Wednesday, July 30, 2008

iTunes "Single of the Week" Free Download Tuesdays

Every Tuesday (Usually) Apple releases a single or two of an up-and-coming artist for free download. This freeness lasts about a week and then you have to pay; so you can only download the current week's song. They promote musicians of all kinds and the musical genre is different from week to week. It is a great way to broaden your musical horizens and bolster your library. There is no catch and this is usually just good free music. (Remember, you have to download it the week it is released or it will no longer be free).

I am going to publish the link to this song each Tuesday for your listening pleasure.

Week of July 29, 2008

Belanova - One, Two, Three, Go!
Genre: Latin synth-pop
A Latin Grammy-nominated Mexican synth-pop band from the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Click Here to read the rest of Belanova's bio on Wikipedia

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Unseen - Katie Armiger
Genre: Country

Kicking off with a crystal clear piano melody and then layering that with a warm twang and a tight rock backing band, Katie Armiger's bright-eye vocals sound right at home on this track...
-iTunes Store

Download this Single

If you are on a computer the link will open your iTunes.
If you are on an iPhone or iPod Touch it will open your mobile iTunes Store

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Big Freakin' Lizard

Today while I was getting some sun and swimming I ran across this monster lizard swimming in the pool with me. This thing was crazy fast and looks more like an alligator than a lizard. I was able to snap a quick picture of it after I fished it out of the pool.

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A mobile phone test

Well. I was finally able to procure an iPhone for myself. It was no
walk inthe park, but this is easily the best phone I have ever owned.
Anyway, this post is just a test to see if the text and picture I blog
from the phone actually publish.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Backyard Time Lapse

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Time Lapse Experiments

Last Christmas there were a few days where I was a bit bored and decided to play around with some photography techniques that I have always wanted to try. Primarily, I did some tests with time-lapse photography and found it to be pretty interesting. I compiled the pictures into a couple clips. The first will be attached to this post and the second will follow as a unique post. They really are pretty basic, but I can put them up anyway because:

A) Its my blog, I can self promote if I want.
B) No one reads this anyway, so whatever right?

Edit: My acknowledgment of this would mean I am talking to myself, and I am not willing to deal with the repercussions, haha.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Jesusphone or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the iPhone 3G

I'll start by saying I am no better than any of this (because I want one too), but the current madness that surrounds the recent launch of the iPhone 3G has been quite an experience first hand. If you have been living under a rock lately, the iPhone 3G is apple's latest toy that was released this past Friday. It is essentially the same as the original iPhone that made its debut this time last year, just a tad faster.

I thought sure, that's a cool phone, and now that the price has halved since last year I might pop over and buy one. I figured it would be a pretty popular item down here in Miami, (where you are on the bleeding edge of fashion/gear/douchebaggery or you eat lunch at your own table) so I planned on getting there when the store opened.


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My first warning sign should have been seeing the people SLEEPING at the AT&T store on Thursday. I showed up on opening morning only to see 120 or so people sitting in lawn chairs in front of the store. It was a little unnerving seeing how many people were skipping work to get this phone. I opted out of waiting in line for 6 hours to get a new cellphone, which seems like a pretty normal reaction, but at that particular moment it was 120:1 in favor of me being stupid.

The next day I went to visit my father at work and we went to get a coffee at the shopping center next to his office building. I thought it might be interesting to see the chaos at the apple store there so we walked by. WOW. A good 36 hours from launch there was a line that was over 200 strong sweating and waiting patiently in the sweltering heat. I was shocked to see the amount of people that were rallying around a single object. Sure, I have seen the craziness that surrounds shopping during the holidays, but that is more like a consumer holiday. This single phone, this jesusphone, has managed to bring nerds, businessmen, and housewives together into a sweaty, gadget lusting orgy. Rarely can you witness such large scale exhibits of patience and dedication. It's a bit ironic though, because it seems that sometimes we can summon up the patience required for a little instant gratification. In summary: the iPhone defeats a failing economy with a roundhouse.

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