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Monday, December 31, 2007

Most popular posts and pages for 2007

I took a few moments with my statistics today and pulled out the most popular blog posts and pages at WelchWrite.com. Did you miss any of these?

Most popular blog posts and pages on WelchWrite.com for 2007

My Word: Elsewhere Online: 10 Ways to Add Variety to Your Digital Photography
My Word: Norton Internet Security Problems
Career Opportunities: The Right Way to Resign
Career Opportunities: Leave Voicemail Feedback for Free
My Word: California Wildfire Viewer
Career Opportunities: Time for you
My Word: Total Lunar Eclipse - March 3
Career Opportunities: Zoom In
How-To: LAN Server Rooms
A Gardener's Notebook: Preparing your garden for a vacation
My Word: Computer Tip: Donít lose your CDs
Career Opportunities: When Opportunity Knocks
Photo: Leaving the dock
A Gardener's Notebook: Guest Post: Beneficial Wild Creatures in Your Garden
My Word: A Chat with Nolan Bushnell
Elsewhere Online: 100+ Ways to Write a Great Resume Cover Letter
The Ultimate Paper Airplane
Casting concrete leaves from/for the garden
Book Review: Book: The Lost Gardens by Anthony Eglin
My Word: A rare warning - Avoid 1and1.com web hosting
Career Opportunities: Who are you talking too?
My Word: YUM! - Ferrero Rocher reviewed on CandyBlog
My Word: Make a desktop trebuchet

Monday, December 24, 2007

Audio: 2nd Annual LIVE Reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A grand time was had by all as we read A Christmas Carol and sent it out, live, over both Talkshoe.com and uStream.tv. Below is the audio version for your listening pleasure. If you would like to see a partial video if the reading, you can watch it on my uStream.tv page.

Listen:
2nd Annual LIVE Reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Friday, December 21, 2007

An Audio Christmas Card from Douglas, Rosanne and Joseph at WelchWrite.com

Christmas BowsWishing you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holidays and the very best for your New Year!

Listen: Silent Night - Performed by Douglas E. Welch

Monday, December 17, 2007

What's on My Wish List #10

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




#10 HDTV and Accessories

I love the look of HDTV and would love to have one of my own. Of course, I would love to see some reduction in the costs of these units. I also see the ability to plug my computer into the screen as a big plus over older televisions.





#09 Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB External Hard Drive

As I continue to make more and more video content I am eating up hard disk space at an alarming rate. In this case, I couldn't wait any longer and bought this for myself today, but it, or something like it has been on my wish list for a long time. Expect more videos now that I have the space to edit them.



#08 Sennheiser HD 25 Dynamic Compact Professional Monitoring Headphone

I spend a lot of time wearing headphones, with all this podcasting work I am doing lately, so having a nice set of headphones would certainly be an improvement. Not only must headphones sounds good, they have to be comfortable, too, and Sennheiser tends to make headphones which are both.



#7 Moleskine Large Ruled Notebook

There are certain gifts that will make people happy regardless. For my wife, it is coffee, chocolate and books. For myself, coffee, wine and a nice Moleskine Journal like this. I always carry a book around with me wherever I go and the Moleskine books hold up better than anything else I have owned. They keep their covers, they have that nice elastic band to hold them shut and the paper quality is top-notch. Get one for yourself...and pick one up for me! (SMILE)



#6 Aliph Jawbone Noise Shield Bluetooth Headset- Black

If any of you have talked on the phone with me, you know my current Bluetooth headset tends to pick up everything in the room. Enter The Jawbone, with its high-end noise cancellation features. You can see a great demo on their web site.



Items #01-05

#05 Victorinox 10-Inch Chef's Knife
#04 TomTom GO 720 Navigation System
#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera
#02 iPod Touch
# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Elsewhere Online: Blooms for your computer

Garden Rant links to this series of computer backgrounds to help you get through the Winter doldrums. Of course, you should also be looking for photo opportunities when you are out shooting your own gardens, during the height of the season. That way you can have your indoor respite when the snow starts to fly.

Fine Gardening Desktop PatternsBlooms for your computer Fine Gardening has some new wallpaper photos available for download right here. How about this one to brighten a winter day?

(Via Garden Rant.)



What's on My Wish List #09

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.





#09 Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB External Hard Drive

As I continue to make more and more video content I am eating up hard disk space at an alarming rate. In this case, I couldn't wait any longer and bought this for myself today, but it, or something like it has been on my wish list for a long time. Expect more videos now that I have the space to edit them.



#08 Sennheiser HD 25 Dynamic Compact Professional Monitoring Headphone

I spend a lot of time wearing headphones, with all this podcasting work I am doing lately, so having a nice set of headphones would certainly be an improvement. Not only must headphones sounds good, they have to be comfortable, too, and Sennheiser tends to make headphones which are both.



