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One of My Favorite Quotes...

“The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.”

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Inspiration: Potential not Flaws...

"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential."
- Ellen Goodman

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Surefire G2 Nitrolon, Incandescent Light

The Surefire G2 Nitrolon flashlight is one of a few Surefire incandescent lights that get used in my collection. It doesn't get used as much as it has in the past due to LED's these days, but it is by far the most used incandescent light that I have. It's a no-nonsense type of light and it's as basic as it gets. Very simple to use. Another reason that it gets serious use is the material it's made of. A tough plastic body that's works real well in the cold and wet conditions while maintaining a firm grip on it. So, here are some detailed photos of my Surefire G2...

Surefire G2 Nitrolon - Incandescent Light

Surefire G2 Nitrolon - Incandescent Light

Surefire G2 Nitrolon - Incandescent Light

Here's some added info on the Surefire G2 Nitrolon from Surefire's site... "The G2® is a high-output flashlight featuring a tough, corrosion-proof Nitrolon® body and bezel. It uses a precision micro-textured reflector and a SureFire incandescent lamp to produce a smooth, brilliant beam with enough power to temporarily blind and disorient an aggressor by impairing his night-adapted vision. Output is either 65 or 120 lumens, depending on which easy-to-install lamp you use—high-output or ultra high-output. The tactically-correct pushbutton tailcap switch provides secure, ergonomic activation control: press for momentary-on, twist for constant-on.". More photos here...

Surefire G2 Nitrolon - Incandescent Light

Surefire G2 Nitrolon - Incandescent Light

Surefire G2 Nitrolon - Incandescent Light

Keep in mind, the G2 that you see here is well used. The body of the flashlight looks as good as when I bought many years ago. So, it takes a beating yet it doesn't look it did. The light went through dozens of batteries in its lifetime and on the same bulb that came with it. Unfortunately, with LED's taking over these days with longer runtimes on a set of batteries and better light output, my Surefire G2 has been put to emergency duties. It doesn't see much action now. But I know when I do need it; it'll be ready with its usual reliability that Surefire is known for. More photos here...

Surefire G2 Nitrolon - Incandescent Light

People don't actually realize how bright these small lights are until they get their hands on them. Many are turned off due to the cost of the light and the cost to feed it. I don't blame them. The batteries can be costly. But once you start to use it, it's hard to go back to your regular old flashlight with poor light output. It really is that big of a difference. For the size of the light, weight, and light output, the cost of the flashlight is fair.

Here are some links that you may find helpful and are related to the subject. Check them out... SureFire G2 Nitrolon Incandescent Flashlight, Surefire G2L LED Flashlight, Surefire 6P LED Flashlight, SureFire E2E Executive Elite Flashlight and SureFire 6PX Pro Dual-Output LED Flashlight

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Snacks: Apple Blossom Dessert

I haven't posted much this past week and a half since I've been getting pretty busy. With design work and the holidays coming up real quick, finding the time to blog has been put on hold for a bit. With that said, I wanted to share this photo of some Apple Blossom Desserts. Man, are these small pastries real yummy! It's a small and simple snack that's not only delicious, but puts out a delightful aroma that makes my mouth water while it bakes.

Snacks: Apple Blossom Dessert

Inspiration: What fosters creativity?

“The key question isn’t “What fosters creativity?” But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.”
— Abraham Maslow

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Photos of the AT&T HTC Surround Phone

I got my hands on AT&T's HTC Surround and took some detailed photos of it. And it's a pretty sweet phone by the looks of it. I don't have experience with the phone other than messing around with for a day or two and taking pics of it. So, this isn't a review but just some photos to share with the rest of you. It was also my first time playing with the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 OS and thought that it was an easy straight forward phone to use. It's no more difficult or easy to use than your typical smartphone you have these days. And to be honest, it was refreshing in the world of Apple and Android domination. Plus the speakers lived up to its name. Here are the pics...

Photos of the HTC Surround Windows Phone 7

Photos of the HTC Surround Windows Phone 7

The above photo shows what's included with the HTC Surround other than the usual papers you find. A headset, battery, charger/USB cable and of course the phone itself are what's included. The photos below show the front and back as well as the front and back of it when you slide the speakers out. When you slide the speakers out, you find a neat little kick stand for those times you rather have it propped up than laying flat. You can find more photos here...

Photos of the HTC Surround Windows Phone 7

Photos of the HTC Surround Windows Phone 7

Photos of the HTC Surround Windows Phone 7

Photos of the HTC Surround Windows Phone 7

The next set of images shows the HTC Surround and Apple iPhone 4 right beside each other. Also showing both front and back of the phones for comparison. As you can see, there's not much difference in size and weight. I know numbers may show otherwise, but in the real world, you can't really tell the difference. More photos here...

