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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Greatest gift ever!


Greatest gift ever!, originally uploaded by MattsLens.
My 8 yr old princess made me the most awesome keepsake box. I'm such a lucky Dad:)

Versace ! ! !


Versace ! ! !, originally uploaded by MattsLens.
I have a great girlfriend:) She bought me two of these!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thee Nux (Billy Nuckles)


TheeNUX, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

Slow, Deep & Hard

Thee Nux (Billy Nuckles)
Guitar/Vocals · Virginia Beach, VA

I sing and play guitar in The Acoustic Tribute To Peter Steele "Slow,Deep & Hard" http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slow-Deep-And-Hard/125573434134189

coreytyhurst.com


coreytyhurst.com, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

VISIT: www.coreytyhurst.com. This is the first site I've created online since Geocities was still cool. Since then, this thing called "Google" apparently thinks its better to route all of your online traffic through one spot. Who am I to disagree? I invite you to read a bit about me, join me on one of the many social networks I participate in, and let's begin to build a mutually beneficial relationship.

"Festivus for the rest of us!"

Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as "another way" to celebrate the holiday season without participating in its pressures and commercialism[1]. It was created by writer Dan O'Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel, a screenwriter for the TV show Seinfeld,[2][1] as part of a comical storyline on the show. The holiday's celebration, as shown on Seinfeld, includes an unadorned aluminum "Festivus pole," practices such as the "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength," and the labelling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles".
Celebrants of the holiday sometimes refer to it as "Festivus for the rest of us," a saying taken from the O'Keefe family traditions and popularized in the Seinfeld episode to describe Festivus' non-commerical aspect.
The name "Festivus" has also begun to be used as a general term for any type of December party not affiliated with the season's other events

Frosted Holiday Cookies


Frosted Cookies, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

Shot with: iPhone 4 - instagram - toaster filter

Happy Holiday everyone!

@MattsLens

www.MattsLens.com

Festive Spirit B/W


Festive Spirit B/W, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

evolvesolutions.com


evolvesolutions.com, originally uploaded by MattsLens.
What Evolve Does For Business

Evolve Solutions is an experienced web design & development firm specializing in website design, eCommerce application installation & internet business development. We consult on everything from Social Media to User Interface Design. Evolve has created & collaborated on hundreds of internet & intranet projects for small firms & billion dollar corporations.

We have resolved client needs by creating Flash animation, Business to Business  Business to Customer eCommerce applications, as well as Content Management Systems. We've developed entire corporate print & internet marketing strategies, designing everything from business cards to writing & editing content to search engine optimization strategies. Evolve has updated existing sites, created new internet presence, & built behind the scenes intranet applications. We can do any & all of these things for you!

Evolve Solutions expands your possibilities by delivering strategically developed Internet business solutions based on a commitment to superior service, outstanding creativity, & impeccable design.
Our capabilities

Internet application design and development

Web site design & development

Social Media Consulting and Strategy

Web system architecture design

Project Management & Support

Internet business consulting

Application Envisioning

http://www.evolvesolutions.com/

(e)POD101


(e)POD101, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

The Social Media Stock Market Game

Empire Avenue is the Social Media Stock Market Game, where you can buy and sell shares in any social media profile, meet new people, unlock Achievement badges, and earn boatloads of virtual cash by being active and social online! Buy shares in your friends, your followers, people with similar interests, brands you love, celebrities – anyone! All using a virtual currency and all for free!

Be Social, Reap the Rewards
When you join Empire Avenue, you can connect your Social Networking accounts, and we’ll score your activity and engagement in each account and give you your virtual share price. The connections you make on Empire Avenue create "value-based" relationships, a deeper relationship than simply "following" someone, in a completely different context than becoming "friends."

Every day, you’re on Twitter, talking to friends on Facebook, uploading videos or photos, and writing blog posts. Just for doing that stuff, you’ll earn Eaves – our virtual currency – and we’ll dish out some more virtual cash to your shareholders. Along the way you’ll have a bit of fun, make new connections, learn about different people, and learn about social networking and the value of your network! Use your Eaves wisely and you might just become a virtual millionaire… or billionaire (insert evil, world-dominating laugh)?
What are you waiting for? Get started now! It's free!

