Monthly Archives: October 2009

★ Quick edit from a recent photo shoot

Here’s a real quick, 5 minute edit, from a recent photo shoot I had with a local model by the name of April. I had a friend come along to do Aprils makeup, Alisha from Beauty By Blush (website coming soon)..

April

Anyway, I’ll hopefully get this and the rest of the photo shoot edited some time this weekend and I’ll post a few more images once I’m done.

★ Quick edit from a recent photo shoot

Here’s a real quick, 5 minute edit, from a recent photo shoot I had with a local model by the name of April. I had a friend come along to do Aprils makeup, Alisha from Beauty By Blush (website coming soon)..

April

Anyway, I’ll hopefully get this and the rest of the photo shoot edited some time this weekend and I’ll post a few more images once I’m done.

★ What to write, what to write

Some days I want to write something really awesome and prophetic, something that will bring in loads of hits, and more importantly loads of comments…….and then my mind goes blank and / or I second guess the tangent I’m heading toward.

So instead of reading this junk I’m writing, go read one of these blogs because they’re all awesome and completely worth your time;

I met lexiphanic on a number of different websites, namely Suicide Girls and Twitter, and since we’ve been chatting online he’s given me so much advice, so many ideas, and plenty of laughs too. On top of that lexiphanic also shares some really interesting articles via Google Reader.

Kristarella, she’s my Thesis ‘go to guy gal’ as well as being a great contributor to the internets

Definatalie, who creates the most awesome desktop artwork that adorns my computers every month. I also wish I was even half as talented as her at drawing, her ‘whimsy’ also makes me chuckle…

Duncan Riley from The Inquisitr, coz he broke away from a safe & easy place to build his own start up….and it’s definitely amongst my most read RSS feeds each and every day.

Leo Babauta has been authoring one of my favourite blogs, Zen Habits, for a while now and whilst I’ve found some of his suggestions hard to implement they’ve always been the sort of things that have opened up my mind…..and particularly of late when I’ve been trying to simplify my life and get back to the things I enjoy.

and last but certainly no least, Darren Rowse of Digital Photography School, ProBlogger, and TwitTip fame…Not only has he set the bar when it comes to blogging in Australia, he’s also one of those guys that is very approachable and quick to offer help and advice….not to mention he’s a Carlton fan so that’s like a super win right there….oh wait I think Duncan’s a Carlton fan too.

Definitely go check out all of those links, you’ll certainly find some great reading.

★ What to write, what to write

Some days I want to write something really awesome and prophetic, something that will bring in loads of hits, and more importantly loads of comments…….and then my mind goes blank and / or I second guess the tangent I’m heading toward.

So instead of reading this junk I’m writing, go read one of these blogs because they’re all awesome and completely worth your time;

I met lexiphanic on a number of different websites, namely Suicide Girls and Twitter, and since we’ve been chatting online he’s given me so much advice, so many ideas, and plenty of laughs too. On top of that lexiphanic also shares some really interesting articles via Google Reader.

Kristarella, she’s my Thesis ‘go to guy gal’ as well as being a great contributor to the internets

Definatalie, who creates the most awesome desktop artwork that adorns my computers every month. I also wish I was even half as talented as her at drawing, her ‘whimsy’ also makes me chuckle…

Duncan Riley from The Inquisitr, coz he broke away from a safe & easy place to build his own start up….and it’s definitely amongst my most read RSS feeds each and every day.

Leo Babauta has been authoring one of my favourite blogs, Zen Habits, for a while now and whilst I’ve found some of his suggestions hard to implement they’ve always been the sort of things that have opened up my mind…..and particularly of late when I’ve been trying to simplify my life and get back to the things I enjoy.

and last but certainly no least, Darren Rowse of Digital Photography School, ProBlogger, and TwitTip fame…Not only has he set the bar when it comes to blogging in Australia, he’s also one of those guys that is very approachable and quick to offer help and advice….not to mention he’s a Carlton fan so that’s like a super win right there….oh wait I think Duncan’s a Carlton fan too.

Definitely go check out all of those links, you’ll certainly find some great reading.

★ Amazon says, 'Oh Hai, here's twenty bucks"

Just got this email from Amazon, nice one…..

Hello,

Good news! Due to strong customer demand for our newest Kindle with U.S. and international wireless, we are consolidating our family of 6″ Kindles. As part of this consolidation, we are lowering the price of the Kindle you just purchased from $279 down to $259. You don’t need to do anything to get the lower price–we are automatically issuing you a $20 refund. This refund should be processed in the next few days and will appear as a credit on your next billing statement.

