Addicted to SweetTarts

2012/12/16

These have been available at every rest stop. I’m grateful for that.

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How many gallons of gasoline does a charter bus’s gas tank hold?

2012/12/16

About 120 according to this guy.

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Leaders and Change

2012/12/16

Leaders, Leading Change Within Yourself Changes Everything | Kate Nasser
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Picture a frustrating situation and wanting it to change. Perhaps it’s something an employee or colleague is doing. Perhaps the teams you are leading are not performing well. It could even be a neighbor or family member who is driving you crazy. A coach advises you to:Lead change from within yourself and you will change everything. What is your reaction to this? Do you think you have to give up who you are and become someone else? It isn’t true. Moreover, the idea of changing who you are can often intensify your resistance, even subconsciously, and block success.Instead consider Newton’s First Law of Motion: An object in motion stays in motion until acted upon by an outside force. Whatever is occurring that frustrates you will continue to occur until you do something different that will change the current course.Leaders, Leading Change Within Yourself Changes Everything Image by:MikeCoghImage by: MikeCogh via Creative Commons LicenseLeading change from within shows others your authentic passion for changing the current situation that frustrates you. If you continue on in the same manner, you are telling others with your actions that the current course is OK — regardless of any verbal comments or objections you make. Change one of your behaviors or reactions and watch the course of motion change. Your behavioral change changes the momentum of others’ actions, their impact, and the course going forward.

Actions from within yourself speak louder than words. Words don’t impact everyone. Actions do. When words and actions align, the impact is tremendous. This doesn’t mean leveling and carrying out threats against others. It does mean that if you want something to change and you do nothing differently yourself, little will change.

Help others to see impact of their actions by the actions you take from within yourself. There are many people that become aware of their impact on others only when they see the outcome. I have witnessed many. They are either not intuitive, focus only on the present moment, or have developed a detachment from others for various reasons. They connect into effects and outcomes only when those effects are visible. Assess, think, and then act. Assessing the situation and thinking of options are valuable first steps. They lose their value when you don’t act on them. Too much analysis morphs into paralysis and tells others that the current situation is acceptable to you. Even if after considering the options you decide no action is warranted, then at least change your reaction. If it isn’t important, let go of the frustration. Move on to more important matters. If the frustration persists, get active again to change it!

Think of the risk of not changing. Perhaps the toughest aspect of taking a different action is the comfort of the known. It lures all into an exaggerated view of the unknown. Those who move past this block do it by thinking of the risk of not changing behavior. They then take well founded steps to create the future and uncover the truth about it.

Take Accountable Steps and Make Your Words Come to Life. A customer support center leader had one agent who was shirking responsibilities for taking calls and instead, did emails. This had a tremendous impact on the call queue, the other agents, and customer satisfaction regarding hold times. After many discussions with this agent and no change, the leader removed the agent’s access to the email queue. The leader was uncomfortable doing it because it wasn’t her natural style yet she proceeded. She took accountable steps that made her previous words come to life.

She explained to the agent that this action was necessary to improve performance. The impact on the center’s satisfaction ratings was measurable. One small change in the leader’s behavior, created a different course of action for the agent, the center, and the customers. The agent, although not initially happy, eventually admitted that she needed that type of restriction in order to change her behavior and focus on the calls. Ask yourself, do you really want to change things or do you just want things to change? Be accountable for your words by changing your actions. Leading change changes everything. Else your message to others actually is, everything’s OK the way it is.Question: What current situation is stopping you and your teams from moving forward? I welcome your comments below or your emails for a private response.From my professional experience to your success, Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™©2012 Kate Nasser, CAS, Inc. Somerville, NJ. If you want to re-post or republish this post, please email info@katenasser.com. Thank you for respecting intellectual capital.Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™, delivers coaching, consulting, training, and keynotes on leading change, employee engagement, teamwork, and delivering the ultimate customer service. She turns interaction obstacles into interpersonal success. See this site for workshop outlines, keynote footage, and customer results.


