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Wicked cool visual effects

Some really great and amazing visual effects.

A strange man builds a world using holographic tools for the woman he loves.

This award winning short was created by filmmaker Bruce Branit, widely known as the co-creator of ‘405’. World Builder was shot in a single day followed by about 2 years of post production. Branit is the owner of Branit VFX based in Kansas City.

Winter’s not done yet.

Maybe it’s the crazy long hours that we’ve been putting in at work (a little over 40 by the end of the day … Wednesday), or just the fact that I might just still be an east coast country boy at heart, by I like a little spring snow.

Winter is not done yet

Can someone tell me if I still live in Seattle.

I realize for much of the country, winter weather is a fairly typical. Winter comes in waves of snow and ice, and bitter cold. That being said the pattern here in Seattle is usually something like this … Some small bit of winter in late December, followed by near summer like weather for a couple of weeks, immediately followed by 3 months of gray and rain.

This morning however I woke up to this …

February Ice

So while my good friend Jake is rolling around guiding a tour group at the Tour of California (follow his twitter updates here), hanging out with Lance Armstrong, and sipping frozen beverages in the sun, we are getting up early to scrape the ice from our cars …

Fighting Cancer

Today is Yesterday was World Cancer Day, and it seemed like a fitting day to have a “better late then never” launch of my LiveStrong Challenge participation.

For those of you not familiar with the LiveStrong Challenge it’s the main event fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s fight against cancer.

There is a ride in Seattle this year (as well as San Jose, Philly, and Austin), so I decided to put my butt in the saddle for a much longer ride than I am used to to try to raise some money for a very worthy cause.

I’m desperate for help from you though …. I have faith that I can pedal that far (training to ensue soon), but I need all my friends and family (heck, even strangers) to sponsor me.

Please, Go to my LIVESTRONG Page and donate. Anything you can, anything at all.

I am riding in honor of my grandfather, my morfar, he died of cancer several years ago, and I remember thinking then that I wished there was more I could do. This is what I can do today, and I am hoping that you can join me in my fight!
My Morfar

Happy New Years!

Well, Happy Lunar New Years anyway ….

It just so happens that the first time that I really had the time to sit down and write some new year’s resolutions coincided with both the week of President Obama’s Inauguration and with Lunar (Chinese) New Year. So welcome to my delayed edition of 2009 New Year’s Resolutions. Oh, and Happy Year of The Ox

In past years, I have had both some mundane and lofty resolutions. I think part of my apprehension about this years resolutions is that I don’t feel like I kept to last years very well. Most notably I did not go to a singe one of Kate’s yoga classes …

There was also a bit of trepidation because I wanted to bring back a 2007 resolution, and philosophically I don’t know how I feel about bringing back an already used resolution. After carefully consideration, and evaluation of the fact that the vast majority of resolutions not only go uncompleted, but also are the same year in and year out for most people … I have decided that not only can I forgive myself for not completing all of last years resolutions (using it as a reminder for continued vigilance), but also that I could recycle my first resolution of 2009.

  • I’m bringing back the shiny and bright. If Timberlake can bring sexy back, I can bring this back
  • Secondly, I am going to make sure my friends and family know how much I appreciate them.
  • Third … Bicycles, bicycles, bicycles … Ride more, drive less; ride more, eat less; ride more, feel better!

So, those are my 3 major ones, I have tons of little ones, but they all go towards one of those three main goals.


Everyone who knows me, knows of my Lego infatuation. From the earliest days I can remember, I’ve loved building, tearing apart, and building again. The places that a box of Legos and my imagination have taken me could fill a life time of trips. To that end I stumbled upon a blog Brick Star that chronicles the life of a fellow Lego enthusiast. The most recent post over there is filled with images from Lego Land California’s (a beloved place in my family) inaugural Lego celebrations! Have a look and be awed.




‘Tis The Season

Look out defenders of the world, the season of holiday wishes and expectations is upon us.

I hope that those that believe that continued consumption of things, will look the other way for this post. I have been asked by a great number of people what we (mostly the boys) wanted for Christmas, so in an effort to compile all the most up to date data in one place. Here are links to all of our Amazon wish lists. We usually keep them pretty current all year (certainly they get a little extra love close to holidays, birthdays and the like)

My Stepfather’s in Prison – Ivies vs. Inmates

So my stepfather recently spent some time in prison …

… playing chess, or at least organizing chess. John (previously mentioned step-father) brings members of the Princeton University Chess Club, to play the maximum security inmates at the Trenton State Pen.

I personally think it’s awesome, but I am sure other will have other opinions. This year the event really made all sorts of news: everything from the Huston Chronicle, to the Trentonian, (a little snippet of the article)

Afterward, John Marshall of Ewing, who with his wife Osa kindly took on the $1,500 sponsorship of the tourney after Benecard dropped out in 2006, took all six students ā€” the others included Cameron Myhrvoldā€™s twin brother Conner, and Sudeep Dashi of London ā€” back out of the prison to sweet freedom and off to Princeton for lunch.

Here he is on New Jersey Public Television.

And here is the AP’s coverage, no mention of John, but a little more video, because I know what junkies you all are.

Checkmate John, Great Job!

Amputee Bike Messengers in Afghanistan

I heard this on NPR the other day, and when I found it online, I knew I had to share it. Being a Step-Dad to an amputee and recently spending a lot of time talking to Jake about the Challenged Athletes Foundation (by the way, if you have extra money, PLEASE go give it to them), it seemed the the universe was giving me a chance to share it with as many people as I could.

Bicycle messenger Abdul Khalil leaves on his first run of the day.

“Most of the tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan who have lost legs to land mines have no way to make a living other than begging.

But one group of “mine survivors,” as the United Nations calls them, has come up with another way to feed its families. It operates a bicycle messenger service in Kabul.”