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I had no idea how much I needed this
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I had no idea how much I needed this
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MWLUG 2016 Wrap Up
Mon, Aug 22nd 2016 10:49p   Kathy Brown
Last week I was in Austin, TX for MWLUG 2016.  This was my second time speaking at this event, and once again, it was a great experience. I have been to Texas several times, but had never been to Austin.  I’m still not sure I can say I’ve been to Austin, I feel like I only got to see a small slice of it.  Between humidity that felt like I was drowning (it IS August in Austin) and pouring rain, I didn’t get to get out and about as much as I would have liked (and I even stayed
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I had no idea how much I needed this
Mon, Aug 8th 2016 9:32a   Kathy Brown
Yep, put this in the category of “Things I had no idea I needed, but now I don’t know how I ever lived without it” – my new Apple Watch. When they came out, I had very little interest.  First, I don’t wear a watch.  Secondly, I always have my phone next to me at all times, so a smart watch didn’t seem to do much for me.  Third, I have an awesome and dedicated running watch (and several different versions of things like fitbits that I never use), so the acti
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The Road To Empathy – Read More
Mon, Jul 11th 2016 10:15p   Kathy Brown
I’m a big reader.  I love to read.  I always have.  As a child, I spent hours and hours reading in my room.  As an adult, my favorite vacations are the ones with no plans and a ton of books in my Kindle app. I’ve been told I’m “too empathetic”.  I’m not sure that’s possible, except that I am easily heartbroken over matters that aren’t mine.  I know correlation doesn’t mean causation.  And I’m not saying people that don’t re
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How Staying in a Hotel Teaches Empathy
Fri, Jul 8th 2016 9:17a   Kathy Brown
My heart hurts for the world and many recent events.   When a tragedy happens we all wonder what we can do and then we go about our day, doing nothing to change the future.  As I stated in my last post, I think having empathy for others is something you can do.  No, it won’t fix everything, but it could help.  Being more empathetic is easy.  Teaching your children empathy is easy. I like to travel.  I like to travel with my kids.  Once when they were young, we entered our hotel room
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What the World Needs Now
Wed, Jul 6th 2016 11:54p   Kathy Brown
The song says what the world needs now is love, but I think we need a little more empathy, or maybe more empathy leads to more love. Maybe I’m just a grumpy old lady yelling “get off my lawn”.  Maybe this is how it’s always been, maybe not, but it seems to me we have lost empathy.  Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings of others.  That’s it.  Seems a relatively small thing, right?  Yet we seem to have lost that ability.  In large and small ways, la
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Speaking at MWLUG 2016!
Mon, Jun 27th 2016 10:14a   Kathy Brown
I’m pleased to say I’ll be speaking at MWLUG this year in Austin.  This will be my second time speaking at MWLUG and my first time ever to Austin.  I’m looking forward to both!  It’s also my first time speaking with Shean McManus! We will be presenting: Using Dashboards to Transform Application Data Visualization When you’re driving a car, you need a lot of data quickly. How fast are you going? Are there any problems you need to address? Where do you get that dat
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Breaking Strings
Thu, Mar 24th 2016 9:06p   Kathy Brown
So yeah, that new bass I bought.  As I said, I went with a cheap one from Amazon.  As I also said, I have a somewhat musical background.  I opened the box, it was already strung, I just needed to tune it and play.  Luckily, a) there are a billion videos/sound clips out there that come with the notes to tune a guitar and b) I knew how to tune a guitar from when I was a kid.  So I tuned it and I played.  (Interesting side note, I found that I could tune it better if I sang the note and playe
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Running Notes of a Different Kind – Part 3
Mon, Mar 21st 2016 11:46p   Kathy Brown
As is my usual way, I went about selecting a bass all the wrong way.  (Spoiler alert: it turns out ok). I’m sure anyone who actually plays bass (and all of the internet) will tell you to go to a reputable music store, preferably a non-chain store.  Well that’s all well and good, but I don’t really like people or interacting with them and there’s this awesome thing called Amazon which means with the click of a button I could have a bass delivered to my house within two d
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Running Notes of a Different Kind – Part 2
Mon, Mar 21st 2016 11:38p   Kathy Brown
Right, so we last left you on a heck of a cliffhanger, just how did she decide on the bass? Well, I didn’t right away.  I liked the flute, but it’s REALLY hard to sing along when you play.  And since I like to sing, I kind of wanted to learn something I could sing with.  Ideally, I’d learn to play the piano.  I found a great app to help me learn piano, SimplyPiano.   It was featured in a Lifehacker article.  I like the app, with a mix of traditional songs and simplified
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Finding a Book
Mon, Mar 21st 2016 10:46p   Kathy Brown
As I said in my previous posts, I’ve decided to learn to play the bass.  With my background, I want to learn it “right”.  Meaning I want to actually learn how to play the bass, not just learn songs.  While it seems everyone learns everything these days by watching some Youtube videos, I can’t learn from videos.  My brain just works better when I read.  Also, I really want to learn to play bass, not just learn some songs.  I want to learn the notes and proper fingeri




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