Cursing Or Bust

Just got invited to speak for an hour. Paid. And I very much appreciate the invitation from a fellow Toastmaster who knows me pretty well. I also curse. During my Toastmasters 30-min speaking demos, 1-on-1 speaking and life coaching sessions, 2-hour bootcamp confidence workshops – I curse. It’s not gratuitous or derogatory or mean-spirited, but … Read more

What’s Your Prize?

Going from Ds and Fs to 3rd-in-my-class with an A meant switching from hardly studying in the American River College cafeteria to consistently finishing my homework every Tuesday and Thursday (the same days homework was assigned) at home. This “same day” cycle was crucial because I’m lazy AF and it’s easy for me to “put … Read more

Affinity Designer – Perspective Distort Vector Art

Since there’s currently (as of July 2019) no Perspective / Distort / Warp tool in Affinity Designer ($49.99) (which I was totally used to for forever in Adobe Illustrator), ya gotta use Affinity Photo ($49.99). And you can open Affinity Photo directly from within Affinity Designer: File > Edit in Photo… Currently you can only … Read more

AVCHD To HitFilm 4 Express

The single AVCHD file is the container the camera uses to store the .mts files, because the format has a file size limit that forces it to break up longer recordings into multiple pieces. You have to open the AVCHD file and extract the .mts files, and you will be able to import them [into … Read more

Public Speaking Feedback Loop

So cool that client had a videotape of their speech. Gives me a chance to rewind and rewatch. Very cool. My feedback: Font size: Consider doubling your font size (which means more pieces of paper). Voice projection: Consider sounding a bit louder. Eye contact: Good. Consider increasing the duration of eye contact with each Board member. Having … Read more