July 4th, 2014

Happy Indepence Day!

Posted by strive4impact on July 04, 2014 03:36 PM

The American Flag means many things to many people. It’s one of the most recognized symbols around the world.

I’ve shared here a couple of pictures that I took last weekend in Grand Junction and at Mesa Verde, in southern Colorado.

Also below are interesting facts about the U.S. Flag.

Enjoy, and Happy Independence Day!


Taken In Grand Junction, Colorado

Taken In Grand Junction, Colorado

American Flag 2

Taken at Mesa Verde, Colorado

The first flag was commissioned with a payment of “three strings of wampum.”
By 1777, the U.S. was still waffling on the exact look of its flag. This was a cause for concern for Thomas Green, an American Indian who wanted the protection of an official flag while traveling through treacherous territory to Philadelphia. Thomas asked for help from Congress, throwing in the aforementioned payment to sweeten the deal. Within 10 days, a resolution was passed, finalizing the flag as a creation with 13 stars and 13 stripes. The date: June 14th, 1777.
Wampum: A quantity of small cylindrical beads made by North American Indians from quahog shells, strung together and worn as a decorative belt or other decoration or used as money.

Betsy Who?
She may have sewn quite a few in her day, but there is no actual evidence that Betsy Ross was the person responsible for the design of the US Flag. In fact, Betsy’s name didn’t even come up in conjunction with the deed until 1876, forty years after her death. The first person to have made that claim publicly was New Jersey Congressman Francis Hopkinson in 1780, who had hoped (in vain) to earn a “quarter cask of the public wine” for his efforts. Apparently, he didn’t take wampum. An aside: there also seems to be dispute as to whether Betsy Ross even lived in Philadelphia’s popular Betsy Ross House.

The flag has 13 stripes…except when it didn’t.
Upon welcoming Vermont and Kentucky—states 14 and 15—into the union, a new version of the flag was created that had 15 stars and 15 stripes. As the U.S. continued to add new states, there was concern about having to continually add additional stripes. The solution: revert to 13 to represent the original 13 colonies, and let the stars do the heavy lifting.

Some of the star fields have been pretty strange looking.
As of 1818, conventions concerning the numbers of stars and stripes were cemented and remain in place today. However, one thing remained un-codified: star layout. With this lack of official guidelines, some designers got creative (You can look them up online… some flag creators got creative in kind of a Microsoft Paintish kind of way.)

Welcome to Dakota!
There have been 27 official versions of the US flag, each with a different amount of stars. A 39-star version is not among them, but that didn’t stop some enterprising flag manufacturers from producing one for the marketplace. The reason for the miscalculation: some thought North Dakota and South Dakota were going to be admitted as one state. (Guess there really is nothing interesting in North Dakota.)

The 50-star pattern was created by a high school student.
When Alaska and Hawaii became states 49 and 50, President Eisenhower received thousands of ideas for an updated flag. Almost all of them were of a 50-star flag, including one from Robert G. Heft, a 17-year-old student at Lancaster (Ohio) High, who created the design for a class project. He was one of three to submit the version that was accepted and remains in use today.
Robert got a B- on his project.

The 50-star flag is the first one to have lasted more than 50 years.
In contrast, over a 50-year period in the early 1800s, the flag went through 17 different versions.

The actual flag that inspired “The Star Spangled Banner” still exists.
The flag that flew at Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812, immortalized in Francis Scott Key’s tune, is one of the few remaining specimens of a 15-star, 15-bar flag. What’s left of it is on permanent display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

A snippet of that flag sold at an auction in 2011 for $38,000.
The flag in question was a victim of “souveniring,” a once-common practice where sections from flags were snipped off and sold as mementoes. The 2” x 5” swatch in question was taken from the flag in the 1800s.

The Flag Desecration Amendment failed in 2006.
The proposed constitutional amendment would have prohibited not only burning the flag (for political reasons) but printing it on disposable items such as t-shirts or napkins. The amendment fell one vote short in the Senate.

Of the six flags planted on the Moon, five of them are still standing.
The one that’s not: the first one, planted by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission.
(Online research has not given me a conclusive reason as to why.  Casting further doubt on the Apollo Mission…)

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July 2nd, 2014

Say what? Hilarious Voice Tanscriptions

Posted by strive4impact on July 02, 2014 10:52 PM

I love talking into my phone, and letting google transcribe my voice.

Voice to text.

It’s amazing some of the things that Google can transcribe, from me just mumbling them out.

One thing that I really enjoy, and have learned to be very careful of, is all of the mis-transcription that happens.

Here are a few examples:

I will email you moon pictures
I will email you mean pictures

I think I saw that one, but they were out of it in the organic version.
I think I saw that one, but they were out of it in the organic virgin.

