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Best Ad of the Superbowl

This was my favorite … I wonder why?

The ad was created by BBDO-Atlanta and directed by Academy-Award® winner Wally Pfister.

“We are tied to the ocean… and when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it … we are going back from whence we came,” President Kennedy says in his distinctive voice heard by viewers as they see illuminating scenes of the ocean’s natural beauty.

In the commercial’s full voice-over, representing a short clip from his speech kicking off the 1962 America’s Cup, the President’s remarks describe the emotional and innate connection that people have with the sea.
[via gCaptain]

quakebook.org

Quakebook – Stories from the Japan Earthquake

This is an amazing project! Quakebook: 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake. In just over a week, a group of unpaid professional and citizen journalists who met on Twitter created a book to raise money for Japanese Red Cross earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. In addition to essays, artwork and photographs submitted by people around the world. Completely crowdsourced (writing/editing/design & layout) thru Twitter and then pitched to Amazon, who agreed to waive their usual cut so that all of the money made by the book & eBook/kindle version goes straight to Japan Red Cross. Countless people worked on it – completely volunteer. [MORE] READ MORE

Glasshouse - Philip Johnson

OpenBuildings – The Wikipedia of World’s Built Enviroment

OpenBuildings aims to become the Wikipedia for architecture, and buildings and is well on the way. The site is brimming over with information. It’s up to about 40,000 entries which sounds like it might be overwhelming, but when you first get to the site [or through the iPhone App] it all laid out very visually. Find something that tickles your fancy and you can move into more details including its architects, photos, media, floor plans, maps and more.

It becomes even more of an attractive time suck once you get to the suggestions area where you can explore more unique buildings that share similarities with what you were looking at. [MORE] READ MORE

Bridgedale Socks

Geeking out … over socks?

Over socks you say? As it turns out, I have the innate ability to geek out over anything. I’m one of those guys that when I want to do something, I feel compelled to dive really deep in to it. As an aside I was just having this very conversation with a friend of mine, The Bikehugger, about how he is a bike geek, and is really delving into photography, and I am a photo geek really delving into bikes. Not necessarily into all of the little technical facts, but how they make me [us] feel.READ MORE

It’s time for a Walkabout, or maybe a Rideabout

For the longest time, I have felt like I needed something. Like I needed to go and talk to the trees, stick my feet in a river, listen to the wind, and count the stars. I grew up out in the country. Where on a cloudy moonless night you can’t see your hand 2 inches from your face. I have lived in the city for well over a decade now, and I have only recently realized I was missing a connection to mother earth that I didn’t even know that I had lost.

There exists something, in the Aboriginal Australian peoples … (thanks to Crocodile Dundee for our deep cultural understanding of Australia) called a walkabout. A trek of young Aboriginals where they would trace the ancestors paths. To me, I see it as a journey out in the world without your “stuff”, where you can connect with your ancestors, spirit guides, gods, or what have you.

This idea has been in my head now for about 18 months. I’m not talking about one of those 6 months sojourns that people go on. I’m thinking an extra long weekend, to maybe about a week. Just head out in to the woods, the mountains, the desert, I don’t know that it matters, I just feel like the requirement is that I not be able to see any man made light sources.

These guys just did a rideabout in Australia, and put it all on film. They went from Sydney to Melbourne on fixed gear track bikes. That idea seems crazy to me, but the spirit of this trailer is the spirit I am looking to find. Have a look …

I think I’ll be watching that when it comes out.

So what keeps me from going on my walkabout? Well realistically it’s all about money and time (isn’t everything). I only get a couple of weeks of vacation a year, and I really want to spend those with my family. So when the choice comes up for a trip with those I love, or clamoring around in the forest, I always go with them.

So what’s a guy to do? I would rather spend my free time with my family, and I want to spend my work time enjoying work. However, I am beginning to think that I might really benefit from a few days– out, with my thoughts, and wind on the leaves. I feel like I might come back a better version of myself which my work mates, and familial bundles of joy might really appreciate. Hmmm …

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.

http://seattle09.livestrong.org/dartanyon

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

Meet Dave …

From Time.com, Original Story Here

David Chameides is not your average American. For one thing, the TV cameraman owns two Emmy awards — how many do you have? But more importantly, while the average American throws out around 1,700 lbs. of trash annually, for the past year Chameides has thrown out absolutely nothing. A deep green by nature — he also runs a website called Sustainable Dave — beginning in December Chameides decides he would keep all the garbage he created, at home and on the road, in his house. “We have the concept of throwing something away, but in reality, we’re just tossing it over our shoulder and forgetting about it,” says Chameides. “It wouldn’t be so funny if it was really just in your backyard.” (Hear Chameides talk about his trash habits on this week’s Greencast.)
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We demand …

There were a great many themes that I really latched on to in Obama’s speech last night. Several threads resonated with me. This morning I had an email in my box from We Can Solve It I thought this was an awesome, non-partisan video that lit a little fire under my butt, and hopefully yours too.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydOPBL5iO2Y

I got to play with one before you, the Nikon D90

The Nikon D90

Yes! It’s true, and now months after it actually happened, I am permitted to talk about it. We (my co-workers and I) received a whole big bunch of Nikon D90s a couple of months ago. We basically each had a camera, and took a whole bunch of pictures testing the thing out. You can read the full on details over on Chase’s Blog, and watch the super sweet video that Cody put together.

