Month: June 2007

In iPhone Heaven


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Candace and I were able to get two iPhones last night to replace our old phones. Put simply, it is more amazing than I was even expecting. Even without all the incredible email, maps, video, and music feature it is just the most incredible phone. Everything else seems so juvenile now.

I’ll warn you. To hold one is to want one. Don’t go look at one in the store unless you plan on buying it. (Because you will.)

Enjoying The Feelings Of The Spirit


Just before the last General Conference of the Mormon Church, the church made available for purchase “The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd.”

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Previously, this movie was only shown at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building on Temple Square. “This film depicts events from the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. The story culminates with a portrayal of the resurrected Savior’s visit to the ancient Americas as seen through the eyes of a fictional family.”

The movie is well done. The actors are good and the scenery is beautiful. But more than anything else, there is such a calming feeling while watching this movie. As it shows different miracles and events in the life of Christ, you can feel the Spirit cradle your heart. In the last scenes of the movie, the viewer is shown a depiction of Christ visiting His people in the Americas. The visit really took place and is described in a chapter of the Book of Mormon. This is a wondreful depiction of it.

I actually found this section of the movie on youtube here. It picks up just after Jesus was crucified and the whole world mourned in darkness. Christ visits the people, including the fictional family. There is one scene that especially overpowers me each time. I love it.

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If you aren’t familiar with the teachings of the Mormon church and would like to learn more about it, please use my contact page and let me know. I’d love to talk with you about it. I’d be happy to send you this video on DVD and a Book of Mormon as a gift.

Organizing Quotes On A Mac


I’ve always enjoyed collecting good quotes. Whenever I hear a good one, I’ll use my phone to send a note to my email inbox to file it away. For a long time, I would just add them to an ever-growing word document. That works fine for safe-keeping, but I wanted a way to better search the quotes. Quoty is a great online way to do it, but a quote book is so much work I just needed an absolute way to back it up. Also, on planes and travel times I like to work on the quote book and I wouldn’t have access to an online service. I wanted to find a good application for it.

I looked at a lot of different applications, but couldn’t find one I liked. I thought maybe I could make one of my own. For a while, I worked with a development team on creating a Mac application for organizing quotes. We got a good start on it, but those fellas had a lot going on and a “just for fun” project never ranks high in a busy schedule. That sent me off searching again.

It was about this time that there was a new version of Yojimbo released. It is basically a digital junk drawer for everything from bookmarks to serial numbers to passwords. I had tried the application out before but it was too “all encompassing” for me. But, with this new version, they included a tagging system and that was enough reason to try it again. I’m glad I did.

I downloaded the application and took out all that I didn’t want to have in it. I just wanted to organize quotes. I think it turned out looking pretty good.

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The Things I Like
-The tagging system is great and easy to use. You can have multiple words in a tag. For those of you not using tags, a tag is useful when searching for a theme or subject. For instance, if you had George Washington’s famous quote, “I cannot tell a lie” then you would want to tag it with “honesty.” That way, it would show up when you search for “honesty” even though the word isn’t in the quote. This is better than organizing by subject folders because quotes can be tagged with more than one tag.

– It’s simple to enter new quotes. It can all be done with the keyboard just tabbing between fields.

– It dates the entry of my quotes. I like to see the patterns in my quotes. So often, the quotes line directly with my stage in life. (mission=leadership quotes, college=marriage/motorcycle quotes, Cole=fatherhood quotes, etc)

-The interface is clean (though I did have to make it that way.)

Things I Don’t Like

– You are able to “export” a quote thru the menu bar or just dragging it to your desktop. It is exported as a text file so it’s compatible with everything. However, I wish that the exported files included the Name, Comments and Tags. Right now, it only exports the content.

– I’d like to be able to sync the database to different computers. I was able to find the folder structure and rsync it between my different Macs, but I’d like to do this by using the web by publishing the database to my ftp server. I could do this on my own, but it’d be nice to have it built in (and not have to use a .Mac account.)

For the Other Quote Organizers Out There

To have a more powerful quote book, you should always give as much background on the quote as possible. Where was it spoken or written? Who was the audience? When was it spoken? Was it in response to a question?

When you include details like this, the quote is much more commanding when used in a talk or letter.

Whetting The Appetite of Sisters


I have two sisters coming in town this weekend to meet Cole. I think it’s so nice that they’re coming all the way here just to see him so here are two pictures to help ease the drive.

(I have yet to get Cole into my studio. I’m afraid those bright umbrella lights would really catch him off guard. These pictures were just taken of him laying in our Love Sac.)

