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Youngberg Winery Wedding

Youngberg Winery Wedding

So excited to be working with some great co-workers.

 

This one was a long day, and tough when the company had forgotten the base poles for the tent, the headless stakes, and 16′ poles for our lighting equipment.

 

Every day has some challenges, but I prefer tough work that requires quick thinking and perseverance.

 

I see a future. I want to be trained at Portland Art School.

Private Residential White Party

Private Residential White Party

7/14/16

This event was a blast.

A beautiful home, nice people coming and going all the time.

 

Keys left behind to a Fiat 500.

 

Upgraded a garage into a master bar area.

 

Set lighting up the palm trees in the backyard next to the pool with audio equipment and a wireless mic.

 

 

Is Technology Feeding Empathy?

Is Technology Feeding Empathy?

Although technology was first created as a means to bring the world together, as a medium to connect despite physical distance, it has not always been used to function in this manner.

This is partly due to mankind’s force of negativity that causes them to feel estranged from everyone else, as an individual, rather than as a part of the situation.

Fortunately empathy has its own sense of breeding throughout the world, and technology has been used to set empathy in motion: another type of cyclical pattern that flows through interpersonal relationships.

Mankind, as a single consciousness, will continue to evolve into understanding their function to choose to breed empathic values for the sake of a mentally healthy self and society. This increase in interpersonal values and human relations management has affected every area including corporate social responsibility. Technology is allowing a level of transparency like never before.

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Workers at a Bangladesh garment factory dial in to answer smartphone surveys conducted by supply chain technology company LaborVoices.

For example, virtual reality will be able to bring consumers into each step of the supply chain like never before. It will give each customer full access to understanding the complexities of business decisions regarding sustainability as well as see the places where people are working no matter where they are in the world.

This level of transparency will kill some businesses that get caught in the act of treating their employees without fairness.

Green Biz is already reporting on huge suppliers who have counted as many as 1.2 million unregistered agricultural workers in Argentina. Fortunately, the supply chain technology industry is growing and making a mark on production in sectors ranging from agriculture to electronics to apparel to help managers change the current direction of their HRM.

This transparency will affect how empathy affects our lives. We have the opportunity to decide how to use this transparency. First, we have to understand what the trend has been in the past so we can learn how to change it.

According to Jennifer Aaker, a professor at the Graduate School of Business and a co-author of “The Dragonfly Effect,” a recent analysis of 72 studies performed on nearly 14,000 college students between 1979 and 2009 showed a sharp decline in the empathy trait over the last 10 years.

She suggests that the difference can be made in each little decision every day, “It is becoming increasingly clear that the work of making big changes in the world is not limited to massive nonprofits or peace keeping missions,” Aaker said. “It can come from anywhere, from an individual with a YouTube account all the way to a big-budget business. We live in a world increasingly connected through social networks that make it possible for all of us to make those big changes the world really needs.”

“Make ripples. Small acts can create big change,” Aaker said. “Every long journey starts with a first step… one act of good can inspire dozens, hundreds or even thousands of others to tackle similarly small goals that when combined yield disproportionate success.”

 

The Browser Wars

The Browser Wars

The cyclical nature of the universe shows application within the browser industry, as it fluctuated between oligopolistic to competitive industry characteristics.

For example, in 1998-2004 Internet Explorer and Netscape/Firefox supported the oligopoly by limiting the browser innovation to activities like skinning IE and Mozilla.

Things changed as Apple, Nokia, and Google hopped on to an open-source project, Webkit, a rendering engine that combined with V8 JavaScript engine and Android.

The release of Android and Chrome initially created the ability for a competitive market to emerge because it was possible for a small team to build a browser in 4 easy steps.

  1. Build/skin a browser
  2. Get some traction
  3. Do a search deal
  4. Print money from all of the search queries your browser users are driving to your search partners.

browserlogos2From 2005-2012, spawns of V8 and WebKit proliferated the markets of desktop and mobile browsers that owe debt to Google’s commitment to open-sourcing (almost) everything.

