09 June, 2013

Welcome Home Rascal

We have a new family member. His name is Rascal. We picked him up from the Humane Society on Friday. Rascal is 7 months old, potty trained, loves to go on walks and loves to run. He knows how to sit on command and he is close to understanding stay. We think he may have some abandonment issues because he cries anytime we are in another room and he can't get to us.  I don't blame him. He had a family once and unfortunately they couldn't give him the attention he needed. We are in the process of Kennel Training Rascal for when we are at work. It's going to take some time but he is a fast learner. We love our little guy. Happy home homecoming rascal.

14 January, 2013

2012 Is Gone. What A Great Year

Here is a compilation of videos I took throughout 2012. Enjoy~!

10 November, 2012

Jabba the Snow Hutt

We decided to make good use of the snow we got overnight

17 October, 2012

What am I?

I'm that guy you know who is decent at doing a lot of stuff, but never pursues anything to the professional level. Fear of rejection has always been a part of me. It is the reason why I have been in college for so long. It is the reason why I refuse to sell my work. I always wonder where my fear of success came from. How do we find where we stand? How do we accept our abilities and take that next leap?

Am I an artist?

A mechanic?

An amateur astronomer?

A photographer?

A writer?

A performer?

A travel documentarian?

13 September, 2012

The Moon is Looking Back

        When was the last time you looked up at the Moon? When was the last time you had a real close up view of its surface? 50 years Kennedy delivered his historic Moon speech from Rice University in Huston. The quest for the Moon didn’t necessarily start out as a peaceful effort. Peaceful efforts do not receive the type of funding necessary to plan a Moon mission. NASA’s current budget is too small to even go beyond low Earth orbit. We were at war with Soviet Russia and our pride was far superior to our quest for peace. Still, Kennedy’s Moon speech gave hopes of a greater future in space. "For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the Moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace…We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding."-John F. Kennedy 
(Watch my latest iReport, a tribute to Neil Armstrong, published by CNN )

        Since that date presidents have made promises in spaceflight that reside outside of their potential time as president. Many of those promises have a vision with ambition, but not the funding to back that vision. This is the struggle of NASA. This is why the agency is fading away in the eyes of the public, just as the Moon fades into the morning skies. 
        I am constantly watching for the Moon at night, and even in the day when it is faint, almost blending in with the pale blue sky. The excitement of seeing the Moon even with the most amateur equipment, such as a small telescope, binoculars, and even a camera lens, can inspire anyone who gets their first view of a crater with their own eye. The other day I captured a photo of the Moon in a cosmic dance with Venus. Our closest neighbors look back on us, floating through space…just out of our reach. I wish to share some photos I have taken of the moon over the years. Enjoy.

06 August, 2012

If a rover lands on Mars and there isn't anyone around to witness it...

I think of the Curiosity Landing on Mars and how no one was there to witness that awesome event. In my mind I tried to imagine the image of a small craft coming out of the red martian sky being slowed by a giant parachute, and then the parachute detaches. As the craft falls 8 engines ignite and bring it down to suspend in mid air just 40 meters from the ground. Slowly a 1 ton rover is lowered to to the ground with the help of a cable system. As the wheels touch the ground the cables detach and the craft accelerates away and crashes somewhere far in the distance. The rover sits there and no one is there to see it.

18 June, 2012

I may do this. Stay Tuned

There are 30 different... categories(?) that I do each day. So, here is what I will be writing about for the next 30 days.

1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
3. Describe your relationship with your parents.
4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?
7. What is your dream job, and why?
8. What are 5 passions you have?
9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
10. Describe your most embarrasing moment.
11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
13. Describe 5 weaknesses you have.
14. Describe 5 strengths you have.
15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?
19. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
21. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?
22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
23. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.
24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.
25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
28. What is your love language?
29. What do you think people misundertand most about you?
30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

07 June, 2012

Ray Bradbury: Influencing and Preventing Possible Futures

This week Ray Bradbury passed away. I decided to write an article on how his stories influenced and prevented possible futures. CNN picked up my I Report. You can view it here. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-799884

10 April, 2012

Four Comedies You Must See

Obscure, Slapstick, Absurd, Witty, these are all comedies that may change your perception on what the hell you've been watching all of these years. Not everyone will love these comedies, but they may grow on you over time.

Brazil-Love does not always conquer all.

Rushmore-About the person you wish you were in high school.

Young Einstein-What if Einstein's theory of relativity could make bubbles into beer?

Top Secret-Ever wonder what would happen if the German government was still evil in the 80's and Val Kilmer was a singing popstar and was the only one who could stop them?