My 2013 Christmas Wish List

Posted on Friday December 13, 2013 by Jacob Campbell.

I mainly am making a Christmas wish list on here for my family, so that they can see some of the things I would be happy to receive for Christmas. I am by no means expecting all of these items (or even a quarter of them) or considering this a comprehensive list of the things that I want. It was more kind of fun to go through and make. It’s not necessarily in any particular order either. Some of my ideas are way to expensive, and some of them are actually cheap enough that a random friend could buy them (although I’m not expecting that).

Technology Related

I am really a geek at heart, and anybody who knows me, knows that I love technology. The following are some stuff that seem pretty cool. You should also listen to the Mac Power Users 2013 Geek Gift Guide.

FitBit Force

The FitBit Force is a pretty cool piece of wearable technology. A powerful Force for everyday fitness, this sleek wristband is with you all the time. Stay motivated to keep moving with real-time stats right on your wrist. Track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed and active minutes throughout the day. At night, track your sleep and wake up silently with a vibrating alarm.

Fitbit

Aria Wi-Fi Scale

I’ve thought that having a wireless scale would be cool for a couple of years now. I’m not really sure which one would be better, but I figure If I already go with the FitBit, then I should go with their scale. Get where you want to be. Aria™ tracks your weight, body fat percentage, and BMI, painting a picture of your long-term progress. It wirelessly syncs your stats with online graph and mobile tools that help you stay motivated and on track. When you’re in control, stepping on the scale feels good.

Wi-Fi Scale

The Coin

The Coin isn’t out yet, but it does seem super cool. It is a card that let you put your other cards digitally onto it. I currently have two debit cards and credit card. While it’s not too cumbersome to have to carry all of these cards, it would be cool to just need one.

The Coin

Apple iPad Air

Apple iPad Air… not much else to say. Pretty amazing. I’m hoping to upgrade next year probably.

ScanSnap Scanner

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i. I’d like to become paperless.

File Transporter

File Transporter is pretty amazing. It lets you set up your own personal cloud.

Speakers for TV

I’m not sure what brand we’d like, but having a sound bar would be a great improvement for our TV watching, kid sing-along listening pleasure.

Previous Generation AirPort Extreme

I’m hoping to eventually have a couple of these along with speakers around the home so that I can stream music to them from anywhere. The new ones are $100 right now, but I think you can get the previous generation ones off of eBay / Craigslist for $30 or $40.

The Nest Thermostat

The Nest is pretty cool. I’d love to be able to turn on / off our central air from anywhere. Getting home from work, don’t want the house to be cold… such a great idea.

Nest

Home Supplies

Patio Heater

I like to be outside, even during winter. This is kind of crazy with how cold it is. A Patio Heater would be a great idea.

Fireplace Screen

Our fireplace doesn’t have a screen. While we don’t use it frequently, I worry that we will and Mateo will touch it. A screen would help keep him safe. This one from Target looks decent and doesn’t cost too much.

Baby Gates

Mateo is always getting into everywhere and everything he can. Over Black Friday, we bought him a little corral to try to keep him in. He will stay for a little while, but when he’s not there (most all of the time), he’s into everything. It would be nice to have a baby gate for the bathroom (otherwise it’s way to hot in their) and for the entry way area (extra wide).

Clothing Tree

I’d love to have something to hang up clothes without putting them away and especially not just throwing them on the floor. Something like this would be great in our bedroom.

As it’s getting late and I need to be going to sleep. The following is the rest of my list, unannotated.

  • Good liquor (I want to try more scotches)
  • Chrome cup holders for my car. The fake chrome stuff has been peeling and needs to be replaced.
  • New drill power tool
  • Chandelier for the entry way
  • For entryway bench (for taking off shoes, to sit and relax)
  • Speakers that play wirelessly (not bluetooth) to put in the bathroom / Mateo’s room, den.
  • Cold stones for scotch (instead of ice, frozen rocks)
  • Hot cocoa to drink
  • Gloves and scarves
  • Books on tape
  • WiMo Outlets

The Wintertime DIY Painted Mirror

Posted on Monday November 25, 2013 by Jacob Campbell.

