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Better Life Project

Lately, I really haven’t been happy where my life has taken me. Sure, most of it is mentality, but I just can’t seem to get where I need to be. I work a minimum wage job, which is almost completely against my morals (I sell deli meat at a Kroger, and am mostly vegetarian). I have been looking for better work for almost a year, and feel that my college degree is at this point useless (It took me 6.5 years to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, but nobody will hire unless you have 3+ years of experience).  I could easily go on and rant, but its kind of pointless to focus on the negative.

However, that’s part of the reason I started this blog. I’m undertaking a task I have entitled “The Better Life Project”.  I am refocusing on my goals, what I want to accomplish in life, and how to get there. No more feeling trapped morning, no more not wanting to get up knowing that I really don’t like my life.  The 55 goals in 5 years project is part of it, but there will be so much more to it.

While looking up ways to improve my situation, I came upon this website I need to supercharge my life; the Tao of Spike will soon be a better path.

This post in particular is one I’m interested in. It is 7 simple steps to living a fuller life. The steps are:

  1. Dare to Dream
  2. Write out Specific Goals
  3. Deal with your mental obstacles
  4. Define your strategy
  5. Start taking Action
  6. Finance your Dreams (probably the hardest step for me, personally)
  7. Celebrate your victories

Good step by step guidelines for sure. I will probably have a post about each in the near future.


QotD = August 07, 2010 – Unicorn Farts

“Creativity is NOT all fairy dust and unicorn farts. ” – Jeremy Fuksa

Unicorn Farting Rainbows

SuperNews: Going Green

Haha! Somebody posted this on a friend’s wall on Facebook. It’s so funny (and true) I had to share. Maybe soon he’ll be Beyond Petroleum. Cough Cough.

5 Years, 55 Goals

I just created my own meme for myself. There are 60 months in 5 years, and so I thought that 55 goals in 5 years is a good number of things to try to achieve. All blog posts relating to them will be under the 55 goals category.

Here is my current list (and is somewhat open to change):

  1. Sort & Revamp my Wardrobe
  2. Create a 5×5 foot (or larger) mural/painting
  3. Design a tattoo
  4. Learn to DJ
  5. Learn to Airbrush
  6. Do Guerilla art at least 10 times (LED Graffiti something)
  7. Organize all of my MP3s
  8. Throw a huge party
  9. Completely finish writing an RPG book (Sleep Walkers?)
  10. Find a career
  11. Read more…

3 Things About Me Meme

Here is a meme I found online. It is the 3 random things about you meme, and the questions aren’t really random, but here are my answers…

Three names I go by:

  1. Spike Lumens
  2. Buck
  3. Trickstur

Three places I have lived:

  1. Dayton, Ohio
  2. Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  3. Athens, Georgia

Three places I have worked:

  1. Kroger
  2. Peabody Awards Office in Athens, GA
  3. Lab Assistant @ University of Georgia

Three things I love to watch:

  1. Leverage
  2. Daily Show
  3. Fringe

Three things I love to eat:

  1. Pizza
  2. My BBQ Tofu Sandwiches
  3. General Tso’s Chicken

Three things I am looking forward to this summer:

  1. Hopefully finding a new job…
  2. Working on my new company and projects
  3. Not Technically Summer but…. ALCHEMY FESTIVAL!

League Gothic Font

Hi Guys. I found a new font I really like while reading a PDF on creativity.

League Gothic Font

Example of League Gothic Font

The font can be found @

Quote of the Day – August 05, 2010

“Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart.” – Edward De Bono

Quote of the Day – August 3, 2010

“Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare” – Dale Carnegie

PSDTuts – 50 Beautiful Fractal Flowers

I have always found fractals either really interesting and captivating, or miss the mark entirely. PSDTuts+ has a collection of “50 Beautiful Fractal Flowers” located here.

A sneak peak:

Jane Poynter: Life in Biosphere 2

I just watched this lecture by Jane Poynter on her views from living inside the Biosphere 2. She has an interesting perspective, and she’s right..IO. People do stink 🙂

More information on the Biosphere 2 project at Wikipedia, and the official site.

Super Mario Smash-Up has a neat round-up of Mario artworks on its blog which can be found here.


Quote of the Day – August 1, 2010

“If we couldn’t laugh, we’d all go insane.” – Jimmy Buffett

Quote of the Day – July 30, 2010

“Most of us think ourselves as standing wearily and helplessly at the center of a circle bristling with tasks, burdens, problems, annoyance, and responsibilities which are rushing in upon us. At every moment we have a dozen different things to do, a dozen problems to solve, a dozen strains to endure. We see ourselves as overdriven, overburdened, overtired. This is a common mental picture and it is totally false. No one of us, however crowded his life, has such an existence. What is the true picture of your life? Imagine that there is an hour glass on your desk. Connecting the bowl at the top with the bowl at the bottom is a tube so thin that only one grain of sand can pass through it at a time. That is the true picture of your life, even on a super busy day, The crowded hours come to you always one moment at a time. That is the only way they can come. The day may bring many tasks, many problems, strains, but invariably they come in single file. You want to gain emotional poise? Remember the hourglass, the grains of sand dropping one by one.”- James Gordon Gilkey

The Scale of the Universe is Amazing

Carter Emmart gave a TED Talks conference about the scale of the universe:

Here is another (much older) video showing the scale of the Universe. This video was created by Charles and Ray Eames in 1968. More info on the film can be found at Wikipedia.

These videos make it really easy to believe that we are just insignificant specks of dust, but on our own scale of vision, we are much more than that. Every one of our choices affects our planet in some form or fashion, even if we don’t know it. The added effect of all the plankton in the oceans is to provide life for the majority of the rest of the planet. We too can destroy or nurture life with our decisions.

100 days of oil: Gulf life will never be the same

Oil Workers Cleaning

Yahoo! News has a good article about the affect the Deepwater Oil Spill has had on people living in Louisiana.

GRAND ISLE, La. – A hundred days ago, shop owner Cherie Pete was getting ready for a busy summer serving ice cream and po-boys to hungry fishermen. Local official Billy Nungesser was planning his wedding. Environmental activist Enid Sisskin was preparing a speech about the dangers of offshore drilling.

More Here

Quote of the Day – July 29, 2010

“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.–Ovid

Epic Pillow Fight Video

I made this video last year after Alchemy festival. Man, I can’t wait till the end of September for Alchemy 2010!!!

Where the sidewalk ends – Shel Silverstein

“There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.” — Shel Silverstein

Quote of the Day – July 28, 2010

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”–Helen Keller

First post for this blog

Most blogs have a reoccurring theme, some like IGN are exclusively for video games or some, like TreeHugger are exclusively environmentalism.   This blog will be about random stuff I’m interested in. It will be MY blog, but will tend to have articles from other sites I find interesting and would like to share. It might also contain some of my art work as well. Other subjects will probably include: Burning Man/Burns, Juggling and other Performance Arts, Environmentalism, Art & Design in general,  Interior Design,  my 101 list and just general life occurences.

Please leave comments! Comments are always good!

Thank you for coming, and as I add more, I hope you enjoy it.