Month: October 2009

Through a Child’s Eyes


When we were young we were fearless.  You talk to children and ask what they want to be when they grow up and the answers will widely vary.  Some may want to be President, some a garbage person, some an astronaut, some a doctor, but rarely will they say they want to do anything average or mundane with their life.

When I was really young and obviously had no clue about reality I wanted to be Superman.  I had my trusty pillow case my mom would pin to the back of my shirt and I’m sure I really believed I was Superman running down the street (faster than a speeding bullet I might add).   Everything is possible through the eyes of a child.  At what point did you stop believing anything is possible?

TED Talk: Stefan Sagmeister

“Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.  (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2009, Oxford, UK.Duration: 017:40)”

My Notes:

Sagmeister decided to disperse retirement throughout his life.  He has a design studio which has done work for the Rolling Stones, Adobe, Lou Reed, and more.  His TED talk above is pretty boring, I won’t lie, and I actually didn’t listen to the whole thing.  What I like about what he does is take time to rejuvenate himself throughout his life (very Tim Ferriss like).  Most people retire to enjoy themselves, and live out their calling toward the end of their life as opposed to doing so throughout it when we are more physically, intellectually, and emotionally able to benefit.

He found most people in general spend:

  • 25 years learning
  • 40 years working
  • 15 years in retirement

After the 25 years of learning people tend to find a job and maybe a career but few find their calling.  He defines the three areas as:

  • Job:  Done for money, 9-5
  • Career: Advancement and promotion
  • Calling: Intrinsically fulfilling

Sagmeister is obviously brililant at design as demonstrated in the video below.  Look at what he was able to do with his book titled “Things I have Learned In My Life“.  Simply amazing…

Bay Bridge Fail Whale

Bay Bridge Fail Whale


If you haven’t heard about our Bay Area traffic nightmare, the Bay Bridge has been closed since Tuesday when a 5,000 pound steel beam decided to crash onto the upper deck. They are building a new bridge but it isn’t expected to be completed until 2013.  People are having to use BART (love BART) now and according to, records were broken on Thursday with 442,000 passengers, using the trains.

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How to Bake Pumpkin Seeds


Mmm I love pumpkin seeds! They look good right?

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Toss seeds in a bowl with one to two tablespoons of melted butter or olive oil.
    • You can use margarine instead of butter, or substitute another type of oil for the olive oil.
    • For a lower-fat version, skip the oil and butter and use cooking spray on your baking pan (I didn’t).
  3. Place in a single layer in an oven-safe dish or on a baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle with salt.
  5. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes, or until they start to brown, stirring every 10 minutes.