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Oh, the Audiobooks You’ll Download for Free!

Right now, the good folks at Audible and Amazon are giving this year’s high school and college grads (and the rest of us, too) one more reason to celebrate—for a very limited time you can download the audibook edition of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by the inimitible Dr. Seuss for free.

Dr. Seuss Quote

Delightfully read by John Lithgow, this is a deal not to be missed.

Get Oh, the Places You'll Go for Free
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Be sure to use this as a free download and not using your member credits if you’re already an Audible subscriber.

Enjoy!

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

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Simple Motivational Wallpaper for 2012

Last year I created three simple motivational wallpapers for myself and decided to share them with you. As it proved to be one of my more popular post last year I wanted to do it again.

The three images below each occupy one of my Mac OS X Spaces. They inspire me to continue learning—something new every day, to act on what I learn so that knowledge becomes wisdom, and then to share that wisdom with you so that we all can benefit.

Learn

Learn - CCComicrazy - 1920
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Act

Act - CCComicrazy - 1920
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Share

Share - CCComicrazy - 1920
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All images are were made with widescreen displays (resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixles) in mind and were designed in Pixelmator using the Comicrazy front.

You can download the full set, including alternative resolutions and/or in good ol’ Helvetica from my Learn, Act, Share flickr set.

Some of you might recognize these quotes from their original source. Regardless of whether you do or not, these wallpapers can help motivate you to make the most out of 2012.

Did you find these wallpapers helpful? What image(s) are you using to motivate you in 2012? Sound off in the comments below.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

Simple Motivational Wallpapers for 2011

If you’re searching for a new desktop wallpaper to help motivate you in 2011 then look no further. Whether your goal is to master the 7 Habits, Get Things Done, or just to manage your time a little better, these three images should help to inspire and motivate you in your New Year’s resolutions.

All three images currently occupy a separate one of my Mac OS X Spaces (via Hyperspaces). They’re a great reminder that there is no substitute for action, quality, and/or timeliness.

Do It

Do It
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Photo via my flickr

Do It Right

Do It Right
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Photo via my flickr

Do It Right Now

Do It Right Now
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All images are suitable for widescreen displays (resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixles) and were designed in Pixelmator—a super-slick image editor for Mac OS X.

It’s 2011. If you still don’t know how to change your desktop wallpaper you’ve got issues. But, in the interest of being charitable, here are instructions for Mac OS X, Ubuntu, and Windows (help links via WordPress Blog).

Some of you might recognize these quotes from their original source. This sage advice has always been helpful to me.

Did you find these wallpapers helpful? What image(s) are you using to motivate you in 2011? Sound off in the comments below.

Why I Want My Son to Be a Scout

History of the Boy Scouts of America

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Over the weekend I participated in a training for adult leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. One thing that stood out to me was an in–depth discussion we had with regards to the Scout Law.

In the past, I’d thought of the Scout Law as kind of a laundry list of positive attributes which we should aspire to emulate. But, the true intent of the law is so much greater than the simple text that makes it up.

Below is a comprehensive description of each of the foundational scouting values which comprise the law as found at the US Scouting Service Project.

A Scout is…

Trustworthy

A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.

Loyal

A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation.

Helpful

A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.

Friendly

A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.

Courteous

A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.

Kind

A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.

Obedient

A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.

Cheerful

A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.

Thrifty

A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.

Brave

A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.

Clean

A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.

Reverent

A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

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Image courtesy of freeparking on flickr

That is exactly the type of young man I want my son to grow into. Heck, it’s the type of grown man I strive to be! And that’s precisely why I want my son to be a scout.

What kind of person do you want your children to become? How do you think you can help them develop those qualities? Sound off in the comments below.

It’s a Secret to Everybody

It's a Secret to Everybody.

In the classic adventure RPG the Legend of Zelda, the hero, Link, is encouraged to explore the world in search of treasure to aid him in his quest.

In his wanderings, no stone (or tombstone for that matter) lies unturned, no tree unburned, and no wall unbombed (is that even a word?).

When he sees those five magic words, “It’s a Secret to Everybody” Link is rewarded instantly with what have taken a seeming lifetime (in videogame time) to accumulate.

In real life, if this were the way you roamed the world you’d leave behind yourself a string of civil and criminal lawsuits instead of bags full of rupees.

However, demolition and arson aside, a great lesson can be learned from Link. We live in an amazing world with so many wondrous places to go and sights to see. It’s possible to stay on the marked path and still win the game.

But then you’d miss out on sights like this,

La Portada

and this,

Valle de la Luna

and this,

Private Beach, JW Marriott

and this,

Chalang Big Buddha

and this.

Phi Phi Islands

Where have your wanderings led you? Where do you still want to go?