First, we’ve got a new house. It’s in Newington right off the turnpike. We’re moving in on June 1st. When we have a housewarming party we’ll let you know. I can’t express how antsy I am to get out of the parents house.
June 1st also marks the first shooting day for the video podcast I’ll be launching. It’s called ‘The Humordor’. (Get the play on words?) It’s a cigar review show that Sean and Myself will be doing. I’ll link the site when I’ve got it done and somewhat ready. When I do you better promote the hell out of it.
I’ve got the camera, mics after tonight, mixer and most everything else I’ll need. I’m just waiting for the tripod to get here so I can start shooting some clips for the intro sequence. It’s going to be interesting to see if I can get the idea I have in my head into a physical form. Lack of equipment should not hold me back.
If anyone else who reads this does a podcast let me know. I’ve got some ideas and things I’d like to bounce off you. Please, Please, Please ask questions and/or tell everyone you know about it.
Filed under Cigars, Video
Even if you’re not a robot nerd like me, you can enjoy the awesomeness of this machine.
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This list is mainly for Mike about apps and things for the Mac that I use. But, you can use it too if you want.
Quicksilver (free)- An app launcher and so much more.
AppDelete (free) – A program that deletes programs and associated files and settings.
GimmieSomeTune (free)- A app-plugin-add-on thing for iTunes that will get album artwork from Amazon.com if iTunes can’t find it.
Armagetron (free) – Lightcycle.
iEatBrainz (free) – An app that will tag untagged or improperly music
MacSaber (free) – The best program ever.
Onyx (free) – Maintenace and things for your Mac.
Seashore (free) – A nice simple image editor.
Task List (free) – Keeps track of school work and stuff although I’ve found it rather annoying to use.
Transmission (free) – A good, simple but powerful bittorrent client.
SoundSource (free) – Its basically an icon that sits in the menu bar and allow me to change between outputs and inputs quickly, since my headset is connected through USB.
Adium (free) – Multi-protocol messenger client.
That’s pretty much my list of software that I use. I’l make a list of podcasts (video and audio) that I’m subscribed to, but I’m not going to link cause I’m lazy. Go find them on iTunes.
Apple Quick Tip of the Week – Self explanatory.
Ask a Ninja – Funny funny stuff.
Bands Under the Radar – One of the ways I stay so cool.
Budget Health Nut – A cooking show for normal people
Comedy Insider – Cause everyone wants to be a standup comedian.
Coverville – How I find those crazy cover versions of songs.
Cranky Geeks – Guys sit at a table and try to talk about tech stuff.
Ctrl+Alt+Chicken – Another cooking show, but there hasn’t been a new one recently.
Daily Giz Wiz – A new gadget everyday.
Diggnation (high def video) – Kevin and Alex.
FIRSTcast – Gotta monitor our feed.
Indiefeed: Alternative/Modern Rock – Another way I stay so cool.
Leo Laporte The Tech Guy – Computer talk
MacBreak (video) – People doing neat things with Macs.
Macbreak weekly – It’s how I find new programs and stay up on my Apple news.
The Music Slut – A feed of an MP3 blog
Net @ nite – More nerd computer and internet talk
Pixel Perfect (high def) – The best photoshop tutorials out there.
Security now! – Nerd security talk
Systm – Shows about tech related stuff.
This Week In Law – Cause we all want to be lawyers too.
This week in Tech – THE podcast that started it all (they talk about tech)
Tiki Bar TV – Learn how to drink.
Totally Rad Show – Keep up with movies, games, tv, comics, and other geek stuff.
Try This At Home – Women doing weird things
Wild Chronicles – A shortened version of the National Geographic show.
Windows Weekly – I can’t just pay attention to Macs. I have to fix windows.
The 5 Minute Drill – Fantasy Football.
So that’s most everything. There’s one or two podcasts I didn’t mention cause they’re from The Hype Machine and customized to me. I hope that’s enough content to keep everyone busy for awhile.
