Sunday, July 9, 2017

Marriage Sermon

I am blessed to have had a real once in a lifetime opportunity for most people. I was asked by my good friends to preside over their marriage in New Orleans Louisiana. I became registered with the Universal Life Church and registered with Orleans Parrish as a minister.

Writing a marriage ceremony was challenging as I obviously wanted to make the moment memorable. I also wanted to make it personable and not sound like a copy of any old wedding sermon. Fortunately I was able to fight off the urge to use the lines from the  movie Princess Bride.

"Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today. Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam. And wove, twue wove, wiww fowwow you fowevah and evah… So tweasuwe youw wove"

In the end I believe I did okay, the wedding went off and it was a great time. Immediately after we even got to do a second line parade through the French Quarter! How cool is that!

Thank you E'lise and Michael and I wish you a life of happiness and love :)

The Sermon:

Elise, Michael… it is my honor to be up here today officiating your wedding ceremony.

I have known Elise and Michael since grade school, then high school, and ultimately we became good friends during our college years.

When we were all growing up individually in our home town, I know none of us predicted standing here today… in this spot… for this reason.

Despite not being able to predict the future, I was able to look back into the past when you both approached me about doing this.

MIT Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Entry

I recently attempted to apply for and attend the MIT Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 2017 held in Brisbane Australia.

This is a post of my entry content. While I was ultimately unsuccessful in making the cut I did make it to the 4th round of selection and was weight listed. Plus I had a blast challenging myself to think outside the box in my essays, submissions, and application.

For more information please see the MIT Entrepreneurship website here:

1. The final task was to create a 60 sec pitch video of anything of your choice. The exact wording of the task was:

Please create a 60-second* video that best describes the following:
  • Who is your customer and what is your customer's problem?
  • What is your solution?
  • How will you deliver the solution in an economically superior way for the customer, for you, and in a sustainable way for the world?
P.S. We are interested to learn how well you are able to clearly articulate the responses to the above questions.

I think I ultimately failed on this task but it was fun none the less. Doing all of that in 60 seconds is challenging.

 *All rights reserved in this video to the original content holders. This was purely a fun creative exercise and in no way represents a real product or is intended to generate revenue.

2. One of the other tasks involved creating a 10 slide pitch deck. I decided to create an imaginary company that focused on large data, analytics, internet of things, and cloud computing. My imaginary company was called Accreation Energy Analytics.