Bleeding Truth, one of those things you make when you’re younger

So, you may not know this about me, but I used to spend quite a bit of time making musics… I learned how to play guitar early on in Jr. High, and hell yes I could shred. Then I got some recording equipment and started to love the recording process.

Here’s a song I created a long time ago, just after college. About a girl who was hard to get to know, but who I thought was lovely.

We all grow up, and listening to this stuff now is bitter sweet for me. I’m proud of some bits, though I’m confident we could all do without most of the vocals.

Be nice.

Download Bleeding Truth by Chase Reeves

Making Case Law Fun

I’m learning about some relevant case law to gain some insight into the world of “the legal.” If you’ve ever read case notes or case summaries you probably know that this shit is hard to read! I’m sitting here, one tab open to a legal dictionary, another tab with my article on it, selecting individual sentences and reading them over, and over, and over again, trying to get the words to stop sticking to the sides of my brain, like rogue cheerios in a cereal bowl.

So i’ve started taking notes, putting the case in some conversational tone. And the shit is funny. Here’s an example of one case:  (more…)

Blueprint CSS: A framework… I used it and loved it

So, I’ve just finished designing and developing a new website and I tried something different this time. Normally I design a site in Photoshop and then cut and code from a finished design. This time, however, the focus was much more on the content and information flow than anything else. So I wanted to get to work writing the content in the context of a simple webpage (because those CEO’s need to see something beyond a Word document, don’t you know it). I looked around for a few minutes and found Blueprint CSS, a CSS framework to make your shit sparkle fast… or just give you a nice, standards based set of tools to get started with a site immediately. A few benefits of Blueprint CSS: (more…)

"I believe you really are a good husband…"

I hate the way you talk about your married life, Harry,”said Basil Hallward, shaking his hand off, and strolling towards the door that led into the garden. “I believe that you are really a very good husband, but that you are thoroughly ashamed of your own virtues. You are an extraordinary fellow. You never say a moral thing, and you never do a wrong thing. Your cynicism is simply a pose.”

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Benediction For A House: A poem of sorts

It is a house, nothing more than a plot of land and a few bricks. Just a house, a roof held up by a few walls to keep the rain out. A corner of the world to warm ourselves by a little. Just a house… A place to keep things and hang pictures and park cars… A place to find space hidden away for golf clubs to cob-web and toys to be played with an forgotten and left behind. It is just a house, except for a few subtle differences. For one, there is a georgeous lady in this place who brings all the meaning and truth to my world. It’s because of her that I am not some miser building a house on top of a lonely hill. Secondly, there is a small son here who finds love in me I had never known about. It is because of him that I come away from my building and storing and keeping at all. And thirdly, there are the faces of friends. The presence of people who breathe the same life as we do… In… Out… The sounds of ease and trial and challenge and support… And love… Their presence fills this place like birds fill the empty morning; and the sounds of their glasses clinking fills me up. If it wasn’t for these people, the glass would always be half empty. It is just a house. A plot of land, some walls and a roof. And i, i am just a man in a house. And yet because of you people… My wife, my son, our friends… I am a king and a giant in the presence of gods, and I am rich and grateful.

How to change Chrome’s default search engine to results from the past year

Here's how: 

1: search google for something simple

2: Click "show options…" on the sidebar there on the Google results page.

3: Select the option that you'd like to be your new default search (in this case i chose the "Past Year" option to only show results from the past year… cuz i've just had enough forum results from 2006 when i search for "Why the f*ck is IE so dumb!?" 

4: Copy the URL of the new filtered results page, then right click the address bar and select "Edit Search Engines…"

5: in the search engines window, click the "+" bottom left, then fill in the details:

6: Select the new search engine you just created, and click "Make Default"… viola!! You're the best around!

25 cent advice for your marketing/ad campaign

Theres a bunch of cool stuff Sendhil Mullainathan talks about in the video below… I only want to highlight one point he makes. It’s about BMW wanting to advertise the safety of their cars.

Car safety adverts are normally about car chasis getting slammed into walls in slow motion, or, in other words, the “you’ll survive wrecks in our cars” message. BMW opted for the different “our cars keep you out of accidents” message. It’s not necessarily brilliant, just a different angle on the topic.

Tagged with "Shit That Matters" – The Uniqueness of Humans

This? this shit here? this shit matters. (you may want to fast forward to 4:45, but the intro sets up some respect for the speaker)

A farewell lecture to the class of 2009 at stanford from Robert Sapolsky, world renowned professor of neurology, neurological sciences, neurosurgery and biological sciences. or watch at youtube: Robert Sapolsky, world renowned professor of neurology, neurological sciences, neurosurgery and biological sciences.