Saturday, September 11, 2010

iPad Overview Incoming

When I started really trying to make Youtube videos, the initial intention was to make and publish videos reviewing, or at least talking about, tech. Somewhere along the way, my channel became a hybrid review/commentary/footage/vlog thing, and I kind of wanted to get back down to the initial outline.

That said, I figured I'd try to jump back in by making an overview of the iPad and the various apps I personally use. So sometime today (or maybe tomorrow...who knows?) I'm going to post a quick iPad video outlining some of the apps I use on a regular basis, as well as some other random ones I haven't gotten around to deleting yet. Stay tuned for that, since it's not only outdated at this point, but also incredibly boring!


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Not done yet!

This isn't a real post, but rather a disclaimer: I'm not giving up this early. Yes, the past two days I have not ridden my bike, nor have I blogged, vlogged, or taken any pictures. This is not me giving up, it's just me being exhausted from work/physical exhaustion from biking. That said, I have eaten only "good" food, so that's something.

Hopefully tomorrow I shall resume. At the very latest, the weekend.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hopping back in

As many of you know, I've tried, and failed, and tried again (and failed again) to get myself motivated and start making short films/gag reels/etc. I've dumped a lot of money into it already, and so far it's been a wash considering I haven't actually DONE anything with the camera yet.

Yesterday, I shot some videos, one for Youtube, and one for shits and giggles. The thing that struck me is that the video quality is more than what I need, but the sound isn't quite there. Now, Canon makes a proprietary top-mounted mic, the DM-100, that fits their advanced accessory shoe and draws power from the camera. The other alternative is a Rode Videomic, which uses a standard shoe (requiring me to buy an adapter for my current camera) and runs on standard 9-volt batteries. The advantage of the Rode, however, is that if I ever do get another camera, it would still work. The Canon is a one-off Vixia purchase. They're the same base price, but if you throw in the adapter needed for the Rode, it's about $50 more.

So, I'm throwing it out there: which one should I get? Now I won't be choosing or buying soon or anything, but I would like to make a decision in the not to distant future. Anyone have one? Other suggestions? Comments? Concerns? Anything?

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Everyone, I am here with a plea. It is our responsibility, NAY, our DUTY to support this great man. I ask everyone to pack your things, release your selves from the shackles of Maryland, and join me in a great pilgrimage to Tennessee. WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME! We must become citizens of the great state of Tennessee in order to cast our vote and help our fellow man. It is our duty to fight slavery at traffic stops, enforce death and then jail upon murder, and plant the seeds of grass (and change) in vacant lots to pay for our expenses. Do what's right, vote Basil

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Been a while!

Yes, yes it has been a while.

In an effort to get my life back into some semblance of an order, I decided to set some goals for myself. And me being me, I decided to do this using that cool little Epic Win app to track it. It's completely pointless, I know. I also know I can cheat at it. But I think that if I cheat, I'd only really be cheating myself, and that isn't really the point, is it?

So far some of the goals I set are to ride my bike for a certain amount of miles every day, make a new Youtube video and upload that daily, write in my journal daily (the blog counts too, but I'm going to try and alternate, so there isn't going to be a concrete written/typed schedule), take five solid pictures and upload them every day, read for at least a half hour each day, set aside at least an hour for family related activities daily, and complete everything at work each day. Those are the dailies. I have long term goals such as get promoted, lose 30 pounds, wipe out my credit card debt, get to a point where I can not worry about money and buy one "me" thing every month, quit smoking, and...well...maintain these lifestyles. There's also the random stuff that pops up every once in a while, like organizing the harddrive, cleaning the house, etc.

I think this might work. For one, it's kind of in the format of a game. Secondly, it has that tech skew for me, so I can buy into it further. I'm using Runstar to track my riding, Epic Win to track my status', and I'm building up my Picasa, Youtube, and Blogger portfolios. Who knows, this might be the start of something worthwhile for a change. If I drop it, it's just another setback in a long, long series of my procrastination and laziness getting the better of me. I'm tired of being lethargic and disillusioned with where I am. Hopefully this will get and keep me on track.

That's really it for now. If you don't hear from be in a month...well...then I gave up. And that sucks.