Friday, November 4, 2011

Life On Shuffle

A musical discovery from awhile back...really energizes whatever I am doing. I dare you check your pulse before and after.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Something I can stand behind

Generally I try to avoid political discussions....unless it has to do with corporations....I recently found a video of Keith Olbermann reading statements made by occupy Wall St. I wasn't sure exactly what this group stood for before this video and I am not sure I agree with everything they say but I do support this video. I hope you listen carefully and realized that most of this is true. I don't really aim to sway you to one side or another merely just to inform you of my beliefs and interests.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Doc Talk : Monsanto and Our Food

Controlling Our Food



I really hate Monsanto and this documentary just fuels my fire.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Reel Reviews......."Awake"

Today...while talking a friend...he suggested I take a look at a new TV show coming out in 2012...the show is called "AWAKE"...its coming to NBC...I am always looking for new tv shows that are creative and thought provoking....this one fits whatever bill my mind would dare demand...I am not predicting it to be great to the masses but it doesn't have to be ...just interesting to me........here is the trailer that got me hooked...I urge you to watch and I dare you to try and follow the story..




In case...like me you didnt quite understand what you just saw...here is what comic-con had to say about "awake" in its rewview of the show.....

"Awake begins with Jason Isaacs' character Detective Michael Britten in a devastating car accident, which severs his family. This is where things get tricky. The series is split between two different realities, with Michael's wife dying in the accident in one, and his son dying in the other. When he goes to bed at night, he wakes up in the other reality. He doesn't know which one is real, and neither do we. You'd think this could get confusing, but the pilot manages to bounce between both realities without getting lost."


The show doesn't come out for awhile but I  have high expectations....

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Stache Masters: Aaron Rodgers and His many faces

Something new I am willing to share with you is that I am a die hard sharp cheddar packer fan...most of my life...secondly I appreciate facial hair and all of its glory..

In case you happen not to know who Aaron Rodgers let me tell you....he was drafted in 2005 from the University of California...he was the back up to Brett Favre (sky point) for three years on the Green Bay Packers football team. He has started as quarterback for the team ever since with last season seeing Mr. Rodgers leading my green and gold to the superbowl championship...

anyway for some reason he changes his facial hair all the time and it amuses me he is a photo tribute starting from college, to draft day...to finally...this season..










This last one is the most current and maybe the most interesting....I hope you enjoyed...my strange interests and humor..




Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Grad school...and one SUNNY DAY RIDE

Grad school...two scary words when put together....I have found that the first two days of my experience have been rather eventful...I met with the chair of the department..twice...got introduced to a class that I am advising... realized my office has its own phone..and well I bought this beauty..



My friend Joe and I went to lunch at a local establishment and after we had engulfed our American sized meals we took a walk to an interesting bike shop across the street. We had really just walked in there to walk off our lunch and dream of a ragbrai ready bike (see http://ragbrai.com/),but as we left we spotted this 1968 huffy sunny day ride tandem bicycle on the sidewalk calling our name...we ponder the purchase as stupid and expensive but only for a moment as our stronger sense of spontaneity and future paychecks...not to mention joe's credit card..prevailed... don't know exactly what the future holds for our yellow dream but its ours and that is all that matters currently...carpe diem..

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Heroes...Motivators...and Words I live by


From Left To Right....


Henry David Thoreau - (poet, naturalist)

"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."

Vince Lombardi - (former coach of the green bay packers)

"I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious."

Ansel Adams - (naturalist, photographer)

"No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit."

Edmund Hillary - (first man to climb Mt Everest, humanitarian)

"People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things."

E.O. Wilson (naturalist, author)

"You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give."



These men and their beliefs...help to form who I am and what I believe....I strive to grasp a piece of each one of them in my daily pursuits...carpe diem...knowledge is power...amen.




Friday, August 19, 2011

Words to live by....."What It Takes to be Number One"




"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

"There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that's first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don't ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.

"Every time a football player goes to play his trade he's got to play from the ground up — from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That's O.K. You've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second.

"Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization — an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win — to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don't think it is.

"It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That's why they are there — to compete. To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules — but to win.

"And in truth, I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.

"I don't say these things because I believe in the "brute" nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle — victorious."

