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What I am reading on August 29, 2010

August 29th, 2010 Comments off

Here are the books in my reading stack right now. I am a bit weird in that I read several books at one time, switching between them as the mood strikes me. This often includes moving from business books to history to fiction and back again over the course of the day.

I think everyone should have a least one book with them throughout the day. You never know when you are going to have to wait in line somewhere and reading even a few paragraphs can allow you to make productive use of that otherwise unproductive time.

** For more book suggesting, visit the WelchWrite Bookstore

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Photos: Frogtown Artwalk 2010

August 29th, 2010 2 comments
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Video: Sketchy Ice Creams

August 28th, 2010 Comments off

Cute video. I can recognize myself in this video from those days when we used to visit the playground a lot.

A sketchy look at family life: Daddy’s on childcare duty while mummy gets the ice creams.
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Elsewhere Online: Stock Your Freezer – Tips and Tricks

August 28th, 2010 Comments off
Chest freezer of breast milk
Image by hoi polloi via Flickr

Link: Stock Your Freezer – Tips and Tricks

There are a lot of great tips for the kitchen in this post – so many that I am having to work through it slowly. Even though I regularly make large batches of pasta sauce, chili and soups to freeze, there are some reminder in here other great things to freeze for later, like bread and pizza crust dough and unbaked cookies. We already use the freezer to store bananas which are on the verge of becoming overripe. These are then turned into smoothies and banana breads whenever we are ready for them.

It is also a great idea to freeze fresh berries as they come into season so you can have some all year long. To make them last longer, and easier to use, we lay out the fresh berries on a cookie sheet and put that in the freezer. Once the fruit is frozen solid, they can be stored in a zip top bag or other container without merging into one large clump that must be used all at once. It is great to be able to pull out a handful of blueberries for a smoothie or batch of muffins.

* Originally found at Annies Eats via Stock Your Freezer – Tips and Tricks.

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I Like This – August 25, 2010

August 25th, 2010 Comments off
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I Like This – August 18, 2010

August 18th, 2010 Comments off
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Why I organize unconferences — everybody wins!

August 16th, 2010 Comments off

If you follow any of my social media streams you will see an almost constant flow of information about the organization of a variety of unconferences such as CareerCampLA, CareerCampSCV and now, MediaCampLA. I have come to see the unconference as a great way of tapping undiscovered, local, real-world, knowledge on almost any topic. Whether the topic at hand is free-ranging like those of the typical BarCamp or specific and narrow like CareerCamp, unconferences allow attendees to glean great information from the under-seen and under-heard right in their own community.

CareerCamp SCVOver the years, I have come to see that everyone is an expert in something. Perhaps they know the secrets of running a profitable retail store or how to brew a great cup of coffee or know how many/what types of lizards live in the San Fernando Valley and where they might be found. My definition of an expert is “someone who knows one more fact, or has one more experience, than someone else.” We are all experts in something and unconferences are a great way to tease out that information and make it available to others.

Buried deep within every company, every organization, every community, are people who have great ideas, great insights and great knowledge, but often these people have no way to share their knowledge with those who need it most. Instead of sharing that knowledge and helping those around them, their knowledge sits idle and unused. If we want to innovate and grow, we need to hear and see this knowledge. Knowledge needs to be acted upon, otherwise it is worthless. The fact is, sometimes we need to go digging if we want to discover this information gold.

“I see now that facilitating this information exchange, through unconferences and in other ways, is one of my most important skills.”

I see now that facilitating this information exchange, through unconferences and in other ways, is one of my most important skills. I often say that “I am at my best when I am helping others” and organizing unconferences is one tremendous way to help others. All of my work — whether writing, computer consulting, podcasting, new media, unconferences – are all based around this premise. Sure, I don’t usually get paid directly for my organizing (although I am available to do that for your company or organization) , but I feel that I get some tremendous benefits from being in front of people and helping them with their hobbies, careers and lives.

In fact, that is yet another great advantage of unconferences. When organized properly, everyone wins! Organizers win expanded exposure of their knowledge and skills to a new group of people, readers, clients. Attendees win by gaining new knowledge and cultivating new relationship. Sponsors win by exposing their product, service or organization to a host of new, potential customers.

This is why I organize unconferences whenever I can, on whatever topics interests me most. Everybody wins in some way and buried knowledge is brought to the surface, where it can do the most good.

Want to learn more about unconferences? Want to help organize and unconference? Want to partner with CareerCamp or MediaCamp or act as a sponsor? Would you like me to give a presentation on unconferences to your organization or company? Ask your questions in the comments or email me directly at I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Pizza with tortilla crust

August 15th, 2010 Comments off

Pizza with tortilla crust, originally uploaded by dewelch.

Our quick pizza. My sauce, provolone and large flour tortilla for crust. It gives me the thin and crispy crust with having to make my own crust.

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Out geocaching a bit today

August 14th, 2010 Comments off

Out geocaching a bit today, originally uploaded by dewelch.

Went out with the boy this afternoon to grab a few geocaches nearby. It was a bit warm but it felt good to get out for a while while Rosanne prepared her classes for the upcoming semester. Sometimes we all need a little quiet to get work done, so geocaching was a great way to get out of her hair for a while.

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Event: FROGTOWN ARTWALK, Fifth Anniversary – August 28, 5pm-10pm

August 13th, 2010 Comments off

We have attended the Frogtown Artwalk and always had a good time. This year looks to be even better with more live music and events. Check it out!

Below is a video taken during our first Frogtown Artwalk!

FROGTOWN ARTWALK, Fifth Anniversary

A free, self-guided tour of the artist/artisan studios of Elysian Valley
Date: August 28, 2010, 5-10 PM

The artists and artisans of Elysian Valley, otherwise known as Frogtown, are pleased to announce our fifth annual Frogtown Artwalk, a celebration of the creativity and talent flourishing in the industrial buildings along the LA River. The event is a self-guided tour of the open studios in the neighborhood.

Last year visitors wandered in and out of studios along the riverpath, starting with letter press printing demonstrations at LALA Press on Clearwater Street and ending at the multi-faceted “Blake Studios” where local bands played all evening on a stage set up along the river path. A hula-hoop contest organized by Hip-Hoops kept the kids and plenty of adventurous adults moving to the beats spun by D.J. Rell in the courtyard at Tracy A. Stone Architect. Winners took home gift certificates from our sponsors for dinners at Home Restaurant and Tomato Pie in Silverlake.

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