The other day I tried to edit my mom’s skydiving video with the new iMovie. I’ve used iMovie ’06 quite a bit for a project I’m working on, but this was the first time using the new one. It blows.
First, they got rid of the timeline view, which I think is essential to decent video editing. It displays things in a clear logical order. Now, instead they have a… I don’t even know what cause I couldn’t figure it out.
It does have a neat feature with all clips though. As you mouse over the clips, your arrow acts as a playhead and it will play them. If you move at the right speed it will play them like normal otherwise they’re either too fast or too slow. It also works in reverse.
Other than that I couldn’t figure out where to the clips and things so I went back to the old version and edited everything in about a minute. iMovie 06 is pretty sweet and easy to use.
Also, here’s the final product of my editing. Yes, my mom went skydiving.
Filed under Mac, Rambling, Video
Last Thursday was the Warped Tour at the Tweeter Center in MA. I gat the day off from work so I could go. We got there around 11:30am I think. If you’ve never been to a Warped Tour before, its basically bands playing all day long. They had eight or so stages set up, with the schedule for six of them posted ahead of time. Elgin got a picture of the schedule so I’ll be using that to make sure I keep things in the right order.
We got there around noon and walked around for a bit until we found the schedule. Then the music started. First, I saw The Matches on the Hurley.com stage. (I’m going to give stage names so you can keep track of things a little easier) Joe had told me about them and I have their album, so I knew a few of their songs. They were pretty entertaining. After that we headed out to #13 Stage to catch a little of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. I have only heard their one song about not beating your wife. Then I want over to Lucky stage to see Amber Pacific. Again, I have their album, so I knew a few songs. I was surprised at the lead singer’s voice. From the way he sounds on the album, I didn’t think that he would sound very good in person. He surprised me and did pretty well.
Then it was back to Hurley.com stage to see Family Force 5. They put on an entertaining show. Right before they started I stood in line and paid way too much for a steak tip sandwich. I ate while FF5 was playing. We tried to get back out to see Poison the Well, but were too late. Instead we saw Coheed and Cambria on #13. That singer has more hair than one man should have and a higher voice than a man should have. After Coheed we went over to see Pepper on Lucky. I hadn’t heard of them before, but Elgin had. I really liked their set and have since downloaded their albums.
After Pepper it was back over to #13 to see The Starting Line. I have their first two albums so, again, I knew their songs. I found out from their set that they have a new album and now so do I. Quick, run back over to Lucky to see Flogging Molly. All this going back and fourth may not sound too bad, but keep in mind that there were probably 40,000 people there and there was no quick way between the stages. Anyway, I’ve heard of Flogging Molly, but I didn’t know any of their songs. They put on a decent show and their pit was crazy. I’m glad I wasn’t in it.
Molly ended and it was back over to #13 to see Circa Survive. I have a few of their songs, one in-particular that I really like. They were good and got the crowd going, despite their not-so-rocking-out sound. At one point they told everyone that there was a crowd surfing competition. Right after that there was probably 15 people crowd surfing at once. They also had the crowd make condom balloons from the Trojans that were handed out. That made for a pretty neat sight, and Elgin snapped a picture of it.
After that we went over to one of the smaller stages to see MC Chris. He’s the guy that does that Star Wars rap thing. He was pretty funny on stage and I got a kick from him using a Mac to play all the music. Back over to #13 to see Killswitch Engage. They had a big pit and a pretty crazy Wall of Death. Were weren’t that close to the stage and we still had to back up when they did it. Killswitch also recorded a cover of the Dio song Holy Diver. Go watch the video of it.
After Killswitch we stuck around for Paramore. It was kind of weird because that’s the band all the sixteen year old girls were there to see. So I was singing along with all the little girls while they were playing. At one point the singer asked if everyone had their new album and of course everyone cheered. There was a weird silence right after that so I yelled “I downloaded it!” That got a decent laugh from the surrounding people. Paramore’s set was pretty good.
To sum it all up for you I saw 12 bands in about 9 hours. Since the concert I’ve downloaded a little more than a gig worth of music from bands that were there.
I thought this was pretty interesting.