VIDEO: Look at my Pixar Shorts

Ok, I can't vouch that all of these are from Pixar, but they're all fantastic. Enjoy!

Gas Planet

Tennis Commerical

Dancing Mouse - I Belive In Miracles

Hippo & Dog - The Lion Sleeps Tonight

...and my favorite...

Jurassic Fart


HOT Dr Pepper

Apparently I'm the last person to hear about this - has anyone else tried hot Dr Pepper?

Note the recipe: "...Then pour over thin slices of lemon.." - WHY??

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I'm an ENFP and so is Dr. Seuss

So first Cheryl did it. Then Micheal did it. Then Scottdid it, didn't like it, and did it again!

What lunacy are my friends engaged in? It's the quirky joy of the Personality Test. I don't know why these are fun - maybe it's something to help us find our inner desires though some "scientific" method. Naturally, I gave it a shot:

Click to view my Personality Profile page

Turns out I share those magical letters with some pretty heady luminaries including Robin Williams, Sandra Bullock, James Dobson, Joseph Campbell (I'm a sucker for those Reformationists), Regis Philbin, Bill Cosby, Bill Moyers (my favorite Bill), and the afore-mentioned Dr. Seuss.

(By The Way, one of those ENFP characteristics is an over-expanded vocabulary. So I apologize for my afore-mentioned "afore-mentioned".)

So after I did it, my amazing wife took the same test. Turns out we're the perfect example of "opposites attract." :-)

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NEW MUSIC: Missy Higgins and some Brazilian Groove

Haven't done this in a while, so let's debut a few new artists:

Missy Higgins is another one of those over-talented and passionately honest girl singer/songwriters - right along the path of KT Tunstall, Anna Nalick or Maria Mena. My buddy over at Loudstyle, Jeremy, calls her "Norah Jones on Red Bull".

Down in the other hemisphere, there's this place called Brazil. I've never been there, but they churn out some incredible music that I can just put on and chill to all day. Now, your sampling today includes artists of all nationalities and eras, including Buena Vista Social Club, Compay Segundo, Fernanda Porto and Kaleidoscopio. Enjoy!

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QUICK HITS 033 - rolling double...threes

  • Helping out the world with free rice - www.freerice.com/ #

  • Checking my blog's readability - tinyurl.com/2ca3a4 #
  • Digging Rands' article about now to understand nerds - tinyurl.com/2ckjs8 [via randsinrepose.com] #

  • JAMMING to some sweet Brazilian rhythms in "Madalena" - tinyurl.com/yr7jv4(KTa%20Brasil%20rmx).mp3 #
  • ...and to fix my borked link: tinyurl.com/3yhcea - listen and enjoy! #
  • OhshootmeintheTINYURL! Ok, this one REALLY works - tinyurl.com/2pzy65 #
  • Cracking up at a discussion about "Amish Chicken Casserole" - tinyurl.com/yq9x4h [via markelrod.net] #

  • I burned the side of my lip on some hot tea out of my mug. Now I'm trying to hold a piece of ice in my mouth against the outside of my lip. #
  • Reading a fascinating paper on the Harajuku culture - tinyurl.com/ywveoj #

  • Laughing at the ten most stupid laws in Britain - tinyurl.com/2yhz2h [via markelrod.net] #
  • Very interested in Nokia's tactile touchscreen - www.redferret.net/?p=9533 #
  • @Diji: The Last Starfighter is an absolute classic - love it. #

  • Amazed that even the government understands why teleworking works! tinyurl.com/2batf6 [via webworkerdaily.com] #
  • I have NO idea why my "Techno Time" Pandora station brought up Lisa Loeb, but I can't say I don't like it - tinyurl.com/24vpjo #
  • Very interested on what Web Worker Daily has to say about Cakemail - tinyurl.com/ysb5l7 #

  • www.flickr.com/photos/digicolleen/ #
  • Playing around with finetune - www.finetune.com/ #
  • Disabling and uninstalling my AutoCopy Firefox add-on. Nifty gimmick, just too often executed when I didn't need it. #

  • Wondering when I'll be able to gloat to @jabbott that I'm getting a Seeqpod t-shirt [seeqpod.com] #
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QUICK HITS 032 - Meaning of Life minus 10

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VIDEO: Lessons in Techno

Class, some of you may casually dismiss techno music as a genre, and perhaps all of electronica all together. However, this may be a stereotypical effect due to your poor exposure to the media. (Translation: You haven't heard some good stuff yet!) So let's review some examples:

Good Techno:

Clip-Daft Punk-harder better faster stronger-live

Bad Techno:

Didn't catch that? Let's try this again.

