Guitar Magic

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The Secret World of Foley

Movies Film Cinema

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Facebook Video Test

Rhonda Fearns

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Complete show Multi-cam Boston MA 12/20/2014

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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Paper Craft

paper craft

I have recently fallen in love with papercraft. I purchased a cutting machine and along with paper, I have used it to make t-shirts, cards, signage, etc. This is an amazing video showing paper crafting and video making.

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This meditation is the coolest!

F*ck That: A Guided Meditation from Jason Headley on Vimeo.

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Advice you will be glad you took

rsquare100Recently, a question was posed to those over the age of 60. The question was this: “What advice would you give to those who are half your age?” While the question seems simple, the answers may surprise you.

1. People always say, “Make sure you get a job doing what you love!” But that isn’t the best advice. The right job is the job you love some days, can tolerate most days, and still pays the bills. Almost nobody has a job they love every day.

2. Years go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t marry young. Live your life. Go places. Do things. If you have the means or not. Pack a bag and go wherever you can afford to go. While you have no dependents, don’t buy stuff. Any stuff. See the world. Look through travel magazines and pick a spot. GO!

3. Don’t take life so seriously. Even if things seem dark and hopeless, try to laugh at how ridiculous life is.

4. A true friend will come running if you call them at 2am; everyone else is just an acquaintance.

5. The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.

6. Children grow up way too fast. Make the most of the time you have with them.

7. Nobody ever dies wishing they had worked more… Work hard, but don’t prioritize work over family, friends, or even yourself.

8. You might live a long life, or you might live a short one – who knows. But either way, trust me when I say that you’re going to wish you took better care of yourself in your youth.

9. If you’re getting overwhelmed by life, just return to the immediate present moment and savor all that is beautiful and comforting.Take a deep breath, relax.

10. Eat and exercise like you’re a diabetic heart patient with a stroke – so you never actually become one.

11. We have one time on this earth. Don’t wake up and realize that you are 60 years old and haven’t done the things you dreamed about.

12. Maybe this one isn’t as profound as the others, but I think it’s important… Floss regularly, dental problems are awful.

13. Don’t take anyone else’s advice as gospel. You can ask for advice from someone you respect, then take your situation into consideration and make your own decision. Essentially, take your own advice is my advice…

14. Stuff is just stuff. Don’t hold onto material objects, hold onto time and experiences instead.

15. The joints you damage today will get their revenge later. Even if you think they’ve recovered completely. TRUST ME!

16. I would say to appreciate the small things and to be present in the moment. What do I mean? Well, it seems today like younger people are all about immediate gratification. Instead, why not appreciate every small moment? We don’t get to stay on this crazy/wonderful planet forever and the greatest pleasure can be found in the most mundane of activities. Instead of sending a text, pick up the phone and call someone. Call your mother, have a conversation about nothing in particular. Those are the moments to hold onto.

17. Pay your bills and stay the hell out of debt. If I could have paid myself all the money I’ve paid out in interest over the years, I’d be retired already.

18. Jealousy destroys relationships. Trust your significant other, because who else are you supposed to trust?

19. If you have a dream of being or doing something that seems impossible, try for it anyway. It will only become more impossible as you age and become responsible for other people.

20. When you meet someone for the first time, stop and realize that you really know nothing about them. You see race, gender, age, clothes. Forget it all. You know nothing. Those biased assumptions that pop into your head because of the way your brain likes categories, are limiting your life, and other people’s lives.

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An Old Farmer’s Advice

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.

Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen, anyway.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin”

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

Live simply Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

 

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Interesting Facts

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Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

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It’s been a while

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Forgive me father for I have sinned.  It has been months since my last post.

Yep, can’t say I am real good a posting on a regular basis.  Generally I have to be pissed or excited about something to write a post. I could promise to do better, but it would be a lie.  So if nothing else, I am honest 😉

I have be busy behind the curtain with software updates.  There is a new game room with a couple of games to help you waste time and a laboratory where I have been playing with flip books. While the flip book kinda works on the mobile devices, it isn’t pretty. I have tried to find a solution, but nothing as of yet. The new games aren’t very good on the mobile devices either.  Not everything is scaleable at this point.

And I have been working on a new virtual world.  I have a VPS now and 9 regions to play in.  The hypergridding works for the most part, but it sure would be nice if OSGrid was back. They left a huge black hole in the metaverse when their servers blew up. They are taking donations to help pay for the data recovery and we that travel the virtual highway are awaiting their return.

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Thoughts for today….

Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes.

If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there’s a 50% chance you’ll die within the next 3 years.

There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. There’s a 9% chance that you’ll meet one of them in your lifetime.

Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger.

A person’s height is determined by their father, and their weight is determined by their mother.

If a part of your body “falls asleep”, you can almost always “wake it up” by shaking your head.

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1st iPhone photo!

