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Posted on 2007.04.16 at 22:00


leonardii at 2007-04-18 22:22 (UTC) (Link)
What the barbarian cyborg? yeah Howton made it for me. Lovely gift! It was my first avatar-icon and I just love it!

If you have seen my baby face in real life - you'd think I was completely harmless. :)

Do you like this one better?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-04-19 00:33 (UTC) (Link)
I prefer the barbarian frankly!!!
ehowton at 2007-04-19 00:42 (UTC) (Link)
(Smoking baby speaks with a French accent.)
leonardii at 2007-04-19 02:34 (UTC) (Link)
Me too!

I like the mean and ugly look on his obviously thrashed flesh.

I don't know why - but it somehow truly fits not my persona, but my true grit when I'm in the business world. Corporate America is cutthroat, stab-you-in-the-back, step on your head to get ahead, and do anything to screw you over just to make you look bad so I can look better - kind of world.

So, there is streetwise, common-sense, and then there is business politics. If you don't know the politics, the others will eat you alive. So yeah, I don't let them screw me over or push me around. Of course I pick and choose my battles... you have to if you want to win the war. There's a time for defense, a time to attack, and a time to lay a siege. It'a all the the Art of War by Sun Tzu. His methods can direcly apply to business - if you know how understand his teachings and implement them in the business world.

Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline,
simulated fear postulates courage;
simulated weakness postulates strength.

-Sun Tzu
snapper521 at 2007-04-20 04:35 (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... interesting quote.
leonardii at 2007-04-20 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
I adore Sun Tzu. His practices are timeless and can be applied to just about anything in life. Not just good ol' fashioned war.

As a businessman - his work has come in handy on many several occasions.
leonardii at 2007-06-05 23:16 (UTC) (Link)
Do you understand what the quote is trying to tell you?
snapper521 at 2007-04-20 04:36 (UTC) (Link)
Harmless? No. Any male who has a look/smile like that on his face makes me instantly distrust him because he makes me think he's trying to sell me something I'll never need. Like another hose extension for my vaccum. *laugh*
leonardii at 2007-04-20 14:38 (UTC) (Link)
Nah... I'm not a salesman. Never was, never will be. But I do have a business n Texas, so if you are ever in the area - I can show you how to make some easy money. Well, it's never that easy, but business is good. Check it out on my website: www.jessemiller.com.
snapper521 at 2007-04-22 03:43 (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... interesting. *think think*

So you basically do the same thing that Eric does. :-P

Another Sys Admin... for a girl who knows only enough about computers to function just a little bit.

Tomas calls it dangerous knowledge.

leonardii at 2007-04-23 17:57 (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I'm retired from the Sys-Admin business. I'm now a director for Ignite - the marketing arm for Stream Energy.

Stream Energy is an electric service provider. They buy their energy from the main people who generate electricity, then turn around and sell it to consumers (people like you and me who need to turn on our lights and provide power to our computers).

Basically, they're a middle man in the energy business. I get my cut by getting customers and getting more directors in order to get more customers. Nice plan. It saves people lots of money because Stream uses semi-entrepreneurs like myself to go out and find customers.

They don't have to pay for expensive salesmen and produce overpriced ridiculous TV advertisements. They're a top-5 tier company, so their customer service is OK... about as good as the others. No better, no worse. The really great thing is just that they can save you loads of money on your electric bill. That's the reason I jumped in on the deal. In Texas, the summer heat gets REALLY hot. Electric bills can be simply outrageously expensive. For us, we have two AC units, a large unit for the main part of the house (downstairs), and a smaller unit for the upper part of the house. Both units running in the summer heat tends to make my bill anything but small.

So - I make a few bucks as a director in this company and at the same time I get an exponentially lower electric bill! :)

My business website is:

Have a look see. Stream Energy is coming to different states other than Texas. Right now we're working on Georgia. But it's all about deregulation. Most states have ONE electric service provider - so the consumer doesn't have any choice. Now, in Texas, we can choose from many providers.

Some say deregulation is bad. Others say it's great. Either way - I know I'm paying a lower bill... so I'm on the side of "it's great!"

And since this business doesn't require me to work full time (or hardly work at all), I get to keep my focus on being a full time student. ;)
Electricity - (Anonymous) Expand
leonardii at 2007-06-05 21:36 (UTC) (Link)
Do you ever shop online? Did you check out my business venture of opening your own FREE shopping mall where you get discount prices on retailers across the globe - AND you get cash back on every purchase you make. It's a sweet deal.

Check it out. The website is:

If you want to join, you'll need my REF# 499015.

Get others to join, and you get a commission on what they purchase too. Nice little business venture - especially if you are like me. I buy nearly everything online. I have waiting in line, and online shopping is just so cool.

So, try it out. It's free and like I said, your purchases are discounted and you get cash back (at least 2%) on every purchase you make. Some retailers give you a higher percentage... like 5%, 25%, or even 100% for really special deals.

I cannot think of a single reason not to join this venture. Even if you buy one thing online... you will get money back. Nice deal, huh?

Let me know what you think. I want feedback and opinions.
leonardii at 2007-06-05 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not much of a salesman. And I really don't care for them myself.

So don't worry... I'll never try to sell you anything you don't need.

The only thing I'll try to sell you on is getting more knowledge. I like to get it and share it.
snapper521 at 2007-06-07 19:01 (UTC) (Link)


Yeah, it seems I have fallen into a good group of people when I became friends with Tomas G., and now Eric H.

You all require me to be intelligent and be constantly improving myself.

Like Tomas pushing me to go back to school and take Math and Computer classes. :-P Even though I've got a lot on my plate anyway...
leonardii at 2007-06-09 14:26 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Knowledge

Anybody pushing you to get into school - you can count as a *good* friend.

We know the consequences of not having an education, or not getting one sooner when it was easier to do.

You've got wit and brains. These attributes easily transfer over into the realm of studying.

Get into school. You will thank us all for it later down the road. I can promise you that. And I never make promises that I know that I cannot keep.
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