Good Techno:

Bad Techno:

Everybody got it figured out now? Good!

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QUICK HITS 031 - Lumped a few together this time

  • 11:13 Loving me some pumpkin carnage - tinyurl.com/34lsju #

  • 13:40 Grooving to great music from Asa - tinyurl.com/295y4k [via aurgasm.us] #

  • 15:21 Best phrase heard today: "Have a healthy disregard for the impossible." #

  • 16:01 Best question heard today: "You're sending out this email campaign. Great. Then what?" #

  • 16:10 Snopes says "The Golden Compass" really does have anti-Christian themes - may not be seeing this afterall - tinyurl.com/2eujzu #

  • 16:15 Loving Greg Kendal-Ball's photo: "Eternal Threads" - tinyurl.com/2a2eqj #

  • 09:47 Wait, 50 WHAT?? High of 60 WHERE?? No, no no nononono. My closet is NOT rated down to that temparature. Oh, and it's raining? FANtastic. #

  • 11:12 My wife is amazing. Kid woke up @6, and I crashed 'til 8:20 - running late. I get ready in a blur, and Wife knows 1st priority is Coffee. #

  • 10:06 Just added a min-height hack to the blog to make all the columns of roughly equal height. My longest sidebar is 2150px...??? #

  • 11:46 New word for the day: "bootahkas". Sentence: "I'm working my bootahkas off." #

  • 11:53 I have FOUND my next t-shirt purchase: tinyurl.com/3b5mcs #

  • 12:53 Listening to NPR's "Have You Heard About B Flat" - tinyurl.com/2v3g9b #

  • 15:43 @garrettdimon: I could watch ALL the TED talks if I had the time. Here's some of my favorites - tinyurl.com/ysmzok #

  • 10:21 Crawling out for a Monday after a storm-interrupted night's sleep and a Cowboy debaucle of a loss. #

  • 10:16 Really loving this trailer for Jumper - www.jumperthemovie.com/ #

  • 11:48 Wondering if the concept behind www.dodgeball.com/ is cool or scary #

  • 12:31 @CalebJenkis: You should put those invites up on Ebay! I bet you could totally get big $$$ for them! #
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NEW BLOG: The Swayne Diaries

Like that little guy? Yep, I do too. I'm the lucky guy that gets to call him my son, and as of yesterday, he's 6 months old. All the pictures, videos and milestones we get to experience have become so much that my darling wife has decided to start a blog about it all. She may discuss other topics at some time, but for now it's all about the Squid. Head on over there and find out what he's been up to!

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VIDEO: Great Performances

Not all great performers display their expertise through the "usual" art forms. Sure we can all appreciate a home run, a diving catch, a pirouette, a painting, or many other beautiful acts, but what about these? Even though these aren't traditional performers doing traditional things, I think we an all admire their work and finesse. No, seriously. :-)


- the art of pen spinning

The magic and movement of Kenichi Ebina

Teller of "Penn & Teller" performs his signature illusion: "Shadows"

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VIDEO: Ben Folds Can Cover

If you're not familiar with the musical stylings of Ben Folds (or that of his Five, which is actually a three...), I'd encourage you to give him a shot. Not all his stuff works for me, but what I do like I enjoy a lot. But even with his extensive body of original work, it turns out some of the best stuff I've heard from him are his covers. Here's some video of those perfectly-imitated moments:

Ben Folds covers "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service

Make sure and check out the found-objects instruments those drummers are playing. A postal box with a towel over it? A champagne glass? And there's even an appearance by a music player not named iPod™? Amazing.