#7 Moleskine Large Ruled Notebook

There are certain gifts that will make people happy regardless. For my wife, it is coffee, chocolate and books. For myself, coffee, wine and a nice Moleskine Journal like this. I always carry a book around with me wherever I go and the Moleskine books hold up better than anything else I have owned. They keep their covers, they have that nice elastic band to hold them shut and the paper quality is top-notch. Get one for yourself...and pick one up for me! (SMILE)



#6 Aliph Jawbone Noise Shield Bluetooth Headset- Black

If any of you have talked on the phone with me, you know my current Bluetooth headset tends to pick up everything in the room. Enter The Jawbone, with its high-end noise cancellation features. You can see a great demo on their web site.



Items #01-05

#05 Victorinox 10-Inch Chef's Knife
#04 TomTom GO 720 Navigation System
#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera
#02 iPod Touch
# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What's on My Wish List #08

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




#08 Sennheiser HD 25 Dynamic Compact Professional Monitoring Headphone

I spend a lot of time wearing headphones, with all this podcasting work I am doing lately, so having a nice set of headphones would certainly be an improvement. Not only must headphones sounds good, they have to be comfortable, too, and Sennheiser tends to make headphones which are both.




#7 Moleskine Large Ruled Notebook

There are certain gifts that will make people happy regardless. For my wife, it is coffee, chocolate and books. For myself, coffee, wine and a nice Moleskine Journal like this. I always carry a book around with me wherever I go and the Moleskine books hold up better than anything else I have owned. They keep their covers, they have that nice elastic band to hold them shut and the paper quality is top-notch. Get one for yourself...and pick one up for me! (SMILE)




#6 Aliph Jawbone Noise Shield Bluetooth Headset- Black

If any of you have talked on the phone with me, you know my current Bluetooth headset tends to pick up everything in the room. Enter The Jawbone, with its high-end noise cancellation features. You can see a great demo on their web site.




Items #01-05

#05 Victorinox 10-Inch Chef's Knife
#04 TomTom GO 720 Navigation System
#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera
#02 iPod Touch
# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Monday, December 10, 2007

Places LA: Los Angeles River Center and Gardens

As if to prove that there is always something new in LA, I came across this photo of the LA River Center, which I had never heard about before. I didn't realize that after Lawry's closed shop, this new venue opened.

I am definitely going to have to head down there sometime soon and check it out.

Los Angeles River Center and Gardens

casual clicks has added a photo to the pool:



Los Angeles River Center and Gardens



This is the ornate entrance to what used to be a Lawry's spice plant which also offered delicious restaurants and patio terrace dining. The gardens and courtyards are still spectacular and the entire facility is now used by the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. Open to the public.



(Via Southern California Gardens Photo Pool.)

Sunday, December 09, 2007

What's on my Wish List #07

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




#7 Moleskine Large Ruled Notebook

There are certain gifts that will make people happy regardless. For my wife, it is coffee, chocolate and books. For myself, coffee, wine and a nice Moleskine Journal like this. I always carry a book around with me wherever I go and the Moleskine books hold up better than anything else I have owned. They keep their covers, they have that nice elastic band to hold them shut and the paper quality is top-notch. Get one for yourself...and pick one up for me! (SMILE)




#6 Aliph Jawbone Noise Shield Bluetooth Headset- Black

If any of you have talked on the phone with me, you know my current Bluetooth headset tends to pick up everything in the room. Enter The Jawbone, with its high-end noise cancellation features. You can see a great demo on their web site.




Items #01-05

#05 Victorinox 10-Inch Chef's Knife
#04 TomTom GO 720 Navigation System
#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera
#02 iPod Touch
# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Saturday, December 08, 2007

First Paperwhite of the Winter?


First Paperwhite of the Winter?
Originally uploaded by dewelch
Yes, that's right, here in Los Angeles the bulbs start to arrive with the Winter rains. The paperwhites are usually first, followed by the snowbells (snowdrops?) and the daffodils.

Friday, December 07, 2007

What's on my Wish List #06

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




#6 Aliph Jawbone Noise Shield Bluetooth Headset- Black

If any of you have talked on the phone with me, you know my current Bluetooth headset tends to pick up everything in the room. Enter The Jawbone, with its high-end noise cancellation features. You can see a great demo on their web site.




Items #01-05

#05 Victorinox 10-Inch Chef's Knife
#04 TomTom GO 720 Navigation System
#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera
#02 iPod Touch
# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Thursday, December 06, 2007

What's on my Wish List #05

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




#05 Victorinox 10-Inch Chef's Knife

I love to cook and I would really like some nice knives to speed my way through onions, potatoes and other raw ingredients. Most knives cost an arm and a leg, but recently Cooks Illustrated Magazine and America's Test Kitchen television show and book rated this knife as one of its top recommendations. Cool! Good AND cheap. Who can complain with that? Heck, for that price I would buy 2 or 3.

