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Mobicamp Pictures

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

A while back I attended Mobicamp San Antonio on the campus of Trinity University.  This was a conference of a crowd of the most plugged-in, most active mobile, business, education, social media and connected folks from all around Texas.  And let me tell you, it was great, and of course, I took pictures.  If course I was slow and didn’t get around to doing much processing with them until recently.  Better late than never, I always say, so here’s a few pictures that I played around with.

Mobicamp Badge


Mobicamp San Antonio

Mobicamp San Antonio

Mobicamp San Antonio

Mobicamp San Antonio

Mobicamp San Antonio

Mobicamp San Antonio

Mobicamp San Antonio

I always blur the important shots

I always blur the important shots

Syncing Multiple Google Calendars With The iPhone

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Like a lot of people, I’ve got several calendars tied into my Google Calendar (personal, work, holidays, birthdays, etc…).  I also sync my Google Calendar to my iPhone.  Since I had been syncing, it seemed that the Apple/Google tag team was only good for the top level calendar.  When I linked the two on the iPhone, this was all that showed up.  Since I really USE my iPhone, I grumbled and acquiesced and put almost everything on that top level calendar.  Today, I decided that the company’s were too big to have overlooked this and that it must be me, so I started looking.  It’s buried pretty deep in there, but, if you can find the page, it’s easy as pie.  Google!  Why do you have to bury this stuff!?

So here is the link to the page to selectively add all your calendars to the iPhone sync.



Google Calendar Tip – - Yearly Repeats on day of week/month

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

I went to go add Thanksgiving to this years google calendar.  It seemed like common sense to just have it repeat every year on the 4th Thursday of the Novemeber so I checked the repeat box and selected yearly and was surprised there was no obvious way to set.  After fiddling with it a little, I discovered that it, in fact, can be done.  The setting is just a little odd so I thought I would pass it along for anyone else who might not know.

  • Create the event then check the “Repeat…” box
  • For repeat, choose repeat Monthly.
    • Choose repeat Every 12 Months.
    • Choose repeat By Day of Week.

Works like a champ!  Also helpful for Labor Day!

Creating Simple Diptychs in Lightroom 3

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010






A while back I wanted to try my hand at diptychs so I pulled up Lightroom 3 and set to work.  Unfortunately I discovered that there was no simple ‘setting’ or ‘feature’ for making them in LR3.  As any good nerd would do, I summoned my google fu and began searching the interwebs.  Jay Watson had a great video tutorial for this, but it was for Lightroom 2, and the features have changed enough in LR3 that this tutorial didn’t really work any more.  So I set myself to the task of trying to figure it out and this is what I came up with:

  • To start, go to the Print module.  In the Layout Style box at the top of the right column, select ‘Custom Package’.  If there are any cells that are already in place, scroll down to the ‘Cells’ box in the right column and click the ‘Clear Layout’ button.
  • Next, click the ‘Page Setup’ button in the left column and change the Page Layout to Landscape.
  • Now drag two photographs into the work area.  Adjust one to the approximate size that you want your cells to be using the anchor points.  Make sure the ‘Lock To Photo Aspect Ratio’ button in the ‘Cell’ box in the right column is not checked.
  • You now need to make the other cell the exact same size.  The easy way to do this is drag the smaller one on top of the larger one and then adjust the size to match with the anchor points.  Move the picture on top off and align them so they are evenly separated.
  • Now in the ‘Image Settings’ box on the right, you can add a Border and a Stroke if you like.  I used a 4 point border and a 2 point stroke.
  • To save this as a template, go to the ‘Template Browser’ box on the left and select the ‘+’ in the heading bar.  Give the template a name and a folder and you are set to go.

To use it later, simply go to the Print module, select your template in the Template Browser box on the left and drag your photos into the cells.

Water splash from nothing

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

I’ve been wanting to photograph water droplets and the like for a while but haven’t had much success.  Today, I was perusing the internet and playing with photoshop and found out how to make a water splash from scratch.  Here is my third attempt.  Considering I just started this an hour or so ago, I think it looks pretty realistic.  With practice, I think I can make it look better.  The first photo is the splash that was created in photoshop (No outside photos).  The second is the same picture with a strawberry (real photograph) added in so it looks like something is actually moving the water.


Fabricated water splash


Fabricated water splash with real strawberry

Maybe sometime I’ll post a ‘how to’ on this, but it would take me a while to type it out and get screen captures so, not today.

