Friday, November 30, 2007


As Sank recently wrote in a blog post, is truly the superstore of online shopping, as illustrated by this.

The twin cities, fortunately, are safe from Sank The Evil Scientist, since he's sworn off shopping at Amazon.

Be sure to read the "Customer Reviews", too. Very funny. As are the "Customers Who Bought this Also Bought..." section. Seriously, why are two "Rectal Douches" listed there?

And I love the fact that somebody is selling this product "Used".

The Amazon listing that keeps on giving...

Mental Health Survey

"Fifty-eight percent of Republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43% of independents and 38% of Democrats. This relationship between party identification and reports of excellent mental health persists even within categories of income, age, gender, church attendance, and education." – The Gallup Poll, on a study of self-reported mental health among Republicans, Democrats and independents.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

And there is still time to text message a Thanksgiving message to America's men and women serving in the military.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Doing What You Love

Long, but good, piece on "doing what you love" for a living, by Paul Graham. Be sure you have several minutes to really read and concentrate on it.

Here's a nugget that stood out:

"The test of whether people love what they do is whether they'd do it even if they weren't paid for it—even if they had to work at another job to make a living.

Monday, November 19, 2007

24 in 1994

Jack Bauer has gotta disarm this bomb...challenge is it's 1994:

Friday, November 16, 2007

ASL Website

The website for the feature film I worked on earlier this year is now up! It includes a ton of info and two trailers that were cut for initial promotion. Watch the first one closely for my wife's cameo, she walks around a corner with a teenage girl to console another crying woman.

The film is now in the hands of the feature editor, we hope to see a rough cut of it around mid-December. Excited to see how it is coming together!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Rudy's First Ad

Rudy Giuliani released his first TV spot today. Nice looking spot where he talks about his work as NY Mayor. He's running it just in New Hampshire at this point.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Clever Web Video

About the writer's strike:

Friday, November 09, 2007

Portland Light Rail: Crime Map

Yeah, this map of crime at Max Light Rail stops ain't gonna increase ridership.

Happy Birthday US Marines

And a particular shout out to my nephew, Aaron Duren, of the USMC.

Happy 232nd
Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Cultivating Selective Ignorance: Timothy Ferriss Interview

I just finished a teleconference (free, too, found it online) about business blogging with author Debbie Weil, who wrote the Corporate Blogging Book (cheap at Amazon right now, just bought it). Visiting her blog, I found this entry about Timothy Ferriss, author of The Four Hour Work Week (also just bought, cheap, at Amazon).

In Debbie's blog entry she talks a little about Tim's approach, but the best part is the video segment where he talks about "cultivating selective ignorance". Basically, we're too wired and too connected and we let it consume us. He says, let it go, you'll survive!

I didn't a little of this myself and it scared the crap out of me for about a day. Let me explain: catching up on Chief Running Miles' blog I saw that he had cleaned out his email inbox based on an approach he'd read someplace (read his blog to learn more). It challenged me to do the same. I am the biggest email packrat, always have been. Since I am an "out of sight out of mind" kind of person I leave emails in the inbox "just in case" I'll need them. In gmail it is so easy to Archive them that really there is no excuse not to. In my personal box I had over 500 emails, in my work box over 700.

So I got to work and archived everything. Yesterday, I was down to one unopened item in my work box, and four in my personal box. It was seriously liberating. Now, I make it a challenge to deal with what ever is in there quickly, respond, archive or delete. Presently, I am at 11 in the personal box and eleven in the work one. Need to get cracking on getting that number back down.

Which brings me to my next goal: Can I set 2-3 times a day which are the ONLY times I check my email? Say 10A, 3p and once at night? This is one of the things Ferriss mentions. I don't have an email notifier turned on, so that helps. But being in front of my computer a lot during the day makes it often just too easy to quickly check and respond (and thus be a slave to email).

I'll see if I can pull it off.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Big Duck Win!

Incredible, amazing, and BIG win for the Ducks today! And I had the opportunity to see it in person. Ducks were in control all game long. Offense was solid, quickly jumping out to a 21-3 lead. But the defense was awesome. Held a good ASU offense to 13 pts in the first half and 10 pts in the second. And the ASU offense is very good, they can score quickly. But we shut them down, and sacked Devil QB Rudy Carpenter an incredible 9 times! It was a blast. At the left, fans storm the field at the end of the phone to blame for the lack of photo quality. (You can get some blow by blow reactions from the game on my Twitter page and Twitter log on the right).