So, yeah, its been awhile. No rest for the weary. I have had tons going on, between lots of work, tennis and soccer season, I am on the move these days! And well there was that lost week in Vegas. I came home from Blog World Expo super-renewed though (thank God not super hung over and exhausted…LOL), and until a massive workload brings me back down to reality again, I am working hard on some special projects. The first one is video production.
I have been dabbling with this, but only to the extent of overcoming my fear of putting myself out there - and I guess I am officially past that now, so its time to move on to the next step. I spent some time in Chicago this summer at BlogHer talking to my dear friend Robyn about videoblogging - she is a pro, but unfortunately, she is a Mac fangirl (as opposed to a MAC addict, like me). So, while she was an absolute wealth of information on important things like lighting, she wasn’t able to help me much on software, which is the first thing I need to tackle. So I chatted her up again in Vegas last week, and tried to pry PC video software ideas from a Mac girl. Again. Not a great idea. LOL So, I have been doing some serious homework, and have tried out Sony Vegas (oy-confusing!), Cyberlink Power Director (worst. program. evah. to try to get off your computer, but easier to understand than Vegas, BUT it didn’t seem to like my Vista computer much), and Pinnacle Studio (I think I am going to like this one best).
My next issue is getting my DV video camera to talk to my computer. I can hook it up with good ol USB cables, but boy does that give me some crappy results. Ok for webcamming, not so good for actual video capture/transfer. It is time to upgrade. So, I headed out to the dreaded Best Buy for a FireWire/iLink/1384 cable tonight after work. Oy. $50 bites the dust, and after I cussed and fussed about not being able to fit the dern plugs into the holes, I finally got them in. Apparently this is a common problem for the first time you plug them in. So all is well there - I think.
So why do you care about this? You probably don’t, but I am really trying to encourage and help my fellow Beauty & Style bloggers to branch out into video blogging, so I thought that chronicling my adventures might be helpful. And if a PC video producer happens by, maybe they can point me in their version of the right direction.
So, tomorrow morning, I am going to try to shoot an actual little video and see what I can do with it. I look too rough today to shoot myself, but Marshall has long wanted me to get The Rock on the web, so tomorrow, he is going to be the star. The next step after that is to figure out where I want to post these videos - I feel the need to branch out from YouTube, I think. Stay tuned, and if you have any video advice for me, please feel free to give it.
Long before we sunk down into Dell Hell, we wrote off Sony Vaio. We have a Vaio laptop here that is in perfect shape, but has a short in the power thingy that connects to the motherboard. We know this can be fixed, but our local shop wants to replace the motherboard entirely. I found a guy online that would fix it, but we just never went through the trouble to get it to him. I really think that all we need is some soldier. But I could be wrong.
Anyway, now that we are back in the market for laptops, or will be once one of our Dell’s die (knockonwood) I see that Sony has blessed their newest series of business laptops with a TX series designation. All they need is a big star on the hood, and every Texan will have one. Is that Texas centric of me to think that? Probably. You did know its all about Texas, didn’t you? They are offering it with Sprint mobile broadband built right in, which we currently have and pay over $60/month for (on top of our home broadband). I can’t see whether or not you have to pay that monthly charge, I am sure you do though. If not, sign me up right now - I’ll take two. It would be nice not to have to carry around that little Sprint box all over creation - and this computer is super lightweight - perfect for Marshall’s constant travel job. Anyway, this is something I want to hang on to for when we need it. Cause I know our Dell’s will start dying again soon.
I’m posting this for my daughter to read - and any other daughters out there who need an enlightening read. Marshall and I posed on AOL 5 or so years ago, as a 16 yr old girl, just to see what was out there. We were both horrified - it was very eye opening. Within about 20 minutes, we had about 17 men on IM, sending naked pictures and working it with everything they had. Scary, scary stuff. Read on:
After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get on-line. She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on. She sent
him an instant message:
ByAngel213: Hi. I’m glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home today. It was really weird!
GoTo123: LOL You watch too much TV. Why would someone be following you? Don’t you live in a safe neighborhood?
ByAngel213: Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination cuz’ I didn’t see anybody when I looked out.
GoTo123: Unless you gave your name out on-line. You haven’t done that have you?
ByAngel213: Of course not. I’m not stupid you know.
GoTo123: Did you have a softball game after school today?
ByAngel213: Yes and we won!!
GoTo123: That’s great! Who did you play?
ByAngel213: We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are so gross! They look like bees. LOL
GoTo123: What is your team called?
ByAngel213: We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are really cool.
GoTo123: Did you pitch?
ByAngel213: No. I play second base. I got to go. My homework has to be done before my parents get home. I don’t want them mad at me. Bye!
GoTo123: Catch you later. Bye
Meanwhile … GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her profile. When it came up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen and began to write down what
he knew about Angel so far.
Read the rest after the jump…
Continue reading ‘Kids Online Safety’
Gotta love this title, but it is a great article for SEO, and again, one to hang on to for future blogging reference!
Hsien gave me this link - and I am saving it here for future reference:
From my girlfriend, Selina, via email:
A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:
1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed . They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.
2) The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who’s clothing is easy to remove quickly . Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.
3) They also look for women on their cell phone , searching through their purse or doing other activities while walking because they are off guard and can be easily overpowered.
4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between 5: 00a.m. and 8:30a.m.
Continue reading ‘Tips to avoid being attacked’
I found this number to use rather than expensive cell phone 1411…1-800-FREE411….good stuff!
Makeup artist Gina Brooke knows some of Hollywood’s faces better than most. Her celebrity-client list includes Eva Longoria, Carrie Washington, Kevin Spacey and African supermodel Alek Wek, whom she favors because “her skin is dark and beautiful. So many colors look fabulous on her.”
Brooke became Madonna’s personal makeup artist last fall. “I think she liked that I had a lot of knowledge about the products. We just vibed,” Brooke says. “Madonna has flawless skin. She takes care of it by eating right and drinking a lot of water.”
“Press releases are a valuable source of content. However, most press releases need editing to some degree, as usually they are full of useless information %u2013 padding. Posting up press releases in their entirety will, in the main, cause your visitors to leave.
What follows then is a very basic attempt to show how press releases are made up and how they can be edited to your advantage. It is aimed at those new to, or with little experience of, editing releases.
This is not meant to be a lesson in journalism. The premise is that you do not want to rewrite the press release. You simply want to post it up on your site. However, what you want is the important information %u2013 not all the rubbish that comes with it. What this is then, I guess, is a lesson in basic editing.”