Saturday, July 10, 2010

TomTom's Voice Recording Sessions with Yoda and Darth Vader

I always am checking out advertising, marketing and videos in general to see what creative things companies are coming up with. Tomtom did a nice job with these videos, playing on the voice recording sessions for their new features allowing customers to have Yoda, Darth Vader, C3P0 and more tell you how to get to your destination. Enjoy!

Friday, July 9, 2010

The cuter side of Marvel

Found this artist, Chris Umenga, that has a one of a kind spin on comic book characters. These are some of my favorites.

Which one is your favorite? I'm probably leaning on Captain America because the vintage look is pretty cool for a guy who gets frozen in the bottom of the ocean after WWII and then thawed out to save the world in modern day times.

Monday, May 3, 2010

A Day of Heroes

I haven't posted a blog for some time, but I wanted to start adding a few here and there to run some tests for my Google Analytics account as well as to entertain those few who like updates on my happenstances.

I rescued Donut from our neighbor's foreclosed house after she had been stuck in there for 3 or 4 days. Long story but if you're interested comment.

Second, I read this incredible story about one kid's Make A Wish dream. Hundreds of locals helped stage a full out superhero adventure for the kid, involving everything from super villains, rescues, blocked roads, and more.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Twitter, Facebook's Red Headed Step Child

When I first heard of Twitter I thought it was a lame excuse for another status line on top of Facebook.  I made an account mostly because Dell wanted us to have one, and that was the end of it I thought.

Fast forward to a few days ago.  I'm driving to ASU and am listening to Johnjay Rich and Carrie, (Yes Carrie needs recognition too.) and they bring up Twitter.  Rich and Carrie start telling Johnjay about it, telling him it is going to see major growth.  I'm thinking too myself, "Why?" 

The answer.  Celebrities.  

Carrie is the celebrity gossip master and has found that many of the celebrities she follows also have their own Twitter accounts.  I'm now thinking, "So what, celebrities had Myspace accounts and we all know where that is headed."

But Twitter is different.  Celebrities are interacting with fans and the public in a way I have not seen anywhere else.  For instance, Shaq on his Twitter is often telling people where he is about the day, through posting updates through his Blackberry.  He'll say something like, "At NYPD pizza, tap me on the shoulder and I'll give you tickets."  

About two hours ago he posted this joke, "A Rastaman walks n2 a bank & hands the teller a bag of weed. She says "Sir, what is this 4?" Da Rasta said, "Mi wan open a joint account!"

Another tweeter told him his joke sucked so Shaq and him are going back and forth trying to one up the other on jokes.

Another example is Ashton Kutcher.  Today I watched some of his personal videos he took with his phone of a Cheetah coming into his office for a shoot.  Him and Demi are constantly tweeting to the public.  

If you are a fan of the Office you can tweet with Rainn Wilson.  

Here are some of the people I am following.  Come join Twitter, it takes far less time than facebook and has some pretty interesting things to see.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

TED my new favorite addiction

About three months ago I was introduced to TED by my manager at Livescribe.  She had posted a video on classical music from this site and it was interesting, even though I don't consider myself classical music's biggest fan.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design.  For over 20 years they have been holding a conference in California bringing in some of the brightest and creative minds in these fields.  Their mission is simple, spread ideas.

There is literally something for everyone, from creative story telling using emoticons, to the latest in technology design in linking everyone's photography.

Here are a couple links to one's I found interesting to get you started.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Just how different are McCain and Obama's Health Care Plans

Today I was looking at each of the candidate's own sites to get a better picture of their stand on the issues. It was interesting to see some of the similarities and differences, but the Health issue is a big one for me as a two time cancer survivor.

So to begin, here are where the two agree.

Problem: Both candidates agree that health costs have risen significantly and that we have too many Americans who are underinsured or not insured at all.

Objectives of Health Plan: Both candidates want to have health care available to all, with no conditions set. Both plans want health insurance to be portable, soften the load on pre existing conditions, and lower drug prices. They also would show support for small businesses, and implement technology more efficiently. They both allow the state flexibility and want medical liability reform.

There are a few differences in each of their plans.

In general, Obama goes into more detail about the benefits and support of his plan.

Obama would make it so no American would be turned away from ANY INSURANCE PLAN due to illness or preexisting conditions. This is important to me since Callie and I both have gone through alot of medical care in our lives and would be lost if we couldn't get coverage due to any pre-existing conditions they deem pertinent.

John McCain says he would, "work with governors to develop a best practice model that states can follow - a Guaranteed Access Plan or GAP - that would reflect the best experience of the states to ensure these patients have access to health coverage. One approach would establish a nonprofit corporation that would contract with insurers to cover patients who have been denied insurance and could join with other state plans to enlarge pools and lower overhead costs." So under his plan it would ultimately come down the the state whether we would get accepted or not.

Obama would implement his plan in a similar way Congress already gets their health coverage. Alot of people think this means everyone would get free coverage, but several will still pay premiums, deductibles, and copays. Under his plan they would be more affordable.

