Archive for April, 2008

who’s wronger?

Sunday, April 6th, 2008


I just found this too funny not to share.  It’s just so well thought out and executed.  And judging by the look on that guy’s face in the back…PRICELESS!

So, do you think it was money well spent?

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the beauty of intelligent design

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Intelligent Design

As much as I often over think things, it’s the simplicity of this design which makes it so effective.

(I edited that sentence four times)

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sometimes image isn’t everything…it’s the only thing!

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Pro or Con?

Do you think this ad was to get people to STOP or START drinking?

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s.m.art (some more art) III

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Worldly View


I did this art piece to reflect how I see the world in regards of getting my ideas out.  Throughout my journey, I’ve always faced a faceless opposition to me being me.  I define faceless opposition as those who will bring opposing energy into your life (whether it be family, friends, or colleagues) but are never bold enough to do it upfront.  This was my way of acknowledging that energy source which I think is a great way to prevent getting caught up in it.

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politics + the arts = positive change

Friday, April 4th, 2008

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a “thinkavational” quotable

Friday, April 4th, 2008


Source: Gnarls Barkley
Album: St. Elsewhere
Song: Who Cares?

You see, everybody is somebody
But nobody wants to be themselves
and if I ever wanted to understand me
I’ll have to talk to someone else
Cause every little bit helps
And I can go on and on and on…but who cares?

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good vs great advice

Friday, April 4th, 2008

The Thinker’s Thoughts
I’ve learned the best advice is given when the person asks what you’re attempting to do BEFORE they give it. It has never made sense to me when someone would just give advice without first inquiring about your wants. That makes about as much sense as someone giving you directions without them knowing where you’re heading.

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fifth grader points out mistake at smithsonian

Friday, April 4th, 2008


This article is a classic example of how people should always question the information presented to them, regardless of the source.

ALLEGAN, MI – Is fifth-grader Kenton Stufflebeam smarter than the Smithsonian?

The 11-year-old boy, who lives in Allegan but attends Alamo Elementary School near Kalamazoo, went with his family during winter break to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington.

Since it opened in 1981, millions of people have paraded past the museum’s Tower of Time, a display involving prehistoric time.  Not one visitor had reported anything amiss with the exhibit until Kenton noticed that a notation, in bold lettering, identified the Precambrian as an era.

Kenton knew that was wrong.  His fifth-grade teacher, John Chapman, had nearly made the same mistake in a classroom earth-science lesson before catching himself.

“I knew Mr. Chapman wouldn’t tell all these students” bad information, the boy told the Kalamazoo Gazette for a story published Wednesday. (more…)

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splitting it 50/50 right up the middle

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008


I’ve been known to take things a little too literally myself, so this article appeals to me on some level.

BELGRADE, Serbia – A Serb farmer used a grinding machine to cut in half his farm tools and machines to comply with a court ruling that he must share all his property with his ex-wife, local media reported on Thursday.

Branko Zivkov, 76, told Belgrade daily Kurir he had been ready to give his wife Vukadinka her equal share of everything earned during their 45-year marriage, but was furious at being asked to give away half his farming equipment.

Instead, he bought a grinder and cut in two all his tools, including large items such as cattle scales, a harrow and a sowing machine.

“I still haven’t decided how to split the cow,” he told the newspaper.  “She should just say what she wants — the part with the horns or the part with the tail.”

I recently heard someone say (not sure if it was on TV or not) that a person starts thinking about leaving their relationship at the half way point of the total length of the relationship.  That would mean this farmer could’ve been looking at his wife like she was recurring cold sore, on the outside upper lip, on prom night for 22 1/2 years!

With this being true, do you think this is why the “I want half” rule is generally applied?

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one of the best business minds in hip-hop ever

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Mr. Carter

This is a great example of how business should be done!

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jay-Z is close to reaching a $150 million deal with Live Nation Inc., that will give the concert promoter a stake in virtually every aspect of the rapper and entrepreneur’s career, according to news reports.

The contract covers Jay-Z’s music and music-related businesses for the next 10 years, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported on their Web sites late Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the agreement.

As part of the arrangement, Jay-Z would get a $25 million upfront payment, plus advance payments of $10 million per album for a minimum of three albums and $25 million toward concert tours.  The company would also pay $20 million in exchange for publishing, licensing and other rights.

Live Nation was also expected to commit $50 million to finance Jay-Z’s investments and his entertainment venture, to be called Roc Nation, which is expected to include his own record label, music publishing, talent consulting and managing projects.

“I’ve turned into the Rolling Stones of hip-hop,” Jay-Z told the Times.