Good Advice

2012/12/16

Whatever is occurring that frustrates you will continue to occur until you do something different that will change the current course.


Color Theory

2012/12/14

Color Theory 101 – DesignFestival
http://designfestival.com/color-theory-101-2/

First impressions are everything. How you look and how you present yourself can determine how you are perceived. The same goes for our design work. The impression that our work gives depends on a myriad of different factors. One of the most important factors of any design is color. Color reflects the mood of a design and can invoke emotions, feelings, and even memories. If you haven’t gone back to the basics of color theory lately, you might find some insights that you’ve overlooked.

Figuring out which colors work well with others isn’t just a matter of chance. There is actually a science behind which colors work well together. Different color combinations fit into different categories, and can be broken down easily. Let’s start with the absolute basics and move on to more advanced color combinations.

Primary Colors Colors start out with the basis of all colors, called the Primary Colors. These are red, yellow, and blue. If we are talking about screen colors, such as for web devices and monitors, red green, and blue (RGB) are the basic colors which make up all colors found on screen devices.

Secondary Colors If you evenly mix red and yellow, yellow and blue, and blue and red, you create the secondary colors, which are green, orange and violet. Combining these colors in projects can make for a lot of contrast.

Tertiary Colors Tertiary colors are made when you take the secondary colors and mix them with the primary colors. These are red-​​violet, blue-​​violet, blue-​​green, yellow-​​green, red-​​orange, and yellow-​​orange.

So, now that you know how colors are made, you can understand how the color combinations on the color wheel model work. Understanding the principles of color combinations will help you to choose combinations that work well together, set the right mood, and create the right amount of contrast within your design work. Next are the basic color combinations derived from the color wheel.

Complimentary Colors

Complimentary colors are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. Examples would be blue and orange, red and green, Yellow and purple, etc. Complementary color schemes create a high amount of contrast, but can create a lot of visual vibration when they are used at full saturation.

Analogous Colors

Analogous colors are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. It is a good idea to choose a set of analogous colors that create a sense of variety. A good example would be blue-​​green, blue, and blue-​​violet or yellow-​​green, yellow, and yellow-​​orange.

Triads

A triad of colors is a set of colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel. A triad has a nice variety of colors, but is also well balanced. In the examples above, blue-​​violet and yellow-​​green create a lot of contrast.

Split Complimentary Colors Split complimentary colors take a color and — instead of choosing the color directly across from it on the color wheel — it takes the two on either side of it. In the example above, we chose yellow. The opposite color on the color wheel is purple, but instead we choose blue-​​violet and red-​​violet, which creates a lot of contrast and make for some highly cooperative colors.

Square Colors The square color model takes four colors evenly spaced around the color wheel. In the example above, the colors are blue, orange, red-​​violet, and yellow-​​green. This color scheme is really nice and would work well with one strong color and muted versions of the other colors.

Tetradic Colors Tetradic color schemes are built by creating a rectangle on the color wheel. Select two opposites on the color wheel and then select another color two spaces over and its compliment across the color wheel.

Tints and Shades A tint of a color is when you take a color, such as blue in the example above, and add white to it. A shade is a hue that has black added to it. You can create a monochromatic color scheme buy using tints and shades of the same hue.

Warm Colors Warm colors create a sense of warmth and heat in an image or a design. When you see warm colors, you think of the sun, heat, fire, and love (passion). Red is the color of blood, which is warm, and orange and yellow go along with summer. Adding an orange photo filter to an image instantly makes it look warmer and happier.

Cool Colors Cool colors carry connotations of cool climates, winter, death, sadness, ice, night, and water. Cool colors can be associated with calmness, tranquility, trust, cleanliness. Purple is associated with royalty, because they are supposed to be reserved.

