Today is the first annual Inter­na­tional Jazz Day. Led by Her­bie Han­cock, a good­will ambas­sador for UNESCO, the cel­e­bra­tion is aimed at rec­og­niz­ing of the con­tri­bu­tions of jazz to music and cul­ture. Events will take place through­out the world. Han­cock spoke about the cel­e­bra­tion this morn­ing on CBS This Morn­ing.

You can learn more about Jazz Day here.

Who is your favorite jazz artist? There are so many great artists, it might be really hard to name just one. Miles Davis is prob­a­bly at the top of my list, but the list is long and con­tin­ues to grow.

Here are just a few of my jazz favorites.

Nefer­titi — Miles Davis


How Deep Is The Ocean? — Bill Evans


Foot­prints — Wayne Shorter Quartet


Moanin’ — Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers


If you have a favorite jazz piece, please share a YouTube link in the com­ments. If the song is not avail­able on YouTube, just leave the name of the song or album title and the artist.

bookmarks, culture, reading

bookmarks, issue 14



Ken Robin­son on Pas­sion — The School of Life (Sun­day Ser­mons)

Celes­tial Lights — Ole C. Salomonsen

Find­ing Port­land — Uncage the Soul Productions

jazz spot­light

I Wish You Love — Nancy Wilson

What was the most inter­est­ing thing you read, saw, or watched this week?


It’s hard to believe that today marks our sixth anniver­sary. A lot has changed in our lives in the last six years, but one thing that remains the same is my love for Carla Patrice Hall. Carla is con­stant, stead­fast, hon­est and lov­ing. I love her more each day, and look for­ward to many, many more days to share a laugh and lots of love.

Here are a few songs that come to mind when I think about our relationship.

Anita Baker – Per­fect Love Affair

Billy Joel — Just The Way You Are

Will Down­ing — Sat­isfy You


culture, relationships

six years that felt like minutes



About Flash­baxx (Daniel Stenger)

Funk You, Motherfunker

Set Me Free

Sand Bank

Liv­in­groom Adventures

Chang­ing Tides

You can check out the rest of my Fri­day music posts by click­ing the “now THIS is fri­day music” tag below, or you can see all of them arranged in my Spring­pad note­book.
You can check out the rest of my Fri­day music posts by click­ing the “now THIS is fri­day music” tag below, or you can see all of them arranged in my Spring­pad note­book.

Google recently released Google Drive, the company’s ver­sion of a cloud stor­age ser­vice, sim­i­lar to Drop­box, Sky­Drive, Sug­ar­Sync, and others.

In essence, Google Drive is an exten­sion, or upgrade, of Google Docs. Here’s a short video from Google that explains what Google Drive is all about.

I’ve been using Google Docs for sev­eral years as my pri­mary suite of tools for cre­at­ing doc­u­ments, spread­sheets, as well as a stor­age cen­ter for doc­u­ments I receive from oth­ers. I also like the col­lab­o­ra­tive tools built into Google Docs, includ­ing the abil­ity to work on projects in a Google+ Hang­out. My wife uses Google Apps for her busi­ness. After get­ting accli­mated to some of the dif­fer­ences, and short­com­ings, of Google Docs, she and her team have been rolling for a cou­ple of years with­out a hic­cup. That is not to say that Google ser­vices, like Google Docs–>Drive, are for every­one. You really should con­sider your needs. If you fre­quently work with oth­ers using Microsoft Word, Google Docs may pose a for­mat­ting prob­lem, because you’ll need to con­vert Word doc­u­ments to Google Docs in order to edit them. The real issue, there, is the poten­tial for los­ing the for­mat­ting of a doc­u­ment. Google Docs does a decent job of con­vey for­mat­ting, but stel­lar. The same applies for Excel and Pow­er­Point files. For­tu­nately, you can export doc­u­ments in Word, Excel, Pow­er­Point, PDF, and other for­mats. I think this is really more of an issue for busi­ness users, but per­sonal users could also be affected. For more on this issue, see the arti­cle by Tony Bradley.
Plat­form Availability

Earth Day — The Big Pic­ture (Boston Globe)
click the info­graphic below to enlarge


culture, environment, infographics, nature

celebrate earth day — daily