It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt, Citizenship In A Republic
Recently I downloaded 3 amazing albums that I just had to share. They are absolutely fantastic releases and I really think if you have the chance you should have a listen to them.Two of them are fairly recent albums and one was released in 2009. (and I’m kicking myself for not listening to sooner). So here they are, check them out and share what you think!
Hello all audience of one,
Today I thought I’d post some of the design work I’ve done in the past. Well, atleast the stuff I can share anyway. So here’s a gallery of some posters, t-shirts, web app interfaces, logos, business cards and just general graphic design work that I’ve done this past year. Some pieces are okay, others are terrible and a few are downright stolen. You may or may not like them, but if you look through please do tell me what you think.
Will Smith is one of the most inspiring people in my life. In this awesome video montage, you get a chance to see some of the ideas and philosophies that he’s adopted on his journey to success. It’s something I come back to time and time again when I need that push to move forward.
Just finished cleaning up all the mind blow in my room after watching the first 2 episodes of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. It’s a new science documentary series on Fox that’s hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson (READ HIS BOOK Death by Black Hole IT’S AMAZING).
I love science documentaries like this, especially when they have a decent budget and are well produced. Another awesome science series I’m obsessed with is Through the Wormhole, which is actually hosted by Morgan Freeman! That one’s definitely worth checking out too.
Anyway, COSMOS is absolutely amazing. Seth MacFarlane, that’s right of Family Guy fame, is the executive producer for Cosmos and him and the rest of the team have done an amazing job with the series so far. The visuals are fantastic and the storytelling is great all throughout. Definitely looking forward to the upcoming episodes!
I’m not a shy person. I never really was, but I understand at a very deep level what shyness, nervousness and timidity can feel like. Everyone faces situations where they feel these things all throughout life. But I’m here to tell you that there is no experience more powerful or more effective at conquering these feelings than hosting and public speaking.
Yesterday I got a chance to be one of hosts for an event organized by my Toastmasters group at Ryerson University. The event was called Ryerson’s Next Top Speaker 2014 and it’s an annual event that our group runs to bring together great public speakers from all across campus to compete against each other. The speakers present prepared speeches and participate in a few rounds of impromptu speaking, all while they are evaluated by five judges. Each judge is either a distinguished Toastmaster or has a vast amount of public speaking experience.
As one of the hosts, it was my job to keep the audience engaged and entertained all night, make sure the event ran according to schedule, introduce speakers and judges each time they took the microphone and about a million other things I hadn’t anticipated beforehand. When I was first asked to host the event, I honestly thought it wouldn’t be very challenging because the job seemed relatively easy and I was a pretty decent public speaker. So I took things lightly, prepared a small script, practised a few times with my co-host, and hoped for the best.
The night of the event however was nowhere near as straightforward as I had thought. Read more
It’s not that I don’t realize this post will probably be read by nobody. No, I completely realize it’ll get buried soon, so it’s really just for me. You need to have a first post when you start blogging right?
Well…this is actually my 3rd try in starting my own blog, and I doubt it’ll be the last. But this time I’ve kept things as simple as I possibly can. You can probably tell that by the style of this website. My previous attempts at blogging were ridiculously complicated. I had all the bells and whistles on my website, things like image galleries, videos, a hundred different social media plugins, bizarrely formatted blog posts, etc.
Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Literary Ethics (1838)
When it was all messy and complicated like that it made my mind numb just thinking about writing something. I like simplicity, so this time I’m keeping it as simple as I possibly can.