CARTE DE VISITE

16 Apr 2014

I draw what appears to me…

I draw what appears to me…

16 Apr 2014

A series of quotes that I ran with their respective speakers (exception being the “Walking Liberty,” which has no specific personification.
This was a great exploration into touching on the respective personalities of American history.

5 Apr 2014

Having a blast running Yellow Dog Linux on my old PPC (A mac powerbook G4). Still a learning curve but seems to run MUCH faster than Tiger. Even offers multiple desktops and decent animations.

5 Apr 2014

6 Mar 2014

I didn’t make these in time for our Oscars party, but these were too cool to pass up.

5 Mar 2014

26 Feb 2014

For the last decade I have periodically used Ubuntu, the Linux operating system. While there are a couple of minor criticisms that I have of the OS - largely stemming from my own ignorance - I have to say that it continues to impress me. I love the independent spirit of it. The open-source nature. I am eagerly looking forward to sampling their new mobile OS (but that’s another story).

The purpose of this post, I suppose, is to point out some details that “count” in my book. It’s the little things that make it fun and useful. The screenshots you see here are all of Ubuntu being run on my iMac, using only a 4GB thumb drive. Right there, I’m happy. Something so low-profile that I don’t even need much. Just a thumb drive. And Ubuntu makes it pretty darn easy to do this.

Additionally, I love the “glassy edges” that they apply to the OS. It’s crisp and beautiful. It doesn’t require a lot of memory-hogging animation. And it comes off very stable. This is in contrast, say, to my recent experience with Windows Vista, where I had to tone down all of it’s features in order to get it to perform as well as I needed it to.

And, lastly, there are these fabulous keyboard shortcuts built into the system. With a simply keystroke, I can launch an application right from the dock. Wonderful.

If I had a clunker Windows machine sitting around, trust me - this is going on it.

26 Feb 2014

More and more lately, I have found myself in the position of recommending a backup solution for friends and family.  Typically, I need something automated, economic (free winning out), simple - but offering some great options.  This inevitably brings me to CrashPlan, which I am appreciating more and more.

CrashPlan has a ton of options (remote configuration, email notifications) and is highly configurable.  Even if I’m not willing to pay the relatively inexpensive fees ($4/month), I can set it to backup to a thumb drive or (as the picture shows in a simulated instance) I can backup to another remote computer - even a friend’s computer.  This is truly amazing technology.  Bravo, CrashPlan…  Well played.  You have a fan in me - and fans make the best marketing evangelists.

More and more lately, I have found myself in the position of recommending a backup solution for friends and family. Typically, I need something automated, economic (free winning out), simple - but offering some great options. This inevitably brings me to CrashPlan, which I am appreciating more and more.

CrashPlan has a ton of options (remote configuration, email notifications) and is highly configurable. Even if I’m not willing to pay the relatively inexpensive fees ($4/month), I can set it to backup to a thumb drive or (as the picture shows in a simulated instance) I can backup to another remote computer - even a friend’s computer. This is truly amazing technology. Bravo, CrashPlan… Well played. You have a fan in me - and fans make the best marketing evangelists.

2 Feb 2014

There are some pieces of music that I find so inspirational…

There are some pieces of music that I find so inspirational… The music they play for the Olympics is one. The music they play for the Vince Lombardi trophy is another - and I love when they first bring it in - players touch it, kiss it, gather around it; it is essentially being said: you’re in the presence of something great.

But I want to replace it with something better. What if it was the same music being played for something TRULY great? What if it was the living word of God was being carried into the room instead of a trophy and we all gathered around to touch it, take photos of it on our mobile phones, kiss it and cheer? What if we gathered around with great reverence to hear something amazing and awe-filling - that matched exactly what the music promised?
Just where my imagination takes this. Maybe it will give you an imaginative thought too.

29 Jan 2014

Emeth’s dedication.

Emeth’s dedication.

29 Jan 2014

I wish I could take credit for this shot because the timing is perfect.

