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Welcome to ‘More Better Smarts!’  Hopefully, you’ll enjoy what you find, and will come back often. Thanks for taking some time to read about me and the path to creating my blog.

MBS was born in May 2011, with the stated mission of:

“Supplying practical wisdom
to help improve your life at
home, work, and play.”

The key focus of this statement is ‘practical.’ When visiting the site, which I hope you’ll do often, ideally you’ll leave with information that is interesting and actionable.

Feel free to provide me feedback on ways to help MBS improve!

Rick@morebettersmarts.com

About Me

Me next to a big shoe...I'm sure there was a good reason

I work as an engineering program manager at a large organization. Any more detail would probably just be boring, so I’ll leave it at that.

I also adjunct for a local college, where I teach courses in leadership and management, as well as public speaking. I also provide the occasional workshop on these subjects.

Additionally, I like playing with productivity and time management tools, and am getting a ‘green-belt’ in this area.

The Early Years

I grew up in a small mid-western town, doing pretty much all the small, mid-western stuff. This picture basically sums it all up. Note the Cub Scout hat hanging on the bedpost and the little league baseball cap on my head (go Kuegler TV).

Add the telescope, the globe, the pirate flag from Disneyland, the baseball trophy my monkey (Fuzzy) is holding, and the other paraphernalia, and you can see that I fell somewhere between Opie Taylor and Beaver Cleaver on the ‘rebel’ scale.

"A quiet child, always kept to himself"

Following a typical adolescence, much of which is still being worked out in therapy, I entered the US Air Force as a ‘no-striper’ fresh out of high school in August 1980, retiring after 20 years.

During my time in the service I managed to obtain a BS in Electrical Engineering, which led to my commission in 1988.

Along the way, I also picked up an MS in Engineering Management, and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree which lets me put letters after my name that no one recognizes.

My final job before retirement was as an Air Force ROTC instructor, teaching college juniors about leadership and management. This was a great way to end my career, as it forced me to stay in decent physical shape (although my sanity did take a hit) so I could keep up with the college kids during PT.

My Family

After I joined the Air Force, I married my high school sweetheart, in December 1980.  Our son was born in California in 1989 and our daughter in Ohio in 1994. As of this writing, our son is a senior in college, pursuing degrees in both biology and environmental science, and our daughter is starting her senior year in high school this fall. Both kids are great, and are much better people than I was at their age.  Probably my wife’s influence…

The Nuclear Family at Play

My wife was a stay at home mom with the kids as they grew up. During this time, she got her degree in Geography.

Today, she works as a researcher for the Dept of Transportation collecting and evaluating stats on car crashes around the state.  She also works as a substitute teacher for multi-handicapped classes in the area.

By the way, she also has a lot of great ideas for cheap projects for kids.  You’ll no doubt see some of her articles on MBS.

What I’m Into for Fun

I’ve always been a major geek, so computers play a big part of my free time. We have 3 PCs, 3 laptops (including a netbook), and an IPAD, all networked through the house.

I also like playing with multimedia devices, so I have additional toys like a Logitech 880 universal remote, and a ‘WDTV Live Plus’ which is also tied to  the network, allowing us to watch Netflix and movies stored locally.  All of this is why you’ll see quite a few ‘how-to’ type articles revolving around technology.

You’ll l also see many articles dealing with nutrition and exercise. When I was in the Air Force, my weight slowly crept up due to my wife’s great cooking,

Totally real -- not Photoshopped

smoking two packs a day, and running 1.5 miles/year for the annual fitness test.  Eventually, I reached my maximum allowable weight for the military…not pretty!

Today, I exercise 6 days/week. This includes 3 days doing cardio and 3 days lifting.  Over the past few

years, I have also completed several rounds of P90X and Insanity workouts (you can look these up online). I’m also trying to eat better, but food will always be my Achilles Heel, as my wife still remains a great cook.

Why the Blog?

A couple months ago, I thought, “Hey, this whole blogging thing may just take off.  Maybe I should get involved.”  I know, a little late to the party…

Basically, blogging involves several of my favorite things. As a supervisor, mentor, and college instructor, I like to provide information and advice in areas that have helped me in the past. Also, I’ve always enjoyed writing, and have managed to get a few articles published over the years.

Combine these with the chance to create a web site and continually tweak the heck out of it (geek, remember?), and I’ve found the ‘perfect storm’ of hobbies.

After a half-century, I feel that I’ve accumulated a certain amount of wisdom, and I’d like to share some of this with you. As Doc (played by Nick Nolte) in the movie ‘Cannery Row,’ said, “A man should make his mark, even if it’s just a scribble.”

Unfortunately, said wisdom is in limited supply, so I’m also welcoming guest bloggers to submit articles to MBS. Click on the ‘Submit an Article’ tab after reading this ‘About’ page, to check out the writing guidelines.

Where Did the Name and Logo Come From?

I knew I wanted the blog to include practical info rather than trivia.  Don’t get me wrong, I love trivia sites. I spend way too much time on sites reviewing movies and writing funny things about pictures of kittens.

I also wanted the title to have a sense of humor, as this will probably leak into my posts (well, I think the jokes are funny).

After a week or so of playing with combinations of words like knowledge, practical, wisdom, and all the permutations I could get from ‘Thesaurus.com,’ the name ‘More Better Smarts’ came about like a lot of my bright ideas – at 2am one night, I woke up with it in my head.

Okay, it’s not the most inspiring story, but that’s  how it happened…

The logo for MBS – by the way, his name is Mobius (get it, MoBiuS) – came about on Powerpoint just skewing the letters MBS around. At first, it looked like a fox with glasses, but this didn’t quite get the knowledge/wisdom angle I was looking for.

A few more twists, and voila – ‘cool, it’s sorta/kinda an owl!’ From there it was onto to Adobe Elements playing with various filters and colors, and back to Powerpoint where I learned how to play with the 3D tools.

The Future of MBS

Well, that would be you!

I ask that you come back often to see what’s new. Also, please comment, and get some discussions going. Finally, try to do all the cool, new fangled thingies such as, ‘Like’ the MBS Facebook page, and follow the posts on Twitter.  The links are available on every page.

Also, as mentioned above, feel free to submit an article as a Guest Blogger. I’m always looking for some help to keep things moving along.

…oh, and if it’s not too much trouble, please try to click on a few advertisements on the page. The wife and I are hoping to retire someday…preferably before we die.

All the Best,

Rick