Friday, November 22, 2013

2013 Holiday Palette - City of Laguna Beach - Design Winner!


Laguna Beach Independent Feature






I'm excited that my pallette design was selected by the City of Laguna Beach for the 2013 Holiday Palette competition! The design is based off a photograph of Heisler Park, which I captured during the winter season. I wanted to have the sunset colors convey some of the festive cheer and atmosphere of the holidays!

Thank you to Stu New Laguna and the Laguna Beach Independent for featuring the story.






Stu News Laguna Feature



Engaged!




I'm very excited to announce that I'm engaged to my best friend, Ashley Jones! To see how the special moment unfolded, click here or watch the video above.












The marriage proposal and story is also featured on, www.howheasked.com. 


Friday, October 18, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

How to Mark All Emails as Read in Gmail


This month, Apple updated its iPhone operating system to the new iOS7. From its brilliant aesthetic layout to several internal updates, such as enhanced camera functionality, there are several new features that bring applause Apple's iOS team.



250+ Unread emails after the iOS7 update

However, one of my dislikes is how my email inbox suddenly displayed 250+ unread messages. The majority of these unread emails were being imported from my Gmail account. Some of these unread messages dated back to 2005; 3 years before the first iPhone was released.

I already seen all these emails either they were single word email received responses with "ok" or "thanks" or they were sales emails from online retailers and I was not interesting in reading them.

In an effort to display less then ten emails in my email icon, I figured out how to quickly mark all of the emails as "read." 

3 Simple Steps to Marking All Gmails as "Read" 

It's easiest to follow these steps from a personal computer and NOT an iPhone. 
1) Watch this video, which overviews the process and details the new Gmail look/feel (the legacy appearance was discontinued in August 2013). 




2) After watching the video, open Gmail's settings and change the display to show "100" messages at a time (see screenshot below). Gmail's standard view is 20 email or "conversations" and changing to "100 conversations per page" will make the process go quicker, especially heavy users of Gmail.



3) Follow the steps detailed in the video above. Click "more" and then the drop down item as "mark all as read." You can then scroll through all of the pages to mark these emails as "read."

The entire process should take 5-10 minutes, depending on how many emails you have. ...And you will be rewarded with a more accurate (non-overwhelming) email count on the new iOS 7!


An accurate count of unread emails


Bonus Tip: If you search "is:unread" in Gmail (see screenshot below), it will show ALL of the unread emails, including emails that may have been filtered into your SPAM folder.






Friday, August 9, 2013

Mountain Biking Sunset





Summer is in full swing! I hope that you are finding time to enjoy the outdoors and stay active!

Enjoy the sun setting over the Laguna Beach and Newport Beach Canyons in this mountain biking film.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

2014 Night Photo Calendar

It's never to early to get organized for next year. Check out my 2014 calendar featuring night photographs of Laguna Beach. Click here to view. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Net of Wonder Forever

Snorkeling in Crescent Bay (Laguna Beach, CA)

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." -Jacques Cousteau

Friday, July 5, 2013

Firework Finale


Enjoy Laguna Beach's Fourth of July Firework Finale! The video was filmed from Shaw's Cove in North Laguna.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

InstaSuccess! The Secrets of Marketing on Instagram


I'm extremely excited that my first eBook, InstaSuccess! The Secrets of Marketing on Instagram is published! The eBook is available on Amazon for digital download on several devices including, the Kindle, iPad, and iPhone. If you are an Amazon Prime member you can "borrow" the book for free!

The 69-page book is a collobration of Instagram marketing strategies and personal experience. Enjoy!

If you have an extra moment, please take a second to write an Amazon.com book review! I'd be very grateful and you'll earn some good karma! :-)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Badlands Park

(Badlands Park, Orange County, CA (C) Tiner)


(Badlands Park, Orange County, CA (C) Tiner)

(Badlands Park, Orange County, CA (C) Tiner)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hearst Castle


Hearst Castle's Casa Grande

Over the long holiday weekend, I visited the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA. The castle was designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947 for entrepreneur William Randolph Hearst. The grounds consist of 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, 127 acres of gardens, tennis courts, a movie theater, airfield and a private zoo (yes, at one point there were even lions, tigers and a polar bear ..oh, my!)

After William Randolph Hearst passed away in 1951, the castle was donated to the State of California in 1957. The tour guide mentioned that before donating to the State of California, the Hearst Corporation tried to sell the property and then donate it to University of California at Berkeley. However, neither Cal Berkeley or any private individual were interested in acquiring the beautiful facility.  

It's truly a spectacular destination. If you haven't been in the last few years, the tour is restructured. After the tour, you are now permitted to stroll the luscious gardens and pool area at your own pace. It makes for a special experience as you can experience the history firsthand (now if only we were allowed to jump in the Neptune Pool!)

Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool


Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool




Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool



Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool



Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool


Hearst Castle's Roman Pool


Hearst Castle's Roman Pool


Hearst Castle's Main Dining Room


Hearst Castle's Main Dining Room

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Laguna Beach in 3D!

Laguna Beach's historic Main Beach Lifeguard Tower in 3D

The moment arrived! I received my first 3D designed work of art: Laguna Beach's Main Beach Lifeguard Tower! It's exciting to see an idea take life and move through the various phases of development, from concept to design to production.

The artwork is assembled in 3 pieces (tower, base, and boardwalk cover). It's dimensions are 4.89 w x 6.498 d x 5.408 h. I used alumide to create the sculpture, which can support the heat from a small candle.

If you are interested in seeing the 3D model of the artwork, click here.

Monday, May 13, 2013

3D Printing: A New Frontier for Creative Thinkers

From investing to creating unparalleled designs, the opportunities with 3D printing continue to amaze me.

Companies such as 3D Systems Corporation (DDD) and and Stratasys, Ltd (SSYS) have handsomely returned over 160% and 620% gains respectively to stockholders in the past year. The market caps of these companies range from 3-4 billion and will continue to increase as the demand for their technology increases.

Other companies, such as Shapeways have provided a new source of revenue for designers, artisans and creative thinkers. Similar to individuals downloading a music track from iTunes and the musician receiving a royalty, artists can upload their designs to Shapeways and receive a commission every time an individual purchases or "prints" their product.  

As 3D printers start to find their way into Staples and other mainstream outlets, we can no longer ignore the presence of this new technology. Everyday people can now create, design and print their own creations or household items, such as coffee cups.

Although it is taking longer for the the paradigm to shift from a novelty to everyday practicality, 3D printing will continue to push society's thinking into new frontiers. From printed prosthetics to replacement parts for cars, this new technology will continue to transform our landscape and help our society move forward.

As I am facinated with this new technology, I wanted to create a 3D design of own. I wanted my first design to reflect a region that is close to my heart, Laguna Beach, CA. My first 3D design is the Laguna Beach Lifeguard Tower, an inconic landmark in the coastal town. The design is created out of Alumide, a strong metal that can absorb substantiation heat without changing design, and functions as a candle holder, which illumates the windows at night.

Here is a sneak peak of the Laguna Beach Lifeguard tower design:




To see more of the design, visit my Shapeways portfolio.