While the spawns created the idea of competition, the monoculture became highly evident in 2013 when Google decided to mashup Webkit into its own open source rendering engine Blink.

The problem is that Blink programming favored Google’s larger product ecosystem with required hooks and preferences that forced the open source project, and all those who participated to function as a monoculture.

The only way to address the dynamic of the browser giant is to support more browsers that serve smaller niches – browsers with multi-channel revenue strategies.

Where are we right now?

Slowly inching our way up from under the Google giant, as the list of niche browsers grows including Microsoft Project Spartan and Vivaldi, Torch (BitTorrent), Epic (privacy), Nitro (Speed), Slim (fast startup), and Lightspeed (minimalist, search-oriented). Further, China supports many different browsers- 360 Safe (for PC), Baidu, UC Web and Cheetah.

 

The opportunity to disrupt large companies in the web industry is always present, however it is up to the community to support your local browser rather than always Google!

I.T. Fun with a Cracker

I.T. Fun with a Cracker

Well I know what you’re thinking… whomever invented the title must be ignorant, racist, a carbohydrate, or just plain stupid.  And you’re right!  I do love carbs but the term “Cracker” here is more related to decoding, you know like that movie with Tom Hanks?

My name is @ForCarl (I know), @nd I will share my insights into technology with you, and while doing so take political, philosophical, economical, and cardinal jabs at our beloved U.S.A..  So strap in, get ready for a treat.  P.S. I don’t do that filter thing so if you’re sensitive, please 420 before proceeding, and reapply that medicine during as needed.

Technology is freakin amazing.   I went from playing Warcraft I on Windows ’95 to playing Clash of Clans (COC is amazing).  And that’s just the tip of it, but seriously all jokes aside technology is deep.  It’s such a broad word, for me technology means computers, but really it could be a crutch or a cane.  I believe a computer is the ultimate technology because of its intricate tie with mathematics.   The computing power of the machine trumps a cane so here we are.

What OS are you running bro? I got that dual boot Arch Linux with Windows 7 partition.   For get about running that MS Visual Studio pop that PHP and get dirty with jQuery.   That’s right I like to write programs, unlike the wealth distribution in U.S. go fuck yourself A, in the programming world there is a vast open source community.  Remember what your mama told you, if a programmer won’t help you for the sake of math, $he/he is headed straight to hell… and by that I mean getting a great job at a Fortune 500.  I mean seriously how much do you have to suck to get a decent job in this country?

Clearly I’m getting off the point so I’ll put the yayo away and get back to technology.   Listen, here is the deal.. if you’re using a Mac computer it’s probably not for the Linux backbone but you may be aware of it and use it as an excuse or to explain why Steve Jobs isn’t in hell right now burning for screwing over Asian workers to build computers for Americans to make them dumber and less knowledgeable about the technology they are using.

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Switch to linux, seriously it’s a free light weight OS that won’t automatically shut down your computer for updates and increases your knowledge of how computers work man, it gets you closer to the hardware bro.  Stop being lazy stupid Americans hop on Linux try Kali Linux in particular.

Which brings me to my next topic, Barack Obama and Freedom of Information.   Listen hack the planet bro, I mean Barack would agree he hacked his way into the presidency.  I mean isn’t he, like all other presidents of recent note just a big fat
hack?  I mean Bill Clinton was great because he got blow jobs and played the sax but everyone else is just a hack.

Freedom of Information,  we have no names man, we are nameless.  That’s why getting a handle is so important.   I’mlbj.notone.nottwo@xmail.com come at me bro I have 2 championships.  But seriously, with all the information out there on the Internets and Wikipedia I feel it’s mostly the stuff that everyone knows can guess or its how to build something which is cool, but what about the secrets?  Like the JFK assassination files the government should let those go, or the deal about tower 7.  What about Osama Bin Laden’s body? What the Americans that make under $40K but yet still pay 22.5 percent to the IRS for taxes and on behalf of which the American Government has printed and borrowed trillions of dollars, those people aren’t allowed to see bin Laden”$ body because some Arabs would be pissed?  Dude be real we are fools, the 99÷ of Americans out there are getting a raw deal, and it’s due to technology.

