. We know it made it to customs but is MIA as well and Logistics company is having a fit with the airlines... *sigh*

We didn't realize that the London Undergound actually shuts down around 12:30am-ish and we missed our Central Line train as we got to the platform too late after working 16 hours. That explained why everyone was running. Thanks to the kind bloke that told us there were no more trains as we stood there on the empty platform.

We took the bus from Bank to Oxford Circus and it an interesting tour of London at 1am.

It was a very long day and tonight is looking to be a late night. Just need to cut out by 11pm!

Jul. 3rd, 2008


London day 3

Day three in London and only have slept a total of twelve hours. Two of our equipment shipments cleared customs and were delivered Tuesday night, a third should be delivered today, but the fourth is MIA. And one of the seven pallets of shipment two has gone missing but has now been located and it will be delivered today.

We only have fifhteen days to get this project completed and these logistical delays are causing a mess...

Jun. 30th, 2008


Away to London again.

Finally at LAX waiting for my Air New Zealand flight to London, A full week there this time. Just too much work to do lately.

I seem to be spending a bit too much time at airports lately.

It was good that I got here 3 hours early. More than an hour to check-in and get through security. Airport is really busy today and they are doing more involved checks slowing everything down.

And remove my belt? Wtf? Need to see the color of my boxers? I already give up my shoes...

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