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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Working at Java Groove Cafe in Van Nuys - PaD 7/31/07

Sometimes you have to get out of the house/office in order to get things done. This picture shows my working environment today as I hang out at the Java Groove Cafe in Van Nuys, after an early client call this morning.

When I get away from all the tasks clamoring for my attention at home I find I can be much more productive. Ideas and tasks seem to flow out of me. If you are a GTD aficionado, this place seems perfect for the Gathering part of the methodology. I collect up lots of info and action items that I can then implement later, back in the office.

You can also see here how I use a combination of local computer, online and paper to "get things done". I am far foma GTD expert, but I try to apply it whenever I can.

Event: Audubon Center at Debs Park - Free evening movies!

Audubon Film Fridays start August 3rd with Hoot!

FREE ADMISSION to blockbusters under the stars!!

Bring the whole family to enjoy nature themed movies in our beautiful courtyard!

See our flyer for more details and the full series line up. This film series is a collaborative project of Los Angeles Audubon and Pasadena Audubon and the Audubon Center at Debs Park.

Complete Schedule (PDF)

Each movie is preceded by an evening bird walk at 7 PM.

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Douglas speaks on podcasting at the Stephens College Summer Film Institute

On Wednesday, July 18th, I spoke to the students attending the Stephens College Summer Film Institute in Columbia, Missouri.

I review the history of podcasting, its uses and a bit of the technology involved.
During this talk, I also showed 2 video interviews with some fellow podcasters from LA. These have been removed from this talk, but I plan on releasing them here, as well. Subscribe today to receive them automatically.

Listen to this talk

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

I Spy, with my little eye... - PaD 7/29/07

Out for a cool drink on a hot day in Columbia, Missouri a few weeks ago.

We got lucky in that we only had a few hot and humid days while we were there. Then in came a nice thunderstorm to cool things off.

Joe seems to be watching me warily, afraid I might try to steal a sip of his drink. (SMILE)

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Recently requested from the library

Here are 2 books I recently requested from the library. One great thing about Los Angeles is the size and breadth of its library system. It is rare I can't find a book, even recently published, in its collection.

You can hear interviews with both of these authors on Tech Nation with Moira Gunn from the IT Conversations web site. Follow these links to listen directly from the web site.

Steve Ettlinger - What's Inside a Twinkie?

What's inside a twinkie? Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Steve Ettlinger, author of "Twinkie Deconstructed," who reveals that it isn't all technology.

Nassim Taleb - The Black Swan

Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of The Black Swan, about the role of the improbable in our lives.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Event: 48th Annual Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival - This Weekend

We did a festival like this in Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii last year and had a great time. Taiko drums are infectious and really help to get your heart pumping!

Take Metro, if you can. It is only a small walk from Pershing Square or Civic Center Metro Red Line Stations and there is probably a Dash bus to take you right to the festival.



48th Annual Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival

Date: July 28, 2007 - July 29, 2007
Time: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple
Address: 505 E. Third St. , Los Angeles , 90013

Cross Streets: Central Avenue / 3rd Street

Region: Downtown LA
Phone: (213) 626-4200

Admission: Parking will be available at the Medical Building on 3rd Street across from the temple at 420 E. 3rd Street for a discounted maximum daily fee of $5.00 plus a complimentary Obon raffle ticket.

Accessibility: Wheel Chair Access

Website: www.hhbt-la.org

Description: The 48th Annual Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival is a celebration in honor of our ancestors is one of the highlights of the Little Tokyo community and this year promises to be another exciting event. The festival features a variety of foods including sushi, udon, chicken teriyaki, chili rice, tamales, kurimanju, shaved ice, and kintoki, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, corn, and homemade desserts. In addition to the delicious lineup of food and drinks, there are games for kids and adults to enjoy outside and Bingo in the social hall throughout the day. Be sure to also visit the popular Farmers Market with its fresh produce, flowers, and plants and our Funjinkai Big Bargain Sale.

From Experience LA

Environmental: A Thunderstorm in Columbia, Missouri - Recorded July 19, 2007

Firestone Baars Chapel by St. Louis Gateway Arch architect Eero SaarinenWe don't get a lot of thunderstorms here in Southern California, so imagine my delight when we were directly in the path of one during our time in Columbia, Missouri over the last 2 weeks.

