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Thinking of Stacey Dash. Even if I don’t know her.

I always like how my mind works when it comes to memories and how it makes me think of something or someone. I enjoy how my brain flashes to a moment in my life and I am emotionally taken to that moment in life.

So recently, I have been thinking about Stacey Dash. But, before you label me a creep or some weirdo. My brain works by association. It means that I link events and moments in time to other things and moments in time. Yup, I over complicate things including my memories.

When I think of Stacey Dash I am thinking of the Kanye music video she was in.



The “All Falls Down – Featuring Syleena Johnson” is easily a song that any 2003-2004 playlist will have. This song was on many of my music playlist during that year and honestly it can easily be found on any of my music playlists now.

2001 to 2005 were years that I had to deal with many challenges in my life. Many walls that I had to figure out how to get around, over, and even through. Many lessons that I had to learn and multiple self discoveries. Those were also the years when I learned the bulk of my financial strategies.

“What you should not do .. and why you should always have a back up plan to your back up plan”.

So, when I am thinking of Stacey Dash I am actually thinking of those years and the emotional ups and downs I went through those years.

Those years had many downs and at many times I felt I was in a bottomless hole that I would never get out of. But, my parents instilled the idea that every time I fall. I must get up and try again.

So when I am thinking of the aches and pains of those years. I am able to appreciate the moments now. Thinking and going through those years in my mind keeps taking me back to the Kanye West song and then back to Stacey Dash. So, because I am enjoying where I am in life now. I have been thinking about those years frequently lately. So, the more I think of those years the more I have been thinking about Stacey Dash in the video as I replay that song in head.

Plus, how can I not want to think of someone with such great eyes. #justsaying

Do more and an update

Hex Mora the #awesome son of the Dave Mora!

For many, the year starts with a long list of items that you want to check off before the year ends. Well, in the case of 2012 it would be checking things off before the world ends.

On a side note: If the world does end this year. I am going to be really annoyed that I paid off all my bills when I did not have to!

This is the first year in a very long time that the year has started great for me.

Although, I have a mental list of things I want to accomplish this year. They are not written down nor will I have be keeping score by crossing them of as I get them done.

DO MORE!

The last few days I have simplified my goals for 2012 to two simple words – Do More

Do more with my family. Do more with my kids. Do more with my friends. Do more with my self. Do more with my projects. Do more in the community. Do more in life.

Having more time now seems to be an ongoing theme when I talk to people and write my posts. But, free time has been something that I have not had in a very long time. Sadly, we can not add more time to our lives. Everyday that passes is a day lost. We are all counting down – never counting up to days we have left.

The new memories I am making with my kids always bring up the memories of my own childhood and the few memories I have with my parents of actually going out and enjoying life. Now, that I am older I understand the challenges my parents had to overcome and I am sadden that they sacrifice their own dreams in order to give me a chance to a future in a new country. I will always be grateful for that.

The picture above if of my son Hex that was taken at recent hike my wife took our kids to. I was not part of that initial hiking group. I am happy that I was not part of the group because my kids benefited from it.

I am the first to admit that I am an overprotecting father. If it was up to me I will force them to use bubble wrap and walk in a bubble as they go outside and I must always be within arms reach to catch them fall. – Okay, I am exaggerating. But, as they grow and learn the lessons of life. I must also learn to be able to let them go, fall, hurt, but always reassure them that I am here when they need me. They are only 3 and 6 years old and I am already dreading their first heart break, their first disappointment, and their fist issue that they will feel the world is coming to an end.

So, how did they benefit from me not being part of their hiking group?

Well my wife has a bigger comfort zone with them. She lets them do things that I struggle with letting go of their hand to do.

Dave Mora Hikes!

The image above is one example. This is picture taken of my wife and my brother-in-law going up the same path my kids undertook a week earlier.

I would have strap both of them to my back and climb this hill side with them. But, my wife let them test their own boundaries and allowed them to climb this hill side using the fallen tree as a bridge and the roots of nearby trees as rope.

Hearing my kids speak of the hike and re-enacting every moment with excitement and seeing a smile from ear to ear is one of the memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.

This is where I realize why 2012 is not about checklist and how simply doing more will lead to more #awesome memories.

Do More with my Trek

It is early Friday morning and tonight is my first attempt to get back on my bicycle. It has been a very long time. So, I will need to make sure my travel kit has spare tubes, my tires have air, night lights work, and ensure the Cadance counter still works my bike computer. (Yes, a gadget geek also has a gadget for his bicycle)

Depending on how quickly I can go back to riding 50 miles under 3 hours. I hope I can get ready for the 100 mile bike ride in March.