 Made in the  Diptic App  on my mac.  Wintertime DIY Painted Mirror Made in the Diptic App on my mac. Wintertime DIY Painted Mirror

Painting during the wintertime is a hassle, and defiantly doesn’t turn out as well, but it is still possible. Minnie had purchased a circular mirror prior to us being together at Home Interior for about $50 or $60 about 10 years now. The gold color didn’t quite match all of the black furniture in our bedroom. I’ve had it on my list of projects to do, since we moved. It’s been happily sitting on the floor next to the bed for the last six months… and I finally got annoyed enough with it to say “this has to happen this weekend.”

It was a pretty simple project, as most of my projects are. It turned out alright, although I think it would have been better if I had done it during warmer months. I was originally going to tape up the glass, and paint with it all intact, but it was much easier to unscrew everything and only paint the front shell. I hung it from the tree, painted with a gloss spray paint and brought it inside to the basement to dry out of the extreme cold temperature. There was a section that I sprayed over and sprayed over that seemed to keep running and not want to stick. I figured a second coat would do the trick, so after 5 or 6 hours I took it back outside and tried it again. I laid it on the ground this time, hopping to have less runs. I again put it down in the basement. After it dried for about a day, I found that there was still that spot which had continued to run. In hind site, I should have sprayed it with some sort of base paint first, but I was just doing this with stuff I already had around the house. I decided to take a sharpie and color over it, because the color would match.

Pretty simple, it didn’t take much time, and now we have a mirror that matches the black furniture in the bedroom. Check out the photo gallery below;

Now Open, New Small Business Owner

Posted on Thursday November 21, 2013 by Jacob Campbell.

I found this great open sign at  Legendary Antiques website .  I figured it would be good for this post. I found this great open sign at Legendary Antiques website . I figured it would be good for this post.

If you know me very well you know I have a lot of stuff I’m invovled with. Sometimes feel a little bit like I’m Erich Brenn, and I’m trying to keep all of my plates spinning. The following is the short list of plates I’ve got in the air right now:

  • Being a new dad / family (so much fun, but tiring too)
  • Tri-Cities Community Health (my day job)
  • Teaching at Heritage University
  • Acting as the chair person for the Pasco Discovery Coalition (like us on Facebook
  • Being involved at our church
  • Various volunteer and community activities that come up, especially at Safe Harbor and My Friends Place
  • Attending and speaking at the MC Mac User Group
  • I’m working on getting my LICSW, hopefully by the end of next year… maybe then doing a small amount of private practice work.
  • Being a geek and reading, playing with all things technology and productivity related
  • I’d still like to write my book, and have made some limited progress
  • Being social, spending time with family and friends

With all of these plates spinning, I figured it was time that I take my extra curricular activities to the next level. I applied and was approved today for a small business license for the state of Washington. It’s starting as a sole proprietor ownership style, and I am calling it Locus of Transformation. The plan is to also get licensed in the City of Pasco, so I’m hopping to take in my application tomorrow sometime. I do have some plans and hopes for this currently, but I’m not really ready to share those yet. I’m am sure that it is something that will be also evolving over time, and I’m very sure I’ll be sharing more as things progress. I chose the name, because I feel like all of the different activities, organization, and people I even work with individually I really desire to be a point of change.

So, while I don’t have anything currently going yet, and defiantly not any revenue streams yet… I am officially a small business owner. I did make a logo. It’s still a work in progress, but I figure it’s a good start. I’d love any feedback.

The start of my logo for Locus of Transformation.  Let me know what you think, I love feedback. The start of my logo for Locus of Transformation. Let me know what you think, I love feedback.

Speaking of Speaking, a Busy Week

Posted on Saturday November 16, 2013 by Jacob Campbell.

