10 Thoughts That Keep Me Up

I don’t sleep a lot because my mind is always thinking. No, I’m not bragging that I’m solving big world problems or crafting the next great novel. A lot of the time, it’s about stuff that makes me laugh and I wonder how I can put it together into something that will make you laugh. Sometimes, I think about random stuff that make me make the face in this GIF. Here is a sample list of what goes on in this head. There may be clues as to why I’m single, too.

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I Wanna Answer But…

Me: Can you please get back to me. with an answer?

Not Me: Sure. Where did you send the question?
Me: I don’t remember.

Not Me: Facebook, Facebook Messenger?

Me: Not sure.

Not Me: Twitter. Instagram. WhatsApp. Skype? 

Me: I don’t think so.

Not Me: FaceTime or Google Plus

BOTH: HA HA HA HA HA HA HA 

Not me: SnapChat

Me: Definitely not. It wasn’t an emergency!

Not me: Text or…a real phone call?

Me: No way.  I doubt it. Maybe???  Wait. I actually asked you, in person, like yesterday.

Not me: In person? Is that an app??? Can you send me an invite? I don’t have that one.

Another great Father’s Day

I was thinking – 20 Random birthDALY thoughts.

20170519_125043Today is the kickoff of BirthDALY Weekend,  2017.  On Facebook, I promised to be both silly and introspective – to ponder as much as party.  Hopefully, this random list of thoughts satisfies all of my varied goals in one post.  Of course, there will be more all weekend.  You’ve been warned

Do you follow me on:
Facebook www.facebook.com/dalydose
Twitter @dalydose
InstaGram @dalydosephoto and @intimidater

OK, on with the random awesomeness!

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Galaxy S8 – The Little Things

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The screen of the Galaxy S8 is BIG, but as “they” sometimes say, it is the little things that matter.  I don’t know how true that is in all situations, but I’m discovering that it is certainly applicable to mobile technology.

When I moved over to Android and Samsung, from Windows Mobile, I knew about the big stuff that would be different, like the availability of more apps that were part of the “app gap” on Windows.  More important to me are some of the little things.  These first two features and things that I had requested on Windows for many years.  They are small things, but they matter to me.

Today’s double dose of small things are sponsored by the letter “C”.   I use my phone for a lot of things, but two areas that are mission critical in the JDE, are COMMUNICATION and CREATIVITY.  See, the “C” connection happening?   Read the rest of this entry

In A Galaxy S8 Near/Far/Pan Focus Away

I have had my Galaxy for about a week. In that time,  I have played with the camera,  quite a bit. One of my favorite features is Selective Focus. It will take a single photo and allow you to change the focus. To do this you need to select Selective Focus from the camera menu. 

What happens,  is that the camera simultaneously takes multiple photos and gives you these options for effect. You get an option to choose the closest item as a near focus, or the background as a far focus,  or a pan focus,  which puts everything in focus. The editing screen for making that selection looks like this:

So, while the feature is not exactly the same as the dual camera Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7, the flexibility of the multi-frame approach does provide creative options for the photographer. 

Here are some shots with Selective Focus. 

Having the option to change your mind is a convenient and useful feature. Which focus do you prefer? 
Here you see that it works on the front facing camera, as well. 

Do I share my focus with the Beverly Hills sign or not? I can decide that later, with Selective Focus. 

Finally, it works with the front camera in low light. Craziness… 

After a Spinning workout at RPM Fitness Studio

There are limitations to selective focus. The dual camera option on the iPhone 7 lets you do these things from a distance where the Galaxy S8 needs the subject to be relatively close to the phone. For most of what I do this is not a deal-breaker but it would be awesome to combine both approaches and maybe Samsung has that a in mind for the Note 8. Of course, Apple surely has some tricks up its leaves with the upcoming iPhone 8. For now, the Galaxy S8 was the best option for me to choose. What do you think?

Please note, that I wrote a majority of this blog with voice to text on my phone. I think this mobile thing is here to stay and make us even more productive.

Have an apple! 😊 

What Does 20,000 Steps Look Like

2017-26-3--21-42-23I had read a story recently about how “they” are increasing the daily steps recommendation from 10,000 to 15,000.  That seemed like a lot, but I had some time on Sunday, so I decided to go for it.  After, I got to my destination, it became clear that I was going to go over, so I amended my goal to an increased 20,000 steps.  To make the experience more “me”, I decided to go make it as much of a photo walk as a fitness one.

40 of the images I took were included in this post on Facebook.  I hope you enjoy them.  Please let me know which, if any, you connect with.

Please let me know if YOU decide to do a photo/fitness walk, so I can see a bit of YOUR world!

I still think 15k steps is a bit much for most people, especially considering this recommendation was IN ADDITION to your exercise.  I do think that every once and awhile a long walk like this can be great.  I hope to do one of these epic treks about once a month. Â

Credit Notes:
My fitness wearable is a Garmin Vivoactive HR.
My phone that took the pictures is a Lumia 950
The cities in this are West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Century City (Los Angeles).

A Little Rant About “Doing My Research”

 

Why I Juice

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Once upon a time, I watched the documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead“, which got me intrigued and curious about this whole juicing thing.  About that same time, a neighbor offered me her Breville juicer.  Not being one to turn down the perfectly functioning throwaway items of others that also happens to coincide with a curiosity that I’m currently having, but not likely to invest in (PHEW)….I accepted…and the adventure begins!

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Selfie Love for Valentine’s Likes

 

I don’t just make cool graphics for paying clients. Sometimes, I test things to see how they’ll play.  On Valentines Day, I tested these two images.  The one on the left was used on my very active, personal accounts and the one on the right was used in my IntimiDATER alter-ego/character accounts.  Both got a lot of attention.

First, original pictures are a great magnet for social attention.  Second, a bit of humor always works.  For the IntimiDATER, it is appropriate for the brand to be little edgy, but not over the top.  For my personal page, the better fit is a bit of self deprecation through the faux arrogant shtick.  That’s kind of my sense of humor.  I also talk a bit about self development, so this image worked perfectly for those venues.  You may remember the post “I Know I’m Not Perfect“, as another example.

The takeaways?  Well, I’d suggest using original graphics when you can and use them in a way that showcases your personality or the vibe of your brand.  Humor gets you engagement and some shares, too.

I took these images with my Lumia 950 Windows Mobile phone.  For the “Love Yourself More” photo on the left, I used a tripod with a phone mount.  You can find lots of those, either universal or specific for your phone on Amazon.com.  For the one on the right, it’s just my left arm outstretched to get the shot!

Both of these images were edited using the PicsArt app.  You can get PicsArt on:

Windows Mobile
Android
iPhone

If your company needs some ideas on how to communicate your brand personality through social images, I’m hear to help!  Contact me for more information:

 

 

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