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Musings At The End of 2017

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A lot has happened personally and professionally for me in 2017. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged on my site and I think bullets are probably the best way to convey my thoughts as of now. So here goes:

Personal

    • Trump’s first year in office has gotten me politically active in a way that I’ve never been before.
      • I joined an activist group called Rise Up Doylestown. I’m even helping with the technology aspects of the group (Website, Social Media, and other such things)
    • I officially declared that I’m a Democratic Socialist.
      • I joined the Democratic Socialists of America. I tried getting involved with the local BuxMont off-shoot, but being a father and being involved more with Rise Up Doylestown, I found that I couldn’t do it all.
      • I’ve found that the ideas of Socialism aren’t just a nice dream, but fully attainable if fought for and won.
    • I’ve realized how ADHD I am and, though I already have dealt with it for all my life, I’m learning more about the difference and how to turn it into a Super Power instead of a Super Deficit.
    • This summer I helped support the Ride2Recovery to benefit first responders, veterans, and soldiers recover from PTSD and other related health problems. Because of this, I rode my bike quite a bit. It felt good to be on the road and exercising.
    • I learned this year that my Type-2 Diabetes needs to be taken seriously. I’m still young enough to control with minimal drugs and good habits. I need to focus on this and have started.

Professional

  • I’ve branched out professionally in to the Internet of Things realm with Proximity Marketing.
    • This should be exciting in 2018. Bluetooth/Proximity Marketing is going to be the next big thing, and I’m glad that I partnered up with some people to bring it to market here in the Philadelphia-area.
    • Check out my new site devoted to Physical Marketing.
  • I’ve realized that the Bucks County Business Directory needs to focus on the Philadelphia Metro area not just Bucks County if it wants to be successful.
    • Because of this, I’ve changed the name to the Philadelphia Metro Business Directory.
      • I’ve got to figure out how to automate the events section, encourage businesses to advertise and posts announcements and so much more.
  • Goldstein Media didn’t have the best year, especially during the summer months. This year I need to focus heavily on the Winter, Spring and Fall months to off-set what seems to be three slow months in the Summer.
  • I’ve gotten very active in a great group called PowerMatch. Think of it like match making, but for business. It’s a neat concept an I’m happy that the “Networker-in-Chief,” Sara Rosenberg has decided to bring me on as staff to help her grow it. If your intrigued, hit me up and I’ll give you the run down on the group and how to get involved.
  • I reconnected with some great colleagues this year and met some new ones.
    • I was very close to David from Birnbaum Consulting when we were both at Telerx. Now that he’s back on his own, we’ve be lucky enough to partner up on a number of projects and have jump started our friendship again.
    • I’ve always been very big on coffee shops to get out of the “office” and work. Because of these adventures, I met a very inspiring entrepreneur, Shawn Hiner of ESC Marketing Group. We’ve become good business friends and have started working on some projects and ideas together. All from meeting in local coffee shops. You never know who you’ll meet if you just say hello.

Random Musings At The Close Of The Year

  • What do do with all my personal-branded domain names.
    • I have quite a few properties that are SethGoldstein Dot Something.
      • SethGoldstein.me, which is my main personal blog/site area (.net just redirects here).
      • SethGoldstein.photography, which is a whole other site for my photography.
      • SethGoldstein.blog, which is a Tumbler blog where I occasionally re-blog and share stuff associated with my identity as a writer for Raging Chicken Press.
      • S3th.me , which was originally just for a URL shortener, that now hosts a resume page of mine.
    • I need to consider whether I keep them all broken out, do I put them all under SethGoldstein.me/net, do I turn my .me site into a Multisite WordPress?
    • I’m really not sure.

That’s all from me. Happy 2018

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Never Been A Huge Fan Of Formal Titles

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Yesterday, I was picking my 3-year-old up at his preschool. The owner’s son was there. She introduced me as Mr. Goldstein. I immediately cringed. I told him to call me Seth. I have to admit, I was a bit surprised by her initial desire for her son to be so formal. I always thought of her as free spirit, and she is. I know she’s trying to teach him manners, I get that, but please don’t call me Mr. Goldstein.