I wish I could take credit for this shot because the timing is perfect.

26 Jan 2014

When fulfilling the role of a “stay at home dad” …



How I’d like to picture it:


Closer to the truth:

"You have Cheetos in your hair …"

22 Jan 2014

5 Jan 2014

Some favorite history items

This week I had a discussion with my neighbors about our mutual love of history, as a topic of study. I can’t say that I was as big a fan of history when I was in high school, but I wish I had been. The truth is, my love of learning came late. Now I’m passionate and excited by all the resources that are available. Here are a few of my favorites. Hours and hours of investment but every bit, worth the time to watch, listen and read.

+ A YALE course on the Civil War (free)
There’s a video version as well, but since it’s just a “talking head” lecture, it’s easier to plug in to the audio and be free to do stuff. I can now say that I have completed a class at Yale and am proud of it. 16ish hours worth. Gave me a VERY healthy respect for Lincoln and his keen legal mind that he brought to bear. Also gave me a deeper understanding (and respect, in some senses) of the South.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/civil-war-reconstruction-era/id341650730?mt=10

+ HARDCORE HISTORY
These are extensive but phenomenal. The older ones that were really good are archived off and for sale - so only the most current ones are still available for free. So many great questions are raised in these episodes. Dan Carlin’s exploration of the Eastern Front during World War II was extensive and amazing - something I had never studied. His episode on World War I was equally engaging and, in many ways, I find that period more fascinating than the later wars to come.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dan-carlins-hardcore-history/id173001861?mt=2

+ STUFF YOU MISSED IN HISTORY CLASS
“Lighter” than Hardcore History. Back in October (2013) they did a fun one on the history of the building of the haunted house at Disneyland… Also fun: “The Radium Girls”, “The Surprising Life of Henry Ford (2 parts)” and “HH Holmes and the Mysteries of Murder Castle (2 parts)”
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stuff-you-missed-in-history/id283605519?mt=2

+ GREAT TALES FROM ENGLISH HISTORY
For all of you who “can’t keep the English kings straight.” Thoroughly entertaining. I still get them mixed up but this is far far more interesting at least.
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Tales-English-History-Extraordinary/dp/0316067571/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388977151&sr=8-1&keywords=robert+lacey

+ DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT ANYTHING
I’m throwing this out there because this was a great book to have when my wife and I were dating. We would pull it out when we were at a restaurant, waiting for our server or food. The history snippets are short (a couple pages) and then have 5 trivia questions at the end. We would take turns reading and quizzing…
http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Know-About-Anything-About®-ebook/dp/B000UKOMZ4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1388943814&sr=8-3&keywords=don%27t+know+much+about

+ Some token HONORABLE MENTIONS:

KEN BURNS DOCUMENTARIES
Naturally, Netflix/Amazon has a whole bunch of copies (streaming/DVD) of Ken Burns documentaries. The Civil War one is one that people like to refer to but these were also entertaining and informative:

    The War (WWII)
    http://www.amazon.com/Necessary-War-December-1941-1942/dp/B007Q218X8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388977572&sr=8-2&keywords=ken+burns+the+war

    The National Parks
    http://www.amazon.com/Scripture-Nature-1851-1890-HD/dp/B004D1T7ZQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1388977602&sr=1-1&keywords=ken+burns+national+parks

    The Shakers
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Shakers/dp/B002P3EQ7I/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1388977618&sr=1-1&keywords=ken+burns+shakers


THE RAPE OF EUROPA
http://www.amazon.com/The-Rape-Europa-Menemsha-Films/dp/B0022XL5ZW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388991086&sr=8-2&keywords=the+rape+of+europa

AT HOME: A SHORT HISTORY OF PRIVATE LIFE
http://www.amazon.com/At-Home-published-Doubleday-Hardcover/dp/B00ES28K5I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1388991417&sr=8-3&keywords=bryson+history+home

28 Dec 2013

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