Thursday, July 29, 2010

Guest Blogger: Love Streams

Today's Guest Blogger is Love Streams. She's a respected writer, editor, and marketing consultant living in Los Angeles. Her blog is a fantastic read. I am thrilled that she allowed me to share her new post with my readers. Enjoy!

Match Maid

by Love Streams

In the beginning it’s picture perfect, great on paper, match made in heaven, dare say “soul mates.” Years stretch into decades, experience spans patience and the only souls that have worn are on the bottom of shoes. There are no perfect couples, only relationships; complex and evolving and as alive as each person within them.

A relationship can not define us anymore than any other aspect of what we believe is true about our lives. We can only be guided by something greater than ourselves.

We are born into relationships but adopt many more significant to our lives. What we come to realize is that these matches are made for express purposes and we must set our expectations accordingly. We can not expect one match to be a maid to our every need in life, after all that is why we have many kinds of relationships.

People are human, at different stages of consciousness. No two can possibly sync up all the time. The one relationship that must be in line is the one with our self and our higher power; all others will follow suit.

Photo by Courtney Reid

Courtney Reid is one of my favorite artist who “grew up watching paint get pushed around,” she’s represented by Airom Bleicher. The name of this piece (above) is “7.” For me, it symbolizes a couple on two different levels of consciousness but very closely bound together. I’ve decided the woman on the right is in an inventive, contemplative, spiritual and enigmatic state; as the numbered title suggests. The man is looking to her for guidance. The third and palpable character in the image is their muted relationship.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Twitter's earthXplorer: Simply Amazing!

This is the latest post in our series, TwitterPowerhouses, which focuses on the contributions of people who've helped to expand, influence, and redefine how we view social networking. This is cross-posted in the Huffingtonpost Travel Section.

In Louis Armstrong's tune "What a Wonderful World", you hear the words of a man whose life has been shaped by the beautiful and awe-inspiring things that feed our imagination. In fact, this could easily be the theme song for the award-winning, world-class adventurer J.D. Andrews, who tweets under the name earthXplorer.

For more than 20 years, his production work with the travel industry has taken him to nearly 80 countries: to the Mediterranean marvels of Spain; the ancient ruins of Egypt; and the stunning landscapes of New Zealand. And one can't help but be impressed with his epic journey across the entire continent of Australia.

Andrews has always believed that with great success comes great responsibility. This includes using his life to make a positive impact on others worldwide, and specifically working and partnering with those who do the same. This is why his firm, earthXplorer Productions (with its list of high-end clients), is never too busy to produce videos for charities and nonprofits.

Andrews is not just a traveler or an explorer. He is, quite literally, an Ambassador of the Planet. His footprints are in every corner of 6 continents, which is one of the reasons he gets respect in every corner of the Twitterverse. So grab your passport, and enjoy your journey through the Wonderful World of J.D. Andrews.

You have visited 74 countries on six continents. What are your impressions of our planet?

To me there is nothing better than getting out and exploring the world. Meeting new people, seeing amazing places, and let's not forget the food! The one thing that surprises me everywhere I go is how kind people are. Of course, you will always have the negative folks as well, but most people go out of their way to be nice and it gives me so much hope for the future. It shows how we are more alike than different. We also need to be good to our Planet. As Astronaut Mike Massimino Mike Massimino said "It's Fragile, It's Beautiful, It's perfection & we need to take care of it."

I love your quotes. My favorite is "Twitter is about the WE, not about the ME." I know this is not just a statement; it's truly the way you approach social media. Can you explain that a little further, for the readers?

In my opinion, Social Media is supposed to be just that, Social. Don't just post, participate! Twitter is not (just) about posting specials, ads, deals etc (i.e., Twitter Spam). A lot of companies/individuals haven't quite figured it out yet. They get a website, Facebook page, and Twitter account to be "social-media savvy," but don't' realize that the real value in these tools is the opportunity to interact (as opposed to just using Twitter as an RSS feed). It's not suppose to be about "ME." There are so many amazing people out there, people you would never have a chance to know if it wasn't for Twitter. Ask questions, say hi, engage others, and most importantly, have fun! Twitter is a large community (that's having a cocktail party) and everyone is chatting about what's interesting to them -- travel, sports, music, art, politics, work, food, etc. But Twitter cannot exist without everyone sharing and responding. That's the 'WE' as in "We are Twitter!"

