Zen and the Art of Image Management

Most people these days don’t need more than their Facebook for managing their photos. Still, If you blog like I do you need as much halo as you can get with it. I have lots of advice and services to recommended but Flickr is the most basic foundation that every blogger could benefit from. flickr … Continue reading Zen and the Art of Image Management

Most people these days don’t need more than their Facebook for managing their photos. Still, If you blog like I do you need as much halo as you can get with it. I have lots of advice and services to recommended but Flickr is the most basic foundation that every blogger could benefit from. flickr … Continue reading Zen and the Art of Image Management

Larry Crowne (Movie Review)

Though the critics are slamming this movie, it’s not all bad. It will sell on VOD and show up on Netflix soon I am sure. It won no awards with me but some will like it for its silly nature.


Though the critics are slamming this movie, it’s not all bad. It will sell on VOD and show up on Netflix soon I am sure. It won no awards with me. If you plan to see it, I should warn you that Larry Crowne is no top shelf Tom Hanks or Julia Roberts film. Neither it is worthy of co-writer Nia Vardalos, for that matter. It is corny writing akin to an after school special only its audience is unclear. It could be middle aged or 20-somethings, I am not quite sure. It is lost on me. In truth, I do not care about the intended audience. I do wonder however who will get this film.

IMDB synopsis: “After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.”

Commmunity college is misrepresented along with human patterns of relationships. This film isn’t horrible though. It’s a vanilla way to bide your time in between meals. It will not teach you anything profound however about real tragedies like downsizing or foreclosure. It’s a happy message … phrases like “Grin and bear it” and “Just smile” come to mind. As long as you expect that crap, you may enjoy this little fling at junior college. (That makes it sound like more fun than it is)
[xrr rating=1.5/5]

The Riley Coyote Tattoo

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Tattoo….You?.” Do you have a tattoo? If so, what’s the story behind your ink? If you don’t have a tattoo, what might you consider getting emblazoned on you skin?


This is my right shoulder tattoo, my only tat for that matter. I got it when I was 30 in 2000. I was not in a relationship and got it to impress a girl who was in my teaching certificate classes. She had a few and was always talking about them before class. Did I get a date? Nope. 

The tat has remained for 16 years. It used to have colors that have faded. I chose Wile E Coyote because he’s always making schemes and plans that don’t work out. I admire his diligence though in that he always gets up and keeps trying. I’m now married to a much hotter woman. Lucky for me, she likes my tattoo. I feel bad for these people who tattoo ex lovers names on their bodies.

Blog Safari 7-13-2015

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lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown | Reflections on Life through poetry, essays and photos | http://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/07/13/foxgloves-flower-of-the-day/

Dave’s Movie Reviews: The Gallows | http://moviecriticdave.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-gallows.html

F is for Fanboys | A-Z Movie Challenge | https://azmoviechallenge.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/f-is-for-fanboys/

This Express Train Makes No Stops | The Return of the Modern Philosopher https://moviewriternyu.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/this-express-train-makes-no-stops/

The Fewcher | The Gad About Town http://thegadabouttown.com/2015/07/09/the-fewcher/

Is Predicting Behaviour Bad? #MondayMusings – Everyday Gyaan http://everydaygyaan.com/predicting-behaviour/

What the Flop? John Carter | Carly Hearts Movies http://carlyheartsmovies.com/2015/07/11/what-the-flop-john-carter/

Blogroll – How I Awakened a Sleeping Giant

Here is a blogging thought for Tech Tuesday. I hope to have a more universal tech topic next week. As it is, many who read my blog are other bloggers and this topic is heavy on my mind since I wrote about blogrolls yesterday. If you’re not a blogger, bear with me. The blogroll died … Continue reading Blogroll – How I Awakened a Sleeping Giant

Here is a blogging thought for Tech Tuesday. I hope to have a more universal tech topic next week. As it is, many who read my blog are other bloggers and this topic is heavy on my mind since I wrote about blogrolls yesterday. If you’re not a blogger, bear with me. The blogroll died … Continue reading Blogroll – How I Awakened a Sleeping Giant

Stay Curious My Friends

imageI’ve always wanted to see Ireland. One day, I hope to. Other friends in my vicinity have more exotic wanderlusts, like China or Borneo for example. For me, those places are a little scary, not to mention quite costly. Still, I want to go “farther out” with my curiosity. Everything seems odd when it hasn’t been experienced. Conversely, when you are familiar wit the “other,” it can become a favorite of yours, a close companion, even a place where you belong. With all the hue and cry over illegal immigration lately, I find myself encountering more and more xenophobia all around me. Facebook messages show poor people being shipped back on trucks to Central America and the caption reads “Go Home!” I find this sickening. I don’t think you should be allowed to voice an opinion until you have seen the conditions in the country they are fleeing. To them it isn’t a preference or a wanderlust, they are fleeing for their very lives. It’s really a spoiled attitude some Americans have and I wish it would stop. But back to topic.

