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Happy Thankgiving to you all!

Posted on Thursday, November 27th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Today is the day we give thanks to our friends, family, and loved ones all around us. Gathering together to enjoy the presence of one another, having delicious food and fun conversations. Most of you are probably enjoying a long weekend off from work, so make sure you make the best of it (whether you overstuff yourself is up to you)! Enjoy your time off and spend it well, everyone!

PS. If there are fun stories to share after today, PLEASE DO! 🙂

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Posted In: General Stuff

Mixed Martial Arts and High School

Posted on Thursday, November 20th, 2008 at 3:22 am

A recent article over at NYTimes got me thinking about the impact MMA is having around the world. Just several years ago, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) was banned from over 30 states, now Mixed Martial Arts is making its way into high school gymnasiums.

Many people, including students, don't take UFC and MMA seriously. Some believe it's too brutal while others believe it is just a bunch of sweaty guys rolling around in their underwear. Being an avid martial arts fan and a former practitioner, it is easy to see the level of skill being displayed. Unfortunately it is not so for many.

People often taken interest in martial arts when they feel the need to be able to protect themselves. Often, they're afraid of getting hurt and/or being vulnerable, thus taking on a form of martial arts to change that. Proper discipline from any type of martial art will teach self-control and confidence, as well as many other valuable lessons. Additionally, physical conditioning and health improvements are imminent. Read more about the jump...

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Posted In: General Stuff, In the News

War on tough packaging has begun!

Posted on Sunday, November 16th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Cardboard BoxMicrosoft, Sony, and Best Buy have joined the fight with Amazon against the terrible packaging! After all the struggling and the thousands of injuries reported by hospitals each year, major players in the technology retail world are joining the fight. Yes, we are all aware that it is because of the security reasons, but designers can invent clever ways of packaging products that won't hurt us, or the earth!

I might even start getting into eco-friendly packaging design semi-professionally, just to help this movement. Plus, I love coming up with new ways of doing things. Death to steel-like containers!

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Posted In: Green & Environment, In the News, Technology

Free Samples, for the cheapness within

Posted on Thursday, November 13th, 2008 at 6:49 am

Let's face it. We all love free and cheap stuff regardless of how well we try to hide it. If you agree, then I reward you with a link to your new favorite website: SampleADay.com. These guys post A LOT of things you can get your hands on for free including coffee, diapers, toothpaste, sharpies, body wash, and more. You have to be MAD not to check this out!

PS. For those of you who don't agree, it's okay. You can be cheap too - we won't tell anyone. Promise.

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to read all terms and privacy policies before giving your info. In other words, if you start getting 100 new emails/calls a day (or the likes) to buy something, it aint' my fault.

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Posted In: General Stuff

Photography, experiment with hands

Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 at 3:26 am

Hand, up close

A friend of mine called me today to get together for a small experimental photoshoot. Hands, of course, was the topic of this shoot. Click the photo to view the whole set on Flickr.

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Posted In: Photography

The End of Myspace and Facebook

Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

The end of Facebook and MySpace

I have been reading a lot of reports lately about how Facebook is headed towards financial issues, and how MySpace is just...you know, MySpace. Have you asked yourself what a lot of people's lives would be like without them?

Over the years, Social Networking has turned into the "must have" of the online world like the almighty euphoric Tomogotchi of the past! The millions of accounts that have been created and the type of connectivity that has developed was simply unthought of just a few years ago. Now, it has grown to a point where it is the primary method of communication, getting in touch with old friends, event planning, etc.

Imagine if the 2 giants, Myspace and Facebook, were to fail. What would people do, go back to email? Not gonna happen. People will try to find the next big thing to bombard by the millions so they can maintain their dosage of social network morphine. After all, everyone is turning into online junkies for everything. Work? Online. Staying in touch? Online. Fun and Games? Online. Sexual pleasure? Online (how unfortunate). More after the jump...

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Posted In: In the News, On the Web, Technology

A message to the Citizens and my new President, Barack Obama

Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 at 5:38 am

Barack Obama 2008First, I want to begin by thanking everyone who went out there and voted in the elections. The United States has proved to me that change can indeed happen. Not long ago, it was nearly impossible to come across someone who would agree that a man of color can take the role as the President of the United States.

President Obama, I want to thank you for proving to everyone in this world what America as a nation truly represents. We have all seen better times not only in this country, but around the world. I started following the Presidential campaigns roughly a year into the process and I realized that change was imminent. My interest in politics was weak, but now I understand that we all have to work towards the bettering of our country.

As you gave your speech, I started to remember every history class I ever took, telling myself in amazement, that we have achieved what many believed could not be done. I could feel the tears of joy about to start flowing down my face, hearing that the change many have longed for is finally here. I am confident that we, as a country, will face our problems directly and work together to bring forth the great possibilities of our lifetime, regardless of who you are.

I will continue to support my country in every way I can, helping and guiding others to do the same. I will help refresh the promise of this country, proving that, as one, we can achieve the greatness we all seek in our lives, to bring an end to our economic turmoil and halt the progressive endangerment of our planet. We are a country of opportunity, equality, and enlightenment. Let us take advantage and prove to our future generations and the whole world around us all of the things we will accomplish, for we are the United States of America.

Tonight, I will close my eyes and fall asleep with a smile on my face, knowing that tomorrow will be a brand new day. I am grateful that I have taken part and witnessed these marvelous events that are now forever carved into history. I can happily say that my faith and belief in achieving greatness in the United States has been reasserted, and from this day on we are headed towards a better future.

Thank you.

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Posted In: General Stuff, In the News

Election Day is Tomorrow, Ready to Vote!

Posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Vote ButtonTomorrow is the day I will make history in my family. I will be the first person in my family line to participate in the elections, or anything dealing with voting, for that matter. I am pretty confident who my vote will be going for, and it will be the opposite of what of my conservative family would generally support. They are not exactly the "voting type" as they would continue living life as if nothing happened.

I found out a couple of hours ago that my professor canceled tomorrow's Typography class. This means I can get to my voting destination early in the morning since I will have several things to do throughout the rest of the day. I encourage everyone to go out there and VOTE! I get all sorts of excuses from my friends saying that New York is gonna vote Democratic regardless if they vote or not. I believe that the right to vote is a privilege that everyone who can should exercise.

I cannot foretell what my political views and beliefs will be like a year or so from now, but I will try my best to make as a great of a difference as I can in this world. I give my thanks and appreciation to all of those around the country that will be voting with me tomorrow. Thank you!

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Posted In: In the News