Saturday, December 31, 2005

Now this is a really "zen" machine...

In keeping with my artistic geeky side, Here are some pictures of a computer case mod that I just loved.
So, I plan on copying this concept for a machine of my own.

Japanese case mod view #1 Posted by Picasa

Japanese case mod view #2 Posted by Picasa

Japanese case mod view #3 Posted by Picasa

Japanese case mod view #4 Posted by Picasa

More details on the original version of this mod can be found at eXtremeTech

Is it time again to look back over another year?

Dang, that went fast!

2005 flew by. So in keeping with last year's review and look ahead here goes.

2005 was an interesting year.
- Storms ravaged. (repeat from 2004, not as deadly, thankfully).
- War continues. (crap, another repeat from 2004).
- The World Series, I have no idea who won nor do I care.
- My son turned 17 (he moved in with us) and his sister turned 12 (still at her mom's).
- personally survived several run-ins with real life. Embrace change.
- Continue to be loved by (and in love with) the most incredible woman on earth. (I think this is a repeatable process... woohoo!)
- No more sleepless nights but some really early mornings (yes, there's a difference!)
- still blogging
- not much TV, creating videos and watching/listening to podcasts
- built/rebuilt some PCs
- learning, enjoying every moment (what? another repeat! how boring!)

So, what is in store for 2006? I thought 2005 would be "a year with hope, love and peace". Well on some small scale this was true. I have hope that the people connected with my life will find love and peace. World-wide, it isn't lookin' so good.

Being the eternal optimist, I still hope that 2006 will bring hope, love and peace.

My personal plan is to create and publish some videos. Make a difference where I can. Just be in the moment. oohhhhmmmmmmm....

On a personal note, I am writing this at 7:30 AM (not 4 AM). Now, I call that progress! Are you still reading this? Well..... Thanks.

Here are my wishes for you (and me)...

live well, laugh often and love deeply

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The next chapter?

It looks like both this blog and yours truly are at a crossroad.

The blog has jumped around from personal images, words and musings to "digg" stories to reviews of products to whatever came to mind in the middle of the night. Perhaps it needs some focus.

As for me, well I am getting much older than I ever expected. Most likely this sense of age is influenced by my ever increasing forehead and a spot on the top of my head which appears to be racing forward to meet the new forehead real estate. It brings up an image of two lovers running towards each other across an open field (you know the perfume commercial moment). However, in this case when the lovers meet, all that is left is the open field... geez, thanks grandpa!

With the aging process, my thoughts turn more towards things like the Gates or Google Foundations and video blogging than the striving and stress of career and corporate "level ups".

So as an experiment, I will try out a more focused approach to both the blog and myself. If I can find an inexpensive way to provide a video journal on what is going on in and around me, then perhaps that will focus on what is important.

You know what? I think that What's Important Project is already having an affect on me.

Thanks for reading, listening and commenting.

film at eleven

Recently, I met a very interesting person by the name of Ken Chan. Ken lives in Australia. Specifically, Perth, Western Australia. The reason I contacted him was by sheer chance. The things that came together to produce this meeting are varied; scattered and yet all spliced together like a some unique tale.

First, I have a long term attraction towards Australia. Since way back in the 70's, I have wanted to live there. However, a lifetime of changes and other adventures have prevented that from happening.

Next, I have always had a goal of getting information, understanding or an awareness, to everyone about everyone. Yea, I know, cure world hunger while you are at it. Once again, you would need Sherman and Peabody's "way-back" machine to know the moment when this came into my life.

Next, way more recently, like so many people, I have been bitten by the "media" bug to produce video and share it with anyone, everyone. Of course, I am a noob on this front and as with most things will be self taught.

Next, video podcasting arrives on "my" scene with Rocketboom; Steve Garfield; Eric Rice; Michael Verdi and Ryanne Hodson. Michael and Ryanne provide inspiration and technical "how to" via freevlog.

hang in there! there really is a point to all this!

Next, Apple provides the video iPod (I know, Apple iPod with video). iTunes provides video podcasts. I am hooked. Searching for video content, I find an Australian podcast about what's important to people around the world.

Okay, as you can now understand, I was going to subscribe to this one!!!

So, of course onto the iPod it went. Later that same night, I watched each of the three videos. The subjects were entrancing and I replayed them over and over again to learn why they had an impact. Was it the content? Was it the split clips? Was it the fact they were made in Australia? Whatever it was I needed to contact the author.

Video 1
Video 2
Video 3

Since I had no idea how the multiple video images got put together into a single video, I asked Ken Chan how he did it. I figured he would blow me off. Clearly he was a professional and wouldn't have time for some guy from the States just out of the blue sending him an email, asking some stupid "noob" question.

To my surprise he wrote back AND answered my question.
In final cut pro using a lot of key-frames

I, of course, had no clue what the answer meant. But that's okay, I had a starting point.

There were two other lines in that same first email:

Are you interested in being a part of the what's important project? Or know of film makers who'd be into the idea?

Well, there you go! Yep, I was interested! I contacted Ken via Skype and have started lining up folks to interview, as well as telling everyone I meet, email, talk with or see about this project.

IF you are interested in this project, feel free to contact either me or Ken. If you feel so inclined, stop over at and follow the "The Process".

Who knows what will happen?

The guideposts for this project are:

  • We want to have the experience of Fun, Sharing, Professionalism and Creativity.

  • When we conduct the interviews, we want to feel related to the interviewee and have them enjoy the experience and continually remind them of what is most important to them.

  • The Experience of the interviewee - enjoyable, reflective, awakening, perspective.

  • The process should be easy to implement and consistent.

  • We want to maintain respect for our interviewees, what they want to omit and what their original intention in communication was.

  • The project is inquisitive, and explores the connections humans have, and the commonality we share, regardless of age, locality, race, culture.

You may not have the same connection with this project that I did, but

Think for one minute without speaking

- What is most important to you?
- What are you happy with?
- What upsets you about the world as it is?


Monday, December 19, 2005

Putfile - Susan Buice Fischerchicks

Susan is one half of the FEM (Four Eyed Monsters) duo. Her video is a better version of the Fischerspooner "Emerge" then the one the group produced.

Putfile - Susan Buice Fischerchicks

Simply put, it is quite captivating!


P.S. Susan and Arin's film project at Four Eyed Monsters

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Official: access gmail from your mobile..!!

yeah i know there have been other althernatives.. but now its official from google..!

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