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This, this, all the this!

If you are a creative, this video will sounds very familiar – but it’s a universal message. Lord knows I’ve been down this road a few times. Determination, persistence and touch of naivete is usually enough to win the day – it’s just the “day” in question usually lasts for years.

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Come Watch Andelon Productions Discussions: Creativity on the Daily

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We’re starting a new program series later this month. Round table discussions about using creativity and performance skills in other businesses and daily life. I’ll be inviting friends of mine that work in a variety of industries to participate and we’ll be taking questions from you, the audience, as well. Afterward the video will be available on my YouTube channel so you can watch it whenever you want. Not subscribed to my channel yet? Click below:

Curtis Andersen’s YouTube Channel

The first discussion will be on

Thursday February 19th at 8:30pm Pacific Time LIVE!

It will cover Creativity in your Daily Life and will feature my oldest friends from high school and college who have gone off to the four winds when it comes to careers:

  • Scott Sanford – IT specialist for the financial industry.
  • Dean Ethington – Graphic Designer and web developer for Oakley.
  • Dan Zarzana – Manager at an entertainment payroll company.
  • Jeff Garvin – Author and musician.

All of them have very different perspectives on how they use the creative sides of their brains and I’m looking forward to a lively conversation.

We’ll be doing these roundtables once a month in the 3rd week of the month so stay tuned for more!

See you next time!

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Fun Video Friday – What Women Really Want

Rene and I were just talking about this, and actually have been talking about this in a general sense for years now – how things are marketed to women.

Big thanks to author/actress/blogger Kimberly Rae Miller for the find!

See you next time!

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Four Minutes


I was watching the Discovery Channel, I forget which show, and they were talking about near Earth objects or NEO’s. NEO’s are the objects that are flying through space and have the possibility of hitting the Earth. These objects range in size from a pebble to hundreds on miles wide. The NEO’s that are tracked are the ones that are considered dangerous. There are thousands of these objects being tracked at all times. The scientist who was being interviewed said that even though there are thousands of these objects being tracked there are thousands, perhaps even hundreds of thousands of these objects that we aren’t tracking.

The scary fact of it all is that there could be an object over 600 miles wide that might be headed directly at the Earth right now and if it is, and we aren’t tracking it, we would have four minutes of warning before it struck the Earth and effectively wiped all life off of the planet.

Four minutes.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, not because I’m obsessed with the idea of being killed by a rock falling from space but because of the phenomenon that I’m becoming way too aware off lately – Nanny Laws.

We are currently living in a society where our leaders keep doing things to make us feel more safe when, in actuality, there is nothing that can keep us safe.

Examples:

  • Security checks at the airport are great for seeing what’s in passenger baggage, but no one checks the cargo placed in stowage – THIS IS ON YOUR FLIGHT! If someone REALLY wants to blow up a plane all they have to do is ship it.
  • Dog Bans and Breed Specific Legislation do not accomplish the goal of stopping dog bites, once one breed is gone the other dogs pick up the slack. This has lead to over 70 breeds of dog being banned or restricted in some way in Italy and multiple dog bans across the United States.
  • Gun Laws
  • Tobacco Laws
  • The Drug War

All of these only punish the law abiding, the people who want these things will have them anyway – only the innocent get punished.

And for what? What are we really being kept safe from? When does personal responsibility become a factor? I would actually like to see a return of personal responsibility!

Why does AIG get a bail out for being a failure? I wouldn’t. You wouldn’t. And I don’t agree that any company is too large to fail. In fact I would argue that some companies have become too large to succeed!

This is really just the beginning of a much bigger conversation and I would like to encourage you to comment so we can continue the discussion.

Four minutes.

Think of all the stuff you would cease to care about if you knew it was your last four minutes and then tell me what’s really important to you.

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A Rene Repost – Why you only Hear Bad Things About Pit Bulls

Below I have reposted a blog from the lovely Rene Bordelon about the villainizing of pit bulls. As I’m sure you know by now, Rene and I have the best dog in the world, Frankie, and he is a pit. The fact that anyone could ever consider him “dangerous” is ludicrous, yet his whole breed is considered evil and more and more there are states, counties and cities using breed specific legislation (BLS) to take good dogs away from their owners just because of their breed.

It is equal to racism, but humans don’t take it as seriously because “they’re just dogs.” I don’t like anybody telling me what kind of dog I can have, especially since Rene & I are very responsible dog owners, and then having the city, county or state saying I can have my dog because of mob fear mongering?! Oh, hell to the no!

Anyway, before I get too worked up, here’s Rene’s blog. I hope you enjoy it.

See you tomorrow!

Why You Only Hear Bad Things about Pit Bulls.


Today I was reading an article about “Heroic Pit Bulls”. It is a good article. Here’s the link: Heroic Pit Bull Article on “Neatorama”.

At the end of the article, as always there are commenters. Some are just happy to see a good article about pit bulls and some are quite clearly obsessed with eradicating them from the planet because “The media tells me they are bad” or “I had a bad experience with one so therefore they are ALL bad”. One commenter with the name of “Limboslam” asked why he (or she, I really don’t know) only ever read or heard about pit bull attacks and not attacks by other dogs. So, another commenter by the name of KMarie wrote this in response and well, I couldn’t have said it better myself. It is awesome. Please read, please share this information with everyone you know and if you are a friend to me, please be a friend to pit bulls and spread the TRUTH about these dogs who have been so unfairly biased against and improperly treated. Please let your local news media know that you are tired of the fear mongering and that you EXPECT AND DEMAND that they show some ethics and truth in what they report to you. Think about it, if they are THIS biased with a breed of dog, can you trust them to honestly and accurately report ANYTHING? We deserve better as people. Even if you don’t care for pit bulls, you should care about the lies the media so carelessly spread to get ratings. THAT should disgust you.