I remember tasting sushi for the first time, I loved it! Most people I know who haven’t tried the “raw fish” say it’s disgusting. I remember trying Kun Pao Chicken in the early 90’s and loving the flavor. Back then, a lot of people told me I was odd for liking Chinese food. Little by little, customs and food come into our country from “afar” and it is a wonderful thing. I think we are at a point in American culture where it is time to embrace as much of the world’s ideas as possible. Some of ours are fading and actually failing in many ways. The more we replace the fear of the unknown with curiosity, the better chance we have as a country to survive. Xenophobia is alive and well and ain’t that a shame. I’ll open the comments to you with this question but feel free to “wander:” What favorite foods or customs have you admired from other countries? What do you think of the quote? Did it have an entirely different meaning to you than what I wrote about? If you’re a blogger, You might write about it and pingback here so others can read it.

Get Away Spend Big and Splurge

Chicago Style pizza night w Tatonka brews.

One day before Christmas I went out shopping with the intention of buying my wife UGG boots. Considering it was snowing that day, I went with a more practical option women’s rain boots. There is a time when practicality is good. More often than not it seems that sentimental=romantic. This is also true about taking your wife or date out to eat: spare no expense and watch magic happen.

This one goes out to the couples that are feeling somewhat “well done” with regards to the heat of life and it’s demands. Of course, the title has told you

I am recommending a small scale vacation as an antidote to the stress of life.

My wife and I went down to Irvine in one of those ruts to see an independent film. We had an awesome time and caught ourselves doing silly romantic things such as: holding hands, kissing too long, cuddling in our seats (with that arm rest thingie “up,” )  and other stuff you might see only people half our age doing. So, you might ask, what made it so much fun? Simple:

We went AWAY! We spent BIG! We SPLURGED!

I purposefully picked a theater 50 miles away. This opened our hearts and minds to a new place and therefore new experiences. We got lunch while down there, had some frozen yogurt, and generally enjoyed ourselves as we normally do close to home. There was one big difference:

The backgrounds were different!

My wife and I found that traveling outside our normal “stomping grounds” was very healthy for our relationship. That’s why I am recommending it to you. If you think the drive might be too much of a hassle, think again. Why not make a music mix of all your favorite songs, or better yet HER favorite ones. I think the magic of getting away is less of a cliche and more of a time tested reality in my life. I need to make the effort to get away with my wife as much as possible. I know it can be done on the cheap as well so don’t let financial constraints stop you.

This weekend or sometime soon, why not venture out of your town with your wife, husband, or significant other, wherever it may be and just get away. It could be to Disneyland or just a movie 50 miles away! I recommend you do it and watch what happens in your relationship. Food tastes better when you drive a while to get it! To answer the question below, I would drive as far as it takes to get the best food and have a great time on a date!

Some people eat to live, while others live to eat. What about you? How far would you travel for the best meal of your life?

Source: Live to Eat | The Daily Post

Papa Loves Mambo

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Papa Loves Mambo.” What sort of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What effect, (if any) did it have on your musical tastes?

1 (5)Music was flowing through the house more fluidly than water. The way my mom remembers it, my brother and I used to ride my dad’s Gibson guitar like a horse. I learned to play on that thing, carefully plucking the high 3 strings with a G note on the high E. It really was a G chord but before I took a lesson from my dad, it was just some ethereal staccato sound made into an open chord. When I teach younger kids guitar now, I always share that pattern of picking I discovered/invented on my own by simply “playing around” on my dad’s guitar.

Early on my parents exposed me to Kenny Rogers. He was my first real influence on playing and singing. I learned and performed “The Coward of the County” or my 4th grade talent show. For decades after that, people would tell me they remembered that. My parents were also big into John Denver, Jim Croce, James Taylor, and Neil Diamond. The poets/songwriter types were in heavy rotation but of course they played other music. Bluegrass came later and I learned the classic “Under the Double Eagle” that would be forever etched into my style. I owe a lot of my musical prowess and understanding to my parents but at about age 13 I began to explore my own favorite artists.