Color Meaning Red Red is the color of love and passion. Boxes of candies are red on valentines day. Some are pink, which is a tint of red. Red is also the color of anger and blood. Red, orange and yellow are all found in fire. Red can also mean danger. Stop signs are red, which get our attention and tell us to be careful and look before we proceed. Red is dominant, and when combined with colors such as black, can create a very masculine look. Red commands attention and can set a serious tone.

Orange Orange represents warmth, but isn’t aggressive like red is. Orange can portray a fun atmosphere because it is energetic and creates a sense of warmth without associated connotations of danger and blood, as with the color red. Orange can be associated with health, such as vitamin C, which is commonly found in oranges.

Yellow Yellow is associated with the sun and warmth. When used with orange, it creates a sense of summer fun. Yellow can be associated with thirst, and can be found on the walls of many refreshment shops. Yellow can also be associated with cowardice and fear, which comes from the old expression of someone being “yellow.” When combined with black, it can gain a lot of attention. A good example outside of design would be a taxi. The combination gets a lot of attention.

Green Green is the color of money, so in our culture it is associated with wealth. Since most plants are green, it is also associated with growth and health. It is used to show that products are natural and healthy, it also connotes profit and gain. Combined with blue, green further perpetuates health, cleanliness, life, and nature.

Blue Depending on the tint and shade of blue, it can represent different feelings, thoughts, and emotions. In imagery, dark shades of blue can give a sense of sadness. An expression that goes along with this is “singing the blues” when someone is sad. Light blue is the color of the sky and of water, which can be refreshing, free, and calm. Blue skies are calming and tranquil. Water washes away dirt and cleans wounds. Blue can represent freshness and renewal, such as when rain washes away dirt and dust. The calmness of blue promotes relaxation.

Purple Associated from the color of the robes of royalty, purple relates to royalty. Purples with more red can be associated with romances, intimacy, softness, and comfort. Purple can give a sense of mystique as well as luxury. A good example would be the wine website shown below.

White White can be associated with sterility, due to doctors wearing white and most hospitals being white. Because most artistic depictions of religious figures are completely colorless, white represents “good” and holiness. White can represent cleanliness, such as clean linens and clean laundry. It can represent softness due to cotton and clouds. It can reference mental health due to the white coats and uniforms, white walls, etc. White is great for connoting health and cleanliness, as shown in the optical website shown below.

Black Black is mostly associated with death, especially in the United States. It can represent decay — due to rot — based on how food breaks down and turns black. Black can represent evil, because it is the opposite of white, which often represents good. It can represent anxiety due to darkness and the unknown. A lot of black in an image can suggest depression and despair, as well as loneliness. However, despite all of the negative connotations, when combined with other colors, such as gold, it can represent luxury. Combined with silver or grey, it can represent sophistication, such as in the timepiece website shown below.

Conclusion It is essential to understand color as a designer. Everything that you design should take color into serious and careful consideration. The color choices that you make can create a drastic effect on the mood of your work. The right combination can gain attention and convey the right message visually, further driving the message into your viewers’ minds. The emotional side of design is extremely lucrative, and if you aren’t carefully considering your color choices, you should from now on. Your clients will see better results, and your message will have added clarity and strength. Color makes as much of a connection with people as imagery does.


RIP Zig Ziglar

2012/12/14

11-29-2012 – , 10 Ziglar Quotes That Will Change Your Life
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Hello !

Today I would like to take the time to honor an amazing man…Zig Ziglar. One of the most inspirational people to have lived, Zig Ziglar left a deep impression on millions of people during the course of his life. He was called the “Master of Motivation,” “One of America’s Icons,” “The Salesman’s Salesman,” and “A legacy that will forever impact our history.” Before his passing earlier yesterday, his message through his 86 years of life emphasized the ability to achieve success through a combination of character, attitude, and skills. And he was said to have impacted more than a quarter billion people. A quarter billion people! Can you imagine having that kind of impact? Is that a legacy, or what?

