Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul

Its full name is “Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul.” That’s about the only thing that’s wrong with this otherwise soul-quenching album. Dictionary of Soul shortcuts: Album Details Song / Track Listings Each Song (to me) – Side One – Side Two What do you think of “Dictionary of Soul”? Sources included …

[Review] “Beatlebone” by Kevin Barry. I was looking for Prose and got a delightful story about John Lennon.

As I last wrote about back in March, I wanted a book with prose. While with Katie at Town Center Books in Pleasanton, CA the week before I had to head back to Indiana for most of the Spring, we asked the college student working the shop for such a prose-y book. He told us …

”Santa Clarita Diet” Season 1. “I just stuffed a man in a meat freezer.”

Release Date: Stars: Drew Barrymore (seriously, it’s Drew Barrymore), Timothy Olyphant (Justified… Deadwood) Episodes in Season: 10 Avg. Length of Episodes give or take: about 45-50 minutes Genre: Comedy & light gore Language usage: Fuckin’ liberal In case you’re the one person who hasn’t seen the trailer for “Santa Clarita Diet.” I saw the teaser …

[Review] Netflix’s “Keith Richards: Under the Influence.” Things I Learned (or Forgot I Knew).

It was 12:30am on a weeknight. Tuesday or Wednesday last week. I was still wired from all the work still to do to move clients off our platform and onto other sites. ‘Too tired to think. ‘Too wired to sleep. So I started flippin’ through my Netflix list when I realized I still had the …

[Review] “Feelin’ Good.” David Ruffin’s Second Solo Album. Released November 1969

Shortcut: Link to Feelin’ Good on Spotify David Ruffin’s second solo album, Feelin’ Good, was released in November 1969, 6 months after the first album, My Whole World Ended. Feelin’ Good has some serious gems in it, but at times it also feels hastily slapped together to leverage the fans’ desire to see a Ruffin …

I was inspired to apply for MLB Press Credentials. What’s the worst that happens?

Shortcut: The steps I took to apply for MLB press credentials. My buddy Cameron and I went to Giants / Cubs 2016 NLDS game 3 at AT&T Park. “Yes”, The game before “that game,” where the Cubs scored 4 in the 9th to win 6-5 and clinch the NLDS. Cameron and I were at the …

[Review] Amos Lee’s “Spirit” was more soul than I was expecting. That wasn’t a bad thing.

I wanted Amos Lee’s album Spirit to be a continuation of acoustic roots that could be traced back to his first album. His depth has only grown since Mission Bell. After the As the Crow Flies EP and Mountain of Sorrows, Rivers of Song, I was expecting coronation into acoustic roots musical legacy with Spirit. …

[review] “The Martian” movie: why it was inspiring, moreso than simply “worth seeing, even if you’ve read the book.”

I’ll probably always be one of those who is grateful for having read the book version of a movie before seeing the movie. Especially when the book is pretty awesome. There are typically so many more rich details, incredible intricacies, and interwoven themes that movies just don’t have time to include. Not even Peter Jackson …

The Martian – the book is worth reading before watching the movie, probably

Thank you to Justin for pointing out the spelling mistake. I wrote this in Google Docs, then had to clean out the italicized smart quotes Google Docs uses before uploading to WordPress. Otherwise, the code in the post would go haywire. It looks like I threw in an older draft before the spelling mistakes were …

“Which do you do first in a startup? A marketing plan or…” “Just, shut up.”

We’re somewhere around version 4 or 5 of the brand colors for BiziPorts. We’re about to finish up version 4 of the website – or 5, if we count the bright yellow one that apparently only my eyes could actually handle without going blind. Man, that was back when I could barely bold text in …

[Review] ”Kobe: The Interview” – Why entrepreneurs and everybody & their uncle who are looking to fulfill dreams and goals should watch this interview between naps.

For those #TLDR disciples who just want the reason why, click this. While procrastinating on some client writing earlier this week, I woke up from a nap and caught most of “Kobe: The Interview,” Kobe Bryant’s interview with Ahmad Rashād on NBA TV. It took place the morning the Lakers announced that Kobe was missing …

Simplification presents possibility [review of Tao Te Ching Chapter 19 “Simplify”]

Lately I’ve been reading up to 25% of Tao Te Ching a day, either in the bedroom or the bathroom. No disclosure neglected here. The feat sounds impressive unless you’ve actually read Tao Te Ching and realize it’s less like reading the Holy Bible and more like reading the 4 Gospels – except for the …

How “Spanish Harlem” influenced productivity both for me and clients (thank you, Jerry & Phil)

It’s 12:30am. I’m going to be up before 7am to help get Bella out the door so she can be at the office early to begin preparations. As I start to drift off and dream about my work problems and, consequently, potential solutions, the images were accompanied by Aretha Franklin’s rendition of Ben. E. King’s …

What is the best blue cheese cheeseburger in Valpo? In #nwindiana? Anywhere?

best blue cheese cheeseburger in northwest indiana

So my banker, Kevin Gould, & I have been looking for a new adventure to start off 2013 – a cleanse the palate, clean the slate, turn the page, start the year off right sort-of-thing. We’ve also been looking for something that’d we’d both love to write about for almost a year. Then it happened …

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