Tuesday, July 31, 2012

ACH - NACHA Translations

In an effort to move the world in a more user friendly direction,  I put this together this document to help an company I have been working with, Help Find Care, develop their automation process when dealing with payroll and ACH (Automated Clearing House).  This document takes each of the NACHA fields needed to upload a text file to your bank. The screen shots are below (click on the images to enlarge), or you can download the PDF with this link.

Notes: Field was is the header record field..Each field consists of 94 characters. To submit a payment file you will need Feilds 1, 5, 6 (may be multiple field 6s), 8, and 9.

Field 5 is the Company Batch Header designator

Note: Field 6 is the actual payment field, and there would be on field (94 characters) for each employee you would want to pay.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Is This Not Ironic?

Sometimes the left hand has no idea what the right hand does!

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is actually proud of the fact it is distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us to "Please Do Not Feed the Animals."

Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."
--Thomas Jefferson 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

How to Change the World

Many of us in business want to set the world on fire with our ideas..we want to radically and profoundly change the world...but you know what..there is only one way to change the world..and that is to change yourself first...as the old monk professes here is the process:

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.

- Unknown Monk (1100AD).

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How to Be Creative

I was recently reading a "How To" by Hugh MacLeod (the founder of gapingvoid) and it occurred to me that I also have a short list that I have learned about creativity, and I will share it below (some Hugh & I share BTW).  My list follows:

How to be creative my Hugh MacLeod

1: Do Not Listen to Naysayers
2. Surround yourself with free thinkers
3. Make lots of mistakes (this is real creativity)
4. Practice, Practice.. see #3
5. Sing in your own voice (do what YOU want to)
6. Make your OWN mistakes
7. Do NOT think of what cannot be done...just do it
8. Focus on the art
9. Do exceptional work for the few who will appreciate it
10. Put all your heart into it.
11. Make sure what you are doing is really different (no copies)
12. Be original..rather than a poor copy of someone else
13. Realize that what you are doing is a gift..you may get nothing for it, but do it anyway

Sorry, that is it...short and sweet...just do it...there is no 2nd place for doing 1st rate work...<3

Thursday, July 5, 2012

How to Stay Young?

We all want a fountain of youth, but did you know staying young may be easier than you think? Here are some nuggets worth remembering on the subject....

1. Try everything twice.
On one woman's tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph:
"Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!"
…also some mistakes are too much fun to make only once!
(except past bad relationships..when it is over, it is over!)

2. Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down. Get rid of them!
(Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

3. Keep learning:
Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever...
Never let the brain get idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'
And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Enjoy the simple things.
Like a glass of wine, the sun rise / set, holding hands, a kiss on
the cheek. Pizza, Popcorn, Walks in the Park, Downpours,
Cats & Dogs!

5. Laugh often, long and loud.
Laugh until you gasp for breath.
And if you have a friend who makes you laugh,spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER and never let them out of your life.
Laughter is often the precursor of Joy!

6. The tears happen:
Endure, grieve, and move on.
The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.
We are the Masters of our feelings and therefore are destinies.
Pain is part of life. LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love:
Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever..Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips..
Take a trip to the mall, to the grocer even to the next county,
to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
Guilt leads to doubt and doubt to defeat and defeat to apathy.
And apathy is the opposite of love.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
I love you, my friend…..oh I just did
Bonus: it is even better saying it while hugging that person!

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance..
The ability to forgive yourself will help in being able to forgive others.
Holding a grudge is like picking up a hot coal and throwing at the person who hurt you hoping they get hurt.

And if you don't send this to at least 4 people - who cares?
But do share this with someone.

Remember! Lost time can never be found.
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Oh…and by the way…wine does not make you FAT ...
- it makes you LEAN ....
(Against tables, chairs, walls and ugly people.)