Nosara Spider
This picture isn't too exciting but I like it because of that small dot hanging from a leaf. I decided to focus in...

Nosara Spider
Almost like a fractal of the larger scene, this spider is just doing its thing; oblivious to the nice sunset.

Nosara Spider
Of course, that could be an incorrect supposition. Maybe this spider is enjoying the sunset and is contemplating its existence?

Nosara Spider
But why develop self reflection when you can make a kick ass web and catch flies all day long?

Nosara Spider
Pura Vida

Shifting Perspective / Shifting State

Me Bodyboarding in Guiones, Costa Rica

Me bodyboarding on Playa Guiones

During a recent surf session, as the lineup got more crowded and the number of waves decreased, I noticed myself becoming territorial of my space, competitive for waves, and somewhat agitated. As my frustration levels went up, my performance went down; I was missing waves and wiping out and getting even more frustrated.

As I become aware of my state and how it was negatively affecting me, I was able to shift it to one of acceptance. And why not choose acceptance? I was healthy and playing in the warm ocean in a beautiful tropical setting. With acceptance, I stopped worrying about the people around me. I waited patiently, enjoying my surroundings, for waves to come to me instead of trying to force my self onto waves. I started to find flow, my performance increased, I was catching more waves. In short, being aware of and then shifting my state changed my experience.

There's always another perspective available to us if we choose.

Dear Heinze


Seriously, what's the deal with the tiny 'single serve' ketchup packages. Who uses just one pea size serving? Please at least double the size; save me the trouble of having to open so many, save the environment from excess packaging and save yourself some packaging costs.

That is all.

Al Jazeera: Great Journalism

If you don't have the Al Jazeera phone app yet, I highly recommend it. For the past few days, as I've prepared and eaten my breakfast, I've propped up my Iphone and watched the live feed of the Al Jazeera English news service. The quality of the feed is almost HD but, more importantly, the quality of the journalism exceeds anything I've seen on cable, including the BBC.

Watching the Al Jazeera news feed has reminded me that "news", even if the story comes from the other side of the world, is usually something more important and more relevant to me than whether or not some actress has decided to adopt a baby, got cheated on, or lost ten pounds.

Just before I was posted this, I randomly came across this image comparing the landing pages of CNN and Al Jazeera. I think it helps underscore my point:

Al Jazeera vrs CNN