Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Right Color Matters

This is a continuation of a very different kinds of series on my interest in jeans. Make sure to read the other posts!

One of the most important decisions that you have to make very early on is the exact color for your jeans.

Why? Because it says a lot about you.

Whether they are black, blue, white, or even a number of other colors (any for that matter) it says a lot about your personality and the way that you represent yourself in public.

I, for one, appreciate the darker blue in my jeans and I think it’s a nice go-between from the super-casual and historical blue and not one of those super-fancy colors – it allows one to feel comfortable at any gathering, even at a semi-professional event with a button down shirt. Continue reading

The Question of Wearing a Belt with Your Jeans

Interesting belt…

This is a continuation of a very different kinds of series on my interest in jeans. Make sure to read the other posts!

To belt or not to belt? That is the question!

For starters I wore a belt like a religion with my first pair of jeans – it was super-long, much longer than was necessary. I would knot it in some fashion along the side and then let it hang down, sometimes past my knees (read more about my thug-conversion here).

When I think about this style and practice now I literally want to throw up in my mouth a little – I was such an idiot. I’m not even sure what that style was or why I even started doing it.

But it all changed when I headed to a private High School where I needed a “nice” dress belt instead of my belt inspired by original gansters.

I hated those belts at the time since I couldn’t “let them hang” but that was the law and so I obeyed it so I could continue to get an education from that fine institution.  Continue reading

Thug to Skinny

LOL – Middle School

This is a continuation of a very different kinds of series on my interest in jeans. Make sure to read the other posts!

My transformation from “gangsta” pants (or ones that sag below the belt and sometimes below the butt) to trim and fit skinny jeans has been an interesting road, to say the least (although it’s worth noting that I’m not all-the-way-skinny, just skinnier-ish).

I started with these low riders because I thought I was a thug – literally. I thought I was an “OG” or original gangster (this was back in the early 90’s, so give me a break).

Yeah, I know. What the hell was I thinking? But I truly believed that I was and that I was all about that type of lifestyle. The way I talked, the way I walked, what I wore, and of course who I hung out with.

I’m sorry to admit it but I even wore a gold necklace and got an earing at one point. Yup, when I go in I go in hard. Sidenote: I regret the earring since I don’t wear it anymore yet there’s still a hole in my ear – doh!). Continue reading

A Lesson on Futility

There’s no greater example of absolute futility than building a sandcastle on the beach. It may be safe, for a time, but eventually the tide creeps in and it’s game over for hours of work and sweat.

And yet we do it again, and again, and again. I have never thought to even count but the amount of sandcastles that I’ve built and then watched as it was destroyed must be in the hundreds, easily.

The same with you as well, right? Every single time you go to the beach you’ve built one of them and made vain attempts to make bigger levies, larger walls, and even more intricate funneling systems to move water out of the castle and back into the ocean.

Utterly useless at the end of the day as there is simply nothing you can do about it. It begs the question, then, of why we even begin to do it in the first place? Why do we spend an incredible amount of time on our knees, building and meticulously crafting that which is and can never be immortal? Continue reading

Wearing Jeans Until Death

This is a continuation of a very different kinds of series on my interest in jeans. Make sure to read the other posts!

The problem with an incredible pair of jeans is the fact that they are incredibly hard to find – it may take me literally years to find a great pair that’s worth my money as well as the opportunity to be worn.

But when I do find that pair they become partners in life. Literally.

At one point in time my jeans were just as much of who I was as anything else – they were my persona and who I wanted to be. I wanted to showcase that I was “cool,” “hip,” or “dope” (or whatever slang was most appropriate then). I took great care and pride of not just choosing the right pair but also committing to them long-term.

And I still do although I’m not nearly as wrapped up into them from a personality perspective as my adolescent self! Continue reading

Dogfooding Standard Theme v3.0!

For those that have known me for some time know the significance of the particular WordPress Theme that I use – Standard Theme isn’t just another WordPress Theme, it’s a product that my startup company, 8BIT, has been working on solid for a few years!

It’s been an honor and pleasure to work with those guys as we’re building more than just a product, we’re building a business with a company culture that’s second to none.

One of the greatest opportunities that I have, though, is to leverage the product for my blog here (and a few other blogs – yes, I have more than one) as an example use case of what can be achieved with a solid publishing platform and that I get to “dogfood” on a daily basis.

What is “dogfooding?” For those unaware, this is what that somewhat odd term means:

Eating your own dog food, also called dogfooding, is a slang term used to define a scenario in which a company (usually, a software company) uses its own product to demonstrate the quality and capabilities of the product.

I think that there’s no greater testimony than the actual staff of a software company using the actual products that they build. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case – odd, right?

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