Fighting the clutter

I’ve been making a determined effort as of late to clean my room. Some may think that just a matter of fact and not of much relevance. Its important to note, however, that I film all my Powet.TV videos from the confines of this space and presentation is very important in the filming process. Not only that, but I have a lot of things. These things are becoming harder and harder to keep track of. Lately, I’ve actually considered starting yet another blog to help me document the cataloging process of many of my possessions (toys!). Whether I do this or not is still to be determined, but I find it extremely comforting to know people of all levels of success suffer the same problem.

Tina Fey for example:

Al Gore certainly fits this category as well, but man does he have a sweet monitor setup.

Also, note how Tina uses post-it notes to organize!

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Donnas - Bitchin

I was looking through the Newbury Comics new music newsletter for last week and noticed that there was a new Donnas album coming out. I was a huge fan of ‘Spend the Night’, but their follow-up album, ‘Gold Medal’ fell a bit flat for me. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who felt that way either. I still liked ‘Spend the Night’ more than enough to be glad to search out their new album ‘Bitchin’ on the internets. I finally got around to giving it a listen last night.

I am delighted to say that the album rocks. Literally.

It is a happy return to their heavier rock style from ‘Spend the Night’ (which is still on heavy rotation on my MP3 player). They totally turn it up with more guitars and a heavy influence of 80’s rock hair band that is more than apparent.

This album will be purchased the next time I’m in Newbury Comics. I support bands that put out good music. As rare as that is lately.

Here is a good review.


I have just watched what has to be one of the most inspiring lectures I will ever listen to in my life.

Randy Pausch is a professor at Carnegie-Mellon University. He has done a lot in his life. He was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He has somewhere between 11 to 15 tumors in his liver. He was told he has about three months to live and this lecture is one month into that timespan.

To view the entire lecture go here. If that link doesn’t work, here’s the actual address you need to open in your media player. (mms://

The lecture covered his dream goals in life and how he attained them, or not and how each achievement and rejection affected his life.

He marked out several specific well defined goals to achieve that for some are a far reach. Some of the goals included:

  • being in zero gravity
  • being Captain Kirk
  • playing in the NFL
  • becoming a Disney Imagineer
  • get published in the World Book Encyclopedia

Along the way, he hit many brick walls. From being rejected to Carnegie-Mellon to being denied by a Dean to become an Imagineer. He talked about each obstacle he faced and what he took away from it, successful or not.

“Brick walls are there for a reason: They let us prove how badly we want things” while keeping everyone else away. This was a key idea that he continued to bring back up throughout the lecture.

When he spoke about the Dean blockading his acceptance to be an Imagineer at Disney, he jokingly said that some brick walls are made of flesh. Joking aside, that is something that is true far more often, in my experience, than I’d care to admit. Another nugget he shared from this event was that “its important to know when you’re in a pissing match and to back out of it as soon as possible”.

Some other advice he shared included:

  • Decide if you are a Tigger or an Eeyore
  • Never lose that child-like wonder
  • Help others
  • Get a feedback loop and listen to it
  • Show gratitude
  • Don’t complain; just work harder
  • Be good at something; it makes you valuable
  • Work hard
  • Find the best in everybody

He also suggested what to do to get people to help you:

  • Apologize when you screw up
  • Focus on other people, not yourself
  • Be earnest
  • Tell the truth

The lecture was on the long side, but entirely worth every minute. I recommend everyone taking some time and sitting down to watch it.

“The brick walls let us show our dedication.”

Found on Digg.

Captain Napkin

Every week after frisbee on Saturdays, we head over to a local ice cream place, Sammy Jos, and get some delectable frozen treats. We go so regularly that we know two of the girls who work there nearly every week pretty well. Brendan, Thanh and I usually stay a bit longer than the others so we may discuss nerdly things and trade pokemon and action figures. We’re cool like that.

One Saturday we were especially bored and enterprising. Kate, one of the girls who works there, was absolutely failing to entertain us sufficiently and was hiding in the back so she didn’t have to do any work. We had to entertain ourselves. That is, until Captain Napkin nipped that boredom in the bud!

Yeah, we did.

He enjoyed some ice cream with Ken and Ryu from Street Fighter.

After a bit, he was getting a little cheeky, though.

He took a liking to Steph.