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Blog #640 I’m spying on you – part 2

I’m Spying on you – part II

https://spyadvice.com/spy-gadgets/

I’ve been looking at new technology recently.  Drones, then cameras in capsules that you swallow, then drones that look like bugs (but can spy on people), and yesterday I started on the link of 25 Spy Gadgets (and got to #13).  So, today, let’s finish the last of those spy gadgets!!!

-14 Wireless earpiece.  Maybe like a hearing aid – but smaller and more flexible.  The article says this is ‘real small’ – the smallest spy gadget available.  You could even use it in your pocket or purse

-15 Portable Alarm Clock. Many of the spying gadgets look (and can act) like the real thing.  If you are traveling you can use an alarm clock. You might even bring it into a meeting to keep track of the time (and keep the presenter/coordinator moving along in the agenda.  And, it can record meetings (and even detect movement).

-16 Spy Watch.  As a kid I sometimes read Dick Tracy in the comics (our paper didn’t have Dick Tracy but others did).  Dick Tracy had a wrist telephone (hey – what about the Apple Watch). This is a similar idea – with a camera (usually at the #6 on the watch) and can record video and audio.

-17 Spy Glasses.  Yes, beyond Google Glasses, these can look like regular glasses or sunglasses (but, of course, with cameras and recording abilities) .

-18 Spy Buttons.  From Simon and Garfunkel’s song “Looking for America”, are these lyrics: “She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy.  I said, be careful, his bowtie is really a camera”. While I am sure I could get a bowtie camera, this is a button that is a camera (and recorder)

-19 Audio phone bug.  With this you can listen in (and record) to what is going on (probably on another person’s phone that you slipped this device into).

-20 Electrical Socket with a camera.  If you want to watch your kids, this might be the solution.  A socket camera (almost impossible to detect) that also has a motion detector, so when somebody enters a room it starts recording video.

-21 Voice Changer Gadget.  Yup, you can call somebody and have a real distinct voice with this device.

-22 iPhone Case.  You can buy cases for your iPhone that have video and audio recording.

-23 Gadgets with lasers for cars.  These attach to cars and let you trace / follow the car.  And … these have been used by policing authorities to track vehicles.

-24 USB Keylogging.  Just plug this jump drive in, and it will record all the keystrokes from the computer (like when the user types in his or her password, or passwords to encrypted files).

-25 Digital binoculars with Stealth View.  These are good for day and night and can go to 600 feet (or about about two football fields away).

Okay, there you have it – 25 spy gadgets. Some are expensive and some are not.  

My personal bias is not to have any of these.  I don’t think I need to spy on anyone and don’t think anyone needs to spy on me.  The question is “What is privacy?”. I’m sure I will be on many camera today – being followed – “just in case”.  (Of course, everyone is ‘being followed’ as we go into the grocery stores, the banks, the pharmacies, the roads, the schools.)

While not quite related, I believe (or can believe) that God has similar abilities.  When people talk about their lives passed before their eyes when in a death situation, It is real.  I am not able to fully understand an infinite God with my finite mind. If God wants to judge me, I’m sure that is a lot of material of my ‘thoughts, words and deed’ in His database!!!

What do you think?  Are you going to spy – or are you going to be spied upon?

Bruce

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Blog #639 Is somebody spying on you?

I’m spying on you!!!

https://spyadvice.com/spy-gadgets/

I did two recent blogs – drones flying over us – and maybe (or maybe not) spying on us; and the miniature capsule cameras that can go through your body taking pictures of your digestive system.  Then, maybe I’ve been reading too many spy novels, where the bad guys “bug” the good guys rooms, cars, and computers and more. I’ve hinted that there really isn’t much privacy anymore – what with cameras everywhere and facial recognition working pretty well.  It has been six years since the Boston Marathon bombing. In that case, the authorities reviewed video from banks and other cameras on the street. They identified the two men as possible suspects, following other cameras to a campus and to a neighborhood; used thermal imaging to find the one suspect hiding under a boat cover as his body was giving off heat that could be detected as the manhunt closed in.

So, I found this Spyadvice page – let’s see what we can learn.  To get through all 25, we’ll take two days!!!

-1 Car Tracker.  Do you want to know where your teenage son or daughter is going?  Track them with this GPS unit. (Or … where your spouse is going).

