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  • (Most Compact 20000mAh Portable Charger) Anker PowerCore 20100 - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with Most Powerful 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology
    (Most Compact 20000mAh Portable Charger) Anker PowerCore 20100 - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with Most Powerful 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology
    Anker

    This thing, you need. Run your smartphone for days.

  • Klear Screen iKlear Cleaning Kit for iPad, iPhone, Galaxy, LCD, Plasma TV, Computer Monitor and Keyboard (Cloth, Wipes and Spray)
    Klear Screen iKlear Cleaning Kit for iPad, iPhone, Galaxy, LCD, Plasma TV, Computer Monitor and Keyboard (Cloth, Wipes and Spray)
    Klear Screen

    I use this cleaner for my iPhone, iPad 3, iPad mini and MacBook Pro. It’s great all-around and won’t mess up the oleophobic coating on iOS device screens.

  • Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound 3.5 Grams
    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound 3.5 Grams
    Artic Silver

    If you’re having problems with your Adonit Jot capacitive touch stylus or Hex3 Jaja, you can improve its performance and reliability with careful application of thermal paste! For more on this, check out my capacitive touch stylus how-to fix-it guide. Months later (Sep 2013), my styli are still performing great!

  • Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint pressure sensitive stylus for iPad - Black
    Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint pressure sensitive stylus for iPad - Black
    Adonit

    Adonit Jot with Pixelpoint, works with a lot of new drawing apps on iPad.

  • Klear Screen's iKlear 8 oz. Pump Spray Bottle 7351-IKHP, Others, Electronics & Computers
    Klear Screen's iKlear 8 oz. Pump Spray Bottle 7351-IKHP, Others, Electronics & Computers
    Klear Screen

    The stuff I use to keep my iPad screen nice and clean!

  • Cosmonaut: Wide-Grip Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens
    Cosmonaut: Wide-Grip Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens
    Studio Neat

    Awesome capacitive touch stylus created by Studio Neat. Great guys, great product. I use mine every day! Bradtastic Approved.

  • Adonit Jot Pro Stylus for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Other Touch Screens (ADJPG)
    Adonit Jot Pro Stylus for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Other Touch Screens (ADJPG)
    Adonit

    Adonit Jot Pro is an awesome capacitive touch stylus for iPad & other tablets.

  • Pencil by FiftyThree Digital Stylus for iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad 3/4 - Walnut
    Pencil by FiftyThree Digital Stylus for iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad 3/4 - Walnut
    FiftyThree

    Even if you consider yourself a casual doodler or note-taker, you’ll love this well designed stylus. Built for Paper by FiftyThree, the iPad app — however, many other apps support Pencil.

  • Bicycle Standard Index Playing Cards (Pack of 2)
    Bicycle Standard Index Playing Cards (Pack of 2)
    Sportsman Supply Inc.

    Playing Cards for your password creation or poker game!

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Wednesday
Sep162009

Happy?

I am. It’s my birthday! Going to play some cards — gamble a bit. Got some stuff in the mail; thanks to Andy and Sullivenom. Just in case… I have my Amazon Wishlist and one at StarCityGames.

I’m going to bring my laptop, so I’ll be able to post. I have a few new books, and I haven’t written anything about the Department of Corrections in quite some time… and I haven’t talked about attraction dynamics in forever. So much with so little free time.

Tuesday
Sep152009

First One Back

Sometimes an onset creativity, inspiration, and passion doesn’t coincide with “free time.”

And sometimes, there’s illness involved, too… on top of all the normal — more common, rather — incidents and accidents… like automobile breakdowns, bad news about a family member or a friend.

Truthfully, for most people, free time is a myth — and a paradox. Most people claim to “want it,” few people actually have it… and many consider it a badge of honor to “never have any.” Time, the way we commonly measure and refer to it, remains relatively constant for us — the same 24 hours that everyone else has.

But what do we choose to do with it?

Life is a series of choices — sacrifices, really. “Which one of these two things sucks less? That one? Okay, I’ll take it.”

That might be too optimistic of me, actually.

But how many times have you heard — or even said — “I don’t have time for (insert something),” when you meant (and felt) that you just didn’t want to make time for… whatever it is (was)?

Time spent, ne’er to return…

Either way, the past is the past. We can learn from it, change or adapt, but can’t change the past. My *first entry back* was going to be about Tuesday, September 11, 2001. However, after writing a chunk of it, the post didn’t feel right. It was too serious, too important, to screw up.