Here is a recording of part of that thunderstorm, taken with my iRiver recorder and lavaliere microphones. I hope you enjoy the storm as much as I did.

Listen to A Thunderstom in Columbia, Missouri - Recorded July 19, 2007

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Event: Twiistup 2 - Aug 8

Twiistup 2
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 - Thursday, August 9, 2007
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Air Conditioned Supper Club
625 Lincoln Boulevard
Venice, California 90291

Hosted By Your friends at Twiistup Twiistup is an organization focused on generating energy and excitement around new ideas in the tech community. Born in Santa Monica, CA, Twiistups are for mingling with other techies in a lively atmosphere of tunes, videos and inspiration. We provide a way for tech innovators and start-ups to bring their creations to an audience of peers, business developers, venture capitalists, investors, entrepreneurs, job seekers and people from the web and software space.

Showing off at Twiistup 2 will be:
- JibJab
- Campusbug
- CrowdRules
- Fafarazzi
- Faqqly
- ElephantDrive
- The Faizon Love Show

Sunday, July 22, 2007

At the wrap party - PaD 7/21/07

At the wrap party
Originally uploaded by dewelch
The movie, Pieces Parts, wrapped yesterday and we had our wrap party in Senior Hall, here on the campus of Stephens College.

What a whirlwind this last 2 weeks has been but especially the 6 days of filming on this movie, written by Rosanne. The students did an amazing job, working with a few key professionals, they did every aspect of movie production from lighting to sound to makeup to acting as extras to camera to, well...everything.

We both have meetings here in town and tonight we will show a rough cut of the film to students, staff and family. Then, 5 am local time tomorrow, we grab a shuttle to the airport and will be back in LA before in early afternoon.

This has been a great experiences, definitely something I would do again. Joseph has had a blast and made many new friends during our time here. The small town environment has also been great, allowing him a bit more independence to do things on his own without being watched every single moment.

See you all soon! -- Douglas and Rosanne

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Rosanne Welch - PaD 7/18/07

Rosanne Welch
Originally uploaded by dewelch
The students at the Stephens College Summer Film Institute were interviewing Rosanne about her role in the institute, so I used the opportunity to shoot some still photos of her.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Chisled - PaD 7/14/07

Originally uploaded by dewelch
I found these carved letters while walking through Columbia, MO yesterday. We had a partial day off before the movie starts filming tomorrow, so we took the time to eplore the town a litle farther.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Big Purple Flower - PaD 7/14/07

Originally uploaded by dewelch
I have no idea what this huge flower is that I found while walking around the campus of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.

Can anyone tell me what this might be?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Painting on the Quad

Painting on the Quad
Originally uploaded by dewelch
From Columbia, Missouri, at the Stephens College Summer Film Institute...

Joe and I unwind in the evening by painting watercolors on the quad, and then watching the lightening bugs.

Monday, July 09, 2007

On the road to Missouri

We are happily ensconced in Columbia, Missouri for the Stephens College Summer Film Workshop. Getting to Columbia is no easy feat, as it resides just off I-70 almost exactly halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis. Although it is only a 3 hour flight to Kansas City, it requires another 2-2 ˝ hour shuttle ride by freeway to get to the town itself.

That said, I spent almost my entire trip driving across the middle of Missouri wallowing in the shear open space. I could easily se myself stopping the van and simply walking across the open hay fields and through the deep green woodlots. How could there be so much open space and so few people?

Columbia itself has all the amenities expect and required of a large college town, but still maintains the feeling of a small town. You have free wifi at a number of establishments, the typical college bars, healthy restaurants, BBQ joints and, of course, an almost limitless supply of pizza outlets.

The weather here is warm, but not nearly as humid as I expected. This is a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t looking forward to sweating through all my clothing in a couple of days. Doing laundry while away is bad enough, without having to do it many times over.

Tonight, as I was sitting with Joe watching Harry Potter in the dorm lounge, he excitedly shouted, “I see lightening bugs!” Indeed, there were hundreds floating above the large lawn outside the dorm – doing what lightening bugs do. We were unsuccessful in catching any, but we will have many more nights to try before we leave. We also saw a large bat hunting insects in the warm night air. He seemed quite a bit larger than those we typical see in California.