-2 Camera pen.  It sure looks like a pen – but it has a built in camera.  If you wanted to steal secrets from your company and sell them to the Russians or Chinese, this should do it (if used discretely that is).

-3 Drone with a camera. We’ve talked about this – both good and bad.  In the recent major flooding in Nebraska, drones helped find roads and bridges that had washed out, farms that nobody could get to, and more.

-4 Night Vision Goggles. Hey, you want to observe somebody sneaking around at midnight?  Here you go – plus goggles that can record video too.

-5 Directional Microphone.  You want to hear what your daughter’s boyfriend is saying to her in the restaurant, just use a good parabolic directional microphone to eavesdrop on them.

-6 Document Recovery Software.  This software (which is used by lawyers, police and other law-enforcement agencies – frequently with a license) can reconstruct some documents (without going through the trash (aka “dumpster diving”)

-7 Bionic Ear Hearing Amplifier.  Do you want to listen in to your teenager or others, use the bionic ear hearing amplifier.

-8 Camera Recorder in an Air Freshener.  Is your nanny treating your baby correctly?  Is your cleaning lady swiping jewelry? The suggestion is a micro camera in an air freshener.

-9 Cell Phone Spy Reader.  Just take the sim card out of your spouses (or child’s) phone and run it through this.  All the messages and pictures will be available.

-10 DSLR Camera.  Of course these have existed for a while, but a good camera with good lenses can take great pictures a distance away.

-11 Spy Camera on a car keychain.  You can turn this on and off. If you want to see who is in the car with your teenage daughter, this can do it!!

-12 Mouse Transmitter.  Does the person you are spying on use a mouse? Then get a mouse transmitter

-13 USB Voice recorder.  It is common to have a USB flash drive /memory stick, so why not have one that can also record things.  This might be nice for more than spying – like recording your meetings, or classroom lectures, or other verbal/sound oriented events.  

So, there we are – just over ½ way through common spying technologies.  Have you been spied on today? Have you spied on others today? Would you do it?  Why?

Tomorrow, we’ll finish this list.

Bruce

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Blog #638 MicroCapsule Camera (a ‘tough pill to swallow’!!!)

Capsule endoscopy (or micro camera capsule that you swallow!!!)

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/capsule-endoscopy/about/pac-20393366

You probably have heard of the capsules that you can swallow that contains a camera.  The camera takes thousands of pictures as it travels through your body.

The article says:

“Capsule endoscopy is a procedure that uses a tiny wireless camera to take pictures of your digestive tract. A capsule endoscopy camera sits inside a vitamin-size capsule you swallow. As the capsule travels through your digestive tract, the camera takes thousands of pictures that are transmitted to a recorder you wear on a belt around your waist.

“Capsule endoscopy helps doctors see inside your small intestine — an area that isn’t easily reached with more-traditional endoscopy procedures. Traditional endoscopy involves passing a long, flexible tube equipped with a video camera down your throat or through your rectum.

“Capsule endoscopy has also been approved for screening the colon for polyps in those unable to complete a colonoscopy. But how and on whom capsule endoscopy will eventually be used is still being determined because better alternatives are available. As technology improves, capsule endoscopy of the colon may become more common.”

The article mentions the reasons for capsule endoscopy:

-[ Find the cause of gastrointestinal bleeding. If you have unexplained bleeding in your digestive tract, capsule endoscopy can help find the cause.

-[ Diagnose inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease. Capsule endoscopy can reveal areas of inflammation in the small intestine.

-[ Diagnose cancer. Capsule endoscopy can show tumors in the small intestine or other parts of the digestive tract.

-[ Monitor celiac disease. Capsule endoscopy is sometimes used in monitoring this immune reaction to eating gluten.

-[ Screen for polyps. People who have inherited syndromes that can cause polyps in the small intestine might occasionally undergo capsule endoscopy.

-[ Do follow-up testing after X-rays or other imaging tests. If the results of an imaging test are unclear or inconclusive, your doctor might recommend capsule endoscopy to get more information.

So, what could you do with a micro camera that can fit into a vitamin-sized capsule?  How about a micro camera attached to a drone?

What might that mean for privacy (or a lack thereof)?

What an interesting time we live in!!!

Bruce

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Blog #637 The “Bugs” are coming

The Bugs are coming (oops – that looks like a miniature drone!!!)
https://www.roboticstomorrow.com/…/is-that-a-bug-or-…/11089/

Hey, I just say a dragonfly out the window. Or … was it really a dragonfly – or a miniature spy camera drone?