I now work in Hollywood and I decided to ride my bike to the North Hollywood Metro Station and take the Subway to Hollywood. I started to wonder how far it was. After mapping my route using Veloroutes I was really surprise it was only about 16+ miles and the elevation graph confirms an easy ride.

My warm up bicycle ride!

I am eager to get back to riding. I use to have a 90 minute commute with my former employer and had to figure out how to schedule my bike riding. Once I start riding I suspect my commute to work (even with the bike riding and taking the metro) will be under 60 minutes. I am looking forward to having a 30+ mile bike ride worked into my daily commuting schedule. It will lead to one less thing that I have to figure out how to schedule into my free time.

But, I am still in search for an #awesome messenger bag.

After Effects is my favorite new app

I attempted to put my Mac Mini into good use for my new video projects and with the amount of tutorials and how to videos available for After Effects CS 5.5 I decided to use that application. But, it appears it only runs on 64bit. The Mac Mini I have is a Intel Duo Core 2 (non 64bit). But, my primary computer is a i7 Windows 7 64bit so I have been using my PC and I am happy to report that I have made the following intro for my future videos.

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I hope to start my silly weekly videos up again and I am currently lining up interviews for DMS-OnLocation and I am looking into local non-profits for my new series DMS-NonProfits. (If you work for a non-profit please feel free contact me. I would love to learn more about your organization)

LA Times and me

So, yesterday I received a call from LA Times and it was a reporter interested in learning how people felt about the recent Google search results changes. The article is informative and I recommend that you check it out http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2012/01/privacy-google-search.html

I encourage you guys to read the article but if you just care to know what was quoted from me. I can save you the click / time.

Dave Mora, 31, an analyst for a Los Angeles entertainment company, said he now gets more relevant search results and consequently is using more Google services.

“Your experience is even that much richer,” he said. “How many times have you asked a friend that knows about computers a tech question, you car enthusiasts friend a car question, or even that doctor friend a medical question? It is the same idea, just presented differently.”

Are you a Blogger?

Recently I have been asked that question. I have been blogging before it was called blogging. Before Google, Youtube, PayPal, Amazon, Netflix, Facebook, and Twitter were even companies on the web. For the very few of you that have found me and went to High School with me. You might remember the little page I use to post a summarize of the High School baseball games at the end of week. That was 1996-1997 and having .midi sounds on your page was the coolest thing you can do.

I think the meaning of being a blogger has change. What feels like decades ago a blogger was someone who put their ideas, opinions, and passions in long form text on a website. Never looking to make money, push out their e-book, or call them self a guru in whatever the trending word of the month was.

To me a blogger is someone who writes what they feel at that time and embraces a conversations with its reader regardless of having 1 reader or 1,000,000 readers. So, when I say I am blogger that is meaning I refer to.

That is one of the reasons my posts deal with a wide range of things that I find the need to write about.

If you made it this far. I thank you for finding it interesting enough that you finished this long post. Thank you for that.

DMS-Giveaways 10 – Microsoft 8GB Zune




Update: Every WordPress upgrade has issues. Sadly, my upgrade has lead to comments being lost. To make it all fair I am extending the giveaway another month. You must re-enter. I am really sorry

So, I started Seaon two of my giveaways with a very long delay. Sorry about that everyone. My PC decided to go on strike. So, I decided to man up and film my video on the Misses iMac.

This video I announce the winner of the 50.00 dollar giftcard and announce the new price.

The rules are somewhat the same. I am still one of the few people that hosts giveaways without forcing you to buy or subscribe to something. You don’t even need to follow me on Twitter. But, if you are interested you can find me at (@davemora).

Legal Jargon: Dave Mora, Dave Mora Inc. employees
and their family members are not eligable to win anything. Multiple comments will only count as one entry. You must be in the US. We can only ship to a US address.

Step 1.
Leave a comment on this page for this prize with your name and e-mail address. Your e-mail will never be given out we will guard it with our lives.

DMS-onLocation at Zappos.com

After attending the New Media Expo in Vegas I stopped by at Zappos.com on my way out of Sin City.

When I entered the lobby of Zappos I realized I was in for a treat. I was now at a company with a different mind set and attitude from others I have visited.

The lobby was not your usual quite, boring, and intimidating lobby. Instead the lobby was full of energy and the atmosphere made me happy just entering the building.

Any time you walk into a lobby and you see a popcorn machine and a Dance Dance Revolution Arcade (DDR) you know your day is starting off on a good note.

I was not aware that Zappos gives a tour to anyone who is interested. I was not the only one in the lobby with a smile waiting.

I was lucky enough to get a “Private Tour” even if it was not designed that way. Jerry Tidmore was my personal tour guide and gave me alot of insight not only on the company history but the also the company culture.

I felt like a king having my own tour guide.

