Category Archives: Just Life
Wow, you’re 239 today. In the grand scope of countries, I guess that makes you an adolescent. Sure, you were prodigious as a youngster, taking that “know no better” attitude into battle with the Brits and defeating them. As a toddler, you were comfortable serving your selfish status quo, and there were those big tantrums like the Civil War and then Civil Rights, in which the process for neither was Civil. Now, you’re pubescent and growing. You think you know everything and also have a belief that you know what’s best for everyone, but that’s to be expected. In this democratic rearing of a republic, it is we who support and guide you, who are reflected in your current state, pimples and all. Whatever we love and loathe about you, we love and loathe in our collective selves. We are all like a family. We get along with some. With avoid others. We stick together when attacked. That’s how families, no matter their level of dysfunction, are designed to operate.
As you enter the final decade of your first quarter-century, I propose that “the village” present gifts that are suited for your growth. This has nothing to do with politics and certainly nothing to do with the destructive partisan wars we are experiencing. On your birthday, I look to our many subset collections of community that make up the mass and I ask participant citizenry, in the collections to affect that which surrounds them. Take care of the people and things that you have influence over. If a reasonable representation from the collective many, can do this, then the mass…the country…YOU, will grow into young adulthood, as an ever powerful nation.
Most of us have the practice of making and declaring goals, down pat. Where we falter is with success. Many people have written and said many things to motivate us towards success. On social media, I’m guessing that you can find an endless supply of memes, with inspiring quotes typeset atop awe-inspiring images. The one thing that I’ve heard through the noise, that resonates with me, is finding your “why”. The author and motivational speaker, Eric Thomas, speaks of this as an ingredient for success. He’ll ask you “what’s your why?”. Businesses do this with a “mission statement”. They know why they exist and what keeps them on their path towards success. Individuals can use some of that focus.
If we’re looking at the sacrifices that one must make to be successful in any pursuit, it’s no wonder that so many people give up. If you have a strong collection of reasons “why” you are sacrificing, it might just push to you succeed. What’s my why? Read on, my friends.
The world of dating has certainly changed. We live in the realities of the online dating paradigm. This world offers some amazing benefits to people looking for love, or other, less romantic pursuits. You have access to a massive audience outside of your work and social circles. This can be a great thing. Unfortunately, some negative side-effects seem to be happening, that I will evaluate, with the goal being to encourage us all to Date Better.
In the last week or so, Microsoft had some really big news with the announcement of Windows 10, HoloLens, and Surface Hub. They were showing true innovation on screens of all sizes and getting good press. The day before the Microsoft event and a couple of days after, something strange happened: Chase and BofA pulled their banking apps from the Windows Phone app store. Considering that they are the headline banks for ApplePay, something seemed a bit fishy to me.
I’ve never written the United States Department of Justice, but I honestly feel like something anti-competitive is being acted on here, with collusion between the banks and Apple. It bothered me so much that I sought out the email to contact the DOJ. Please find that email below.
It was a year, 2014. We had some victories together and we also left some challenges unfinished. As we rollover into 2015, it is a great time to reflect on where you’re at, envision where you want to be and how you plan to get there. There will be a lot of “enlightened” people calling resolutions by different names. I don’t care if you call them goals, intentions, plans, resolutions or wishes upon a star. There is value if you reflect, envision and plan (REP).
This post will feature my 2015 REPs for myself and apparently my IntimiDATER alter ego has decided to weigh in. This should be fun.
Let’s start with me. The real me. JD, El Jefe, The Great Jefferini or any of a host of nicknames you might know me as. I have some big stuff in store for 2015 and these are the highlights:
Like for a lot of people, music is a big part of my life. Living in West Hollywood, I walk a lot errands, so I have the headphones in. I workout to music. I teach Spinning class to music. I seem to cook and clean with a soundtrack playing to make chores bearable. I fall asleep to the Songza “Classical for Sleeping” channel. I’m not a music snob. I listen to the popular stuff, but I crave variety and I love when artists redefine themselves or their genre. I’m not loyal to the genre paradigm; I just love passionate and artistic expression.
OK, now that my rant is over, I’m going to pull some things from my current playlists that you may or may not be familiar with. These aren’t all “new”, but they are current in the JDE Soundtrack!
It’s not often that you get a chance to share an important first experience with a man, but you are all witness to my first opening of my laptop to “work” in a Starbuck’s, or any coffee shop for that matter. It’s not my first time physically entering a Starbuck’s. I’ve passed through and I’ve always wondered what all of these people were doing with their inherently hydrophobic computers purposefully placed next to paper cups filled with liquid. These people are always here, at all times of the day and night. It’s as if they have no jobs or homes to go to. Now I’m one of those people that people like me wonder about.
Ahhh, the selfie. There’s a song about them and even a new TV show that bears the name. I kinda hate most of them, but then I thought I’d take them to another level. Obviously, I’d be in them (BONUS), plus I’d use my Windows Phone as the consistent prop and I’d inject bits of awesome inspiration, into every shot.
There are 25 pictures in this collection that I did over a few weeks, recently. There were kind of a hit and I’ve been asked to put them all in one spot because my friends didn’t always see the “selfie of the day”. Now they are here in one spot. I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them.
All 25 images were shot on the phone and edited on the phone.
- Nokia Lumia 920 (the red one in most shots)
- Nokia Lumia 1020 (the white one in some shots)
- Fhotoroom – my workhorse editing app and also the community where I first displayed these images!
- Fantasia – another editing app I used for tone-mapping and some precise edits
- Melange – app I used for cutting and pasting (see #22 & #25)
Oh how I wish getting fit could be exclusively handled in the gym. If only I could lift and Spin my way back to Warrior JD with just my blood, sweat and tears. Unfortunately, a good deal of fitness happens in the kitchen and while my muscles get their fair share of punishment, my taste buds take the most abuse.
In order to give a boost of micronutrients from time-to-time one can gulp down a juice. Today, I did just that and I am am going to share the experience with you.
Keep on reading to see what the ABC Juice and how you can make it for yourself….
My friend Melanie’s kids go to this great school called Wonderland, here in Los Angeles. Part of what they do is to give the kids an experience with growing ingredients and making healthy recipes. Why am I droning on? Here’s how it was described to me:
‘Wonderland school is dedicated to providing its students with a quality education. From the Ground Up is the school’s Garden program that informs and teaches students about environmental stewardship and allows them to explore the connectivity of nature’s processes in the garden and the kitchen.’
They’ve filmed some of these tastings before, with parent volunteers, but weren’t sure about this one. Melanie had seen the Lumia devices in action before and contacted me about shooting. Let’s see how that went…
I used both a Lumia 1020 and a Lumia 920. I got a little help from a shotgun microphone plugged in with an XLR to phone adaptor. You will hear that when I used the audio from the phone, that you pick up more of the ambient sound, the children playing.
Here’s the segment on how you can make a citrus salad with freshly harvested rosemary. Be sure to watch in HD.
I can tell you from 1st had experience that this citrus salad is really good. Go ahead and try it at home.