- V. Lombardi

1913 - 1970

Going Pro.....Finally


Going pro has been a dream of mine for a long time...when I was a kid..I wanted to be a pro baseball player..well I made it through high school and had enough...then when I was 16 I wanted to be a pro race car driver...until I realized how hard it was to control a car at 100mph going into a corner....then at some point I realized that I had to go to college....so long story short and 4 years later...dot dot dot..

As of this upcoming Monday I will be going pro....going pro as in I will be a professional student...In other terms that means I am getting paid to go to school...its really a magical idea but in the long run it still costs me some money...I have been awarded a teaching assistantship (TA) in my department which gives me my own office and two classes to oversee...I also was giving the interesting position of being the undergraduate advisor....basically students will be coming to me in order to plan their path to graduation...I don't know why the department picked me but I enjoy the responsibility that comes with it...I also am taking three classes this semester which makes my work load a little hard to look at but I think over the 16 week marathon that is a college semester...it wont be so bad...I am thankful for my new responsibilities and am happy to be finally going pro at something.. :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

♫ Life On Shuffle ♫

All this running talk reminded to update my ipod...for said activity's ...I also thought I would share a song I have been listening to for awhile but really gets me going especially at the beginning of runs...







I can always use new music so feel free to share what music gets you going!

62 days and counting

In case you didn't know....my friends and I decided it was a good idea (months and months ago) to sign up for the Chicago marathon...with 62 days left to go til I step up to that starting line....I do not feel overly prepared...so I thought maybe putting my training schedule out here in the public zone would motivate me to keep going......the idea here is that I want to run the marathon in around 4 hours....under four hours would be amazing on a personal level....but anyway....in training I want to do a training run that reaches about 3.5 hrs maybe a little less that way come marathon time ....that run will be the longest I have done during the course of my training....long story short...i have about 8 weeks left and here is my master plan...I like to run for time rather than distance...its really your choice...

Week 1..monday...60min.....tuesday.....30min.....thursday....1.2hrs......saturday....2hrs..(might be closer to1.5)

Week 2 basically a repeat of week one

Week 3..monday 1.2hrs....wednesday....1.2hrs....thursday....30min......saturday....2.4hrs

Week 4 same as week 3 (gotta let the body adjust slowly)

Week 5...monday...1.5hrs....wednesday...1.5hrs....thursday...walk 45min....saturday...2.8hrs

Week 6...monday...1.6hrs....wednesday...1.7hrs....thursday...60min walk....saturday..3.3hrs.(good simulation)

Week 7...monday...1.5hrs...wednesday...1.7hrs...thursday..60min walk....saturday...2.5hrs...(nothing fast)

Week 8...monday...45min....wedneday...1hr.....thurday-saturday is rest (little walking maybe)...Sunday..RACE DAY!!

Lets hope it all pans out...the schedule undoubtalby will get adjusted given how I feel and unforseen circumstances but I need to stick closely to it to meet my goals....here is a taste of what I am going to be doing.....enjoy..




Friday, July 29, 2011

A piece of FUNNEL cake!

Today was a remarkable day in the life of me....Today I spotted my first tornado!!...This is something I have had on my bucket list (actually to get within a mile of one....mission accomplished)....thanks to the help of my lovely photographer riding shot gun we got that sucker...right before it decided to go back upstairs.....my copilot was a little scared in the moment but after it was all over she was thankful we were there to see it up close...and to think there were mostly blue skies outside today....very strange if you ask me...anyway....chase on fellow storm lovers...here is picture.....



PROOF!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Life in the Fast Lane

Life has been really streaming by lately and I really have been neglecting this blog among many other things....in summary...my car is in the shop...money is a little tight and I haven't been meeting my goals in other areas...well that all stops tonight....I will wake up tomorrow a new man with new confidence in my goals and in my faith that it will all work out...because as a little token in my desk says..."with god all things are possible" so I choose to keep my focus there and no where else...the next few weeks until school starts up will be a little stressful but I do know that it is mostly out of my hands and I can only do what god allows me...carpe diem....live the dream...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

When Nature Calls...Answer

my new buddy snappy

I was working "hard" today when I stumbled upon an old (or should I say young) friend. This is a american snapper turtle or Chelydra serpentina for you scientifics out there...baby version (see hand for scale)..

According to nature.ca (canada)...the common snapper can attain a shell length of up to 50 cm (19.5 in.) and weight exceeding 15 kg (33 lb.). Its serpentine neck, massive head, muscular legs, and relatively long tail make it seem even larger. It is estimated that they can live 30 to 40 years in the wild, perhaps even longer. These turtles consume various aquatic plants and animals, including fish, frogs, birds and small mammals. They are also scavengers, eating dead fish and drowned mammals.