Just like my girls, technology goes both ways.  It’s opium to the masses!  People love Facebook and Farmville, but at the same time technology allows fox news and CNN to spew absolute garbage on the airwaves,  we need to stop that immediately.   Someone hack CNN for the next 40 years, set up a sick cron job to run indefinitely.   That’s why pen testing is so important, we need this more than you know.

The truth is we are at the very beginning of our technological journey as humans.  We are just stretching our legs, learning how to walk, drinking and suckling the tit of Cyber Godesses.

As an American, I feel entitled to get everything I want at no cost at all, kind of like when Bush shocked and awed Iraq and when the Government cut funding for NASA.  And what I want from technology is the ability to fly and live forever.   I’m serious!   No wait I want a sex bot, wait I want two sex bots; Miley and Kim K.  God bless this country.

— Written by Lee Rice

10 Innovations in Fintech

10 Innovations in Fintech

As identity theft continues to cost banks at least $1 billion per year, secure yet adaptable bank services are severely needed by customers. Luckily, 100 of the U.K.’s brightest minds within the Fintech, or financial technology, sector gathered on October 28, 2014 to create a hub of innovations to build the bank of 2020.

Members from Financial News’ 40 Leaders in Fintech who attended the gathering were broken up randomly into groups, each focusing on an aspect of the future of banking.

For examples, they focused on regulatory requirements, security issues, adaptability to rapidly changing customer demands, or big data conundrums.

 

  1. The Firm will revolve around the Customer

The customer’s choices will be the center of the universe, and their options will be aplenty. For example, as one develops their savings, they have the instantaneous and personal choice of whether to delegate their money management to any provider of their choice, or even manage it themselves. Each person would have a portfolio with their personalized preferences that auto update to set criteria. If one invests only in environmentally sustainable business, then the program will only make those choices.

  1. Mobile Phones will be more powerful than ever

Everything you needed from your local branch, in terms of investment opportunities will now be provided on an instantaneous and ongoing basis on your mobile device.

  1. Robot financial advisers are a click away

There will be no worry in the future about unsound financial choices, because if you purchase too many shares in a company, a program called the Know Your Customer and Suitability Tool will automatically prevent you from doing so. It will tell you what you’re trading off in terms of future pension plan or college education savings.

  1. Algorithmic functions will monitor your banks behavior

Like a child, your bank will constantly be under the microscope to quickly analyze mass sums of data, and use it to identify external and insider security threats.

  1. Banks could become identity brokers

With all of the information they process and analyze on a daily basis, they could use the information they learn about their clients that give insight to other customers or vendors. It could be applied to creditors determining worthiness, or start-up ventures needing market data.

  1. Banks will be replaced by technology

Algorithms will work together under a platform that is user-friendly. Thus, banks will become just like a technology company that is the middle-man of information about customers, products, and markets.

  1. Bank-agnosticism will be a term

Your bank account will simply live in an open ecosystem where you can manage all of your current and future financial needs. This means that you will own your account, and can easily move it from one bank to another. Like a cell phone number, the account would represent your identity, and you will be able to keep it regardless of who is providing the service. This will gratefully allow small banks to more easily compete against the massive banks.

  1. Blockchain Technology

This technology that is currently being used in Bitcoin, refers to a sequential transaction database that creates a validation technique for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Blockchain use would spread wide and fast to distribute, verify and record a wide-range of financial services, making the financial system more decentralized. While some risks would be eliminated, the banks know it is not a perfect solution, as other risks are introduced.

Michael Nielsen explains in his article How Bitcoin actually works what these risks include,

“For [the blockchain] to have any chance of succeeding, network users need an incentive to help validate transactions. Without such an incentive, they have no reason to expend caluable computational power, merely to help validate other people’s transactions. And if network users are not willing to expend that power, then the whole system won’t work. The solution to this problem is to reward people who help validate transactions.”

