Archive for March, 2009

Looking For Rhythm

I can try and act normal most of the time, but eventually my obsessive-compulsive tendencies are going to come out.  For the past few weeks, I’ve started giving in to my need for a daily routine.  Truth be told, routine makes me feel better and healthier and happier.  My days have looked somewhat like this:

  • Wake up, make coffee
  • Water / Check on the garden
  • Work out at the Cain Center
  • Go to work
  • Read news, facebook updates, twitter
  • If it’s early in the week – get ready for Wednesday, late in the week – prepare for Sunday
  • Come home around 5
  • Play with kiddos, make dinner
  • Catch up on TV with Erin (newest guilty pleasure: Dancing with the stars)
  • Do my best to get to bed before 10:30

It’s not glamourous, but routine makes me better.  There are always some changes, however if I have a plan, I find I can get a lot more done.  Here’s to living intentionally!


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Unleash Conference Main Sessions

It’s a little tricky, but you can watch the two main session from the Unleash Conference with Perry Noble at NewSpring.  Click on the “On-Demand” button, and then choose Unleash 2009.  From there, choose early or late, and you will be on your way.  Both are great talks from Perry.

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The Kindle Has Landed

Opening the Kindle package is akin to unveiling an iPod or MacBook Pro.  The perforated side of the box says “Once upon a time…” and the packaging inside has a cool Harry Potter at the Library feel.  And the sucker is thin….seriously thin.  Otherworldly thin.  I was able to do a little reading while I sat in the doctor’s office, and they hype is spot on.  The first two books I purchased were: Three Cups of Tea and Blue Parakeet.  If I could go back in time, I would have held out for Flickering Pixels until I bought the Kindle because that just seems like a natural fit.

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U2 Tour


That’s the set design for U2’s new tour to support No Line on The Horizon. The band will be going to outdoor venues to incorporate a new 360 degree stage.  Bono said this to MTVNews: “Every tour you’ve ever been to outdoors, you just see a big stack of speakers on the left, a big stack of speakers on the right and then this little stage.” Anyone you’ve ever seen outdoors [always sets up that same way], and why is that?” he continued. “The engineering is the way it is, ’cause unlike being at Madison Square Garden or an indoor venue, you can’t hang things. We’ve sorted this out. We have some magic, and we’ve got some beautiful objects we’re going to take around the world, and we’re inside that object. We’re hanging from that object, and it frees up those seats behind the stage. They may be the best seats.”  Only four North American dates have been anounced and they are not anywhere near Dallas, but more should be on the way.

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Superuseless Powers

Check out this blog that highlights a bunch of superpowers that would be totally useless.  The drawings and descriptions are great.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Float like a butterfly and sting like the bedside manner of Mother Teresa. As a superhero, sometimes you have to resort to violence. Too bad your ferocious fists instantly heal the damage you inflict. Whereas most punches would deliver a crushing Ivan Drago-like knockout. Yours leave your opponent feeling amazingly refreshed and rejuvenated. At least until he counters with an uppercut to your esophagus. 

Go from 20/20 to 20/plenty with this seemingly amazing gift of sight. But here’s the catch. Your see-throughiness is infinite and not at your discretion. 

So, perhaps you are seeking out survivors in a collapsed mineshaft. Scanning through the wreckage with your -ray eyes, you see through the rock pile. Then through the coal. The trapped miner’s clothes. His skin. His capillaries. His kidney. His bones. Back through his skin. Dirt. The upper mantle. Magma. The lower mantle. The outer core. The inner core. Again the outer core. The lower and upper mantles. Fossilized raptor dung. More dirt. A rice paddy in Miryang. A cumulus cloud. The Ozone layer. The Stratosphere. The Exosphere. Outer Space. A meteorite. The Orion Nebula. The Twin Quasar. Et cetera. 

In short, by seeing through everything you will essentially never see anything.

(ht to marko)

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Save The Daylight

Don’t forget to move your clock forward tonight.  If you do it precisely at 2am, I hear there is a flash of white light like the one from LOST.

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My friend: Paul Shafer

I wish I could say I was friends with the spectacle loving band leader on Late Night, but alas I am not. However, my friend Paul Shafer from Texarkana has a new song he wrote posted on his site.  I like it, and you should give it a listen.

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