Things I Love Thursday

I’m a huge fan of GalaDarling’s “Things I love Thursday.” What a wonderful exercise in focusing on your blessings!

Here’s what I posted for today:

Goodness Transcribed – I am having old tapes of my grandpa digitized and transcribed. The treasures I am finding are amazing.

Good Media: Just finished up Season 4 of the WIRE on DVD. New Season of LOST. Slumdog Millionaire. Arrested Development on DVD.

Good Hair Day – I have changed my hair bleaching routine from 40 developer to 30. My scalp is still taking a beating, but a MUCH less intense one.

Good Things Ahead: Just got asked to be on the “How to Rawk SxSW” panel at SxSWi in addition to my core conversation about HugNation & spirituality online. PLUS I get to get my picture taken with Gala!!

Good Girl – my girlfriend just gets prettier and prettier to me. And her kisses more and more perfect.

25 Things About Me

1. My middle name was David before I changed it to Halcyon.

2. The hair on my arms and underarms differ from left to right. My left side is brown, my right is blonde.

3. I was High School Co-Valedictorian. And Head Powderpuff Cheerleader.

4. I was the “Tom” for CollegeClub.com, the largest college site from 1998-2000. My face was on banners, mugs, and the side of a Truck. I had 4 million “friends” before they ran out of money during the first great bubble burst.

5. I lost my virginity on Prom Night.

6. I was Sony’s first Ecommerce Webmaster. I managed the mall for the Sony Station around 1995-6 until they took it in-house. I got the gig by being in the right place at the right time…and bluffing.

7. I was sued by Fruit of The Loom for a parody I wrote called “Meat of The Loom.”

8. Sam Donaldson said of me on the air, “Get a load of that guy…what an ego!”

9. I built a webcam community called CitizenX with Dmitry Shapiro (of Veoh.com). It was way ahead of it’s time. I’m still afraid of startups.

10. I’ve been to Burning Man 11 consecutive years. And performed 2 weddings there.

11. I hosted the SXSW Web Awards for 3 years.

12. My Senior Honors Thesis in Psych was called “Just Say No if You Say So: Paternalism And Substance Attitudes.”

13. I pierced my left nipple when I was 20 after a life-changing experience on a Turkish mountaintop. I pierced the right nipple 10 years later.

14. I had a tongue ring briefly.

15. I have had dental work only once – I needed a crown after I broke a molar on my tongue ring.

16. I was a contestant on an “adult” reality show that shot in Jamaica and was shown on Pay-per-view.

17. I produced (and appeared in) a Charity Porn DVD to raise money for Katrina Relief. Habitat For Humanity refused our money, so we gave it to Burners without Borders.

18. The only bone I’ve ever broken is my skull (hairline fracture under my eye)

19. After college, I worked for 2 years as a counselor for emotionally disturbed boys aged 8-12 in a live-in facility.

20. I can’t fold clothes. When I worked at Banana Republic one holiday season, even a “folding board” couldn’t help me. (But I was an awesome Greeter.)

21. I lived in a 23 cam webcam house (Showers, too) with some Burning Man camp mates for 2 years. We tried to live artistic lives loudly and publicly, and invited others to participate via webcam.

22. I cut off my long hair on a daytime TV show with Danny Bonnaduci and Mario Lopez. (for Locks of Love.)

23. MTV blurred my ass during a 30 min doc they made about our Cam House experiments.

24. I have been grabbed by an octopus, bit by an eel, & ridden an elephant.

25. I have no tattoos.

I was tagged my several people on Facebook and had a blast doing this. Buuut, tagging people gives me crazy anxiety. So I’ll just say that I would LOVE to see your list of 25 if you do it. comment here if you do!

blurb for fellow huggers

global

“Our planet is so ready for catalysts of connection. Despite what we hear on the news, the world would rather hug us than hurt us. We are all blessed to have Gail & Daryl traveling the globe as Hug Ambassadors. May their journey ignite a chain reaction of Love.”
-John Halcyon Styn, HugNation.com

Hug Tour Shirts

shirt idea

I’ve been meeting with my friend at American Pig Clothing to plan and produce a “Tour Shirt” for the 2009 Hug Tour.

