Tag Archives: duality

The feng shui desktop

You may not know it, but your computer desktop can say a lot about you. And it goes a lot deeper than merely selecting a wallpaper image.

Welcome to the world of the feng shui desktop.

Note: A lot of people struggle with correct pronunciation. Most properly it is f-EE-ng. That’s the same hard “E” sound as found in “week.”

The feng shui desktop should remain uncluttered. If you have a desktop full of icons you are most likely receiving negative qi. (Also known as your lifeforce or energy flow.) That is not good.

For beginners, it is recommended there be no icons at all. Later, as the feng shui desktop is more fully understood, a limited amount of icons can be added, but always in pairs. An odd number of icons is not advised.

Obviously not all elements of feng shui can apply to something like a computer desktop. The trick is to use careful thought and apply balance and principles that make sense and work for you. Be creative and open-minded.

Balance is an important element of feng shui. For example, if you have an icon in the top-left, you might also place an icon in the top-right to maintain symmetry. Or, you might consider the lower-right (advanced). With each added pair of icons (but not too many) you build on and maintain the balance.

If you can think of ways to introduce polarity or a “yin-yang” duality that will increase you qi. I still struggle with this component. Seek out opposites that complement each other.

Someone walked by my workstation the other day and commented on my desktop. “[Your computer desktop] is always so elegant and beautiful,” they said. I was warmed by the thought and felt my qi increase.

This may all sound confusing at first, but I feel if you put careful thought into what your desktop is doing and make considered improvements, you are bound to increase the benefits to your qi.

And yes, the wallpaper itself can become a component.

Be auspicious!

Feudal Dualism in the Office: Let’s go serfing now

KING CLUB“Boss” is just another word for “King” only without as much bling.
–Tom B. Taker

Catherine: Are you paying attention? I promised you Mark Twain caliber quotations that you could use however you wish and royalty free. There ya go! 🙂

King Arthur: Old woman.
Dennis: Man.
King Arthur: Man, sorry. What knight lives in that castle over there?
Dennis: I’m 37.
King Arthur: What?
Dennis: I’m 37. I’m not old.
King Arthur: Well I can’t just call you “man”.
Dennis: Well you could say “Dennis”.
King Arthur: I didn’t know you were called Dennis.
Dennis: Well you didn’t bother to find out did you?
King Arthur: I did say sorry about the “old woman”, but from behind you looked…
Dennis: What I object to is you automatically treat me like an inferior.
King Arthur: Well I am king.
Dennis: Oh, king eh? Very nice. And how’d you get that, eh? By exploiting the workers. By hanging on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society.

This is the story of my boss. No, not the old one. The new one.

The word “boss” is one that looms large in my life.

Careful and thoughtful readers of this blog may have, with a fair amount of luck, picked up on the subtle theme that there are some aspects of my boss that I find less than thrilling. (I try to keep it low key and less than overt.)

The old boss was a piece of work. When I go back through this blog and read some of the stories I’ve written about him, I feel that old rage return, my old familiar friend. How quickly we forget! No, I haven’t forgotten what he is, but I have blotted out some of the specifics. When I read those old posts the specifics are suddenly made real again. Ugh.

Although there are certainly commonalities between the two, the new boss is in a completely different category. Being who I am, I tend to harp on the negative. (Who knew?) But there are good points, too.

What’s good about my new boss?

  • Within my first 90 days on the job he gave me a raise and I was making more than I had at the old job even after five years.
  • Within my first 90 days I was given a Christmas bonus – in cash. Not a $50 WalMart gift card. Additionally, if pro-rated for my time on the job, it far exceeded anything the old boss had ever done.
  • The boss came to the employees and asked for our input regarding a profit-sharing plan. (As yet not implemented.)
  • At the end of Q1 2011 the boss gave me an 8GB iPod Touch as a bonus.
King Richard

I'm a conscientious objector to hand washing. You may now kiss my ring.

The new boss tries to be a nice guy. But the relationship that defines us is always there. Boss to employee. Or, if you’ll permit the analogy, King to serf.

That relationship defines many of the rules between us. Some things will get you beheaded. You do not turn your back on the King.

That little 20′ x 30′ office is his Kingdom. He is the rule maker. It’s his way or the highway. Three human beings within six feet of each other all day long, five days a week, spending more time with each other than even our own spouses.

Ask him why he doesn’t wash his hands after using the bathroom? He’ll say, “You’re trying to change me.”

The bathroom sink full of dishes? Well, I just went poop and I gotta wash up. Sorry. I hope you like extra flavorins. Sure, there’s no soap but I bring my own liquid anti-bacterial hand soap to work. And my own dispenser of hand sanitizer. I’m no germ freak, but that doesn’t mean I like rolling in shit, either.

I could go on. There’s more. Much more. But I’m trying to maintain a fair balance of duality to this post. The good and the bad. The yin and the yang. Yes, working in that office is torture to me, but I wanted y’all to know he isn’t all bad. I believe his heart is in the right place and he doesn’t really mean to torture. That doesn’t make it any more enjoyable, though.

Abyss-Mall: Poop

Well all know what they say, right?

Shit happens

And so it went down right here on the blog.

When I got a wild hair and decided to start a blog, even I didn’t know that “poop” would eventually be the number one all-time tag.

And yet… The blog started on 09/24/2009 and by 09/28/2009, just five days later, the poop barrier had successfully been broken with the post Gold Nugget Economics: I’m gold, you’re poop.

And that was the start of the wild poop ride.

Somewhere along the way I noticed that “poop” was my #1 tag and I revised my “id” page to accept my sacred poop oath when I added this text: “It is my ongoing commitment to you, however, to do whatever it takes to always keep the word “poop” as my number one tag. That’s very important and I’m just not willing to compromise my bloggeristic standards in that area.”

Currently the tag cloud widget tells me that “poop” is still #1 with 51 mentions. However, “work” has come from behind to take #2 with a whopping 50 mentions. Whoops! Danger! My commitment to “poop” is under threat. I clearly need to step up my game!

Thus I give you a shirt that was somehow forgotten from yesterday’s Abyss-Mall post. It’s the “poop shirt” featuring the word “poop” in a festive brown color.

I think this shirt says it all with remarkable brevity. It lets the world know you are a force to be reckoned with. Poop brings an impact that is hard to miss. Poop demands attention. With this shirt you’ll be communicating at full throttle while using only one humble little word.

Poop in and of itself is not “negative.” In fact it’s a necessary part of life. You can’t have life without death. Good without evil. Light without dark. Yin without yang. Hot without cold. Female without male. It turns out that poop is important. Poop has its role to play even though the high brow will look down their nose at it.

And even though poop is vital to life, it still has the amazing power to convey negative properties which, of course, is why I’m in love with it as a vehicle for blogging. That’s while you’ll often find me driving around in the Poop Mobile. Poop just works. It is very effective at communicating highly complex ideas and theorems regarding negativity.

So pick up your poop shirt today and start rolling with style. Finally command the respect you deserve.