Empire Avenue for Business

Empire Avenue is inherently a social media networking game that allows you to connect with individuals based on "value relationships” – these are much closer relationships than just having someone follow you on Twitter or Like you on Facebook. Use Empire Avenue to find highly engaged individuals around the world across a wide variety of interests. It's a great way to get your brand in front of new, engaged audiences and connect with relevant customers in a fun environment. Hey, even businesses can have fun and still profit.

Empire Avenue as a Tool

Empire Avenue is what you make of it. Empire Avenue can be used as a complement to your social networking, as a way to meet and make great new connections, find individuals who are engaged in each of their networks and as a way to connect across the social web. If you’re new to social media, Empire Avenue can even be a great training tool – a fun way to discover the power of social networks, find out how strong your social media efforts are and how to make your online presence even more effective!

Empire Avenue Inc. is an Alberta, Canada incorporated company

(e)VNO


(e)VNO, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

The Social Media Stock Market Game
Empire Avenue is the Social Media Stock Market Game, where you can buy and sell shares in any social media profile, meet new people, unlock Achievement badges, and earn boatloads of virtual cash by being active and social online! Buy shares in your friends, your followers, people with similar interests, brands you love, celebrities – anyone! All using a virtual currency and all for free!
Be Social, Reap the Rewards
When you join Empire Avenue, you can connect your Social Networking accounts, and we’ll score your activity and engagement in each account and give you your virtual share price. The connections you make on Empire Avenue create "value-based" relationships, a deeper relationship than simply "following" someone, in a completely different context than becoming "friends."
Every day, you’re on Twitter, talking to friends on Facebook, uploading videos or photos, and writing blog posts. Just for doing that stuff, you’ll earn Eaves – our virtual currency – and we’ll dish out some more virtual cash to your shareholders. Along the way you’ll have a bit of fun, make new connections, learn about different people, and learn about social networking and the value of your network! Use your Eaves wisely and you might just become a virtual millionaire… or billionaire (insert evil, world-dominating laugh)?
What are you waiting for? Get started now! It's free!
Empire Avenue for Business
Empire Avenue is inherently a social media networking game that allows you to connect with individuals based on "value relationships” – these are much closer relationships than just having someone follow you on Twitter or Like you on Facebook. Use Empire Avenue to find highly engaged individuals around the world across a wide variety of interests. It's a great way to get your brand in front of new, engaged audiences and connect with relevant customers in a fun environment. Hey, even businesses can have fun and still profit.
Empire Avenue as a Tool
Empire Avenue is what you make of it. Empire Avenue can be used as a complement to your social networking, as a way to meet and make great new connections, find individuals who are engaged in each of their networks and as a way to connect across the social web. If you’re new to social media, Empire Avenue can even be a great training tool – a fun way to discover the power of social networks, find out how strong your social media efforts are and how to make your online presence even more effective!
Empire Avenue Inc. is an Alberta, Canada incorporated company
Find Us Online:

Sugar Cookie Snow (snow=1/4 inch of frosting)

Indulge in winter treats! Quadruple stuffed Sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting! My daughter calls them sugar cookie snow!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ronin Empowerment Group


Ronin Empowerment Group, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

Ronin Empowerment Group is a professional organization offering training concerning Conflict Resolution, Assault Prevention, Ethical Leadership, Defensive Tactics & Inspired Living.



We specialize in seminars, workshops & ongoing training regarding:

~Leadership

~Assault Prevention

~Negotiation & De-Escalation

~Close Quarter Combatives

~Self Defense

~Krav Maga



We offer a variety of programs addressing the needs of:

~Law Enforcement, Military & Private Security Personnel

~Emergency Medical & Healthcare Professionals

~Teachers, Professors and School Administrators

~Councilors & Therapists

~Church Leaders & Members

~ROTC, Boy Scout, Girl Scout Groups & Leaders

~Corporate Managers & Employees

~Non-Profit Organizations

~Martial Arts Instructors & Students

~Individuals Interested in Survival, Protection & Empowerment

http://www.roninempowermentgroup.com/

ATB & Heather Nova - Renegade (A&T Remix)(Official Video HD)

atb - ecstasy

Monday, December 20, 2010

Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography...

Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which recently celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. Helveticahas been shown at over 200 film festivals, museums, design conferences, and cinemas worldwide, and is now available on DVD






About the Film

Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.

Helvetica encompasses the worlds of design, advertising, psychology, and communication, and invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see every day. The film was shot in high-definition on location in the United States, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium.

Interviewees in Helvetica include some of the most illustrious and innovative names in the design world, including Erik Spiekermann, Matthew Carter, Massimo Vignelli, Wim Crouwel, Hermann Zapf, Neville Brody, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, David Carson, Paula Scher, Jonathan Hoefler, Tobias Frere-Jones, Experimental Jetset, Michael C. Place, Norm, Alfred Hoffmann, Mike Parker, Bruno Steinert, Otmar Hoefer, Leslie Savan, Rick Poynor, and Lars Müller.

Helvetica had its World Premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March 2007. The film subsequently toured film festivals, special events, and art house cinemas worldwide, playing in over 300 cities in 40 countries. It received its television premiere on BBC1 in November 2007, and will be broadcast on PBS as part of the Emmy award-winning series Independent Lens in fall 2008. The film was nominated for a 2008 Independent Spirit Award in the "Truer Than Fiction" category, and was shortlisted for the Design Museum London's "Designs of the Year" Award. An excerpt of the film was included in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


About the Typeface

Helvetica was developed by Max Miedinger with Edüard Hoffmann in 1957 for the Haas Type Foundry in Münchenstein, Switzerland. In the late 1950s, the European design world saw a revival of older sans-serif typefaces such as the German face Akzidenz Grotesk. Haas' director Hoffmann commissioned Miedinger, a former employee and freelance designer, to draw an updated sans-serif typeface to add to their line. The result was called Neue Haas Grotesk, but its name was later changed to Helvetica, derived from Helvetia, the Latin name for Switzerland, when Haas' German parent companies Stempel and Linotype began marketing the font internationally in 1961.

Introduced amidst a wave of popularity of Swiss design, and fueled by advertising agencies selling this new design style to their clients, Helvetica quickly appeared in corporate logos, signage for transportation systems, fine art prints, and myriad other uses worldwide. Inclusion of the font in home computer systems such as the Apple Macintosh in 1984 only further cemented its ubiquity. 



Production Credits

Produced and Directed by:
Gary Hustwit

Editor:
Shelby Siegel

Director of Photography:
Luke Geissbuhler

Motion Graphics:
Trollbäck & Co.

Additional Photography:
Colin Brown
Gary Hustwit
Pete Sillen
Chris Wetton
Ben Wolf

Additional Editing:
Laura Weinberg

Sound Editing:
Brian Langman

Sound Mixing:
Andy Kris

Sound Recordists:
Nara Garber
Dan Johnson
Sam Pullen
Jorg Kidowski
Victor Horstink
Reto Stamm

Music:
The Album Leaf
Battles
Caribou
Chicago Underground Quartet
El Ten Eleven
Four Tet
Kim Hiorthøy
Motohiro Nakashima
Sam Prekop

Production Assistance:
Tyrone Braithwaite
Amy Harrington
Christina Ross

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Ocean & The Wave: Training, Injuries and Outlook

The Ocean & The Wave: Training, Injuries and Outlook: "I have been hearing from a lot of you regarding healthy training. Some people are asking what should they dedicate their time to, others a..."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Watching Tech News Today! December 13 2010

December 13th, 2010

Tech News Today 136: Strawberry Short Circuit

iPhone outsells all Verizon smartphones, Google under fire from MS and other search engines, strawberry-picking robots , and more.
Download or subscribe to this show athttp://twit.tv/tnt.
We invite you to read, add to, and amend our show notes at wiki.twit.tv.
















