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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

First time Skiing: Liberty Mountain

So I skied for the first time in my life on Sunday, it was a fun experience. I went to Liberty Mountain in Carroll Valley, PA, which is about an hour and a half from where I live. I know how to ice skate, so picking up skiing isn't too bad.

I made it through the beginner courses fairly easily, but the intermediate course totally kicked my @$$. I must've fallen at least 15-20 times during the trip, which averages about 3-4 times per intermediate course.

One thing I really noticed is that I can sharply turn left really well, but not turning right. That's because people only ice skate counter clockwise in most places.

Overall it was fun; I plan on going back more often, now that I know how close it is, as soon as my body stops being sore...

Friday, February 16, 2007

Valentines Cards for SEO Professionals

I know I'm a little late on this, but still, better later than never. Hope everyone enjoys.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

DC Feng Shui Class

Feng Shui's literal translation from Chinese is "Wind, Water". I took an intro to Feng Shui seminar in DC last week. I thought Feng Shui was about placing specific things (such as rocks) in specific places in your room or on your desk to bring "peace, health, and happiness", but I was wrong. Feng Shui isn't as abstract as I thought it was, it's just an ancient form of what's now called "environmental psychology".

They had different terms for different things, such as bedrooms should be cool, calm, relaxing, and they called it "filled with Yin energy". And on the opposite of that, the living room should be lively, bright, etc, (Yang energy).

I've realized that other than the modern day distractions, such as TV's and computers in my bedroom, I'm naturally a fairly "Feng Shui'ed" person. I intuitively position things that make most humans (especially myself) feel most comfortable, such as my bed is leaned against the wall opposite to the door, and I can see the door from my bed so I don't get surprised by anything. Of course, they had some "Fend Shui" metaphores for why that's a good thing (such as the wall is like a turtle shell behind you for maximum protection of life), but those are the principles of "good Feng Shui".

Overall, I'm glad I took the class, it was entertaining and enlightening.


Sunday, February 04, 2007

Teaching Excel in DC

So I actually did get to teach Excel last Wednesday. I took the metro there because parking was difficult to find before 6:30PM, I couldn't just randomly park on the side of the street because it was considered "rush hour".

I severely underestimated how many students there were going to be, it was actually just 3 students. They had very basic Excel skills at varying levels. I stuck to my "lesson plans" and taught the extreme basics during the "first class", such as what cells, rows, columns, and worksheets were, along with how to input data into cells, and basic cell formatting.

Overall, it was pretty successful, I'm somewhat excited to see how the rest of the class will be.