10+ years of web development experience ranging from large corporations, interactive design agencies and freelance projects.

Things are a changing

When we decide to make a change in our lives, we can’t seem to just make one. Its almost like we believe things have to happen in the rule of three’s.

Change 1: We have started the adoption process and finally have all of our paperwork in and our home study done. So after this week we should be on the waiting list.

Change 2: Yesterday I traded in my Mazda CX-7 for a Subaru Legacy. Now the reason for this change was caused by Change 3.

Change 3: I am switching companies/jobs. More on this change below.

After a lot of anxiety and stress I have decided to leave VacationRoost and join the team at Super Top Secret. The change was a purely selfish one. I have really enjoyed VR and can with out a doubt say this is one of the best teams and one of the best bosses I have worked with. Which made the decision to join STS all the harder. But ever since my time at Humaniz Interactive, I have been wanting to get back into the “agency” world. I know quite a few people who probably think I am nuts, but I enjoy the creativeness and the craziness that go along with it.

I am going to really miss working with the team at VacationRoost, for me that seems to always be the hardest part. Thankfully Facebook, Twitter and Google+ has made it easier to stay in touch.

 

 

The Greatest Rock Band Of All Time

As I sit here with my ears ringing from the U2 concert last night. I have to ponder the statement Staci has made a hundred times, U2 is The Greatest Rock Band of all time. For some reason, I just can’t get behind it. Does U2 put on one of the best concerts, check. Have they stayed relevant for a couple decades, yes (3 decades so far). Are they In the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, check. This point is debatable as a requirement to be considered TGRBOAT, but Staci swears by it. Do they stand for good causes and are good role models, check.

I have agreed that U2 is one of the Greatest Rock Band’s Of All Time and the Greatest Role Model Rock Band Of All Time, but I’m not quite ready to crown them The Greatest Rock Band Of All Time. The one weak spot in my argument against it, I currently don’t have a suggestion as to who is the TGRBOAT.

So what do you think? Are they TGRBOAT, if not who?

*TGRBOAT = The Greatest Rock Band Of All Time

Top 25 Song Challenge

As people have probably gathered by now, I have a music obsession. I’m always listening to variety of music. From punk rock to singer songwriter to folk. Now I work with a guy (Ryan) who has 25 solid songs for all occasions. Which means his playlist of 25 songs is the same for working out, road tripping, setting the mood or any other situation that comes up. Personally I have a hard time choosing 25 artists that I like to listen to. I have 5 different playlists for snowboarding, I make new ones for road trips, and then I have albums I like to listen to shuffle when I am in different moods.

I have decided to try and put together a 25 list and try to listen to that top 25 list for a couple days straight. I don’t think I will be able to last that long, but it’s worth a try. I’m curious if other people believe in the 1 playlist to rule them all mentality and I would love to see other peoples top 25 list. This whole exercise reminds me of an episode from The Office.

Quote from The Office episode Fire

Jim: DVDs! Five movies. What would you bring to the island? Yes! Meredith?
Meredith: Legends of the Fall, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Legally Blond, Bridges of Madison County…
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Jim: Wow.
Pam: Legends of the Fall?
Jim: Wow. Bridges of Madison County, Legally Blond, these movies are just… .
Pam: Well, I kind of liked Legal…
Jim: Wait, wait, wait. Pam. No. Do you understand? The… the game is Desert Island Movies, not guilty pleasure movies. Desert Island Movies are the movies you’re going to watch for the rest of your life! Forever! Unforgivable.
Pam: I take it back.
Jim: Unforgivable.
Pam: I take it back!
Jim: Good.
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Meredith: …and Ghost. But, ah, just that one scene…
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TrackTime
1Sufjan Stevens - Chicago 06:05
2Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication 05:21
3The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black 03:22
4NOFX - Don't Call Me White 02:33
5Unwritten Law - Cailin 04:34
6Ben Folds Five - Brick 04:32
7Mumford & Sons - The Cave 04:00
8The Avett Brothers - I And Love And You 05:01
9Beastie Boys - Paul Revere 03:40
10The Beatles - Blackbird 02:15
11The Who - Baba O'Riley 05:00
12Simon & Garfunkel - America 03:29
13Jack Johnson - Brush Fire Fairytales 03:04
14Jimmy Eat World - Hear You Me 04:45
15Alkaline Trio - Radio 04:40
16Alkaline Trio - Private Eye 03:30
17Dashboard Confessional - Again I Go Unnoticed 02:24
18David Mead - Nashville 03:56
19Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son 02:21
20Death Cab for Cutie - My Mirror Speaks 03:31
21The Format - Tune Out 03:31
22Jimmy Luxury & The Tommy Rome Orchestra - Tales Of Lonliness 02:43
23Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues 02:49
24Kanye West - All of the Lights 05:00
25Modest Mouse - Float On 03:28

RSL Hero

Last nights game was legen…(wait for it)….dary. It started off with the announcement and introduction of the RSL Hero, who just happened to be none other than Nick Moore. For him being recognized like that was a tough pill to swallow. He doesn’t feel like he deserves the honor because he hasn’t “done anything yet.”  I think everyone who serves this country deserves to be honored as a hero, and even though Nick doesn’t feel like one yet, he can think of himself as a representative for all the other hero’s.

After Nick’s big moment the night just kept rolling. RSL scored 2 goals in the first 10 min and then continued on to win 4-1. It was a perfect send off game for Nick. I’m really glad that Angie arranged for him to be there and to be honored, he deserved it. Even Jimmer came out to see Nick get honored :) . Nick got to meet Jimmer after his introduction and here is the exchange that happened. Jimmer “I appreciate what you do for our country”, Nick “I appreciate the way you shoot.” Classic Nick.