Ben Folds covers "Tiny Dancer" by Sir Elton John

Extra points for the glasses.

Ben Folds & Rufus Wainwright cover "Careless Whisper" by George Michael

...and I couldn't resist this one:

Ben Folds gets covered by the Jabberwocks performing "Underground"


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Morning Haiku: Donut

Sweet rush of sugar -
mental fog clears from the brain.
Thank you, free donut.


VIDEO: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

I can't say I'm very familiar with the ukulele. In fact, had I not seen it spelled here, I would probably get it wrong. Now, apparently there's more than ONE ukulele player in Great Britain, and apparently they all play together! What's more, they play some stuff you probably wouldn't think belongs on that venerated Hawaiian instrument. Enjoy!



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  • 09:13 Looks like the public has decided to side with me and brand Bonds' 756 ball with an asterisk - www.vote756.com/marcecko/ #
  • 12:04 Remembering that I told @jabbott that I didn't like Sarah McLachlan that much, I find it ironic I'm actually grooving to "Sweet Surrender" #
  • 14:14 @CalebJenkins: I have yet to find a good PIM synchronizer that never creates duplicates. If you find a good one, let us know! #
  • 15:16 Checking the slides from Oberkirch's "Design For Hackability" presentation - tinyurl.com/22ewhu #
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  • 11:14 @cgriego: I'd like to think that innovation happens MORE when there's free catering... #
  • 13:36 Training with @Diji #
  • 13:36 Rolling through the photos from #webjamsession tinyurl.com/24ofe3 #
  • 13:41 Drooling over the fact that @nickf mentioned my blog post in his liveblog in an obscure way tinyurl.com/24ofe3 #
  • 14:40 Hovercat...is hovering. tinyurl.com/2mejfm #
  • 15:13 Loving Jared's (@jmspool) article about putting "fairy doors" in your design - tinyurl.com/2fxxol #
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QUICK HITS 026 - Unlucky x2

  • 10:09 Just getting to my first day back after #webjamsession. I'm amazed at how nose-down we are here, and how little we see the big picture! #
  • 10:20 New term learned from my MMO budy @Diji - "Baby aggro" #
  • 10:24 @nickF: Thanks for the props on the liveblog of @feather! #
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  • 10:14 @webjamsession: James Craig just mentioned travel sites being sued under the ADA - here's the USA Today article - tinyurl.com/38so8n #
  • 10:18 @Diji: What in the world are you doing at work today?? #
  • 10:21 Overheard: "Creativity is Contagious" #
  • 10:24 Checking out FactoryCity's article on proposed Twitter Tag Channels - tinyurl.com/3by4w3 #
  • 10:29 I luvs mah shoo - tinyurl.com/2453jt #
  • 11:47 @webjamsession: tinyurl.com/2gfefx - courtesy of Web Jam Session 2007! #
  • 13:09 @Diji: They need the help, but not on Saturday. IMHO. #
  • 13:31 Just noticed that Jared Spool uses a Crumpler bag too! I'm having a web celebrity moment. #
  • 13:42 Need to learn more about this "Agile Software Development" process - tinyurl.com/27q9rn #
  • 15:35 Feeling a bit shameful because I've designed sites long before the content was ready - exactly what Stephanie Sullivan says NOT to do... #
  • 15:39 Surfing over to Deadspin (deadspin.com) because I'm a little overwhelemed with web buzzwords... #
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Top 10 ways to NOT be a Web Designer Rockstar