The article says: Robotic bugs are a game-changing technology, opening up possibilities that were fiction a generation ago.

These bugs are fashioned after birds, insects, and other small animals, and can remain hidden in plain view while spying in areas that are off-limits to larger surveillance devices
The spy drones are able to take off and land anywhere, while maneuver through city streets and hallways, and they can stop and turn on a dime, these micro-drones can also pack a lethal punch, equipped with an array of weapons and sensors, including tasers, explosives, high-resolution video cameras, infrared sensors, license plate readers, and listening devices

One particular miniature drone looks like a mosquito – it can land on human skin and with a super-micron needle “sting” like a mosquito (without the pain and burning) – and can insert a micro radio frequency identification device into your skins – so you can be tracked!! Or, it can take a blood / DNA sample; or (in warfare) inject a toxin into your body!!!

There are ‘hummingbird’ miniature drones and other models.

The article says “Now, robotics researchers have built something that is even scarier— a six-legged robot that looks like a spider but moves faster and more efficiently. Now’s the time to find a chair to climb on.”

So, for spying, these drone “bugs” are almost unseen. So, equipped with cameras and data recording devices, they can fly over fences (like regular bugs) and observe what is going on.

I can image murder mysteries in the future. The cheating husband is traced by a micron-RFID device that has been inserted by a drone and is tracked to his clandestine rendezvous. The jealous wife then has a micro-drone-robot inject him with a toxin/poison. The “perfect crime”. The murder weapon can’t be found, the access is almost impossible to determine. The murderer can be a long way away monitoring the drone.

Or football games, a ‘bug’ flies over the offensive huddle – and relays the playback to the defensive coach on the sidelines and the defense knows what is coming!!!

A drone fly can be outside a door that has a digital keypad for an entry code – and records the code on its camera as a person enters the top-secret room.

(Hmm… my novel writing has been on hold for a while, maybe it is time to revive it. It might be like the mockingjays in The Hunger Games – spies that can be anywhere – only smaller!!!)

Tomorrow, a similar post – but for good (in medicine).

What do you think? Scary?

Bruce

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Blog #636 Go to Sleep #3

Get to Sleep #3

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ways-to-fall-asleep

For the past three days, I have been writing about sleep – first day was the importance of having good sleep, the second and third days were from this Healthline article about falling asleep.  Today finishes this mini-series off.

So, let’s jump in – how to fall asleep #3

-15 Limit caffeine (and have a soothing beverage)

Okay, I am a caffeine user – normally coffee.  What would my morning be without coffee? I don’t generally drink soda (or ‘pop’) – because of the sugar and empty calories.  But caffeine has been linked with alertness. And, you don’t want to be alert when you sleep!!! The article suggests NO caffeine (or caffeinated coffee) for six hours before bed.  I used to think (and maybe it was partially true) that I could drink a cup of coffee right up to bedtime, but that is no longer the case. The article also suggested drinking a non-caffeinated beverage like camomile tea – which has been shown to have relaxing qualities.

-16  Adjust your sleep position.

For years I have been primarily a back sleeper.  Recent studies suggest that side sleepers might have better rest.  (Aside, as a 71-year-old male, I have an enlarged prostate – which means I need to use the restroom a few times a night.  I find that I might fall asleep on my back, but after my first trip to the restroom, I sleep on my left side; and my second trip, I sleep on my right side).  

-17 Read something.

Did your parents read to you as children?  (Do you read to your children or grandchildren?).  Reading can be a good way to relax before bed. But, only paper books – no ebooks as ebooks have a type of light that can interfere with the melatonin  that helps with sleep.

-18 Focus on staying awake!!

This seems to be contrary to the goal of falling asleep.  Stay awake, do something (maybe it is time to clean the kitchen, to start the laundry, to keep awake.  The concept says as you do things to keep awake you will eventually find that you MUST go to bed.

-19 Visualize things that make you happy.

Some nights as I lay in bed and not falling asleep, I do thing on the good things in my life, the things that make me happy – like my grandchildren, my writing, my friends, my work, and much more.  Stress is keeping me awake – “Oh, I have to finish that first thing in the morning”; “Oh I messed up on that projects”, “Why was I so stupid to say those things at the conference?”.