Like I told you before Jay, you inspire me!

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s.m.art (some more art) II

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Destiny's Heart


This piece was done about three years ago.  I wanted to create an artistic expression that represented how my heart is torn due to sacrifices made while reaching towards my destiny.  Unfortunatley there is no way around it.  It’s just a part of the journey that one has to learn how to endure.  

Although those who seek greatness suffer greatly…know that the greater the difficulty, the greater the joy is in conquering it.

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owen smith ‘anonymous’ live comedy show special

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

This was one of my first clients when I started my first business, ‘S.T. grafics’ from my living room in Chicago.  He’s always been a funny dude, especially when he goes off the cuff during his routine.  He told me that he once used one of my joke…and of course for this blog’s purposes, my joke brought down the house.  In this clip, watch how he puts the interracial couples on blast…not like there’s anything wrong with that, but I’m just saying! 

See more at www.owensmithlive.com


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a ‘thinkavational’ insight on what inspires the inspirer

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

The Thinker’s Thoughts

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i’m fully prepared to harass

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

The Thinker’s Thoughts

In the constant pursuit of obtaining your destiny, you’ll find that the line between persistence and harassment becomes extremely blurred.

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for the mind of the entrepreneur

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Jet Blue

“I never would have started JetBlue unless I had the experience of starting another airline and I guarantee that I never would have started JetBlue at J.F.K. airport if I had listened to the experts, who said that you can’t put a low-fare, customer-centric airline in New York.  But I knew we could do it, and I had a wealth of experience behind me that I trusted to make JetBlue a reality.” – David Neeleman, JetBlue founder

I think this is dead on and most entrepreneurs can relate to having a so called expert tell them that their dream won’t work. Never listen to the naysayer!

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“think think think and think again” book excerpt

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

 Talent Skills Discipline

The concept for this page came to me during a career day presentation at a middle school in New Jersey.  In the mist of the Q & A session, I found myself fascinated with the motivational posters above the chalk boards.  They actually motivated me to create my own version of what could be in every class or locker room in the world.  >>> (more…)

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kanye’s new ‘homecoming’ video

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

I participated in a couple of the editing sessions for this one, so I guess it’s no surprise that I really like how it turned out.  Once again, Kanye and Hype tapped into their genius creating another instant classic video that will soon be the new standard!

P.S. – Hype, thanks again for sharing the pics…and you know which ones!

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getting better kisses

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Alicia Keys

First let me say that I fully understand the “lovey duvey” meaning of Alicia Keys’ song “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” and my intentions are merely to offer some constructive criticism.

With that said, that title/concept never made sense to me.  I think the way most people decide how to treat someone is based soley on if they’re going to see them again.  I think a more powerful title/concept  would’ve been “Like You Want To See Me Again.”  Personally, I give much better kisses when I want to see someone again.  If I don’t, I have no problem with kissing them like they’re a burn victim.  It might not be the most politically correct thing to say, but it’s honest.

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a fellow thinker’s thoughts on embracing the moment

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Fellow Thinker’s Thoughts

Lin Chi Yi-Sen founded one of the most influential schools of Buddhism after the Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng. For centuries his followers were the leading Ch’an (Zen) Buddhist masters of China.  In the twelfth century, his teachings spread to Japan and formed the Rinzai School of Buddhism.

Lin Chi rejected the religions conventions of Buddhism and the philosophical and scholarly approach to Buddhism teachings.  In his approach, Lin Chi stressed spontaneity, absolute freedom and emptiness:

“Many students come to see me from all over the place.  Many of them are not free from their entanglement with objective things. I treat them right on the spot.  If their trouble is due to grasping hands, I strike there. If their trouble is a loose mouth, I strike them there.  If their trouble is hidden behind their eyes, it is there I strike.  So far I have not found anyone who can set himself free.  This is because they have all been caught up in the useless ways of the old masters.  As for me, I do not have one only method which I give to everyone, but I relieve whatever the trouble is and set men free.”

“Friends, I tell you this: there is no Buddha, no spiritual path to follow, no training and no realization.  What are you so feverishly running after? Putting a head on top of your own head, you blind idiots!  Your head is right where it should be.  The trouble lies in your not believing in yourselves enough.  Because you don’t believe in yourselves, you are knocked here and there by all the conditions in which you find yourselves. Being enslaved and turned around by objective situations, you have no freedom whatever, you are not masters of yourselves.  Stop turning to the outside and don’t be attached to my words either.  Just cease clinging to the past and hankering after the future.  This will be better than ten years’ pilgrimage.”

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