Seven Things You Don’t Know About Me

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

This is a cross post from one of my other blogs Enlighten Up.  I took out the part about tagging the other folks since that is already in the other post.

The setup:

I’ve been tagged by Luis Sandoval at Daily Slackr to participate and share Seven Things You Don’t Know About Me writing project.  So here goes:

The Seven:

1. I sleep hooked up to a machine
I have sleep apnea which means I stop breathing when I sleep.  Consequently, I wear a mask at night that’s connected to a machine called a CPAP, that ensures I keep breathing during the night.

2. I always wanted to be a rock star
I started playing drums at an early age and sucked.  I took up the guitar and, for a long time, sucked.  But I eventually developed a little bit of ability with it.  I’ve played in bands since high school and have actually been in some mildly successful ones.  I’ve played country, blues, jazz, metal, folk…you name it, I have probably played it.  There was even a time when I contemplated taking a couple of years off work and attending the Guitar Institute of Technology in LA and make a go as a professional musician, but, it wasn’t to be.

3. I’ve jammed with a number of members of the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame and one member of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame
These include Skeet SeatonJimmy Evans, C.W. Gatlin and (although he probably doesn’t remember it) Levon Helm.  Admittedly, most of these are because I was either friends or in bands with their kids, but hec, it still happenned numerous times!

4. I write poetry
Yup, that’s right.  Snicker all you want but I enjoy it.   I started in high school and continue to this day.  Some of it turns into songs and some is just meant as spoken word.  I also have an ever growing collection of Haiku that I have written over the last 10 years.

5. I had my hair cut by Elvis Presley’s hair stylist in his living room
The man’s name was Homer Gilliland and cut my hair in his kitchen using nothing but a straight razor.  It was one of the best haircuts I ever had.  He cut Elvis’ hair from the late 60′s to the mid 70′s and had numerous memorobelia in his house.  (not to mention the large, white car with EP on it that sat in the driveway.

6. I have been the maid of honor at a wedding
Ok, let me tell you the story, then you can point and giggle.  I lived in Vegas for a couple of years and my friends Dave and Sally Schwartz were living in Southern California and decided to come to Vegas to renew their wedding vows.  They brought their two kids Landon and Jeff(affectionately referred to as ‘The Flying Schwartz Brothers”)  The best man and maid of honor were going to fly in later and meet them for the ceremony at The Little White Wedding Chapel on the strip.  Well, for some reason (if I recall, the flight was cancelled) the best man and maid of honor couldn’t make the ceremony.  So there we stand:  Bride, Groom, two pre teen boys and me.  The first thing decided was that Landon, the oldest, should be the best man.  So this left the maid of honor slot, me and a ten year old.  Since Dave and Sally have a great sense of humor, and there was no way of convincing a 10 year old that he should be the maid of honor at his parents wedding, I stepped up and filled the role.  It was a blast, and I love telling this story to people when it comes up.

7. My elementary teacher once broke my collar bone
I was in second grade and we were out at recess.  I happened to accidentally walk through the middle of a football game that some kids were playing and ended up in part of a dog pile tackle.  (It was a different time then.  Kids could play rough at recess and it was no big deal.)  As one of the final people jumped on, I felt a pain in my right shoulder and heard a snap.  I had a fairly high pain threshold as a kid so rather than screaming and crying, I just sat quietly.  I am told a few tears came down my face, but I just sat on the steps quietly holding my arm.

The bell rang and I went in for afternoon classes.  In the afternoon I had English, writing, reading and spelling.  Since I am right handed, I was trying to write with my left hand.  My teacher came up and asked why I was doing that.  I told her my arm hurt.  Since I wasn’t crying or anything, she didn’t think much of it and told me to write with my right hand.  I raised it to the desk and tried, but the pain was too great and there were a couple of tears.  I put my right hand back in my lap and started to write with my left again.

After a few minutes, the teacher snapped at me “I TOLD you to write with your right hand!”  She grabbed my right hand, yanked it over my head and slammed it on the table in front of me and told me to get to writing.  This time, I felt a double pop, and the tears started streaming but I didn’t make any noise.

One of my mothers students (she taught in the same building at the other end of the hall) was walking by and saw me with the tears holding my shoulder.  When he got back to her class, he asked her what was wrong with me.  She came and took me too the hospital where they x-rayed my shoulder and discovered it was broken in three places.  It was bad enough that I had to lay flat on my back on the floor for three weeks before they could put it in a brace.

When she raised the issue with the school, she was told that if she valued her job, she wouldn’t raise a fuss about it.  It was an accident and I was ok, so everything was fine.  I was young enough that I didn’t know any better.

