Being Satisfied

I am easily satisfied with the very best.

Winston Churchill

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

Thomas Edison

I never made a film which fully satisfied me.

Roman Polanski

Is being satisfied a good thing or a bad thing?

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Have A Safe Flight

My buddy Case just said, “have a safe flight” on IM. I know we are just being polite and thoughtful when we say it, kind of like, “drive safe.” But…on an airplane do we really have any control over how safely we arrive at our destination? Just a thought…

What's In A Post Title?

The title of a post can be very important. A good title may catch a visitor’s eye and spark their interest to read the post. That reader may like what they read and become a regular visitor. A title relating to the post will rank highly with search engines because the post title is used as the page title and as an H1 HTML tag. If a post ranks high with search engines, it will attract visitors who may be searching for information on a particular topic. This may also lead to an increase in regular readers.

I’m not trying to say that increasing the reader base is the goal, but it is always a plus. As most people with a blog or personal site would agree, we don’t do it to become popular or gain readers. We blog because it gives us a unique place to voice our opinions or work out our thoughts. At the same time, these opinions or thoughts are public information via the web and therefore can stimulate discussion or help someone.

With that said, I’m curious as to how others create the titles for their posts.

Do you create titles that are “Google-friendly”? What I mean by that is the post will turn up when people search for common things. By creating a misleading title, it could cause the opposite of what I discussed above. A post could be ranked higher than it should be. Many people will end up visiting the site just to see what their search turned up. This situation is bad for the Internet.

Should a post title be the first thing that comes to mind or something that has some quality thought? I think that both strategies can be important in different situations. There are many times when a first thought is the best thought, but times when a post deserves a great title.

Do you create a post title before writing the post or after? If you create the post title first, you may try to model the post to match the title, straying from the original intent. A title added after the post is writen should be a better fit.

I usually try to create a catchy title relating to what I write about in the post. My goal is not to rank highly with Google, but I won’t complain if I do rank up there. For some reason the majority of my titles are the first thing I fill in on the post form, but I think I’ll try to change that in the future. I also try to create a title that is a play on words, which is always fun to come up with.

What’s your strategy for creating post titles?

Remove Your Email Address From The Email Signature

Why do people put their email address in an email signature? It doesn’t make any sense, but I keep seeing it over and over again!

I don’t know…maybe I’m just a computer dork and don’t understand. Anytime I receive an email message there is a section right at the top that tells who the sender is. Amazingly, it also gives the sender’s email address. Wow…who would have thought! This is how we can easily hit the reply button and magically respond back to the sender’s message, without having to memorize the address. It’s not because people put their email address in the signature.

Seriously, what do people think they are accomplishing by adding their email address to the signature? Every email program or site I have ever used prints out the To and From information with the message so it’s not like the address will be missing from a printout.

Things to put in your email signature should be things like your name, phone number, job title, address, web site, and maybe a neat quote. Please remove your email address!

Lotto Theory

I don’t know anyone that wouldn’t like to have more money. Money, of course, isn’t the solution to life’s problems, but it sure does make living easier. It’s the reason people buy lottery tickets; for that chance at millions of dollars. Not even needs the money of course, but I’m talking about the average person, not Bill Gates.

I propose a change to the way current lottery systems are run.

Why don’t they user fewer numbers to pick from? Instead matching 6 out of 46 or 50 numbers, they could cut that down to 30, 35, even 40 numbers. This would increase everyone’s (if you buy a ticket of course) chance at winning the big jackpots. It would still be a shot in the dark, but your chances would be much better. This would mean more people would match the numbers more often. Who really needs the jackpots to reach $200 million? I couldn’t spend that much money if I tried. If more people are winning that will also mean there will be more split jackpots, but so what! More people will be winning and that is the key argument I have.

It was just a random thought I had a few weeks ago…maybe I’m crazy.

