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My Thermostat Dilemma…

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2010 at 12:44 am

Hello dear reader.  Yesterday I found myself in a dilemma over this little item.

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Click on the link, you’ll like it I promise.  Anyways this is a new thermostat from Trane which allows you, the end user to control your homes comfort system from any computer worldwide that has an internet connection or for you really tech savvy, from your smartphone, with the proper app, all for the low price of $8.99 per month, oh, you have to buy the equipment as well.  It goes down hill from here.

Here’s the skinny…  Trane and Schlage have partnered together and are now offering this new product called the Trane, Comfort Link Remote thermostat.  This thermostat works with Schlages Link program and allows the homeowner to control their heating and cooling system, small appliances, lights, cameras and door locks all from your smart-phone and/or a computer with internet access.  Pretty cool really but here’s the catch.  For just the thermostat kit, my retail will be much more than what a consumer can go to a big box home improvement store and purchase a lock kit with a thermostat as an accessory for.  In other words, I can’t compete with Lowes and Home Depot.

Is this where we are headed?  It’s a great product but I feel like as a small business my voice is not heard among the billion dollar players in this game.  What’s it gonna be like in 20 years.  Any thoughts?

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Be back tommorrow…

In Uncategorized on September 8, 2010 at 1:32 am

I’ll be posting tommorrow with some new stuff.  Today is being spent getting caught up in the office after having been gone over the Labor Day weekend.

See you then…

George MacDonald

In Uncategorized on September 2, 2010 at 2:43 am

I want to post this quote from author George MacDonald from his book “Thomas Wingfold, Curate” which absolutly left me dumbstruck today after reading it in Ron Blocks and Andrew Petersons wonderful posts over at the rabbit room.  I don’t think it’s simple coinsedence that the characters name is Mr. Drew.  Here it is:

“‘Mr. Drew, your shop is the temple of your service where the Lord Christ, the only image of the Father, is, or ought to be, throned; your counter is, or ought to be, his altar; and everything thereon laid, with intent of doing as well as you can for your neighbor, in the name of the man Christ Jesus, is a true sacrifice offered to him, a service done to the eternal creating Love of the universe.

Quite wonderful isn’t it.  Needless to say, “Thomas Wingfold, Curate” along with other MacDonald books will be on my wishlist!

The Rabbit Room…

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I don’t consider myself to be the best writer in the world so when I read something that describes my thoughts exactly I am excited to bring it to you.  While reading one of my favorite blogs this morning I was excited to find that they are discussing the very issue at which this blog is aimed.  I like how Ron Block, one of the authors, puts it.  “The Christ of Commerce.”  See, it’s perfect.  I would like to encourage everyone who reads these simple words to head over here and read the article titled “Money, Part 1: Not the root of all evil” by Andrew Peterson and then read, “Money, A paranthetical insertion by George MacDonald” by Ron Block.  Yes, this is the same Ron Block of Allison Krauss and Union Station fame.

I hope you  enjoy these articles as much as I did.

A must read for your weekend…

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2010 at 1:05 am

I absolutley love this post from the Wall Street Journal, I think you will too.

http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/looking-for-a-sign/#more-22975

What I’ve learned..

In Uncategorized, Work on August 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm

So here goes, I have learned that business is about people, not money, at least for me that is.  I am sure that there are many who have graduated from some of the most prestigious business schools in this country who would argue that statement, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  You see, what started this whole idea is a little Bible verse found in the New Testament book of Matthew, chapter 6, verse 24.  Let me quote: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and money.”  That’s Jesus talking by the way.  Now, as I said this little verse has had a major impact on me because I like business, I like work, I like money.  So my question was how can I operate as a business man and not serve money?  How can I operate in my work and not serve money and direct my efforts towards making the stuff.  That’s why businesses exist right?  Not this one.

It hit me like a ton of bricks yesterday.  We were engrossed in a staff meeting and the thought suddenly came into my mind…It’s about people stupid…Jesus was about people, I should be about people, my business, my work should be about loving and serving people within my defined limits.  It was a very liberating thought.  This is the thought that helps me attack the desire and temptation to serve money. 

There is one issue that comes along with this line of thinking however.  People are complex, they have issues.  That is why I say we must serve them within our limits.  God has given us all limits in which to operate and when we step outside of these we get ourselves into trouble, but that’s a different post.  For now remember, it’s about the people!

A little fun for Wednesday

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Little Medley – Jerry Douglas

Oh, to be able to do this…

Have we come to this?

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2010 at 11:13 pm
By Jo Piazza, Special to CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Some fans say James Cameron’s “Avatar” may have been too real
  • “Avatar Forums” has a topic thread discussing depression over “Pandora being intangible”
  • Cameron’s movie has pulled in more than $1.4 billion in worldwide box office

(CNN) — James Cameron’s completely immersive spectacle “Avatar” may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.

