Paperless Dreams

I’ve had a long standing desire to be as paperless as possible. With today’s technology there are very few reasons why there is a need to actually keep paper — yet we still have an abundance of it arriving in the mail each day, or being dragged home from the office.

Years ago, I read David Allen’sGetting Things Done” (GTD) and “Ready for Anything” books. The basic concept was handling paper (and all things that relate to paper) in the most efficient process as possible. While the premise of GTD (in the books) is paper, there are components of GTD that lend itself to the technology-based world.

This is where I wanted to explore more, and over the years, I have used a product (which I LOVE) called Evernote (download it today). Evernote has pretty much made it so simple to capture pretty much everything. Here are some examples of how I use Evernote:

  • Capturing webs clippings (articles, pages, images)
  • Saving emails (even those with attachments)
  • Capturing all my SMS text messages (combined with IFTTT and mySMS)
  • Centralizing all my Foursquare Checkins
  • I wrote many of my school notes in college
  • Saving documents in one place (receipts, manuals, etc.)
  • Logging all the activities (and dates) we spend with our Little Brother

There are many more, and the options are endless. The one thing I’m working to get better at is transferring the paper that I get each day into digital versions. Here is where Jamie Rubin and his Going Paperless series has been really beneficial (Jamie appears to have completely digitized his life, and is the Evernote’s Paperless Living Ambassador).

Jamie provides a number of simple processes and ideas to help you see other options that might be available for handling paper (both electronic and “real”). Many of these I have incorporated into my life and I have to say that I’m seeing the difference. For some it will be a challenge, but the recommendation is to start small, and then see how you can expand it each day, week or month.

Remember, paper will continue to exist in life, but managing it and reducing it should be everyone’s goal.

the Movie

Well we are now safely home and time to reflect on The Simpsons Movie … well that is done!

Now I shall preface my comments by stating that I am not as much a fan of The Simpsons as others that I know, and I do not have the innate ability to rattle off lines from the series throughout the years. Most of the time, it’s funny, some of the time I laugh. This pretty much describes my reaction to the movie.

I am sure there were funnier parts of the movie, however there were moments when applause, hootin’ and hollerin’ overwhelmed my ability to hear, so I shall have to watch it again (most likely when it is released on DVD). I’m willing to wait.

We sat in the theatre waiting for the “slushy” moment, alas didn’t appear (I think Ian dreamt about it, so it wasn’t meant to be there).

Following the movie most of the group ventured over to the Cheesecake Factory for a martini or other drink. Good discussion — not about the movie — and an enjoyable evening overall.

Back, flicks and friends

Well I thought I might do a weekend recap.

Friday night I did the usual coffee gathering with Frisco Pride members, and was suprised to see six new members in attendance (the largest we’ve had in a long time). Later we did a salad at Cotton Patch Cafe and then headed home to watch Boys Briefs 2, which was hosted by Danny Roberts. It was really enjoyable. Sometimes with these short films, you can get some depressing movies that overwhelm you. This series of shorts, didn’t have any of those.

Saturday, as I was loading the dishwasher, I pulled a muscle in my back. Talk about a great way to mess up weekend plans. I tried to recover, but it gradually got worse, so I ended up laying down and napping. The worst part of this was the reality that I was not going to be able to head to a Frisco Pride cocktail event that evening. I’d been looking forward to it for a while, and here I was moving about like an 110-year old. I did manage to cook some pretty tasty fried rice for dinner, and then proceeded to watch the two remaining films I had from NetFlix: The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and FAQS.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye was really good, and actually quite educational. I was suprised to learn some of the history of evangelical television, and the fact that Jim and Tammy Baker were responsible for starting “The 700 Club”, “Trinity Broadcasting Network” and “PTL.” I was also suprised at the involvement of Jerry Falwell into the destruction of both Jim and Tammy’s lives, not to mention the apparent deceit that he manipulated to push Jim and Tammy out of PTL.

FAQS was less educational, however provided a great deal of eye candy … if you are into that kind of thing. Adam Larson (from MTV’s Road Rules) appears as a gay basher, who discovers his sexuality. The lead character, Joe Lia (India) is a little unbelievable, but has some cute naked scenes which make up for the mediocre acting. The ultra-hottie of the show is Spencer (played by Lance Lee Davis) … talk about a nice chest 🙂

Most of Sunday, I watched mind-numbing television while trying to “click” my back into place. Sunday evening we had Bobby, Ian and Kean over for dinner, and enjoyed cooking some kebabs on the new grill (the old one needed a part replaced that didn’t seem to be availble *sigh*). Chris was very happy with the new acquisition.

We finished our weekend by watching Comedy Central’s roast of William Shatner. It was okay.

Movie Mode

Today, I decided to play catch up with movies. We’ve had three movies from Netflix for over a month, and I decided that I need to watch at least a couple of them. I’ve already blogged about the first one I saw, The God Who Wasn’t There. The other two movies were The Fluffer and Ben and Arthur.

Of the two movies, I watched The Fluffer all the way through. This is not to say that it was a good film, but it was bearable. I guess I lived in hope of seeing some porn, but it didn’t happen. There is a good scene where Ron Jeremy and Chi Chi La Rue are making cameo performances. It really isn’t anything more than just a party in the middle of the movie. It was probably the most interesting part.

I didn’t make it through Ben and Arthur. When the film stars the writer, producer and director (all the same person), you can kind of see that it’s going to be low budget. The number of times that you could see the actors actually “start” acting was kind of funny (you know when the director says “action” and they start). What is really interesting is looking at the movies that many of the actors have appeared in. Many of the same names keep on appearing. One thing that is consistent is the ranking these movies get – nothing more than two stars (I exaggerate … barely) 🙂

There is a silver lining – I have three new movies on the way 🙂

The God Who Wasn’t There

I just finished watching “The God Who Wasn’t There“, a film by Brian Flemming that “examines the Bible and discusses the history of early Christianity, raising doubts as to whether the New Testament personage Jesus ever really existed.”

I obtained the movie through Netflix, and what intrigued me about this movie was the description that it gave.

Borrowing the lively approach of documentaries such as Fahrenheit 9/11 and Super Size Me, ex-Christian fundamentalist Brian Flemming’s exposé shines an unflinching spotlight on Christianity and the existence of Christ. Flemming interviews religious experts and Christians of varying backgrounds, ultimately asserting that Jesus Christ is more than likely a fictional character based on legend and that Christian doctrine is rife with contradiction.

One of the experts that Flemming speaks with is Sam Harris who has written “The End of Faith”, a book recently read by my friend Bobby.

I enjoyed the movie for what is was. It provides a few references to the inconsistencies that occur within the Bible, along with a better understanding on how similar the story of Christ is to other mythical stories told from earlier generations. The reference to Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of the Christ” was eye opening, and scary – both at the same time.