This last week has been incredibly busy for me, but it’s also been very good. On Tuesday I had two major speaking activities to prepare for. At work, Tri-Cities Community Health Behavioral Health Services, we are starting a group on Becoming Parents with Love and Logic. We haven’t done groups for a while, and I’ve never facilitated this course before, so I spent most of the weekend getting ready for the group. It went really well. That evening I had another event I was speaking at.

Almost a year ago, I transitioned to using a mac. A couple of months ago, i found out about these things called mac user groups. It’s kind of geeky, but it has been kind of cool. The Mid Columbia Macintosh User Group meets in Kennewick. I’ve been very lucky to speak at a lot of events, regarding a lot of topics. This was the first time that I’ve been able to talk to about technology stuff. I’m hoping to have more opportunities in the future. You can download a copy my Overview of Alfred Keynote from my presentation or see it below.

On Thursday the Pasco Discovery Coalition did a Town Hall and Resource Fair Event at Ochoa Middle School. It was pretty great. We had about 37 different community organizations! It was fun to prepare for and to put on. You can download a copy of the PDC Town Hall 2003 Keynote from my presentation or see it below. You can also see the various photos uploaded to the Pasco Discovery Coalition’s Facebook Town Hall & Resource Fair 2013.

Tonight is Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery’s Beggars Banquet. Work has been absolutely beyond crazy busy for me, so it’s been a pretty crazy week. We decided not to go tonight, which is too bad, because it would have been a great event.

Mateo the Old Man - DIY Old Man Halloween Costume

Posted on Sunday November 10, 2013 by Jacob Campbell.

 Mateo the Old Man: DIY Old Man Halloween Costume Mateo the Old Man: DIY Old Man Halloween Costume

I spent the last couple of weeks searching in google images for the perfect costume for Mateo’s first halloween costume. I found a great idea, dress Mateo up like an old man. I ended up coming across, [Best Toddler Costume: Carl from “Up”] (http://www.geekinheels.com/2011/11/10/best-toddler-costume-carl-from-up.html). UP (2009) is a fantastic movie. While Mateo’s costume, wasn’t meant to imitate Carl like the aforementioned link, we decided on just an old man.

You can see some of photos I took of Mateo and the putting the walker together below. We ended up doing our photo shoot with Mateo this weekend (a week after halloween). Mateo wasn’t having any pictures the day of. You can also see the album, Old Man Mateo, Halloween 2013.

It turned out to be a cute costume. I made the walker from PVC pipe (I cut five 2 ft lengths and two 18 in lengths. I bought and returned PVC cement. I decided the pipe fit snug enough that it wouldn’t be necessary. The following are is the list of supplies that I bought and what prices I found for them at Target / Lowes.

Supply List

Walker

  • 1-In x 10-Ft 450 Psi Schedule 40 Pvc Pressure Pipe ($3.38) [Lowes]
  • Tennis Balls 3 Pack Penn Championship ($?.??) [Target]
  • 2 LASCO 1-in Dia 90-Degree PVC Sch 40 Side Outlet Elbow ($4.10) [Lowes] * Charlotte Pipe 5-Pack 1-in Dia 90-Degree PVC Sch 40 Elbow ($2.66) [Lowes] * Oatey 8-fl oz LO-VOC PVC Cement ($4.44) [Lowes] * Kobalt 15-in Aggress Saw ($9.98) [Lowes]

Outfit

  • Old man pants
  • Old man shoes
  • Old man sweater
  • Old man glasses

The Almost a Year and Wanting to Escape

Posted on Tuesday October 29, 2013 by Jacob Campbell.

A video I made in iMovie from my iPhone 5 Video Camera. It uses Lenny Kravitz Fly Away) for the music and features Mateo trying to escape from our home.

After taking Mateo’s 10 moth pictures, I filed this movie and edited it with iMovie. It was kind of fun, and didn’t take more then a couple of hours. The Monthly Photo Project has been kind of a fun project and we are getting close to the tail end of it.

 Concept for the Monthly Photo Project for Mateo. Concept for the Monthly Photo Project for Mateo.

