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Quote of the Day: “Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.”

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Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

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December 23rd, 2013 at 11:59 am

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Quote of the Day: “In the end only kindness matters”

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In the end only kindness matters

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December 22nd, 2013 at 11:59 am

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Quote of the Day: “We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”

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We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.

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December 21st, 2013 at 11:59 am

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Quote of the Day: “Too often rigor is confused with rigor mortis.”

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Too often rigor is confused with rigor mortis.

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December 20th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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Quote of the Day: “There is no limit to what you can accomplish as long as you do not care who gets the credit.”

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There is no limit to what you can accomplish as long as you do not care who gets the credit.

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December 19th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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I am now a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist Expert for Excel 2010

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Today I took and passed my first Microsoft Office Specialist exam, for the Excel 2010 Expert certification.  I have used Excel for years in advanced ways, and have also taught it for many years, including some advanced courses.  Thus, when I recently posted a profile on Talent Exchange, I had listed myself as an Expert.  I was a little hesitant to write that at the time, as I know that there is a lot more that I could still learn, but I felt that my skill level was definitely within the top 10% of users, and probably higher.

Taking the test today gives external verification to my skill level, and I am very happy that not only did I pass the Expert exam, I had a perfect score of 1000 points!  Thus, my self-judgement was reasonable.  (Although, I make no claim that I will score at such a high level if and when I take the Office 2013 expert exams.)

For those interested in taking the exam, I recommend reading the official MOS 2010 Study Guide, and taking the GMetrix practice tests, although I found some flaws in the practice tests, which I’ll be working with GMetrix to rectify.  Thankfully, these same flaws were not in the actual test (at least not the one I took).  But even with the flaws I found in the GMetrix tests, I think I did much better on the final test because I had taken the practice tests.

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December 18th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Quote of the Day: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.”

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Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.

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December 18th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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Quote of the Day: “Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.”

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Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.

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December 16th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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Quote of the Day: “His passing should reignite a worldwide effort for peace.”

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Mandela was one of the great leaders and teachers of the twentieth century. He conceived a model for mortal enemies to overcome their hatred and find a way through compassion to rebuild a nation based on truth, justice and the power of forgiveness. His passing should reignite a worldwide effort for peace.

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December 15th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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Quote of the Day: “I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

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I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.

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December 14th, 2013 at 11:54 am

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