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30 in 30, The Recap (and Lessons Learned)

So with a little over a week to digest the “results” of my 30 in 30 project, I thought I’d share with you some insights I picked up, and an easy place to check out all the offerings for something that might catch your eye.

Pros:
• Actual completion of the project. I’m not gonna lie (stupid saying, maybe the stupidest ever — anyone you trust wouldn’t need to say they aren’t lying, and anyone who was planning to lie to you wouldn’t call attention to their level of honesty), there were times where my not-quite-best laid plans had fallen all to hell and I didn’t think I was going to get anything out on a given day. Somehow this never happened, though I couldn’t say to you with a straight face that everything I posted was of equal quality.

• It got me doing. A shortened version of a big philosophy of mine is that the action of doing something that you are passionate about is often a greater success than the actual product you create as a result of that passion. That is to say, the very fact that I was able to force myself to make time in my life for creation again was in-and-of-itself a better accomplishment than any of my rambling writings, poor cover songs, etc.

• Networking. No, really. For as much as social “networking” is all the rage, if we’re being honest very little (if any) social networking is actually networking related. More often it’s trying to track down the hot co-workers’ bikini pics and avoiding finding out which of my friends go engaged most recently. Or maybe that’s just me. But what 30 in 30 was able to do was really open my eyes to the resources around me in terms of areas where I lack expertise (photography, directing, etc.), and force me to network with people who are actually good at those areas where I’m even more lacking than usual.
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30 in 30, Day 30: Wayfarer

Today is the last day of my 30 in 30 self-assigned project, and I thought it would be appropriate to cap it off with the short film me and my buddies James S. and Greg K. shot as our entry for the 48 Hour Film Festival — a national short film festival that assigns its participants a random genre, prop and line of dialogue out of a hat, then requires them to conceptualize, write, shoot, produce, and edit a 5-7 minute short film in 48 hours. It’s a really cool concept, and I’m pleased with what we produced, given the constraints of the festival. Of all the things I have done on zero sleep, this is probably one of the ones I’m most proud of, and least worried about getting arrested for. I hope seeing this film completely changes your life.

I’ve included the embedded version at the bottom of the post, but since we shot this in HD, it will probably look better if you watch it on youtube’s actual site.

Click me to see the best movie of ever right on your computron machine.

Title: Wayfarer
Genre: Adventure Serial
Prop: Deck of cards
Line of dialogue: “You do what you want to do.”

 

At some point over the weekend I’ll probably post some sort of recap on my thoughts on this forced creativity of the 30 in 30 project I’ve been doing, but as a general wrap I’d just like to say that I appreciate the kind words and encouragement from the people who’ve liked what I’ve been doing, and the tolerance from people who’ve hated it. Even though it probably won’t be daily, I’m excited that I’m back in the swing of forcing myself to create even when it’s not convenient, and I’ll continue to post things for you internet people to digest when there’s nothing better around. All the best, and thanks for sticking with me.

Cheers,
Dustin

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30 in 30, Day 29: It’s Arrested…Development

So let me just say that I spent a few minutes tinkering on my ukulele (purchased yesterday as you may recall), and figured out the theme song tag from my all time favorite television show, Arrested Development. Playing the AD theme on my own ukulele: check another one off the bucket list. I hope this inspires you to quote the best show ever cancelled nonstop for the next two weeks. Don’t leave your Uncle T-Bag hanging!

I’ve made a huge mistake.
Dustin (aka STEVE HOLT!)

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30 in 30, Day 28: Things I Bought Today (and…Why?)

Today, I purchased a wide variety of items for my personal use. Because the internet is a vast wasteland of useless information and documentation, I’m going to share them with you. And let’s face it, if you had to willpower to resist the useless, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. So here we are, in no particular order…

THINGS I BOUGHT TODAY! (and why).

 

A videogame (FIFA Soccer 2012 (PS3))

An increasingly-rabid fan of the FIFA Soccer videogames (and soccer in general) since the early 2000’s, I can hands-down say this one is the best of the series to date. All the usual graphical improvements, but with a host of additional refinements that will really please people who love sports as much as they love pretending to play sports.

 

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30 in 30, Day 27: The Five Best Gifts to Get Your Man

Whether the occasion is a birthday, holiday, anniversary, or Jewish high holy day, a constant frustration I hear from many girlfriends/wives is that they’re almost never sure what would be the best gift to get their man. Well fret not, considerate ladies of the world, because I’m here to tell you the five gifts that any man you’re dating will want (so I hope you saved the receipt for that 70th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Gone with the Wind).
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