Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ryan Reciting the Preamble! :)

a language for artists and visual people.  how could I not know about this?

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Thursday, October 10, 2013


I think I'm here.

"There’ll come a writing phase where you have to defend the time, unplug the phone and put in the hours to get it done."
~ James Taylor"

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Quote Details: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: A self that is... - The Quotations Page: A self that is only differentiated - not integrated - may attain great individual accomplishments, but risks being mired in self-centered egotism. By the same token, a person who self is based exclusively on integration will be well connected and secure, but lack autonomous individuality. Only when a person invests equal amounts of psychic energy in these two processes and avoids both selfishness and conformity is the self likely to relect complexity.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, 1990

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Quote Details: John Green: Sometimes, you read a... - The Quotations Page

Quote Details: John Green: Sometimes, you read a... - The Quotations Page: Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, 2012

Ashton Kutcher's Speech Transcript

[Ashton Kutcher] 
What’s up? Oh WOW! Okay, okay, lets be, lets be brutally honest, this is the old guy award, this is like – This is like the grandpa award, and after this, I get to go to the geriatric home. First of all, I don’t have a career without you guys. I don’t get to do any of the things I get to do without you.

You know, I thought that uh – hi! I thought that it might be interesting in – in Hollywood in the industry the stuff we do, there’s a lot of insider secrets to keeping your career going and a lot of insider secrets to to to making things tick and uh I feel like a fraud.

My name is actually not even Ashton. Ashton is my middle name. My first name’s Chris. And – and – it always has been. It got changed when I was like 19 and I became an actor.

But there are some really amazing things that I learned when I was Chris, and I wanted to share those things with you guys, because I think it’s helped me be here today.

So it’s really 3 things.

The first thing is about opportunity, the second thing is about being sexy and the third thing is about living life.

So first the opportunity. I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work… When I was 13 I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof. And then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant. And then I got a job in grocery store deli. And then I got a job in factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground. And I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And ever job that I had was a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.

Number two: being sexy.

The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap! I promise you! It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it. Be smart, be thoughtful, and be generous.

The third thing is something that I just re-learned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs.

And Steve Jobs said: When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way that it is and that your life is to live your life inside the world and try not to get in too much trouble and maybe get an education and get a job and make some money and have a family.

But life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing and that is that everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own thing, you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life – don’t live one, build one – find your opportunity, and always be sexy. I love you guys.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Six Sigma Is Draining Employees’ Creativity | Switch and Shift

Six Sigma Is Draining Employees’ Creativity | Switch and Shift: "The problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking. You’re encouraged to behave like a little gear in a complex machine. Frankly, it allows you to keep people who aren’t that smart, who aren’t that creative.”
—Elon Musk, founder of Space-X and Tesla Motors"

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Holy cow... I just said this like last week!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Welcome to Forbes

The man's gotta point. :)

Welcome to Forbes: "“ If you wish to live long, you must be willing to grow old. ” - George Lawton.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

(2) Facebook

(2) Facebook: ""If men reject logic, then the tie between their mental processes and reality is severed; all cognitive standards are repudiated, and anything goes; any contradiction, on any subject, may be endorsed (and simultaneously rejected) by anyone, as and when he feels like it." | The Objectivist"

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Great quotes today

"You learn a lot about people when you play games with them."  -  Laura Moncur

"It’s really easy to complain. If you’re not careful, then you end up complaining about your whole life. Concentrating on the good things is really good. Catch people doing good."  - Lisa Williams

"Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed."   - Sydney Smith

Quick update - its Sunny in Seattle!  woot.  :)

The mood is good...possiblities abound.

Kids being an effective team. :)

Julie in Portland with the Fish.

Some cool conferences coming up.


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Maugham on Change.

Quote Details: W. Somerset Maugham: Nothing in the world... - The Quotations Page: "Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy.
W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943"

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mom's Eulogy

This has been requested...and I wanted to log this anyway.  Its sad, its happy... and I didn't say it word for word... I think I spoke it better than it reads, but nevertheless... here it is.
Marge Fecarotta  ( September 13, 1945 - March 25, 2013 )
Thank you all for coming. My mom disliked sadness and passed that along to me, so if I see too much of it I’ll dismiss you early to the Irish pub nearby.  J

Very simply put, my mother, Margaret Fecarotta, was my hero. I’m just going to list a few of the things that made that so for me through some quick stories that I hope communicate and celebrate who she was.

