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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Best of the day

Best of the day
Originally uploaded by dewelch
Joseph and I took in another round of archery with the Woodley Park Archers today in the Sepulveda Basin this morning.

This is my best set of the day, on a small target, as well. Nice grouping.

I am finding archery to be a very Zen-like experience. I was totally into the process instead of worrying about all the other things I need to accomplish today. I found that to be very relaxing.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Van Nuys Rainbow

Van Nuys Rainbow
Originally uploaded by dewelch
As I was leaving for client calls this morning, I pulled out of the driveway and right into this. One of the advantages of always carrying a camera with you, is you can catch things like this lovely double rainbow. What is funny, I didn't realize it was a double until I loaded the picture on my computer.

Sure, I could have done without all the power lines and such, but sometimes you just have to catch a moment when it occurs.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

What I'm Reading...

Responses from the Seesmic Community...

Video: Zombie Survival Guide
Amazon: Zombie Survival Guide

Video: Billion Dollar Kiss
Amazon: Billion Dollar Kiss

Video: Odd Mom Out
Amazon: Odd Mom Out

Video: E-Myth Revisited
Amazon: E-Myth Revisited

Friday, January 18, 2008

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Bows and Arrows - Woodley Park Archers

A short montage and information on the free archery program at Woodley Park

Doug's Neat Friends 01 - John Braheny - from Seesmic

Doug's Neat Friends is a new concept I wanted to try out using the Seesmic.com Video Chat/Conversation service. On Seesmic you can make a video post and other members can reply and then you reply..and so on. Since I have so many neat friends, I wanted to bring them into the conversation and share their knowledge and information with everyone on Seesmic and, also here on the blog.

My first "neat friend" today was John Braheny, author of The Craft and Business of Songwriting. John is a highly respected member of the music industry community and has taught me everything I know about the music business and songwriting.

Below, you will see a video player for my initial message from John and then links below that which allow you to view the entire conversation, held over the course of an hour or so.

Please let me know your comments using the comments link below. I'd love to hear what you think of this method of "interview" and how it might be improved or expanded.

Question: What does collaboration mean to you?

Answer from John

Question: How would you collaborate on a product advertising jingle?

Answer from John

Question: More on collaboration

Answer from John

Question: How do I buy rights to use music?

Answer from John - Part 1

Answer from John - Part 2 and Closing

Closing note from Frieda

Monday, January 14, 2008

What I'm Reading...Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Godwin

My wife picked up this book as part of her Ph.D studies and I was immediately was drawn into the world leading up to Abraham Lincoln's nomination for president. The book details Lincoln's often-ignored life before the presidency. He was and adept politician who actively campaigned for the nomination in 1860 despite better know and better financed rivals, including Salmon P. Chase, William H. Seward and Edward Bates.

This book has completely sucked me in from the first pages, even though it is a bit of a slow read due to the detail involved. I am loving the information from a portion of history I am only starting to study. I recently read The Most Famous Man in the World which covers a similar time period and I am seeing many of the characters overlap. I think this is going to be a great companion to that book and really expand my understanding of the era.

Link: iPod Format Video File

You can find previous "What I'm Reading..." entires using the link below.

Link: What I'm Reading... from WelchWrite.com

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Douglas talks New Media at Strike TV

Douglas speaks on New Media during the founding meeting of StrikeTV: Adventures in New Media at the WGA Theater on January 9, 2008.

This is a question and answer session touching on a wide variety of podcasting, new media and social networking topics.


Talking New Media at Strike TV

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Places LA - Griffith Park Observatory

A short montage of our trip to the Griffith Park Observatory

Monday, January 07, 2008

Elsewhere Online: Learning to DIY

After posting the note and video about The Dangerous Book for Boys yesterday, I saw this conversation in The Greenhouse, the community site for Gardenfork.tv.

Although I too am infected with the "protect our children at all costs" mentality of today, I do try to do things with Joe that allow him to explore hte more dangerous parts of life in a monitored environment. Posts like this and the attached video make me want to do it even more. Below is an excerpt from the post. Visit The Greenhouse to read the entire post and add your own comments.

Learning to DIY

...I discovered things like how flamable terpentine really is. How small engines worked. How to dismantle a bike. What bearings were, and why you needed them. Why you don't throw an "empty" can of OFF! into a campfire. How to pull the deck off of a riding lawnmower and use is as an off rad vehicle. How to cut wood to make a fort. How to build rockets. How to fire a gun. And many more skills that I treasure now.

I can't tell you how many things I've been able to fix around my house without involving an expensive repairman because I took a tape recorder apart or sat in the basement for a couple of hours watching the furnace fire up, move hot air through the house, then shut down when I was 11....

(Continues on the web site)

I'm interested to know anyone elses thoughts on this. Here is the video:

(Via Forum - The Greenhouse.)

Sunday, January 06, 2008

What I'm Reading...

The Dangerous Book for Boys by Gonn Iggulden

I heard about this book on a podcast, I believe, and immediately requested it from the library. There are sections on building your own go-cart, identifying insects, dinosaurs, history, first aid, poems every boy should know and more ideas that have slowly faded our of most children's lives. My 9-year-old was fascinated for quite a while as he flipped from section to section.

Having grown up in a small town in Ohio, I had a 1950's upbringing in the 1970's. so much of what is in the book is familiar to me, but I know that raising a child in Los Angeles can often make them feel cocooned from the world we once knew as kids. I think there are several activities in the book that we will do to try and reconnect a bit.

Link: The Dangerous Book for Boys by Gonn Iggulden

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Today's Walk and Gmaps Pedometer

I am trying to walk more since about mid-December in an effort to get some of my weight off. We used to have a route that was almost exactly one mile, but now I find that I have worked up to being able to do 2 miles with about the same amount of effort. This has caused me to expand my routes to check out parts of the neighborhood I don't normally see.

The graphic at left is from a great web application, Gmap Pedometer. Gmap mashes together software to measure routes with Google maps. It automatically will calculate the total distance, provide mile makers and even give a rough calculation of calories burned.

Link: Gmaps Pedometer

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Backup your data today! - Mobile post from Utterz

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

What I'm Reading...from Seesmic

Small is the new big by Seth Godin

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

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