My folks went on a cleaning and fixing spree today! - I'm not
complaining. :) ...here my pops is teaching me how to fix the leaky
faucet. We need some more parts so if you use this bathroom only the
hot water works. :)
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
I need to eat more and lift some weights to get my weight back up...so I'm starting today...with the eating part at least. ;) I nice little breakfast sandwich at Tre Lune. :) .... I actually think I like the ones at Starbucks better but Tre Lune is my favorite because it's just a cool place.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Definitely time to start adding weight again. I was 190 on the tour
and it's funny because I didn't look much different. My face was fat
but otherwise my body distributes the weight pretty well...but I
should be 175 so I gotta change my diet a bit and lift some weights
because this is way too low.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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Jefferson Todd will be hosting a Q&A session tomorrow (wednesday) for any Showit Sites users or anybody interested in using Showit Sites for their website design.
The session begins at 10am PST (1am EST) and will last at least an hour. The session is limited to 20 users at one time, so be sure to login early or to try every 10 minutes to see if anybody has left.
You can even login using your iPhone or iPod Touch!
The room will be available HERE
10am PST (1pm EST)
MokaDesign.com offers custom design services built on the Showit Sites platform.
...but what is super cool is that they just opened up auto-syncing of your highlights and notes online and that is sweet b/c before it was kind difficult to go back through on the Kindle interface and see what you had highlighted and it was even harder to share it...but now checkout some of my highlights from probably the best marketing book of all time.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Click here right now!!!
You have to go checkout my new friend Promise Tangeman! Wow! She's amazing! I'm so inspired by her and I think she probably has the best blog I've ever seen. I can't stop looking at it.
It's like creativity on crack.
There is EVERYTHING. Inspiration - Encouragement - Resources ... and just lots of good stuff!
I really liked her post on how to feel miserable as an artist. I think all of us have felt this way at times and she really nails why.
GO GO GO....stop wasting your time on my blog.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
"Lord as i get older I would like to be known as available more than a hard worker, compassionate more than competent, content, not driven, generous instead of rich, gentle over being powerful, a listener more than a great communicator, loving vs quick or bright, reliable and not famous, sacrificial instead of successful, self controlled rather than being excited, thoughtful more than gifted, I want to be a foot washer, I want to finish well."
Isn't that great!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Speaking of video! Just today we are releasing our SmugMug and Vimeo video Widgets!!!! YEA! Now you don't have to worry about compressing or uploading or anything simply copy and paste the URL of your video on SmugMug or Vimeo and the video will play lightening fast right on your website! We just changed over Jasmine's video which used to be kinda chunky but checkout how fast it plays now!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Dane just finished his first of a series of workshops in Houston and it rocked! Look at this awesome crew! Dane is a phenominal photographer and in my book he is also one of the top educators in our industry... and the value he is bringing to these workshops is unmatched and there are a few spots left in a city near you.
Click here and sign up now b/c space is limited.
You get a ton of free stuff for signing up and one of the things is a free copy of his excellent book - Fast Track Photographer. This is a solid book so even if you can't make the workshop go buy a copy and read it b/c it will help you define yourself as a businesses person and an artist.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I love Richard Branson. We need more entrepreneurs like him. As all the american airlines continue to plummet into bankruptcy and keep pulling services, they have started charging for water for heaven's sakes, he steps in and creates the best airline our country has ever seen.
I've flown Virgin several times and it's unreal and now they are the first to add internet on every seat. United can't even figure out how to get an electrical plug working in their first class seats.
Good work Sir Richard Branson!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
If this is you FIX IT!
There's a setting that lets you set how many days to display - set it to seven days max...and if you're one of those people who likes to put 85 pictures in each blog post maybe set it to three days. After that let people use the archive to find what they want.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
It's always impossible to properly recap an experience but I have been journaling a lot of the last couple of days so I'll do my best to share.
Anyway, we flew in and then hopped on a bus with 10 or so other YL = Young Life leaders from all over Russia and drove 4 hours out to the Black Sea where this conference was being held. There we met up with 70 other leaders who devote their life to the youth of Russia...and they do this while not even being able to meet their own needs. Did I mention yet that Russia is expensive! Especially Moscow. The three bedroom apt we were staying in would cost between $15k - $20k (US) per month. - rent! Most people live in very beat down apartments outside of the city.
One sweet couple was pregnant and living in an apt with nothing. literally. nothing. Nothing for them and nothing for their new baby but they were plugging away. I've learned that Russia is a very hard place and when their isn't money people keep working without pay for months and months just to keep their jobs for when their is money.
So we got to camp in these little cabins and I was assigned to "Penthouse #2" which is what the sign on the key says which was this room. :) It was great and I can handle just about any living condition as long as it's on the extreme. To steal a line from Bono I'll say that I can live the highlife and the lowlife but not the middle. One of my roomates was "John Blond" who is a stud. He started a YL sports club and to help fund it he and some others started a dance club, a tagging school, and a break dancing club....and all their clubs have become known as the best of the best! They win awards all over Russia for their break dancing and 3000 people visit their club to dance and party without the drugs and sex that is commonplace at these raves. I was really impressed by him.
Each day they would have multiple training sessions. Some led by the Russians and some led by us. They ranged from building committees - fundraising - humor - yearly planning - etc... Gary asked me to share a little bit and I wasn't sure what I would talk on but one of the US leaders said to talk about creativity so I tried to encourage them to use their own unique abilities to find solutions to the problems they were facing. Most of the people who were there are part of the first generation of Russians who haven't had a communist childhood so they are looking at the world around them in new ways but probably don't feel the permission or the freedom to step out and try something new.
...and later that night they showed me just how creative they could be when they put the tightest nylon over my face and made me suck sweetened condensed milk through it!
Also, before each session they'd lead us in worship and wow are they ever talented. I recorded some of the music and I'll put up more videos when I get back to the states.
We got to play soccer while at the camp and it was so fun...but I played really bad. I think I made one good pass but luckily it was caught on video so I figured I'd post it up. :) .... it's a nice outside of the foot ball threading a couple defenders. Unfortunately didn't result in much but we still snuck out a 2-0 win vs. the Russians! Go USA! ;) I had one goal and an assist so I guess it wasn't that bad of a of day.
One afternoon I got to take some of them out for a little photoshoot at the black sea! 7 or 8 of us went and then we nominated a few models. Russia reminds me of the college I went to - Westmont - for every average looking guy there are 9 or 10 beautiful girls. :) Really .... it's phenomenal. It's not a lie what they say about Russian women. They are gorgeous.
So this morning camp ended and everyone said their goodbyes. Here are some more pictures...