A Weekend of Kayaking & Tornado Dodging

I’ll make this short and sweet.. I spent the weekend on the water and managed to skirt a couple of tornado-producing storms on Saturday. There were a few funnel clouds spotted in the same county, but overall the weather held-out until the late in the evening. Sunday was a different story, hot and humid with lots of sun! We even managed to catch a few fish this time!

 


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Mobile App Review: TiltShift Video

Have to admit, the TiltShift Video app for the iphone is pretty cool- You can easily edit videos or images you already have on your phone to give that professional Tilt/Shift look. Check out the Tilt Shift Hockey Time video I made in about 2 minutes.

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Mobile App Review: Microsoft Photosynth

Pretty awesome little app.  If you have an iPhone (3GS and above), you should try out this free mobile panorama app to stitch together a nice panorama from a continuous series of photos. Here’s a test photo I took with my iphone 4. Overall, a very easy app that’s clearly defined for use on high-end mobile devices.

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Mobile Privacy & Do-Not-Track Legislation

The Senate is set to hold a hearing on Mobile Privacy in the coming days. The biggest issue trying to be overcome is the do-not-track legislation and how it relates to mobile devices. There was a recent study that found 22 of the top paid apps lack privacy policies altogether. For the other 8, that means that there was a privacy policy found, but a majority weren’t mobile-friendly whatsoever. Mobile policies are extremely complicated and if they relay the information found of the standard computer privacy policy, then mobile users are probably sifting through many pages just to find out about how their information will be used.

Basically, mobile apps are pulling information from the device that have no bearing on to the app itself and this does need to be regulated- So power to the senate for taking a vote on this.

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Photo of the Day 05/17/2011

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Photo of the day 05/15/2011

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Thomas Edison Slept on a Board

I work 15 hours a day on average… Yeah, I’m not tooting my own horn. What I am saying is that I give it my all. I’m not gonna lie, when you do it day after day, it gets old. The motivation behind all of this work is putting in time now, so I don’t have to when I’m older.

If you like to get from point A to Point B as fast as I do, then you probably know that the older you get, the slower you become. I’m sure you passed a few “bluehairs”  when you were driving around today just as I did. I follow this simple guideline with my business: do something when you feel it’s necessary. Take Thomas Edison for example. It’s been rumored that he was a polyphasic sleeper. In other words, he slept when he felt tired- sometimes up to 10 naps/day. It’s also rumored that he slept on a board right in the middle of the lab so as to “suffice his neurons and return immediately to thought and practice”. Remembering this little fact from a grade school lecture, I did a little research today and was astonished to find the associating photo which essentially confirms these 2 rumors(if it is in-fact Edison). You know what I think about Edison? I believe he was on a schedule to deliver all he had that day BEFORE he could sleep, so when the sandman came knocking, he simply did what he felt was necessary: pull up a board and let go.

You know who else was were rumored to be polyphasic sleepers? Leonardo Da Vinci, Napoleon Bonaparte, Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill and my hero, Nikola Tesla. What did these guys all have in common? They contributed their knowledge and theories to the world for better or for worse. They didn’t waste time when they didn’t need to, they took action. If it worked for the greatest minds in history, it should also work for a young ambitious entrepreneurs with voracious appetites to contribute something to the bottom line. So therefore, I leave you with this:

Invest in your dreams by letting go of what keeps you awake -CM

 


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Welcome! Now Get Me a Beer :)

Bienvenido a la vida de Casey Murawski, quizás sólo debe leer para aprender un poco sobre .

No need to translate, I just wanted to welcome you all to…well…my name! (and a dot com following shortly thereafter)

Referencing my cutty spanish just took my brain back in time. For those of you who know me, you know there’s a story coming…..

Let’s travel back to July, 2008. I was invited to the Dominican Republic by my best friend for a long, relaxing vacation. I didn’t hesitate. Gone I was, sitting by the beach with the stereotypical Corona in hand. I have to admit, as awesome as the DR was, it was pretty hard to forget where I had just come from. The economy was in shambles, businesses were failing, I was a couple months through my generous severance package from 2 great years at an internet start-up. Then, poof, here I was! No job, no responsibilities, no rushing around… Here I was – just sitting on my butt, thousands of miles from home, and just letting my mind reset, relax and think about whatever it wanted to. Guess what, sitting there on that beach, combing my toes through that powdery, white sand, I came up with the most brilliant business idea to date. That little idea turned into a full-scale business that I’m still trying to control 3 years later.

Just goes to show you, when the economy is in the crapper, head south, spend like there’s no tomorrow and pretend like life is AOK. Kidding… If the economy is in the crapper, think outside the box. If you have any entrepreneurial spirit at all, you know that a poor economy is a beckoning call for business innovation. Why else do you see such economic recovery after economic downturns? The fact is that more business are created, bought and sold, and  more IPO’s are released during these times.

I used that 3 months away from my job to just THINK. This is what I figured out; I wanted to call the shots. I wanted to rely on myself to provide. I wanted to start and grow a successful business from scratch. I wanted to… well, I wanted to go get another beer from the tiki bar and…..oh look, a seagull……… *Insert Brilliant Business Idea Into Brain*—– WHAT!!……Yeah, the idea dropped on me like that!

In order to just THINK, you have to put yourself in a different scenario. I guess I did, both mentally and physically. I sat there and thought about what I wanted to do, where I wanted to live and what I was going to do about my career? Turns out, when the answers came to me, I hadn’t been thinking about anything… Hell, I was was near comatose. I was staring at the water, listening to flies buzz around and thinking about the color of air(or something that represents thinking about absolutely nothing)..The kind of absolutely nothing right before you fall asleep. The kind of absolutely nothing right when your ears drop below the surface of the pool.  I guess my brain wanted to let go of all of my stress and apparently all cognitive thought, because, I was literally a vegetable when the future started making sense to me.

Come on, what you would do if you were the one who just lost your job…How would you provide? How many billing cycles could you make it? What would you stress about?  If you can’t think about this stuff, well then I envy you. I envy the people who don’t think about “what-ifs”. I also envy people who can just settle. Not me.. Absolutely not me. I am always thinking, scheming, analyzing- what if? What happens if I do this? Honestly, it’s a curse. I primarily think about the past and constantly try and put myself in a coma again, but I’m unsure if it will ever happen again.

This is what I learned about myself: I guess you can just think unlike anyone else when you don’t think at all…..

Welcome to the life of Casey Murawski, perhaps you should just read on to learn a little about me.
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