Tag: More-than-half-full

27 June
Chris Arends

Yes I know its been more than a month since I posted. It has been a bit crazy in both good and bad ways. More on this to come.

In the mean time More Than Half Full has been a blog for more than a year now. With more than 100 posts I hope those of you who have read it have enjoyed it. I have enjoyed writing it.

Look for a more consistency out of me. and maybe some changes in direction.


10 May
Chris Arends

We all get it and we all hate it but here is a great take on SPAM and seeing something positive.

http://www.tompeters.com/dispatches/011580.php?rss=1


7 April
Chris Arends

Spring in Texas

Spring is a great time for cyclist.  The days get longer and the weather gets warmer so we can ride more.  The one down side about spring is that it often brings strong winds.  Most cyclists would rather ride up a mountain pass than spend any significant time riding into the wind. I don’t know if it is the relentlessness of the wind or the inability to brag to someone about the hill you climbed, or the fact that you can’t ride around it, there is something we hate about riding into the wind.

Makes you stronger

A job search is a lot like riding into the wind.  It is hard work.  You often have nothing to show for it beyond just getting through the day and nobody likes doing it.  When riding into the wind there is no short cut to your destination.  You have to put in the effort if you are going to reach your turn around point.   The harder you work, the sooner you get there.  There is no substitute.

The thing is that there is always wind.  Some days it is stronger than others or maybe from a better direction depending on your route. In a job search there will be days when you think that every one is working against you, the economy, people who won’t call you back or rejection from those who do.  These all feel like you are riding into the wind.

Heading for Home

The funny thing about the wind is when you get to the half way point of your ride you get to turn around and guess where the wind is?  It’s at your back.  You feel the road moving past you, faster and faster. Your legs feel stronger with each turn of the pedals. Suddenly the wind is your friend and you are speeding to your destination and its not just because the wind is at your back.  It is because all of the hard work that you did into the wind made you stronger, more confident that you could ride well no matter how hard the wind is blowing.

Remember, the next time you feel like you are riding into the wind, when you have worked hard eventually the wind will be at your back and you can cruise home.


9 March
Chris Arends

Following the days of the week is just one value of Facebook posts. I have  found another one. TV listings.

By watching your Facebook posts you can see what nights TV shows are on. I now don’t need to look up shows in the guide.  Just check Facebook and either the Fan page ( if I like the show) or my friends will tell me how excited they are for the next episode.You can also find out who everyone likes or hates on Survior, American Idol or what ever reality show you are into.

Not to be out done the fans of Glee, 24, Lost and others will let you know when their show is on.  The funny thing is you can find out some things about people you would have never guessed.  For example the captain of my high school wrestling team is a fan of Desperate Housewives.  Who knew?

One thing to watch out for though is if you are watching the show you can’t post about the show or your friends who are recording it or are in a later time zone will hate you for giving up the ending, especially if it is reality TV or a season finale.

Nielsen ratings has no need to spend time on all those expensive surveys and equipment to monitor viewership. They  just need to monitor Facebook.  Looking at the demographics, these are the people that advertisers want and they are willing to participate in any number of surveys and games to let them know how much they watch and who they like or hate.

So now that it I am done with my post for today it is time to see what’s on.