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Entries from January 2013

Putting Yourself Out of Work

January 31st, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Experienced people have a significant problem in today’s unemployment environment: we are very good at knowing what should not be done. I have been working since 1980. That is a lot of years in some fields. I know a lot more than I did in 1980. One of the areas where my […]

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Tags: Work

Quit Your Job, Do what You Love (???)

January 28th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I have read it dozens of times – quit your job, do what you love, you will succeed. Oh really? I read something today that agrees with my experience: It takes money to start a freelance life. There – I wrote it. This disagrees with most of what I have read about […]

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Tags: Work · Writing

Rule 0 of Writing Fiction

January 24th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips As simple as it seems, I had to learn the zero-th law of fiction. I like to write fiction short stories. It’s fun for me. I have written 70 or so stories and have them on Smashwords which makes them available on many other outlets such as Barnes and Noble. I often […]

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Tags: Writing

Something I Wrote and Me

January 21st, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips As a writer and a person, I find it important to differentiate between me and something I wrote. I write a lot of things. Some of the things I write, especially those I write a my day job, are reviewed by others. I find one statement helps me and the reviewers: This […]

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Tags: Writing

The Engineer and the Scientist

January 17th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips One of my sons is an engineer. Another son is a scientist. Engineer: We’ll do this. Scientist: That’s not how it really works. Engineer: We’ll make it work.

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Tags: Communication · Culture

Flowers and Chocolate

January 14th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips It is often the case that you accomplish more work by attempting less work. At the same time, you can be a pretty decent person. Several years ago, I worked as the technical lead overseeing government contracts. I worked with a Contracting Officer (CO), who monitored the legal aspects of the contracts. […]

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Tags: Culture · Work

The Healthy Skeptic

January 10th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Don’t believe things at first. Be skeptical, but maintain your health. I haven’t blogged on this topic before, and that is sort of surprise.  I used to have a job where I told people that being a healthy skeptic was one of the better things you could be. In that job, people […]

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Tags: Health

Percent Change – A Review Tutorial

January 7th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips This may be a waste of time, but I review how to calculate the percent change. I feel silly about this post. I am going to show how to calculate the percent change in numbers. I learned this when I was 12 or 10 or something in school math. A look at […]

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Tags: Communication · Education · Government · Money

The FAA and Electronic Devices

January 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The FAA continues to ban electronic devices on parts of commercial flights. Technical: they cannot test all devices for EMC. Political: they cannot withstand the fallout of a mistake. The FAA continues to ban electronic devices during the takeoff and landing portions of commercial flights. This continues to exasperate just about everyone. […]

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Tags: Government · Technology