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See “Naked Skydiving” @ The Ocean Beach Street Fair, Booth 348, today on Newport Ave from 11AM-8PM!

Stop by for a “Naked Skydiving”T-Shirt or a copy of “Naked Skydiving,” now selling on Amazon.com for as much as $2,400! Street Fair Special just $20.00, or for Tennessee’s art, or sell or buy a home with us, since we are also licensed real estate agents, BRE #00628673.

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Watch “Usher RB @ the Edwards El Cajon Cinema” on YouTube

He plays great post Xmas beat box jazz as he takes your movie tickets.

My Desk @ SolarCity

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Notice the two monitors: One is for when  designing virtual solar systems with Google Sketchup on maps and crafting proposals, the other is for contacting clients.

Bikini Atoll Dream

 

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A SURREAL FANTASY ABOUT THE ISLAND OF BIKINI ATOLL

Dreamed a few nights ago that I was telemarketing again like I used to for the Welk Resort, and then they needed somebody to write articles.  I thought they picked me to do it but I was in a school like UCLA that had rabbis studying and I had my friend’s phone.  It rang so I tried to call her but she of course couldn’t answer cause I had her phone. I wanted her and her friends to know that I had gone and seen the beautiful blue waters of Bikini Atoll, with smoke coming out of its crater.  I called again and finally got ahold of them and asked them to meet me there. They agreed

This dream mirrors the phases in my life from telemarketer to reporter to student to relationships to explorer of a beautiful but deadly paradise, Bikini Atoll, where the first atomic bomb was tested, which made the whole island so radioactive, that all the natives had to be relocated. Yet, it is still reported to be a beautiful place for scuba diving and finding hidden sunken treasures.  It also reminds me of the cover of my book,” Naked Skydiving,” with its blue and green island on the front of the book. Maybe this dream explains the explosive improvement in sales of my “Naked Skydiving novel that I’m experiencing lately. Creating and living just from your writing or art can be dangerous but beautiful, and with God’s help and my friends, that’s what I’m experiencing now. The book’s price has also gone up, on Amazon. It originally sells for $18.95, yet I saw one Amazon retailer reselling an autograph copy I signed, for $50.00!  Pretty cool and exciting!  You can still order your copy for $18.95 on www.iuniverse.com or if you meet me somewhere in San Diego, I’ll be happy to autograph it for you in person and it’ll still be only $18.95.

 

 

 

 

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Dreamed I Got Invited To Jon Stewart’s Daily Show

Last night, I dreamed I got invited to Jon Stewart’s Daily Show!  I didn’t know exactly why I was invited, whether it was to be in the audience or be a guest, or because I won a contest.  I got on a plane, walked through, and for some reason, I was told the show was being taped in Colorado.  So that’s where I flew.  I got off the plane, went through a tin can like cavern and didn’t know where to find the show.  Then I figured since it was in Colorado, maybe it was in a mountain.  I started to feel lost, and then there was some writing scrawled on the rocks with an arrow pointing to the Daily Show.  I followed it a short way and entered the mountain studio.  It was the usual familiar set, and I felt like I knew some of the stars and other people were there from San Diego, including a local actor I know on Facebook, named Butch Dye or was it that famous guy he reminds me of ?  Anyway,  I woke up after this dream feeling victorious and excited.  Maybe Stewart read one of my articles in eastcountymagazine.org about abused kids or other news or my novel, “Naked Skydiving,” and this was finally  my chance to be famous or recognized for my work as a writer.  It felt great!

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Should A Digital Artist Specialize Or Be A Jack Of All Trades?

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After completing several certificates in the Adobe Creative Cloud recently, a friend of mine told me in order to make a living, I needed to specialize since I enjoy writing, graphics, singing and making videos. Which do I like best? I have trouble deciding.   After growing up in LA, where the path to stardom was work for free, get coffee, learn how to do every task in the business as a jack of all trades, this is a new thought for me.  I started out as a writer, then a screenwriter, so my choice was clear at the time.  I wanted to deal just with the story and the human side of filmmaking not technology.

I decided that’s what I enjoyed most.   I wrote several screenplays, got an agent, and hoped for the best.  Yet it wasn’t enough.  I had to get the work out to a star or a studio, even though I had an agent.  Only then, would the agent would take notice and promote me.  And even if I did that, there was no guarantee that my material wouldn’t be lifted without credit or pay by a major studio in the process.  

