Category Archives: Me

The Time I Met Vader & Chewie

Best Day Ever

Did I ever tell you about the time I met Darth Vader and Chewbacca? I didn’t!?! Well, it was only the best day of my life!

Yup, that’s little me with them in the picture above. Just chillin’ with Vader and Chewie, no biggie.

In reality, I have absolutely no memory of this day and if it weren’t for this one polaroid, I never would have remembered that this meeting even took place.

From the look of the smile on the face of my 4 year old self I’m pretty sure that this was the highlight of my life up to that point.

What I do remember is that I, like many children of the 70s, loved Star Wars with a passion. I watched the movies, I re-enacted my favorite scenes with the toys, I read the comics, I listened to the records, I the wore t-shirts & pajamas, and slept under the sheets.

Such an encounter couldn’t have been anything less than magical.

What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you that you can’t remember? Sound off in the comments below.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

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This Is Why I Blog

An old friend and I recently chatted about blogging and writing in general. As part of the conversation I put into words, quite possibly for the first time, why I blog.

What it all comes down to is this: I write the kind of posts that I would want to read. So, even if my blog has an audience of one (which I’m sure it often does) it serves as a creative outlet for me.

Yesterday, I read an interview Seth Godin gave in issue #10 of Productive Magazine which totally validated my reason for blogging. The interviewer asked Seth how he manages to post so frequently and he responded with the following.

Seth Godin from Productive Magazine

Well, I think the most important thing to understand about blogging is that if you are blogging for other people you are going to be disappointed. Even if no one would read it I would still blog. And the people I know who blog passionately, all of them say exactly the same thing. So that is the way you have to look at it, you can’t say: “I’m not getting enough comments I’m not going to blog. I’m not getting enough money, I’m not going to blog”. You have to say: “this is a great chance for me to clear my thoughts and put them into the world, what an opportunity”.
— Seth Godin

Wow, talk about validation! Seth Godin proves once again that he gets it.

Why do you blog? Sound off in the comments below.

Photo of Seth Godin via Productive Magazine

If You Read My Blog . . .

I’d like to give a huge welcome to everyone who’s come to slightly insightful courtesy of WordPress.com‘s Freshly Pressed.

It seems like just this week (it was) that I was saying how my goal was to get on Freshly Pressed and now it’s happened.

They promoted my post Do Giant Inflatable Animals Increase Car Sales? yesterday and now I’m at all time highs for page views and comments.

Pedro Sánchez
Image via my flickr.

Now that you’ve visited slightly insightful I really hope you come back for more.

Remember, just like Pedro Sánchez says, “if you read my blog all of your wildest dreams will come true.”

Slightly Insightful on 9rules Noteworthy Content of the Week!

9rules Leaf Big

Earlier this week my post Superheroes Can Be Jerks was included on the 9rules Noteworthy Content of the Week blog!

I was thrilled when slightly insightful was accepted for membership in their blog their network back in 2009.

Ever since then it has been a secret blogging goal of mine to be highlighted by them (my other big goal is to have a post featured on WordPress.com’s Freshly Pressed).

The 9rules blogging network prides itself for featuring “the best content from the independent web”. That’s quite a compliment and I thank you.

Thanks for the link love!

Do You Remember Your First?

My music collection is like a time machine. Certain songs have the power to transport me back in time or evoke strong memories from days gone long past.

My iTunes library has over 7,000 songs from around 2,700 albums. The other day I was thinking about some of the oldest tracks and where they came from.

My First Tape

Endless Summer

Growing up in Southern California, The Beach Boys were something I was raised on, like sunshine and smoggy air. I bought Endless Summer some time during 1984—it was the first album I ever bought. I loved The Beach Boys’ harmonies and remember singing along to every track.

You can download Endless Summer on Amazon or iTunes.

My First CD

Please Hammer

When I was in junior high (against my parents’ better advice) I signed up for one of those record clubs which were all too prevalent in those days. You know the type, pay a penny for one CD today, get 10 for free later, and then buy 100 more at 1,000 times their normal price.

The first CD I chose was Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em by MC Hammer. It hasn’t held up well, but its lead track U Can’t Touch This could be the soundtrack to my 7th grade year.

You can download Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em on Amazon or iTunes

My First iTunes Download

Live Forever

In 2001, the iTunes Music Store launched. I didn’t even have an iPod, but I was curious to try it out as a legitimate alternative to all the peer-to-peer filesharing that was going on at the time.

One day I scored a promo code for a free download from a soda I’d downed, so I installed iTunes on my Windows 98 clunker of a PC, and perused the store for something I didn’t already have, but wanted.

The selection wasn’t nearly as comprehensive in those early days as it is now. However, I did find something I liked and downloaded Live Forever by Oasis.

The song reminded me then, as it does even now, of countless hours spent listening to the “World Famous 106.7, KROQ” during my high school years. Of all the music discussed in this post, Live Forever is the only song that’s in regular rotation on my iPod.

You can download Live Forever on Amazon or iTunes.

Thank you for joining me on my musical time warp. What was the first album or song you ever bought? Do you even remember? What memories does that song bring back? Sound off in the comments below.