We’ll also send you a follow-up e-mail to confirm the refund once it has been completed.
We hope you enjoy your new Kindle. Please send us your feedback at: Kindle-feedback@amazon.com

Sincerely,

The Kindle Team

★ Amazon says, ‘Oh Hai, here’s twenty bucks”

Just got this email from Amazon, nice one…..

Hello,

Good news! Due to strong customer demand for our newest Kindle with U.S. and international wireless, we are consolidating our family of 6″ Kindles. As part of this consolidation, we are lowering the price of the Kindle you just purchased from $279 down to $259. You don’t need to do anything to get the lower price–we are automatically issuing you a $20 refund. This refund should be processed in the next few days and will appear as a credit on your next billing statement.

We’ll also send you a follow-up e-mail to confirm the refund once it has been completed.
We hope you enjoy your new Kindle. Please send us your feedback at: Kindle-feedback@amazon.com

Sincerely,

The Kindle Team

★ Just added to my reading list…

With the impending arrival of my Amazon Kindle I’ve started to look around for some books to read. I’ve been racking my brain to come up with a list of authors I used to read regularly, ie. before I turned into this ridiculously busy person, and somewhat struggled.

In the end I scraped together a smallish list and fortunately most of the authors have new books, or at least new to me, for sale in the Kindle book store. Here’s the list for far;

Richard Laymon, Ben Elton, Poppy Z Brite, Nick Hornby, Elmore Leonard, Louise Welsh, Daniel Handler, Kim Jeeble, Dean Koontz, Steven King, Chuck Palahniuk, James Patterson, and Jonathan Kellerman….

I ended up ordering Nick Hornby’s book Slam;

Just when everything is coming together for Sam, his girlfriend Alicia drops a bombshell. Make that ex-girlfriend—because by the time she tells him she’s pregnant, they’ve already called it quits. Sam does not want to be a teenage dad. There’s only one person Sam can turn to—his hero, skating legend Tony Hawk.

DHL just can’t get here soon enough, I’m like a little kid at Christmas…..I want my Kindle now. waaaaaah…haha pretty sad hey. So my order’s been sitting in the DHL warehouse in LA for about 12-14 hours now, I guess it’s probably waiting for a flight to Sydney…..hopefully there’s one later tonight / today.

Anyway, got any suggestions of books / authors I should check out?

★ Just added to my reading list…

With the impending arrival of my Amazon Kindle I’ve started to look around for some books to read. I’ve been racking my brain to come up with a list of authors I used to read regularly, ie. before I turned into this ridiculously busy person, and somewhat struggled.

In the end I scraped together a smallish list and fortunately most of the authors have new books, or at least new to me, for sale in the Kindle book store. Here’s the list for far;

Richard Laymon, Ben Elton, Poppy Z Brite, Nick Hornby, Elmore Leonard, Louise Welsh, Daniel Handler, Kim Jeeble, Dean Koontz, Steven King, Chuck Palahniuk, James Patterson, and Jonathan Kellerman….

I ended up ordering Nick Hornby’s book Slam;

Just when everything is coming together for Sam, his girlfriend Alicia drops a bombshell. Make that ex-girlfriend—because by the time she tells him she’s pregnant, they’ve already called it quits. Sam does not want to be a teenage dad. There’s only one person Sam can turn to—his hero, skating legend Tony Hawk.

DHL just can’t get here soon enough, I’m like a little kid at Christmas…..I want my Kindle now. waaaaaah…haha pretty sad hey. So my order’s been sitting in the DHL warehouse in LA for about 12-14 hours now, I guess it’s probably waiting for a flight to Sydney…..hopefully there’s one later tonight / today.

Anyway, got any suggestions of books / authors I should check out?

★ Technological Change

Loved this quote by a friend on Twitter tonight…

@Conjure tweeted

IMHO technological change is such that progressive generations are now unteachable by their parents. Children are unreachably On Their Own.

I know the tech gap is widening in our family. Me on one side is so completely and utterly immersed in tech, I embrace everything that I can. The same can’t be said for my parents some times. My Dad tries to keep up, Mum tries to get him to be a bit more realistic.

Thoughts?

★ Technological Change

Loved this quote by a friend on Twitter tonight…

@Conjure tweeted

IMHO technological change is such that progressive generations are now unteachable by their parents. Children are unreachably On Their Own.

I know the tech gap is widening in our family. Me on one side is so completely and utterly immersed in tech, I embrace everything that I can. The same can’t be said for my parents some times. My Dad tries to keep up, Mum tries to get him to be a bit more realistic.

Thoughts?

★ My new mail & email handling policy

I used to file absolutely EVERYTHING, maybe that’s why my server is a little sluggish lately, but now I’ve adopted a different policy.

