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Snapshots from my mind

thoughts that made sense at the time...

Updated: 2018-02-02T18:39:15.340-06:00


Why do you REALLY do what you do?


Seth nails it again with this post. I think that many of us would probably not like the answer if we were to really dive deep into trying to find out why we do what we do. While this post focuses on business - I think this can apply to our personal lives as well.

So what is it? Why do we do what we do?

Wise Words - about bridging gaps


"People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridge."

 "In love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged."

Both from Anonymous sources

Great marketing - James Bond style


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Why so quiet around here?


This blog has been badly neglected and become somewhat stale over the last several weeks.

If there are still any followers or readers out there, I thought I should maybe explain why. But before I do that I should maybe start with a story. Quite awhile ago I was lucky enough to land a job with a company that supplied MRO supplies in the mid-west. I was not qualified for this job and only got it because I was lucky enough to know someone who was in a position to put in a good word for me. While there, I learned a lot about myself and learned some principles that I still use. There was a small group of us that would meet at lunch time and go running to then justify the lunch stop at McDonalds. It was the hours spent on the track and over a Quarter-pounder with cheese that the principle of 'next step' really sank in. We would talk about what was going on in our lives currently both good and bad and every conversation then shifted to - so what is your next step? And then what are you doing about it?

 For many years my next step was to get my master degree. Which of course I kicked that can down the street because of many reasons, having children, finances, etc. Well that next step is finally happening. I have enrolled at Augsburg College and am thus far two classes down am making progress. Because of this new world of studying like crazy, writing papers and making time for team projects, this blog has and probably will continue to take a hit. I will attempt to post and link to things that interest me as time goes by, but it will be at a much slower pace then it has been in the past. I leave you with my favorite phrase from 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' that I often refer to.......

Wise words - Albert Einstein


"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

Awe - the creation process


This is such a great talk. I have heard people talk about that when you understand the 'behind the scenes' that the story, the film loses some of it's magic. For this talk, I would say that is not true. Rob gives a great walk through of how our brains work and we see things. Fascinating.

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Wise words - Thomas Paine


“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” - Thomas Paine, The Crisis

Feed off the passion


It is amazing how passion can spark others. This teacher, Steven Ritz, gives a passionate speech about teaching kids to grow and how that changes lives and the world. In the South Bronx. Watch, listen, and get inspired!

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Book review: Tough Guys and Drama Queens


This book is meant to be a guidebook to help parents navigate the difficult emotional and relational issues that come with having tweens and teens. There is so much that is changing in our world in regards to technology, communication, entertainment and culture in general, when you compound that with changing hormones and trying to figure out this strange middle ground between childhood and being an adult, it can be a very combustible combination.

 I loved this book! While it took a little while to get going, I thought that Mark spent a little too long emphasizing that the world has changed in this now digital age, the practical advice and the topics covered where spot on. By presenting major topics in both parenting styles to avoid and parenting styles/things to embrace, Mark lays out steps to develop and maintain a relationship with your child that will stand through the storms of the tween/teen years. This relationship is critical as you are ultimately trying to equip your child with the skills necessary to become a functioning adult.

Using stories that Mark has personally witnessed by being a youth counselor as well as just presenting the bigger picture, this is a great book to put into your parenting ‘toolkit’. I hope that I am able to actually put this information into practice and as my kids go through these years, be able to have successful kids and strong relationships with them in the end.

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This is cool....


And given the technology advances.......

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What are you doing to prepare for the future?


This is a moving talk. One that is personal and intense. But it also faces reality in the face and says, "even if the monster gets me, I won't go quietly". I know that we are genetically wired in some cases for things to go wrong. But what if we anticipated them and prepared?

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A great story is is the start....


There is also something to be said about how you present and communicate that story. Here is the story of Tesla:

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A desk to drool over......


Here is hoping that it would be ok to have liquid on it....  but this is one sweet looking desk that appears to integrate with your iMac. Granted these are just renderings, but someone should really get on this ASAP!

Check out the full story here.

Wondering about perceptions that might be wrong?


Wikipedia is such an awesome tool. It even houses a great list of common misconceptions that is nicely broke out by type and time period.

Check it out here....

And don't add oil when making noodles, it doesn't help them not stick and it will make sauce harder to adhere.....

Now it has become a verb....


And I might even be guilty of this..... Instagram it.
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Late thought on father's day.....


It is awesome when technology and life can come together in really amazing ways. Here Google gives and example of how that can happen.
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This is a wicked amazing backing for your iPhone.
Made from old skateboards.

See the process here:

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Get yours here. And you can buy me one too while you are at it.

Just slow it down


Somethings are cooler when you speed them up. Others when you slow them down. Way down.

This makes sweet skateboarding tricks look even more amazing. If I had any sense of balance, I would get getting a board out right now.....

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Link from ZeFrank

Very cool - old-school


This is a new moleskin that allows the notebook to be mailed. I like the concept of it and the tangibleness of notes. Imagine actually writing someone a note and sending it to them. By hand? Cool.

Want to be a better person?


Then you need to position yourself to be awed.
Do things that blow you away.

At least that is what this study says and it would seem to make sense.

Art displayed....


There is something that is awe inspiring about watching an artist do their art. It might be painting or dancing or whatever. This video gives you a quick view of what it takes to make a flamenco guitar.

Amazing and breath-taking.

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Mind = Blown


This is just awesome.

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An amazing life - told


I am sure by now you know that I love the TED talk series. They bring together amazing people who are doing or have done amazing things. These people are then given just a short time to tell their story, their accomplishment, what they want to inspire the world with. In all of the talks that I have watched, I am not sure that I have seen more communicated and shared then in this talk. It is the story of a man. A man of great passion and drive.

Watch and enjoy.
Be moved.
Be inspired.
Do something amazing.
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Story. What it is, and why we care.


Ken Burns is a great story teller. And at some level we are all writing, telling, plotting out our own story. There are great thoughts about story that Ken reveals here:

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Link from Echo hub