We had a really great time playing with these things. They were amazing cameras! It even had a HD video mode! The quality when shooting at really high ISOs, was fabulous. You should definitely hop over to the gallery and check out the photos of the camera.

You can also see all of us starring in the Nikon Website (www.chasejarvisandfriends.com). That’s right folks we’re international super-stars 😉

The year in review, a look forward

Last year, at the beginning of this blog, I led with my New Years Resolution, which was to “Be Shiny and Bright”. I think I put forward a really solid effort. I am sure that I left a little to be desired from time to time, but overall I think I did quite well. (feel free to weigh in on the idea, in the comments)

This coming year I have an even more ambitious goal/resolution for myself. I hope to get back to the roots of what I have always romanticized the American male to be: I plan to embody it. I am going to be strong, quiet, respectful, and reliable. I am going to listen better, and more closely, and love my children more openly.

I know that is a tall order, and will take work, lots of work. This needs to be a transformation year for me. I am living as an adult, and still sometimes thinking like a kid (not in the good way), I need to put an end to that. I have very high expectations for myself, and quite frankly, many of those around me too. I hope that you will all help me to live up to my resolution.

I have a few other sub-resolutions:

  • Make a “bucket list”. (No, I haven’t seen the movie, or read the book)
  • Cross at least two things off that list.
  • Figure out how to buy a house … with a plan that less heavily relies on winning the lottery.
  • Stop drinking soda!
  • Start drinking more water.
  • Take at LEAST one of Kate’s Yoga classes.
  • Find more things for this list …

Happy New Year!

Why don’t you put some of your resolutions in the comments?

Love All – D 😉

visions of an insomniac

I’m in the midst of another night of insomnia.  It’s the wee hours of the morning.  I actually appreciate these nights, they don’t happen too often that they worry me.  I am sure that they are stress related, but I don’t see them that way.  Often what accompanies these late nights is a bit of a vision.  I am sure it’s all in my head, but I am often overcome with a clear sense of time (I swear this isn’t drug induced).  An understanding of mortality.  I feel both child-like and ancient at the same time.  It’s not like a feeling of being scared of death, but of truly understanding where I am in time.  I can remember my goals from when I was young.  I can see where I turned down the wrong path, and where I took the right one …  

I just can see it all; beginning, middle, end. It’s very strange, and peaceful, and yes, okay, maybe a little wierd.

Luckily there is a Run’s House marathon on.Time to veg.Love All -D 🙂 

Don’t leave me hangin’ …

I remember the day quite well despite the years that have passed. I was in second grade at the Barret Elementary School in PA. It was a crisp September afternoon. The sun shown brightly in the sky and lit the gold, and orange trees that lines the school yard with a mystic glow. I was near the geodesic dome thing, by the monkey bars, Danny to my left and across from me stood Gabe Green. He was a stout fellow. Small in stature, but bubbling over with energy. He stood across from me, with his hand hanging out in the air, and a playfully confused look on his face.

“Really man, don’t leave me hangin'”

and although I was probably pretty “quick” for my age, it took me a second to realize that what he was referring to was his out stretched, “high five” hand. I reciprocated the gesture, by slapping down on his hand, hard enough to let him know that I wasn’t going to be pushed around as the new kid, but not so hard as to hurt or intimidate him.

I hadn’t really given that afternoon much thought ever again, but recently it came back to me in a context, that really hadn’t make sense, until now. While I hesitated on the playground, trying to determine the intentions of this out-stretched hand, and odd saying; It wasn’t that I didn’t want to give him a high five, it’s that I hadn’t yet learned the proper response.

I had learned to say “thank you”, when something was given to me; I had learned to say “please”, when there was something I wanted; I had learned to say “good-bye”, when leaving somewhere, or hanging up the phone, but I hadn’t learned that the hand of friendship, was expected to be answered in a slap.

I know all of these things now.

However, I think that there are manners for the 21st century that people are still learning; which brings me to my point. I like to text/IM, it doesn’t consume my life or anything, and I have never gotten one of those $1000 phone bills, but every month, I come pretty close to using my alloted texts, and I do partake in a couple of good IM conversations everyday. It’s a convenient way to talk to someone with out the burden of a phone plastered to your ear. A neat-o way to send little thought, idea, or message to someone. That being said, when you enter into a more conversational mode of IM/texting you have not rid yourself of common consideration. What I mean to say is, if you know that you have been texting/IMing someone back a forth a few times, you still have the obligation to conclude the conversation just as you would any other. Just like being on the phone, or in someones living room, after a certain point you don’t just abandon the person on the other end. You don’t just hang up the phone, not so much as a “talk to you later”, do you? (PS. If you are one of those people that doesn’t even say “good-bye” on the phone, I already don’t know what to do with you …). Therefore, I think it is important to remember your manners, even in the midst of all of these new communication methods.

Good-Bye

Thank you for reading.

Talk to you later.

… and please, by all means, don’t leave me hangin’

Love All. -D 😉