Running and Reading

I just twittermet an all-around nice guy with a fantastic site. (For all you tweeps out there, here’s where you can find @Dan Martell.)

Whether you tweet or not, you’ll want to click that 1st link. Especially if you’re interested in well-written, informed content about starting up and running your own company.

Dan’s done it. His thinking is clear and he knows how to write. I spent alot of time there when I found it.

When I’m deciding who to follow on twitter, I nearly always go to the site listed in the bio. When I got to Dan’s site, I found this video embedded in a post halfway down the page.

It’s Will Smith, and he’s actually got the 2 Keys to Life. Take 2 mins to listen. Check it out…

Running and Reading.

It is that simple. Run. Read. Repeat.

The 3 R’s.

Thanks, Dan. Looking forward to getting to know you.


The Domino Effect

They All Fall Down – Except The Ones That Fall Up

Found this via a tweet from Nancy Hennen aka @ViewsNews – I highly recommend you follow her tweets. She’ll do her best to keep you up with the (real) news of the day, plus anything that’s got a good fun-factor.

Like this video below…

Dominoes Everywhere from Jared Lyon on Vimeo.

The video was posted to the web by @Jared Lyon, who writes this on the hosting page:

This video was created for Imagine RIT, an annual festival at Rochester Institute of Technology focused on creativity and innovation of its students, faculty, and staff. It was created by myself and two coworkers.

The cardboard man at the beginning who kicks the first domino is RIT President Bill Destler, who started the annual festival at RIT in 2008.

Inspiration for the video came from some of my favorite videos including the Sony Bravia balls, paint, and rabbits commercials; the Honda cog commercial; the Guinness ‘Tipping Point’ commercial; and all of FlippyCat’s domino videos on YouTube.

Special thanks to everyone in RIT University Publications who helped with setup and cleanup.

Thanks Jared. And thank you Nancy. You were right… this is one of the best Domino setups I have ever seen.

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Grow Free Food

Will eat for foodImage by altemark via Flickr

Serendipity Rocks!

OK, so I’m sitting at the keyboard, doing what appears to folks around here as wasting the day (read: twitter). Things on tweetdeck had slowed down a bit, and I figured folks were eating dinner. So bored, I checked my emails, and the last one really caught my eye.

I have twitter setup to send an email whenever I get a direct message or reply on twitter. For me this only makes sense. If it’s a reply, then I must’ve asked a question or been a part of an ongoing conversation, and I’ll certainly want to keep up. If someone just out-of-the-blue sends me a message, I definitely want to know. To DM on twitter, you must be following the sender, and all the folks I follow are important to me. I want to hear them.

So when @Meryl333 shows up in my email, I want to read it. Strange thing was, this email was a twitter-generated copy of a reply she had sent to @petemoraites and it was just one word.


That’s what she said. Perfect.

Now, for those of you who don’t know Meryl, let me say by way of introduction that I have found her to be one of my favorite ‘Follows’ on twitter. Nearly every tweet has something that somebody somewhere might need. Alot of the time that would be me. (Thanks Meryl!) She gives information, inspiration and promotes honest interaction 100%. Plus she’s just plain smart. If you’re already on twitter follow her HERE.

Anyway, to say the least, I respect Meryl’s tweets, so I was interested in what was so ‘Perfect!’. I went to Pete’s twitter profile and found, in his bio, the hashtag #GROWFREEFOOD.

Grow Free Food!

That IS Perfect! What does a bag of seeds cost? Practically nothing!

Grow Free Food!

Just about any of us could spring for a couple of bags of seeds, or some young plants (“slips”, my grandma used to call them).

Grow Free Food!

Like Pete says:

grow free food at your church, and give generously to stabilize your community

don’t rely on unstable systms, plant seeds, grow free food

Grow Free Food!

Even if there were no economic crisis, this is just a great idea. Plant some today. It’s not rocket science and it’s not even a new idea – there’s a guy somewhere around Reidsville who brings tons of potatoes he grows on his farm, to be taken freely by anyone at all. He’s been doing this for years, for free.

Grow free food. The hunger you stave just may be your own.

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Batman Goes To Arby’s

Welcome Citizens

Okay okay… this video prominently features one of the fast food chains, probably engineered to ‘go viral’ as one of those newfangled marketing campaigns I’ve been reading about.

Still, it’s Batman. Short and funny as all the classic Batman episodes ever were, I present to you, via website FunnyOrDie, Batman Garage Sale with Adam West.

I don’t think anyone could ever do Batman (the series) as well as Adam West. While many actors will tell you that hugely successful roles tend to make their fans want to pigeonhole them into characters they want to leave behind, Adam West seems to have embraced the silly Batman role. Even 40-something years after the series was popular, he still brings that original freshness to the role.

You can see more Adam West (in cartoon form) playing himself as Mayor Adam West in the TV show Family Guy.

@therealadamwest – Thank you.

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Nearly Silent

I’ve been away from Wordout for awhile getting used to the new drug. It seriously messes with me and according to some things I’ve read, maybe I shouldn’t be taking it. The side-effects I experience are in the category of ‘Call the damned doctor right now!’ – but as time carries on I am becoming more acclimated and the effects are lessening.

