Makayama iPad Mount

Tool:
iPad Tripod Mount (Makayama)

Where can I get it (Sept 2015):
Amazon (w/extras)
B&H

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Makayama_Front

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iOgrapher iPad Mount

Tool:
iPad Mount for iPad 2/3/4

Where can I get it (Sept 2015):
iOgrapher Website
Amazon

iOgrapher

iOgrapher

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iPhone/iPad Microphone Adapter

Tool:
iPhone/iPad Microphone Adapter

Where can I get it (Sept 2015):
KV Connection

iPad/iPhone TRRS Adapter

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Shotgun Microphone (SHENGGU)

Tool:
Shotgun Microphone (SHENGGU SG-108)
iPhone/iPad microphone adapter (KM-IPHONE-MIC)

Where can I find it (Sept 2015):
SHENGGU SG-108 Microphone (Amazon)
iPhone/iPad microphone adapter

SHENGGU Microphone

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Mini Tripods

Tool:
Mini Tripods

Where can I get it:
I don’t see these exact models online anymore. The tripod on the left was included with my first “Flip” camera. The tripod on the right (AGFA Ultra Pod) I found at a swap meet for $4.

Mini Tripods

Mini Tripods

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Audio Rig

Tool:
MXL USB Microphone with Pop Filter

Where can I get it (Sept 2015):
MXL USB Microphone
NADY MPF-6 Pop Filter

MXL w/ Pop filter

MXL w/ Pop filter

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iTrek SupaMount

Tool:
iTrek SupaMount

Where can I get it (Sept 2015)
Amazon

iTrek SupaMount

iTrek SupaMount

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Belkin Rockstar

Tool:
Belkin Rockstar

Where can I get it (Sept 2015):
Amazon

Belkin Rockstar

Belkin Rockstar

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Add a “Dropbox” type folder to your Google Drive

I found this link on Twitter this morning and really like the possibilities. Check out the upload link on the bottom right side of this page. Oh, and make good decisions if you upload a file. 😉

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Free online image creator – Pixlr.com

 

There are a ton of images editors out there but today I needed to create a quick graphic for a QRCode project that I was working on. I’ve used pixlr.com in the past but today it really saved me a great deal of time with the simple interface and ease of use. I did not have to sign up for a free trial or register so I could focus on one task and that was creating my image.

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Visit pixlr.com  and choose the Pixlr Editor link at the top of the page.

pixlr.com edit choices

Choose your edit option. Depending on your choice you will be prompted with additional options.

pixlr.com edit page

You are now presented with an interface that is almost identical to Photoshop. One thing to remember is that the interface appears to run in Adobe Flash so my iOS friends will not have much luck with this Web 2.0 tool. However, Pixlr has created an iPad app ( Pixlr Express )that has received 4.5 of 5 stars in the iTunes App store. You will also find a Google Play option as well.

 

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President’s Day – Presidential Home Visit

After working in Chalottesville, VA today I decided to see as much of the town as I could before catching the last flight out of town. My adventure started at Belmont BBQ where I had some of the best BBQ I’ve tasted in a very long time.

From there I headed out of town to Ash Lawn – Highland, the official residence of President James Monroe from 1799 to 1823. The home is modest for a president when compared to the Monticello, the home of President Thomas Jefferson. Today’s docent told a great story as we worked our way through the main entrance of the home. As you look at the images below you will notice a white structure and a yellow structure. The yellow structure was built later and not part of the original Monroe home. The docent also shared that the table in the dining area was original to the home and would have witnessed many conversations between Monroe and Jefferson.

Learn more about Ash Lawn – Highland at their website.

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POGO Plug Cloud

With all the news about personal cloud storage I decided to venture into my own personal local cloud storage with the POGO Plug device. I purchased the POGO Plug Classic at Best Buy for about $50. I’m only limited by the size of my existing external storage devices and right now I’m pretty happy. In addition to my new personal cloud storage I’ve got a Box.net account, Dropbox.com account, iCloud (which is very disappointing), and many places that I can store various content such as a premium Flickr account and a free Screencast.com account, Vimeo and Youtube. I’d like to reduce the use of these sites because I have so much duplication of data on many of them. Oh, and least I forget my own FTP server space on my hosting provider. Surely there is one or tow that I’ve missed.

There is just something I like ab0ut hosting my own content in a cloud type setting. Easy access is one of the advantages but I thing that even more than access is knowing that my files are secure and I don’t mean secure as in locked down security but in the sense that I will not lose data if the other servers go down or even worse eliminate their “free” service.  The reality is that those servers have redundancy built in and I do not so web based cloud storage may be the more reliable of the two options. What I really need to find is a place to back up about 500 gig of data (for free) and have it accessible in a cloud environment.  Right now POGO Plug is doing that for me with their uploader app.

Let me know if you have any suggestions or comments.

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Why I deleted my FourSquare app

I’ve enjoyed checking in with Foursquare over the past year so today’s decision to delete the app from my phone was certainly a turn around for me. After all I checked in at a number of places yesterday and was just a few check ins from being number two for the week.  So why did I delete the app?

I realized today that my check ins with Foursquare were not so much about where I was at but was  a competition of who can be number one for check ins for the week. It was a game that I was willing to play but did not realize that if I was going to be first on a particular week with the most check ins I was going to have to play the “check in game” if you will. That game became an obsession. The short story is that if I was going to be “first” at check ins during the past week I was going to have to go to many new places and check in. I found that I really am a creature of habit and I don’t really mix things up that much. Yes, when I travel, and I travel a lot, there are many new places that I visit and checking in is sometimes not the most important thing on my “to do” list. However, over the past few weeks I have been determined to have the most check ins and be #1 for the week.

So now the real reason I deleted my Foursquare app.  I would check in at all the locations, stores, etc. that I would visit but I could not get above number two or three on the weekly check in list. I started following those that were playing the game and realized why they were ranked high in weekly visits. Those that were number one for check ins were “checking in” at ridiculous places like bridge openings (yes.. when a bridge opens someone made a check in for that location) and were getting extra points for that location.  If I was going win I had to be willing to check in at the most ridiculous places such as intersections, multiple locations of the same business, park benches, and subway/train stops were just an example of what I was going to have to do to have the most check ins and be number one for the week.

Bottom line, I just don’t have the time to play the game. It was fun but not for me…

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