Replace the bad with the good. What did I do today that was great?  What significant things, what people have I touched with my teaching?  How happy I am that friend A is getting married; friend B just got promoted; friend C is having a baby, friend D is doing well.  How about that I got to share time with the grandchildren – that Abby wanted a piggy back ride with Papa.

Blow that stress away – focus on the good!!

-20  And last (and maybe least), you might consider some sleeping aids (i.e. medication, pills).  Your body craves sleep, needs sleep – so … find a way to get to sleep!!!! (Aside, maybe I need to listen to Professor Thielen’s economic lectures again – they always put me to sleep.  I doubt that any of my students fell asleep in my class!!!)

Bruce

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Blog #635 Get to Sleep #2

Get to Sleep #2

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ways-to-fall-asleep

Sleeping  – what a concept.  Do you go to bed and stay awake staring at the ceiling?  This is the second part of a three part “Get to Sleep” series.  (Reread yesterday’s to get the first part)

-8 Watch what you eat!

A high carbohydrate meal before bedtime can negative impact your sleep.  Interesting was this comment: “Instead, high-fat meals could promote a deeper and more restful sleep”.  (Hmm – so eating peanut butter before dinner might be good for sleeping!!! Sounds like a deal)

-9 Listen to relaxing music.

Some studies say that relaxing music can help you get to sleep.  And, if you don’t have relaxing music around, get rid of the noise (if you can).

-10 Exercise during the day

Exercise is important to sleep.  The studies suggest that exercising in the morning is better than working out later in the day.  This point also suggests moderate exercise, not excessive training.

-11 Get comfortable

Hey – getting comfortable in your bed is important.  The article suggests a medium-firm mattress is the best.  

“The quality of your pillow is also crucial. It can affect your neck curve, temperature and comfort. A study determined that orthopedic pillows may be better than feather or memory foam pillows.

Additionally, the use of a weighted blanket could reduce body stress and help improve your sleep.

Lastly, the fabric of the clothes you wear to bed can affect how well you sleep. It is crucial you choose comfortable clothing made of fabric that help you keep a pleasant temperature throughout the night

Sounds like a great recommendation for “My Pillow” (the popular infomercial pillow)

-12 Turn off electronics

Watching TV or being on your computer can excite your brain before bed.  Find something relaxing – maybe reading (or listening to audio books). Maybe my new hobby of crochet might be relaxing before bed!!!

-13 Try Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is commonly used by those who have trouble falling asleep, as it may help with relaxation.  The article suggests that lavender and damask rose tend to be fragrances that have positive effects on sleep.

-14 Journaling

Studies have shown that journaling can help you relieve the stress of your life.  Write your thoughts down.

“”Writing down the positive events that happened during the day can create a state of gratitude and happiness, downgrade stressful events and promote more relaxation at bedtime.

Good ideas?  Do you agree?  Do you occasionally have trouble sleeping?

And, tomorrow – part III of Getting to Sleep!!!

See you then!!!

Bruce

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Blog #634 Go to Bed!!!

I can’t sleep (some suggestions for better sleep)

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ways-to-fall-asleep

Sleep is very important to humans; and getting to sleep   Yesterday I wrote about the importance of sleep for health, social areas, and even performance.

But, there are nights when my brain is going full speed – and it is hard to fall asleep.  

The article I’m looking at today and tomorrow is about good ways to fall asleep.

-1 Lower the room temperature

The sleeping body tends to be at a lower temperature.  Cool off your room to get to sleep quicker. The article also suggests taking a hot shower before bed as after the shower, your body will cool off – and suggest to your brain that it is time to sleep.

-2 Use the 4-7-8 breathing method

Inhale through your nose for a count of 4

Hold your breath and count to 7

Exhale through your mouth while counting to 8

Repeat at least three times

-3 Get on a schedule.  
Wake up (and get up); and go to bed about the same time daily.  Recently (last six months), I find I am going to bed about 9:30 and waking up about 5:30.

-4 Get daylight and darkness.  

During the day get exposed to bright light (your body says “stay alert”); and at night be in a dark room (darkness boost melatonin production – an essential hormone for sleep)

-5 Practice meditation, yoga and mindfulness.

The article says “Yoga encourages the practice of breathing patterns and body movements that release stress and tension accumulated in your body.  Meditation can enhance melatonin levels and assist the brain in achieving a specific state where sleep is easily achieved. Lastly, mindfulness may help you maintain focus on the present and worry less while falling asleep

-6 DON”T look at your clock!!

