Nikon Projector Camera (Coolpix S1000PJ)

Nikon Projector Camera (Coolpix S1000PJ)

I am terrified to write this next post. These words you are reading have the ability to ruin the world as we know it. I’m talking about the new Nikon Projector Camera I bought. The Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ. I love it. It’s fucking amazing.

But much like the Nuclear Bomb, this is the kind of power that best remain in the hands of the few.

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I Put My Mom on an Internet Dating Site

I Put My Mom on an Internet Dating Site

My parents divorced over 2 years ago. Probably for the best. They weren’t getting along too well, and their 3 kids already left the house years before. My dad is not always a ray of sunshine. A tough guy who’s done exceptionally well for himself (especially considering he came from absolutely nothing) but often very difficult to deal with. My mom on the other hand is the sweetest lady on the planet. Always smiling, positive, very warm and easy for anyone to get along with. My whole life, I always hear about what a cool mom I have, and I guess I’m fucking lucky; therapist offices around the country are filled with people complaining about their mothers. Yeah, there were a couple incidents when I was little and pushed her buttons until the woman lost it with me, but I have no right to complain. She’s always been very supportive, and she’s my biggest fan, bragging about me to anyone who will listen. So I get protective when something hurts her.

When my parents split, she was sad and hurt. She started leaning on me a lot more, always wanting me to join her for dinner or a movie. I knew that if I didn’t come see her she’d just sit and play solitaire on the computer all night. I could not let it go on like this. And so I told her, “Mom, I’m putting you on the internet for dating.” She protested, saying she’s not ready for that right now. I didn’t care, I went to her computer, found a decent picture of her, uploaded it on Jdate, and announced my mom to the world of retired old jewish guys. “Now Mom, write a description of yourself”. Well, she’ll have to write that herself, I do have my limits. “Now Mom, go on a bunch of dates, meet people and have fun”.

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Music Pick of the Day – Pole Folder

 
Pole Folder – Zero Gold

Music Pick of the Day - Pole Folder

Waterfalls of Love
Inner Turmoil
London
Morning Crow
Faith in Me

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Ooh, I’m in love with this album. An instant classic. Elegant, sophisticated, dark, sultry, atmospheric, progressive house. The whole album blends together to take you on a journey and is consistently high quality. One of the most creative works to come out of this genre.

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Always Rep Your Friends Well

Always Rep Your Friends Well

I don’t understand people who put down their friends when talking about them.

Speaking well of your friends does so many great things.
It makes you look good when you have quality friends. It shows that you’re thoughtful. And It shows that you’re a good person to your friends.

And let’s not forget, it helps out your friends. You’re raising up the people around you. Your friends like it, appreciate it, and are motivated to do things to raise you up.

Isn’t it better to have a cooperative dynamic with the people close to you?

If you really can’t think of anything nice to say about a friend of yours, well, it’s time to do some thinking, about a lot of things.

Playful teasing is cool and fun of course, but it shouldn’t have anything to do with how you represent your friends to others.

What you say reflects on you. Especially what you say about your friends.

Let’s say the only info you had about someone was what they had to say about a friend. Which of these people would you rather associate with?

Person A: “My friend is one of those awesome amazing guys that makes the idea of having friends in your life actually worth it. If he wasn’t already a friend of mine, I would find a way to infiltrate and get to know him.”

Person B: “My friend is such a loser. Last night while he was sleeping, I put some shaving cream in his mouth and he accidentally swallowed it. Now he’s complaining. Haha, what an idiot!”

Fuck the Lingo, Clarity is More Impressive

Fuck the Lingo, Clarity is More Impressive
There are so many showoffs in this world. You want to show off your watch, or your car, or your killer hair-do? Cool, I can tolerate it. What continues to frustrate me in the business world is people showing off with Lingo.

Sure, one can pontificate upon some pompous ponderings along the collective synapse of our social paradigm thereby exacerbating a grandiose public perception with aplomb, but that ain’t going to pay the bills. Simplify your language.

Lingo, industry jargon, the specialized vocabulary used for a specific niche; it’s a very useful way to speed up communication between people who understand the underlying concepts. If you’re speaking to someone unfamiliar with the concepts of your niche, using lingo SLOWS DOWN communication, and CONFUSES people. It also creates the annoying awkwardness of someone having to ask for clarification to understand you. This is unhelpful, demonstrates poor communication skills, and serves to make you less valuable.
Sounds pretty obvious, but if you’re in business you’re probably already doing this now. If you are exceptionally intelligent, I’m almost certain of it.
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Music Pick of the Day – Marconi Union

 
Marconi Union – Distance

Music Pick of the Day – Marconi Union

Sleepless
Through Glass
Inter
A Temporary Life

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Amazing. This is my favorite ambient album. Gorgeous detailed electronic soundscapes with subtle pulsing energy and a post rock flare. Even has elements of deep bass dub. Great to fall asleep to, read to, relax to. I could listen to this album on constant repeat in headphones everyday as I go about life.

