Archives for September 2013

Ombudsman’s logo

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The final logo ready for submission. Click for an ultra-high resolution image.

The Ombudsman’s Office of Samoa announced recently a logo competition with an ultra short development period (less than a week) – whew! The prize is WST$1,000.00 which for any art or graphics student would be a big momma windfall.

I took on the challenge and here’s the story behind my contribution ‘to the cause’. [Read more…]

Conspiracy Guidance

There’s a whole bunch of looneys out there and it’s easy to write off conspiracies as just nonsense. In this post I give guidance on how to divine truth in the murky world of alternative information sources; how to survive the ‘Illuminati research phase’ and how to cope with new paradigms. I share the processes of learning and growing through various realisations which will help those less experienced in truth-seeking to keep a level head. [Read more…]

GMail’s spam filter’s broken

GMail marks it's own system-generated security emails as SPAM. A big-time OWN GOAL!

GMail marks it’s own system-generated security emails as SPAM. A big-time OWN GOAL!

The last month or so GMail has been marking legitimate emails as SPAM – continually, including now it’s own emails!! [Read more…]

Change Agents

Conflict in Samoa. Passionate people, with a high acceptance level of violence than in the West, Human Rights are a perceived as an issue to some.

Conflict in Samoa. Passionate people, with a high acceptance level of violence than in the West, Human Rights are a perceived as an issue to some.

In this Sermon from Samoa, I teach that for change agents to be effective they need to have a thorough understanding of the perceived problem before consideration of any plan of attack (i.e. strategy). I encourage them to use biblical principles to work at a low level one-on-one, trusting the Lord to do what He wants, rather than to lean on human-based approaches. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Deep down we all know

direction-postDivining truth is a simple process, but not easy, for it requires humility. The instant that we entertain pride however, we become susceptible to deception and manipulation. In this Sermon from Samoa, I share the things that we all know (deep down) here about Samoa, and compare that with the Western culture which we all know has its own big issues too. [Read more…]

Getting Personal – I’m a Creative-Gifted

The design I'm most proud of: a Question Mark - Koru - Light Bulb all combined for my wife in 2008 - definitely from the creative department!

I’ve designed 100s of logos over the years but this is the design I’m most proud of: an elegant mix of a Question Mark – Koru – Light Bulb all combined into a simple shape, done for my wife’s business card & website in March, 2008 – definitely from the creative department!

I share a lot of myself in the process of blogging but rarely do I talk directly about me – Dennis on Dennis sort of thing. Blogging such as “”I got up, had cornies for breakfast and the dog was sick” just turn me right off!

This post however is different . . . [Read more…]

Knocking on Doors

A Classic that caught my attention early in my sales career

A classic that really caught my attention early in my sales career

In this Sermon from Samoa I share experiences of meeting and befriending three unique people in the last week and explain how the keys to the art of knocking on doors are universal, even though the actions and words may change depending on the culture, the people or the circumstances we find ourselves in.

Caring about people, giving them the kudos rather than taking it all, being genuine and positive. It’s the same the world over.

Enjoy these stories, many of the principles eloquently summarised in not only the bible, but the Quran and the teaching of Mr Salesmanship (Dale Carnegie) himself when he wrote the book, ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’. [Read more…]

Steve Fawcett – Christian with attitude

Steve Fawcett - SWAP Ambassador 18Samoa brings it all out in regards to people’s true colours, I tell you! One of the stranger adventures I’ve had in Paradise was with a guy Steve Fawcett who hails from Tauranga, NZ. A self-confessed MK (Missionary Kid) he turned out to be a real character, and a test of mine as well.

I thought that with the passing of time dust would have settled, but not so it seems for the SWAP website database was recently hacked and Steve’s posts have all seemed to (surprise, surprise) have disappeared!

I now feel it appropriate to share the real story of what I would call a self-confessed ‘Christian with attitude’ for as he’s says, he’s passionate about God. He is also somewhat confused . . . and hiding something. [Read more…]