American Stories, American Solutions

For a long time now, I have been supporting Barack Obama. I think that he is a great leader that supports people like me. That he has the best interests of normal people in mind. He supports industry, entrepreneurship, and technology. Yesterday, October 29th, Barack ran a 30 minute infomercial on seven major networks. I thought it was awesome. Aside from the exceptional production value, the real message hit home to me. Barack offers more then a change in leadership in the White House, he offers change that we all can believe in. Change in how we live as Americans. 

For young people like me, we all need to take the time to vote. Even in one of the reddest states in the Union, Utah, we still need to hit the polls, and vote. If you missed the video last night, I have posted it below.

Obama – Biden: Change we can believe in

Camera Bag

Posted from my iPhone.
Camera Bag is a new app for the iPhone that takes the shoddy (albeit better then my Blackberry) camera and turns it into a miracle of Chinese manufacturing. You see, I like taking pictures, especially when I get to style them up to look like my favorite film camera, the Holga. What is charecteristic of the Holga is a heavy vignette, and overly saturated colors. Camera Bag mimics the look of the Holga, turning the lemon if the iPhone camera into lemonade.

Let me know what you think.

Melissa, spotlighted.

What a hottie...
What a hottie...

Melissa was spotlighted in R.S. this last week, and I wanted to share the note. She left it up on the bulletin board, which in my mind is something that is begging to be blogged. Following this notion, next is Jordan Duke’s wedding announcement, pics of Ty and Ashley, and lotsa pictures of Parker, Caleb, and Maren.

Before we get distracted, here is the profile.

Melissa Spurlock grew up in Fremont California in a family of four children, two younger sisters and a older brother. Melissa attended BYU and received her Bachelors and Masters in Accounting. She considers finding such an amazing man who wanted to marry her in the temple one of her greatest accomplishments. She and Jake are expecting their first baby in February. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys cooking, gardening, the outdoors, and crafts, not scrapbooking though. She loves Spring (after it stops snowing), anything barbecued, Saturdays, her hairdryer, and her washing machine. One of Melissa’s favorite scents is her toilet bowl cleanser (Lysol Country scent). If she could wake up and do anything tomorrow she sould explore a tropical island with lots of pineapple and waterfalls (but no bugs or varmints). Melissa currently serves as a assistant secretary in the primary…

What a sweetheart. Some interesting stats:

  • We have now been married for 1274 days.
  • Or 3 years, 5 months, 25 days
  • Or 110,073,600 seconds
  • Or1,834,560 minutes
  • Or 30,576 hours
  • Or 182 weeks

My how the time has passed…

The Truth Is…

No One Cares About You.

I am a big fan of Seth Godin, I have a been reading his blog for a few years now about marketing, branding, and social media. It was with great delight that he posted links to some videos today. 

“No one cares about you” refers to a riff in the video. Radio, TV and magazines care about you the marketer. They care because you the marketer pay the bills. Mass media exists to sell ads. Period. (as Tom would say). Period. But the internet doesn’t care about you, and the users of the internet don’t care about you either.

For a look at the videos, take a look at them here, here, here, and the last one is here.

Me, on Couchcast

In an effort to get the seizure inducing photo a little further down the page, I offer a new post. Yours truly was interviewed during WordCamp Utah offering a some dorky, nerdy, lame, geeky insight into what I did for the streaming.

You can check out the post over at the CouchCast page, or you can check it out below.

As a side note, I am after Lance Willet, and before Matt Mullenweg. That’s right, I am before more important then the founding member/CEO/President/ of WordPress.

Jake Spurlock, interviewed on

Phlogging Day 14:The answer is blowing in the wind…

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, ‘n’ how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ‘n’ how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.
-Bob Dylan

Well, we made it through two weeks of Phlogging… How ’bout that.

Made with the Photoshop Animation Tool.

Phlogging Day 13: Hee-Haw Farms

This evening, we decided to have a little FHW with our friends the Allers at Hee-Haw Farms in Pleasant Grove. The highlight was going on a wagon ride (sans hay bales) to a pumpkin patch. As we went out, high-school kids dressed up threw candy our way into the wagon. Doing so, a Bit-O-Honey got thrown into the wagon, to which I then decreed it to be the worst Halloween candy of all time. After a moment of thought, I retracted that statement and decreed the Necco to be the worst candy of all time. Serious, when you go the store to buy Halloween candy, to you consciencly make the decision to make everyone that comes to your door made that they took the time to walk up the step, only to be rewarded with slightly flavored chalk? 

Please people, there is better, also cheap, candy out there. 

What is your least favorite Halloween candy? Favorite?