Clock watching during the night tends to push being awake.  Your mind starts to think “Oh no, it is 3:30 and I need to get up by 6:30”.  And, if you look again, your mind again gets active “Oh no, it is now 3:39 and I’m not asleep yet”; “It is 3:46 and I’m still awake”.  

-7 Don’t take naps.

Actually the research on this varies.  If you nap for two hours or longer it will probably affect your overnight sleep.  My father was a master at the 15 minute nap during the day – and I have inherited that ability as well.  It seems as if, I press back in my recliner, I can nap about 10 to 15 minutes.

So, what do you think?  Do you fall asleep quickly?  Do you stay asleep?

More on this for the next two days!!!

Stay tuned!!

Bruce

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Blog #633 Ten reasons to get your sleep

So, how important is sleep?

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-reasons-why-good-sleep-is-important

Almost all health sites suggest the important of sleep.  This article suggests ten reasons why good sleep is important.

-1 Poor sleep can make you FAT!!!

The article states: In one extensive review study, children and adults with short sleep duration were 89% and 55% more likely to become obese, respectively.  (And, we know some of the aspects of obesity – diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other illnesses).

-2 Along the same line – Good sleepers then to eat fewer calories.

Good sleep helps with some hormones that are good for appetite suppression.  I know that when I am tired, I eat junk food more readily. Yes, sugary treats can give you a quick boost – but good sleep can really refresh you.

-3 Good sleep can help with concentration

The article says good sleep has been shown to improve problem-solving skills and enhance memory performance of both children and adults.  When I am tired, I know my concentration suffers.

-4 Good sleep can help with athletic performance

“In a study on basketball players, longer sleep was shown to significantly improve speed, accuracy, reaction times and mental wellbeing”.  (Hey – if I sleep a lot, maybe I could be a great Olympian!!!)

-5 Poor sleepers have a higher risk of heart disease and strokes.

Get your sleep to help you against these conditions

-6 Lack of sleep can lead to type 2 diabetes
The article states

“In a study in healthy young men, restricting sleep to four hours per night for six nights in a row caused symptoms of prediabetes. These symptoms resolved after one week of increased sleep duration.  Poor sleep habits are also strongly linked to adverse effects on blood sugar in the general population. Those sleeping less than six hours per night have repeatedly been shown to be at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.”

-7 Poor sleep is related to depression

Get your sleep to avoid aspects of being depressed.  

-8 Sleep improves your immune functions

The article says

“They found that those who slept less than seven hours were almost three times more likely to develop a cold than those who slept eight hours or more.

If you often get colds, ensuring that you get at least eight hours of sleep per night could be very helpful.” And it also adds a twist: “eating more garlic can help as well.”

-9 Poor sleep is linked to inflammation

Another reason to get your sleep

-10 Sleep affects your emotions and social interactions.

Other major research projects show that people with sleep deprivation can miss social cues and negatively affect your socially.

Okay, I think the point is made (and you probably knew that sleep is important).  Today’s thoughts will lead to my next blogs on HOW to get to sleep quicker.

See you tomorrow!!!

Bruce

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Blog #632 Alas, I don’t use Warren Buffett’s word

Any my demise from Warren Buffett’s Secret Word!!!

https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/warren-buffett-says-this-is-1-simple-habit-that-separates-successful-people-from-everyone-else.html

But, time for some honest reflection.

I did learn time management during my college years (undergraduate).  As you know, I eventually went on to get a master’s degree and a Ph.D.

But, in my last years at Quinnipiac University, I forgot how to say ‘no’.  In particular to music. On Monday nights, I had Cheshire Symphony Rehearsal; Tuesday nights was Pep Band rehearsal (and I was the [unpaid] faculty advisor); Wednesday night was our brass quintet rehearsal (we played for our church and around the community); Thursday night was the Hamden Symphony Rehearsal.  And, during the winter sports seasons, I frequently was playing with the Pep Band on Friday and Saturday nights for Hockey Games and on Saturday and Sunday with the Pep Band for basketball games.

I tried to say “no”.  I tried to say ‘no’ to the Cheshire Symphony.  I had to drive aways to get there. And I said “NO”. The director said “Bruce, we really need you.  How about you come just sometimes – like every other week?” (and, before long, I was at rehearsal every Monday).  I didn’t have to be the faculty advisor to the pep band (but, I didn’t see anybody else doing it – so said “yes”).

