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Sometimes going off the grid feels good.
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I don't wanna hear about your coital conquests
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Ground up my own beef blend consisting of brisket, sirloin, and chuck, and made what I thought to be my best burger yet. Topped it with a weaved bacon slice, some cheddar, caramelized onions, romaine lettuce, and a little of my special sauce.
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Yummy ... want one in my tummy!!!
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The Google generated a story from my cell phone pics while in Finland :)
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I can't listen to this song without thinking Charlie from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is doing the vocals haha
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Check out a cool project I'm proud to have helped out with :)
 
Great News! The #SixBeatsOfSeparation Website...is LIVE!
Six Beats Of Separation: the Only Celebrity Charity Music Photography Portrait Project Of Its Kind. Born on a +TEDx Stage, and Living in the Hearts of All It Touches!

This is an introductory site, MUCH more coming, complete with celebrity interviews , prints and posters for sale (all proceeds going to the charity of choice of each participating celebrity) ...merchandise with the logo and most importantly...amazing stories, experiences, laughs tears and tons to endear!

We are beyond interested in what you think! If you have ANY questions about the project, the procedure.. or anything related to it... please leave a comment.
We're compiling questions for a FAQ (frequently asked questions) page for the site. We will not use your name ONLY your question.
It takes the village to raise the child... so they say. So lend a hand and let us know your thoughts!!??

Oh...and sign up for the email subscription while you're over there. People on the mailing list will receive special offers in the future!

We are so very pleased to have you along for the ride!


A VERY special thank you to the following:
+Profoto +Parlay Studios +elk studios +Foto Care Ltd. +PocketWizard +Tether Tools +GoPro +Nikon USA +Peak Design Team +LensProToGo +Phase One Capture One 
And a massive thank you to everyone who has helped along the way! 
You know who you are!
XOXOX 
Six Beats Of Separation the only charitable celebrity music portrait project of it's kind  
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Dooeeet!
Chris Dimino, Designer is raising funds for The Keyboard Waffle Iron on Kickstarter! The Keyboard Waffle Iron IS HERE! By popular demand, the internet's dream of keyboard-shaped waffles is now a reality.
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maple syrup conundrum....
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Brings back some memories of a very fun day!
 
Canon Cameras and +Foto Care Ltd. in NYC Paired Up To Make a Great Day of Photography.
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I spent a morning last year shooting with TWO Brians (Thats Brian not brains I'm in trouble enough with one brain!) my assistant Brain and Brian from Foto Care. Foto Care had set up a great day to shoot and print with Canon gear, and Canon had some great people along to educate and help out. 

I took out a Canon D1x and put it through its paces for a bit (I only took the it out for a short stint as it was slated to be rented and was the last one in shop.) I took a 5DMKlll out for the duration of the day with a tack sharp EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM  L series piece of glass bolted to the front of it.

The D1x....What a wonderfully responsive, intelligent machine. Ergonomically delicious too, it doesn't suffer ergonomically as (IMHO) the 5D series does. This camera cuddles your hand and says let's go... right now.. let's go! While the speed of the camera is easily a high point, the image quality and ability to make 'light' (Pun intended) work of complex lighting scenarios and deliver an image that just seems to get what it is you're looking at...really makes for a confident shooting experience.
Strolling around Manhattan with no real intention other than to see what you see, and make images...is therapeutic. Brian and I wound up on our own adventure. The goal being to see if anything turned up. And it did...as it I believe it always will, when one remains open to whatever makes its way to ones self. Call it opportunity, or syncronicity...I think there is so much to be gained when you don't try so hard and simply let things happen.

