Lack of Motovation

Not sure what's going on these days, but I just can't seem to get myself motivated.  I'm in a slump.  I don't want to do anything (work or otherwise).  I find myself putting off stuff as simple as booking a hotel for my upcoming trip to Germany, for no reason at all.  Anyone who knows me would probably tell you that this is completely unlike me.  I'm very prompt and on top of everything.  At work, I'm the go to guy.  I take on any task and usually hit it head on.

So what's going on?  I've been thinking about it recently, and I think it's a mixture of things:  stress over uncertainty of my job after they did a round a layoffs, the need for a vacation, and maybe the need to just change up my routine.  I've been pretty isolated at work, and this has caused me to get almost complacent.  I really feel the need to work with a good team again.  Being part of a team that had kick ass people on it got me used to bouncing ideas off people, working with others on problems, and just coming up with great software.  After they cut the other two tech people on my team, I became the lone ranger.

What are my plans to fix this?  Well things are starting to pick up again at work, and I'll be traveling most of June.  Meeting with customers, and solving problems is what I really like to do, so I'm banking on this to get me excited again.  In addition to this change up, I'm going to spending a week in Germany on vacation, as well as going to Dallas for my family reunion.  This break will hopefully be just what I need to clear my mind.  I know everyone gets into a rut sometimes, so I'm not too worried about it.  I know I just need to get my ass in gear again.

Do you ever find yourself burnt out?  What are some things you do to get back in the game?  I'd love to hear what other people do when they just can't get motivated.



new camera!!11!


Canon D10
Picture courtesy of Flickr user bartheq and used under a Creative Commons License

 A few years ago, I bought a Canon Rebel XSi because I wanted to experiment with photography, and have a nice camera to take with me when I was on one of my many adventures.  I also, thought I wanted the ability to change lenses, which is why I didn't buy a little more high end point and shoot instead.  Over the last few years, I've taken tons of pictures with my SLR, and even done some experimenting with HDR, Pano stitching, DOF shooting, and a number of other photograhy tricks.  Despite all the fun I had with my SLR, I often found myself leaving it behind when going out to do stuff just because it was so big, and I didn't want the hassle of carrying it around.  My girlfriend Kim was starting to get tired of us missing good photo ops because I just didn't feel like taking the camera.  So, after some thought, I decided to sell my camera, and get another point and shoot.  At one time, I had an Olympus 770SW that I took everywhere with me.  I loved this camera.  I never had to worry about breaking it or getting it wet, so I just stuffed it in my pocket/bag and forgot about it.  I had this camera for about 2 years, and I abused the hell out of it.   There were a few things I didn't like, like night shooting, but I didn't mind making these compromises for the flexibilty the camera gave me.  I even have a ton of great underwater pictures from my trip to the USVI.

So naturally, when the time came to go back to a point and shoot, I new I wanted a rugged water proof camera.  I looked around, and there are quite a few manufactures that make these types of cameras, but only a few that fit my criteria (in addition to being rugged and waterproof): had to use and SD card, had to have an optical zoom, and had to be under $300 bones.  Also, in my head, I kind of new the camera had to be a Canon (I'm a fanboy, what can I say?).  So here it is, the Canon D10.  It's a little bulkier than my Olympus, but it doesn't use xD cards, and it has an optical zoom.  Anyway, it's on it's way from Amazon, and when it gets here, I'll use the hell out of it and think about posting a real review.


- - Rob


Custom search in Chrome & Firefox

I don't know about you, but I use quite a few sites that are just forums with tons of information.  Land Rover forums, Kawasaki forums, motorcycle forums.  You name it, I'm probably an active member or at the very lest a lurker.  There is one common problem I find with most forums though: the search is terrible.  It seems to me that search should be near the top of the priority list for sites that are just piles of information that needs to be sorted through.  What I do to get around this is use Google to search these sites; but, I make it easier on myself by adding a custom search in Chrome, so I can quickly search the forums I use the most.  Below is a quick screen cast of how I do it (sorry for my heavy breathing, and next time I'll lower the resolution on my laptop, so you can see it better):

Note: I'm using Ubuntu, and I used a program called recordMyDesktop to create the screencast.


Happy Mother's Day

Lunch at Kim's mom's house:

I love you mom, and I think about you every day.  Thanks for everything you did for me.

- - Rob


Motorcycle Blog

Sup?  I decided to start blogging about motorcycling.  Not sure why, but you can check out the new blog using the "Moto Blog" link above, or just going here.  There will be a mix of traditional blogging and video blogging, along with a few gear/bike reviews.  Join me won't you?


- - Rob

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