 

 

Online sharing

I had an interesting conversation today about people and the issues Facebook creates. I’m not talking about reconnecting with your long lost 5th grade love and rekindling the perfect relationship you once had. I’m talking about the ideal us that we put up online. We all do it. We take the best parts of our life and we share them online. Small snippets of what appears to be a perfect life, shared for the world to see. We never share the bad parts of our lives, the imperfect parts, the parts that everyone experiences. The problem this creates is a world of people feeling inferior. “Oh look Jack & Jill just went to Disneyland”, “Oh look Jack  just bought a new [expensive] car”. This isn’t something new that people have to deal with, but now we get bombarded with people’s status updates at every turn. I don’t think we need to stop, I just think we need to be better about remembering that we only see the good parts of people’s lives. We never know that super housewife sucks at crafts or that the super put together couple can’t really stand each other or that the guy always going on vacation is so far in debt that he will have to file for bankruptcy. Someone is always going to have something you wish you had and someone is always going to be better than you at something. You just have to be happy with the talent and the life you have.

Album of the Week

G. Love – [2011] Fixin’ To Die

Yes this album was just released today. I usually don’t put up an album the day it comes out because I like to give it a couple of listens. But it’s G. Love and this album is awesome. It’s somewhat of a cover album of blues tunes as well as some original tracks. Produced by The Avett Brothers (another favorite), it gets back to more of the original G. Love sound. Great cover of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave a Lover” http://www.covermesongs.com/2011/02/g-love-lists-50-ways-to-leave-your-lover-with-the-avett-brothers-cover-me-premiere.html

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Album Of The Week

The Get Up Kids – [2011] There Are Rules

For those people who are / were fans or haters of The Get Up Kids back in the late 90′s early 2000′s it’s time to give them another listen. This is a perfect, mainstream album that should get  some radio love.

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Crazy January

What a crazy couple of weeks. My birthday went well and I have come to terms with being in my 30s. Work / side work was crazy busy in preparation for Whistler week and every week since Whistler week has been crazy busy. Let’s take a quick look back at Whistler week.

The week prior to us leaving for Whistler Dean realized that his passport was expired (oops). He just on the passport website and low and behold, expediting a passport for $260 will get it back to you in 3-5 days. So Dean paid his money, filled out his paperwork and submitted it. Come Friday he decides to call and check the status of his application. Guess what, the website is incorrect, it takes 2-5 weeks. At this point Dean entered oh sh*t mode. A barrage of emails went around the group, and we collectively decided that we would take the chance of getting stopped and the border and see what happens.

Thanks to my work, I got hooked up with a 5 day free ski pass and all I had to do in exchange was video the trip.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3 (Dean finds out his passport is in Utah)

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Peak 2 Creek (One continuous video showing the longest run at Whister)

So the good news is, Dean got his passport Thursday night, no one was injured, and we made it home safely.

Turning 31

It’s weird, but my impending 31st birthday is shaping up to be the toughest for me. Not midlife crisis tough or lose sleep tough, but its been on my mind since the holidays came to a close. When I turned 30, I could say “Ya, I just turned 30″. But now, I am officially in my thirties. I can still remember my dad being in his thirties. On top of that my small bucket list of things I wanted to accomplish by my thirties goes unfinished. I know I didn’t accomplish them a year ago, so why should it matter now. I’m not quite sure but it does.

30s Bucket List
A) Go back and finish college
B) Be a millionaire.

The funny thing about those goals, I still feel like B is more attainable than A. Why? Well take a little trip with me down memory lane.

The year was 1999, I was a fresh faced, doe eyed college student. Towards the end of my 2nd semester I get a job at a .com. Talk2 Technologies. Employee number 12. For you youngsters out there who don’t remember the .com era everyone was going to be a millionaire. Companies were selling for tens of millions of dollars and they didn’t even have a product. So with that being said I was immediately nick named “The Youngest Millionaire”. Like some of the movies I have seen lately, you can all figure out how this story ends. 2002 third wave of layoffs, I got the pink slip. 6 months later the company was no more. That nick name and experience set the bar for me, and at a super high mark.

Going back to college at this point, doesn’t really have any upside or the upside it does have doesn’t cancel out the negatives for me. On top of that most of the time experience trumps a degree any day.

I guess I should start my bucket list to complete by the time I am 40.
a) Be a multi-millionaire
b) Have a vacation home in St. Thomas
c) Become the man and stop working for him

Totally doable goals by the time I am 40. I probably should just say by the time I am 32.

That time of year

With it being the time of year that it is, I find myself reflecting on 2010. With putting my lists together of the highlights and lowlights, I found that a good portion of my lowlights were followed by highlights. ie Losing my job….getting a new one I like even better.

First off I want to thank my many friends and family for their friendship. I will stand by the statement that I have some of the best friends.

Highlights:

  • Turned 30
  • Went to Hawaii
  • Went to San Antonio to visit Nick
  • Got a cool new job
  • Had the busiest year for side work
  • Got a new car
  • Bought a season pass to Snowbird

Lowlights:

  • Didn’t go to Whistler
  • Lost my job at Move
  • Attempts 2 and 3 were unsuccessful
  • Mazda 3 engine died
  • Watching Real get knocked out in the playoffs

Here’s to hoping that 2011 is as good if not better that 2010. Here’s also to hoping that 2011 is the year.