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Your smiling because it’s true… if you’re not smiling I can’t help you.

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How Business Works


Show me someone who says they have never encountered this and I will show you a liar or someone with numb legs…

Place your bets! Boy or Girl?

Week 20 is fast approaching and the official “Boy or Girl” question is about to be answered. So, internet… tell me what you think.

Kids Stop Motion Sk8

skateboardPretty cool stop motion vid I found at random. A kickflip, grind, AND that pesky rock that tosses you to the ground… this video’s got it all! I hated those pesky little rocks. Always making me slap the sidewalk with my hands and stopping my forward motion with my knees. Fun stuff.

I recall doing some stop motion stuff with my buddy Caleb WAY back in the day. We also did our own version of the Cape Fear (1991) opening scene. It actually turned out really well. We did some other video about a guy trying to kill himself, but could not succeed. One of the scenes was of the guy jumping out the window of his house. While the video work was “ok”… we hit a snag when we realized that when we filmed the first scene, the main character was shoeless and shirtless. The next scene was going to be of the main character landing, unscathed, after his death seeking jump. So for the sake of integrity, Caleb went outside and climbed the tree out front to prepare for the landing scene… shoeless and shirtless… in about 8-10 inches of snow. Pretty sure it took two takes to get it right too… poor guy.

Chores and Children…

trimowerI can’t think of a better way for a child to contribute to the household chores and have fun at the same time than with this tricycle/lawn mower combo. I mean sure… the blades ARE kinda sharp and maybe a kid rides on those nifty little platforms once in a while… but think about how much grass is gonna get mowed in exchange for the “minor” safety hazard. How about a pogo stick with a spike on the bottom to help with the pre-seed aeration. Or maybe a hockey stick with handy hedge trimming blade attached… No?

Snowmass… Finally!


Drug Dealers Buy Slurpee’s Too

uncle_sam_pointing_fingerFirst… I am politically on the fence. I see the good in both sides and when it comes time to “officially pick one”, I choose based on candidate and issues… Party lines are nothing more than a political bandwagon system and it’s a junk way to function since I am certain that neither party is right or perfect all the time. I promise.

My point today is this… Drug dealers buy Slurpee’s too.

Everyone buys stuff. Houses, cars, clothes, food, electronics, whatever… So what if all income taxes were stricken from the law and instead, a larger sales tax system were built in it’s place? Granted, the rate would be much higher than the rate we pay today, but it would equalize the tax system. When a drug dealer, whose earnings would be classified as “under the table”, went into a 7-11 for a Slurpee, he would be paying his taxes when paying for his Slurpee.

In general, Democrats have always been for government regulation and Republicans have been against it. From what reading I have done on this topic, this is a Republican backed idea, yet I believe that it could be a very satisfying solution for both sides. Maybe a consumption based tax isn’t flat. Maybe it’s built on a scale and taxes are higher for luxury items and lower for necessities. Going beyond a flat consumption tax could be dangerous because all of the “interest groups” would get into the business of helping to get Twinkies added to the “healthy food” list so it’s taxed less, it sounds stupid, but it would happen. So there would have to be safeguards in place for shenanigans, as usual. But it could be functional and agreeable for both Democrats and Republicans. Whatever it might look like, I think it could be good for everyone. We would be harnessing our American Consumer Culture and using it as a base for our contributions to our country.

A Consumption Tax would, at the very least, even things out a bit. And if the top 2% are still end up paying 50% of the taxes in this country… then they spend too much money.

RVA MediaWorks


Now THAT’s a logo…. So yeah, Trevor and I have been working hard to do all of that pesky business startup stuff… It’s funny, we have been so busy with actual work that we have little more than a logo to show off for our own identity.

Now… if you are my full time employer… stop reading… or read on whilst filled with grace so I might not lose my job. This here company is a startup and though I want it to explode, I need your money. Problem is, I have goals… and I am almost positive that no raise conversation will be including the word “double”. Don’t get me wrong, you are the best employer I have ever had… I just happen to want to let my expecting wife quit her full time job AND want to be my own best employer… So yeah, I kinda need to do that myself because waiting for it to happen will not end well.

It amazes me how much time and effort it takes to build a business…. properly. Lawyer, accountant, bank, IRS, state govt, and some other stuff I have already forgetten about. I can say this for 85% certainty…. getting it all done is a crazy awesome relief. Seriously people… actually doing your “homework” and puting in the time to set things up well pays off almost imediately. The fun part… billing, definitelly billing.

So internet, you like the logo? With any luck things will take off and I will not be able to resist having this logo put on everything promotional. Who wants a t-shirt?

Santonio Holmes Touchdown Replay

If you were watching Super Bowl 43 last Sunday, you probably watched this pivotal play that was a big reason the Steelers won.

I watched this replay EVERY time they showed it and by the end of the review was not convinced that Santonio Holmes had both toes down in the end zone. My wife agreed that she never say his toe hit the ground. I noticed during the replays they showed us, the TV viewers, that most were wide angle shots and there wasn’t much in the way of super cool technozoom replay action. Maybe the booth saw the same replays and could not conclusively decide that his toe wasn’t down and therefore decided to let the touchdown stand as it was called.

Well, thanks to technology and the internet, I got to see this…


What do you see? I see a right toe solidly pinned to the back of his left foot and nary a toenail actually touching the ground. Now I suppose it IS possible that it touched just before this shot and then lifted, but I am skeptical.

I say NO GOOD, Cardianls WIN! Good job guys! Your Super Bowl 43 victory shirts are still on their way to somewhere in Africa and you have no bling rings on your fingers, but you may print this picture and gaze at it as you reflect on your win.

This Site May Harm Your Computer


You want to know why I continue my love for Google? Because of situations like today. Earlier today Goggle search results were pretty much trashed… All of them. Every site was flagged by Google and so after each search result there was also a warning.

‘This site may harm your computer”

By the time I heard about it, I got to try it out a couple of times, but then a refresh showed that the fix had been rolled out already. Naturally I did a quick search for my name and found that my site also may harm your computer. I laughed it off and headed to the Official Google Blog to see if they had posted anything about the incident. Nothing at the time, but they did post a message about the issue later today. Here’s a snip of my favorite part…

What happened? Very simply, human error. Google flags search results with the message “This site may harm your computer” if the site is known to install malicious software in the background or otherwise surreptitiously. We do this to protect our users against visiting sites that could harm their computers. We maintain a list of such sites through both manual and automated methods. We work with a non-profit called StopBadware.org to come up with criteria for maintaining this list, and to provide simple processes for webmasters to remove their site from the list.

We periodically update that list and released one such update to the site this morning. Unfortunately (and here’s the human error), the URL of ‘/’ was mistakenly checked in as a value to the file and ‘/’ expands to all URLs. Fortunately, our on-call site reliability team found the problem quickly and reverted the file.

I love Google because they made the error public. They had no reservations to even put the detail of the problem out there for all to see. It’s a quality that many individuals and even more corporations lack. Not that we should always throw ourselves under the bus, but we should be willing to open the door a little more to others. Even Google, the internet superpower, is comprised of imperfect humans and I enjoyed seeing that they are willing admit that.

… Wow, how is it that Google all but breaks the internet and I respond with a love note… The Paradox of Google