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What is Fire?: One Minute of Inspiration

September 25, 2011

Ever wondered what exactly a flame is? We know the process, an accelerated combustion of materials, but what exactly is fire itself? Watch this video to find out.

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Planetary: Must Have Apps

September 20, 2011

This is a must have app for your iPad. Planetary takes you on a journey through the stars and galaxies as you listen to your music. Watch in wonder as you course alongside a moon that represents the song you are listening to. Each moon revolves around a planet that represents your album, which revolves around the sun, that represents your artist. Words hardly do this beautiful app justice. So check out the video below for more.

Planetary (voiceover) from Bloom Studio, Inc. on Vimeo.

Flying Over Planet Earth: One Minute of Inspiration.

September 19, 2011

Check out this amazing video of the earth taken by the international spacestation.

Atomic Tom Takes Over the Train

October 21, 2010

Here’s what happens when you combine talent with technology and make an ordinary train ride into something unforgettable. Presenting Atomic Tom.

Overcoming Procrastination

October 15, 2010

Calvin & Hobbes

This article helps to illuminate what causes procrastination and how to tackle it to live a less guilty, more productive life.

Here’s a few of the highlights

Three main reasons for procrastination:

  1. …as an indirect method of resisting pressure from authorities;
  2. …as a method of lessening fear of failure by providing an excuse for a disappointing, less-than-perfect performance;
  3. …and as a defense mechanism against fear of success by keeping us from doing our best. (25)

Now what do you do to reverse that behavior? Find out here.

Living a Self-Employed Life

October 10, 2010
Self-Employed Accordionist

Yeah, you're laughing, but this guy looks happy, doesn't he?

 

I stumbled across a great post today that highlights a few excellent helps for those who are unemployed or self-employed. Here are a few excerpts:

  • Decide what you want your core focus to be, and write it down somewhere. Internalise it. Anytime a situation arises where you’re not sure what to do, look to your statement to help you with the answer.
  • Instead of just looking to your mistakes and hoping to learn from them or tackling a huge project you want to overcome. Why not look at what is working for you in other areas of life or on other projects, and see how you can apply those factors to other endeavors?
  • When you have all day to work on whatever you want, it’s very easy to get caught up in things which a) aren’t helping you grow and b) not as effective as other tasks. As early in your own business life as possible, define the most important things you can accomplish each day and give them utmost priority.

Check out the full article here.

Customize Some Holidays

September 27, 2010

One of the most important things to start cultivating as a young couple is a unique family identity. You do this through your rituals and your values among other things. Jacki and I have found that one fun way to do this is to find some obscure holidays around the world that celebrate things we value, then adopt those holidays as our own. It also reminds us of the rich culture to be cherished all over the planet, and that we all share a very human need for connection.

Try it out. Take a look online to find out what some holidays are around the world. If you see any that just sound fun or are somehow meaningful to you, put them down on your own calendar with a reminder a week before to celebrate them when they come up.

Our holiday is this Tuesday, the 28th of September: Wenceslas Day in the Czech Republic.

King Wenceslas

Why: Wenceslas was a Christian king of a pagan people. He stood up for what he believed in and made the care of the poor his utmost concern. He was martyred by his brother for his beliefs and his political standing. Plus, he’s got a cool legend affixed to his name. The story goes that when the Czech people are in dire need of him, his statue in St. Wenceslas Square will come to life and an army living within a nearby mountain will ride with him to route their enemies and restore his people to prominence.

How are we celebrating it? With a mix of both caring for the poor and a mythic adventure. The challenge is to do something good for someone who cannot repay you and also to go explore someplace you have never gone before (preferably a mountain), then come back with a legendary story to tell.

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