I call this one “Whole Cole”

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And this one “Thinking Cole”
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A Memory Journal Milestone


When I was serving as a missionary for the Mormon church, I ended each day by writing a full page in my journal. I had never been a big journal writer, but I made a promise to my uncle that I wouldn’t miss a day. Now, that 800 page book of writing is one of my most cherished possessions.

When I came home I tried to keep up the habit, but I quickly realized that my day-to-day life at home just wasn’t very interesting. That is when I started my Memory Journal.

I knew that there were plenty of interesting experiences that I had never written down over my life. Even at the young age of 27, I was starting to forget plenty of them. So, I created this plan:

1) Have Google Calendar send me an email every weekday that simply reads, “Write in your Memory Journal.”
2) Fire up Mac Journal (or Journler and write down one memory that I’ve never written down.
3) Save, backup, and print out copies often.

I just made it a rule that I couldn’t delete the email until I had written my entry. (I like to keep my inbox organized and a lingering, unanswered email bothers me.)

Journal entries can be anything. (e.g., first time on a plane, first car speeding ticket, advice from a grandpa, etc) You’ll be surprised how much you’ll remember as you try to think of things to record. Get it down before you forget it for good.

Also, imagine how cool it would be to read a book full of memories that your grandpa or great grandpa had written.

So why bring this up now? Well, today I reached a pretty cool milestone. I recorded my 1,000th memory in my Memory Journal. If it wasn’t for the birth of Cole, reaching this milestone could have easily been the most satisfying thing I’ve done this year.

My Cup Runneth Over


Now that we are a couple days since the birth of Cole, things have slowed down just a little. I’ve had a lot of emails asking for some photos, so here comes the obligatory newborn photo. I haven’t even unloaded my camera yet, but this one was taken by Grandpa Dale.

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I know my sisters want to see the little guy in action so I’ve created a short clip too. There’s only a quick second on Candace to show everyone that she is still in good spirits and recovering well. The movie is here.

Speaking of Candace, if I could say one thing. What an amazing thing to watch a woman assume her role of motherhood. Everything I love about Candace has been multiplied and magnified in these last couple days. Cole could be the luckiest son on earth.

Cole is strong. The nurses are surprised at how he can move his head around so freely and react to voices in under a day. Maybe they say that to everyone, but it doesn’t matter. It’s having the intended affect. Of course we’re happy to see that. It means we have a healthy boy. It also means that he is well on his way to slipping into his role as the Red Sox clean up hitter. (Don’t worry, I’ve already talked to him at length about this call of duty.)

Thanks so much for the support from everyone.

My Bouncing Baby Boy


My son was born last night. Cole George Stucki came at 5:55PM and weight 8lbs 7oz. He’s nineteeen inches long and has a head full of dark hair.

Candace and I are so excited, and I’m so proud of her.

There will obviously be plenty more on the subject.

Kermit Is A Smart Guy…er…Frog


Since we signed up for Netflix about six months ago, I’ve seen a lot of movies that I haven’t watched for a long time. These are the movies that you never think to grab at the video store, or they just aren’t stocked because they aren’t popular enough. With Netflix, you can search thru the movies and find the gems from your childhood.

In the last week, we’ve watched Pete’s Dragon, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Grumpy Old Men (part one and two), and The Muppet Movie. These are all great movies that are even better than I remember. I especially enjoyed The Muppet Movie.

It’s been so long since I’ve seen the muppet gang gather together and make their way to Hollywood. This is the first viewing of the film as an adult. What an inspiring movie it can be. There are so many life lessons that are thinly veiled by the muppets and their trials. After viewing, I decided that we could use more people with the Kermit attitude on life. He had so many great lines that I added to my Quote Book.

On Positive Attitude:
After realizing that his skinny legs and old schwinn would never get him to Hollywood, “Sheesh,” he said. “What in the world made me think I could make this trip on a bicycle?” He shook his head and looked at the nearest place that smelled like food. “The El Sleezo Café,” he read on the sign. “It doesn’t smell promising, but a frog’s gotta eat.”

On Differing Viewpoints:
In an attempt to recruit Kermit to be the salesman for his frog leg restaurants, Doc Hopper places a large billboard with Kermit pitching the food. When Kermit sees this sign, Hopper approaches him. He was smiling, thrilled with the billboard. “You got the picture, boy? You see what I mean? Kermit the Frog, symbol of Doc Hopper’s French fried frog legs! Isn’t that splendid? Just splendid! Just take a look at it.”

Kermit glanced at it with disgusted horror. “All I can see are millions of frogs on tiny crutches,” he said.

There are so many great lines. If it’s been a while, I suggest a re-viewing of this awesome movie.

Life’s like a movie, write your own ending
Keep Believing, Keep Pretending