KMarie wrote “Which leads me into a rebuttal for Limboslam. Jill Harness is absolutely correct – the reason you hear about pit bulls is because that’s what the media wants you to hear. A pit bull bite is treated differently than a bite by any other breed, regardless of severity. I’d like to expand the point a bit.

In my county a few years back, there was a front-page headline – “Pit Bull Terrorizes Neighborhood.” According to the Animal Control Officers on scene, most of whom I know quite well personally, what they were actually dealing with was a friendly, playful puppy, eight months old, who had gotten out of his yard and spent about an hour playing the best game of chase ever with his owners and the two ACOs. He was never once aggressive, and absolutely no one was hurt. Several neighbors readily joined in to help catch him. But some residents of that neighborhood barricaded themselves in their homes and pestered the Animal Control offices, the police, and even 911 with frantic calls about a vicious dog who wouldn’t let them leave their homes. And because it was a pit bull, they were taken seriously, and it became front page news. Never mind the fact that he was merely playing, or that his game was to get away from people, not to rush at them. Nope, something happened with a pit bull, so it was newsworthy.

Less than a month later, a lab quite literally tore the face off an elderly man, who required years of reconstructive surgery just to be able to chew again. One of the directors of the local shelter where I volunteer called the paper (same one as above) to report on the incident, and was told (exact quote), “Nobody wants to read about that. Call back when you have an attack by a pit bull.” And then they hung up.

And that, Limboslam, is why you only read about pit bull attacks.

These are just some of my personal experiences, but this sort of thing would seem to be common practice. There are some pdfs on this page – http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dog-news/ – that illustrate just how wide a gap there is between reporting on pits and reporting on any other breed.

I contend that such irresponsible reporting is a far bigger problem than dog bites by themselves. By labeling pit bulls and rottweilers as “bad breeds”, and by focusing only on the worst possible examples of those breeds, by painting that as typical of the whole, the media is saying that these dogs are the unsafe ones. By unspoken-but-universally-assumed association, all other breeds are therefore safe. Not only is that completely untrue, it’s a dangerous misconception, particularly when children are involved. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people make this point, and it’s completely right – the difference between an attack by a seventy-pound pit bull and an attack by a thirty-pound collie doesn’t make much difference when the baby only weighs fifteen pounds itself, lives on the floor at the dogs’ level, doesn’t understand warning signs, and can’t run away from them.

And, statistically speaking, the overwhelming majority of dog bite victims are children. But breed is not the common denominator when it comes to bites. The ONLY common denominator is that most dog bites occurred when the parent was not supervising either dog or child. Children and dogs do not come with an inborn set of instructions on how to relate to each other, and unless BOTH are taught how to respect each other, you run the risk of tragedy. Now, if THAT could be put into the public mind as the main reason for dog bites, then I daresay we’d see a drastic drop in the number of bites. But as long as people keep thinking that this will never happen to them as long as they steer clear of certain breeds, it will continue. This question of breed is nothing more than a fear-mongering, paper-selling, sensational distraction from the actual problem and its actual solution.

If you want true, factual information about any of this – this breed, dog bites, dog behavior – sadly, you cannot trust the media to tell you the truth. You’re going to have to do some research yourself, and maybe even go out and meet a pit bull before you issue a blanket condemnation of the breed based on what you read in the paper or saw on TV.”

She also had some smart words in another comment where she wrote” In my experience, people who love pit bulls are the ones who’ve met them. Those that think they’re dangerous or demonic or equivalent to a mountain lion or a loaded shotgun are people who have never met one, and only ever seen them on the news or read about them in the paper. I find it astonishing that personal experience is discounted time and again, dismissed by people who say, “Well, you’ve never met a bad one” or “You’ve been lucky so far, but don’t ever trust it” or “They just randomly turn on you, you can’t see it coming” – these sorts of comments, almost without fail, coming from someone who wouldn’t even pet a pit bull if offered a chance. What makes that person more of an expert than me, who lives with one, every single day? Why does that person deserve a soundbite on the news, when by their own admission, they would never have anything to do with these dogs?

For that matter, why is the occasional attack (by a chained-up, unsocialized, untrained) dog treated as though it’s a truer representation of the breed as a whole than the hundreds of licensed therapy dogs? Or the K9 police units that can only use this breed as drug dogs because they lack the necessary aggression to do work typically given to German Shepherds? Or the literally hundreds of thousands of dogs every single day that do not bite anyone? It’s mind-boggling, and infuriating, and frequently heartbreaking, because that sort of media bias and misinformation is exactly what leads to breed-specific legislation – outlawing of pit bulls, where the innocent majority are lumped together with the handful of guilty aberrations and labeled ‘Vicious’, ‘Dangerous’, or ‘Only Safe Once Dead’ despite all objective and subjective evidence to the contrary.”

I don’t know who KMarie is, but I kind of love her.

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