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Archive for December, 2011

Douglas’ Top YouTube Videos for 2011

December 31st, 2011 1 comment
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Photo: Eggnog Pancakes

December 27th, 2011 Comments off

Special treat this morning, using the leftover eggnog from our celebrations. I used this recipe – Eggnog Pancakes from Cassie Craves. Some of them ended up a bit gooey in the middle, but I think this was because I was being careful not to burn them. Give them a few more minutes than a normal pancake, just to make sure they cook all the way through.

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Photo: Christmas morning at our house

December 26th, 2011 Comments off
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Did you get a Kindle today? Check out my 3 books and their free samples!

December 25th, 2011 Comments off

If you got a Kindle today and are looking for something to put on it, please consider taking a look at my 3 books. You can download a free sample of each on the Amazon web site.

Social Media Self Preservation

7100 Words
Take advantage of social media without losing your mind…
Using social media as part or business or personal life can seem overwhelming and fraught with pitfalls. There is a way, though, to make the best use of social media without falling into the traps of lost privacy and social media burnout.
This guide explains what you need to know as you start your journey into social media and how to make social media productive for you.


Cultivating Your Career Reputations

11,000 Words

While we often talk about one, monolithic, Reputation – with a capital R — I believe that there are a series of reputations that make up the whole. This book will focus on the combination of reputations that make up your one, overarching, Reputation. By examining each of these reputations in detail, I hope you will find specific areas where you can improve your work, your actions and your thoughts so that your overall professional reputation grows.

Why break your Reputation down into its constituent parts? It is often said that you can’t “do” projects, you can only do the individual tasks that make up the project and achieve the desired result. The same can be said for reputation. You don’t build your reputation as a whole, you cultivate the smaller reputations that create it. Each individual action builds your reputation in unique ways and each requires some thought as to how they relate to the whole.


The High-Tech Career Handbook

30,000 Words

Navigating the special difficulties of a high-tech career can be troublesome for workers, young and old. Career Opportunities, a weekly column for ComputorEdge Magazine in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado, has addressed these issues for almost 13 years.

While simultaneously developing his own high-tech career, author Douglas E. Welch has shared his insights, trials, setbacks and successes with his readers. The High-Tech Career Handbook collects the best columns from 1997-2003 into a book for all high-tech careerists, whether they are just starting out, building their career or looking for a new career in the high-tech world.

Topics covered in the columns include getting your career started, ethics, fairness and the benefits of doing honest business, personal development, professional development, and the tips and tricks for transitioning into a mature career.

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Photos: Blue Christmas and Hannukah, too

December 23rd, 2011 Comments off
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All About Douglas – Choosing what you want to see and hear

December 22nd, 2011 Comments off

I have a lot of interests, as most of you already know. Therefore, I have a lot of different blogs, events,  and groups in my portfolio of online engagements. I also try to make myself available wherever people want to converse. This means that each of my interests usually has multiple presences on the Internet.

Here is a list of almost all of the ways you can talk with me and learn about what is happening in my life and work. You don’t need to, nor should you, try to subscribe to all of them. That would only lead to you seeing multiple copies of the same information. Rather, pick and choose whatever ways you would like to consume my “content.”

If you are a heavy Facbeook user, you might want to join my pages there. Is Google+ catching your fancy? I have a home over there, too. Maybe email is your thing? No problem, almost all of my content can be emailed directly to your Inbox. My goal is to make my content available in whatever way makes the most sense to you. It also means you can contact me and converse with me on your favorite online services.

This list is also broken down by interest. If you want to see everything I post and share, the first section is where you can find it. This will contain information from all my areas of interest including events, careers, gardening, technology and my organizations. Maybe, though, you are only interested in my gardening information. You can narrow your reading to my gardening blog or Facebook page. The same applies for careers, technology and my organizations. Select whatever is most interesting, and valuable, to you.

Thank you for supporting me, my blogs and podcasts and my organization of the years! I look forward to talking with you — and sharing more with you — in 2012.



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Christmas Cards and Posters from Local Artist

December 17th, 2011 Comments off

A good friend, and local artist, Jeanine Colini has some great Christmas Cards, notecards and posters available for sale. Here “Spyrograph” cards immediately caught my attention when she first showed them to me. Fond memories of plastic gears, stickpins and pens flooded back. You can contact her directly using the information included below.

Buy local! Buy Often!


Click for full resolution versions of these PDF flyers

Colini xmas

Colini states

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Audio: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol read by the Podcast Community on Facebook

December 14th, 2011 Comments off

The Podcast Community on Facebook has come together this season to record an audio version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This reading is based on an edited version of the story created by Dickens himself for his own live readings.

This project is in addition to our 6th Annual Live Reading of A Christmas Carol which is happening this Sunday, December 18, 2012 at 6pm EST.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Listen to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol


Our cast includes:

Produced by Douglas E. Welch and

Interstitial Music and Sound Effects provided by Michael Lawshe of Eclipse-1 Media


Join the Podcast Community on Facebook

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Photos: Welch Christmas Cookie Party 2011

December 11th, 2011 Comments off
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Video: Play Angry Birds on my friend’s Christmas Lights

December 11th, 2011 Comments off

Every year my friend Ric Turner does some amazing light displays for Halloween and Christmas. This year’s Christmas show is a version of Angry Birds that plays on his Christmas lights?!?!?!? Watch the video below or see it for yourself on Philbrook Avenue in Santa Clarita, CA.

Watch “Angry Birds Christmas Light Game” on


Video Description:

“Help! The pigs are trying to ruin Christmas. Grab the sling shot and fire those birds! From the people who brought you the Guitar Hero Christmas Light game! Running on two computers and 10 Light-o-rama 16 channel controllers, uses more than 20,000 lights and less than one cent of electricity per game. Audio is broadcast on 99.1FM, and the controller has a long enough cord for people to play in their cars on the street. Easier than the iPhone version, and bigger too.”


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