At my son’s preschool, as with most pre-primary schools, they call all their teachers Mr./Ms. First Name. I like that, because when they are young, they need to learn the basics of societal norms. There needs to be a barrier between the teacher and the student.

But, in my opinion, not between kids and adults as whole. With that being said, if my son’s friends call me Mr. Seth, that’s fine. But there is a point where this just sounds weird. I would say around 8 on up.

Yes, being an adult comes with perks. You’re assumed, as an adult, to be more responsible. With this greater degree of responsibly is the “privilege” of being called by children, kids, and teens, Mr./Ms.Last Name. And you know what? Though it’s a sign of respect from the younger set, I hate it! True it’s a sign of respect for your elders, but I’m not OLD, nor an elder by any stretch of the imagination, damn it!

What Gives? Who Cares?

You can probably blame my feelings about this topic on how I was brought up: My upbringing, with very liberal parents, my Quaker primary and secondary education, who really knows.

When I grew up I called all my parents friends by their first name. It wasn’t a sign of disrespect. It was just what we called them. After all, it’s their name, isn’t it?

There Is A Time And A Place For Formal Titles.

Now I’m not saying that titles don’t have place in society. In certain professions, like doctors, judges, police officers, teachers, etc., it is proper to address them by their titles. But even in some of these interactions I don’t feel even that such formality is need.

For example, my primary doctor is a great doctor and he’s put a lot of schooling and time into his craft. Out of respect, I call him Dr. Feldman (or Doc). But my mom and step-dad call him Rob. Now it might be because they’re older or their relationship with him. Regardless, I feel like using someones first name makes the interaction more genuine and personal. When it comes dealing with something so personal as your health and well being, using the person’s last name seems so distant and strange to me.

Now, there are professions (ex. judges and law enforcement officers) where the barrier of the title shouldn’t be broken down. It is important that there is a barrier between these professionals and the public at large.

This Background Might Help

Here’s a little background on why I might feel this way more than others. In high school, I went to a private Quaker School. We called all our teachers, administrators, and staff by their first names. This was both good and bad. On one hand, as with doctors, your teachers deserve respect, but as with doctors, it’s also very important that they be viewed as accessible and approachable.

Sometimes the first-name-policy at my high school became a problem. Especially with teens pushing the limits of boundaries, but overall it worked well.

When I left for college, I had to train myself to go back calling my teachers and instructors Professor Last Name, as a sign of respect. But you know what, many of my professors actually preferred the students calling them by their first names. This was often the case after they got to know you. The reason I was given by many of my professors was that as college students, we were technically and legally adults, and because of that it was important to many of them that they treat us as such.

The Exception

The exception is when addressing you’re parents (though I have friends that call their parents by their first name), Aunts and Uncles, and Grandparents. Now this is probably counter to everything I’ve said. I’m a firm believer that you call your mother and father by some version of Mom and Dad. The same with your grandparents. Aunts and Uncles are similar to how preschools run (ie. Aunt First Name, Uncle Last Name), but even sometimes titles aren’t used for them.

OMG, You’re Still Going? Is There A Point To This Ramble?

Yes there is point. I definitely think there is a point where using formal titles is necessary, but the majority of the time, I feel it puts up unnecessary barriers.

Once again this is just my opinion. What do you think? Am I nuts, probably. Regardless, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Star Wars VII – Some What Full Of Spoilers

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I finally saw Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens. It was a decent movie, by itself. Though there was a bit too much rehashing of Episode IV a New Hope.

The new characters are interesting, and Han getting killed by his son (with Leia) Kylo Ren , which was an interesting twist. I loved the new droid BB-8 and it was nice to see the main protagonists be a black man and a strong woman. But other than that, I don’t see what people like Scott Johnson, Tom Merritt and the other tech illuminaries see in it that I don’t.  I think I might need to watch it again to see if I missed anything that makes it less fan-service and more original. I think the hype was a little bit overkill for what we got.

I hope, it was more of a bridge to VIII and IX and X and not reflective of what the next episodes are going to be like.

Did you see it? What did you think of it? Post your insights in the comments below.