  1. At the end of Derek Featherstone's presentation on Accessibility, stand up and yell "Git 'r Dun!!"

  2. Walk in, sit down, boot up your computer and say "Gosh, I love Internet Explorer!"

  3. Pretend you are a reporter. Then go up to Garrett Dimon and interview him. Acting like he's Neil Diamond.

  4. Try to start up a conversation with James Craig telling him about how cool your Palm Treo is.

  5. Tell Jared Spool you think chickens are sexy, too.

  6. Challenge Bryan Veloso to a DDR dance-off.

  7. Tell Jonathan Snook you blame Canada.

  8. Ask Molly Holzschlag repeatedly if she really is "unsinkable."

  9. Pick up all the notepads from the entire row of tables you're sitting on.

  10. At the Friday night party, go to the bartender and tell him your drink needs a little more "Blue Flavor."

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  • 11:28 Rocking the #
  • 11:28 Webmaster Jam Session! #
  • 11:28 ...and having trouble typing. #
  • 13:10 @jabbott: your boy Garrett Dimon is presenting his work on building an issue tracker. #
  • 13:21 If you're wondering what this Webmaster Jam Session thingy is, learn more here - 2007.webjamsession.com/sessions/schedule/ #
  • 13:48 Finding keyboard shortcuts for everything at KeyXL - www.keyxl.com/ (via MicroPersuasion) #
  • 14:02 Loving Seth Godin's story about "The Reunion Problem" - tinyurl.com/2sam7p #
  • 14:16 I've determined that I like the word "BLAMMO!" #
  • 16:16 @jabbott: I think you got the better presentation... #
  • 17:19 Seeing the powerful pics of ACU's anti-war protest - tinyurl.com/2qdyh3 #
  • 17:32 Noting that the later it gets, the less proficient my note taking capability gets... #
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QUICK HITS 023 - The Great Jordan

  • 09:24 @jabbott: I know your love for pencils, but you are NOT paying $28 for one! #
  • 10:37 Amazed that ESPNRadio is replacing Dan Patrick with Tirico and Stephen A Smith!?! - tinyurl.com/yro3of #
  • 11:51 Watching Biff from "Back to the Future" sing about his life - tinyurl.com/z2h46 #
  • 14:42 Thinking about using Mint - www.mint.com/ #
  • 15:56 Watching the trailer for "Across the Universe" - I wanna see it! - tinyurl.com/yulzgw #
  • 16:39 @jabbott: Did you see our Webmaster Jam Session was listed on 456 Berea St.? - tinyurl.com/3aeepc #
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QUICK HITS 022 - Catched.

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QUICK HITS 021 - Now we're legal

  • 16:30 Realizing I haven't posted to twitter today, and since this is the only think making it to my blog these days, maybe I should post something #
  • 16:31 Reading "Everything you always wanted to know about Ford Models" tinyurl.com/2vqg8b #
  • 16:31 Finding out if the surge is working from an economist, not a politician -tinyurl.com/2sx3hc #
  • 16:38 Listening to Pandora's latest podcast about Electronic Dance Music - tinyurl.com/3ynx5u #
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QUICK HITS 020 - What's yours?

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NEW MUSIC: Mashups

What is a mashup? Urban Dictionary defines it like this:

Musical genre. Involves cutting and pasting samples and loops from two or more popular tracks to form a new track, often forming a suprisingly catchy new tune. Not as complex as remixed music. There are a number of bedroom djs who create moderate quality mashups.

The more different the genres of the source tunes, the more effective the mashup.

You downloaded the Run DMC vs Tom Petty mashup? DJBC is an artist, man.

So, take some different songs, make them work together, and boom! You've got yourself a mashup. Here's some of my favorites - see if you can pick out what songs are being mashed-up!

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  • 13:27 I tried watching a youtube of Britney Spears' performance at the 2007 VMAs. It was so bad, I couldn't make it to the end. #
  • 15:54 Thinking of putting together my own Web Worker Survival Kit - tinyurl.com/2cahvc #
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QUICK HITS 016 - Sweet!

  • 09:07 I wish Harry Potter was available as a legal ebook. Then I wouldn't find search results like this - tinyurl.com/yvh436 #
  • 14:38 @Diji: did you hear Henry Rollins' interview on The Ticket? Greatness. #
  • 14:39 As a devoted fan of Top Gear, I'm loving their Polar Challenge special - tinyurl.com/2798u6 #
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QUICK HITS 014 - Two Touchdowns

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VIDEO: Rodrigo Y Gabriella

I've been in a beating of meetings all day today, but I had to post these guys up here. Take world music, Spanish guitar, and rock-n-roll all mixed together, and you've got Rodrigo Y Gabriella. Give them a listen!