Make sure to check out my Instagram for all the photos, you can search for #MonthlyPhotoProject and you’ll see most of the pictures I’ve posted in this process.

Playing with Automator Services and Apple Script

Posted on Saturday October 19, 2013 by Jacob Campbell.

 A Header Image I created for my blog article about my playing with automator & AppleScript A Header Image I created for my blog article about my playing with automator & AppleScript

I’ve never really been a programmer, but I always have been a geek. One thing that I think is kind of cool about my transition from Windows to a Mac has been a lot of the utilities. One utility that I have tried a couple of times to play with, but I haven’t found an interesting enough use (or been able to figure out how to do uses that I did want to do). Automator) on the Mac is a pretty powerful application. Doing some research, there could be some applications that could be downloaded used in Windows, but nothing built in like automator and services.

There have been several times that Mac Power Users has talked about automator, but specifically MPU 070: Working with Automator. Its good, and a great Podcast if your interested.

Another application that I have been loving has been TextExpander. For some reason, with all of my popup select features (I think it’s because I’m syncing it with Phrase Express on Windows). I created a service which uses an AppleScript which searches copied text for the “|” and replaces it with “:” a pretty simple apple script is below (Its probably not very efficient, but it’s my first one.

on replace_chars(this_text, search_string, replacement_string)
        set AppleScript's text item delimiters to the search_string
        set the item_list to every text item of this_text
        set AppleScript's text item delimiters to the replacement_string
        set this_text to the item_list as string
        set AppleScript's text item delimiters to ""
        return this_text
    end replace_chars
    
    
    set the message_text to get the clipboard
    set the message_text to replace_chars(message_text, "|", ":")
    
    return message_text

The Great Pumpkin Mateo Campbell

Posted on Sunday October 13, 2013 by Jacob Campbell.

 It's The Great Pumpkin Mateo Campbell It’s The Great Pumpkin Mateo Campbell

Holiday’s can always be remembered by what Charlie Brown Special was aired for them. A Halloween favorite is It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. If you are in a reminiscingessing mood, you can watch the entire episode below.

While it’s not quite Halloween yet, fall is in full swing. I have mixed emotions about fall. I always say that I would prefer the heat to cold weather… I do really enjoy sweaters and the security they bring. This halloween we do have another thing to look forward to, but I don’t want to over sell it yet. I’m pretty sure the costume idea we have for Mateo will be a giant hit. All I’m going to say for now is that “Adventure is out there!”

 The Country Mercantile The Country Mercantile

Another joy of the impending fall season is Harvest Events. Earlier today Minnie, Mateo, and I all went to the Country Mercantile. Mateo was being a little bit grumpy. Normally he is just a ham for the camera, but today we only got a few good smiles out of them. The Country Mercantile is a generally cool store and always worth the drive to get some ice cream. Especially if you have kids that are toddlers or older, the $6.50 entrance fee is well worth it. There were a ton of great activities that Mateo is just not quite old enough to participate in.

  • Fair style food booths
  • Amusement park rides
  • Petting zoo
  • Mountain of hay play area
  • Hay bale maze for toddlers
  • Corn maze
  • Hay bale ride
  • Enormous pumpkin patch

When we went to the petting zoo (pretty small selection of animals, but cool non the less), they had a feisty cow. We were trying to introduce Mateo to the cow, when he started introducing himself to Mateo. With the cows Moo, Mateo started balling and completely freaked out. I think he was overwhelmed by the smells and new sounds.

I’m really looking forward to when he is a bit older, and can run around some. It seemed like it would be such a great place for him to run around and play. This is particularly true for the little toddler maze and the giant hay bale pyramid. Maybe next year, and hopefully it won’t start to rain again.

Having my iPhone close, you know that I took a plethora of photos. I am really enjoying the square aspect shots (like Instagram) and the photo filters that are built in for iOS 7. I even got to play around with the panorama shot. Anyways, I’ll upload some of the pictures to the gallery below, but you can check out the rest of the photos on Facebook in The Great Pumpkin Mateo Campbell.

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Great Pumkin Trip Photos