Things I love: Put This On, Episodes 1-3 Denim, Shoes & Work

A video podcast I think every man should watch “Put This On” with Jesse Thorn. They’re brazilliant!!

You can check out their website at

Chatham Neighborhood Chicago Illinois Interview with Rep. Marlow H. Colvin

Recently I did a study on the Chatham neighborhood in Chicago Illinois for a class I am taking at Dominican University earning my MSW. Below is an interview I did with Representative Marlow H. Colvin about the neighborhoods history and what makes them unique.

North Manitou Island Backpacking, Bushwhacking, Tim Allen & Sunburns in the Great State of Michigan

Hike from our cars – the start of a journey…

I now consider myself a backpacker – I love it, I love nature, I love the challenge…it is simply awesome. I recently went on a trip to North Manitou Island and I think I just may be hooked and committed to becoming a backpacking enthusiast as a lifelong hobby. It was a wonderful trip which actually got delayed because we had to take the “big boat” instead of the little one because Lake Michigan had 5-8 feet swells and the small boat wouldn’t be able to dock. One thing I noticed was the size of some people’s backpack – holy cow some of them were monstrous and must have weighed at least 60 pounds. I thought I packed to many t-shirts (I did), but wow my backpack was dwarfed by some of the monsters people packed.

Getting on the boat.

When we got off the boat after a sea sick inducing ride on the boat we had backpacker orientation, which accounted for, in a nutshell, you have to camp 300 feet from any water, 300 feet from other campsites, no campfires, and your latrine needs to be at least 6 inches deep. After that we were on the trail. The first hour or so on the trail was exhausting getting use to wearing a 30 pound pack on my back, but after my muscles were warmed up we all found our rhythm backpacking across the island to the northwest side of the island. What we didn’t realize was that we missed the unkempt trail we needed to take to the dunes where we wanted to camp, so we took a risk and bushwhacked it at about a 50 degree incline 900 feet up. At the end of that day we hiked around 6-7 miles which was definitely a good start.

Bushwhacking at it’s best!

The campsite we found!

The next day we enjoyed our awesome campsite, but yikes getting water going down an uber-steep hill of leg cramping sand which was a good workout to say the least. Also, when we got water we had to go at least knee depth in Lake Michigan and filter our water into the water bottles. I don’t think I have ever valued water so much in my life. It’s amazing how you find out how important something is when you don’t have it by just turning on the tap.

Filtering water in the coldness of Lake Michigan.

Later that day we went on a day hike on the beach and that’s where we all forgot to apply sunscreen early enough. The beaches on North Manitou Island were a thing of beauty. If I didn’t know where I was at I would have thought we were on a tropical island. When I was on the island I thought about those “Pure Michigan” commercials with Tim Allen as the commentator. What was really crazy was when we were waiting for the boat at a coffee shop I thought I recognized someone, but couldn’t place his face and then I realized it was Mr. Michigan Tim Allen. I said “Mr. Allen? Mr. Allen? Tim Allen!?” and he replied “Yes” stunned by my discovery I could only muster the response of “I love your work” and Tim Allen said back “Thanks” and proceeded to get his coffee.

One of Tim Allen commercials for “Pure Michigan.”

Our last day on the island was spent it trying to find a dry way across the middle of the island. We thought we found a nice meadow to go across, but we got a little more then a quarter of a way there and our feet started to get wet and poof we discovered we were in a swamp! In my head I irrationally started to imagine we were endanger of getting eating by an alligator. So we turned around and went back the way we came to try to find some higher and dryer ground to make our way to the main trail.

After some navigating we went to higher ground and crossed and found a dry spot to make our way to the main trail. The only other issue was all three of us on the trip got sunburns in places you don’t normally get them. I got sunburned on the tops of my feet, my girlfriend Ela got sunburned pretty bad on her legs and behind her knees and so did Ryan our friend. So this made the backpacking across the island harder then normal. We did find our way to a nice campsite on the east side of the island and found some time to play the card game Uno in our tent.

Tent party on our last night on the island!!

All in all our backpack trip I think has inspired a lifelong love affair with backpacking and the wilderness for myself. It was so nice to get away from things like cell phones, computers, text message and all the creature comforts one has when they’re not in the wilderness because it helps me appreciate those things when I come back (Although, I did bring my Flip Mino HD and took all of the awesome video you see posted). It was also nice to just live in the present and do things like go for a walk on the beach, eat wild strawberries and see nature in action.

I think we hiked over 20 miles with our time on North Manitou Island. We also went on a winery tour before we left for the island.

Yay for nature!

I can’t wait to go on our next trip whether it is a day trip of a trek across the wilderness. Yay for backpacking!!

Things I love: Leo Leporte – Mini Documentary

Okay so Leo Leporte is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE human beings! Below is a short documentary about his TWiT Network. Hope you enjoy! This was originally posted on

The show must go on!! This is from my Mom’s wonderful choir at Harlem High School!

This is footage from my Mom’s choir “Harlem Choraleers” the camera filming has a very high ISO (it does well taking video in the dark), just keep that in mind while watching the following clip.

You could barely see anyone with the naked eye.

Things I love: “All Marketers are Liars” – Seth Godin speaks at Google

What I really loved that Seth Godin talked at Google about is how marketers need to tell a story and make someone feel something. Companies need to make real connections with consumers, be sincere and be remarkable. Social Media can be an outlet for this, but if it’s done insincerely I think it can be disastrous.

See the talk below, it’s a bit long but very worth it. Why can’t we all work at Google? Thanks to @allenmowery for the link!

New Media and the New Homeless

Social Media and Nonprofits go hand-in-hand, they can have a large impact without a lot of capital investment. The below video addresses just that and was inspired by and @tGGtH on twitter. I’ve worked at an organization that deals with the homeless and my first experience with them was an eye opener.

Many of the homeless were just regular people who fell on hard times. Single mothers and children, teens, and twenty somethings. I think social media can have the power to bring awareness to our nations homeless and hope my blog post is a small part that helps people in need. Don’t get me wrong I’m the type of person that wants people to help themselves, but sometimes people need a pick-me-up from others and kindness.

Something you can do right now is just help people become aware of nonprofits and their missions.

Brianna also has a blog at You can follow Mark, who did the interview on twitter at @hardlynormal.

How the Olympics Can Help You Learn From Social Media Feedback

It’s easy to be a keyboard warrior and be critical of someone or a company. When on the receiving end it’s best not to take personally, but you can learn from critiques. I try to take the Olympic method with comments – throw out the highest score and throw out the lowest score. The truth probably lies somewhere in between. Having a thick skin is key. My video below was inspired by a comment I received from @QuePR. Her tweet was:

QuePR: The no. 1 risk AND reward to using social media marketing is participation and increasing customer engagement. #awareness

QuePR:@jasonbroaddus Yep, definitely a two-edged sword :–) #awareness

I recorded a short video about Social Media being a two edged swords below. Hope you enjoy!

Viral Videos & Humor

As you can see below the videos I shot while out with some friends don’t exactly have a “point.” However, I think it’s important to keep a sense of humor while online and doing something silly can break up the monotonous tone blogs can take if there isn’t any humor introduced. So enjoy I hope you get a least a little chuckle from the clips below.