You're a huge supporter of NASA, and a serious science geek. Since you've seemingly mapped every corner of our wonderful planet, what other planet in our solar system would you want to visit, and why?

I do love NASA, they "GET" twitter and put on some amazing Tweet-Ups. I was lucky enough to be invited to their last NASATweetup at Cape Canaveral for the final Atlantis shuttle launch. For all of us, it was an incredible, once in a lifetime experience! As planets go, Saturn would have to be the one that I'd love to eXplore! It's huge, colorful and, come on, who doesn't want to see what those rings are all about! (Laughs)

In early 2011, you are teaming with "Sir" Paul Steele and 12 other tweeters on a climb in the Himalayas to benefit Charity Water. How did that come about?

I was honored that Paul Steele asked me to join the Mera Twitter Team to climb Mera Peak, the highest trekking peak in Nepal. Paul is a serious climber. Me, not so much. I just started eating better and getting a serious workout plan together so I don't collapse on that mountain (Laughs). If it was just something I was doing, it would be easy to chicken out, but we are climbing for Charity Water and I don't want to let them or the team down! It will be an amazing adventure. I hope the Himalayas have wi-fi (Laughs).

You are always doing something amazing. How many more countries do you plan to explore?

As many as I can! I'm always looking for the next adventure, and can't wait to share my experiences, tips, and mostly pictures and videos with my Twitter friends! As I always say, It's a big world out there, it would be a shame not to experience it.

How would you define yourself in 140 characters or less?

With a quote of course -- "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious" ~ Einstein

To read more about J.D. Andrews' awesome adventures, friend him on his Facebook page and follow him on his Twitter feed.

Author's Note: In case you missed it, here's Part 8 of the series: 16 Tech Titans on Twitter.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hilarious "Old Spice" Spoof

This is awesome and truly hilarious! A great spoof off of the Old Spice TV campaign. Give this man a commercial. He rocks!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

16 Tech Titans on Twitter

This is the latest post in our series, TwitterPowerhouses, which focuses on the contributions of people who've helped to expand, influence, and redefine how we view social networking. I co-wrote this post with my friend and fellow Huffingtonpost blogger Ramon Nuez. This piece is also cross-posted in the Huffingtonpost Technology Section.

Technology has always been an awe-inspiring tool. It intimately affects our lives, and our surrounding environment. Our history is peppered with technological advances -- one right after the other. Indeed, the evolution throughout our history has been an incredible journey. And technology is the passport to the exciting destinations in our future.

Today, technology is allowing us to share information on a global scale. We are at an Information Golden Age -- this is where information is communicated at the speed of now. We are more connected today than at any other time in our history. It is this level of engagement that changes societies and fosters innovation. We are now global citizens -- with the ability to consume and produce content that can touch the lives of the 6.8 billion people on this planet.

The 16 Tech Titans below are truly amazing global citizens. As their tools of the trade, they use Twitter and other avenues to engage and inform the international community. They are some of technology's most respected influencers. The quality of their work speaks volumes. They intimately understand the importance of sharing their knowledge. Yes, we call them titans. Not just because of the greatness of their professional achievements, but also because they believe in moving humanity forward, one technological leap at a time.

Laura Fitton / @Pistachio
The best-selling author of Twitter for Dummies, Fitton is also the
CEO and Founder of OneForty, which helps developers
with innovations that greatly enhance the Twitter Experience.

Ruhani Rabin /@Ruhani Rabin
Social media researcher, Rabin is Vice-President of the
MOL Access Portal. MOL is owner of social media giant Friendster,
which he has pushed to new heights of success.

Misty Belardo / @mistygirlph
Though respected for her work on sites like Bitrebels,
Belardo uses technology to create some of the best,
cutting-edge graphics / avatar designs on the web.

Jose Antonio Vargas /@joseiswriting
A senior writer at the Huffington Post, Vargas has one of our favorite
blogs, Technology as Anthropology (click here for his posts) as well as a
Pulitzer Prize to cement an already impressive career as a multimedia journalist.

Stacey Higginbotham /@gigastacey
Though based in Austin, TX, her work is wonderfully international.
Whether Silicon Valley, broadband, or the FCC, Higgonbotham's blogging
for the forward-thinking GiGaOM is always appreciated.