Now, i LOVE designing shirts. Most of what I wear are one-off shirts I’ve created at Cafepress.com or Spreadshirt.com. But their systems are pretty limited in the type of shirt and printing you can do.
So I am EXCITED about what is possible working with a real T shirt company.

I’d like to do a short sleeve and a long sleeve version. The long sleeve might be a thermal, and would have the “love more. fear less” on the sleeves.
[PROTOTYPE:]
hugshirt

I never used to wear t-shirts. But over the last few years, I’ve grown to love these super soft, poly-blend monochromatic t’s from OBEY:

Maybe there is a way to do something along those lines using the HugNation logo or the Hugmobile imagery.

I think these 50/50 shirts are similar. Maybe this tri-blend.
rough thoughts:
t-shirt ideas

The back would have the cities/dates like a concert tour shirt.

If you have ideas or designs, LET US KNOW!

ALSO: We are looking for a good charity to partner with for the tour as well as Sponsors (who will be on the shirts, too.)

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"It's How You Play The Game." FRD

Okay, okay… I was wrong. Or at least, my mind has been changed. Seriously. After reading the responses to my “Sports Suck” video, I feel like I have a much better understanding of this whole “Sports” thang that I keep seeing on TV…

*NOTE: I went to a costume store to find the face paint. I had to call my brother to figure out what colors were NOT associated with any teams. My favorite sign from the day: “DO YOUR BEST!”
PLEASE COMMENT ON THE NBC SITE!(It makes me look good)

“It’s How You Play The Game.” FRD

Okay, okay… I was wrong. Or at least, my mind has been changed. Seriously. After reading the responses to my “Sports Suck” video, I feel like I have a much better understanding of this whole “Sports” thang that I keep seeing on TV…

*NOTE: I went to a costume store to find the face paint. I had to call my brother to figure out what colors were NOT associated with any teams. My favorite sign from the day: “DO YOUR BEST!”
PLEASE COMMENT ON THE NBC SITE!(It makes me look good)

Newly Discovered "HugNation Tape 008" 2006

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I am just starting to put together a documentary about HugNation, GrandpaCaleb, and the Hubmobile. Part of the process involves having a number of tapes digitized and transcribed. I am discovering wonderful forgotten memories and even a tape I HAVE NEVER SEEN! Here is a portion when my brother was doing HugNation with Grandpa while I was at Burning Man:

Grandpa Caleb: I used to know Jim Erwin, and he was a man who drove the rover on the moon, changed his whole life. And that’s what it is; the world has changed so much. And now we’re getting ready to go back to Mars again…
And we undoubtedly come from the seeds of the stars. Cast out in the great Big Bang. You learned about Big Bang Theory? I believe in it. But I also believe we’ve evolved. Dynamic ooze and in the beginning, there was the creation of the heavens and the earth. And boy, will you look at this beautiful green tree [POINTS OUT WINDOW]. I hugged that tree, and I can almost feel the life in that tree. I’m really into that tree.

Jim: It’s a beautiful tree.

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Newly Discovered “HugNation Tape 008” 2006

june20 075

I am just starting to put together a documentary about HugNation, GrandpaCaleb, and the Hubmobile. Part of the process involves having a number of tapes digitized and transcribed. I am discovering wonderful forgotten memories and even a tape I HAVE NEVER SEEN! Here is a portion when my brother was doing HugNation with Grandpa while I was at Burning Man:

Grandpa Caleb: I used to know Jim Erwin, and he was a man who drove the rover on the moon, changed his whole life. And that’s what it is; the world has changed so much. And now we’re getting ready to go back to Mars again…
And we undoubtedly come from the seeds of the stars. Cast out in the great Big Bang. You learned about Big Bang Theory? I believe in it. But I also believe we’ve evolved. Dynamic ooze and in the beginning, there was the creation of the heavens and the earth. And boy, will you look at this beautiful green tree [POINTS OUT WINDOW]. I hugged that tree, and I can almost feel the life in that tree. I’m really into that tree.

Jim: It’s a beautiful tree.

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