In tribute to his amazing influence on all entrepreneurs in a staggering variety of business and nonprofit ventures, I wanted to share 10 of the top Zig Ziglar quotes that have the power to change your life, if you let them. 1. “Building a better you is the first step to building a better America” Especially in the past few months leading up to the presidential election, there was a lot of talk across the nation about how to build a better America. And there was more than a little disagreement, anger and bitterness that often went with those conversations. What would this nation look like if it was made up of individuals who believed and activated this idea, that building a better self would create a better nation2. ”A goal properly set is halfway reached”The best way to turn a ream into reality is to set goals – specific, measurable goals. Knowing where you’re going and how you’ll know when you get there puts you light years ahead toward reaching it.3. “Failure is a detour, not a dead end street” It’s so easy to look at others building businesses and compare your bloopers to their highlight reel. Failure can be a stepping stone on the road to greatness – but only if you don’t let it stop you dead in your tracks. Get up and get moving again on the road to success!4. “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win”Zig talked a LOT about mindset. To be the winner you were born to be, you must get in the mindset of being a winner by planning for it, preparing for it and expecting it. 5. ”What comes out of your mouth is determined by what goes into your mind” Another quote about the importance of your mindset, and one of my favorites! But if you want to be able to speak success for your business and speak success to others, you must be filling your mind with the idea of success (and tools to achieve it) as well! You can’t speak what you don’t fill yourself with. 6. “The price of success is much less than the price of failure” So many people short change themselves when choosing not to invest in developing their skills and knowledge for business growth. Or – they look at the cost what it might take to succeed and never get started. But I’m here to tell you, the price of that success is so many times less than the price of failure!7. “You cannot perform in a manner inconsistent with the way you see yourself” Again – the importance of mindset. Getting your mindset in the right place is critical to achieving success. If you see yourself as a failure, you will not succeed. Period.8. “You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure”Do you see a theme here about mindset? If you keep surrounding yourself with the thought of failure, you won’t rise to achieve the success you were born to achieve!

9. “You cannot make it as a wandering generality. You must become a meaningful specific.”In order to succeed in business, you need to have a very clear, specific picture in your mind of what you want to do. It’s okay if that picture changes – very nearly every business person’s picture does. But having a general idea will not help you develop the processes and systems you need to build a successful business. 10. “The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity”With all of my heart, I believe this is the most important. And I think it’s for your business as a whole, not just for your power of persuasion. Regardless – the most important business building tool you have is your integrity. Especially in social media when a lapse of integrity can go viral in minutes. Possessing integrity so that your actions and values are aligned is the key to success in business and in life.

The legacy of inspiration that Zig left us will not be forgotten! He will be missed on this side of eternity! What’s your favorite quote of Zig Ziglar’s? Is it one of these, or do you have a different favorite?


Johnny Cash – Things You May Not Have Known

2012/12/14

78 Things You Didn’t Know About Johnny Cash « Flavorwire
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Johnny Cash, the greatest cowboy of them all, was born on this day back in 1932. We’re celebrating the Man in Black’s would-be 78th birthday with an interesting fact for every year since then. Revel in the random Cash-related miscellany — from what he nicknamed his tour bus to which president was his all-time favorite — after the jump.

1. Johnny Cash started smoking when he was 12 years old.

2. The Masons rejected Cash’s application for membership “on moral grounds.” 3. Cash learned how to hypnotize himself from country singer Johnny Horton.

4. To commemorate his birthday, Cash’s family wants you to wear black.

5. Cash adopted his signature all-black suits as a good luck charm after he wore a black t-shirt and jeans to his first public performance.

6. His first gig with the Tennessee Two was playing for a group of elderly ladies in a church basement.

7. When he was a child working in the cotton fields, Cash used to eat young cotton buds, despite his mother’s warnings that they would give him bellyaches.

