waiting for a better day

My boss asked me if I was okay this morning. I guess my general lack of energy has made an impression.

It’s been a tough month.

I need some time off to regroup and catch my breath. Maybe after that I can come back to my professional life with energy and enthusiasm. The way I feel right now is not productive.

Caffeine is not enough. Listlessness is not solved by caffeine.

I know myself. I just need some “me” time to get back into the groove of things.

I’m sure that in a few days I’ll be back to normal.

Edward James Olmos Houston Latino Book & Family Festival

From the Downtown Happenings email provided by Houston Downtown:

The fifth annual Edward James Olmos Houston Latino Book & Family Festival will be at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. More than 40 authors and workshops are part of the lineup, which will feature established names as well as new talent. Don’t miss literary sensation Junot Díaz who will be unveiling his long-awaited new novel.

Life & Family Tour

From the Downtown Happenings email provided by Houston Downtown:

Don’t miss the Life & Family Tour at the George R. Brown Convention Center this weekend. The show, which will be there Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, offers a cutting-edge consumer experience. The Life & Family Tour has exhibitions that will introduce attendees to the hottest new products and coolest services on the market.

A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City

From the Downtown Happenings email provided by Houston Downtown:

Every day people around the world, often women and children, are displaced by war and violence. Learn firsthand how these 33 million refugees struggle to meet their most basic needs when Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières creates its outdoor interactive educational exhibit in Houston’s center.

A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City will be set up on Fish Plaza in front of the Wortham Theater Center starting Thursday, October 4 through Sunday, October 7. In addition, KHOU-Channel 11 anchor Greg Hurst will lead an insightful discussion in the Grand Foyer of Wortham Center on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m.

Led by experienced aid workers, visitors to the 8,000-square-foot exhibit will be asked to imagine that they are among the millions of people fleeing violence and persecution in countries such as Afghanistan, Colombia and Sudan.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, is made up of materials used by MSF in its emergency medical work around the world, including refugee housing, a food distribution tent, water pump, health clinic, vaccination tent, therapeutic feeding center and a cholera treatment center.

Guides will share their personal experiences while explaining the challenges of building shelter, finding food and clean water and handling waste disposal – the basic elements of survival for those who have lost everything.

“Tens of millions of people throughout the world today are uprooted from their homes, on the run, fleeing violence, living under the most grueling conditions,” said Nicolas de Torrenté, executive director of Doctors Without Borders-USA. “By presenting some of the daily challenges faced by displaced people – how they get clean water, enough food, adequate shelter, and basic medical care, often in a climate of fear and uncertainty about their future, we hope the exhibit will raise public awareness and action.”

web & tech news & links

The Houston Chronicle reports that Amazon has started to sell non DRM MP3s. “Although DRM helps stem illegal copying, it can frustrate consumers by limiting the type of device or number of computers on which they can listen to music. Copy-protected songs sold through iTunes generally won’t play on devices other than the iPod, and iPods won’t play DRM-enabled songs bought at rival music stores,” they report. Several friends have already checked this out. It has potential, definite potential.

Steve Rubel has two great posts on how to Turn Gmail Into Your Personal Nerve Center and how to Turn Gmail (or any E-mail Account) Into a Social Network Hub. I’m not a big fan of Gmail, but can see how using it as central point makes sense, especially with these tips.

Web Worker Daily gives bloggers a way to incorporate David Allen’s principles of Getting Things Done in GTD for Bloggers: The Art of Stress-free Blogging. “It tailors the system to fit the needs of bloggers — and incidentally, can be used in the same way by almost any web worker.” I failed miserably at GTD, because I kept failing to follow through.

I know absolutely nothing about OpenID, but the nice people at Lifehacker do: “Decentralized online identification system OpenID can log you into thousands of social networking sites (and counting) using a single username and password. OpenID
asserts who you are by proving you own a URL—not an email address, not
a password, not your mother’s maiden name, just a URL that must be
confirmed by both the accepting site and OpenID host.” Um…. okay. Still don’t know anything.

Rohit Bhargava is a fan of Twitter, and its uses for communications. His post 8 Unique Reasons People Like Twitter (And Why Microblogging Matters) makes a lot of sense (especially to a fellow Twitter fan).

Want to make friends and influence people? O’Reilly Radar gives us a primer on Social Networking Invitation Etiquette to help decipher how to “friend” people online.

Are you a Geek Marketer? I aspire to the title. Do you?