Wasted Time

Not all time wasted is wasted time. (Or, at least that’s what I keep telling myself.)

I have to remind myself often that time spent learning instead of earning could yield greater benefits down the road. But it’s hard to justify spending the time on playing when you’re trying to meet a deadline or behind schedule on something. That’s why I’d like to propose that you “waste time” — at least a little bit — on each new project you take on. Commit to incorporating at least one new technology in each project that comes across your desk. Before you know it, you’ll be incorporating more advanced stuff into your workflow.

“Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time.” — T.S. Elliot

Not using a CSS Preprocessor? Start off by using LESS or Sass/SCSS on your next project. Then, on your next project, incorporate a mixin library like Less Hat, Bourbon or Compass. Can’t figure out how to do something? Spend some time learning the skills you need through sites like Code School or Codecademy. Or browse sites like CSS TricksCodePen, and 24Ways for chunks of inspiration. Whatever you do, don’t get stuck in continually doing things the way you currently are: that’s the easiest way to get left behind.

Whatever you do, don’t get stuck in doing things the way you’ve always done them. Don’t be afraid to waste the time to learn something new with each new project or task you tackle. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. That wasted time isn’t really wasted when you’re improving yourself.

Top 10 Movies (meme)

I usually ignore meme’s unless I think they’d make for good content. I thank Jesse J. Anderson for tagging me. With every meme comes a set of rules:

  1. List your top ten favorite films (in no particular order).
  2. If you are tagged, you have to post and tag 3-5 people.
  3. Link back to the one who tagged you.

Before I begin, I should clarify things a bit. I love a lot of movies. Narrowing my favorites to just ten was a challenge in and of itself. This list represents movies that I love and would watch (and have watched) over and over again. And now, in no particular order, are my Top 10 Favorite Movies.

  • Braveheart – I love the storyline here and the fact that it’s based (loosely) on fact. Everything from the action scenes to the music made this movie for me.
  • Dead Poets Society – I love this movie and the whole idea of going against the grain, being different, etc. Robin Williams was great.
  • Dogma – I love how this movie challenged the idea of Christianity/Catholicism in its current form.
  • Matrix – The trilogy as a whole was an awesome story. The first movie was the best of the three, but I loved the entire trilogy + Animatrix.
  • Gladiator – Russell Crowe was awesome in this movie. The storyline was great. The cinematatography was absolutely beautiful. The score was excellent.
  • Clerks – I’d include almost every Kevin Smith flick on this list if there was room to spare. Clerks started it all.
  • Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back – I’d be remiss if I didn’t include at least one Star Wars movie on this list.  Vader reveals he’s Luke’s father. We meet Yoda for the first time. It was a great frickin’ movie.
  • Office Space – Required viewing for our office; any office, for that matter.
  • Idiocracy – One of the best movies of our generation, I kid you not. It’s a flawed movie, no doubt, but brilliantly executed. I’m scared at the thought of how our society is going to be 500 years in the future, and I think Idiocracy nailed it on the head.
  • Event Horizon – When I first saw Event Horizon, I expected it to be a traditional sci-fi movie… I never expected the horror element. That twist made me fall in love with the movie. When it was first released I saw it 6 times in the theatre.

Tag you’re it: Josh Wilkerson, Wyatt, and Patrick.

Matchbox Twenty at Philips Arena 1/28/08

Matchbox Twenty – LIVE – “Disease” – Philips Arena 1.28.08 from Chris Harrison on Vimeo.

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View more of the photos I took on Flickr. I took around 800 shots total, but scrubbed a lot of the pics that were screwed up one way or another. Some of the best shots can be seen in the Flickr slideshow.

For my first concert, this was definitely the way to go. Matchbox Twenty, Mute Math and Alanis Morissette rocked the Philips Arena. Our seats were phenomenal. Section 117 Row B was located just to the side of stage left. We could see everything, and being slight above the floor crowd enabled me to get some pretty sweet shots.

where has this year gone?

it’s already july 8th. it’s hard to believe the year is over half over already. this year has really flown by. it’s a sunday afternoon. i woke up around 10:30 or so and played diablo 2 for about three hours. it was pretty cool. beat the first act with my paladin named gideon blade. i hadn’t played the game in such a long time. it was pretty cool to mess around with it again. it’s storming pretty badly now. i can hear the raindrops hitting the metal flashing lining the roof. the occasional thunder has been kinda nice to listen to as well. all in all, it’s been a decent day. now, i’m off to clean my room. need to go through my clothes, get em prepped for washing and then head over to my parents house. see ya later!

a brand new day

whoa… what’s up with the new space background? i felt like something a little different for today, plus… i was checking out the website for final fantasy: the spirits within, and the movie is blowing my mind and i haven’t seen it yet. i can’t wait until july 11th when it comes out. if you’re wondering why such an “early” update. south park is on ) anyway… i need to get back to watching this and then off to bed i go. i’ll post again in the morning.

scary movie 2

i saw the first scary movie with my girlfriend, my mother, my two younger brothers and my dad a few months ago… around the time when kim and i first started dating actually… i couldn’t believe how off the wall the humor was, and just how focking funny the movie could be with it’s parodies of scream and other slasher flicks. so when my dad and my brothers asked me to go see the sequel with them today, how could i refuse? part two didn’t let me down. it mocked IT, what lies beneath, and other movies with a brand of humor that reminded me of the good ol’ days in germany where i’d watch ‘in living color’ every week. the cast was hilarious. the various situations in the movie were funny. though, the plot kinda sucked… you don’t expect it to be perfect in this kind of movie. if you get a chance to see this flick, give it a whirl. it wasn’t bad and it actually made me laugh a whole damn lot.