Every piece of mail that crosses my desk, email included, now gets dealt with straight away and then it’s deleted, or in very rare cases it’ll get filed.

This practise of ‘zeroing’ my inbox / in tray stops me from feeling overwhelmed with the constant stream of information heading at me and leaves me with a sense of accomplishment, similar to the To Do list article I posted yesterday.

When you actually take the time to sit down and analyse all the email and mail that gets sent to you daily you’ll be quite surprised how much of it you can quickly deal with and trash….

★ My new mail & email handling policy

I used to file absolutely EVERYTHING, maybe that’s why my server is a little sluggish lately, but now I’ve adopted a different policy.

Every piece of mail that crosses my desk, email included, now gets dealt with straight away and then it’s deleted, or in very rare cases it’ll get filed.

This practise of ‘zeroing’ my inbox / in tray stops me from feeling overwhelmed with the constant stream of information heading at me and leaves me with a sense of accomplishment, similar to the To Do list article I posted yesterday.

When you actually take the time to sit down and analyse all the email and mail that gets sent to you daily you’ll be quite surprised how much of it you can quickly deal with and trash….

★ GTD Tip: Start your day positively with a To Do list

If your To Do list is ever expanding like mine, and sometimes you get a little overwhelmed by it, try starting each and every day with a ‘gimme’.

Every day from here on out I’ll have a total gimme of a task to complete, that way I’ll be starting the day on a positive note and getting something done. This will set up my day to be a win from the get go.

Some of my gimmes are;

  • Get a coffee
  • Empty the rubbish bin
  • Take my vitamins
  • Check the post box

You get the picture. Make it a nice simple, totally achievable task, and bam! you’ve kick started your day on a positive.

I’ll vary the gimme so that I don’t feel like it’s part of a routine, so I don’t get stuck in that trap.

Got any other To Do list tips, share them in the comments.

★ GTD Tip: Start your day positively with a To Do list

If your To Do list is ever expanding like mine, and sometimes you get a little overwhelmed by it, try starting each and every day with a ‘gimme’.

Every day from here on out I’ll have a total gimme of a task to complete, that way I’ll be starting the day on a positive note and getting something done. This will set up my day to be a win from the get go.

Some of my gimmes are;

  • Get a coffee
  • Empty the rubbish bin
  • Take my vitamins
  • Check the post box

You get the picture. Make it a nice simple, totally achievable task, and bam! you’ve kick started your day on a positive.

I’ll vary the gimme so that I don’t feel like it’s part of a routine, so I don’t get stuck in that trap.

Got any other To Do list tips, share them in the comments.

★ Simplifying life, part one

This morning I tweeted…

“de-cluttering, de-stressing, and making some life changing decisions. I should read Zen Habits closely, more regularly.”

Well part one is complete.

Inspired by this article on Zen Habits, Coding Simplicity: How to Avoid Feature Creep in Your Life, and with some of the stress I’ve been feeling of late around my work, home life, etc. I decided that now is the time I needed to pull my finger out and get sorted.

So part one for me was clearing out my wardrobe. It wasn’t a huge job, but definitely one I had been neglecting for a while. Surprisingly it only took about 30 minutes to sort through all my shirts, pants and what not, and now I have a couple of bags of clothing that is still in good nick all ready to take down to the Smith Family charity bin down the road.

I’m not sure what I’ll tackle next at this stage, but it feels good to have made a start.

★ Simplifying life, part one

This morning I tweeted…

“de-cluttering, de-stressing, and making some life changing decisions. I should read Zen Habits closely, more regularly.”

Well part one is complete.

Inspired by this article on Zen Habits, Coding Simplicity: How to Avoid Feature Creep in Your Life, and with some of the stress I’ve been feeling of late around my work, home life, etc. I decided that now is the time I needed to pull my finger out and get sorted.

So part one for me was clearing out my wardrobe. It wasn’t a huge job, but definitely one I had been neglecting for a while. Surprisingly it only took about 30 minutes to sort through all my shirts, pants and what not, and now I have a couple of bags of clothing that is still in good nick all ready to take down to the Smith Family charity bin down the road.

I’m not sure what I’ll tackle next at this stage, but it feels good to have made a start.

★ Today marks a new day

Today is a new day, and with a new day beginning I have made some realisations and instead of waiting till New Years Eve to make some half assed resolution that will most likely be broken by the 5th of January I have decided to make some very large, life changing decisions right now.

I’m not going to bore you with details, yet….but I just wanted to make a note in my blog that starting today, things are going to change.

Life will become enjoyable again