Monday, June 30, 2008

Creativity

I came across these two animations by alanbecker on deviantART.  First off, if you haven’t checked out deviantART, it’s definitely worth some time.  This is one of the first real art sharing sites, and anyone can share.  I love the humor involved in each one and I was thinking that this could almost be a great basic training video.


Animator vs. Animation by *alanbecker on deviantART

Really, that is just amazing stuff done in 2006.  Then alanbecker did this one in 2007.


Animator vs. Animation II by *alanbecker on deviantART

This one is even better.  I love the mix of the Windows desktop, animation of icons and overall show.

Here’s what I really love.  This guy is 18 right now…  Yeah, do the math, the first one was done when he was 16.  What was I doing at 16?  Dating I think.

What I also love is that this guy is a Christian, and a pretty faithful one to boot.  Just check out some of the other images and text that goes along with it.

I am so impressed when Christians are able to be brilliant and affect the world without being “preachy”.

Great, great stuff.

Peace,
+Tom

Monday, June 23, 2008

Her Fathers Daughter

2008-06-05 - Kindercare Open House_0041 Tonight we had a fundraiser at Baja Fresh for our church mission trips.  Essentially lots of people came to Baja Fresh and 15% of the money spent went to St. Matthew’s.  I got there and had my dinner and chatted with a few people.  Then there was my daughter.

Once a few people she knew from church showed up, you couldn’t keep her down.  She went to one friend, hugged her, talked, and came back for a bite before moving back to the conversation, or moving on to another friend.  There’s only one way I could describe it…

She was working the room.

She would go from one pre-schooler to another, talking, hugging, then moving back for a bite or two.  She had every kid under 5 talking to her, and she clearly was interested in each one of them for the people they were (and so she could get some attention, hey, she’s four).

Man, she reminded me of myself.  I loved it!

Peace,
+Tom

Monday, June 2, 2008

Beryllium Spheres

Beryllium Sphere (by DougQ) I'm sitting here at home watching The Shadow, easily one of the best movies made based on one of the best old time radio shows.  I hadn't picked up on this earlier, but the weapon used to destroy the city is none other than the same power source used to power the NSEA Protector in Galaxy Quest.

I never knew Beryllium was so cool.  Now I want a sphere of my own.

Anyone know of other places Beryllium Spheres are mentioned?

Peace,
+Tom

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Cheeburger Cheeburger Follow-Up

I mentioned a while ago about the service we received at a visit to Cheeburger Cheeburger.  Within a day or two of posting the message John, the manager of the store, hunted down my e-mail (using my AIM name associated with this blog profile) and got in contact to make things right.  He sent an incredibly thoughtful and professional letter back, which I described a little in an earlier post.  It's great to say that our follow-up visit was excellent, and a lot of fun.

While John certainly spent a lot of time to make sure everything was good, we also had what is possibly their best waiter, Ernesto.  He had no idea we were "special" in any way, and still spent a lot of time making sure everything was great.  Joking, checking, suggesting and all around making the visit lively and fun.

Ernesto lightly corrected our 14 month-old Colin when he was putting his mouth on the table, telling him that if he eats the table there won't be any place for the food.  He also joked with Rachel and tried to make her feel comfortable, which is much harder to do (apparently we've done a good job teaching her to avoid strange men).

We splurged and got a couple different shakes.  I finally got a cookie dough shake, which was excellent.  Rachel had strawberry banana which she liked, but preferred mine.  From chatting with the manager I found out the list of shakes had 85 different flavors, and that they would soon be adding another 15 or 20.  Can you imagine having over 100 choices?  I'm already overwhelmed...  especially since you can combine flavors.

At our Cheeburger Cheeburger they have five flavors of dip for the Frings (onion rings and fries).  I was disappointed during our New Jersey visit when they only had two flavors, not including my favorite, habanero jelly (like sweet and sour, not hot at all).  Turns out they are somewhat new and the additional flavors will be nationwide soon.

Back to the basics, the food came out quickly and tasted great!  Both of our burgers were good, but I sure can't eat a 1/2 pound burger anymore.

While the meal and tip was paid for, Ernesto and the service was so good we still left a huge tip in the end.  While I enjoyed Cheeburger Cheeburger before, this visit made our experience even better.

The only thing I wish for was that someone would buy one of their shirts for me.  Then, when you wear the T-shirt you get a free soda.  I have to tell you, a free soda any time, any where is sure worth the fifteen bucks or so.  I just keep wondering how they made a deal with every store and restaurant to give me a free soda when I wear their shirt.

All is back and right with the world.

Peace,
+Tom