Political Campaign Goals

Over the years I’ve seen far too many presidential campaign commercials where the goal is to discredit the other candidate in the race. Maybe I just don’t get it. I would think that the main goal of a campaign should be to inform people about your own stances, thoughts, and goals.

In a job interview the average person doesn’t talk about what’s wrong with the other candidates for the job, we discuss our own strengths with the company and attempt to sell ourselves. If we had dirt on the other people being interviewed and brought those things up during the interview, we would quickly be overlooked as a serious option for the job.

Why is it different for the men (and someday women) that are essentially selling their views on how to run the United States government? Is their own vision not enough to win the majority of the votes? Why do we even consider someone for President who doesn’t have enough confidence in themselves?

I see it as a weak tactic to discredit someone else with the goal of making your own campaign stronger.

911

I had a random thought today…

Dialing 9-1-1 is supposed to be for emergencies, but what exactly is an emergency? When I thought about this, I was walking out to my car after playing basketball and thought, “what if my car window was smashed?” Is that an emergency? I need to call the police to file a report and I don’t know any other number to call, so 911 would make the most sense to me. Am I in danger? Probably not, but do you need to be in danger to have an emergency?

Just something to think about…

Andy Rooney

Today I received an email forward from a friend with a bunch of Andy Rooney quotes. I’ve received similar messages a few times before and each time I read them I like Rooney more and more.

Here are a few of the items from the email:

I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is an opinion.

I don’t think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America. Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens. Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.

I have the right “NOT” to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off. When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling, it is the Law of Probability.

In addition to these examples, I found a website with a whole page full of Andy Rooney thoughts. It makes for interesting reading material.

Dinner Invites

If you could invite any 3 people (living or dead) to dinner, who would they be?

I’m going to split my choices up into two categories.

Sports:

  1. Barry Sanders, the great running back of all-time. Anyone that can have so much talent and be so quiet about it is a special human being.
  2. Mike Krzyzewski, coach of the men’s basketball team at Duke. The guy flat out knows how to coach, motivate, and be a friend to his players. He will end up as the greatest coach ever at the college level.
  3. Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor and 5-time winner of the Tour de France. He might be one of the greatest athletes alive today, expecially after battling cancer!

Other:

  1. Nostradamus, perhaps the greatest prophet ever to live. Many of the things he predicted have come true in some part. I’d like to ask him how he did it.
  2. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft. How could you not want to have dinner with the richest man in history?
  3. Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb. You may not know that he invented many other things including the motion picture camera, phonograph, an electrical voice recorder, sockets, switches, insulating tape, steel alkaline storage batteries, and many many others. During his life, he was awarded 1,368 different patents.

On Purpose…

Purpose – The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or a goal.

Dictionary.com

Do your everyday actions have a purpose? They should.

Life is a series of actions and reactions that lead to the next. Everything we do is linked to events in the future and in the past. We can’t do anything about the past, but we can do something about what will be in the past; the present. We need to realize what we do will have an effect on the future. The sooner we realize this, the less we’ll have to look back on it later.

Most people go through life without thinking about the future or how their actions affect it. These people have no direction, have done no planning. They might as well tie strings to their limbs and play to the pupper master, because they aren’t doing much to make their lives meaningful for themselves or the people around them. With a purpose, life can fly like an arrow, slightly affected by wind speed and direction. Without purpose, life is a featherless arrow. This second arrow will fly, but not nearly as far or as straight as the first.

If you stop and think about it, our lives affect many more people than we imagine. My actions, in some shape or form, have an impact on everything else that I do. These actions in turn will affect friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, the store clerk, the bank teller, customers at work, the waitress at dinner, and so on. Since their lives have now been altered, the chain continues to the people they interact with. It’s a never ending cycle that often doubles back.

Place expecations on your own life. Create short-term, intermediate, and long-term goals. At the same time, don’t overwhelm yourself with purpose. Use it as a guide to living a better life and creating a better world. Remind yourself that you may not make the news, but you can make a difference.

After writing this, I’m reminded of the movie Pay It Forward, which has my recommendation.