On the fan forum site “Avatar Forums,” a topic thread entitled “Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible,” has received more than 1,000 posts from people experiencing depression and fans trying to help them cope. The topic became so popular last month that forum administrator Philippe Baghdassarian had to create a second thread so people could continue to post their confused feelings about the movie.

“I wasn’t depressed myself. In fact the movie made me happy ,” Baghdassarian said. “But I can understand why it made people depressed. The movie was so beautiful and it showed something we don’t have here on Earth. I think people saw we could be living in a completely different world and that caused them to be depressed.”

A post by a user called Elequin expresses an almost obsessive relationship with the film.

“That’s all I have been doing as of late, searching the Internet for more info about ‘Avatar.’ I guess that helps. It’s so hard I can’t force myself to think that it’s just a movie, and to get over it, that living like the Na’vi will never happen. I think I need a rebound movie,” Elequin posted.

A user named Mike wrote on the fan Web site “Naviblue” that he contemplated suicide after seeing the movie.

“Ever since I went to see ‘Avatar’ I have been depressed. Watching the wonderful world of Pandora and all the Na’vi made me want to be one of them. I can’t stop thinking about all the things that happened in the film and all of the tears and shivers I got from it,” Mike posted. “I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it I will be rebirthed in a world similar to Pandora and the everything is the same as in ‘Avatar.’ ”

Other fans have expressed feelings of disgust with the human race and disengagement with reality.

Cameron’s movie, which has pulled in more than $1.4 billion in worldwide box office sales and could be on track to be the highest grossing film of all time, is set in the future when the Earth’s resources have been pillaged by the human race. A greedy corporation is trying to mine the rare mineral unobtainium from the planet Pandora, which is inhabited by a peace-loving race of 7-foot tall, blue-skinned natives called the Na’vi.

In their race to mine for Pandora’s resources, the humans clash with the Na’vi, leading to casualties on both sides. The world of Pandora is reminiscent of a prehistoric fantasyland, filled with dinosaur-like creatures mixed with the kinds of fauna you may find in the deep reaches of the ocean. Compared with life on Earth, Pandora is a beautiful, glowing utopia.

Ivar Hill posts to the “Avatar” forum page under the name Eltu. He wrote about his post-“Avatar” depression after he first saw the film earlier this month.

“When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed … gray. It was like my whole life, everything I’ve done and worked for, lost its meaning,” Hill wrote on the forum. “It just seems so … meaningless. I still don’t really see any reason to keep … doing things at all. I live in a dying world.”

Reached via e-mail in Sweden where he is studying game design, Hill, 17, explained that his feelings of despair made him desperately want to escape reality.

“One can say my depression was twofold: I was depressed because I really wanted to live in Pandora, which seemed like such a perfect place, but I was also depressed and disgusted with the sight of our world, what we have done to Earth. I so much wanted to escape reality,” Hill said.

Cameron’s special effects masterpiece is very lifelike, and the 3-D performance capture and CGI effects essentially allow the viewer to enter the alien world of Pandora for the movie’s 2½-hour running time, which only lends to the separation anxiety some individuals experience when they depart the movie theater.

“Virtual life is not real life and it never will be, but this is the pinnacle of what we can build in a virtual presentation so far,” said Dr. Stephan Quentzel, psychiatrist and Medical Director for the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. “It has taken the best of our technology to create this virtual world and real life will never be as utopian as it seems onscreen. It makes real life seem more imperfect.”

Fans of the movie may find actor Stephen Lang, who plays the villainous Col. Miles Quaritch in the film, an enemy of the Na’vi people and their sacred ground, an unlikely sympathizer. But Lang says he can understand the connection people are feeling with the movie.

“Pandora is a pristine world and there is the synergy between all of the creatures of the planet and I think that strikes a deep chord within people that has a wishfulness and a wistfulness to it,” Lang said. “James Cameron had the technical resources to go along with this incredibly fertile imagination of his and his dream is built out of the same things that other peoples’ dreams are made of.”

The bright side is that for Hill and others like him — who became dissatisfied with their own lives and with our imperfect world after enjoying the fictional creation of James Cameron — becoming a part of a community of like-minded people on an online forum has helped them emerge from the darkness.

“After discussing on the forums for a while now, my depression is beginning to fade away. Having taken a part in many discussions concerning all this has really, really helped me,” Hill said. “Before, I had lost the reason to keep on living — but now it feels like these feelings are gradually being replaced with others.”

Quentzel said creating relationships with others is one of the keys to human happiness, and that even if those connections are occurring online they are better than nothing.

“Obviously there is community building in these forums,” Quentzel said. “It may be technologically different from other community building, but it serves the same purpose.”

Within the fan community, suggestions for battling feelings of depression after seeing the movie include things like playing “Avatar” video games or downloading the movie soundtrack, in addition to encouraging members to relate to other people outside the virtual realm and to seek out positive and constructive activities.

And to all a good night…

In Uncategorized on December 25, 2009 at 1:26 am