So that’s it. Hopefully this sheds a little light into who I am, and perhaps will get some conversation going next time I see anyone in my network.

The rules:

  • Link your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged
    (Hat tip to Beth Harte for the rules.)

Bye bye November…

Monday, December 1st, 2008

It’s been a heck of a month.  I successfully completed NaNoWriMo, as evidenced by the cool badge over there on the right.  I almost completed NaPodPoMo.  I missed yesterday because the novel was already done so I forgot to podcast about it.  To hopefully make it right with the Podcasting gods, I put up two today, the last one being an extended podcast with some background and an excerpt from the novel.

In addition, I am writing a monthly article on meditation for the newsletter of In addition, I’ve taken a few pictures in the last week or so.  Here’s a few:

Alone on the Range

Nap Time

Sad Eyes

Mama Lama

I’m disappointed in Revision 3

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Ever since I discovered Revision 3, I have been a fan.  I thought the content was great, and they would take some chances that I thought worked most of the time.  Of course the flagship was Diggnation, but there were tons of great shows.  And they had some of my favorite folks from TechTV before it went to crap.  Sara Lane, Martin Sargent, Kevin Rose, Alex Albrecht, Patrick Norton and Bert Monroy . I had also been somewhat of a fan of the work Jim Louderback had done in the industry and was pleased when he signed on.

Today however, is a different story, and let me be clear.  My problem is not with the fact that Revision 3 canceled some of my favorite web programming.  (Well, I am actually, but that’s not my point here.)  It’s the entertainment industry.  Programming changes.  Programs come and programs go.  But they got rid of some of most talented people in the industry.  I think THAT’S a huge mistake.  Even worse?  It appears that this was done in a somewhat heartless, no notice way.

Sara Lane was on This Week In Tech with Leo Laporte this weekend and while there was discussion of layoffs at Mahalo, which Jason Calacanis freely explained, Sara had no idea that there would be a problem at Revision 3 or that any layoffs were in the works.

This brings us to today.  According to twitter posts and blog entries from Sara, Martin Sargent and various other people who were let go at Rev 3, they cleaned out their desks this morning and were sent packing.  So think about it.  No two week notice.  No nothing.  “Your show is canceled.  Get your shit and get outta here.”  Sorry, but this just isn’t right.

So from here on out, I am pretty much done with Rev 3.  I’m not “encouraging” others to stop watching stuff on Rev 3, but this is part of what social media is all about.  When I see a product with what I feel is a serious problem, I have to voice my opinion and for me, I don’t want to help support and organization that would treat it’s employees this way.  Period.

I are confused…

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

As many of you know, I am often confused, but really, someone clue me in here.  I was on Facebook and ended up on the page of a group called ‘ARKANSAS BLUES AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL ROCKS!‘.  Now what you may or may not know is that the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival is held in my home town.  It used to be called ‘King Biscuit Blues Festival’ and I either worked at or attended most of the first 10.  My wall is adorned with signed and numbered prints of the posters from the first 15.  The title is true.  This festival does ROCK!

So why am I confused?  Well, on pages of Facebook groups, on the right, there is a little box that says ‘Related Groups’.  Cool.  It would make sense that I would find other Blues Festival groups there maybe?  Well, at a glance, the top ‘Related Group’ is ‘Stop Barak Obama!’.  So how does Facebook arrive at this?  Seriously, I have never had a Facebook Group so, does the admin set the ‘Related Groups’?  If so, I don’t think I have to point out how rediculous this choice would be.  Or is it some Facebook agorithym?  If so, I think there are some developers that need to go back to the drawing board.

Now, just so there is no confusion, I am a die hard supporter of Obama/Biden.  So obviously, I wouldn’t be interested in this group as I disagree with them whole heartedly, but that’s not my point of confusion.  Even if it was pro-Obama/anti-McCain groups, I still don’t see how they relate to the festival.

At any rate, reading on the ‘Related Groups’, next is ‘Burger Shack Has The Best Cokes In Town!’.  Ok…I’ll give ya this one.  Burger Shack is a restraunt in the same town that is quite popular.  It really is great.  I would say the best Fries in town, but either way.  If you go to the festival, go get a burger.  IT’s worth it.

Moving on, the next entry is ‘John McCain and Sarah Palin in 08′.  Again, either a developer needs to go back to the drawing board or an admin needs to narrow the focus.

