Okay, so I've measurably failed to meet my goal of two new posts per week. What can I say except that I've been busy. I should know better by now than to make promises I won't pressure myself to keep. That said, last night I agreed to be the test speaker for the Girl Talk Toastmaster's Evaluation Contest a couple weeks from now. I committed to this because I do already have a speech topic in mind... It's just a matter of coming up with the opening, closing, and outline. The working title of the speech is "Super Combo", and I'm intending it to be an entertaining speech about how I followed my desire to work at a movie theater. Opening - something about jobs/experiences you've had an interest in trying. Body - the three areas I got experience working: theaters, box office, and concessions. Closing - no mind-shattering life lessons learned, just the feeling of fulfillment of pursuing an interest. I have two weeks to add some meat to those bones. Endorphins will help with the process and the practicing. My goal is to 1) get through it, 2) not use notes, 3) stay within the 5-7 minute range. Good luck everyone. That's about it for today... I'll try not to lolly-daggle. Until next time. (p.s. - I ran/walked 5.2 miles tonight. [go me!]) :)
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
- Two full trays of Vinylmations (Toy Story and Have a Laugh),
- Four polo shirts with a Mickey on them (2 black, 2 orange),
- Four new outfits for
DuffyStitch (Australia, United Kingdom, China, and Buzz),
- Two awesome fabric, 40th anniversary jackets,
- Three girly scarves,
- Two Kermit Mickey ears, and
- One Disney kid's bank.
And here was my pic...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The second mile was much better than the first. [didn't have to stop, no bugs out tonight (~10:45pm), lots of people still out working in their garages; anyways...]
Tonight was a return to the road. I've been saying that I've been alright with my recent (since last September) weight gain -- from 165lbs. to about 185lbs. -- that I'd begin the return to fitness once I hit 200, but there was an unrecognized-till-now indicator that shook me.
A couple days ago, I happened to look downwards, and as I did, I also noticed a couple of troubling formations. I vowed that I should start running again, and also perhaps start lifting some weights (now that I have a base of mass on me) -- it's another "mid-mid-mid-life crisis" as I also attempt to get back with this blog.
It's another interval of introspection, and I'm hoping that this aids the formation and organization of near-future speeches.
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Currently, I'm thinking about a speech about development... I'd start by trying to connect with the audience, mentioning situations in which we're out in public and there's that one really misbehaved child throwing tantrums, etc. Then I'd ask them what thoughts are running through their heads... "I'm glad that kid's not mine." and then I'd say that when that happens, I just say to myself "I was worse."
I'd go on to explain how I was worse (I was totally conscious about what a brat I was), but then I'd stand before everyone as evidence of what that piece of coal could be. It just took some patience, guidance, and the willingness to become better (<-- that could be better-worded).
I should probably work on a conclusion next, but I do have a lot of ideas for the three points -- mom and her newspaper clippings, video games/computer applications, cooking, or drawing the parallel to developing at work or in Toastmasters. And that I've grown a lot because of the patience that my parents, siblings, and friends have shown me, and from the guidance they and other have provided me.
In my conclusion, I would challenge the audience to recognize times that people have to go through that brat stage and that the best things we can do is be patient and be that parent. And I would conclude by that I'm still sometimes that brat.
Working Title: "..."
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I just wanted to get an entry up... I'll probably be coming back to continue this brainstorm. Now I need to grab a little fro-yo, take a quick shower, then get to bed.
Posted by Cedric at 10:19 PM
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Hello World.This is how We, in the software industry, typically start coding projects. It's a primer of sorts that serves as our initial benchmark, indicating that we've taken that first step. And this is how I will begin a rebirth of the Soneevda blog.
I will not cover in this post the reasons I was on a year-long hi8us, nor will I cover all the reasons why I've returned except to say that I need a place to type out my thoughts of the day -- the successes, the defeats, the exciting, and the mundane -- without feeling that my words would be a burden.
Granted, should the thin veil of electronic cover be breached, then this would be my documented confessions. As saucy as this prospect may sound, I'll be the first to acknowledge your future disappointment.
It's a mind-sort. It's an exercise in ramble. It's a history.
Time and energy are premiums nowadays with increased responsibilities in a number of organizations, but I'm setting a goal of at least two post per week -- with no promise of length or decoration.
We'll just see how this experiment will go in this first month back. Let's do this!
