Communication Tip of the Week - Don't Apologize

At a recent Toastmasters meeting, a speaker gave a fabulous presentation on a difficult topic. She spoke from the heart and provided solid information to support her topic. She made one tiny mistake at the beginning of her speech. She started by apologizing for not being prepared. ACK! None of…

Book of the Week - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

If you're looking to read a book that is a mix between Ready Player One and The Da Vinci Code, this is the one for you. This is the perfect book to veer to the fiction side if you've read a bunch of non-fiction. Robin Sloan combines technology and mystery…

Software Tool of the Week - AutoHotKey

AutoHotKey is one of those tools that you'll use and then in a year you'll wonder how you ever got along without it. At heart, AutoHotKey is a scripting language that let's you automate tasks, assign keyboard shortcuts, and launch programs Wikipedia lists several common tasks people use AutoHotKey: Remapping…

Wear This Not That - Yard Work Shirt

Shirts to Wear for Yard Work It's fall, and that means you'll be spending some time doing yard work for the last time before winter. It's the perfect time to get some shirts to help make sure you get the job done and look good while doing it. There are…

Book of the Week - Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

If Richard Feynman were alive today, Dos Equis would use him as the Most Interesting Man in the World. Dr. Feynman did it all. He won the Nobel Prize, worked on the atomic bomb, cracked safes, painted naked women, and investigation of the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle. In…

Soft Skill Tip of the Week - Adapt or Die

Several months ago, one of the community bands I played tuba in went on a hiatus. Fortunately for me, there was another band that was going strong. Unfortunately, they already had two tuba players. The founders of the new band asked me to play baritone/euphonium and provided me an…