From the Georgia O’Keefe museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Steve was the best delegator I ever met. He was so clear about what he wanted that it gave you great freedom.” ~ Rod Johnson, talking about Steve Jobs

“We followed where our own desires led us” ~ Steve Jobs, talking about creating the iPod

I learned about SoundSelf at the 2014 Buddhist Geeks Conference. Unfortunately I didn’t take the time to experience it myself, but the people I know who tried it were blown away by it. It’s a meditation/trance video “game” based on the Oculus Rift platform.

This pictorial shows a series of images where a man is working on a project to use a Tesla battery pack custom to power an “off-grid solar power setup.” After reviewing the images, follow the link in the first paragraph of the pictorial to learn more about what he’s doing.

dwell magazine is my favorite magazine about houses and home design. They have a lot of good articles about modern architecture, cool prefab homes, energy efficiency, and much more.

I think the actual phrase is, “Take time to smell the roses,” but this will have to do. (Sorry, I don’t know the original source of this image.)

I don’t know if some people realize how negative they are; I guess they just don’t hear their words, at least not the way that other people hear them. A woman I know comes across as a very negative, overly worried person. I don’t think she’s really that negative, but she comes across that way, and I think it causes a lot of problems for her.

Some people write in a journal every night, and one of their tasks is to write all of the bad things they said during that day. It may harm our relationship, but I think I’m going to suggest that to her the next time I see her. Then maybe she’ll hear what she says.

I’m very conscious of this topic because my father could be very negative at times, and that had a big influence on me. I loved the man, but I didn’t want to have that part of his personality, so I listened to a lot of people like Leo Buscaglia and Zig Ziglar in an effort to not end up that way. As I wrote in my book, A Survival Guide for New Consultants, people who are successful tend to avoid and ignore people with negative attitudes like the plague, and that’s true both in the business world and in personal life.

From a Yahoo Finance story that I can’t link to because they wanted me to use their app: “Stock buybacks are viewed as a benefit to company shareholders and can be an indicator of company confidence. When shares are repurchased, the number of outstanding shares is reduced, meaning the relative ownership of each investor increases.”

I bought a bunch of Apple stock a few years ago when they announced that they’d be buying back a lot of their stock, and that has worked out very well.

The image shows two funny signs from a video about a custom knife shop in Alaska.

“Romeo and Juliet, the dyslexic version.” The dialog between Timothy Hutton and Natalie Portman is my favorite part about the underrated movie, Beautiful Girls.

I saw this image of an LC4 chaise lounge in a design book when I was in Santa Fe last week, and thought it was cool. The entire seating/laying area moves, so you can elevate your legs above your head. For someone like me who has had two operations on both legs, that’s very cool.

I used to meditate in what I now call a “lazy” way, more of a savasana “withdraw from the senses” style. These days my meditation is more active and alert, and I like this quote by Shunryu Suzuki: “Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.” (Last spring, when I thought I might die as I laid in a bed in a hotel room, my meditation was extremely intense, just like this quote requests of us.)

In the areas where Colorado has a lot of mountains, it has a lot of mountains, and it’s really beautiful. In the places where there are no mountains, it’s very flat. I took this photo from the top floor of the garage at the apartment complex where I currently live, and you can see the flatness.

Although you have to sign up to Seeking Alpha to see this article, it makes an interesting point: Apple has been buying back their stock at the rate of 4-6% per year. So, even if their revenue and/or earnings were flat, their stock price should rise by that amount each year.

I was listening to an audio recording by Shinzen Young, and he mentioned that he likes to think of meditation as being like sharpening an axe. Just like you sharpen an axe so it is a more effective tool, you meditate so that your brain and your concentration are also more effective. I like that.

Before I completely delete this code from my current Android application, I want to make a copy of it here. It was intended to show a series of quotes (text phrases) in a “Grid” (GridView), but (a) I never got it working as desired, and (b) I decided I didn’t want it in my application anyway.

Here’s the source code for the Java controller/fragment class:

Nothing like a hug from a wolf, that’s what I always say. I came across a wolf that looked a lot like this in Canada one time. This photo is from the Lakota Wolf Preserve page on Facebook.

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” ~ Warren Buffett

As a short note to self, I drove back from Santa Fe, New Mexico to the Boulder, Colorado area yesterday on Route 285. Amazing, 285 runs right from the front door of the hotel I stay at in Santa Fe almost right to Golden, Colorado, so the drive is Route 285 north to Route 6 north in Colorado, and then onto Route 93 to Boulder.