I’ve been using Google Voice for a long time but it was only a few months ago that I really started getting the most out of the service. It comes packed with so many great features, it’s hard to believe it’s remained free this long. The benefit of having one number to ring all your phones, personalized greetings for different people, and even the ability to block unwanted callers. If you want a crash course on how Google Voice can help you, check out their video introductions. Over time people have developed greats ways to to streamline Google Voice across devices. I’ve managed to set up Google Voice across my Mac, iPad, and iPhone, the holy trinity of devices.
On the Mac.
Bringing Google Voice to the Mac. This is where a very handy app called Growl Voice comes in. It’s a fully featured menubar app that allows you to send and receive SMS, listen to voicemails, and although you can’t actually make a call you can initiate one. It’s available on the App Store for for 4.99. Another great way to take advantage of Google Voice on the Mac is by creating a Google Voice app using Fluid. This will allow you to work with Google Voice from a standalone application and you can even use it to make calls through Gmail. Combine that with a pair of awesome Jaybird SB2′s and you have a very comfortable calling experience. Trust me, I do it all the time ;-].
Think. It’s something I do often. To sit for hours and contemplate things has been big for me. I was always the type to ask many questions. Every time I came across something new it set off a chain reaction that resulted in a constant pursuit of knowledge. Over the years it’s gotten me in a lot of trouble. Despite this I’ve never stopped. I feel that thinking outside the box is important even if it puts you in difficult situations. I guess what I’m trying to say is all that effort you put into gaining knowledge matters. You’ve been blessed with a certain amount of intelligence and it’s up to you to make the most of it. In my pursuit I’ve found some things that I try to ingrain into my work. Without these I feel whatever I’m creating is meaningless.
Send a Message. I’ve always found great solace in books. They have an uncanny ability to send a message. They’re also and incredible tool for the attainment of knowledge. When people ask me how they can improve their craft I often tell them to pick up a good book. I do not believe books make you more intelligent but more so allow you to maximize the potential of the intelligence you have been given. I often find myself trying to mimic books when creating images. What I mean is trying to tell a story and pass along and underlying message. In fact the image of this post tries to do just that. Every little detail means something and together it creates a message. It’s important that your work sends a message. This gives it purpose and that message is a powerful thing.
Cute little fella isn’t he? It’s crazy how the little things can have such an impact on us. Like the flickering T8 that hangs above me or the fan spinning slowly as I work through the night. The world is huge and packs so many possibilities. Despite this, many forget there’s much more to life than the usual bullshit. Of course almost everyone “knows this” but few actually listen. People become so enveloped in day to day dramas that they forget about really matters. They lose focus.
I’m guilty of this as well. I’ve lost sight of what really matters to me. I’ve always said that my work is the most important thing, that nothing comes before it, but these past few months are a showcase of how I’ve failed to dedicated myself to it. Instead I’ve been wasting my time listening to what idiots have to say. I’ve been dedicating too much energy to projects that don’t benefit me in any way, not to mention exhausting all my resources in the process. It’s time to get back to work.
This is an interesting response to my post Mi Mujer.
by Janeth Lora
¿¿Porqué has abandonado a tu mujer?? You say you’ve spent such a long time searching for genuinity, and yet when it stares you in the face, you look away. You’ve wasted hours at clubs, observing the deterioration of our contemporaries. Have you not yet noticed their cracks and torn hemlines?? The need for outside attention festering in their souls only to be reflected at the end of the night in their appearance: caked on foundation, unglued eyelashes, smeared lipstick, and eyeliner running. This prosthetic beauty fades faster than any care to admit. What are you really searching for?? Is it a domesticated beauty: capable of maintaing a home you have no intent of living in?? Maybe a good girl: not a drop of alcohol permitted on her rosie lips. What of the scholastic vixen: able to hold her own during an intellectual conversation. This rare mixture of thirty-percent blush of innocence, forty-percent swig of poised pride, and finished off with thirty-percent unparalled intellect, it’s a mixture much to specific to occur in the natural world. This beauty too, is an illusion.
It’s time. No longer should we stand for this incompetence. As these people continue to look after no one’s interests but their own, they systematically destroy everything generations have built. Their job is to help us, not anger us. To support us, not to mock and ridicule us. To make things easier, not so inefficient and complex that nothing gets done. To listen. If they are not fit to lead, something must be done. Someone has to remind them what their purpose is. We break a rule and are exiled without question, yet it’s okay when they break the rules right? Just let is slide. I’m angry. I’m sure you are too. You can complain – or you can mobilize. It’s time we do something more than voice our complaints. It’s time we start looking for solutions that cannot be found within their level of authority, of which they maintain absolute control. Someone out there is willing to listen, we just have to find them. Prove your willingness to stand not by me, but by each other. That is where true strength is born. The machine wants to paint itself as the good guy, we will not let them.
The Koi are some of the most beautiful sites you can find at Delta College. I see them every day and sometimes in the afternoon, when the sun is setting, I take a seat and observe. I’ve grown to admire one who seems to stay close whenever I stop by. Its look is distinct; white with a hint of orange and a dark patch shaped like a “C” upon its head. I look into its eyes and a sense of peace overwhelms me. I then begin to drift, reminiscing of the legend that is the Koi.
They’ve long been a symbol of perseverance in the face of adversity. Representing an individuals willingness to overcome and achieve what is their destiny. According to Chinese legend, long ago thousands of Koi swam up the Yellow River on Hunan. Along this great journey many gave in and decided to let the streams guide them but a few pressed on. At some point they reached a great waterfall that cascaded down from a legendary mountain. Upon seeing the waterfall the Koi became disillusioned & surrendered themselves to fate. Yet among the many, there was one persistent Koi who wouldn’t give in. His resilience was impeccable and for over a hundred years he pressed on until one day, in one spectacular leap, he made it up the falls. The gods were so impressed with the courage and determination of this Koi that they transformed him into a powerful dragon. From then on the falls came to be known as the Dragon’s Gate and any Koi who managed to make it up too became a Dragon.