So with this in mind...
Canon cameras partnered with Foto Care camera store and rentals in NYC to offer an excellent day with their gear, a day spent shooting exploring and so much more. And they are about to do it again. Read all about it and how you can attend.
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Finland. I want to go back already!
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I really enjoyed the bicycle culture in Finland. Lots of people riding with all different bikes with different cargo in a very smooth manner. 
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I do :)
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Check out part of +Mistral Hay's performance  during Sanremo 2015! #Sanremo2015
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Bill Meier, the local legend featured in this short film, had been hospitalized for the last few weeks and unfortunately passed away today. 
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Today was a nice day for some biking! The trip home from the grocery store got pretty hairy though. First, a parked car blocking the bike lane decided to turn out into the lane I took to pass them, somehow never seeing me. Luckily I was going pretty fast and felt their bumper gently kiss my rear tire with no damage. Two lights later, a school bus right hooked me with no turn signal but I was able to turn right with it without much headache. Close calls!
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o.O  Glad you came out of that okay!  Also, nice reflexes!
I am convinced that drivers have officially lost their minds.  We've seen a lot more crashes in our immediate neighborhood the past couple of weeks.  I suspect holiday distraction might be part of the problem.
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Designer, Photographer, Artisan
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Photography, Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, FL Studio, Hockey, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Cycling, Woodworking, Fern fanning, Grape feeding
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  • RydeSafe
    Brand Manager, 2014 - present
  • Brian McDonald
    Visual Designer, 2003 - present
    Design, Photo, and Craft
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Friends, Networking
Birthday
January 18
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I am a designer, creator, crafter, teacher, and cleaner of various things
Introduction

I am an enthusiastic self-teacher, and I'm into new technologies, video games, bad movies, the animal kingdom, and plenty of 80's/90's nostalgia. I'm not a fan of laundry, design trends, fanboyism, and people who bid on eBay auctions before the final 30 seconds of the listing.

I've enjoyed art since I was very young. I started with illustration, painting, and photography, and computers were my gateway to graphic design. With experience, my primary focus turned to graphic design while also becoming an avenue to incorporate my photographic work. Film photography gave way to digital camera systems, and I took the leap to transition into and fully embrace a digital workflow.

My interest in music also started at a young age. My first instrument was a Roland keyboard, and I progressed to play guitar around the 3rd grade. I picked up bass guitar, and started to play the drums to cap off my musical arsenal. More recently, I've gotten into creating music on my computer, which lets me combine all of my musical skills.

As for hockey, it all started when I was five years old. I practically lived at the ice rink growing up. I played both travel and high school hockey, but took a short break before re-focusing my views on the game. I started to coach with emphasis on individual technique and skills training. Coaching turned into my own business, and that exposure also allowed me to branch into other facets of hockey, including equipment design and research.

My most recent development has been my passion for woodworking, which started three years ago. I assisted my father with some of his projects, and then began designing my own ideas and learned how to fabricate them. Through experiencing the start-to-finish aspects of production, I have come to love designing outside of the digital realm.

