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Dining In At Del Taco

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Del Taco

Yesterday, my girlfriend and I decided to venture out into the thunderstorms to find something to eat. We ended up at Del Taco since my girlfriend wanted mexican and had never been there. I had been there before, but it’s been a long time.

As soon as we walk in, we notice that there is absolutely no one in there besides the staff. As we approach the ordering counter, this very hyper teenage cashier points at me and says “Dude, I love your shirt!” I had to look down because I forgot what shirt I was wearing. At first I thought I was wearing my Firefox logo t-shit because all the young kids comment on it, but it was instead my Bob Marley t-shirt. I reply, “Thanks dude!”. We proceed to order 6 $1 classic tacos, at which point the cashier replies “Or, for the same price, you can get 12 mini tacos.” The he points at me and says “I’m just thinking like a stoner dude! That’s what I would do”. So I reply, “we’ll take the 6 $1 classic tacos please.” I couldn’t believe he did this right in front of his manager and the rest of the crew, who were just standing there waiting for the order to give them something to do.


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Photoshop CS6 Shortcut Cheatsheet

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Photoshop CS6 Shortcut CheatSheet - Tags

Photoshop CS6 Cheat Sheet By ZeroLag Hosting – Experts in Magento Hosting

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Thursday, April 4th, 2013

We want the sex and not the kids. We want the check and not the job. Most of all we want the blessing but don’t answer to God. Got a closet full of clothes and empty bank accounts. If you need a handout, we got nothing; we bounce!

So, we do whatever, eat whatever, smoke whatever, f*** whoever, wear whatever, shake whatever, sell whatever, it’s now or never.

If Grandma and Grandpa saw how we behaved, they would probably spin around like yo-yo’s in their grave.

~Brother Ali

Listen to Whatever by Brother Ali.

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On Dating With Children

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

As a single father, I’m starting to realize how difficult it is to date with children. One thing that makes this even more challenging, is that I prefer to date women without children. Call me double-standard, but I know what I want.

I haven’t done a whole lot of dating since the divorce and have only brought 2 women around my boys in an attempt to get serious and take it to the next level. Both of them broke it off with me because of my youngest sons all-of-a-suden manipulative behavior. He would do things like ask my girlfriend to help him hang up pictures in his room, but when she would look to see what the pictures were, they were of me, the boys and my ex-wife all happy together. Another time he randomly walked up to her and handed her a VHS tape and said “Look! It’s my mom and dads wedding video”. His signature move was to go to his room and cry as loud as he could while I had her over.

How do you react when it’s so obvious that he doesn’t want you around? I don’t blame either one of them for bailing on me. Both of them have never dated a man with children before, so I’m sure this left a bad taste in their mouth about dating men with “baggage”. My oldest son seems to be okay with whatever I do. When asked how he feels about me dating, he said “I just want you to be happy dad”.


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How To Embed A Tweet

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

I read a lot of blogs and often see an embedded tweet and think… how did they do that? Well, I figured it out and I’m going to share this simple process with you. It’s literally just a matter copying a little HTML and pasting it in your blog or web page. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the embedded tweet looks like this:

This is great because the embedded tweet comes fully equip with Reply, Retweet and Favorite options. It also gives you the option to follow the person that owns the embedded tweet. Any images posted in the tweet will display as well. It’s basically the fully featured tweet that you would see on Twitter or other Twitter applications like TweetDeck.


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Monday, January 7th, 2013


This month I attended a new meetup called DenverJS that focuses on, you probably guessed it, JavaScript. Being a client-side programmer in Denver, I’m really excited about this one! In this post, I want to briefly review the 2013 kickoff session at Galvanize.

What about DenverJS?

Straight from their meetup profile:

Focused on developing the Javascript community along the Front Range! We welcome any and all interested in Javascript and related technologies. We will be weighted towards node.js and server-side topics to balance out the already awesome Denver HTML5 group.


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Labor Day Bar-B-Que

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Today, Labor Day 2012, Diego, Chayo and I went out to have some Labor Day fun at a friends house. When we returned home, we sat in our living room to watch a little TV before putting them to bed. We heard sirens in the neighborhood, but assumed they were going to the apartment complex a couple blocks away like they always do. Not even 5 seconds later I looked out the back window because it looked like daytime back there. I saw the neighbors house on fire. I couldn’t tell it was just the garage at first because the flames were so high. This went down at approximately 10PM. I ran to the back yard and got my phone out and captured the following video.


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Reflecting On An Event Apart Seattle 2012

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

An Event Apart Seattle 2012 was refreshing. I say this because as a developer I spend a good portion of my day writing code in order to meet functional requirements. Most of the presentations focused on inspiration, design and content strategy. These things are easily forgotten when working on existing applications that require little to no further design work.

The Five Most Dangerous Ideas by Scott Berkun, was most inspiring to me personally. It’s all the things that designers/developers don’t want to talk about or deal with, but it’s a reality. Designers need to realize that they’re never going to grow if they try to protect their power.

Seattle, Washington


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fIREHOSE – Flagstaff, AZ

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

The first time I heard fIREHOSE was in 1989 when I watched the Santa Cruz skateboarding video Streets on Fire. This video session featured Natas Kaupas, one of the Godfathers of street skating as we know it today. The song Brave Captain and Natas’ skateboarding blew me away! From that moment on, I had a new favorite band.

Streets on Fire – Natas Kaupas


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No More Homework

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Chayo Elijah

Today’s post is brought to you by my 9 year old son Chayo Elijah Benavidez.

Listen teachers, you should not give out homework to students. We should not have to work at home. We need to take breaks from doing homework. If you don’t understand your homework, you can’t do it. So, like I said, kids don’t deserve homework.

Listen up, kids should not have to work at home. We need to rest our brains. It takes time to do other stuff too. We need to do fun things like play games and go to the park instead of working at home.

We need to take breaks from doing homework. We need to relax our brains because if our brains are working too hard our heads would hurt. We work hard in school all day and don’t need to work more at home.

Lots of kids are struggling on homework. If you don’t understand your homework you can’t do it and will have a hard time trying. We don’t even do our homework especially if we’re frustrated. Then the next day you will get in trouble. If you are still giving homework to your kids, I suggest you read this again!

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