"Diablo Rojo"


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QUICK HITS 013 - Not So Lucky

  • 10:16 @jabbott: I get that USB drive letter issue all the time, because I have a card reader that assigns separate letters to each slot #
  • 10:48 I think this "USB Hub Man" is kinda cute tinyurl.com/2l2n5p #
  • 14:39 @jabbott: huh. who knew firebug had memory issues? #
  • 14:47 Ok, I'm an idiot. Of course Tweetbar won't let you look at your friends if you're NOT SIGNED IN! tinyurl.com/33f6qf #
  • 15:17 I thought "Shoot 'Em Up" would be the next date movie with the wife, but only 80 minutes?? tinyurl.com/2eh7y5 #
  • 15:23 nice roundup from Lifehacker - Tools for the Organized Student tinyurl.com/2wphx2 #
  • 15:24 Learning about the reality that is Panda Poo souvenirs tinyurl.com/2u2zn3 #
  • 16:07 Wait, there's a site called GamingWithBaby?? SWEET! gamingwithbaby.blogspot.com/ #
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QUICK HITS 012 - Dirty Dozen

  • 09:09 ahhh Twitter. How I missed you. #
  • 09:33 Darn you, MySpace. I've gone from blogstalking to bulletinstalking. #
  • 11:09 @Diji: I was just noticing the same thing, through the icicles forming on my glasses... #
  • 11:24 @jabbott: Installed Tweetbar, wasn't impressed. Took forever to load up and wouldn't even switch tabs for me. #
  • 11:24 Checkin' the schedule for the Webmaster Jam Session - 2007.webjamsession.com/sessions/schedule/ #
  • 11:43 Trying to figure out if I like Rachel Yamagata - tinyurl.com/yt3ycx #
  • 12:12 Loving this track from Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem tinyurl.com/2hgxhq #
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If you're a bit of a TV addict like I am, you may find the info below useful...

(Via Programming Insider)

Dancing With the Stars - Monday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.
The Bachelor - Monday, Sept. 24, 9:30 p.m. (90 minutes)
Boston Legal - Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9:30 p.m. (90 minutes)
Private Practice - Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9 p.m.
Dirty Sexy Money - Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10 p.m.
Ugly Betty - Thursday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.
Grey's Anatomy - Thursday, Sept. 27, 9 p.m.
Big Shots - Thursday, Sept. 27, 10 p.m.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - Sunday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. (two hours)
Desperate Housewives - Sunday, Sept. 30, 9 p.m.
Brothers & Sisters - Sunday, Sept. 30, 10 p.m.

How I Met Your Mother - Monday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.
The Big Bang Theory - Monday, Sept. 24, 8:30 p.m.
Two and a Half Men - Monday, Sept. 24, 9 p.m.
Rules of Engagement - Monday, Sept. 24, 9:30 p.m.
CSI: Miami - Monday, Sept. 24, 10 p.m.
NCIS - Tuesday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m.
The Unit - Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9 p.m.
Cane - Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10 p.m.
Criminal Minds - Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9 p.m.
CSI: NY - Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10 p.m.
CSI - Thursday, Sept. 27, 9 p.m.
Without a Trace - Thursday, Sept. 27, 10 p.m.
Ghost Whisperer - Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.
Moonlight - Friday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m.
Numb3rs - Friday, Sept. 28, 10 p.m.
48 Hours Mystery - Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 p.m.

Chuck - Monday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.
Heroes - Monday, Sept. 24, 9 p.m.
Journeyman - Monday, Sept. 24, 10 p.m.
The Singing Bee - Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9:30 p.m.
Law & Order: SVU - Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10 p.m.
The Bionic Woman - Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9 p.m.
Life - Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10 p.m.
My Name is Earl - Thursday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.
The Office - Thursday, Sept. 27, 9 p.m.
ER - Thursday, Sept. 27, 10 p.m.
Las Vegas - Friday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m.

Bones - Tuesday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m.
House - Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9 p.m.
American Dad - Sunday, Sept. 30, 9:30 p.m.
(most of Fox's schedule kicks off the week of Sept. 18)

Reaper - Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9 p.m.
Smallville - Thursday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.
(most of the CW's schedule kicks off the week of Oct. 1)

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NEW MUSIC: Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem

You'll notice I mentioned these guys on my twitter, but I first discovered them listening to NPR. (Yeah, I'm cool like that. What, you got a problem with NPR??)