Douglas Idugboe /@ douglasi
Web 2.0 Evangelist and best-selling author, he is also the publisher and
head writer for the hot site Smedio, which explores the intersection of
technology and business.

Julia Roy /@juliaroy
Though currently rockin' as the senior manager of New Media at Coach,
we remember her popular weekly vlog Tweet Week. She's a serious
influencer who doesn't take herself too seriously. We love the smart,
geek-centric humor of her website.

Chethan Rnk /@Cheth
When he's not at the Entertainment Desk of a Leading Weekly Magazine,
this prolific tech blogger is making great moves as Head Designer and
Founder of Cheth Studios.

Krystyn Chong /@krystynchong
Remember that piece in Forbes about women and gaming? We are
certain they were talking about Chong, who is also a true thought-leader on
how our rapidly evolving technology impacts and informs international laws.

Chris Luzader /@TechZader
Not only will you respect his approach to technology and his blogging
style, you will also appreciate the incredible diversity of topics
and links on his rapid-fire Twitter feed.

Kathy Meyer /@2cre8
She also has a dynamic and high-octane Twitter feed, but her
amazing work in interactive design and her app for children have
placed her name in the bright lights.

Tim Karr /@TimKarr
His work as the Campaign Director for Free Press and SavetheInternet
is nothing short of amazing, but his impassioned and informed pieces
in the Huff Post Technology section truly rock the house!

Daniel Hudson /@webtechman
He is a known specialist in the area of emerging technologies, and works
on apps for both business and government. We greatly appreciate his curiosity
about the evolution of society in a Web 2.0 context.

Cecilia Kang /@ceciliakang
She writes about technology policy for The Washington Post. Her blog
is a must read. She keeps her readers hooked because of her ability to
explain complex terms for the tech-challenged.

Craig Settles / @CJSettles
A popular analyst, Settles helps local governments and others
develop a strong broadband network. In fact, his new book, Fighting
the Good Fight, provides an awesome road map to make this a reality.

Ahad Bokhari /@tech_blend
More than a decade as a globe-trotting technologist have prepared him for
the coveted C.T.O. position at Fluid New Media. His cool Twitter feed --
a great collection of links -- gets the thumbs up on any day of the week.

Authors' Note: In case you missed it, here's Part 7 of the series: The Social Media Genius of Kim Sherrell.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Eagles Cheeleaders Donate Proceeds of their "Eco-Sexy" calendar to help the Gulf Coast

I love environmental issues and topics, so I'm excited to see the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders' 2010-2011 “Saving the Oceans” calendar. These lovely ladies are, without a doubt, the NFL's greenest, most eco-chic cheerleaders on the planet.

10 percent of sales of the calendar will be donated to the Gulf Restoration Network to help with the cleanup of the Gulf oil spill. Awesome! And I love that the outfits - bikinis and accessories - promote sustainability. These ladies have earned their eco-bonafides.

Here are two promo shots:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

LeBron James goes play with Dwayne Wade?

Within the hour, I just found out that Lebron James, one of my favorite NBA players, is going to play for the Miami Heat with superstar Dwayne Wade. On its face, its a great paring. Lebron and Dwayne will surely sell tickets, win games, and create lots of buzz. It's going to be an exciting time.

But I believe Lebron may, may, be in for a rude awakening in the Eastern Conference. The Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic are not going to roll over and play dead. Both teams have great starting players, and Boston has one of the best benches in the league. I wish Lebron nothing but the best, but, unless they get a notable power forward on their roster, their success will surely be limited.

If Lebron and Dwayne do make it to the finals, I wonder what would happen if they faced the best player on the planet...

Say it with me now... Kobe! Bryant!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Great Interview with the Charitable Angelina Jolie

I don't normally write about celebrities on my blog. But when celebrities use the full measure of their fame to make a difference in the lives of millions, they'll always get the love from me. Yes, this is why Angelina Jolie's picture graces the top of this post.

The new interview with Angelina in Parade Magazine is a great reminder of why this woman rocks. She talks about her role as a mother, the paparazzi, her early movie roles, and, her relationship with Brad Pitt.

I love that both her and Pitt speak for the voiceless, nameless, faceless millions, and, continue to give millions to make a difference in every corner of our planet. While I liked Jolie and Pitt separately, I truly love them as a couple.