Tribute to Steve

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I found the original full text to the Think Different ad today via wikipedia.  I love the lines “How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?  Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?”

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Theme Change

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It was time.  Today I changed my blog theme to WordPress’s Twenty Eleven.  I love the simplicity and the features.  My classic orange has been swapped for a subtle blue.   Now I have support for different post types, like aside and quote.  New custom menu’s allow me to easily change nav bar links pointing to custom urls like LinkedIn and to my portfolio category archive.  I updated my About Me page to be more current and swapped the photo.  Individual pages don’t have a sidebar allowing the viewer to focus on content. Overall I’m happy with it.

BYU MISM Graduation

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BYU MISM Graduation 2011 Three years ago I wondered when April 2011 was going to come.  This weekend I put on my cap, gown, and hood and joined 6000+ others at BYU’s 2011 commencement ceremony.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Master of Information Systems Management degrees at the same time.  Here’s a recap on my college career and why I chose this major.

How I Started

In 5th grade I did a report on computer programmers and knew this is what I wanted to do.  As I grew older I figured out how to make a web site for my Dad. He smiled wondering why anyone would ever use web sites.  When I had free time, I found myself making web sites and flash games which gave me the opportunity to learn how to program.  Ever since then I’ve had a passion for development and especially web development.

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Ragnar – Run. Eat. Sleep? Repeat.

After 32 hours, 13.4 miles of running, and 2 hours of sleep, I’m back from the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay of 2009.  Thanks to Chase & Lindsey Brammer, Kellie and I were invited to join their VIP team along with Brady and Nicki Brammer.  The other six teammates consisted of coworkers and friends from Rain Interactive.  Hence the name of our team, “Make it Rain!”

The Ragnar is a relay race where a team of 12 people get two vans and run 188 miles divided into 36 legs from Logan to Park City (also known as the Wasatch Back).  Each runner gets three legs where each leg varies in length from 3 to 9.6 miles and ranges in difficulty from Easy, Moderate, Hard, to Very Hard.

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WordPress for iPhone

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Today I downloaded the wordpress for iPhone app and I am currently writing this post from my iPhone. I am able to upload photos from my iPhone’s photo library and make edits to existing posts. All I can say is wow and go download it yourself.

Adobe Student Rep for Rich Internet Applications

Adobe Student Rep for RIA

Adobe Student Rep for RIA

Yesterday I was welcomed as an Adobe Student Rep for Rich Internet Applications. I am excited to get the Flex community going at BYU and educating other students about what Adobe Flex is and what an RIA is. Since I do this for work, I find it is easy to share my passion and my love for it with others.

I created a user group for BYU students. If you are a BYU student, join the group and enjoy the perks of being a member. You do not need to be an active Flex developer to join, you just need to be interested in what Flex is. I will be hosting an event this semester to get things kicked off.

Social Media

For 2 years I leave, and come back, and wham! All these social media sites have popped up without me knowing about it. I’m on a social media extravaganza right now.

Tonight I just found:
Flixster.com – Movies! Actors! Movies! – Everything I’ve ever wanted in a movie site!
iLike.com – Find Music!

Recently I just registered for:
Facebook.com – An Upgraded MySpace!
Linkedin.com – Professional Community

Other social media sites I enjoy:
YouTube.com
43things.com

Other Fun Sites I enjoy:
Pandora.com
LastFM.com
Threadless.com

Called To Serve For 2 Years!

I opened up my mission call last night! I’m going to the Kennewick Washington Mission! I report to the MTC Jan. 26, 2005. I will be serving for 2 years teaching in english for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! After waiting long enough I’m excited to finally have the opportunity to get out! I’m thankful that all my family and friends could be there to support me when I opened my call! I am humbled to think that I will be a representative of Christ for two years as I teach his gospel to the people in Kennewick. 9 more weeks and I will be out there!