Thursday, February 23, 2012

Rest in Peace Whitney Houston

Before Whitney Houston became a worldwide superstar, the Men of the Morehouse Student Government Association recognized just how quickly her star would rise (big ups to my cousin Adam Smith (SGA Pres. to her right)). In the Fall of 1985, the SGA invited this young and rising talent to perform for our 1985 Homecoming R&B Concert.

BEFORE IT ALL….

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Lent

My sister posted this on her Facebook page:

“Wouldn't it be great if we could all participate in Lent by doing this:”

Refocus for Lent,
Give up complaining — focus on gratitude.
Give up harsh judgments — think kind thoughts.
Give up worry — trust God to provide.
Give up discouragement — be full of hope.
Give up bitterness — turn to forgiveness.
Give up... hatred — return good for evil.
Give up anger — be more patient.
Give up pettiness — become mature.
Give up jealousy — pray for trust.
Give up gossiping — control your tongue.
Give up sin — turn to virtue.
Give up giving up — persevere.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Black (American) History Month

Malcolm Little AKA Malcolm X aka El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz is one of my favorite people in the history of the United States of America and someone I consider a hero.  If you’ve never read “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Alex Haley…..READ IT.  It’s required.  What I admire most about him was his intellect and his consistent ability to achieve his life pursuit of changing for the better.  Throughout his life he evolved and his mind was always open to change and a better understanding of “truth.”

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hang a Flat Screen TV & Conceal Wires in the Wall

Mission: Mount bedroom TV on the wall and conceal the wires.

I’m a do-it-yourself type of dude, so of course I took pleasure in this project. I hung the TV with professional results for minimal cost.

Most TV brackets cost $100+. This one cost $20 from Ikea (thanks cuz for putting us on to that).

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After measuring and marking the center and desired height, I used a stud finder to make sure as many as possible screws were in the studs. I installed a total of 6 screws to hang the bracket (3 in the studs and the other 3 were drywall anchor screws (each capable of holding 75 lbs.) for added support)).

Next, I cut holes in the wall with a drywall saw to route and conceal the wires (and installed the frame for my faceplate to mount to) . One hole close to the TV bracket and the other close to the floor.

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I ordered a couple of wall plates with HDMI couplers installed AND some HDMI cables from eBay for about $10 total (two short 1.5 ft HDMI cables to connect from the wall to the TV).

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I routed two 6ft HDMI cables in the wall and connected them to each wall plate. One port will be used for the cable and the other for an accessory (DVD, laptop, whatever….).

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The wires are concealed. Now it’s time to hang the TV.

The top screws are used to mount. The bottom two are spacers so the TV hangs flat.

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MISSION COMPLETE.

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