See also:
Victorinox Stainless-Steel 8-inch Chef's Knife





#04 TomTom GO 720 Navigation System

I have a pretty good sense of direction, but I also like to know where I am going and how long it is going to take to get there. I have been drooling over these high-end navigation systems for a while. Good to see some of them are starting to come down in price.




#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera

Heck, I'd settled for nearly any SLR-based digital camera at this point, but this one caught my eye in some ads in Sunday's paper. Time to step up in my photo quality, I think.



#02 iPod Touch

If can't get an iPhone I would gladly "fallback" to an iPod Touch. It has many of the great iPhone features,, but without the relatively expensive cell phone contract. It also has more storage than the current iPhone for podcasts and video.




# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories

Always-on web connectivity, cell phone, music/video player and PDA in one. Who could ask for anything more? Especially since the big price cut a few months ago.




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

What's on my Wish List #04

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




#04 TomTom GO 720 Navigation System

I have a pretty good sense of direction, but I also like to know where I am going and how long it is going to take to get there. I have been drooling over these high-end navigation systems for a while. Good to see some of them are starting to come down in price.




#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera

Heck, I'd settled for nearly any SLR-based digital camera at this point, but this one caught my eye in some ads in Sunday's paper. Time to step up in my photo quality, I think.



#02 iPod Touch

If can't get an iPhone I would gladly "fallback" to an iPod Touch. It has many of the great iPhone features,, but without the relatively expensive cell phone contract. It also has more storage than the current iPhone for podcasts and video.




# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories

Always-on web connectivity, cell phone, music/video player and PDA in one. Who could ask for anything more? Especially since the big price cut a few months ago.




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Monday, December 03, 2007

What's on my Wish List #03

Instead of my typical holiday guide, this year I present a selection of items that I would love to receive for Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




#03 Nikon D40X, 10 MP SLR Digital Camera

Heck, I'd settled for nearly any SLR-based digital camera at this point, but this one caught my eye in some ads in Sunday's paper. Time to step up in my photo quality, I think.



#02 iPod Touch

If can't get an iPhone I would gladly "fallback" to an iPod Touch. It has many of the great iPhone features,, but without the relatively expensive cell phone contract. It also has more storage than the current iPhone for podcasts and video.




# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories

Always-on web connectivity, cell phone, music/video player and PDA in one. Who could ask for anything more? Especially since the big price cut a few months ago.




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

What's on my Wish List #02

Instead of my typical holiday guide, I present a selection of items that I would love to receive this Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.



#02 iPod Touch

If can't get an iPhone I would gladly "fallback" to an iPod Touch. It has many of the great iPhone features,, but without the relatively expensive cell phone contract. It also has more storage than the current iPhone for podcasts and video.




# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories

Always-on web connectivity, cell phone, music/video player and PDA in one. Who could ask for anything more? Especially since the big price cut a few months ago.




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

A Christmas Carol - A LIVE reading featuring YOU! - Dec. 22, 2007

Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 6 pm, I will be hosting our 2nd Annual LIVE reading of Dicken's A Christmas Carol LIVE on Talkshoe.com. This is a service that allows LIVE call-in talk shows with audience participation.

You can join us in reading the story by visiting http://talkshoe.com and setting up a FREE account. Now you can JOIN IN for free, using just your computer.

I will be joined by my wife, Rosanne, some friends and anyone who calls in and wishes to read a section of the story. We will be using a condensed version of A Christmas Carol, created by Dickens for his own public readings.

If you think you might like to join us, as a listener or a reader, please RSVP to douglas@welchwrite.com, so I can get a feel for how many core readers we will have.

Link: Download the script now

A Christmas Carol - A LIVE reading featuring YOU!
Saturday, December 22, 2007 -- 6 PM PST/9 PM EST

Sunday, December 02, 2007

What's on my Wish List #01

Instead of my typical holiday guide, I present a selection of items that I would love to receive this Christmas. Although I am a big technology hound, I don't often buy it for myself, so many of these items are sure to remain "wishes" for another year. -- Douglas

That doesn't mean the you might not find these items a great gift for yourself or someone you love.




# 01 Apple iPhone and iPhone Accesories

Always-on web connectivity, cell phone, music/video player and PDA in one. Who could ask for anything more? Especially since the big price cut a few months ago.




You'll find some other great gift ideas in The WelchWrite Store in association with Amazon.com.



Check out Douglas' Personal Wish List

Saturday, December 01, 2007

The Wish Book - Starts December 1st

Remember the Christmas catalogs of the past. They were often called Wish Books and I and my sisters would spend hours pouring over them "wishing" for almost everything. Friends in Tech has collected a series of stories and memories about the Wish Book and is presenting them throughout the month of December.

Hear the stories on Friends in Tech.com, subscribe to the Friends in Tech RSS feed using your favorite RSS reader or subscribe in iTunes to get every episode automatically.

If you hurry, you can even share your own Wish Book memories.

Submit your own story!

Hurry, though, Christmas is almost here!