Photos of the HTC Surround Windows Phone 7

Photos of the HTC Surround Windows Phone 7

You can check out more photos of the HTC Surround by clicking on any of the images to go directly to the gallery. I must say, I wish I had more time to play with the phone. Using the Windows Phone 7 was smooth and fast. I'm actually really impressed with it, even though there are some minor things that need to be addressed. And I'm sure they're working on it and hopefully can get my hands on another set to see how the next updates improve things. On the downside, there's not much accessories for the phone and application availability is nowhere near the Apple and Android offerings. But only time will tell...

Here are some links you may find of interest that relates to the HTC Surround... HTC Surround Windows Phone, Leather Pouch Protective Carrying Cell Phone Case for HTC Surround AT&T

Friday, December 10, 2010

List: Maybe the world would be a little nicer if everyone…

*Got this list from an email that was sent to me and thought I'd share it with the rest of you...

Maybe the world would be a little nicer if everyone…

•Stopped just LISTENING to a friend’s problems and started actually CARING about them. Believe me; they’ll be able to tell the difference.

•Said hello to a random stranger. Some people might give you a weird look, but you never know when you’re missing out on meeting someone amazing because of words unspoken.

•Walked away from an argument before they say something they’ll regret later. Once you set your mind to it, it’s not hard to be the bigger person.

•Stopped caring about what everyone else thinks. If you have time to care, then you’re not really living life.

•Didn’t believe what people who DON'T MATTER say. They’re just trying to hurt you, so don’t bother listening.

•Expressed what they feel. Even anger and hurt are better than no emotion at all.

•Apologized when they know they’re wrong. Pride can’t keep you company on a cold night.

•Allowed themselves to love. It’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.

•Complained about their lives less. Everyone has problems, some worse than others, but complaining never solves anything.

•Tried a little harder to achieve their dreams. Because without dreams, what else are we living for?

•Helped someone even when they didn’t ask for it. Sometimes two simple little words like “Help me” becomes the most difficult thing to say.

•Prayed. It doesn’t matter what you say, how you say it, or what god you say it to, as long as you have enough faith left to care and care enough to have faith.

•Just laughed. Laughing is so much more important than we give it credit for.

•Were a bit more optimistic. We make our hell, our heaven too, with how we act, and what we do.

•Had a best friend. Friendship is a precious gift... try not to lose it.

•Moved past the bad things. There are times in life when there isn’t a solution or an explanation, and we have no other choice but to, Just. Move. On.

•Shared their wisdom. The next generation needs guidance just as much as you once did…even if they won’t admit it.

•Stopped with prejudice. Everyone deserves a chance, so give them one.

And maybe YOUR life would be a little brighter if you…

•Stopped sitting here reading this list and actually went out in the world and made a difference. Be worthwhile, make an impact!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Hanaoka's Dinner Bento Box and more...

Here are some new photos of some food from Hanaoka in National City. I wanted to try a few new items on their menu for not only for the sake of variety, but also for the blog of course. Not to mention that I love eating here too. So, the first two photos are Hanaoka's Dinner Bento Box B. It consists of chicken, beef, tempura, fish, 2 California roll pieces, sashimi, salad, rice and miso soup (not pictured).

Hanaoka's Dinner Bento Box B

Hanaoka's Dinner Bento Box B

And of course we can't forget the sushi rolls. For me, a must have when ordering Japanese food. We got the Salmon Skin Roll and the Special Eel Roll. The Special Eel Roll has crab and avocado with eel and avocado on top with sweet sauce...

Hanaoka's Salmon Skin Roll

Hanaoka's Special Eel Roll

Then we also had the Sunset Roll that has crab and avocado and on top it has tuna and avocado. Last but not least, we have the tried and true California Roll. I call that the filler when you just want that full filling when the rest just wasn't enough. Fortunately, I never had to use that excuse as my stomach has always been satisfied. Plenty of food on the table as you can see...

Hanaoka's Sunset Roll

Hanaoka's California Roll

Hanaoka Japanese Restaurant
1528-C Sweetwater Rd.
National City, CA 91950

List: 50 Lessons in Life

*Got this list from an email a friend sent me and thought I'd share it with the rest of you...