Since I majored in it, I always enjoyed play writing so maybe the best thing was to produce my screenplays on stage.  I did that and started to get some recognition in the press.  But my cast quit on me to do high paying commercials.  So that got old.  Years later, as technology evolved, I realized that I can make my own videos for YouTube or other websites, and with AfterEffects and Premiere, I can even edit them myself.  So  I have been trained to use the Creative Cloud to do a little of everything digital.  

All I have to do is find parts of my scripts with emotional impact  that are affordable to record, get some actors that would work low budget or a star if I’m lucky, edit with Premiere and release it as a trailer myself on the internet or get distribution.  I could even do the titles with InDesign and use Audition to edit the soundtrack that I sang.  I can do all this with technology and even raise money for the rest of the production on IndyGoGo.  I can do all of this thanks to technology.   Yet none of it guarantees a paycheck.

So off I go submitting resumes, to get that “guaranteed” paycheck.  I found I had to write my resume targeted to each company, using the specialization they require, even though some of the skills they want may be  fairly new to me, so I have to do a lot quick research on any unknown parts in order to deal with the prospective interview.  But it’s hard to sound knowledgeable about something you just learned about on the internet, so I do practice a lot.  Essentially though, I think creative entrepreneurship requires the jack of all trades attitude and a job usually requires a specialization that I have mastered.  whichever dominates my focus and my budget is the one to pursue.  It’s funny though, people used to do a little bit of everything and machines specialized.

Since the invention of the computer, it seems that computers are the jacks of all trades and humans must specialize on the job.  What do you think?

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Dreamed That BlackBerry Became An Aircraft Company

Dreamed that they showed one of their new BlackBerry jets in a  commercial performing a test flight.  It was black with the BlackBerry symbol on it  and it looked pretty sleek as it took off for the sky, guided by the voice of mission control.  Then it performed stunts, rolling sideways, upside down and even simulating a crash and burn scenario.  Then the neighbor’s dog barked and woke me up.

In reality, as many people know, BlackBerry now, according to the Wall Street Journal and other news sources, unfortunately has income performance so poor, that the once mighty, global tech company, and original smartphone maker, is laying off alot of people, and may be sold off, or broken apart, since it really did crash and burn,  not in a simulation.

BlackBerry Jet BlackBerry 2It’s also odd, since I have a BlackBerry Playbook, which I got free by working on a progressive dream alarm clock app in a local BlackBerry hackathon,  and it died, when I called customer service recently, they acted in denial of this bad news.  They even said new devices are coming out all the time and they knew nothing about the companies troubles.  It’s true, they did release a new phone just the other day, but with the negative headlines the company is making, what is the future of a device like this no matter how great it could be?  I like my BlackBerry Playbook alot, but one fault the company has is it continually expects users to download supposedly updated software,
treating users like programmers. Recently, another request for downloading a software update appeared on my Playbook.  I downloaded every other software upgrade for it before, even though the downloads do nothing or very little for it’s performance.  Before blindly obeying this time, I read some CrackBerry reviews of the update.  Most people thought their Playbook was faster after the update, but one person said it erased all of their data, so I thought to myself, why not back up my data first on my laptop and then download the update? That way, I’ll have the increase in speed and retain my data.  Here was the problem: the battery was dying and I had to charge it up before I could backup my data.  But all of a sudden, the plug I was using no longer fit, so I couldn’t charge it up anymore and it just died.  I told customer service about this, and they told me to hook up my Playbook to my computer or send it in to them for repairs, which would be the second time I did that in two years. So since I’ve recently closed a million dollar  real estate deal, and can buy a new tablet, I think I won’t send it back.  Why spend more time on an operating system that doesn’t have much of a future?  But who knows? Maybe in the future, possibly partly because of this article, BlackBerry will become an aircraft or even an aerospace company.  Maybe that will become their final software update.

Career Help From Dreams

I had a dream last night that a colorful bird was in the condo here by the window.   It was one of those beautiful little love birds.  Then I went to a garage somewhere and there were more of them.  I tried to chase them away by picking them up cause there were too many of them.  It ran away, fluttering it’s wings in fear.  The scene changed where I was lost in San Francisco on foot and a GPS was guiding me.  I didn’t know what to do, since the GPS wasn’t right, when someone I recognized from my

Birds As Dream Messangers

Birds As Dream Messengers

school said “We have to help him.” I felt relieved that career help was coming into my life.  Have you had an insightful dream about your career?  Please share!

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The Great Camera Shootout

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Friday, at Pixel Productions on El Cajon Blvd. ,  San Diego Media Pros International did a presentation on professional video cameras from all over the county.  It was a great networking event where media pros got to show off their best stuff.

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