Social Media Soiree’

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

Last night I spent a wonderful time at a joint get together of the San Antonio Social Media Club and the Austin Social Media Club.  The occasion was Chris Heuer and Kristi Wells were in town!  Who are Chris Heuer and Kristi Wells, you might ask?  They are the founders of the Social Media Club Phenomena.  It was a genuine pleasure meeting both of them.  I even cornered Chris and we talked Eastern Philosophy for a few minutes.  Poor guy.  Being trapped with me talking about Eastern Philosophy is a fate I wouldn’t wish on anyone I didn’t like, much less Chris.  But he took it like a champ and even clued me in to a couple of books I’m going to check out.

Before I get ahead of myself, you may have seen the ‘I am a member of Social Media Club – San Antonio’ badge with my ugly mug on it in the sidebar and I have been talking quite a bit about Social Media Club, but maybe I should tell you exactly what Social Media Club is.  The official definition is

“Social Media Club is being organized for the purpose of sharing best practices, establishing ethics and standards, and for promoting media literacy. This is the beginning of a global conversation about building an organization and a community where the many diverse groups of people who care about social media can come together to discover, connect, share and learn.”

For a much larger definition and history of Social Media Club, click here, but to me, what we are talking about is figuring out the best ways to use the tool of social media to accomplish our goals, be they business/financial, creative, non-profit or just plain pimpin’ your podcast.  How do you do it?  How do you do it well?  And finally how do you do it without driving the world nuts?  But back to the festivities.

The Social Media Meetup Gang at Tres Hermanas

Also in attendance was the founders and fearless leaders of Social Media San Antonio:  Jennifer Navarrete  (aka epodcaster on Twitter) and Luis Sandoval (aka Pandaran on Twitter).  They have really taken the Social Media thing by the horns and lit a fire under it, just like they did for Bar Camp San Antonio, which was also a huge success.

Leslie, Me, Shelly, Jennifer and Bryan

The grand gathering took place between San Antonio and Austin in the town of San Marcos.  We met at a restaurant called ‘Tres Hermanas’ and I must say the food and the service were both excellent.  I had a 3 enchilada plate with a Tequila Cream Sauce.  Everyone knows that I am a sucker for cooking with tequila and this one hit the ball out of the park.  Simply delicious!

I had the chance to speak local writer/author/PR Guru Alan Weinkrantz again.  We have run into each other at several of these events and it’s always great to see him.  He tells me that he is currently planning an article on Social Media for a November column.  I will definitely keep an eye out for it.

Allan Wienkrantz and Chris Heuer

I spent much of the evening with John Navarrete, Jennifer’s husband.  I’ve known John for quite a while now and we both love to play music.  We have vowed to get together again and jam.  Hmmmm….Alan Weinkrantz is quite the guitar nut himself.  Maybe we should invite him along?  At any rate, I spent much of the evening with John and  Luis and Luis’s friend Juan (I hope I remembered his name right.  If not, someone please correct me) severely clowning around!  Apparently we are all quite proficient at it so why not go with our strong points, right?

Me and Juan -vs- Luis and John

As we left, we congregated outside the restaurant and we all took pictures of Chris Heuer riding a donkey statue while mumbling something about Tijuana.  I’m sure they are going to show up on the net somewhere.  Stay tuned for details.  I had a chance to talk to my friend Leslie from (Springanew on twitter).  Leslie is the Queen of live talk shows around here.  She does them on Talkshoe, with live call ins, chat room and everything.  I don’t think I could handle it. You should definitely check her out.

I had hoped to see Michael DeLeon(mdeleon on twitter) from ‘The Spurscast’and Chris Doelle, ‘The Hardest Working Man In Podcasting’ from The Lonestar Gridiron, Riding With The Window Down, and I am sure several other productions that I am forgetting.  Unfortunately, even though they live in San Marcos, they were both in San Antonio for the evening and couldn’t make it.  They were definitely missed though.

Me and my partner in crime, Jennifer Navarrete

The one drawback to the evening, albeit minor, was GoogleMaps.  The directions to the place were COMPLETELY off.  Luckily we all managed to find it eventually, through luck, phone calls and some good old fashioned reasoning.

Every one of these Social Media Club gatherings I have gone to has been both useful and incredibly fun.  If you’re in the SA area, come join us!  We’d love to have you!  Check out the ning group of meeting details etc…

If you’re closer to Austin check out their Social Media Club site.  And if you aren’t anywhere near either place, check here to see if there is a Social Media Club near you and if not, how to start one!  And remember:


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