When I was asked to pick a crown and pose for a picture.


I am a VIP at Zappos.com Good times. Dave Mora is the King. At least for a day.

Now, I officially felt like King at Zappos and have a picture to prove it.

Tony Hsieh was kind enough to spend a few minutes at the lobby and answer my silly questions.



I left Vegas with mixed emotions. I was happy that I got to spend my Monday morning with nice and awesome people. But, sad that I am not a Zappos employee. Everyone I spoke with expressed a sincere love for Zappos and it seemed genuine.

Now, I am not saying everyone at Zappos is happy and loves it. Because, I did not speak with everyone. But, everyone had a smile and said hello. I was even informed I am welcomed anytime to visit.

If I ever move to Vegas jobs.zappos.com will the first site I will visit.

If you want a tour of the place just e-mail tours@zappos.com and make sure you check out the “Quite Room”.

If you are a Zappos employee please leave a comment and let me know if you really love Zappos or missed out on the true Zappos.

– EnJoY

DMS-onLocation with Neha Tiwari

My apologize to everyone who has been waiting for this video patiently. I finally got around to edit and upload it.

Although I have master to make videos record from my Logitech Webcam. I am still working on bringing that quality with the FlipVideo. The actual .m4v looks so much better 🙁

But, please enjoy it.



Check out other places the video lives Viddler Video / Viddler Group

After Pinkberry we stood around talking about random things. She quizzed me on what BFG is a reference to, allergies, and about taking risks to play video games at 2 AM. She did say “This if off the record”. But, she never said “This back on the record.”. So, I wonder if I will be allowed to talk about about [Censored] and how it was when [Censored] [more] [Censored] or even how [Censored] dealt with it.

Hmmm I guess in the future I will have to ask the person “So, are we back on the record?” .

But, I am happy to report she is now following me.


Neha Tiwari Follows the awesome DMS gordo Dave Mora

I wondering how long it will take for her to either Mute me or Unfollow me as a direct result to my Twitter Addiction.

On a side note. I really enjoy Viddler but for whatever reason my video looked better in Vimeo. If anyone has a good solution to make AVI movies that have been converted to MOV that then have been converted to M4V come out looking good in FLV please “Porfavor” let me know.

Thank you all in advance.

DMS Giveaways Edition Episode 3

Sorry for being a day late.



Welcome to the official place to participate for the DaveMora Show Giveaways. This week I announce the winner of the AppleTV.

You now can win a 500 GB EIDE HardDrive from WesterDigital.

All you need to do is enter a comment, your name, and your e-mail address.

Nothing to buy, nothing to sell, and no useless sign up scams. Simply follow the instructions below.


Legal Jargon: Dave Mora, Dave Mora Inc. employees
and their family members are not eligable to win anything. Multiple comments will only count as one entry.

Update: You only need to do step one to have a chance to win.

Step 1.
Leave a comment on this page for this prize with your name and e-mail address. Your e-mail will never be given out we will guard it with our lives.

Optional and Most Appreciated opions are:

You can subscribe to our YouTube channel here OR our Viddler group here.

You can either add Dave Mora as a friend on Pownce OR Follow him on Twitter (@davemora) OR add him as a contact on Jaiku OR add his FaceBook account.

Good Luck!!!!!!!

Also, as much as I would like to make this a weekly giveaway that decision has not been made. It all depends on the amount of people that participate. The more pople that participate the quicker we can give the prizes away and move on to the next item. As of right now. We are considering it a 2 week thing. So, let your friends know. If we get 100 entries by this Friday we will pick a winner on Saturday.

DMS Giveaways Edition Episode 2



Welcome to the official place to participate for the DaveMora Show Giveaways. This week we will be giving away an AppleTV. Nothing to buy, nothing to sell, and no useless sign up scams. Simply follow the instructions below.


Legal Jargon: Dave Mora, Dave Mora Inc. employees
and their family members are not eligable to win anything. Multiple comments will only count as one entry.

Update: You only need to do step one to have a chance to win.

Step 1.
Leave a comment on this page for this prize with your name and e-mail address. Your e-mail will never be given out we will guard it with our lives.

Optional and Most Appreciated opions are:

You can subscribe to our YouTube channel here OR our Viddler group here.

You can either add Dave Mora as a friend on Pownce OR Follow him on Twitter (@davemora) OR add him as a contact on Jaiku OR add his FaceBook account.

Good Luck!!!!!!!

Also, as much as I would like to make this a weekly giveaway that decision has not been made. It all depends on the amount of people that participate. The more pople that participate the quicker we can give the prizes away and move on to the next item. As of right now. We are considering it a 2 week thing. So, let your friends know. If we get 100 entries by this Friday we will pick a winner on Saturday.