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Brooklyn, New York
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Bayonne, New Jersey - Sebastian, Florida - Vero Beach, Florida - Princeton, New Jersey - Yardley, Pennsylvania - New York, New York - Jersey City, New Jersey
Don't go into a diner expecting a high dining experience and you will be very satisfied. The food is tasty and isn't too expensive, but for me there is always a group of items in the menu that you go for. I always say, "don't go to a diner for the lobster tails and filet mignon". The atmosphere definitely captures the feel of your traditional diner, which people who have dining experience in New Jersey will certainly recognize. I usually go with breakfast foods, and their lumberjack breakfast filled me right up. It definitely fills the need of wanting real food without having to wait forever and pay extremely high prices.
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
I stopped in on a very cold day with a few colleagues, having heard some good things from a friend who had been there recently, and was greeted warmly by the staff. The place looked very nice, with good looking woodworking all around. We were seated and my first impression was very well made. I am all about sparkling water so I was particularly happy to learn that such a beverage was a complimentary offering. I elected to start out with a cup of chicken matzoh ball soup, and went with the fish tacos. My associates also went with matzoh ball soup, save for one who chose tomato. For other food ordered, there was the fried chicken sandwich, a friedman's burger, and an additional order of fish tacos. The soup hit the spot and helped get the last of the cold chill from the harsh outdoors from my body, and the fish tacos capped things off very nice. The fish was blackened nicely without being dry, and the slaw combined with my favorite ingredient of cilantro brought things together nicely. A tiny dash of sriracha was all I added for a very satisfying dish. If I had to nitpick, the tortillas could have been just a little more done to contain the delicious juices, but it didn't affect the taste. The burger and fried chicken sandwiches looked very good and were well received. All of the food was presented very well, and the staff kept up with our needs and made sure we left happy. This is a spot I would gladly go to again, but it isn't often that I am in the neighborhood. I'll definitely have to be strategic in the future to make sure I can bring others to check Friedman's out.
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I have been going to this park since it was first built back in the early 90's, so it has a special place in my heart. As a kid it was a great place, as there were all kinds of options for fun, be it playground, sport, or exploration. As an adult, you also have lots of options for fun, although part of me wishes there was an "adult swim" period where you could make a fool of yourself by going on the swings and playing on the jungle gym. The park keeps a small town vibe, where you can go to a clubhouse and rent out ping pong tables and other entertaining equipment. Aside from all of this, you still have the great fields where you can picnic, relax, or just walk through barefoot to connect with some man-made earth.
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Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Sometimes going out as a couple, you don't exactly want to go out for something super fancy, but don't want to sacrifice quality of food, while also having an environment that is cozy enough to have a bit of romanticism to it. Cinco De Mayo pretty much hit a home run with us, as it is a very cute little place that offers up great sized portions of well made food. It really has the best of all worlds for me, and the steak burrito was awesome. I have gone back, and have also got food to go, and I have always been extremely pleased with the food. Give it a shot!
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I have been to the Double Windsor a few times now, and overall I would say it's a pretty nice place. When you walk in, you are welcomed by a cozy atmosphere that isn't trying to hard, although the chairs are pretty high on the rustic scale in that you may want to make sure the structural integrity is there before you put your whole weight into one of them. The seating is communal, so if you are a big group there is a decent amount of space to accomodate you. If you are by yourself, feel comfy grabbing a seat next to a stranger as the environment lends itself well to social interaction over somewhat loud music. The selection of beverages is pretty large, although in my dealings I have opted for various tasty beers. Service was adequate, as in I ordered a drink, they gave it to me, and I paid for it. I didn't need a secret handshake, if you are wondering. One time I got a glass with a crack in it, but they were happy to replace it before I wound up with a mouth full of glass shards. The food (cash only) is pretty great, from what I have had. The portions leave you feeling like you got your money's worth, and the quality of food is high. I have tried the burger (was juicy and tasty), the catfish sandwich (very good but spicy), and the pulled pork sandwich, which had a very nice sweet tang taste that impressed. People spoke highly of it to me, and it lived up to my expectations. The fries were bountiful and were well balanced in texture. The wings were also nice and crispy with a lot of flavor that made them pretty addictive, and the farro salad was a lot better than I expected, with a very healthy portion size. All of the times I have gone have been in not quite peak times so I haven't had to deal with a packed house. It has been a nice place to meet up with a few friends, but I'd imagine it would also be a great place to get awkward with some strangers in an adult version of a first day of class with booze and food.
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Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
This is my go-to neighborhood Bagel spot, and they never disappoint! I even went in off-peak (for me) and got a sandwich that was also very good, but 99% of the time I'm there for my everything bagel. Sometimes the coffee could be a bit hotter, but I usually opt for some juice. The staff is great, and the prices are very good as well!
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
I suppose a time comes when everyone needs to check the Top of the Rock out, whether it is guiding someone visiting the city, desperately wanting to take that "panoramic nyc sunset" photo for your collection, or just for a pricey time suck. In my case, my girlfriend had bought tickets to bring a friend that was visiting, but things fell through with her friend and with a ticket potentially going unused, I went. It is a cool experience, and while the views are unique, don't expect to photograph much which hasn't been seen before. It can be fun, and I think while slightly overpriced you can get a nice amount of entertainment from the experience. The most interesting part to me, and is usually the case for most touristy attractions, is how the people visiting from other countries react to the views of a massive American cityscape like New York. To see the wonder on others can wake you up from the "I've seen this so many time" jading that comes upon you after living somewhere for many years. To see the look of awe in others makes you realize, yeah, this place is pretty awesome.
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