Snappers are generally nocturnal. During the day, they bury themselves into the bottom mud or sand, and wait to for prey to swim by. At night, they usually are more active, foraging and pursuing their food.

Common snapping turtles become dormant during the winter. Quite often, they bury themselves into muddy bottoms of ponds for long periods of time. Mating occurs in the water, usually in early spring, and females begin to migrate toward traditional nesting areas, sometimes traveling more than 10 km (6 mi.) away. Nesting usually occurs from May to June. The females lay white round eggs, and the young usually hatch in September or early October.

Common snapping turtles are defensive if confronted on land, but in the water, they usually slip quietly away from any disturbance. They usually prefer slow-moving water with a muddy bottom and plenty of vegetation; they are found in ponds, lakes, rivers and streams.

They occur in the eastern two-thirds of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, and in southern Canada from Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan.

to think all that from the little guy in my hand...I hope you learned something..and like/respect our turtle friends a little more..

snappy back safely in the water


Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
-Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pick-A-Flick

As you will come to find out...I tend to watch a lot of movies and more specifically documentaries. Today while surfing the web wasting away in my computer chair...I stumbled across a real gem...its called "between the folds"....usually I stick to nature and sports films but sometimes other genres seem to strike the right cord...the movie in question is about paper folding and in a way...origami but with a complex twist. My appreciation for abstract arts has grown since I purchased another documentary called.."rivers and tides" by andy goldsworthy..which I also recommend...but anyway if your free one night and really enjoy amazing art that is simple in the idea but results in masterpieces...check it out...I came away stunned and quite enlightened about what a plain old piece of paper can do...in the right hands..


here is a brief synopsis..."award–winning documentary Between the Folds chronicles the stories of ten fine artists and intrepid theoretical scientists who have abandoned careers and scoffed at hard–earned graduate degrees—all to forge unconventional lives as modern–day paperfolders."

...the trailer...enjoy

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

here goes nothing...



Breakfast!!!

2 apples (fuji)
2 large carrots
1 handful of blueberries
8 Strawberries

Drink up!


To explain this idea of juicing a little more.

..The idea is that by juicing you are super charging your system because you get all the nutrients with out all the mass of actually consuming a entire produce section from a grocery store...most people do not eat enough of all these great little vitamins....junk food fills us up with fat and oils and macro-nutrients...so by eating just fruits and vegetables I should see amazing health benefits..

Monday, July 11, 2011

On The Juice...

One of my hobbies is watching documentaries..I seem to find a lot of random ones on amazon instant video..A couple weeks ago I watched a documentary called "fat...sick...and nearly dead"....I wasn't sure at first if its purpose was to promote a protect or just be a new diet fad that seemed a little impossible....so I spent 2hrs one week night finding out....what I did find was a revaluation of an idea that I had a while back...that I needed a juicer!!.

..You see the movie follows this guy from down under (Joe Cross)...he comes to America with an idea..that for 60 days he will drink nothing but juice made from the freshest fruits and vegetables...he has a juicer in his car..that he takes with him from farmers markets...grocery stores...and roadside stands across America... he meets a lot of people who are disgusted and some actually give it a shot...


...one guy who gives it a shot goes from 429lbs...to within 10lbs of me...pretty much a 200lb loss in two months by just juicing and doing some exercise.... to find out more check out the movie site...http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/


I am telling you this because I wanna give juicing a try...I bought myself a nice juicer...and lots of fruits and vegetables... I wont go as long as the fellows in the movie cause I don't need to lose that much...but starting tomorrow...July 12...all the way until... July 21...I am going to be juicing for every meal...the 10 days should provide a cleansing of my body while also losing around 10lbs....the idea is to reset the taste buds and my current diet so that after the juicing period is over I can start off fresh and actually eat food that's good for me and I can continue juicing (probably down one meal a day)...I don't know what the final result will be but its an experiment in health that I am really excited about.. wish me luck......here are some pics of my set up..Ill provide some updates in the days to come..



Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hello World.....How you been?

This blog is my way of venting....rejoicing...sharing...and
caring about things in my life... It doesnt really have a goal or a direction other than to suit my personal needs and interests...I dont really know how deep this journey into blogger cyberspace will take me...us...you.......but there is only one path to find out.......walk with me and explore!