8. He took only one voice lesson, after which the teacher advised him not to let anyone change the way he sang.

9. His parents named him J.R. Cash as a compromise between the names “John” and “Ray.” When he enlisted in the Air Force, Cash gave his name as “John R. Cash.” 10. The first song he remembers singing was the hymn “I Am Bound for the Promised Land.” 11. Though he was never in prison, Cash served a total of 7 nights in jail for different incidents.

12. After being arrested for trespassing in Starkville, Mississippi, Cash broke his toe trying to kick out the bars of his jail cell.

13. The title for “Walk the Line” was a suggestion from Carl Perkins.

14. During his act in the 1950s, Cash flaunted a killer Elvis impersonation.

15. During his stint in the Air Force, Cash learned to translate Russian Morse code.

16. He bought his first guitar in Germany for 20 deutschemarks ($5 American).

17. The first song he heard on a radio was “Hobo Bill’s Last Ride” by Jimmie Rodgers.

18. While in the Air Force, Cash traveled to London for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.

19. When he first tried to record for Sun records, Cash pitched himself as a gospel singer. After that didn’t work, he just sat on the steps of the recording studio until he could convince Sam Phillips to listen to his songs.

20. Roy Orbison was Cash’s next-door neighbor in Tennessee for over 20 years.

21. Cash advised Jerry Lee Lewis not to record “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin On,” preferring his rendition of Jack Clement’s “It’ll Be Me.” 22. Cash used to exchange birthday greetings with Elizabeth Taylor, whose birthday is the day after his.

23. “Blue Suede Shoes,” Cash claims, came from a story he told Carl Perkins about an airman who used to tell Cash not to step on his blue suede shoes.

24. Cash’s advice on living life on the road: “Back in 1957, there was no Extra Crispy. Other than that, it’s the same.” 25. When Cash first moved to Memphis, he enrolled in a radio class at Keegan’s School of Industry, hoping to become a DJ.

26. The first time Cash met honky-tonk pioneer Ernest Tubb, Tubb advised Cash, “Just remember this, son. The higher up the ladder you get, the brighter your ass shines.” 27. At the Carter Family Fold, a mountain music concert hall in Virginia, Cash was the only artist allowed to use an amplifier.

28. He met his first wife, Vivian Liberto, at a skating rink in San Antonio.

29. During his time in the Air Force, Cash wrote all his letters to Vivian in green ink.

30. After Johnny Carson moved to New York to start The Tonight Show, Cash bought Carson’s house in Encino.

31. The camper Cash used for his amphetamine binges in the desert was named Jesse James. It had its windows spray-painted black so Cash could sleep during daylight hours, “but also because I just liked to spray-paint things black.” 32. After an oil leak from Jesse James set the Los Padres National Wildlife Refuge on fire, Cash became the only person ever successfully sued by the U.S. for starting a forest fire.

33. The blaze Cash’s camper started killed all but 9 of the endangered condors at the refuge. When questioned about the birds at the deposition, Cash replied: “I don’t give a damn about your yellow buzzards.” 34. Country guitarist Merle Travis taught Cash how to sink a Bowie knife at twenty paces.

35. The first time Cash met songwriter Peter Le Farge, Cash gave him enough Thorazine that Le Farge slept for “three or four days.” 36. An ostrich attack left Cash with five broken ribs and internal bleeding.

37. During a hospital visit for surgery, Cash smuggled in a card of Valium in the bandages over his suture. (Half of the pills dissolved into the wound.)

38. At his house in Jamaica, Cash had a “Billy Graham room” with a guest bed specifically for Graham.

39. President Jimmy Carter was June Carter’s cousin, related to Cash by marriage.

40. Cash was also distantly related to King Duff, the first king of Scotland.

41. Carrie Cash, Johnny’s mother, worked at the gift shop for the “House of Cash” museum until her death.

42. Muhammad Ali wrote a poem for Cash called “Truth” which Cash kept locked in a vault.

43. The motto on the Cash family coat of arms reads “Better Times Will Come.” 44. In the 1985 miniseries North and South, Cash played the abolitionist John Brown.