I’ll write more about that stuff later. Right now, I want to show you this amazing video, “Signs”. It’s about 12 minutes, and so worth it…. you should go fullscreen for this one.

Thanks to


I am Jon. Hi.

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Wall Of Sound

How many instruments can you hear in this video?

None. Everything is done by the guys you see here, except for some handclaps and pittah’s being looped with the machine you see at the very beginning.

Watch this – it’s fantastic.

That may be the best a capella I’ve ever witnessed. Definitely the best a capella lead guitar.

Thanks to Anthony K. Tjan at for including the link in his review of the TED conference.

I am Jon, naturally.

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Newstopia On The Reserve Bank

As Barry Says, ‘Brilliant!’

Thanks again to Barry at The Big Picture

Newstopia is into its 3rd season. I don’t know much about them yet, but with reports like this, I’m certain to be watching for more.

Of course, it would be alot easier if their server wasn’t locked.

I am Jon, and that’s the way it is.

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Mashup Of The Billboard Top 25 In 2008

Smack Dab Between Holidays

Okay, I admit it – I’m not really paying as much attention to popular music as I used to. So it was nice to find this mashup of Billboard magazine’s Top 25 hits from this past year. It is serendipitously mellow…

Take 4 and a half minutes to just enjoy some sounds from your recent past. You’ll like this, no matter who you are.

I don’t really know why, but this makes me feel like the 70s.

In any case, happy birthday to my sons!

I am Jon. Breathing gets harder. Even I know that…

Thanks to Om for pointing this out.

Where’s My Bailout?

Who Will Pay?

Where is David Lee Roth when you really want him?


Scott Pettersen does a pretty good job here, anyway. Take 2 and a half minutes to enjoy a little smile, with a twist of lemon.



I am Jon. Feliz Natal, folks!

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Thanks to Barry at TheBigPicture.

Creative Juices

The Future Of Advertising

“There’s alot of people pontificatin’ about the future of advertisin’ and TV and all that sort of thing, but I say you can’t go wrong with a good idea.”

From RubberRepublic, contributed via TouTube:

‘Behind the scenes tour of of an award-winning creative farm, juicing process and distribution in South West England.

The South West produces some of the UK’s finest creative work (animation, web design, design, fashion, architecture….) Now you know why….nice conditions, space to breathe and opportunities with some of the best firms around.’

heh heh… I especially like the quote:

‘No! Don’t bloody drink it! Crise, it’d blow your bloody head off, that would!’

Thanks to Paul Isakson for pointing us in this general direction.

I am Jon, just brimming with creative juices.

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The Night Before Christmas

By John Cleese

If you like Monty Python, if you like John Cleese, if you can’t stay away from the keyboards and meese, then click on this HERE and whenever you want, give your eyes and your ears a jolly good romp.

But first you should watch, if you want a good chuckle (I need some way to use the word buckle). Oh well, click the arrow, you know the drill. The video starts & you still feel the thrill – of the 1st time you saw him 3 decades ago, unless you were square, or… well, you know.

So what are you doing still reading Wordout? Click that link up above and….

Crap what rhymes with ‘Wordout?’

Oh well.

I am Jon. Merry Christmas, folks.

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How To Sell Washing Machines

Filed Under – Wow

Thanks to GeeksAreSexy for posting this earlier today. I laughed nearly all the way through it. From their website:

First, let me start by saying this: This is a Danish commercial for a Siemens washing machine. Second, it is very, very NSFW and contains nudity, so if you’re at work right now, watch it tonight when you’re back home. I won’t spoil the surprise, but it’s worth the return trip!

That said, take a minute for something really, really funny. (You too, mom – it’s hilarious.) Click the little magnifying glass for full screen.

Link: Fleg Master Tlpizza

Kudos to the writers, directors and actors in this commercial.

You guys are pure professional.

I am Jon, and I need to post this now so I can watch it again.

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Remembering John – ‘The Key To The Big Box’

And ‘The Profound Whatever’

Thanks to Josh over at mockriot, where I found this:

From the description over at

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview. This was in the midst of Lennon’s “bed-in” phase, during which John and Yoko were staying in hotel beds in an effort to promote peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries traditional pen sketches by James Braithwaite with digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit, and timeless message.

I am Jon, and I still love John.

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Stay Live

Thin White Duke

Otherwise known as David Bowie…


This week dragged past me so slowly
The days fell on their knees
Maybe I’ll take something to help me
Hope someone takes after me

I know there’s a change in the weather
This time I know we could get it together
If you would stay here tonight
That would be crazy tonight

Stay – that’s what I meant to say or do something
But what I never say is stay this time
I really meant to so bad this time
’cause you can never really tell when somebody
Wants something you want too

Heartwrecker, heartwrecker, make me delight
Right is so vague when it brings someone new
This time tomorrow I’ll know what to do
I know it’s happened to you

Stay – that’s what I meant to say or do something
But what I never say is stay this time
I really meant to so bad this time
’cause you can never really tell when somebody
Wants so much to stay
That’s what I meant to say or do something
But what I never say is stay this time
I really meant to so bad this time
’cause you can never really tell when somebody
Wants something you want too

I am Jon. Live.

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