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day

That’s an old saying and it’s about having patience. What if you were Rome? Would you listen to that advice and have patience with your own growth? You ought to. We are all in process. I think we yearn for that feeling of completion when we try new projects or expectations of ourselves. The truth is however, we need time to complete most things we set out to do. For example, they don’t give High School graduates the high paying science jobs right?

Got a vision or desire to do something with your life? Congratulations … cherish it!

Relationships, college, reading a book, … these are just three things that take a while to complete. Other endeavors can take months or years longer at times, like adult acne, just to name one. Just because it takes a long time to treat, should a person not try? Patience here is the key. There can be great satisfaction in knowing where one wants to go. This is true despite the fact that things take time.

I think the best way to go through life is to learn to be thankful for goals and directions you make for yourself. They are really where accomplishment begins. If you can be “at peace” along the journey.

Bloggers from Whom I Learn the Most

Blogging as a genre, hobby, art form, or medium, whatever you wish to call it, is an umbrella over a wide wide array of writing “types.” Which ones do you learn the most from?

Below is a post I wrote mid 2007.  It’s funny how I still agree with some of this and other stuff I once swore off I now tend to do.  This is a cool by-product of blogging, you get to go back and read your own hopes, dreams, and goals to see if they’ve changed or not.

A while back I blogged about the people from whom I learn the most. Tonight I want to talk a little bit about the bloggers from whom I learn the most. Blogging as a genre, hobby, art form, or medium, whatever you wish to call it, is an umbrella over a wide wide array of writing “types.” Which ones do you learn the most from?  I have my favorite “types” on my Google Reader.  I spend a lot of time (my wife often tells me too much and she’s probably right) trying play my part in the game. I think of it as my “contribution” and whatever I do in my life I always aim to do right by my contribution. Anyway, as I peruse blogs and read posts out there in the vast nothingness, I learn what I like and what I don’t. I thought I’d list 5 and 5: 5 blogger “types” (no need to name names, though names exist!) that I glean things from and then 5 types that teach me what NOT to do.

First, Bloggers from whom I learn the most:

  1. Writers of short posts. Long posts, unless they are very well constructed . . . bore the hell out of me and I rarely finish them. If the title isn’t “amazing” then I will prboably move on before I even reach the end, ergot the point, of the post.
  2. Writers with a “#### you” attitude. The rugged individualist has always been my arch-typical hero in modern culture. The day I lose my attitude, is the day they’ll be lowering my casket into the ground. I identify with other bloggers who share that perspective.
  3. Bloggers with original layouts.
  4. Bloggers who post often.
  5. Bloggers who comment on my site and re-comment when I visit their blogs. Also those who respond in the form of a comment to comments on their posts.

TIP: Usually you can go back to check replies to your comments on other blogs by checking their “subscribe to comments” box. Sometimes they don’t have that feature. In that case, I have a dedicated folder on my bookmarks list where I save links to posts I comment on. This makes going back much easier and much more probable.

Second, Bloggers from Whom I learn what generally NOT to Do:

  1. Any blog on monetization, seo, or “how to grow your traffic.”
  2. Angry bloggers that never come up for air.
  3. Pity party posters.
  4. Careful bloggers who explain too much.
  5. AND . . . (of course you had to know this was coming) OVER-THE-TOP AD WIDGET FOLKS. (sorry, just callin’ it like it is!!!)

*If anyone feels personally attacked by this post, please don’t. I write posts of all these types. None of us will ever be perfect at this but I’m aiming at perfection anyway!

Be Deliberate with Conviction

The world is full of people, some of them are aimless while others have lofty ambition. It’s hard to know where to fit in. I like to think of myself as the latter but I see so many aimless people that seem happy in this world. Life is simple if you are lucky enough to … Continue reading Be Deliberate with Conviction

The world is full of people, some of them are aimless while others have lofty ambition. It’s hard to know where to fit in. I like to think of myself as the latter but I see so many aimless people that seem happy in this world. Life is simple if you are lucky enough to … Continue reading Be Deliberate with Conviction

Weekendend

I have no affinity for Sunday nights. I do have a couple 3 day weekends in February, so those Sundays will be nice. I’m a firm believer that relaxation breeds creativity and productivity. If employers believed this, weekends would last longer than 2 days. It was a wonderful weekend and I am set to have the best Monday of my life.