The “art” of writing is important to me; it’s always on my mind, and when I hear something news or noteworthy I think, “What could I write about this?” Then, usually, I do — I write, by hand, in a journal. I have many now, completed end-to-end. The *finished* (is art ever really “finished?”) journals sit on a high shelf, thanks to Stephanie. She embarked on one helluva crazy effort — trying to bring a semblance of order to my chaos.

Blogging… it’s different, right?

When I’m thinking about blogging (now), I think about what I want to say — what I want to share. I don’t want to share everything that I write, but if I blog about something, well, it’s out there. But that’s not the only difference.

Many of the rules outlined in “The Elements of Style” just don’t apply to blogging — they shouldn’t. It’s definitely audience-specific — tailored, I mean — but I figure, most of the people reading this blog in-particular know me (or know of me) directly somehow…

… so, most of you know that I can write, pretty-darned well, if I mean to. But being a reader myself, when things are “well written,” it often feels a bit like work — taking it in… processing the information. And if the writer is poetic, then there are metaphors, potentially leading to ambiguity.

My intentions… maybe.

I enjoy being a student of human nature — all aspects of it, the good and the bad. There are so many fascinating things in this world alone (and galaxies beyond that!) — I don’t have time for a mere-fraction of it, none of us can take in everything. We have to pick and choose what’s important… what’s important enough.

I studied psychology briefly, before honing in on key areas: deception, manipulation, criminology, attraction… NLP and mentalism are delightful. Hypnosis is a complexity to me, mysterious in ways, still… but I haven’t had the same kind of research time that age has afforded to many of the half-century old Professors who claim to have some kind of a grasp on their chosen field.

Maybe I’ll get there someday… maybe I’ll waste some time. Maybe I’ll waste some of yours.

But… I’d bet we’d enjoy the heck out of it!

Do us all one thing, though: tell the people you care about how much they mean to you. I’d bet that they’d appreciate it.

 

BTW: I’m going to Reno* soon… and I gamble. You do, too… apparently.

You might also go to Reno, occasionally, and if you’re going soon — good luck!
Thursday
Sep032009

Setback

I’ve caught something — I’m not sure what — and I’m not sure of “how” — but I have something… like the flu. It’s a setback; it’s slowing me down, making me tired… making me sleep more. At the moment, I have very little surplus energy, and I get nauseated very quickly. Bright, backlit computer screens are hideous during migraines — unfortunately, “when it rains, it pours” — I happen to have one of those, too.

And I normally love the rain.

For now, I’m trying to feel better. Hopefully I can get some work done, too — I’m behind. My sister’s birthday is on Friday — mine follows twelve days later — and I want to be fully-functional and feel fine for both occasions.

Hopefully my brain will decide to function sometime soon.

Monday
Aug312009

Writing, In Progress

One and one-half weeks ago, I went to Sonora with Stephanie. The trip’s “main purpose” (if there was one) was to visit with her newlywed sister, however, it was also an opportunity for me to see Stephanie’s old hometown — where she grew up and “hung out.” The adventure had its own added perks; when I was younger, I went to Columbia to pan for gold and learn about “Gold Rush” California, and visiting the historical park was filled with nostalgia. I’ve always liked stories of the idealized “Wild West,” with outlaw gunslingers, long rifles, gold panning and prospecting.

I don’t want to rush my recollection, cheapen the trip, or exclude juicy details, however, I can’t yet make time for a full update. I really didn’t want to wait this long, but “real life” got in the way.

Soon, I will have a better story to share. We took a lot of pictures, too… I’m going to add to the gallery. I’ve recently finished my Montblanc journal cover-to-cover… so I’ll go through and grab the “greatest hits” out of it, create myself a “Cliff Notes” version, and share more superfluous information.

With many other writing projects, books to read and assignments to finish — I occasionally feel overwhelmed. Luckily, I have my outlets, games… one of them even makes money — Magic: (The Gathering) Online — I play Tournament Booster Drafts and Sealed Deck formats. More on games later, plus — an entire blog dedicated to growth and education through play!

Until next time… remember: my social-networking links are under “Network” in the right-side column. I set-straight what’s what at my Twitter.

Dissidia — If you’re a Final Fantasy fan with a PSP: Target is offering the game at standard MSRP, except the game came with a $10 Target Gift Card. Definitely worth it.

Bravo Echo Charlie!

Friday
Aug142009

10% Power, Water: off.

I’m writing this on my MacBook Pro… with almost no battery left. For the time-being, the building’s water is shut-off. I’m not really sure why — just dealing with it.

Vampire + sunlight = uncomfortable dying feeling.

