Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Update: or not :(
That's the nature of secret animations, they appear and are pulled down faster than you can write about them. But now that the cat is out of the bag, it is bound to re-appear. When it does then it will be properly linked. Until then check out pics from the short here:
Monday, August 30, 2010
Derek Sivers dives deeper into the Talker mentality and gives a wonderful, short presentation on why talking about your goals is actually detrimental to completing them:
By telling others about their goals, the Talker receives the satisfaction of "completing" the goal without actually doing it. They tell a friend they have decided to lose 50 lbs and everyone congratulates them on it before they even start losing weight. They then may begin the process of losing weight but after a few weeks give up because (well, one reason) mentally they've already received the kudos from those around them; a satisfaction usually reserved to those who have actually completed their goals. (my recommendation: post to your goals to a blog, receiving comments on a post is a lot different than verbal congratulations, and the persistent and public nature of the blog should inspire you to keep going)
Get Rich Slowly also breaks down the steps to convert yourself from a Talker to a Doer:
So the next time you set out to do something, ask yourself if you want to be a Talker or a Doer and then go out and conquer (but possibly keep it to yourself)!
- Make time for the things you want to do. One of the keys to getting things done is setting aside time for the things you want to accomplish. You have to make time to get stuff done. As the Kevin J. Anderson article I mentioned above demonstrates, you don’t just become a best-selling author or an Olympic athlete. Talking doesn’t make it so. You have to carve out time to do this stuff. You have to put your Big Rocks first and fit the small stuff in around them.
- Have a goal in mind. I truly believe that the biggest reason I used to struggle with getting stuff done is that I didn’t have any sort of plan. I had no goals. Goals give you purpose. It wasn’t until I became committed to digging out of debt that I was able to actually start moving in the right direction. Part of my current problem is that I’ve recently achieved a bunch of big goals, but now have nothing planned for the future.
- Don’t take on too much. While it’s important to set goals, don’t take on too many tasks at once. I try to set just one or two major goals at a time. Any more and I find I can’t pursue any of them effectively. This year, my one goal is to lose 50 pounds. I’m on pace to do that. Why? Because I don’t have anything else on my schedule competing for time. This is my Big Rock.
- Don’t let failures deter you. This is huge. One of the reasons I used to talk so much without acting is that I was afraid of failure. I’m not sure where I learned to be afraid of defeat, but that’s the way I was. And when I did try something but failed, I’d give up. This is no way to get stuff done. Talkers let fear of failure keep them on the sideline; Doers overcome fear and move on, and when they fail, they simply try again.
- Don’t find reasons that something can’t be done; instead, find ways that something can be done. This is a pet peeve of mine. I hate when people come to me for advice, but when I give it, they tell me all of the reasons it won’t work for their circumstances. (This often happens when I suggest people take a second job to boost their income, for example.) One of the biggest difference between successful people and those who aren’t is that the successful don’t make excuses. If something looks difficult or impossible, they find ways to make it happen anyhow.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Anyways, Penn and Teller recently did a piece on Vaccines and they put it far more bluntly than I ever could: Even if what was said was true about vaccines (it is not) those risks are far better than the thousands of deaths and disabled children caused by not vaccinating.
You can find the entire show here and here (warning, some harsh language and random nudity at the very end)
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Since I always have my phone on me I know if I come across something I need to remember, or just have a random good idea to follow up on at later time, I can open the app and note it for later. It also recognizes text in images so if you take a photo of an sign (such as a UPC code of a gift item) you can run a search for it later to easily recall the note. Some of the notes I've created so far:
- Gift ideas for others and myself (if you see something you want or someone else will enjoy, photograph to use come the holidays)
- Conversation reminders for the next time I call a person ("oh, I need to talk to them about that")
- Document the changes in my To-do list dry erase board each week
- Photo of a restaurant that I should try the next time I am in the city
- Note a website link that I want to access when I am out (such as a specific computer to buy at Fry's)
- Photos of artist names in movie credits to look up their blogs
- Take a photo of an outfit that may look good on me the next time I go clothes shopping
- Note animation ideas and possible dialog pieces to analyze
- Photo of my car in a large parking lot to easily find it again
- Website links for blog topic ideas
- Photo of my printer so I can remember exactly what type of ink to get next time I am in a store
As a note taking option Evernote is awesome. If I were still in school it would help immensely for research papers and other project tasks. It is great for documenting ideas that you have on the spot, and a good resource to remind yourself of specific details when you are away from home. But as a day to day task manager it doesn't quite meet my goals, so instead I had to turn to another program which I will post about later after I've tested it more. If you constantly find yourself coming up with ideas and are nowhere near a pen and paper (or computer) to jot them down, I highly recommend adding Evernote to your repertoire of productivity suites!
Friday, August 20, 2010
At home, Elliot was beginning to stand up and suddenly wanted to be included in everything we were doing. He has become so expressive in the last few months!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
We began my July trip with the always-dependable MarbleWorks set up. While the 2 year old still isn't able to figure out the physic of building an awesome marble tower, she is able to make a mean tube and pretend to be an elephant. Afterwords we celebrated Rae's 4th birthday by creating an awesome train cake. While the girls loved building the cake, many of the edible decorations disappeared before they could be placed on the cake and the girls weren't very hungry when it was time to indulge in it. Regardless, the journey is part of the fun! Then, like any good animator, I gave Rae her presents which consisted of dolls from Toy Story 3 and the Disney Princess line. We had a blast playing with them outside, although the dolls may say otherwise (especially after being thrown 20 ft in the air).
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The ending statistic of the number of families who eat together for family time is a little depressing though...
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Anyways, while I may have an issue with a few sites exploitation of uninformed artists, I definitely do not have an issue with the encouragement for creating art and showing it to the world. Especially creative pop art. Below are a few of my favorite, hilarious art samples from various shirt sites (many of which are also collected here). Many of these contain references to characters and situations from the 80's and 90's (the timeframe today's creative internet users grew up in), so if you don't get the reference just ask a twentysomething.
Monday, August 9, 2010
After the graduation everyone congregated in the lobby and celebrated! Hundreds of almuni and friends flew in from around the world for this event and with everyone seeing each other in person for the first time the excitement was palpable! Drinks were had, poses were photographed, people were embarrassed. Overall it was a successful Graduation!
Next up... the BBQ!