John McCain's plan is not specific. He lists similar objectives as Obama for health care but doesn't explain how he'll do that. As far as action he just says, "An important part of his plan is to use competition to improve the quality of health insurance with greater variety to match people's needs, lower prices, and portability." One of the problems with this is the current lack of competition in health care. Two companies dominate one third of the national market (“Statement of the American Medical Association to the Senate Committee on the Judicary, United States Senate”(September 6, 2006). Testimony.) In addition there have been over 400 mergers in the last 10 years.

McCain plans on paying for his plan by taxing the individuals instead of the buinesses on the value of the health insurance.

Obama will pay for his plan by rolling back the Bush tax cuts for Americans earning more than $250,000 per year and retaining the estate tax at its 2009 level

Another difference is how Obama plans to move the health care standard up from keeping medical records on paper to putting them in electronically. He also will allow Americans to buy Perscription Drugs from outside the country if they are safe and cheaper.

In general, Obama is allowing Americans a cheaper and guaranteed form of Health Insurance for all Americans that will not tax us unless we make over $250,000 a year. John McCain wants us to be able to find our own insurance and will make it so even those who currently have trouble will get help.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Chronicles of Donut: Here We Go Again!!!

September 12th I was home cleaning the house when I noticed a snot like drip coming out of Donut's rear.  I was kind of surprised and new Donut was pregnant so I immediately called Callie to find out if she knew what that meant.  She said it might mean she was going into labor soon.  I continued to call the vet and look online and sure enough they both said when a cat discharges a mucus plug they are going to go into birth in a day or two.  

Here is the continuing saga of the Chronicles of Donut. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Livescribe Savings and Freebies

Livescribe is kicking off a couple different promotions this week where they will begiving away their Pulse Pen. The first event is Target's After Hours Party. The Target at Tempe Marketplace is closing and reopening Thursday night from 10:30pm to 12:30am just for ASU students. Pulse is making its presence there through the "Tap to Win" promotion. We are passing out flyers that could win you a free Pulse Pen. Just take it to me or one of the Target Brand Ambassadors with the Pulse Pens.

The next event is ASU's Back to School Passport Event. Again, Livescribe is going to be present. We are raffling off 10 2GB Pulse Pens, so come by our table at the SRC Maroon Gym, watch a demo, play with the pen yourself, and fill out a raffle ticket to win for yourself.

If you can't come to these events or don't win a pen but still want one, you can enter my scribe id code at SCRIBE5A03. The pen has been a great tool. If you have any questions I'd love to answer them.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Chronicles of Donut: We Call Her Mulet

Welcome back to the next segment from the Chronicles of Donut. As many of you who have visited in the last month or so may have noticed, Donut has experienced some changes. This is the story behind the transformation from Donut to Mulet.

Once upon a time Donut was a pretty, cuddly, little, kitten. She showed all the potential of being a wonderful pet, even for a cat. She would run, jump, play, and eat bugs like a good cat, and we were very pleased. She had it all, the looks, the personality, the spirit, no wonder it came as no surprise what happened next.

One night, as Callie and I were leaving to see Nim's Island or some chick flick like that, I saw in the corner of my eye our precious Donut getting fondled by the neighborhood big cat. I immediately exploded out of the car and chased the cat off her. Even though I knew it would have no effect on the results of the matter, I felt like a father trying to protect his youngest daughter and felt it was my duty to intervene.

Around the same time Dog numero two-o and pet numero three-o entered our lives in the name of Fergie. She may play a role in the cause for Mulet to be discussed later.

Well, as our story continues, Donut gradually got bigger and bigger and could pop any time. She had a pretty decent size pouch and was happy as ever laying on the tops of people's cars.

Then one friday in May I came home from work and started heating up some left over pizza when Donut comes out from no where completely drenched. I didn't think anything of it since she is constantly hovering in the toilet for her favorite drink. I just figured she must have fallen in. As I ate my pizza she sat and mewed at me and I would pet her and continue eating.

A few minutes later, Callie texts me wanting to know what we should do this weekend. I didn't have any plans so I just BS'd and told her we could look for Donut's babies. She text me back right away, "Are you kidding?" Now I had second thoughts. Donut did look pretty grungy, even for falling in a clean toilet. So I just text back Callie that I wasn't sure but Donut's tail and body were really wet and she did seem to want alot of attention.

When Callie got home we looked everywhere to see if Donut had indeed given birth. She was kinda freakin, she called the vet to ask if a cat could ever eat its kittens. After looking inside and outside for fifteen minutes, we returned inside and were surprised to find Donut nowhere. Obviously wherever Donut was there her kittens would be also. I remembered around the same time that I hadn't checked our laundry room. Sure enough Donut decided to give birth in the dryer all over our nice clean sheets and whites.

This is a nice story and all but the real story begins now. Around this same time we started to see the transformation begin. Notice in the above pictures how nice and fluffy Donut's head is. She had a mane, a collar, a lovely band of fur around her neck, now it is gone, vanished, capoot.

So now her hair is short on the top and long in the back, hence the name Mulet. Our theories for how she got that way range from shedding because of the heat, Fergie pulling it out, to a hair loss causing STD. Let's just hope her fur-due goes out of style as fast as its name sake.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bryce and Callie's California Commentary

Last week we were in Chula Vista California enjoying a great vacation on the beach as well as a trip to Six Flags. This video showcases the great body boarding Callie's family likes to do as well as some rather pointless commentary by myself on whatever appeared interesting while on the vacation.