45. He wrote, produced, and narrated Gospel Road, a movie about Jesus’ life, which featured June Carter Cash as Mary Magdalene.

46. The same night Cash got fired from the Grand Ole Opry, he crashed June Carter’s Cadillac into an electrical pole.

47. Cash collected 19th century guns and antique books.

48. At Dolly Parton’s first performance on the Grand Ole Opry stage, Cash coached her backstage.

49. When Cash was 5 years old, his dad shot his dog for eating the table scraps meant for the hogs.

50. When visiting the White House, Cash compared shoe sizes with President Clinton. Cash is a size 13, Clinton is a size 12.

51. Cash’s signature introduction (“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash”) debuted at his concert at Folsom prison.

52. According to his autobiography Cash, if he were stuck on a desert island, Cash would bring Bob Dylan’s The Freeweelin’ Bob Dylan, Merle Travis’ Down Home, Jimmie Davis’s Greatest Gospel Hits, Emmylou Harris’ Roses in the Snow, Rosanne Cash’s The Wheel, a gospel album by Rosetta Tharpe, “something by Beethoven,” and You Are There by Edward R. Murrow.

53. The tune for “I Walk the Line” was inspired by a recording of Bavarian guitar music Cash had accidentally played backwards.

54. Once, on tour in the late 1950s, Cash and his band members bought 500 baby chickens and a hundred of them loose on each floor of a hotel.

55. At another hotel, they flushed cherry bombs down the toilet and blew the plumbing out.

56. The 1962 crime drama Five Minutes to Live was Cash’s first role in a full-length feature film.

57. On his tours in the early 1960s, Cash was billed as “America’s Foremost Singing Storyteller.” 58. Cash spent a night in jail in El Paso for smuggling two socks full of amphetamines across the Mexico border.

59. During Cash’s divorce, he shared an apartment in Nashville with Waylon Jennings.

60. Before one meeting with his addiction counselor, Cash drove a tractor into the lake beside his house.

61. The scar on the right side of Cash’s face was from a botched surgical procedure while he was in the Air Force.

62. Cash guest-starred as Kid Cole on four episodes of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

63. June Carter finally accepted Cash’s proposal for marriage at a hockey arena in Ontario.

64. In 1984, when Cash felt that his record label was ignoring him, he released an intentionally awful album called Chicken in Black, with a title song about Cash’s brain being transplanted into the body of a chicken.

65. He used to carry around a jar of instant coffee and ladle spoonfuls of it into the coffee he ordered in restaurants.

66. The first episode of The Johnny Cash Show featured Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan as guests.

67. On Independence Day in 1976, Cash served as grand marshal for the federal government’s bicentennial parade.

68. In 1986, Cash published the novel Man in White based on the life of the apostle Paul.

69. Cash’s video for “Delia’s Gone” shows Cash tying up and burying Kate Moss.

70. Richard Nixon was Cash’s favorite president.

71. While checked into the Betty Ford Clinic in the 1980s, Cash met and befriended Ozzy Osbourne.

72. After his wife June died, Cash had her Wildwood Flower album cover painted on the elevator in his house.

73. Cash suffered from aviataphobia (fear of flying) and ophidophobia (fear of snakes).

74. In the Air Force, Cash wrote short stories under the pen name Johnny Dollar.

75. During his first two years touring, Cash clocked over 100,000 miles of road travel.

76. Cash once stuck a bowie knife into a hotel room’s reproduction of the Mona Lisa that didn’t meet his standards.

77. As a 22-year-old inmate, Merle Haggard saw three of Cash’s shows in San Quentin. He later credited Cash for inspiring him to work on his singing.

78. “The Man Comes Around” came from a dream Cash had about the Queen of England.