Building Character With Taekwondo

If you follow my Facebook posts at all you know I am very involved with my son Xander’s training and competition in Taekwondo.  He has been competing for only a few years now having won both State and National Titles in that time.  Recently we were visiting another studio for a inter school sparring event, the idea being that if all you spar are the people in your school every week you can get used to those fighters, this kind of event gives you the ability to see people you wouldn’t normally spar, except at the local competitions.  This brings me to the point, that while we were at this event a parent of one of the other students approached me and asked if Xander was my son.  I had recognized the young man with him as someone that Xander had competed against in one of the local tournaments earlier in the year.

The parent wanted to tell me that he was very impressed with Xander’s sportsmanship, it turns out that Xander had beat his son at that competition and it had been the first one his son had ever attended.  To let you know competitions can be a jarring experience, you train for months and can be knocked out with the first loss with at their age is two one minute rounds.  So losing first round and your out can cause kids to get particularly upset, it’s happened to Xander in the past and I know he never takes it well.  It seems while Xander was waiting for his next match, he went up to the young man and told him he did a good job, that he would keep getting better, and that he hoped to see him again at the next tournament.  I never saw this, but not surprising between matches I normally give Xander space after a few words about his last performance.  The parent went on to tell me that this simple act turned his son’s day around and encouraged him to continue to compete when he could have easily quit (quite a few kids only compete once).  I look forward to seeing this young man at future tournaments competing with Xander.  While this parent gave me credit for doing a good job with Xander, a lot of the credit should also go to Master Washington for working with Xander since he was 6.

Words cant express how I felt at that moment though I’ll try.  It was a mixture of pride and admiration for my son, and also a lesson for myself, that winning can take several different forms.  I don’t remember what place Xander took at that tournament off the top of my head, but I will remember that Xander took the time to care for one of his fellow competitors to make sure that it was about the competition and not about winning.

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Back Into The Breach Once More….

A few years ago, I had great success in losing weight and was doing pretty well for almost a full year of keeping the weight off.  Then I ended up with a double hernia and was off my feet for awhile after the surgery, and I never quite got back into the swing of things working out again, let my diet go back to crap. My weight has slowly been creeping back up, but I think enough is enough.    I have decided to do the new P90 program from BeachBody that was just released.  I say new but really it is a refresh of the original Power 90 program which is made for those that may not be ready for the P90X series.


P90 90-Day Body Transformation for Everyone

The program has a menu book, and a starting “6-Day Shred” menu that I went out and did all the shopping for today.  I also took my start pics, and did my measurements.

Weight: 249.4 (Never went over 250!)
Chest: 45
Waist: 43
Arms(R/L): 14/14.25
Thighs(R/L): 26.25/25.75

I have had some starts and stops since I got sick, but I want to go all in this time and make sure I am pushing myself to keep on the program, I feel its time and I am ready.  I have some goals I want to do which I hope will motivate me to keep going.

Goal #1

I want to get back into my training with TKD so I can share that with the kids.  I coach Xander at his competitions, but I want to get my black belt and try a few competitions with Xander.  How can I expect to be the best coach I can be for him without having the same experience.  I also had a dream awhile ago where after Xander was older and if he stayed with TKD, that he would want to open a school and I would partner with him to run the back of the business and let him run the school.  Probably silly as who knows what he will want in 10 years from now, but hey what better way to be in business than with your son.

Goal #2

Tough Mudder!  I want to try my hand at this race which has a Chicago running each year, hopefully I can get a few friends to join in to run as a team.  Elizabeth giggled at me when I told her this goal, but hopefully I can prove to her it can be done.

Its a 90 day program, I am going to try and blog for the full 90 days, discussing the workout and how I feel about the program and to track my food intake.

Certified Social Media Expert – O RLY?

o-rlySo recently a social media “expert” was brought into my world by circumstances and I was as always curious about anyone who claims to be a “Certified Social Media Expert”.  It’s bad enough that anyone with a Facebook & Instagram account calls themselves social media experts, but now here is a certified one.  So I started looking into the certifying body, which turned out to be Hootsuite.  Now I love me some Hootsuite and recommend it to most of the people I work with for handling their social media platforms especially if there is going to be more than one person working in an account so they aren’t doubling up on each other in responding. With that being said, being Hootsuite certified qualifies you pretty much to use Hootsuite.  I decided for fun to try for the certification, and a short time later (under an hour) I can now bill myself as a CERTIFIED SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERT!!!!

Now I am not going to name names on this person because quite frankly they may be a great social media consultant, though if your lead in to your bio is that your Hootsuite qualified then maybe not lol.  The point of this is that you have to really look past the “Sizzle” to the substance of any certifications or claims by any consultant you are bring in to work on your brand.  Check out their work to see if it’s something you would want representative, if there are really clear signals coming through their branding.  If they are using nothing but doublespeak and “certifications” to sell themselves you should be raising a red flag.

Trying out Genesis 2.0!

Genesis Framework for WordPressSo I have been seeing some posts that Genesis 2.0 was released recently by StudioPress and specifically the new theme Sixteen Nine, which has all kinds of nifty features like HTML5 and Mobile responsive, I also liked the very clean look which I know Brian Gardner is a big fan of from his tweets.  I have had my old theme up for awhile so I figured why not try the upgrade and see what happens.

The upgrade from the Genesis framework point of view went pretty quickly, I never had a lot of custom hooks so I didn’t foresee any big issues.  I then went in and switched out the child theme and I was able to do the basic setup pretty quickly so all in all I had everything switched out in just a few minutes.  I almost didn’t do the switch because it was already pretty late but I figured the worse that could happen is that I could back out to the old theme.

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Rotolight uses DMCA to claim ”Infringement” on Review it didn’t like

Update Aug 1st 2013

Rotolight has issued a “Official Statement” on the recent press they have been receiving.  You can go to their site to see it I want link to it.  It basically boils down to 4 paragraphs of self promotion with one paragraph of “someone” else told us to do it, here is some free stuff for Den leave us alone… think of our families!  Not exactly the mea culpa I would have thought a company would do.  The fact is this is now the 3RD story we have heard from the company on why they took the action, each of them different… first it was trade mark, then it was not a representative test, now it is the unit was faulty!  What a crock… what none of this still addresses is the fact a DMCA was file with Vimeo, even though in their statement they blame everyone else for reporting that they issue was copyright.  You know why would anyone think that since you used something called Digital Millennium Copyright Act to get the video removed.  It seems that Rotolight is blaming a whole lot of others for their actions.

Ken White at Popehat has a lot more questions on his post Rotolight Tries To Unring The Censorious Bell including evidence from a commentator that the Rotolight CEO’s Wife is an entertainment lawyer who wrote a book on copyright law, so I would think pleading ignorance would be ludicrous.

The video that started this all has been reinstated by vimeo, I take it that Den filed the Counter DMCA you can see it here: Kino Flo Celeb vs Rotolight Anova side by side test  Looking at the stats, it has had more places since it went back up then it had the entire time it was live.

Original Article

DMCA CATWhile spending some time on my Facebook feed I came across a post I missed earlier by a friend of mine Den Lennie talking about censorship from a test he did on some lights.  It would seem that the company Rotolight didn’t fare as well as they would have liked and decided to file a DMCA notice with Vimeo.  This is a disturbing trend that companies are trying to use to remove tests that they don’t like, and even bigger brands are trying to use it as GoPro tried to do with a review it didn’t like.  Though GoPro upper management realized it stepped in it and backtracked a bit saying it was just the images they were filing on not the review content. [Read more…]