What I Want From the Universe in 2014

I’ve been quite down for the last couple of months. I wouldn’t classify it is depression, but rather this dread that my life is not going the way I thought it would be at 43.  I’m making some big changes in 2014, and it also has me scared to death that I will fail utterly.  I don’t want to fail. I want to succeed in making my life, and those that I touch (not in a creepy way) better in some way.

I was told by a wise person that if you put something out into the universe, and you are sincere, the universe has a way of helping you.  With that in mind, here are the ten things I want from the universe in 2014.

  1. I want to be a better father to my kids.
  2. I want to be closer to my wife and be a better husband.
  3. I want to be financially secure, free of debt, and not have to worry about money. If that means winning the lottery or having my business earn 10 times more than it did last year, so be it.
  4. I want to be a better person than I was a year ago. In other words, I want to not be as much of a dick or a jerk wad as I have been.
  5. I want to take Major Spoilers to the next level and make it an astonishing success.
  6. I want to be able to contribute more to the running of the home.
  7. I want to have a positive impact in someone’s life.
  8. I want to lose 100 pounds, eat better, and exercise.

These things have true meaning to me, and are not some trifle or a gimme, gimme. Universe, are you listening?

Thank you.

 

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Pulling the Trigger – Part 1

I need to take things to the next level, and fortunately, I have a number of people willing to help me. I’m thankful for that, and it has taught me a wonderful new lesson on doing things for free in order to benefit down the road.

Thanks for giving me some homework to do. When it was suggested the website needed to be changed, I didn’t think much of it, except “yeah, yeah… one more thing to do.” But then I stopped to think about that – I have been needing to update the site for some time, and in order to do that, I’m going to have to spend some time sacrificing other things (writing, family, etc.) to make that happen.

I’m pulling the trigger on the site change with a few additional items in the coming months. I’ll let you know how it goes through this site… Who knows, maybe I’ll even update this site in the near future, too.

A lot of crazy rambling here… that’s what I get for doing this late at night and after a few beers… It will all make sense toward the end of the year.

And then the clock starts ticking toward something bigger.

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TUTORIAL: Keying in Adobe After Effects CS6

I do a show called The Want List that requires a bunch of keying in Adobe After Effects. In this video I walk you through my process of going from Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to Adobe After Effects CS6 and back again, and along the way demonstrate how I use Keylight to key out the green screen background.

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CINTIQ 24HD Touch from Wacom

While I don’t have the artistic skills that many have, I can’t help but want a Cintiq 24HD Touch for nothing more than working in Adobe After Effects (masking), and LightWave 3D (modeling).

I’ve used Wacom tablets for years, but it has always been a weird feeling trying to draw or mask while not looking at area I’m drawing on. Add in the touch aspect of the Cintiq 24HD Touch, and I think this is the solution for me.

Now I only need $3,699.00.

Anyone want to donate the funds or send me one of these?

 

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PIC A DAY 052612: Garden of the Gods

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but it has also been quite a while since I’ve been able to get out and actually do something besides sit behind a desk, a slave to the Robot Overlords of the world.

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Adobe After Effects CS6 Walk Through

Adobe After Effects CS6 has a number of new features. Included in this walk-through/demo, are the new caching features, the 3D Camera Tracker, and Advanced 3D Render engine that allows the user to extrude text.

I was up late last night recording this, and there are a few times I totally say one word, when I mean another… duhr.

Make sure you watch this full size at 1080p!

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REVIEW: Kenko Extension Tube

A month ago, I picked up a set of Kenko Auto Extension Tubes that allow photographers to turn an ordinary lens into a macro – and in some cases a super-macro – lens.

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