My brother’s film won ‘Best Feature Film’ in DITR Film Festival

Funny Fat Guy

A film that my brother acts in, Funny Fat Guy, won the Best Feature Film Award at the 2016 Diamond in the Rough Film Festival at Bluelight Cinemas in Cupertino, California last month.

Really proud of my brother, Jordan Laesch, for grinding it out in Hollywood, not giving up and chipping away–especially through a lot of adversity. I was really excited to hear this news.

Check out my brother’s reel on Vimeo here.

Check out my brother’s IMDB page here.

Check out the Diamond in the Rough Film Festival here.

Check out the trailer for Funny Fat Guy here:

 

Dee Gordon, Aledmys Diaz honor Jose Fernandez in uplifting fashion

The Miami Marlin’s Dee Gordon hit his first home run of the season on Monday night, right after honoring late teammate Jose Fernandez.  It’s an all around great moment, and the response from the dugout is the definition of TEAM.  If anybody ever tries to tell you that the negatives of sports outweigh the positives, don’t listen.

Then, just a night later, Aledmys Diaz, childhood friend of Jose Fernandez, in his first game back after the memorial service, honors his friend and hits his first career grand slam to put the Cardinals up 5-2 in the bottom of the 4th.  The Cardinals went on to win 12 – 5.

Say what you will.  Even if you chalk it up to coincidence or happenstance, it makes these individual acts of hitting home runs under these circumstances no less incredible.  These are uplifting moments.

Mark 12:41-44

I’ve always been interested in the Bible’s take on money and worldly things. My interest in the Bible’s take on money and finances has become even more solidified through occasionally listening to Dave Ramsey’s radio program–which I believe is good for anyone to take in, for some perspective on managing personal finances.

So I decided to google, “great bible verses on money,” and I came across this list of 50 bible verses about money, debt, giving, and finances on BibleStudyTools.com.  Sure, these verses probably need to be taken in the proper context to gain their true meaning, but there is a lot of wisdom here.  It’s funny to me, when I come across people who act like we are in a “new age” and things are so different and “progressive,” when I find there is still so much relevancy in something “written so long ago.”  I think there are some good lessons and reminders to be found.

Here’s one of the 50 that you may recognize:

The Widow’s Offering
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 
42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 
44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

 

Mark 12:41-44

 

I’ll make it

Sometimes in life, you’ll be in a situation with your team, company, support system, friends, whatever the group, and you’ll just have this overwhelming sense of self belief, in knowing that you can accomplish what may not be believed, or thought to be the best approach, by anyone but yourself.  I always remember a time in elementary school when I raised my hand to answer a teacher’s true or false question, and I was the only one in the class who raised my hand, and I was right.  I also always remember this scene from Hoosiers (my favorite movie of all time), which is even more fresh in my memory after watching it on a recent flight back to Phoenix from Detroit.  Sometimes you just have to say it. “I’ll make it.”

Scottsdale Bible Church: The Irony of Losing

The current series at Scottsdale Bible Church is on “Adjustments.”  This Message is entitled, “The Irony of Losing.”  It almost seems that no matter what I’m going through, Scottsdale Bible always provides me with a great, applicable message that helps me refresh and put things in perspective. I’d recommend it.

Adjustments | The Irony of Losing from Scottsdale Bible Church on Vimeo.

This week in cloud computing

As a certified NetSuite ERP consultant, here are a couple articles that caught my eye this week:

  1. TheStreet: Oracle Must Sweeten NetSuite Deal
  2. The Wall Street Journal: Oracle Profit Rises on Cloud Computing Growth
  3. MarketWatch: Oracle earnings clouded by NetSuite acquisition uncertainty
  4. Oracle OpenWorld starts tomorrow.
  5. Slack.com (not an article, just a great site for team collaboration)

Brian Laesch is the key contributor to BrianLaesch.com. His opinions  are his own.

Could use your help for the Walk to Defeat ALS in Indianapolis

Walk to Defeat ALS

Dear Internet,

Asking for your help. My siblings and I have team for the Walk to Defeat ALS in Indianapolis on 9/24/16. We have a goal of raising $2k for our team. All proceeds are donated to the the ALS Association. We would really appreciate any donations or people joining the team. (You can join without actually doing the walk.) ALS is Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s the disease that inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge about a year ago. It’s the topic of the current documentary, Gleason. It’s a rough disease that gradually takes away your ability to use your muscles (walking, use of your arms, talking). We would appreciate any and all support (including sharing this blog post on social media). Thanks!

Sincerely,

Brian

A history of U.S. Presidential drinking habits

Here’s an interesting article I came across while sitting in a Malibu home in the hills, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  (This detail has nothing to do with the story.  I just wanted to document it because this place is awesome.)  It’s a history of the drink of choice for every single U.S. President.   Some of the historical records used to validate this are a bit of a stretch, but either way, it’s an interesting historical account of the drinking habits of the leader of the free world. (A term that first came into play during the Cold War, by the way.)

History: Every U.S. President’s Favorite Drink

Happy Labor Day, everybody.

We aren’t here forever

I’ve unfortunately been reminded, far too often, over the past couple years, that we are not on this Earth forever. Time is our greatest resource. There is no “someday.”  There is right now.  Does this mean, live completely hedonistically and Carpe Diem constantly? No. Not to me, at least.  But it does mean that our time is limited.  It’s very important to focus on the things that really matter.  Work hard and contribute to society, but enjoy yourself.  Take chances.  Follow what you are passionate about.  Spend quality time with those family members, friends and significant others that you care about. Don’t take time for granted.  Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can and should do today. Be true to yourself. Spread love. Have faith. Spend your time wisely. There is no time to waste being mistreated, and no time to waste not being 100% committed to the work, activities and relationships you enter into.  We are not here forever.  Focus on what really matters.

Solid Jim Carrey Commencement Address

The range and brilliance of Jim Carrey is displayed in this commencement address at the Maharishi University of Management 2014 graduation.  I had never heard of the Maharishi University of Management (or, MUM, for short–duh), so I had to Google it. Wikipedia gave me some answers, but it’s too late to read up on it right now.  (If I find anything conflicting with my own personal beliefs, I’ll let you know.)  But from the tone of this commencement speech, I can garner nothing but positivity.

By the way, where is the Maharishi University of Management located? Iowa. Duh.