#TBT Y’all remember when I tried to lock… #fail #majorfail #monsterfail

edit tutorial: how to add realistic shadows to edits with textures.


Okay, I don’t know about you, but when using photoshoot pictures that are cut out, I hate having them randomly float on a background. So I’ll quickly deconstruct this edit:

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PS, i love you. :)


I can’t get it out of my mind…


Still can’t get over that story of the wife standing over her husband’s hospital bed as he flat lines… the doctors rush in… she stands back, stretches her hands towards him and begins to pray. Three minutes later his life has returned to him.  Days later he stands before his church and thanks them for their prayers.

This is why I love God.


Genius graphic of the day: As the New York Times shows in amazing interactive piece, “512 Paths to the White House,” Obama’s path to winning the Electoral College is much easier than that of Romney. In fact, if Obama wins Florida, Romney would have to win eight other toss-up states to topple that blow. That’s less likely than an Obama Ohio win at the moment, but … ah, why explain it?! Play with the fun, interactive, awesome graphic! (ht Jason Smedvik)


I. Love. This. Woman. #MothersDay (Taken with instagram)

This gave me life today. (Taken with instagram)

Caring is the Marketing Advantage at A&D

Unless someone does, things start to fray around the edges.
Often it’s the CEO or the manager who sets a standard of caring about the details. Even better is a culture where everyone cares, and where each person reinforces that horizontally throughout the team.
You’ve probably been to the hotel that serves refrigerated tomatoes in January at their $20 breakfast, that doesn’t answer the phone when you call the front desk, that has a shower curtain that is falling off the rack and a slightly snarky concierge. This is in sharp relief to that hotel down the street, the one that costs just the same, but gets the details right.
It’s obviously not about access to capital (doing it right doesn’t cost more). It’s about caring enough to make an effort.
If we define good enough sufficiently low, we’ll probably meet our standards. Caring involves raising that bar to the point where the team has to stretch.
Of course, the manager of the mediocre hotel that’s reading this, the staff member of the mediocre restaurant that just got forwarded this note—they have a great excuse. Times are tough, money is tight, the team wasn’t hired by me, nobody else cares, I’m only going to be doing this gig for a year, our customers are jerks… Who cares?
Caring, it turns out, is a competitive advantage, and one that takes effort, not money.
Like most things that are worth doing, it’s not easy at first and the one who cares isn’t going to get a standing ovation from those that are merely phoning it in. I think it’s this lack of early positive feedback that makes caring in service businesses so rare.
Which is precisely what makes it valuable.

A thought on explaining the afterlife.

It is a vacuous theodocy that seeks to console mankind with assurances about what happens after death that it cannot give. Vacuous, because it beggars the Character of God by the implication that more revelation is needed to convince man of God’s absolute right to Govern, of His Holiness and Character, and the grounds for the forgiveness of sins. 

Indeed, that kind of theodocy would step past all that God has done from Genesis to Revelation and thinks to give wayward humanity a glimpse through imaginary portals of thought to heaven and hell as if their counsel was needed in addition.

May I repeat myself and say “What is that to thee? …” Sufficient to the day, this day, are the vicissitudes of life, and the demands of the high call of God in Christ to be conformed to His moral stature, than to be tinkering around where no certain knowledge can be gained. Follow the Lord, and teach all men ‘whatsoever’ things he has clearly taught.

- W Scott Taylor via Theologue’s Roundtable (Facebook Group)

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