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Update on Life: The Visual Study

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about 8 years ago

I have recently begun a one year intensive study on film at a school in San Francisco. My main goal is to learn how to tell stories in a visual medium. Being able to convey your ideas visually will become increasing important as my generation takes hold (words? we don’t need no stinkin words) and ...

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Be A Hawk

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about 8 years ago

  I was riding in a car with my dad on the last leg of a father/son roadtrip today and we both noticed a magnificent Hawk flying nearby. It reminded me a something I’d once heard about Hawks being a great metaphor for good businesspeople (especially in the emerging ‘portfolio career’ model I see ...

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The Effects of Travel on Self Perception

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about 8 years ago

  Ben Casnocha recently had a post that made me break out the thinking cap. I traveled through western europe for a long trip as part of a gap year. Due to Katrina I ended up cutting the trip short to go help and then for personal reasons I decided to end my gap year early and resume studies ...

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Travel Maps

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over 8 years ago

I’ve enjoyed some European Travel, and I need to get some more places. After school (and probably grad school) I plan on moving out of the USA at least for a few years. I won’t be a stranger back here (California and Colorado) because with family and a little neice I’ll have to visit frequently ...

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FairVote

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over 8 years ago

Go Check out FairVote. I’m all for this change to direct election, it will encourage people to get out and vote. Here’s an excerpt from their webpage. That’s not the worst of it, though. After all, some people might count it a blessing to be spared the October onslaught of thirty-second spots ...

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Myspace - The Devil?

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over 8 years ago

Watch The Daily Show’s Short on Myspace.Just hilarious… As a recovering myspace adict, I actually think Myspace has been brought to us by the devil and no longer use it, but when the man’s right on emo rock, he’s right on emo rock. good for a larf.

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Excellent Video

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almost 9 years ago

One of my favorite videos ever.Jon Stewart makes an awesome speech on Crossfire completely dismantling Tucker Carlson. Begala gets a little as well but Tucker really gets it. I recently replied to a post re: Bowties and remembered Tucker Carlson and remembered this video. Most assuredly worth a ...

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Let's Redefine Goals

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almost 9 years ago

I’m vastly aware no-one/very few people read this… hence it is going to become way for me to organize and publish my thoughts, and work on communicating and recomending in a public forum. However, I’m hoping to encourage readership in Spring and have something meaningful by summer. Here’s what ...