The Big thing, to me at least, is that she was able, somehow, to deliver me and my sisters from an incredibly challenging childhood into a future as functioning adults with only a few weird habits. J    I won’t regale you with the difficulties of our youth, as you may not have ever realized it. My mom was steadfastly independent, and she had a great way of making things alright; of making us feel okay. For those who were with us through thick and thin, I want to take this moment to thank you for help during our childhood. 

With all the distractions of a challenging life, my mom found time to be a great parent. I remember when cable had just come into the homes. We still had the wired remote to the box. The movie Thunderbolt and Lightfoot came on.  A big Clint Eastwood film, and I was probably 10.  I begged and begged to see it. She refused, as it was inappropriate. While I cried and pitched a fit, deep down inside I knew that she cared for me. She protected us from all things that might harm us - I always felt that mom would take my side, but give me the straight story too.

She was funny and bright - We laughed at the craziest things. As a teenager I took up the habit of running into stationary objects and mocking injury, just to get a rise out of her. Our walks up to King Kullen were replete with me mashing my head against a signpost and having her shriek, and us laughing about it all the way home. 

Later in my high school career, I would sometimes skip school. Mostly I just would watch TV, but I recall one particular day mom came home when I wasn’t expecting it.   I powered down the TV, ran into the back yard, and hid behind the garage. The next thing I knew,  my dog came pounding around the corner and licked on me…and right behind him was my mother with her arms crossed.  She had deduced my presence by feeling the TV (TVs back then were made with very hot, high voltage vacuum tubes).   Clever woman.  As I got older I learned more from her as she treated me with respect.   I recall that one time on Lombardy Blvd. in Bay Shore, where SO much happened, I was throwing a baseball around with friends and one of us broke a windshield of a car.  Well, someone called and she asked me  if I was involved.  I lied, and I said no.  When she eventually discovered that I did do this ( you can’t lie to mom) she said I broke her trust.  I was devastated…but she emphasized to me the importance of truth to me,  but she didn’t scream and yell or hit.  Through me shooting my sister with a bb gun, locking them in closets, giving them indian burns, and on and on – it was always respect, intelligence and strong honest instruction – in a word, it was Love. 

My mom was a fighter and remained a fighter to the very end – I have pictures on my cell phone if you don’t believe me.  Though she was a fighter, that was not what she wanted to do. When I was a teenager I somewhat insensitively asked her, “So mom, what did you want to do with your life (as if it was over) and she turned and said, “I wanted to be a princess.”

At the time I thought that was a terrible answer. It’s very difficult to become a princess.   Yet, that answer informed me of how she saw her life…how she envisioned it with my father.  And for many years, most of my childhood and beyond, she was very happy.  Princess …no…happy…yes. 

If you would permit me to get metaphysical for a moment, I need to tell you my journey with losing mom.  It’s easy to see the body of my mother, as with my father, and wonder where the soul went.  I believe our souls are a culmination of all that we are – the best of all Marges, from the kindest kid in the courtyard to the heart of a mother making Christmas a special day ever year.  Mom is now the sum of all that was the best of Marges that live on and that is exciting.  I want to meet that soul. 

About 400 hundred years before Christ, Plato conjectured that life that we are seeing is a mere shadow on a cave wall, and that truth that lay beyond. We are prisoners of this perspective yet what we see is a shadow of the infinitely greater reality beyond.

Like Plato we all have an inkling, a sense that there is more to it than what we are. Humans aren’t just atoms.  The natural world makes us fear death, but the supernatural whispers in our ears – this is not the end.

The Bible says it better than I can in 1 Corinthians 15:55:


My mom isn’t chained to Plato’s cave any longer.  She’s been freed from the bonds that bind our imaginations, and those things that terrify us no longer affect her.  She has shed the corruptible and put on the incorruptible.

Lastly, I think about that scripture, and I see the word kingdom. My mom is in a kingdom, and if her time on earth was any indication she’s certainly running things up there.  I realize that now my mother has actually, finally, gotten the job that she wanted.  Margaret Mary Theresa O’Leary Fecarotta is finally a Princess.

Thank you for coming – and God bless you all.

Saturday, March 09, 2013


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Anna Quindlen
"Think of life as a terminal illness, because, if you do, you will live it with joy and passion, as it ought to be lived."  "

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