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Geek Shui’s Brain + xtranormal + Vuvuzela Viernes = An accident waiting to happen

Yesterday, a fellow Twitter user, @badfish5770??(Thanks, man!), sent me a link to a movie he made over at xtranormal. You’ve probably seen one before (think: iPhone 4 vs Evo). In this case, his xtranormal movie was about another Twitter user whom we both follow and who has gadget obsession issues. His movie had me in tears at 2:00 AM, while trying to feed a baby (not necessarily the best time).

At any rate, his movie got my creative juices flowing. So, of course, I had to make my own xtranormal movie. If you haven’t checked xtranormal out, you really should. It will turn anyone into movie makers (albeit, bad ones), with a wide array of scenes, characters, emotions, and even sound effects and music. All it will cost you is some brain cells to read the embedded tips and your time.

So what is my xtranormal movie about? Well, the title should have been a dead giveaway. Take a look for yourself. It certainly won’t win any awards or go viral, but I hope it at least sends you away with a chuckle.

[P.S. – Congratulations,??@HamJamIam, @Nutzy2468, @GizmoAlex, @TraderToms and @Drunken_Hopfrog!??You’re (in)famous now!]

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Dennis Hopper taught us that crazy can be cool

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Do we all have a little Spock inside?

I watched Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan again today. It doesn’t matter how many times I see it. The final scenes always get to me.

I suppose deep down inside I hold out hope that, this time, things will end differently for Mr. Spock. I imagine it also has a lot to do with the selflessness that he displays when it truly counts.


Would we do the same if placed in the same position? If the needs of the many really did outweigh the needs of the few…or the one…or my own, would I be strong enough to do it? I can only say that I hope so.

“We are gathered here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. But it should be noted that this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.” – Admiral James T. Kirk

A father’s bucket list…twice over

Just about everyone has heard of a bucket list. Made famous anew by the 2007 movie, The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, this list is simply that…a list. Of course, this list has great significance because it is a collection of all the things one really wants to do or experience before dying. Obviously, this could be a very morbid subject. In the context of this post, though, it is a joyful one. Let me explain.

Recently, I was blessed with my second son, nearly eight years after having the first one. The first time around I truly enjoyed the experience, from the moment of birth to the eighth birthday party. The years have passed too quickly, and, in the past year or two, I had found myself yearning for those early years. Any parent knows to which years I refer. The ones full of firsts – the first smile, the first steps, the first words, the first day of school. Of course, I have enjoyed everything in between and since, but those moments are simply beyond description. I’m certain any loving parent will agree.

One such moment happened last night. It wasn’t a first. It was just a moment. More than that, it was one of those moments you just can’t plan and, more importantly, won’t forget. As I stood with Mrs. Geek Shui changing Baby Geek Shui, he began to urinate. The act isn’t as significant as the circumstances. At the time, my hand was attempting to cover him up in order to keep him from doing that exact thing. In this case, it didn’t work. Seconds later, my hand became a urine shield. Mrs. Geek Shui noticed something was happening and asked what it was. I told her, “He’s peeing in my hand.” While we didn’t relish the thought of doing more clean up and repeating the process, it was one of those type of moments that I had longed for just a year before.

This brings me to my list:??The Living Bucket List

The moments I have described, as well as countless others, have become my bucket list. Unlike one wherein a person tries to get everything done before they die, I have chosen to make mine a living one. What do I mean exactly? I am consciously choosing to experience and, more importantly, appreciate things as they happen. For me, climbing a mountain or driving a race car won’t be the things I remember at the very end. I like to think that what I’ll remember the most are the seemingly innocuous moments that really made life worth living.

So, for this second time around, with Baby Geek Shui, some of the things I plan to enjoy, in addition to the momentous “firsts”, include:

  • Freestyle and impromptu urine fountains, like the one mentioned above
  • Wiping a little person’s bottom every few hours
  • Abstract food and milk art, as created on tabletops, furniture, and vehicle upholstery
  • Earth shattering crying binges that occur for no apparent reason
  • Sitting in running vehicle for an hour just to let the baby sleep longer
  • Trips to the store that require packing half of the house in the car
  • Burp stains on the shoulders of all of my Polo shirts
  • The hungover feeling that results, not from excessive drinking, but from 2:00 AM feedings

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There are many other moments that one cannot reasonably foresee. Additionally, Baby Geek Shui’s arrival has made me appreciate his older brother, Little Geek Shui, even more. For this reason, the same living bucket list concept applies to his moments, as well. Between the individual and collective things that happen with both of my sons, as well as my wife, I have the potential for a million more moments of enjoyment.

Is this the entire list? No, it isn’t. I plan to mentally add and enjoy things as they happen and not just in retrospect, a few years from now. Of course, if??you had asked me at age eighteen, if I was willing to do things like shield a person’s urine with my hand or wipe their bottom for them, I would have said you were insane. Now, I know that these experiences are the building blocks of a life full of great memories. For this reason, I plan to collect as many blocks as I can and build the tallest tower of memories possible.

Of course, I would be remiss not to acknowledge and give the greatest credit to my wife, Mrs. Geek Shui. From the moment I met her, she has been my best friend, my professional advisor, my biggest fan, and the love of my life. Without her, I would have neither Baby Geek Shui or Little Geek Shui. I can’t…and won’t…try to be modest about it. My life is awesome…all because of them.

