Category Archives: Fun Stuff

I Love Technology…But Not as Much as You, You See

Thoughts from the road…

* Very Cool that I can be between Jackson and Memphis Tennessee, connected to a blackberry (using as a modem) and can post to my blog

* Thankful that I could be part of a couple days worth of fundraising with my friends at Way-Fm in Nashville earlier this week

* Excited to be headed to Wichita Kansas, to be part of an event at the Wichita Children’s Theatre – the Theatre company where I first began performing and training in theatre as a kid

Happy that this trip includes seeing family – my grandparents (great grandparents to my son)(grandma’s 82 b-day!!) and my mom who will be in town as well

* Could Kid Rock not come up with an original song – he had to swipe ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ for his new tune ‘All Summer Long’?? ( I have heard that song on CHR stations, Country and Rock Stations so far on this trip. – Good for him – what do I know? 🙂

* Yes, even with Crazy gas prices, we are driving across country, Go figure

* More thoughts later…

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Batman: The Dark Knight


I have always been a Batman fan, and I am really excited about The Dark Knight which opens on July 18.

Being a VoiceOver performer, I have continued to wonder how, or if, overdubs were required after the filming was complete. With Heath Ledger’s tragic death, the need to find someone else to do overdubbing for the Joker, I assumed, would be needed.

As I was reading this article in Entertainment Weekly online, Director Christopher Nolan says that most overdubs and reshoots weren’t neccesary.

Perhaps that is just hype (many times VO’s aren’t given “credit”), but perhaps not.

Either way, I can’t wait to see this movie!!

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Monday in the ATL

What a cool trip to Atlanta Yesterday.

I have been doing some Voice work for Winshape Camps recently, which was started by Chick-Fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy and his wife, 20 years ago.

 Last week they invited me to the Chick-Fil-A HQ to do a session for Winshape.

What a Beautiful Complex!!! Simply Amazing.

I have to say the highlight of my day was when I arrived there, Mr. Cathy was in the lobby visiting with touring School children having them yell “Eat More Chicken!”

Then a couple hours later, I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Cathy (he came to the studio to record some audio for the project as well.) 

And, in atypical “Stu style”, (I have been in radio for 14 years, and have become hardened to most “stars” so I don’t get “star struck”), I asked him to sign one of his books that I have in my library (yes, I had broght it along with me just in case).

 So, he did! And, he also was very generous offering me a couple other of his books that he has written.

 

WOW!

 

 

 

 

33 Things, 33 Years

 On Sunday April 6 2008, I celebrate my 33 birthday.

I made a list of the first 33 things that came to my mind dealing with things that I have been learning, some quotes that I like, and just random thoughts. One for every year of my life so far.

(I’ll also try to credit the people who said it or brought it to my attention first)

 

1. Never Lie. Never Cheat. Never Steal. Don’t Whine. Don’t Complain. Don’t make excuses. – John Wooden 

2. The Journey is the Destination – Dan Eldon

3. We are blessed to be a blessing.

4. He works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Rom. 8:28

5. If you have something negative to say, do it face to face. If you have something positive to say, write it down. (yeah, I’ve been burned by this one!)

6. You can be more successful in 3 months by helping others become successful than you will be in three years trying to get others to make you successful. – Keith Ferrazzi, Dale Carnegie

7. Don’t listen to what they say. Watch what they do. Dawson McAllister

8. Get up an hour earlier. – Scott Ginsberg 

9. Most talent is hard work in disguise. – Eric Zorn

10. Books come to you only half way finished. My job as the reader is to make the book mine by taking notes, underlining, marking it up to make it useful to me and my needs. Always read with a pen and paper.

11. The road is better than the inn. – Miguel De Cervantes

12. People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them. – George Bernard Shaw

13. If you’re not enough before the gold medal, you won’t be enough with it. – John Candy in Cool Runnings

14. Pay for Dental insurance. Keep it current. (one that I am learning the hard way right now) 

15. Who do you surround yourself with? Surround your self with people who encourage and build up, and can teach you a thing or two.

16. Don’t say “Can’t”…instead say “How Can…?” 

17. A leader is a learner.

18. What can I learn from you?

19. It’s not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.

20. Be slow to anger and speak. Be quick to Listen. James 3:19

21. Writing is the basis for all wealth. – Scott Ginsberg, Jeffrey Gitomer

22. Always carry a “Ubiquitous Capturing Tool” (journal, notebook, paper, digital recorder), you never know when that thought will come. And it won’t be there when you try to remember it later. – David Allen

23. Every Saint has a past. Every Sinner has a future. – Dawson McAllister

24. It’s about relationships.

25. Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31

26. Water is better for me than Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi. And suprisingly, I don’t crave Diet Pepsi as much now that I have been drinking water instead.

27. Most human beings have crazy families.

28. Be 100% your own person. Don’t be a cheap knock off of someone else.

29. Never try to be beter than someone else. But never stop trying to be the best you can be in all areas of your life. I can control what I do, but not what others do. – John Wooden.

30. Have focus like a lazerbeam, not like a shotgun. – Steve Sjogren

31. Create to Create. Separate yourself from the outcome and having to be perfect. – Julia Cameron

32. Don’t get caught in ‘Anaylsis Paralysis’. GET GOING.

33. Keep learning from other peoples wisdom, mistakes and stories. Read a ton. The minute you aren’t learning is the minute you are dead.

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Cleaning your House Before a Big Trip

 

My family is getting ready for a road trip.

 

A pretty big one as a matter of fact.

 

We are driving across the country for a big family get together. (more details later in the week – I don’t want to give it away if family happen to be reading 🙂

 

I am pretty excited about the possibilty of taking my VO equipment on the road and testing it out to see how it sounds in random hotel rooms across the midwest! This will be the first time that I have the setup to actually try it out.

 

But back to the point of my post.

 

There is a “phenomena” that happens in our house before any extended time away. And I don’t know if it is a common occurence amongst families, and/or those who travel alot.

 

Here is what happens:

 

We clean the house like there is NO TOMORROW! Or like the President (or some other high falutin’ celebrity) is coming to visit!

 

We rush around doing all the laundry, cleaning every nook and cranny, dusting, mopping, vacumming, sorting, folding, stacking, shuffling, various kibitizing until… Spotless.

 

THEN… WE LEAVE TOWN.

 

To me this makes no sense.

 

I don’t know if this is something in the genetic coding of the Redhead (my wife), or if it is genetic coding for women in general.

 

I just don’t understand!!!!

Happy Easter 2008

I hope you and your family have a terrific Easter!

 

Its a great day to reflect on faith and the reason for the Celebratin’!

 

Don’t get to loaded up on Cadbury Eggs!!! (my personal favorite are the malt and chocolate eggs!!!)