Thursday, June 30, 2005

Strong Bad E-mails

About 2 times a month, there is a new e-mail... you should try watching them.

bye bye for now!

ok, i think he is winding down now... wonder when dinner is? anyways, tootles for now.

Hitch your wagon to a star

This is a really random quote that I felt i should post. It means to live life to the fullest and never underestimate your strength, knowledge, and ability to succeed. I live by this very quote:

"Hitch your wagon to a star" ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Game Junkie

In Cincinnati, there is a privately owned game store called Game Junkie that all my friends and I hang out at. They have very relaxed policies there and we are all good friends with the employees and the owner. We go there just to hang out, drink Bawls and play games we don't even own.


Everbody who actually takes the time to post something here should also take the time to update their profile. At least add your first name, or some interests, and a picture if you can. It takes no time whatsoever.

What is an enigma?

In every colour there's the light.
In every stone sleeps a crystal.
Remember the Shaman, when he used to say:
"Man is the dream of the dolphin".


My favorite store in the world is hastings. Its kinda like an FYE or something. Y'know, w/ books, music, movies, coffee, anything in the media. Its my place to hang out. I view it as a physical representation to the much information, so many ideas to be had, so much inspiration sitting in one room that the possibilities are endless....almost frightens one. I love it. Check out places like this in your area. They're there, just look for 'em and never limit yourself again.

Strange Things...

I really couldn't think of anything to post, but I thought this would possibly be interesting for a few people if only for a matter of seconds. Click Here

any happy tree friends fans?

just wondering.... funny stuff. you can watch it at warning, twisted senses of humor only! cartoon animals meet their doom!! hilarity ensues!! the link has arrived!

tech talk #13 FOREVER!!

lol, #13 gonna win it all! GO #13!!

First Post!

The charismatic/enigmatic folks at mediawave (my local video store) have always been great people whom I admire very much, for their comical take on life, and the customers in their very store. They are in fact so awesome, that the sheer amount of hilarity that ensues when small children cause a disturbance in their store has been known to blister ones retinas. their blog can be found at

It has always reminded me of the movie clerks, in which two witty employees of a local convenience store/ movie rental store converse over the misadventures of their customers.

find below two of my very favorite quotes, this one is from Jordan.

"I wanted to beat the hell out of those kids, my god. GET CONTROL OF YOUR KIDS OR GET OUT OF THE STORE YOU JACKASS."

and this one is from drew.

"I wanna punch fat kids"

Robot Man

Dr. Robert J. Full and his team of colleagues have discovered a way to create 6-legged robots... they study insects! They study the way that they move. They also study how geckos can climb.

Click here to see his work.

Also try clicking here to read a article about Full's work.


Ya, um... it just kinda had to be done ya know. You can't have acommunal blog without someone typing things in all caps every now and again.

Nae saian luume'
Oio naa elealla alasse'
Lissenen ar' maska'lalaith tenna' lye omentuva

It has been too long
Ever is thy sight a joy
Sweet water and light laughter till next we meet

Elvish is cool

We Rule (with pictures)

Tech Talk group #31, Enough said

on the topic of web comics....

a buddy of mine from back home likes to draw and animate and whatnot. his comic is at check it out if you feel like it...

hey look at the exit sign!

it's green! and lights up! wHoA!


lol, online speak 4eva! WOOTS for life!! VV :D



It is good to know that, y'know, online talk is terrible. I mean just look at it. Then look at me. Compare the obvious difference. As you can see I am far superior to any online speak behavior. Anyways, I'd advise all mortals to y'know, avoid using such speaking behavior, especially in real life, because that's just plan silly, sheesh. AIM is y'know incredibly popular and is obviously corrupting our speech. We must put a stop to many online terms especially like, mad propz... that's just weak yo. And AZN who came up with that? that sucks, its detrimental to society. Science has proven that such spelling as AZN will lead to the destruction of every living being on the planet. This is similar to fossil fuels which should also be avoided because it is evil. Solar power is a far more superior solution, kind of like myself. The superior solution, man that is so cool.

A Tip for then Blogger Within...

If you ever need some media our anything else for that matter to just Blog about I suggest downloading a web browser called Firefox. This will give you easy access to a thing called XML.

Basically this lets you recieve feeds, or links, to constantly updated information such as the 'Latest Headlines' or 'New Images'. Just check out the help sections and you can start checking out a daily dose of whatevertheheckyoufeellikelearningabout.

I suggest a spoonful of sugar to help the media go down.

Web Comics

An increasingly popular trend on the web today is the rise of many web comics. Many web comics deal with the field of technology and video games. I have three personal favorites: Penny Arcade follows the shenanigans of Gabe and Tycho in their everyday geek lives. VGCats by Scott Ramsoomair follows the exploits of two cats and their experiences with video games. Finally, Digital Purgatory, a collaboration between Scott Ramsoomair and Nix Karcel, gives an interesting view of the life of two IT guys working in an office building full of less than intelligent computer users.

