Happy Birthday, Steve!

steve-b-dayIf there was one celebrity, leader, or person I wish I could meet or have lunch with…it would be Steve Jobs. Today, Steve would have turned 60 (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011). His genius in marketing and leadership amaze me. He lead people to achieve greatness. It is through his leadership that products emerged and changed several industries: music, movies, mobile phones, and mobile computing. Steve changed our world.

Over the last few years, I’ve gathered videos on YouTube of/about Steve and Apple and put them into a playlist. If you only have time to watch one, watch the first one. Steve talks about life.

Don’t Let Your Email Habits Ruin Your Reputation

This post is inspired by this really great article I read recently, “7 Email Habits You Need To Break.” The author discusses things like reply-all, subject lines, one-liners, and your signature. The author makes some great suggestions to improve your communication habits.

If you don’t know by now- everyone judges you. We live in a world where first impressions are critical to opportunity. Your reputation can get you that dream job, promotion, or amazing opportunity. Yet, your reputation can also get between you and those things. Are you thinking about your reputation in all the right places?

Your email habits might be conveying a message you didn’t mean to send

When you think about your reputation and first impressions, you probably think about the way you dress for an interview, your hairstyle, or maybe the design of your business card. However, I’d bet many of us interact with more people online than we do face-to-face, which, makes our digital reputations very important. Consider your Facebook profile, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Also the statuses, photos, and tweets you send. Are you creating a good representation of yourself, and what you’re good at?

When sending an email, ask yourself who needs to receive the information you’re sending and only send it to those individuals.

Email is possibly one of the most used forms of communication when considering we use it both for personal and business. We click send and reply so many times a day without really putting much thought into it. I’m a firm believer in the saying, “it’s all about who you know.” Most of the people I interact with have landed their current job through someone they know. People, relationships, and impressions are important. Think about your professional image, your brand, your reputation before the next time you click ‘send.’

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Review: Kontrol 6 Skywire by Blizzard Lighting

Another review for ‘ya. This is the compact, easy-to-use DMX lighting controller, the Kontrol 6 Skywire. It has a Skywire wireless DMX transmitter built-in! This controller makes it very easy to control your LED uplights. See how in this video…

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Review: SkyBox Chroma by Blizzard Lighting

As you may well know by now from my previous post, I am the “Official Review Guy” for Blizzard Lighting. This is my first review video of many this year. This first product is the SkyBox Chroma. It’s a unique fixture with its deco design, and uplighting qualities. This light beats any uplight fixture you’ve seen. It boasts an internal, long-life, Intelion lithium-ion battery system, 9- 15watt 6-in-1 LEDs (RGBAW+UV), wireless DMX, and a stunning white acrylic box design. See more in the video…

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Basement Hero

Here’s a little story about how I was voted Blizzard Lighting‘s Basement Hero 2015.

In October 2014, I saw Blizzard’s post about this Basement Hero Contest. Having just purchased five of their SkyBox EXAs, I was quite interested in the contest (not to mention all the free stuff I would get if I won). They were seeking an individual (preferably a DJ) with an HD camera, a passion for lights, time to make reviews, and ability to post them on YouTube. I was thinking, “This sounds like me!”, and “What do I have to lose?”

So, I grabbed my iPhone, a tripod, my new SkyBox EXA and headed to the garage. After recording take, after take, after take, after take (I think I’m a little bit of a perfectionist) I edited and finished my submission video and sent it in to Blizzard.

Sometime after submitting my video, I received an email stating I was a top three finalist. The winner is then chosen by online votes. So I headed to social media and asked friends and family to vote. After watching my lead go up and down for two weeks (which seemed like a month), I won!

I’m excited to be the Basement Hero 2015! So excited, that I wanted to meet the people behind the brand. Conveniently, Blizzard HQ is only about an hour away. On New Years Eve, I took to the road, to see the space and the people behind Blizzard. I had a great time! I learned about the company and got to see first hand how its going through growing pains (a good thing). Blizzard is planning to move into a new facility in a year or two. If you think the products are great, the people are great too! I got to talk to some of their awesome employees and enjoyed lunch with them too. Before leaving, they honored me with an official Basement Hero sash and had me hold a few random object from around the warehouse for a quick photo…

If you’re interested in seeing my reviews on Blizzard Lighting’s new products, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel. I’ll be posting about one each month. There are a few posted already, so go check them out!

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Print, Pick, Pre-order

iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus? That is the question. I’m on the “every other iPhone” track. So I’ve had the iPhone 5 for about two years, and I really don’t have any complaints. I mean, yes, I wouldn’t mind a larger screen. But how much larger? I’m not sure. And apparently so are others.

To help one decide which new iPhone model to purchase, AppleInsider has posted this to-scale printable. It’s a nice template you can print and cut to help you choose your new iPhone. Go download it, then 1. Print 2. Pick 3. Pre-order!

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