Good glass is something I hear a lot. What is good glass? To me good glass is a solid set of primes. Why? Because even though I’ve shot with various lenses including the Holy Trinity (both Nikon & Canon), I find that my best shots have always come from primes. Primes have the advantage of being compact, ridiculously light, and very sharp. I can carry all of these lenses with me using the Urban Photo Sling 150 and have it weigh next to nothing. No more heavy distractions. I use a Canon 5D Mark II for it’s video capabilities but prefer Nikon glass. To do this I use a simple Fotodiox Adapter, one for each lens along with Canon rear lens caps. I also enjoy using Nikon Mount Voigtländer, Rokinon, and Zeiss lenses.
Choosing The Right Lenses Sometimes people say “you have a really nice camera” but the magic is in the mind and the glass is what helps it come to life. You don’t need the holy trinity to make some really great stuff. At the same time you can’t expect to get full body bokeh with a f/5.6 kit lens. Ditch the kit lens or if you can don’t buy it in the first place. Let’s keep it real here. No bullshit advice. Continue reading →
I’ve been using Google Voice for a long time but it was only a few months ago that I really started getting the most out of the service. It comes packed with so many great features, it’s hard to believe it’s remained free this long. The benefit of having one number to ring all your phones, personalized greetings for different people, and even the ability to block unwanted callers. If you want a crash course on how Google Voice can help you, check out their video introductions. Over time people have developed greats ways to to streamline Google Voice across devices. I’ve managed to set up Google Voice across my Mac, iPad, and iPhone, the holy trinity of devices.
On the Mac.
Bringing Google Voice to the Mac. This is where a very handy app called Growl Voice comes in. It’s a fully featured menubar app that allows you to send and receive SMS, listen to voicemails, and although you can’t actually make a call you can initiate one. It’s available on the App Store for for 4.99. Another great way to take advantage of Google Voice on the Mac is by creating a Google Voice app using Fluid. This will allow you to work with Google Voice from a standalone application and you can even use it to make calls through Gmail. Combine that with a pair of awesome Jaybird SB2′s and you have a very comfortable calling experience. Trust me, I do it all the time ;-].
Growing up I was never the kid who had the newest Nike shoes or the JanSport backpack. When all the kids had iPods, I was rocking an old cd player. Living on a dime was something I had grown used too & never thought anything of it. Of course with this came teasing from the other kids who chuckled at the fact I was one of the few who wore “hand me downs”. It was almost as if they just couldn’t comprehend that not all of us were wealthy. It bothered me for a long time because it’s hard to be poor & go to school in the suburbs; you’re never going to truly fit in.
I suppose that’s why I became so close to technology. When my father bought the family our first computer I became fascinated. From the moment I sat down, the door to the world’s greatest library had been opened, the Internet. It was a place that could keep me informed on just about anything. With time I became more & more adept at utilizing such brilliant machines & it didn’t matter that I didn’t have the best one out there, my abilities made up for the limitations. I learned how to optimize & customize everything I could so that it would run as efficiently as possible. I did all this in an effort to make the most of what I had.
When it comes to the one thing a man should always carry you can never go wrong with a Leatherman. Its status is legendary, its history one of persistent struggle, & its value immeasurable. It’s the one tool that never leaves my side. Millions of people across the globe have seen the usefulness of the multi-tool. Stories of how its gone so far as to save lives are abundant. I myself have come to see it as a symbol of trust because I’ve put it to the test & it’s persevered. Everything from working on my car to building campfires, heck I’ve even used it as a hammer. Weather you choose the Surge or a Wave, two exceptional models among the many tools Leatherman offers, you can trust it to get the job done.
One of the great things about the Leatherman tools are the accessories like the Bit Kit & Bit Extender. The extender increases the length of the bit driver for those hard to reach places while the bit kit maximizes the versatility of the bit driver by adding 21 new bits & is double sided so that number is actually above 40.
Many of you Tron fans have probably heard the news. Early Tuesday the Tron Legacy OST by Daft Punk, one of the most anticipated soundtracks of 2010 leaked onto the net & not just a few tracks, but the full album. People across the net are already buzzing about the insane quality of the twenty-two track score & trust me it’s amazing.
The internet has become an increasingly risky place laden with viruses, phishing, malicious downloads, you name it. This is because when it comes to protecting your system people often go with the wrong software for protection. Over time I have used quite a few Anti-Virus programs from industry leaders to the lesser known hidden gems & found three applications that when used jointly & updated periodically offer a great amount of protection absolutely free. Just make sure to pay attention to WOT warnings & run a full system scan with each of the programs once every two weeks & you should be fine.