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. Its okay to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. Its okay to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over-prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don't ask, you don't get.
49. Yield.
50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Apple iPhone 4 iFrogz Luxe Lean Case

I got my hands on the iFrogz Luxe Lean case for the iPhone 4. This new case that we have in the photos is red and must say the red looks awesome. Compared to the other cases that I've posted on the blog, this one takes the cake. The Luxe Lean has a great feel that they call velvety. Yup, it's velvety and love that feeling. It also felt like material in the case to protect the back of the phone from scratching...

Apple iPhone 4 iFrogz Luxe Lean Case

Apple iPhone 4 iFrogz Luxe Lean Case

The fit is real nice and tight and the finish is well done. With it being a tight fit, my concern would be how easy it would be to crack this thing. It seems a good whack/drop to the ground could crack the case. I feel it would still protect the phone and do it well, but the case looks like it would suffer. I guess that's the whole point of these types of cases these days with some form over some function. My other concern when handling it would be the finish and how it would wear over time. I guess time will tell. More photos here...

Apple iPhone 4 iFrogz Luxe Lean Case

Apple iPhone 4 iFrogz Luxe Lean Case

After playing with the iFrogz Luxe Lean, iFrogz Luxe Original and the Griffin Perforated case, it's pretty safe to say that the Luxe Lean is my clear favorite by far. These iPhone 4 cases are the only ones I really got my hands on and played around a bit to give a fair opinion. So, Luxe Lean for me out of the three I just listed. More photos here...

Apple iPhone 4 iFrogz Luxe Lean Case

Well, hope the photos help and give you an idea of what the case looks like without the product actually being in your hands. Click on any of the photos above to direct you to more detailed images of the iFrogz Luxe Lean case. Also, check out the following links for more info on the case and other cases for the iPhone 4... iFrogz Luxe Lean Case for iPhone 4 (Red), iFrogz Luxe Original Case for iPhone 4 - Red/Black, splash CRUISER Slim-Fit Slider Case and OtterBox Defender Case for iPhone 4 (Black)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Dinner: Bento & Noodles in Chula Vista

After a bit of shopping and getting hungry, we were craving some sushi. We usually end up going to Hanaoka in National City, but that was out of our way coming from the Eastlake area. So, we decided to some food Bento and Noodles on our way home. Plus I wanted to try out their dinner bento box and compare it to Hanaoka's. Here are some photos of Bento & Noodles' offerings in Chula Vista off of East H. The first couple of photos are their Sushi Bento box with tuna, red snapper, and shrimp with California roll and teriyaki chicken...

Dinner: Bento & Noodles: Dinner Bento, Chicken Teriyaki

Dinner: Bento & Noodles: Dinner Bento, Tuna and Red Snapper

Dinner: Bento & Noodles: Dinner Bento, Shrimp

Dinner: Bento & Noodles: Dinner Bento, California Roll

Bento and Noodles' sushi bento dinner also comes with steamed rice, salad with dressing, shrimp and vegetable tempura. Which are shown below. It's a pretty big meal and to be honest, it's also average at best. Not much flavor going on in the meal. That's unfortunate and was hoping that it would turn out at least good. But for the price, there's not much to expect truthfully.

Dinner: Bento & Noodles: Dinner Bento, Salad

Dinner: Bento & Noodles: Dinner Bento, Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura

Besides the Sushi Bento, we got a couple orders of the Baked Green Mussels which are green mussels, crab & scallop baked with a mild spicy dynamite sauce. I'm sensitive to spices and these were spicy, but they were awesome. I really like these mussels and tasted pretty good. It was basically the highlight of all the meals. I would go back to Bento & Noodles just for these even if the price is a bit high. We also got the Dynamite Special that has shrimp, crab, scallop baked with mild spicy mayo sauce. The Dynamite Special is very similar to the Baked Green Mussel but without the mussels. This is also pretty good I must say. And last but not least, the Caterpillar Roll with freshwater eel roll topped with avocado. Which I'm sure you all have seen and tried before.

Dinner: Bento & Noodles: Green Baked Mussels

Dinner: Bento & Noodles: Dynamite Special

Dinner: Bento & Noodles: Caterpillar Roll

Bento & Noodles
386 E H St
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Cherimoya: The exotic, subtropical fruit

Cherimoya is one of my favorite fruits to enjoy and eat. The fact that I love sugary sweets naturally had me gravitate to this delicious sweet fruit. For those that know about cherimoyas, know what I'm talking about. Its taste and texture is unique and unforgettable. You really got to try one for yourself. Even Mark Twain called the cherimoya "the most delicious fruit known to men". And frankly, I wholeheartedly agree...

Cherimoya: The exotic, subtropical fruit

Cherimoya: The exotic, subtropical fruit

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