Tag: challenge

WordCamp Atlanta 2010

I spent the past day and a half downtown at the inaugural WordCamp Atlanta, which turned out to be one of the best technical/professional conferences I’ve ever attended. Usually I find that there is at least one time slot, and usually several, where there is no presentation in which I am interested. Not so this …

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Running a Really Small Business

One thing I keep researching is managing a really, really small business like Art of the Firebird. Heaven knows there’s a lot of information out there about small businesses, but so much of it is geared toward either people who want to be consultants of some sort, toward people who are opening brick-and-mortar retail, or …

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Meh

Here I am trying to blog every day for a month, four days in, and I have nothing to say. Do we call this “blogger’s block,” akin to writer’s block? Or is it just symptomatic of the entire day, when I couldn’t get moving this morning, was blah all through class, came home and fell …

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On a technogeek roll…

Not only are my tunes working, but I spent a couple of hours tonight and got my new Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet working.? Now THAT was a non-trivial task.? All the necessary steps of downloading modules, building them, getting files into the right directories, editing system files to recognize the hardware, and so on were …

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Moved!!!

No posts for the past three days because I finally got totally fed up with Livehost.net.? Apparently they have been subject to a number of virus attacks, and sites hosted by them have been hacked more frequently than the norm.? Combine that with the email problems (my emails from GlassHaven being rejected by Comcast, Bellsouth, …

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Get it Done — Flaming Hot! Blog-It

This week’s Flaming Hot Blog-It!: Being self employed has it?s rewards and challenges. How do you manage to get your work done? Blog it. I’m not altogether self-employed — I do have that “day job” teaching computer science. The lampworking is very much a side business.? It is very hard some days to come home, …

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Working BIG

Tonight I decided to try out my other new press, the Zoozii XL Straight-Sided Lentil.? The blurb says it takes a fair bit of glass and they are not kidding, not for a bead 1.5 inches in diameter and 18 mm. thick!? It took close to a rod and a half to just make the …

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Attitude is everything

I’ve never worked in retail in my life.? Trying to be a salesperson in Junior Achievement was a nightmare.? I was even terrible at selling Girl Scout cookies.? However, if you’re going to do bead shows and try to sell your creations, you’re going to have to try your best to be a salesperson. If …

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Buckle down and accomplish something

I don’t know if I work better under pressure, but I certainly get more done under pressure.? With the holidays looming on the horizon, the bead show this weekend, family and friends coming next week for Thanksgiving dinner, and the end of the semester around the corner, I have a lot on my agenda. In …

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Sticking with it despite mundanity

Now I know it was a boringly (blessedly) mundane weekend.? It’s day eleven of NaBloPoMo and I can’t think of anything to write about.? No lampworking this weekend (caught up with some paper grading instead), no cute cat stories (didn’t get over to Good Mews yesterday) and nothing else either. Okay, I’m sticking with the …

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