I’m still trying to recover from Wednesday. I’m glad that I took my car in, but it was physically taxing. I’m not used to that much heat and walking.

Currently, effort and energy is going into several writing projects and some work stuff. There’s no reason to go into tons of detail at the moment, however, I’d like to at least say the following: it’s going to be a lot of fun and involve a fair amount of previously-untapped creativity.

The water should be back on soon.

Monday
Aug102009

Bradtastic, Unravelled to the Core.

Hey everyone!

Welcome to my new personal website!

This blog is a little bit of an experiment. For those of you who know me, you’ve probably seen (or heard of) Bradtastic Premier (aka bradtastic.com), my current and soon-to-be ex-personal blog — turned “business blog.” There are many reasons for this change-up; it’s something that I’ve thought about for well over one-year now, but more-recent events have given me a little extra motivation.

A while ago I “unveiled” Brad Loves Us, a somewhat undirected attempt at creating a personal site. The only major problem was that the domain was originally purchased and setup to do something entirely different, and thus, the domain-name wasn’t my favorite (nor first pick) for a “personal site.”

Wanting to show United States solidarity and pride as well as benefit from the obvious domain hacks (such as “del.icio.us” — Wikipedia entry), I thought about what other .us domain names appealed to me. I thought long and hard across several weeks, not wanting to make similar mistakes a second time.

I’d resolved, “Henceforth, I shall pre-plan my planning phase before implementing anything.”

Well, not really…

However, I did think about what I was doing, how much writing I was producing versus “releasing” (… to the public), and what a “personal blog” really meant to me and what kind of content would end up there. I wanted it to be humorous; I wanted to laugh about it some, use it as an outlet — relieve stress — whatever… I wanted to make others laugh and relax. Life is serious business so much of the time; short, painful and confusing. Play shouldn’t be.

In the past, I’d treated my blogging with essay-to-thesis-like discipline… 

I was taking my entries too-seriously — it wasn’t really blogging. Since then, I’ve read several books on the subject (and on the subject of “making real money” with blogging — hah!) and decided to follow some of the advice. I didn’t want to prep, plan and outline my entries all of the time. I didn’t want to stress about my personal blog.

Ditching the formalities. 

I’m not overly “square” and I’m not politically-correct. I love some things and some people, like a few, too… and hate a lot of things. And people. I hate a lot of people. There, it’s been stated. I think if most people were honest, prejudices, hate and anger would come spewing out.

I’m not violent (really… c’mon.) and I don’t act publicly on my previously-stated-hatreds… most of the time. In the classic Dennis Miller style, “I don’t want to go on a rant…” 

but sometimes… 

Sometimes, things need to be said — and that said, when those time arrive, I find it best to insert snippets of ingenuity, go high-voltage with the humor, and heavy-dosage with the hyperbole.

Like I’d said before…

…many, many times, time and time again — life is short, hard, and stressful. Work isn’t always a friendly thing, and right now, most of us — first as people, then friends, families, societies and as a Nation — are struggling, battling, and constantly being tested. Bombarded by

 

  • bills we can’t pay, 
  • taxes we don’t think we can afford, 
  • government policies we may disagree with

 

and beyond that — scandals, affairs, corruption and crime… negativity isn’t really what’s needed. Hate seems so wrong; like “stealing candy from a baby,” or “kicking a man while he’s down.” There’s not much need nor room for complaints, so I’m not planning on cursing and ranting about every little annoying thing in each entry at this blog. To do so would be to flagrantly disregard our predicament, unfair, and… unfunny. I believe that honesty is important, however, so I will call things as I see ‘em.

The platinum-lined night skies…

For those of you who don’t know me, you have a little bit of background. To add to that, I’ve felt eosophobia in the past (strong dislike, mild fear of the sunrise — like a sense of dread with the rise of a new day; the end of night), I’ve been identified as a “psychic vampire” or prana taker by a Rabbi, I prefer the darkness and have a disability caused by chronic shoulder pain plus medications’ side-effects.

But I haven’t lost faith.

I can feel the strength of others; I feel as though I can tap into that energy to help manifest the incredible. I have hope — I feel the presence of a guiding-force and something beyond what Science can currently show us. Though I see and feel the bad, awful and evil in this world, I know of a stronger force within our capacity — a source of good and purity with which we can fight back, against the wrongs and hardships we face.

I believe in it.

Yes, I know of anger… and yes, I know of hate. However, I know also of love, and have felt the spirit and presence of grace.

Those around me will survive and thrive… because that’s what we do — we believe… and we feel. Together, we aren’t afraid.

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