Picture of NYLF Bloggers

random funnies...

funny stuff a friend gave me....

If a schizophreniac threatens suicide, is it declared a hostage situation?
Duct tape is like the force, it has a Light side and a Dark side and it holds the Universe together.
Save a tree. Eat a beaver.
If you choke a Smurf, what color will it turn?
Some people hear voices... some see invisible people... others have no imagination whatsoever.
9 out of the 10 voices in my head agree that i'm sane.
If history is bound to repeat itself, bring on the beheading.
That which doesn't kill you... will probably try again.
The 50-50-90 Rule: anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

The Media and You

Lately the media has contained numerous reports on the current events in the world, some very true, others embellished upon. Whenever I read the newspaper, or watch the news for that matter, I always keep in mind this quote by Mark Twain:

"It has become a sarcastic proverb that a thing must be true if you saw it in a newspaper. That is the opinion intelligent people have of that lying vehicle in a nutshell. But the trouble is that the stupid people--who constitute the grand overwhelming majority of this and all other nations--do believe and are moulded and convinced by what they get out of a newspaper, and there is where the harm lies."

(Found on

Seth Godin's 20 Things

Seth Godin listed 20 things that are good to know when growing up.
First 5 here:
1. How to type.
2. How to speak in front of a group.
3. How to write clear prose that other people actually want to read.
4. How to manage a project.
5. The most important lessons from American history.

Peanut Butter and Life

My friend once told me that he felt that his life was like a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich, only that, after he had spread the peanut butter on the bread, there was no jelly in the fridge. He felt that his life was missing a key part of it, and that he had no idea where this part was, or if he did know, how he should recognize it. I guess life is like that sometimes. We all try so hard to achieve happiness, either through our work or studies or personal relationships that, sometimes, we miss out on a part of it. I've often felt the same way that my friend has, and have always wondered what it was that life was missing. After considering it, I assume that, life is only missing the things that we let it miss. My friend never searches for what his life was missing. Only complains that he's missing his jelly. After several personal changes in my own life, I have felt compelled to constantly search, whether internally or externally, for what I may be lacking. I haven't found it yet. I may never find it. But a life where I at least search for what it is I need seems better than only waiting for it to come to me.

The World in A Nutshell


1. Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.
2. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
3. A day without sunshine is like, well, night.
4. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
5. Back up my hard drive? How do I put it in reverse?
6. I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.
7. When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.
8. Seen it all, done it all. Can't remember most of it.
9. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.
10. I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
11. He's not stupid -- he's electroencephalographically challenged.
12. She's always late. In fact, her ancestors arrived on the "Juneflower."
13. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted and used against you.
14. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.
15. Honk if you love peace and quiet.
16. Pardon my driving, I'm reloading.
17. Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?
18. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
19. It is hard to understand how a cemetery can raise its burial costs and blame it on the higher cost of living.
20. Just remember if the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.
21. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
22. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try and pass them.
23. You can't have everything. Where would you put it?
24. Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world population.
25. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.
26. The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those who got there first.
27. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking.
28. Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.
29. The shin bone is a device for finding furniture.
30. It was recently discovered that research causes cancer in rats.
31. Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter since nobody listens.
32. I wished the buck stopped here, as I could use a few.
33. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
34. When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of 12 people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
35. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak

IT Conversations

Best Podcasts around for IT stuff: IT Conversations

Skating to where the puck will be

I stole the title of this post from John Robb a friend of mine writing an interesting blog from the East Coast. Originally Wayne Gretzky said it when asked why he was such a good hockey player.

Things that are going to be big in a very short time: Personal Fabrication or in Multiplayer Online Game that creates their own worlds: Second Life

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Mission to Mars

Just saw the schedule of the NYLF event (unfortunately it is not online).

My session is in paralell to :
Human Missions to Mars: Planning the Trip of a Lifetime

I think that is not fair. Mission to Mars is of course so much cooler than making sure you have the pointers to find your fullfilling life.

How many people will actually go to Mars? How many will go out of my session and have created a post to share with everyone? Hopefully Everyone.

Monday, June 27, 2005


Not everyone has a straight forward life growing up. Get a different perspective by getting to know people and their stories beyond your own school the area you grow up or even the US.

Chasse a friend of mine is helping out kids in a poorer Daily City neighborhood. With her help they created little videos of their life. Check them out, they are coming from the heart.

Here is a little selection: Video One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, All.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Biggest Fear

Traveling a lot lately I have seen Coach Carter twice. It is a bit sappy and painted a bit thick for my taste. There too, only after they have their day job school on an O.K. level were they allowed to follow their passion basketball.

Carter asked them over and over: " What are your biggest fear?". Until one student comes back and says:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most
frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented,
and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your
playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about
shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant
to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is
within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own
light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we
are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
I thought: Wow, that is deep. That can't come from the authors of the movie. Turns out it is from a speech by Nelson Mandela and was originally written by Marianne Williamson. [Correction: Nelson Mandela never used the quote.]