I reviewed for academic journals, I counselled students and mentored them.  I was active in accreditation groups. I was active in my church. I did manage my time – but I also forget to say “NO” enough times.  

Now, I am retired, the stress is gone, rehearsals maybe one night a week; but I still do three other nights for other meetings.  Yup, I still haven’t learned to really say “NO”.

Let’s think on the other side. You are chairing a community committee and you need bodies.  Maybe not just bodies, but people who you think (know?) will make all the meetings, speak up in the groups, want to help the group succeed.  Who are you going to ask-?

You probably are going to ask the people who say “yes” to your request.  People that will show up at the meetings, people that will speak up, will pitch in and help, will be valued members of the community group.  

But, on the other hand, it has been a great life.  Warren Buffett is a very successful person in terms of the financial world (the linked articles says “second richest man”).  But, I am rich in knowing a lot of people and having great friends and fellow students. Would I do it differently? Sure – I’d cut out some of the music activities (but, hey I did enjoy those too).

So – is “NO” a word you have trouble with as well?

Let me know!!!

Bruce

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Blog #631 – I know Warren Buffet’s secret word!!!

Warren Buffet’s Secret Word!!!  (and I know it!!!)

https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/warren-buffett-says-this-is-1-simple-habit-that-separates-successful-people-from-everyone-else.html

Let’s start with a long quote from the article:

“Billionaire Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is 87 years old and still capturing the world’s attention as the second richest person on the planet (as of this writing).


“So, how has he done it? Actually, it’s not so much about what he has done as it is what he hasn’t done. With all the demands on him every day, Buffett learned a long time ago that the greatest commodity of all is time. He simply mastered the art and practice of setting boundaries for himself.


“That’s why this Buffett quote remains a powerful life lesson. The mega-mogul said:

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

I have trouble saying that word (no) to a lot of things.  Maybe that is why I am not one of the really successful people!!

TIME is the greatest commodity the article said.  Saying “NO” means not committing our time to a project and not burning the candle at both ends.

TIME – what a concept.

Everybody gets 24 hours in every day; everybody gets 7 days in a week; everybody gets 12 months; and everybody gets 365 days in a year (except for Leap Year with 366).

What are you doing with that time?  Unfortunately, sometimes I am just ‘passing time’ waiting for something.  Maybe I’m waiting for my bus when I took the campus to the University of Texas campus.  Maybe I’m watching TV. Maybe I’m playing a simple computer game. Now, not all of those are bad things (in low moderation).  

“NO”.  I remember learning that word in my freshman year in college.  In high school I was already in several organizations – band, choir, theater, clubs, organizations – both in school and outside of school.  When I went to college, I was scared of not doing well. That first semester I learned to say “NO” easily.

I had prepared a chart (these days, it would be a spreadsheet) – with the waking hours of the seven days of the week on it.  I blocked off four to five hours outside of class for study. The guys on my dorm floor would stop by and say “Hey, there is a great movie at the theater, do you want to go” (My answer NO).  “There is a party off campus, do you want to go?” (My answer NO). “The basketball team is playing at home tonight, do you want to go?” (My answer NO). “Hey my girlfriend’s sister is coming to campus this weekend, how about double dating with us?” (My answer NO).  

After a while of saying NO, people stopped asking me to do things.  And, I did study. Even when I THOUGHT I really knew the material, I did extra reading, I did extra work.  If the math homework was every odd problem, I did every problem (and checked out a related math book from the library and did the similar assignment in that book).  From the lecture classes, I read ahead in the book, took notes from the textbook, and in class. When it was time for a test, I reviewed for hours (but, I was really studying for hours).

And, I got EXCELLENT grades that first semester – and in subsequent semesters.  And, after the first semester, I learned to say “YES” sometimes. Probably by my senior year, I was saying “YES” more than I was saying “NO”!!!

By then, I had really learned Time Management.  

I’m sure that Warren Buffet does say ‘yes’ to some things – but they need to be of value to him – and to who he is.  He (with Bill Gates) does a lot of philanthropy events – but I doubt that he is just sitting by his door waiting for Girl Scout cookies, or choir chocolate bars, or Boy Scout popcorn.  I also doubt that he watches too much television (maybe just the financial reports – and maybe the weather).

So, how about you?  Can you say “NO”. I’ve had trouble with that word for years!!!

Bruce

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