This music is really worth a listen. They take sounds and melodies that sound old, and reinvigorate them with contemporary songwriting and performance. Unfortunately, it's hard to find their stuff readily available. Here's one track that I loved - it's off their album "Gambling Eden":


And for more music from Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem:

Free samples of earcandy readily available there. Enjoy!


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  • 09:06 I'm going to make a wild guess, but when "Cinnamon" wants to be my friend on MySpace, I'm guessing that's actually spam... #
  • 09:07 ...and yes, it looks like "Cinnamon" is only interested in enlarging part of my anatomy. #
  • 09:20 @Diji - Max Payne is great. Played through the first one. #
  • 12:57 loving this pic: "Invasion of the Gnome Snatchers" tinyurl.com/2gzwhp #
  • 14:39 checking out these "Go Bag" postings, including one with bullets - tinyurl.com/2ehewv #
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Anyone out there remember this story? It was one of my favorites in the reading center in kindergarten.

I was just reminded of this moral from the story:

If you want to get people to do something, don't tell them how desperately they are needed. Don't try to appeal to their sympathy and kindness. Instead, create the impression that you are giving them the opportunity to be part of your success.

I think we can all use that one in our lives, right now.

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  • 10:08 Dear Eric: Welcome to work. We'd like to inform you that the most important links on the site are all broken. Please fix now. #
  • 11:08 Checking out this great list of 18 overlooked things to bring to college - tinyurl.com/3ytdam #
  • 16:23 Love me some St. Germain - tinyurl.com/236w6t #
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NEW MUSIC: Bitter:Sweet

Love these guys, because they've got a real laid-back funk groove going on. Sounds like something from a James Bond or Ocean's Eleven (Twelve, Thirteeen) movie. Put this stuff on and get swanky.


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  • 12:39 Wishing, at least for a little while, that I could have the life of Penny Arcade's founders - tinyurl.com/2mnxat #
  • 12:41 ...and yes, I just NOW sat down at my desk. Love me some meetings. #
  • 12:43 I'm GOING to get this power-saving remote computing set up tinyurl.com/2xrv4m #
  • 13:37 Desparately wishing I could start up a company half as cool or as profitable as this girl tinyurl.com/248rsh #
  • 14:26 Lovin' the musical stylings of the John Butler Trio - tinyurl.com/2c3q74 #
  • 15:40 Loving this kids' chalk board table tinyurl.com/34p2g4 #
  • 15:46 Updated John Butler Trio playlist tinyurl.com/2buwcv #
  • 15:47 Reading an NYT article about laptops in meetings. And no, I'm not in a meeting. tinyurl.com/yre354 #
  • 15:51 Need to check that router my Uncle gave me to see if it's hackable like this tinyurl.com/oug4p #
  • 16:12 Feelin nostalgic listening to: Primitive Radio Gods - Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand #
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I started writing these down one time - just thought I'd post them for you.

  • If you're approaching a door with one of those bar-style push handles that goes across the whole thing, and you don't know which direction it's going to open, hold out both hands and as you're walking through, lightly push on both sides of the door. One direction will give, and you can open the door without a struggle.

  • If your mouth gets dry, try chewing your tongue a little - it will start saliva flowing again in your mouth. Be warned, however - I've been told you can only do this trick once every hour or so.

  • Whenever you get a new gadget with a plug adapter, they usually come wrapped with a rubber-coated wire tie. When you unpack your new gadget, wrap the wire tie around the cord near the plug. This way you'll always have something to keep the cord coiled up when you need to pack it up.

  • When filling up your car, pick a nice even dollar amount that's close to what it costs to fill your tank and only pump to that point. This saves you time with your checkbook later, and if you do it consistently, makes it easier to calculate your fuel/commute budget.

  • If you grab your lunch from a restaurant and eat it at your desk, always make sure to pick up TONS of napkins when you get your food. You can put the extras in a drawer and use them to clean up random minor spills. They can even act as tissues in a pinch.