So, if you haven’t made your living (not dying) bucket list, I encourage you to sit down and do it. It doesn’t have to be detailed or complete. Some things will just add themselves…if you’re paying attention, that is. Ultimately, it just might help you enjoy each day, just a little bit more. I know it has worked out that way for me…and I’m grateful for every single moment.

Ever doubted love? Dave Matthews’ #41 reminds us why we shouldn’t…

If you have never heard the live version of #41 from Dave Matthews’ Listener Supported, you’re missing out. The lyrics are both haunting and hopeful. A sampling:

“Used to be that you and me played for all the loneliness, but nobody loved us as now…. Banging slow I’m coming, yeah….I wanted to stay. I wanted to play. I wanted to love you….I wouldn’t pass this life. I wouldn’t take more than I need. What sort of man floats by. Well, I will bring you water….Why won’t you run into rain and play, and let the tears splash all over you.”

Easily my favorite DMB performance, this hope-filled tune includes a violin, flute, and saxophone rich riff that starts at 3:50 and peaks (beginning at 7:12) into what I consider to be the auditory equivalent of the encompassment of life’s full range of emotions, from birth to death.

Seem a little dramatic? Perhaps, but you’ll probably only question it if you haven’t heard it…I mean really, really heard it…at least once. Either way, let’s listen to it again. You’ll be glad you did.

Just spell a damn word, already…please

Proof of concept…Words with Friends:

In this game, I don’t have the best opportunities. I want to use the “Z” in combination with a double or triple letter or word space. I want at least 15 points as a result of this move. So, if I can’t use the “Z,” do I pass? Do I trade in letters? Do I call President Obama for help? Do I blame everyone but myself for not figuring it out?

No…

I look at the letters.

I look at the tiles on the board…

I identify the best possible combinations…

…and I spell a damn word, already…

(You’re welcome and your turn, @michaelwpg.)

The Dodo(Case) has landed

After waiting (impatiently) since June 2nd, the fabled DodoCase for my iPad arrived. The action shot included herein confirms what I had hoped. This case is the epitomy of handcrafted class. We’ll be posting a full review very soon, on Geek Shui Living. Until then, you can drool over mine. Six to eight weeks is a long time to wait, but I assure you it was worth it.

A #VuvuzelaViernes for @geekwithsoul – Curator of the Twitter list

In keeping with my #VuvuzelaViernes post from earlier today, I thought it only fitting to send one to fellow geek Jason Byrne (@geekwithsoul) who has spent the last few months compiling a list of Twitter users that he feels others should follow. For the benefit of all, he also goes the extra mile and tells us why we might like to follow the subject, too. In all fairness, I must admit I’m on his ever-expanding list. Having said that, I can also assure you that I, too, follow the majority of the other Tweople listed there. Take a few minutes to peruse his picks. I assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

You can find Jason’s comprehensive list at http://jasonbyrne.wordpress.com/2010/07/16/cool-like-me/

Can the Vuvuzela save me from Follow Friday?

It’s official. I have decided to break from the #FollowFriday tradition and create my own, new tradition. Why? The truth is that many of us have followed each other for so long that our time lines are deeply intertwined like the roots of an ancient family tree. Often it is difficult to determine where the interconnections stop or who followed whom in the first place. That is a good thing. It means we’re interacting socially and forming our own unique relationships with each other.

Essentially, posting #FollowFriday tweets is akin to me saying, “Make friends with people with whom you are already friends.” Additionally, the #FollowFriday tradition has become somewhat diluted. Not only are time lines flooded with the #FF hashtag, some people feel left out, if they are unmentioned. Friends are different, not better or worse. In my case, I have 1000+ followers and 800+ friends. I may as well say, “Follow everyone I follow.”

For this reason, I am creating my own new tradition….one that recognizes tweople for their actual contribution to my timeline. What deserves recognition? – Wit, Wisdom, and Wackiness – It isn’t a popularity contest to be played. It will simply reflect my feelings of who has gone the extra mile and enriched my time line throughout the week. I’m not looking for something in particular. More than likely it will be a seemingly innocuous tweet that fits the moment perfectly. You can’t fake the “Three W’s” – They exist in everyone and come out when the time is right and, very often, when others need them the most.

Of course a tradition or custom should have a name. What it be called? When will it be practiced? Well, since it is an announcement, one needs to get everyone’s attention. Is there any better way to do that than with a Vuvuzela? I think not, for as annoying as it may seem to some, it certainly grabs our attention. As far as when goes Fridays seem perfect. A normally positive day, it will be made more unique by referring to its Spanish translation, Viernes. It just sounds more cosmopolitan that way.

So, henceforth, I’ll be practicing #VuvuzelaViernes – the day to say thanks for tweeting like you do. If you already follow someone I call out, consider yourself lucky. If you don’t follow them, you might want to consider doing so. They could become a great social media friend of your’s, too.

Finally, if I should happen to come upon someone brand new to me that I think could bing good to the time line of others I’ll just tweet it on the spot. Why wait until Friday? That’s it. I’ll begin my #VuvuzelaViernes today, July 16, 2010. If you like the idea, feel free to grab the idea and run with it. Just remember: #VuvuzelaViernes isn’t about popular, it’s about people…which is why we came to the Twitterverse in the first place, right?

Well, here I am…

It seems this may have been one of the last places on the web where I have yet to establish a presence. As of today, this is no longer the case. Why here? I need a place separate from my professional writings on Geek Shui Living (http://geekshuiliving.com) to post my personal thoughts, observations and musings. Be amused. Be confused. Just please don’t steal the silverware. That is all….for now.