Monday April 17, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_15

The weather was mostly wet (again). April is striving to be as rainy as March.

Rich channeled Harry Homeowner this week and we did some work on my desks, removing the center drawer from one desk and installing it on the other. Then we had to re-configure the arms on my desk chair because it no longer slid into the "knee hole". Sigh.

I had an interview with a local agency. If they get a request that matches my skills, they might call me.

I also got a call from a recruiter with an interesting technical writing job in Foster City. Cross your fingers.

Beyond that, I look at ads and apply. Life goes on...

In the News last week:

Researchers at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, [etc, etc, etc] have shown, for the first time, that a laser can preferentially heat lipid-rich tissues, or fat, in the body without harming the overlying skin. Laser therapies based on the new research could treat a variety of health conditions, including severe acne, atherosclerotic plaque, and unwanted cellulite.
I was amused by the photo on the page with the article. They're gonna have to figure out how to get the technology into a much smaller space before it's workable for most people!

Also interesting:

Scientists Find 'Aha!' Favors a Prepared Mind

Why do "Aha!" moments sometimes come easily and sometimes not at all? A new study reveals that patterns of brain activity before people even see a problem predict whether they will solve it with or without a sudden insight.

I attended two interesting talks last week. The first, on Tuesday, was by Randy Block, a local career coach and consultant. He spoke on "Maximize your Job Search in 2006". Some highlights:

  • Ask "What's the Work?" not "What's the Job?"
  • Companies are "hiring solutions not people"
  • What is your "Value Proposition"? Will you increase revenue? Or will you make the company more productive? (Hint: Unless you're in sales, concentrate on the latter)
  • Your resume should reflect your strengths, talents, and values. Send your resume only against known openings
  • Network! Network constantly (not only when you need work). "Networking is an active, dynamic process that links people into mutually beneficial relationships." (Lillian Bjorseth, author of Breakthrough Networking)

The second talk, on Friday night, was by Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, speaking on Vision: Wikipedia and the Future of Free Culture. You can download an audio recording from the Long Now Foundation site or read a summary of the talk.

This week I finished Now, Discover Your Strengths, by Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton (review coming r.s.n.). I also read Death and Faxes, a Molly Masters murder mystery by Leslie O'Kane. I also started two books that just didn't work for me so I stopped reading them.

Putting down a book — not finishing it — is difficult to learn how to do. Ultimately, however, it's one of the more important things you can learn. If a book isn't holding your interest, put it down. Remember: So Many Books, So Little Time. With only 168 hours in a week (and some of those spent sleeping!) you only have time to read the good ones!

In between and around the rest, I've had almost enough naps and plenty of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends.

Onward and Upward.

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