  1. Social Trading

No one saw this one coming. Lending, borrowing, and trading on social network platforms will be a norm

    10.  Decentralization

The traditional middleman will be cut out of the bank’s work. Crowdsourced loans, mortgages, and risk management products will be available for the public. The institutional investors will directly provide funds to consumers or businesses through online platforms.

 

Welcome The Bank of 2020

Welcome to Winkyville

Welcome to Winkyville

JudithVoss_Photo1Do you have what it takes to get Winky?

  1. Willingness to get Small

Lost in creative imagination and make-believe on a miniature scale

  1. Ability to be Winky

To be open-hearted and feel one’s positive connection to nature and each other

  1. Desire to spread Winky cheer

Making Winkvilles as a mark of uplifting, feel-good, do-good life energy in the larger world

Judith Voss has recaptured her connection to her innocence in play as a child.

Mr. Herschel Winky Wink Winkstophski (named by a former student), Mayor of the original Winkyville in 1995, hopes to make a special appearance at the Winkyville Workshop.

Mr. Winkstophski’s story developed out of the natural materials found within reach into a community that included everything from dwelling huts to a swimming hole. Termed a “no imports” rule.

“We were definitely in the zone of “getting small,” and stayed absorbed in creating Winkyville for several hours. During that time a mythology about Winky and Winkyville and what it means to “Get Small,” and  “Be Winky” began to form.

It sparked a movement that whenever Voss’s students would field trip, family vacation, or simply “Wink Up” whenever one feels it is right.

The intuitive creativity allows one to slow down, enjoy the process in the making, and explain the significance of Winkyville and to spread the cheer of getting small- which can be applied to every dimension of one’s life.

“It is important when gathering natural materials to make a Winkyville that one is mindful about not disturbing or destroying anything, that permission from nature to use an item or object is sought from within one’s heart, and that care is taken to only use what is needed and whenever possible to return what is leftover to the earth.”

With such a creative focus, Judith explains the pressures when she must perform such as at the Wildflower Festival, “It takes time to shake off the cares of the day and to allow for uninterrupted time to be absorbed in an activity that is such a refreshing and reenergizing reprieve from the stressors of daily life.”

Long live the spirit and intention of Winkyville to bring people together in the child’s delight and wonder of the world and one another. May we all continue to find ways to get small and be Winky!

DIY or DIE | The Music Industry Squeeze

DIY or DIE | The Music Industry Squeeze

NearbyPasturesByGearCroppedIn a world of consumerism, where one’s utility is a function (or equation) of one’s income and the products x,y,etc that one is willing and able to consume, it is easy to only support the products most advertised to us.

But think about what that advertisement does?

Who made it?

How much money did they spend to produce that ad?

Think about what that advertisement does not- open your mind to the millions of possibilities to support local business.

Local business that faces the advertisers as competitors.

For artists such as Spencer Simmons, a self-made musician, a chasm separates him from his dream of making money from what he loves to do.

The soothing yet intricate guitar strings have been Spencer’s muse since he was a child.

However, on his journey to being a respectable name in the music industry, he has noticed that without major starting funds, promoting an album effectively to a large audience is almost impossible.

Musicians and all artists are in greater need of support of their dream, or else their creative soul dies in pursuit of financial security, Spencer Simmons calls it, “DIY OR DIE!”

“Well I think the industry had changed a lot. Artists really are responsible for creating their success all on their own. We have so many tools at our disposal to make our visions come to life, and then it’s up to us to market and build a name for ourselves. It’s much more available to everyone, raising the bar for every artist who’s trying to stand out.”

Simmons’s drive to DIY, or Do-It-Yourself, has been the underlining theme for not only his Debut, I Just Have Something In My Eye, but the entire Generation Y.

I was really inspired by the idea of troubled youth and dysfunctional relationships, so the album is pretty bummed out. I guess you could say it’s an album about growing up and learning the hard way.”