Posted by Cedric at 8:45 PM
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Today, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 62ndst Primetime Emmy Awards. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 29, 2010 with Jimmy Fallon hosting. The show will air on NBC from Los Angeles' Nokia Theater.
I'm so happy with Modern Family's nominations!:
- Outstanding Comedy Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell
- Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker
- Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
- Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
- Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
- Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
- Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
- Fred Willard as Frank Dunphy
- Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series
- Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series
- Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
- Modern Family - Pilot
- Outstanding Picture Editing For A Comedy Series (Single Or Multi-Camera)
- Modern Family - Pilot
- Modern Family - Family Portrait
- Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation
- Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Anyways, per tradition, below are this year's nominees for "Outstanding Commercial", but first, here's last year's winner:
Heist - Coca-Cola
Wieden + Kennedy, Ad Company
Psyop, Production Company
And now for this year's nominees...
...for Outstanding Commercial
Coke Finals - Coca-Cola
Wieden+Kennedy, Ad Agency
(sorry for the scrolling banner, this was the only vid of it I found on YouTube)
This commercial follows their pattern of Coke someone sleeping and tiny things opening a bottle of Coke. My thought is that the history miniatures could've also just hit the alarm. Meh.
Green Police - Audi
Hungry Man, Production Company
Venables Bell & Partners, Ad Agency
Entertaining the first time I saw it a few months ago, I think that I'm a bit worn of it now. Meh
Human Chain - Nike
Wieden+Kennedy, Ad Agency
Smuggler, Production Company
Loved it the first time I saw it, love it now. Great effects and inspirational.
The Man Your Man Could Smell Like - Old Spice Body Wash
Wieden+Kennedy, Ad Company
MJZ, Production Agency
Ha ha ha! Quick narrative, smooth transitions, ADD-friendly. I like this one too.
Game - Mars Snack Food US/Snickers
BBDO New York, Ad Company
MJZ, Production Company
OMG, never under-estimate the power of Betty White!
Anthem - Absolut
MJZ, Production Company
This commercial was well done, I suppose, but something's lacking... inspiration from a hard alcohol?
Anyways, my vote would go to Nike's "Human Chain" or Snickers' "Game".
Which one would you choose?
(Leave a comment. *wink wink*)
[For a complete list of nominees, let me refer you to the [generic] Emmy nominations page]
Monday, June 28, 2010
Maybe it's the still-sick-after-a-week-of-being-sick, maybe it's the news that I'm going back to 1st shift tomorrow after a day of being on 2nd (again), maybe it's the 10 hours in front of the computer while wearing polarized sunglasses, maybe it's the entire pot of coffee I drank today, maybe it's the poorly lit and poorly coned 192-to-I95 ramp-that-almost-resulted-in-a-wreck-with-a-construction-truck-tonight, maybe it's the haven't-exercised-in-three-weeks, maybe it's the too-much-to-do-before-bed-to-go-to-bed, but I'm feeling dizzy. INAH.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
[When I went up to SC last weekend, I made a stop to visit my sister in Charleston. Some of her friends were over, and we got caught up on America's Got Talent. It was surprisingly entertaining. Below are three of my favorites from that evening.]
Nick Pike, 30 Juggler - Orlando Auditions
Chipps Cooney, 61 Illusionist - NY Auditions, Day 2
Doogie Horner, 30 Comedian - NY Auditions, Day 1
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
[This was the first time I made a "Dump Cake", and it really was incredibly easy and incredibly delicious. I made it for today's Hawaiian-themed Toastmasters meeting, and it was ravaged! The pineapple upside-down cake I made for last week's Luau-themed meeting didn't get this much attention. Perhaps the PUD cake was "too formal" versus the non-shape-forming quality of the cobbler. *shrug*
All I know is that the dump cake was super easy and a lot less of a mess. We'll be seeing that one again soon.]
CHERRY PINEAPPLE DUMP CAKE [source: Cooks.com]
1 can (16 oz.) crushed pineapple
1 can (20 oz.) cherry pie filling
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1/2 to 2/3 c. chopped nuts
1/2 c. butter
In a 9 x 13 inch pan, dump in the pineapple and juice, spreading evenly. Pour cherry pie filling over the pineapple, spreading evenly. Add dry cake mix evenly over the fruit. Add nuts. Drizzle melted butter over top. Do not mix. Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour.