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Replace Sugary Drinks with a Fruit Infusion Pitcher

A few months back I bought this great 1 liter Water Pitcher and Drink Infuser from Grosche International. I found it on Amazon for $22, but since January 19th it’s gone up to $29.95.

It’s all glass with a stainless steel lid. The lid has a removable silicon bottom which mounts it to the glass bottle. As you tip the bottle (as if to pour) a filter in the lid slides allowing water (and only water) to come out. Right now my favorite new drink is pineapple water, although I haven’t experimented a lot yet. I’ll just toss in pineapple chunks, lemon wedges, strawberries, or other types of fruit. It’s an easy way to have naturally flavored water right at your fingertips. After about thirty minutes in the fridge the pitcher is ready to go. You can keep refilling it with water for days, depending on what kind of fruit it is. My pineapple chunks last about a week. Lemon wedges, about 3-4 days.

Since I’ve gotten this I have been drinking a lot more water. It has really helped me eliminate all of the nasty (yet admittedly tasty) sugary drinks I used to consume.

Home-made Juice


Biography of Steve Jobs

I’m on Day 3 of reading “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson. So far so good! I definitely recommend it to any Apple fans out there. It’s only $17.88 on Amazon.

288 Shot Glasses and Counting…

Alaska RT Entry 8: Freedom



In Light of My Predicament


Last night I saw this cute commercial by HTC called “You are the next…”. At the end of the commercial there was this little girl playing the piano and singing a song that sounded cool. I googled the lyrics and found the actual video the girl had made here.

As it turns out she became a Youtube sensation from an earlier video she made playing a cover song of Lady Gaga. For awhile she had been singing covers of pop songs, and she eventually learned the piano and started combining that in her videos. When she made the cover to “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga, Perez Hilton saw it and e-mailed it to the singer. Lady Gaga loved it so much so tweeted a link to it on her Twitter Page saying it was so cute she cried. Within a couple of days the video received 23 million hits. (It’s now up to 36 million.)

The girl was asked by her local radio station (HIT 103 in Winnipeg, Canada) to come in for an interview. They actually got Lady Gaga on the phone and the two got the speak.The DJ suggested they do a duet during Lady Gaga’s upcoming concert and she agreed.

It’s amazing how one small act in someone’s bedroom can turn them into a worldwide sensation. Good for her. And to be honest, I like the cover better anyway!

Pretty Darn Close

Is it just me or does Maggie Gyllenhaal look a lot like an older version of Elizabeth Olsen?

Listen To The Lyrics

These lyrics are amazing.

Lupe Fiasco- Words I Never Said
ft. Skylar Grey


[Skylar Grey]
It’s so loud inside my head
With words that I should have said
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

[Lupe Fiasco]
I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bullshit
Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets
How much money does it take to really make a full clip
9/11 building 7 did they really pull it
Uhh, And a bunch of other cover ups
Your child’s future was the first to go with budget cuts
If you think that hurts then, wait here comes the uppercut
The school was garbage in the first place, that’s on the up and up
Keep you at the bottom but tease you with the uppercrust
You get it then they move you so you never keeping up enough
If you turn on TV all you see’s a bunch of “what the f-cks”
Dude is dating so and so blabbering bout such and such
And that ain’t Jersey Shore, homie that’s the news
And these the same people that supposed to be telling us the truth
Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist
Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit
That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either
I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful
And I believe in the people.

[Skylar Grey]
It’s so loud inside my head
With words that I should have said
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

[Lupe Fiasco - Verse 2]
Now you can say it ain’t our fault if we never heard it
But if we know better than we probably deserve it
Jihad is not a holy war, wheres that in the worship?
Murdering is not Islam
And you are not observant
And you are not a Muslim
Israel don’t take my side cause look how far you’ve pushed them
Walk with me into the ghetto, this where all the Kush went
Complain about the liquor store but what you drinking liquor for?
Complain about the gloom but when’d you pick a broom up?
Just listening to Pac aint gone make it stop
A rebel in your thoughts, aint gon make it halt
If you don’t become an actor you’ll never be a factor
Pills with million side effects
Take em when the pains felt
Wash them down with Diet soda
Killin off your brain cells
Crooked banks around the world
Would gladly give a loan today
So if you ever miss payment
They can take your home away

[Skylar Grey]
It’s so loud inside my head
With words that I should have said
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said, never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

[Lupe Fiasco - Verse 3]
I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence
Fear is such a weak emotion that’s why I despise it
We scared of almost everything, afraid to even tell the truth
So scared of what you think of me, I’m scared of even telling you
Sometimes I’m like the only person I feel safe to tell it to
I’m locked inside a cell in me, I know that there’s a jail in you
Consider this your bailing out, so take a breath, inhale a few
My screams is finally getting free, my thoughts is finally yelling through

[Skylar Grey]
It’s so loud Inside my head
With words that I should have said
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said

Sunset at Senasqua

Yesterday I decided to head out to the Hudson River to test out my new camcorder, the Canon Vixia HF R100. I thought it would be neat to record the sunset and snap a few photos as well. The photo album is here, and the video will hopefully come very soon. I’m planning on doing one of those time lapses where it’ll show 2 hours in 2 minutes.

Dumbing it Down

As a “professional” editor, I gotta say: iMovie is friggin’ hard. The whole concept behind it is making an easy-to-use software so that your everyday person can make a decent quality home video.

I mean, that’s what Apple is good at: making complicated things, from operating systems to photo editors, and making them easy to use. From my personal experience, aside from some minor issues I have with their Airport systems, they’ve been very successful. Not only can they appeal to technologically-impaired people, but also to the very creative people who need powerful and error-proof workstations.

When iMovie first came out it was incredibly simple. I was fresh out of high school and taught myself the program (Version 2) in no time.

iMovie 2

College is where I learned Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro (both kind of similar in my opinion) and eventually learned Avid’s Media Composer out working in the industry.

Learning Avid was a _itch.

After a year or two I remember thinking that Final Cut Pro was still my favorite. It was easy to use, not that buggy, and just a good overall package. Now, many years later Avid is ingrained into my head so much that even on my personal projects I use it. (I still won’t say it’s my favorite though.) Which leads me to the present….

I can’t understand iMovie ’11. Maybe, just maybe, it’s because I know such an intense and professional grade software that my mind can’t process something so simple, but look at it:

iMovie '11

That’s intense! Yes, they have decent tutorials and Americans on average are smarter people than they were ten years ago, but I highly doubt Mom & Dad would even attempt to learn it. Whereas iMovie 2 from above, maybe.

Here’s my dilemma: I’ve completely given up trying to animate things myself. I don’t have the proper software anymore (I used 3D Studio Max and Maya in the past) and probably couldn’t grasp the updated software quickly even if I got ahold of it.

For this video that I mentioned last post, I’d like to show, whether by images or animations, the route I’m taking. I’d also like to do a cool opening title and ending credits.

This is where iMovie comes in: It can do those graphics…. easily.

So I think I may just animate those sequences in iMovie and export them into the Avid to cut my piece. I honestly don’t think I can “dumb it down” to learn and cut my whole piece in iMovie. Or, granting truth to the fact that I’m just an idiot, learn an unnecessarily sophisticated piece of software.