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Bailout the Gold Diggers

Bailout the Gold Diggers

Note: I wrote this about a year ago during the time of the bailouts.
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Guys this is serious. No one has been hurt more in this recession than Gold Diggers. As our country loses its Millionaires and Billionaires at an alarming rate, beautiful young women from every metropolitan city are being forced from their condos, left to fend for themselves on the streets without their Mercedes, Louis Vuitton handbags, unable to shade light without any Christian Dior sunglasses. Furthermore, this sharp rise in condo evictions is flooding our court system and causing considerable harm and embarrassment to the wives and children of the men who previously supported these Gold Diggers.

When one takes an honest and deep look into this situation, only then can one realize just how serious this crisis is, for all of us. Surprisingly the income needed to support the Gold Diggers of this country is approximately $30Trillion/year, that’s more than TWICE the Gross Domestic Product of our nation. More importantly they do not save a dollar, every penny they receive goes right back into our economy. They are the WET DREAM of any STIMULUS PACKAGE. Bailing out the Gold Diggers will provide an immediate boost to our economy. In fact, since the average Gold Digger will typically spend at least 2 to 3 times what she receives, they have the potential to get our economy completely out of this recession. Our nation can’t afford to lose this level of spending. To a lesser extent, our greater Los Angeles region can’t afford to lose Sunset Plaza, Rodeo Dr. and the whole of Beverly Hills. We need a national Bailout program of at least $5Trillion to support our Gold Diggers, bring back their spending, and finally teach our children that we do have a responsible government.

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Music Pick of the Day – Silversun Pickups

 
Silversun Pickups – Swoon

Music Pick of the Day – Silversun Pickups

Panic Switch
There’s No Secrets This Year
The Royal We
Growing Old is Getting Old
Sort Of

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My generation had so much awesome rock music offered in the early-mid 90s, until the embarrassing wave of angst hip hop nu-metal swept in and destroyed the scene in the late 90s/early 2000s courtesy of limp bizkit and linkin park. Thank god that’s over thanks to the help of Queens of the Stone Age, White Stripes and The Killers. Sure this new crop of alternative rock bands these days are very derivative from decades past, but many of them are exceptional, they have a fresh modern take on things, and whatever, at least rap metal is gone.

I’m enjoying this trend of revitalizing the styles of music from generations before mine. But it feels strange to hear new music derivative of the rock I grew up on in the 90s. Wait, that’s not an older style now is it?
Feels weird, but I can’t help it, I’m mesmerized by the new Silversun Pickups album “Swoon”. If this exact album was labeled Smashing Pumpkins, everyone would be screaming about what a fucking genius Billy Corgan still is. Unfortunately Billy’s now passed his prime, out of touch, putting out worthless music, severely harming the Pumpkins phenomenal legacy. Sad to watch a genius get old and lose it. Time to admit the students are now surpassing their teachers.

We’ve all heard the big single “Panic Switch” everywhere, and yeah that is their best song, but the rest of the album is great.

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Raise Your Self-Esteem by Becoming a Better Person

Raise Your Self-Esteem by Becoming a Better Person

Your Self-Esteem is the estimate you make about yourself. How well equipped are you to deal with life? How worthy are you of its rewards?

The best way to raise your Self-Esteem is to become a better person. Sounds so obvious and self evident. But, it’s amazing how much of our culture tries to avoid that fact, and how much advice and products are sold to help us try to raise our belief in ourselves without having to grow and develop ourselves.

Indeed when we are little we are often taught that no one is better than anyone else and we all deserve a sticker and a star. But the truth is that as we grow up, some of us become better people than others.

A person who is more responsible is better in that respect than a person who is less responsible. A person who acts with more integrity is better in that respect than a person who acts with less integrity. A person who is more productive is better in that respect than a person who is less productive.

Better as in better equipped for life, and more worthy of its rewards.

There is no magic pill. Blowing yourself kisses in the mirror won’t help either. Don’t try to find a shortcut around becoming a better person.

 
We’re going to get a lot more into building character in future articles.

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