Photoshop Express application

I've recently joined the iPhone cult, finally laying the 2 year old Nokia premium go-phone to rest. I'm not big on filling my phone up with alot of stupid games and apps like "ghost tracker" or a "fart app" (yes, that's a real app), however one worthwhile application that I've stumbled upon is Photoshop express. This app takes the very basics of Photoshop and puts them at your fingertips. You can edit photos on the fly right when you take them or you can choose photos from your camera roll. It really does an awesome job at doctoring up your pictures on an already awesome picture taking device. The best thing about it is that it is, surprisingly, a free application. Basic tools but its a good way to doctor some photos if you plan on sending them via text or uploading straight to Facebook or Twitter.

Organization with: Springpad

I was looking for an audio recording app for my Android when I stumbled on this:

This handy app does quit a bit and I am very excited to use it.

It’s an organizational tool that is comprised of, “Notebooks.”

You can add as many Notebooks as you like, label them, and change their color.

Sir Ken Robinson on Changing Education Paradigms

A truly amazing, and inspiring lecture by reknown education reformist and creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson. The first clip is an abbreviated version complete with some equally amazing hand drawn animation! Robinson speaks of public school's dated, factory-like, model of processing children like products, and makes a very humorus, but also scary look at the increasing use of medication to numb our children into conformity. Also look out for his TED talks. Have a great weekend!

You can also watch the full, hour-long version of this speech below:



While I was taking an online class (PSY 311), the professor, Dr. Golding, prompted us to think about what memory means to us and how it affects our lives.  At first, I thought about how memory enables me to pass a test, or beat a video game, function at work or in my social life.  After thinking about the question for some time, however, I realized that without memory we would be nothing more than plants.  As a species, we would have no consciousness and be essentially mindless.  Naturally, one hears about certain people who have lost the ability to remember their past or form new memories, but they still manage to have some sense of inner memory which enables them to survive.


Yesterday I started a video project with two artists I have become friends with.
They are making a music video and need someone to teach them how to edit/edit the video they shot.

They are both photographers.
I am a video editor.

We sit down together and I begin to demonstrate the basics of editing a video.
Immediately one of the artists wants to adjust the colors, contrast and other various elements that I knew nothing about.

So we look at Final Cut's effects and their faces light up. They know what all of the photographic terms mean and they start playing and discussing the features with excitement.

I then show them how long it will take to render their adjustments.
A conclusion is made; it is better to alter the effects after we have done basic editing.

I learned about adjusting color.
They learned about video editing processes and render time.

We then move back to basic editing.
The other artist explains how he wants the video to look, where the cuts should go and so on.
We do a few short edits and the two photographers are floored.
They loved it! It looks great!

I mention, the fact that there is no audio...
Yes, we were editing a music video with no audio.

30 Minute Work Intervals

During the first few weeks of my internship, I needed to learn the basics of the company - how it works, the nuances, dynamics, and the office jargon; and how I'd fit and be needed.

Flustered by the amount of information before me, and an ever-building workload, I decided to break up various components of my job into 30-minute segments.

I would sit down and dedicate the first 30 minutes of my time in the morning to checking email, and reading blogs (pertinent to the company, of course!).

Then I would delegate another 30 minutes to reviewing the history of the company.

After that I would work on design - learn programs the company uses and do any sort of design work that they needed done that I was capable of doing.

After each 30-minute period, I would move on to something else.

This technique worked wonders for getting things done!

I was able to return to previous projects for another 30-minute period later, but with different information and insight that I had accumulated from all of my other projects.

Social Media and Self-Representation: a Selective, Self-Imposed Surveillance

As of late, I have been intensely interested in how people of my general age bracket (25-35) represent themselves online, and why they represent themselves in the ways that they do.  Unfortunately, this post will probably raise more questions than answers, but I hope to begin a dialogue that will enrich our awareness of how social media, self-knowledge, and self-representation intersect. 

At work, my colleagues and I have regular conversations and debates about the usage of Facebook and other social media.  What purpose does it serve?  How do people use it and misuse it?  How much is too much?  My part in the great Facebook debate always turns to how annoying all the blatant self-promotion is that some folks enjoy on one hand, or public self-flagellation on the other.  I am sure, however, that if you went through past status updates you would find that I am guilty of this from time to time as well, almost without awareness. 

New Summer Jams

As summer finally creeps upon us, we have cookouts, porch sitting, cornhole, and a plethora of outdoor activites to look forward to. No one does their favorite summer activities without some summery jams in the background. It's always a good idea to have some chill tunes on the playlist, but if you're looking to bring the party running, then you need to go out and get a copy of the new Beastie Boys album, "Hot Sauce Committee pt. II" (there is no pt. 1). These guys are pushing 50 yrs old and one of them is battling cancer, yet, this albums beats alone could sell it. Lyrically I think it's for sure one of their best since "Ill Communication." If you pick this one up you'll find that once you hear one song, you just won't be able to stop listening. Party friendly, campfire friendly, you can't miss with this album. Attached is a video of their single "Make Some Noise", featuring cameos from all your favorite movie/TV stars of recent years.

Just follow the link, its a Vevo video so I can't embed it. You won't be sorry.

Until next time.

Appalshop's Appalachian Media Institute

There is a wonderful program at Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY called the Appalachian Media Institute that I am excited to have the opportunity to work for this summer.  Appalshop was founded in 1969 as a non-profit multi-media arts and cultural organization dedicated to preserving Appalachian culture as well as addressing the issues that the Appalachian region is confronted with.  They have a community radio station that broadcasts throughout the area as well as internationally streaming on the web.  They have also produced numerous films, some of which were played at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City last fall. 

Check out all that Appalshop has to offer here:

Chromebook, the New Frontier

Look out world; a new way to compute is about to hit the market. On June 15 the Chromebook will go on sale in Best Buy and online.This is a revolution in computing, the Chromebook, developed by Google, boasts of an experience that is simple, secure and almost instant in web computing.

The idea is why do you need programs, any program, when basically everything is available on the web. From office products to photo editors, GoogleChrome offers a wide array of applications that are secure and constantly updated automatically. Google says that one of the best features is that you can get on the Internet in 8 seconds after powering on the device, instead of having to wait for the whole booting up process which can seem like forever. Once you're connected you just choose from many apps that are on your account in a "cloud" and perform all of your computing functions.

Many say this is similar to the Iphone environment, regardless the Chromebook could be a pioneer with this new idea that is still unknown to computer users everywhere.

If you want to watch an introductory video about this you can go to :

Happy computing!


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