inception’s plot, illustrated

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Over on fastcodesign, I found an amazing infographic by Rick Slusher that succeeds in visually explaining the incredibly-intricate plot of this summer’s blockbuster hit, “Inception”.  Warning – spoilers ahead!  Below is a small version of the graphic.  Click it to see the full-resolution version.  The full-res version is quite big, drag to scroll around it or right click to download it. (more…)

your song played on the space shuttle

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

NASA wants your songs!Hey all you musicians out there!  If you have a space-themed song, or want to write one, NASA wants you to submit it to be played on the last two space shuttle missions as the crew’s wake-up music!

Go here to submit your song:

You have til January 2011. (more…)

the new, awesome van

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

A picture’s worth a thousand words, right?  Check it out:

This lovely behemoth is my new ride!  It’s got a half-ton truck engine in it and when you put the pedal to the metal, the old girl’s got guts!  She’s got plenty of cargo space as well, you can fit a 12-foot roll of carpet inside!  I’m enjoying learning how to drive such a big vehicle, and the feeling of power it gives me to hear her low rumble. (more…)

how to get GPS directions via text message

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Google mapsHere is the coolest tech thing I’ve learned recently: you don’t need a GPS unit, an iPhone, or even data plan on your cell phone to get GPS directions without a computer! Google has an amazing text-message interface that can return everything from web results to business phone numbers to directions to your phone via SMS.

Here is what you do: (more…)

thoughts on multitasking and relaxation

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

multitaskingI am a chronic multitasker.  I am always doing it, no matter where I am.  I can’t resist opening the laptop while watching TV, or checking my email constantly throughout the day, or putting someone on speakerphone to check the text that just came in.  Sometimes I’m on the phone, texting and chatting online all at the same time.  I am a multitasking addict. (more…)

why does OSX Finder Copy suck?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Okay, this post is a total rant.  I am fed up and frustrated trying to back up data on my PowerMac G5.  The fundamental question has been raised in the post’s title, namely:

Why does the copy functionality of the Finder suck so badly?!?! (more…)

new studio pictures

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Attention, world!  Heftel Studios has moved to a new location, and it’s looking FABulous!!  Here are some great photos of the new location, which is in Provo right by Deseret Industries (more info available at  If you’re in the area, call 801-417-0514 to come check it out!