Love the TWiT Network!  Thanks Leo and the gang!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Eat Russo's Pizza

My favorite pizza in the whole world!  Love Russos's Pizza!  Great promo video!



Monday, December 6, 2010

Empire Avenue ticker: (e)MLENS


(e)MLENS, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

Buy --------------> (e)MLENS

The Social Media Stock Market Game

Empire Avenue is the Social Media Stock Market Game, where you can buy and sell shares in any social media profile, meet new people, unlock Achievement badges, and earn boatloads of virtual cash by being active and social online! Buy shares in your friends, your followers, people with similar interests, brands you love, celebrities – anyone! All using a virtual currency and all for free!

This is a QR Code embedded with a link to my www.empireavenue.com/MLENS account!

A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tiny frozen pond:)


Tiny frozen pond:), originally uploaded by MattsLens.

Watching the Zamboni clear the ice! Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan

Sweet & Hot


Sweet & Hot, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

It's what's for dinner! Love the stir-fry

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hello Winter:)


Hello Winter:), originally uploaded by MattsLens.

Shot this with my iPhone4! Nice first snow here in Michigan. Ever wonder why people forget how to drive in the snow? The first day is always the most dangerous.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

ArtPrize Prints for sale! Take 2





ArtPrize: A radically open art competition, giving away the world's largest art prize. Part arts festival, part social experiment - this international art contest is decided solely on a public vote.

This is a photograph of a Buddha statue taken with an iPhone 3Gs, 
edited with
several different applications on the iPhone 
then printed, mounted and
individually hand signed by the artist. 

No bake cookies!


No bake cookies!, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

Are you hungry yet?

Friday, November 26, 2010

ArtPrize Prints for sale at Spirit Dreams


MattsLens ArtPrize prints now available at Spirit Dreams Located at:

1430 Lake Drive Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1710

Phone (616) 456-9889

A popular shop specializing in unique gifts, jewelry, natural aromatherapy and body products, candles, books, music, cards, incense and art with something for everyone.

ArtPrize 2010 Entry by MattsLens
5" x 7" Laminated, mounted signed print $10.00

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Downtown_Grand_Rapids_11_2010


Downtown_Grand_Rapids_11_2010, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

Shot of Van Andel parking area. Just before the 131 on ramp. Unseasonably warm November evening, 60 degrees!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ArtPrize 2010

MattsLens ArtPrize 2010 Buddha Print

Art for sale!

These 5" x 7" prints are mounted and signed by the artist priced at $10.00 each.

Discounts are available if your buying multiple 5" x 7" prints.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Downtown GRMI Nov 11 2010


Downtown GRMI Nov 11 2010, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

This is a shot from the parking ramp at Grand Rapids Community College. Another beautiful November morning in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Path of 10,000 steps


Path of 10,000 steps [B/W], originally uploaded by MattsLens.

The path of 10,000 steps.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

November 10, 2010.

Beautiful sunny day.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Michigan & Monroe


MattsLens, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

I drive past here nearly every morning, thought this would make a nice shot.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

ArtPrize print for sale @ Soc Trang

Own a piece of ArtPrize! Original artwork laminated, mounted and signed by the artist.

Soc Trang is located between Meijer & Target next to AT&T just off of M-6 & Kalamazoo.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Broken


Broken, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

Came across this on a shot on a short hike.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

ArtPrize Venue Riverview Center

Come visit Riverview Center and check out the 77 ArtPrize Artists and their amazing work!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Celebration on the Grand 2010


, originally uploaded by MattsLens.

#COTG #GRMI This was Saturday September 11, 2010. Sadly it was misty and wet but not raining. It was just bad enough to ruin the day for both the hispanic festival and COTG's Saturday concert.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Campfire + chocolate + marshmallow + graham cracker = Tasty snack:)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Linux ~ Ubuntu


You can download Ubuntu Desktop Edition online, completely free.

Free apps, safe and fast web browsing, a dedicated music store and much more. Ubuntu brings the very best technologies straight to your desktop.

Ubuntu includes Mozilla Firefox – for fast, safe web browsing. You can also choose alternative open-source browsers from the Ubuntu Software Centre.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010