Simmons continues to bring inspiration to execution, without any specific steps unlike most easy DIY projects, “Every song is different in terms of where the inspiration starts. I could get an idea for a song:

–From something I played on the guitar

–From an idea of a melody along with a couple words

–Sometimes even just the thought of a cool title

I usually try to get a pretty good idea of the structure of the song first, then a demo, then archive.”

“Some songs write themselves in a matter of minutes, some I have to put away for a while and revisit later.” Simmons describes his full creative process, but then follows saying that he’s “not in any place to offer advice?”

Anyone of any credentials can offer advice, it is up to the listener to listen.

“But I guess it would be to write as much as you can, and try to tour as fast as you can. Reach out, promote, make friends with other bands, and do the best you can with what you have.” Simmons suggests as a way to break off in full sprint.

Beautiful artists are out there, go find them!

http://nearbypastures.bandcamp.com/releases

 

DIY Series: Everyone is an Artist!

DIY Series: Everyone is an Artist!

By Constance Tiffany Kell

Our intention is to celebrate the opportunity for everyone to play, explore, and learn about art and expand the limits of one’s own creativity!

Through our Do-it-yourself, or DIY series of blog posts, you can begin simple craft projects at home that can liven up any situation. Then, take your new-found definition of yourself as an Artist to expand your knowledge in a fun and welcoming setting through workshops held in your local area.

To begin the series, we will learn how to spice up DIY hats and ballet shoes.

Necessary Things:

  • Fedora: Find this at a local thrift shop. Make sure it has a slot on the side for feathers/ pendants
  • Headband: Try out different colors!
  • Feathers: Get as many colors as you wish. I used white, red, and yellow, but nothing has to match! Use your creativity to find what looks best for you!
  • Fake Flowers: I would recommend real flowers, but they tend to not last as long as I wish. You can get some from a local Hirons Pharmacy. I bought two different kinds, so think about mix and matching!
  • Safety Pin: Always needed for extra security

DIY: How to decorate a Hat perfect for the 2014 Kentucky Derby!

Step 1: Gather your items needed. Go to the local thrift shop to find the things you need, they can usually provide you with most of these items!

Step 2: Place the headband right above the brim of the hat. Make sure it doesn’t suffocate your hat and force it to lose its shape.

Step 3: Layer the feathers on top of each other, and push them into the feather holder in your hat ALL AT ONCE. This way, no feathers get ruffled or torn up

Step 4: Prepare your flowers. Usually they pop off at each joint, so if you get a little bushel, you can slide it into the feather holder as well. In order to attach the daisy, you need to cut the stem off pretty short, but still leave enough room to make a hole.

Step 5: Pierce the stem of the fake Daisy with the safety pin and go through the headband as well. Be careful when closing so as to not poke yourself! Ask a parent or guardian to help you with this part if needed!

There you have it! A perfect 2014 Kentucky Derby Hat

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In case you weren’t sure what to do with those annoying long ties that come with a pair of ballet flats, let your creativity help you!

Things you need:

  • Nothing but a pair of ballet shoes with stretchy ties.
  • Scissors (with permission from parent or guardian of course!)

How to Fashion a Comfortable Ballet Shoe

Step 1: Put on the shoe. Measure around ankle so it is still loose enough to stretch the ties and slide your foot out. Tie the ankle strap into a knot and cut the excess.

Step 2: Pull the straps near your toes tightly so the band feels snug but not suffocating the foot from cutting off blood flow. Knot the ties, single or double square knot, your choice!

Step 3: Take the long strands and wrap them over the top, then underneath the ankle strap. Tie them in a square knot in a place that tightens the ankle strap down but again, does not cut off circulation.

Step 4: Make a beautiful butterfly knot. Or just tie your shoes and cut off the excess.

Voila!

Now everyone can go to the ballet and other dance workshops coming up this August with creatively styled slippers! Everyone can be an Artist!

Artists local to you offer workshops for dancers at every level!

There are so many options! No need to worry, any option will let you be in wonderful company while learning, creating, and growing!