After 5 years with the Droid, I finally got an iPhone!  I have wanted one since they first come out but would not do a 2-year contract with anyone…..AT&T left me with emotional scars when I foolishly had to have that cool Blackberry……  And then the no contract plans started offering the iPhones, but holy cow the price!!!!!  So I waited.  The android phones made calls and over time got to be pretty nice. However, I still lusted for the iPhone.

Then a few months ago I discovered Ting. The new kind of mobile phone company.  They break your bill down into 3 areas; calls, text, and data. You are billed according to what you use, no contract and you can bring your own device (as long as it is a Sprint device)! So you actually own your phone and you don’t have all the garbage that the cell phone companies put in there for their benefit. Now I had a cellular service provider that allowed me to choose what device and how much I wanted to spend on my monthly bill.

All I needed was the iPhone.  But I still did not want to spend 500 – 800 bucks on a device that was so easily stolen, dropped or found it’s way over the side of a boat.  My next discovery was Glyde. They buy and sell used mobile devices as well as video games.  I selected an iPhone 4s with 32g of storage for 200 bucks! Yes it did take me 2 weeks of checking in every other day to see what was available (it is a first come first serve on inventory and I don’t think my phone had been listed for 15 minutes when I snagged it), but I knew up front that it wasn’t a stolen phone, what network it would work on and I had 48 hours after delivery to report any problem whatsoever.  The phone arrived on time and activated without any problems.  Glyde rocks!

We celebrated at a favorite diner and I snapped my first iPhone photo of my first born.  A good time was had by all.

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Steve Jobs’ first public demonstration of the Macintosh 1984


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On January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs demonstrated the original Macintosh for the first time at an Apple shareholders meeting in Cupertino. You’ve probably seen a video of the presentation; it’s the one where Jobs was introduced by a joke-telling Mac.

But what many people don’t know is that the Apple co-founder gave another presentation for the computer less than a week later at a meeting of the Boston Computer Society. And that presentation has remained largely unseen until now…

Time’s Harry McCracken (via MacRumors) managed to track down a video of Jobs’ first public Macintosh demonstration, which was shot by a local videographer. It had been tucked away for nearly 30 years, stored on a media format called U-matic.

Here’s the clip, which is surprisingly high-quality for a 3 decade-old amateur job. It’s about 96 minutes long.

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Interesting Tidbits

It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related diseases.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals. Continue reading

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New toys


I have a tendency to get sidetracked by new toys. One of my latest has been setting up a news feed for myself.  Ever since Google pulled its reader, I have been looking for something to replace it.  Only made sense to look at open source stuff so I could have full control. I have found it or rather my new host provider pointed me in the right direction with an article on their blog. The software is called Tiny Tiny RSS and it is a pretty straight forward set up. I even found clients for my iOS and android devices.

Another new toy is a iOS app called Post and it lets me post and interacts with my website using my iPad. In fact, I am using to write this post. As a rule, these iOS apps don’t provide much in the way of documentation, I guess the developers think their interfaces are so intuitive that you will just know how the thing works. It doesn’t always work like that. But so far the Post app has been easy to figure out.

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Apple let me down

I was one of the first to upgrade to Mavericks…and I find it frustrating. Today I am mostly pissed at the new Pages. I had been happy with Pages 09, but it wouldn’t let me save to the iCloud and I updated everything when I updated the OS. I used Pages to create my storyboard template for the new storybook app I have been working on.  We are talking all the pages of the storybook app with the associated text. The artwork was all that was needed. And this new improved Pages did not convert cleanly the doc created with 09 to what is now Pages 5. I have yet to figure out how to fix it. I can’t even create a new document based on the template with more than 2 freaking pages. This shit I expected from Microsoft, but not Apple. Apple products always just worked. I knew I wouldn’t be doing the upgrade dance (put your left arm over your head, twirl around 3 times and sing, “I’m a little tea pot”) and so I have been comfortable being among the first to upgrade their software. But then Steven Jobs died and Apple began answering to investors with regard to their development cycle. They are releasing product before it is ready and then playing catch-up with updates. I am sad to say, never again will I trust Apple to just work. I will now wait for several months after a new product release to upgrade. I hope I will not need to look around for where I put my copy of “I’m a little tea pot”.

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Re-arranged The Furniture

I like to be able to use a website no matter if I am looking at it on my Big Mac, my Little Mac (iTouch 5) or the middle range of tablets.  A lot of sites are simply shrunk down to fit the screen, and it takes a finger ballet to read anything.

While it appeared I wasn’t doing much around here, I stripped everything down to the studs and rebuilt using the grid layout.  Unless you are a web person, you haven’t a clue what a grid layout is, so just trust me on this one.  Whether you know what it is or not, you will know how much easier the website is to use no matter what device you are using to view.  There are still a few tweaks that need to be done, but over all I am pleased with the new look.

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