An Unexpected, Random, Kindness.

On the days I drive into the office, before getting on I-25 to travel south to Denver, I normally stop by Starbucks for a coffee. My normal coffee is a Venti “bold pick of the day”, black. Today, I was feeling hungry so ordered a cranberry orange scone as well. After waiting in line at the drive-thru, I finally got to the window and was presented with my order. The barista working the window tells me “That lady in front of you already paid for yours. You’re all set.” What? Some strange lady paid for my coffee? For no real

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Laying Low for a Few Months…

Just a quick note that things may be pretty distant for the next few months. I’m on parental leave until mid-July and will have my hands tied up in baby business until then. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some other things done as well. On the list right now: Get up to speed with Adobe CS5 releases. Prepare for upcoming Summer presentations at various conferences. Gather materials for the Community Compilation CD Project. (please spread the word!) Work on material for the “6 Threads” EP. Probably do some work here and there for the University of Denver. Continue working

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A Word About Bread

I haven’t done a lot of Flash development this weekend. Mostly I’ve been baking bread. I love good breads, so when a co-worker of mine introduced me to the No-Knead Bread method developed by Jim Lahey… I developed a quick fanaticism over it. I’ve made three loafs of bread in the past few days. Awesome bread- well developed crust… nice, airy inside… simple, timeless flavor. Just great, great bread! I don’t normally write about anything here that isn’t in some way related to my work in one way or another- this is just too good not to share though. I

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2009 Personal Retrospective

As per my annual habit, I’m providing a rundown of significant events and reflections for the past year, organized by category. Like always, this is more of a log for my own reflections and milestones, but is publicly available as I believe it a a good representation of my work and achievements for the year. University of Denver Things have been quite busy in my position as Senior Multimedia Application Developer for the University of Denver. We’ve had a number of huge roll-outs with existing projects this year along with a number of new applications, as well. The most significant

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Donations Incentive: Shudderflowers

To continue the donation incentives began by Elad Elrom and continued by Brian Connatser, I’m also adding an incentive for those who contribute to the 2010 RIA Beard Off for Toys for Tots. Those who contribute donations of any amount in my name (@JosephLabrecque) will be entered into a random drawing to receive a copy of the album Shudderflowers by An Early Morning Letter, Displaced. I will be giving away 3 copies of the album, so if only 3 donations are made in my honor, each contributor will receive a copy. Anything beyond that contains an element of chance. I’ll

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Creative Moments / ‘Pistachio’

It’s really interesting to me how creative impulses can arrive in little, concentrated spurts. This is how ideas usually manifest themselves to me, and when they do, I like to grab ahold and just go with it. The past few days I was feeling kinda dry, creatively. Happens every once in awhile and to be honest- provides me with some dark moments. The good thing is that when I experience a period like this, it often means that my inspiration will pick up in a day or so. If I time things right, I can get some really good stuff

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Progress on Shudderflowers

Work on the upcoming release by An Early Morning Letter, Displaced entitled “Shudderflowers” is proceeding much more quickly than anticipated. If things continue to come together in such a timely fashion, the new release will see the light of day before this year comes to a close. Shudderflowers Fever-Drenched and Burning I Am Consumed Fearless Waning Flower Searching, Lost Beneath White Stones A Cleansing of Bones Where Dead Girls Lie Alice (the bones) Drowning Past The Sky Threadbare

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