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greg dahlen

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Do you like your job? What do you like or dislike about it?

Maria was cutting my hair, and I asked if she liked her job. She said very much, quite exciting to cut hair. Asked what she liked about it, she said she enjoys working with the different textures of hair, fine, medium, and thick. Unexpected and interesting answer.

I hope she was being straight with me, if she actually dislikes cutting hair possibly she would not want to say it to someone whose hair she is now cutting?

Also interested in how you feel about jobs you've had in the past.

If you don't like your job, is there anything you could do to make it better?

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  • Dec 15 2013: I'm retired so now I work full time passing on what I am in the process of learning. It is really the same as what I have been doing all my life I just have a little more time to do it. I love my job, I have always loved my job.
    "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life"- Confucius
    As soon as I finished 12 years of useless public education and finished my term as a Mormon slave, I entered computer programming school for two years where I did more teaching than learning. I was kicked out of class twice for correcting the professor and then asked if I would teach. (I found that humorous as I was already teaching the best students on break, at night and on weekends - but I had higher aspirations) What I like about computers is they are limitless only bound by our imagination. The same fascination I found with the mind, my mistress. "My mind is my mistress"- Keith W Henline
    Bob Dylan said “What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”
    By that definition I am a success.
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      Dec 16 2013: Hi Keith!
      Good quote by Confucius. Apparently my mother was on the same page, because she always used to say....do what you love, and/or love what you're doing:>)

      She also encouraged really exploring life with gratitude and joy, with intention to learn and grow, so I have followed her advice throughout my life adventure. She also sang this song a LOT...

      Look for the silver lining, whenever clouds appear in the blue
      Remember somewhere, the sun is shining, and so the right thing to do, is make it shine for you.
      A heart full, of joy and gladness, will always banish sadness and strife
      So always look for the silver lining, and try to find, the sunny side of life.

      Computers are bound by our imagination, just like everything else in the life adventure....in my humble perception and experience. That being said, I have loved every "job" in the life adventure:>)
      • Dec 16 2013: Nice song Colleen I am sure your mom was a very wise woman, "by there fruits shall ye know them". "Computers are bound by our imagination" since our imagination has no bounds that would mean computers have no bounds either, wouldn't you say? Opps, you just did and I agree.
        The part most people have trouble with is input devices like eyes and ears and movement... all of that is coming sooner than we think. As for imagination and cognitive reasoning well how do you think Watson and other computers are already beating the pants off our best and fastest thinkers. The next sixty-five years are going to be exciting and I plan on being around for most of it.
        I will be moving this week to an apartment one block from a college and I will be exploring what they have to offer, I may even do some more lecturing. It is a great spot one block to my bank, college, library, park, Home Depot, Walmart, lone sharks, Albertsons and Mexican food. I'm in heaven...
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          Dec 19 2013: Yeah Keith.....I like the song too....it seems so simple and clear:>)

          I agree....we are only limited by what we perceive to be limitations:>)

          Enjoy your new heaven Keith.....actually, based on your comment, it sounds like you are already enjoying it with your imagination:>)
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      Dec 19 2013: how do you learn, Keith, is it the typical ways, reading, talking to people? Are there any atypical ways to learn?

      One thing I like to do is call in to talk radio shows and talk on the air with the host and guests. I think you learn something by calling in and participating that you don't learn if you just listen to the show. Have you appeared in media in any capacity?

      I'm a smart person, but I have such a block on what quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity are, which I notice you've spoken to. I wonder why people block on one topic that way?
      • Dec 19 2013: Well Greg I also had the block you mentioned about Quantum mechanics but I was curiosity and I have never been afraid to learn new things. I think the foremost reason was wikipedia and the way you can just ask any question in a search now and get a pretty good answer. It was not always that way. Anyway I just started reading first about the terms and then about general theories. Youtube is also a valuable source of knowledge because people make so many videos that explain and show you at the same time how to do things or how things work. I don't know if you read my profile or not but there are not many things I have not dabbled with. The information is there and it is free so I just do it. The best way to get me to do something is to tell me I cannot do it. There is no substitution for hard work so I study constantly. My latest adventure was quadcopters and after some research I went down a got one for $50. I kept learning and crashing and studying some more until I figured out where I wanted to go with them. I can't afford the equipment I want yet but I do know about what it will cost and where to get it so I am looking forward to that. Meanwhile I wanted to test the limits on the one I had so I just put the petal to the metal and flew it straight up until I could barely see it at which point it was out of my transmitter range. It then started heading north and I never saw it again. It was a beautiful sight, like setting a captive bird lose, it just flew away into the wild blue yonder, worth every penny of the $50 I spent.

        By the way here is a 15 video I remixed to explain Quantum mechanics without all the BS just basics:
        http://youtu.be/X4sa1LemVXA
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          Dec 20 2013: and why did you want to know about quantum mechanics despite the block?
      • Dec 19 2013: To get more to your point of learning I am a autodidact. My two most important resources are research mostly through the internet and experience, I just do it. Some of the most profound things I learn come from the sub-conscience which is always working in the background and when it has the answer it get's my attention and lays the knowledge out like a dinner meal. Lot's of times this occurs at night while I am sleeping so it wake's me up and I go write it down or start working on laying out the solution on my computer while the full impact is clear. It is not uncommon to see my lights on at any time of night and it is not uncommon for me to get one of these inspirations and then work for two or more days straight until I am exhausted. I submit problems to my sub-conscience and then wait for an answer. I submitted one particularly hard question about why the world had gone nuts way back in 1967 and finally the answer came in 2010, forty-three years later but the answer was worth the wait.
      • Dec 20 2013: Lose patience? In the case of "Why is everyone in the world crazy?" it is a very very difficult problem that many of our brightest minds have tried to answer, unsuccessfully, for centuries including Einstein who referred to it here: "A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?". Some people think it is a joke, it is not. As difficult as the problem is the solution is simple and even a child understands the answer.
        As to Quantum Mechanics it was curiosity and my stubborn insistence that there is no problem that can not be solved. Curiosity is the gift that keeps most of us going against all odds to overcome even the most difficult of problems.
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          Dec 20 2013: if you encountered someone who didn't seem to have any curiosity, Keith, how would you promote it in them?

          Same question on patience, if you encountered someone without patience, how would you try to promote it?
      • Dec 21 2013: Greg I use the rewards system
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          Jan 13 2014: what are the rewards you offer?

          Keith, I see this conversation is close to closing. If we don't get to talk again, thanks for talking.
      • Jan 13 2014: Knowledge is it's own reward, a satisfaction of accomplishment. Often when you figure out a truth, a principle or one of natures laws, it has a profound impact on the mind because the sub-conscience scans over the information you already have which includes questions and suddenly many things make sense to you. Like putting together a puzzle, the pieces start to fit together and you become more aware that all things are connected. So if I can quide a student to their own "ah haa" moment then I have done my part. The first thing a good teacher should realize is they cannot teach anything, that is something a student must do for themselves. The teachers job is to expose information to the student in a way that peaks their curiousity.
        "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein
        "Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life"- Linus Pauling

        If none of this works for you, try chocolate.
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          Jan 13 2014: I was just trying to figure out if the rewards system could be extended to people who have broken the law and gone to prison, I guess we assume that for most people just staying out of prison is enough of a reward, and incentive, for not committing crimes? But maybe it's not? I recall asking my neighbor, who had served seven years for second-degree murder, if he cared about his freedom, and he said he did not.

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