More pop. More grab!
Nope. More gross!

Or, I can bring you gelato at work if you are still there.
Or, I can bring you a lot of work if you are still there.

I am glad to hear that you get booked nowadays quite extensively.
Became (censorship added automatically by my phone)
I am glad to hear you get f***** now adays quite extensively.

I made 10 raw videos for healing scar tissue
I made 10 rap videos for healing scar tissue
And when I went to correct it, it became
I made 10 bra videos 4 Healing scar tissue

Are you still at Larimer Square?
Are you still at their arm hair?

There are lots of reasons this could be, not necessarily all of them financial
There are lots of mean ones on my knee, not necessarily olives and wine. Chill.

I got the densest loaf I could find.
I got the dentist love. I could sing.

First time at a Mongolian BBQ
Time Warner f*** you

What would mom and dad like for their cake
what would mom and stepdad like for therapy cake

And finally… (for now…)

I was walking by a man on 16th Street
I want to buy a man on 16th Street

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June 4th, 2014

Wacky Wednesday #105

Posted by strive4impact on June 04, 2014 08:54 AM

Mileece has created a system which lets plant emmissions generate sounds.


She’s featured in Miracle Grow’s new campaign called Grow Something Greater.

Here is one of her songs.

Learn more about Mileece here

Learn more about Miracle Grow’s Campaign: GrowSomethingGreater here

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May 28th, 2014

Wacky Wednesday #104

Posted by strive4impact on May 28, 2014 08:44 AM

It’s time for Wacky Wednesday.

The day we post something fun that makes you smile just because it’s a bit wacky.


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May 25th, 2014

Human Slavery: How Your Cell Phone Enslaves Or Liberates Humanity (Actual)

Posted by strive4impact on May 25, 2014 11:54 PM

Something to think about with that little digital leash you’re carrying around.

Hooray to Intel for being a company that looked into it and did something different.

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May 9th, 2014

Water Is Life: An Amazing Book

Posted by managewp on May 09, 2014 07:20 AM

Amazing people are creating simple, elegant solutions to one of the world’s biggest problems.

Take a look:

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May 7th, 2014

My favorite ad campaign

Posted by strive4impact on May 07, 2014 08:47 PM


Chick fil-a does a great job with their advertising.

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April 24th, 2014

More Amazing Sand Art

Posted by strive4impact on April 24, 2014 10:28 AM

People loved the sand art I posted yesterday, so here’s another amazing video from Kseniya Simonova – showing a video called “Run for Lebanon.”


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April 23rd, 2014

An Amazing 8 Minute Story

Posted by strive4impact on April 23, 2014 10:22 AM

A few years ago, sand art videos were really popular.

It’s an amazing art form.  If you have a few minutes today, check out this amazing art performance.

THe artist’s name is Kseniya Simonova. She is from the Ukraine.

The words at the end are “You’re Always Near.”

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April 21st, 2014

Fooling My Brain

Posted by strive4impact on April 21, 2014 08:22 PM

Sometimes, I have to fool my brain.

“Will I feel better if I do 30 push ups before I go to sleep? I mean, about myself?”
Yes, probably.

“Can I do 30 pushups, especially if I break it into two sets of 15?”

“Do I want to do 30 pushups?”

“But I should.”

“I don’t want to do 30 pushups.”
Then don’t.

“But I should.”

“So I’m just going to get down on the ground and do 30 pushups.”

“Can I do 15 pushups?”

“So I’m just going to get down on the ground and do 15 pushups.”

“Can I do 5 pushups?”

“So I’m just going to get down on the ground and do 5 pushups, right now,  before I do anything else, even taking this drink of water.”
Sure. Why not. That seems really stupid simple.

While I am down on the ground, I end up doing 20 pushups in one shot.

Now, after this, there is no way (now) that I will go to bed without doing at least 30 pushups.

(After all, I am already done with 20 of the 30.)

Chances are even good, that I will do more than 30 before I go to bed.

But if I had committed to 30 at the outset, I never would have done one.

So I committed to 5 instead.

Next time you are having a hard time getting yourself to do something that seems difficult or that you don’t want to do, break it down to a stupid simple level.

Then tie that activity to something really *human basic*… like “I will do this before I go to the bathroom”, or “I will do this before I get a glass of water”, or “I will do this before I eat”, or “I will do this before the next time I stand up”.

(Side note: Then make sure to actually go to the bathroom, or take the drink of water, or get something to eat.)

I once heard this said as “commit to doing 1 pushup everyday, and you will find yourself doing a lot more.”

Have you tried this method?

Does this method of brain trickery/brain hacking work for you?

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