Tomorrow the other staff start casting the film they will be shooting next week and we will all meet our students for the first time. Since I am only instructing, during the shoot itself I have some meetings scheduled with other executives and staff here at the college. I will be holding mini-workshops for them on podcasting and how it might become a part of their on-going educational and marketing outreach. I am really looking forward to this, and my full-scale seminar for the workshop students. You all know how much I love talking about, and doing, podcasting.

More in the days to come!

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Summer Sun(s) - PaD 7/8/07

Summer Sun(s) - PaD 7/8/07
Originally uploaded by dewelch
These flowers caught my eye as I walked around the campus of Stephens College. We are here for the Stephens College Summer Film Institute, where I am teaching about podcasting and Rosanne is the writer-in-residence.

More photos from the workshop and our time here in Columbia, MO on Flickr. Click the photo to see more.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Prelude to Revolution - A Live Radio Play for Independence Day

It's Independence Day here in the US, so please allow me to humbly present this LIVE radio play recorded with a group of friends, which tells the story of the beginnings of the Revolution. Our history has many lessons to teach, even when it is over 200 years in the past. Enjoy! -- Douglas

Declaration of Independence

Prelude to Revolution

The voices and events leading up to the American War for Independence


Performed LIVE on July 01, 2007,

An audio play taken from historical documents and eyewitness accounts.

A Resounding Peal of Freedom!

Listen to Prelude to Revolution

Written, Produced and Directed by Keri Dearborn and Michael Lawshe of Eclipse-1 Media with assistance from Douglas E. Welch of WelchWrite.com

The Cast

Cast Picture 2

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Monday, July 02, 2007

EVENT: KERNSPIRACY: A Place for Designers to Share Secrets - July 11

This sounds like a neat get-together. Even though I am not officially a "designer" (and if I wasn't out of town at the time) I think I would check it out just to meet some neat people in the industry. If you do make it to this event, how about writing a guest post for My Word, telling us what it was like? -- Douglas

Jul 11, 2007

KERNSPIRACY flyerKERNSPIRACY: A Place for Designers to Share Secrets

Halfway through another steamy summer and we're headed back to Barbara's for cold drinks and copious design geekery. We're on the second Wednesday this month since we didn't want Independence Day harshing our mellow. See you there, and we hope you're prepared to opine on the virtures of CS3 and/or show off your new iPhone.

KERNSPIRACY is a community building and peer support project for designers and creative professionals. Los Angeles is a tough place to be a designer, and it's often easy to feel like you're out there all on your own. KERNSPIRACY is intended to address this issue by creating forums for people to ask for advice, feedback and support from their creative peers.

KERNSPIRACY hosts bi-monthly get togethers where designers and other creatives can come out to meet one another and trade ideas and critiques. If you're a designer, please come and bring a question, a design you'd like some feedback on or just a business card. If you know a designer, please invite them to do the same. At the very least, we can all have drinks together and complain about Quark.

In addition, KERNSPIRACY manages a corresponding e-mail discussion list to allow folks to interact between events and to facilitate faster response times for more pressing concerns. The list info page can be found at http://kernspiracy.com. You can also subscribe by sending an e-mail to kernspiracy-request {at} tokyofarm {dot} com with "subscribe" (no quotes) in the subject or body.

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What I'm Reading...

Not living without goals entirely, just not letting them dictate your life.

The latest book I am reading.

You can find more books in The WelchWrite Bookstore.

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LA Drupal Meeting - PaD 6/24/07

LA Drupal Meeting
Originally uploaded by dewelch
Had a great time at the last LA Drupal meeting. Drupal is an open source, content management system that can be used to develop large, interactive web sites and systems. I met a few of the members at the last BarCampLA and thought I would show up at the meeting to meet some others. Of course, having their meeting at Phillipes, the home of the French Dip downtown, didn't hurt either. (SMILE)

Sunday, July 01, 2007

The cast of Prelude to Revolution - PaD 7/1/07

Cast Picture 2
Originally uploaded by dewelch
We had a great item a live reading of an original radio-style play by our friends Keri Dearborn and Michael Lawshe. Prelude to Revolution is a "You Are There" style show using letters and speeches from the days leading up to the American Revolution.

Podcast audio coming on July 4th. Celebrate the holiday with this new in style with this new show!

More photos available on my Flickr Account.