Monthly Archives: June 2014

35 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

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How do you spend your time

From: Brendon Burchard – Live. Love. Matter.
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Most people are not apathetic fools—they are engaged and intelligent beyond measure. It’s just that they spend a shocking amount of time studying foolish things, and so they have gained great intelligence in the inconsequential. They know dozens of batting averages, celebrity baby names, and trivial anecdotes from the latest news alert. They know more about television characters than their coworkers; more about the freeway traffic ahead than their financial future; more about the new tech toy than what’s truly missing from their lives.

This of course, does not describe everyone. Yet we have the average American watching four hours of television per day. This amounts to around 13 years of his or her lifetime. Yes, that’s 13 years 24/7 in front of the boob tube. Those years slip by episode-to-episode, and often feel like rest and entertainment. But all research shows they amount to very little joy or meaning in one’s day or life.

The cost is immense: had those 13 years been used for vital and productive endeavor, they would amass to nearly $1,000,000 more in wages and over $2,000,000 in investment opportunity. Let’s not forget how those 13 years could have been used to deepen friendships, travel, create more art, learn languages, develop world-class expertise, contribute, enjoy love, or live life as a human rather than a gape-mouthed consumer of waste.

While television isn’t stealing everyone’s four hours, most of us now suffer from a sort of recurring “browser blackout” or “app amnesia,” losing hours of time each day on our computer or mobile devices without any recollection of what we saw or accomplished. Distraction reigns.

And so the outcome is we have tremendously engaged and intelligent people often tragically consuming and learning meaningless things. We are busy, but at what? We are smart, but at what? We are engaged, but with what?

Not everyone is so lost, but this might help explain the melancholy one feels in our society. For what could be worse than for smart, engaging people to finish their lifetimes without much to show for it but the ability to win a pop culture trivia contest?

Frey Freyday – Comedy/Laughter

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff..)

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.-Charlie Chaplin

There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.-Erma Bombeck

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.-Peter Ustinov

Disappointment is an endless wellspring of comedy inspiration. -Martin Freeman

Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric. But if you can bring these people down with comedy, they stand no chance.-Mel Brooks

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.-William Shakespeare

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.-Kurt Vonnegut

I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.-Audrey Hepburn

It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.-Wayne Dyer

I loved to make people laugh in high school, and then I found I loved being on stage in front of people. I’m sure that’s some kind of ego trip or a way to overcome shyness. I was very kind of shy and reserved, so there’s a way to be on stage and be performing and balance your life out.-Steve Martin

Laughter was the most recognizable expression of emotion in a recent cross-cultural study of emotional perception published in Psychological Science. –The Rotarian

I live to laugh, and I laugh to live.-Milton Berle

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.-Lord Byron

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It will make you laugh a little….A funny little webseries that I like by Jerry Seinfeld:

15 Easy Ways to Beat Anxiety Now

A good article about anxiety

15 Easy Ways to Beat Anxiety Now


Sufi saying…

Sufi saying

These Are the Best iPhone Photos of the Year

That picture of your dog that you snapped with your iPhone is pretty cute. But it probably doesn’t compare to these photos, all of which won prizes in the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards.

The prizes recognize the “best shots among thousands of images submitted by iPhone photographers,” and photographs are judged based on “artistic merit, originality, subject, and style.” This is the seventh year for the prizes: The first iPhone came out in 2007, and the first iPhone Photography Awards were doled out in 2008.

The competition is not affiliated with Apple. Some winners do receive an iPad mini, however.

As the quality of the iPhone’s camera has improved, so too have the photos. The judges award prizes in 17 categories; we’ve included the first-place winners in each category below, as well as the three photos of the year. You can view runners-up and honorable mentions on the iPhone Photography Award website.

Best Animal Photograph

These Are the Best iPhone Photos of the Year

Photographer: Michael O’Neal. More at IPP Awards.

Best Photograph of Architecture


Photographer: Yilang Peng. More at IPP Awards.

Best Photo of Children


Photographer: Danny Van Vuuren. More at IPP Awards.

Best Flower Photograph


Photographer: Jenny Anderson. More at IPP Awards.

Best Food Photography


Photographer: Alexa Seidl. More at IPP Awards.

Best Landscape Photography


Photographer: Elena Grimailo. More at IPP Awards.

Best Lifestyle Photography


Photographer: Brandon Kidwell. More at IPP Awards.

Best Nature Photography


Photographer: Felicia Pandola. More at IPP Awards.

Best News Photography


Photographer: Gerard Collett. More at IPP Awards.

Best ‘Other’ Photography


Photographer: Terry Vital. More at IPP Awards.

Best Panorama


Photographer: Kyle G. Horst. More at IPP Awards.

Best Shot of Multiple People


Photographer: Lauren Smith. More at IPP Awards.

Best Seasons Photography


Photographer: Coco Liu. More at IPP Awards.

Best Still Life


Photographer: Sofija Strindlund. More at IPP Awards.

Best Sunset


Photographer: Little Su. More at IPP Awards.

Best Travel Photograph


Photographer: Adrienne Pitts. More at IPP Awards.

Best Photograph of Trees


Photographer: Aaron Pike. More at IPP Awards.

And now … the three best iPhone photographs of the year, per the IPP Awards

In 3rd place:


Photographer: Jill Misner. More at IPP Awards.

In 2nd Place:


Photographer: Jose Luis Barcia Fernandez. More at IPP Awards.

And the best iPhone photograph of the year …


Photographer: Julio Lucas. More at IPP Awards.

Photos must be taken with an iOS device, and photography attachments are allowed; editing on iOS apps is acceptable, but not on professional software like Photoshop. If you think you can beat the competition,bookmark this page, and head back early next year for your chance at an iPad mini and eternal iPhonography fame.

Frey Freyday – Alternatives and Options

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff..)

Panic causes tunnel vision. Calm acceptance of danger allows us to more easily assess the situation and see the options.-Simon Sinek

Information can bring you choices and choices bring power – educate yourself about your options and choices. Never remain in the dark of ignorance.-Joy Page

We must dare to think ‘unthinkable’ thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.-J. William Fulbright

Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find you’re here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences.-Eckhart Tolle

Success means your options multiply. Size increases complexity, and complexity can confuse vision.-Andy Stanley

What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice.-Archibald MacLeish

I always say don’t make plans, make options. –Unknown

There are always options. Just sit still and think. – Jim Frey

Regarding one’s career: always be prepared, no short cuts – hard work is the only alternative that really works.-Kiana Tom

You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.-Tom Brokaw

For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.-Mary Kay Ash

We must reinvent a future free of blinders so that we can choose from real options.-David Suzuki

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