P.S. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for over 40 years. He came out of it and didn't have an Axe to grind, that puts him up there with the saints. His autobiography Long Walk to Freedom is available on the internet and very inspirational:
When I walked out of prison, that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed
and the oppressor both. Some say that has now been achieved. But I know that
that is not the case. The truth is that we are not yet free; we have merely
achieved the freedom to be free, the right not to be oppressed. We have not
taken the final step of our journey, but the first step on a longer and even
more difficult road. For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but
to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. The true test
of our devotion to freedom is just beginning.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

School as Day Job

When I asked for good recommendations for this session Tim Freeman linked to Paul Graham's talk What you'll whished you'd known. I think it is excellent. Read it. The thing that stuck in my mind was treat School as Day Job:

If I had to go through high school again, I'd treat it like a day job. I
don't mean that I'd slack in school. Working at something as a day job doesn't
mean doing it badly. It means not being defined by it. I mean I wouldn't think
of myself as a high school student, just as a musician with a day job as a
waiter doesn't think of himself as a waiter. [3] And when I wasn't working at my
day job I'd start trying to do real work.

Do the necessary things to be good in school and focus the rest of the time on what you really want to do. It's a great mind set.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005


Quotes I stumbled over at my friends' Accelerating Times:

"In a time of change, it is learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves well equipped to live in a world that no longer exists." — Eric Hoffer"

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than those you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Give yourself away to the sea of life." —
Mark Twain

Tuesday, June 21, 2005


There are ~ 31,557,600 seconds in a year. Life expectancy in the US is ~ 77 years which are 924 month or 28,124 days or 674,982 hours or 40,498,920 minutes or 2,429,935,200 seconds. You are about 13 years old your 410,248,800 seconds have already passed never to come back.

Troy Gardner's email signature is:

How you live your seconds, is how you live your days, is how you live your life.

Are we putting our seconds to good use? How should we live our seconds? We make choices every day.

My personal goal is to live a rich and fulfilled life. My choices are guided by the following principles (and I don't claim that these are the right ones for everyone):

  • Active over passive: Play ball instead of watch ball.
  • Live versus canned: Go see a rock concert versus watch one on TV.
  • Create versus consume: Bake a cake instead of buy a cake.
  • Together with friends or family versus alone.
  • For a good cause.

These are only guiding principles. Sometimes it is great to relax and just get entertained by good movie alone, but make it a conscious choice. Reflect every day about how you spend your time and what to do better the next 86,400 seconds.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Links to Good To Know Things

If there are things that are good to know, that help you grow up, and aren't we all still growing up? Please post a comment.

The Students and I will greatly appreciated it. If you want to be added as a contributor write that too and I will send an invitation.

On the 30th of June I will present as many of these tips as I can cram into 40 minutes and the rest of the 1.5 hours I want the students themsleves to post their own tips for their peers.

I am really courious about how this will play out.

Inspired by the Greats

Read biographies of people that have achieved something big. Even better listen to tell it in their own words. One of the best examples is Steve Wozniak the force behind the Apple II. Listen to it from IT Conversations Brilliant in hardware as well as in software. His stories are really eye opening. (Others I like a lot: SIMs inventor Will Wright and Dough Engelbart there is also a video of his Future Salon presentation available on the Internet Archive)

Get inspired not discouraged by these exceptional biographies, they have tones of tips on why they got where they are now: Passion for what you are doing and discipline to really make it happen are only two of them.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Young Achievers

Even being young, you may be more capable then you think

There are examples in the history where amazing leadership was shown already in a very early age. Example is Admiral David Farragut who was a naval officer during the American Civil War.

When only 12 years old, he was given command of a prize ship taken by USS Essex, and brought her safely to port.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Flow is a very interesting concept. And as usual Wikipedia to the resuce if you want to make yourself familiar with it:
With flow the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi names the feeling of complete and energized focus in an activity, with a high level of enjoyment and fulfillment.

Although with the day to day living I often forget this, but FLOW is my target state of being. The thing I strive for being in. If you are in flow, you are fulfilling your own potential.

Monday, June 13, 2005

7 Habits

Steven Covey has studied highly effective people and distilled the essence in this book: 7 Habits of highly effective people.

Here they are with links from Leadership U:
A New Level of Thinking
The Seven Habits -- An Overview
Habit 1
Be Proactive: Principles of Personal Vision
Habit 2
Begin with the End in Mind: Principles of Personal Leadership
Habit 3
Put First Things First: Principles of Personal Management
Habit 4
Think Win/Win: Principles of Interpersonal Leadership
Habit 5
Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Habit 6
Synergize Principles of Creative Communication
Habit 7
Sharpen the Saw: Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal
Inside-Out Again
Final Thoughts