January 2nd, 2011 by Kawika Heftel

It is a new year. The time when people set resolutions for what they will accomplish or change in their lives. For me, it is a strange time. Lots of changes and transitions in my life. Lots of old things, old patterns that have gone away, replaced with new ones that I’m not so sure that I like. Life, as always, is bittersweet, filled with both happiness and tears. I suppose that is the way it’s supposed to be.

Sometimes I fear that the new patterns are too much, that I cant survive without the old ones, that I can’t fill the void that their destruction has left behind.

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Inspirational Quotes for the new year

January 1st, 2011 by Kawika Heftel

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the latest LDS general conference:

The world pursues enlightened self-interest. Yet the power is not in us to save ourselves. But it is in Him. Infinite and eternal, only our Savior’s Atonement transcends time and space to swallow up death, anger, bitterness, unfairness, loneliness, and heartbreak.
-Elder Gong

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Thoughts on “The Secret”

December 3rd, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

XKCD Positive Attitude

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything from XKCD here, that amazing geeky web-comic that I love so much.  This strip talks about the power of positive thinking and how some people take it to an extreme.  I am all for positive thinking, and for taking responsibility for our choices, attitudes, and feelings, but some people take it to such an extreme that they use it as a club to beat others over the head with.   Read more…

Thoughts on being human

November 18th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

Sometimes, we come face-to-face with our own mortality. We think we can do anything, we reach for the sky, we aim for the stars, only to be reminded that when it all comes down to it, we’re still human. Mortal. Fallible.
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apple, eat your heart out

October 15th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

Ok, this is freaking amazing.  In the video below, the band Atomic tom is playing one of their hit songs…. on the train… with nothing but 4 iPhones!  And it sounds seriously aMAZing!  You gotta check it out! I love it when musicians get creative – I want to buy their album based on this video alone!

If you want to see the original live recording of the song, you can see it here.

Flash Player 10 maximum bitmap size

September 27th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

ActionScript 3Did you know that Flash Player 10 cannot handle bitmaps larger than roughly 8,000 pixels on a side?

Technically, the hard limit is 16,777,215 total image pixels, with a limit on each dimension of 8,192 pixels.  This information I obtained only after much Googling and is only available in an obscure Adobe tech note. Read more…

grannies with attitude

September 25th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

The ladies in this video have some serious attitude.  Check it out:

On a side note, I recorded, mixed and mastered the soundtrack.  Let me know in the comments what you think!

I’m in trouble….

September 20th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

This is so like me….

Conditional risk from XKCD

does this happen to you too?

September 10th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

Today’s XKCD strip struck a little too close to home for me.  Is anyone else out there like me in this?  And what does it say about me? Read more…

30 grownup truths (humorous)

September 10th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

So I just turned 28 years old, and I’ve now been around the block a few times.  I’ve learned the world is quite a different place than I thought it was when I was a kid.  I thought I’d share some of the “grownup truths” I’ve come across (note: for entertainment purposes only):

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3D MovieClips with Flex and ActionScript 3

September 7th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

ActionScript 3For whatever reason, tonight my brain will not shut up, even after hours of watching Hulu.  So it’s time to share some of what I learned today.  Attention, non-geeks – this will be quite a technology-heavy post.  But there will be pretty pictures.

Flash has had the ability to do 3D for quite some time now, natively, without using any of the fancy libraries out there like PaperVision3D.  All you have to do is set the z property on a MovieClip.  Seriously, that’s all it takes.  And you know how you can rotate a MovieClip by setting the rotation parameter?  Now there are rotationX, rotationY, and rotationZ parameters.  Changing any of these through code will result in the MovieClip being displayed in three dimensions.  Groovy! Read more…

don’t be a camel

September 4th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

Stubborn CamelI was just on Dr. Paul’s M-Power blog, and came across the following interesting thought (original post here).  It struck me so much I wanted to discuss it here.

Apparently camels have attitudes.  They grumble and complain no matter what  command you give them.  Dr. Paul saw a “wrangler” (I guess that’s what a camel trainer is called) trying to deal with a camel, and said: Read more…

when GTA meets literature

September 3rd, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

For your daily laugh, I present the following from XKCD:

The Carriage on XKCD

inception’s plot, illustrated

August 27th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

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. Read more…

your song played on the space shuttle

August 21st, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

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. Read more…

the new, awesome van

August 19th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

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. Read more…

how to get GPS directions via text message

August 10th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

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.

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thoughts on multitasking and relaxation

August 7th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

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. Read more…

why does OSX Finder Copy suck?

August 5th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

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?!?! Read more…

new studio pictures

August 1st, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

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!