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VIDEO: Those Crazy Japanese

In case you haven't noticed, the Japanese do some crazy stuff on TV. Humiliating, can't-stop-watching-the-train-wreck stuff. And yet, it's usually quite funny...

Bathroom Prank

Human Tetris 1

Human Tetris 2

Nicolas Cage Singing about Pachinko

Odd Japanese Black-screen Skit

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QUICK HITS 007 - License to Kill

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VIDEO: The Ultimate Best Man Speach

This one's worth another post for today...


VIDEO: A Cappella is COOL.

Many of you know of my passion for a cappella music, particularly when applied to the music of today. There's tons of college groups doing this kind of thing now, and they put out some incredible stuff. Here's just a few of my favorites.

Frou Frou - Let Go

System of a Down - Aerials

U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Fall Out Boy - Sugar, We're Goin' Down

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

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  • 09:51 watching Real Sports' article on steriods - fascinating stuff - tinyurl.com/2vqseh #
  • 11:00 Ironic - we're having a bake sale to raise money for Juvenile DIABETES. #
  • 13:19 Checking out my submission to creativemyk.com tinyurl.com/2r4frb #
  • 15:19 Doin' my D.A.N.C.E. - tinyurl.com/26chov #
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  • 10:38 Reading the latest update from the underground "Heroes" series blog - www.samantha48616e61.com/ #
  • 10:39 According to zoominfo.com, apparently Eric Swayne is a Man - tinyurl.com/2am4wg #
  • 11:12 Playing with this Flickr color selector - color.slightlyblue.com/ #
  • 11:17 Updating my twitter design. Still in the works. #
  • 11:20 Love this article - great practical summary of how to increase your Google Juice organically tinyurl.com/2l94g6 #
  • 15:20 Rocking out to clips from Ronald Jenkees' new CD - ronaldjenkees.com/music-store #
  • 15:25 @jfritsche: not being a Veronica Mars fan, I had to look that one up. What's her power? Investigative Reporting? #
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  • 09:15 I'm not sure if these Smart Technology pieces from Pottery Barn are cool or too Martha Stewart - tinyurl.com/2u9328 #
  • 15:01 checking some crazy animal pics - tinyurl.com/2dtnyz #
  • 15:31 stunned that a church is giving out $15 iTunes gift cards to new visitors - tinyurl.com/ysarb9 #
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VIDEO: Dancing with Keepon

I dare you to find a cuter dancing robot. Music courtesy of the great band, Spoon - song is titled "Don't You Evah".

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Looks like I'm important enough to warrant some blogger PR! Yes folks, I have arrived.

They've asked me to link to their company's site, so I'm doing so in the email below. Thanks, Abazias for taking notice of a little ol' blogger like me!

Hi there,

I noticed that you recently blogged about our "Will a Diamond Engagement Ring Blend?" video! We found the topic to be extremely interesting and glad you felt it was worth a mention as well.

In looking at your recent post http://stoplookingswan.blogspot.com/2007/08/video-journey-she-did-what.html
, I was wondering if you would be willing to include a link to the actual video or our website within that post?

If this is something you'd be interested in doing, or discussing, please feel free to let me know.

Also, if you had any additional ideas to discuss, I would love to hear them!

Stock Symbol: ABZA

"Will a Diamond Engagement Ring Blend?"

Abazias Diamonds

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VIDEO: Lucas with the Lid Off

No real theme here, I just liked this song back in the day, and recently was shown this video of it. Enjoy!

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VIDEO JOURNEY: Animated Text

Who says you need actual people to make a video? These videos will show you that all it takes is the words on the page... with some funky animation.

The Ocean's Eleven Project

Typographics - Vancouver Film School

DJ Format - The Hit Song

- this one has people and text, but it's GENIUS. Sample line:

"...I've got more hits than when you're playing blackjack with a deck of twos..."

Brazil Typography

Hey Ya

- apparently this kid named Obadiah Parker covered Outkast's "Hey Ya", and it's AWESOMEAWESOME

More sweet vids available and compiled by the GREAT Dave Shea at mezzoblue.

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