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Parkour & Athletics

Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 at 3:41 am

ParkourFor a couple of years now, I've been interested in Parkour, an athletic discipline dedicated to moving fluidly through your environment using only your body and the obstacles in front of you. Some people call it crazy, while others think it's child's play, but I look at it as both. Training yourself both physically and mentally to perform certain things takes a lot of dedication and confidence. Once one gets a hang of the basics, it's all fun times from there.

I was first introduced to Parkour a few years ago after watching some videos online. I was always into this type of activity as it always got me excited and made me want to do it myself. It wasn't until more recently times where I actually started going to the park and other open places to practice Parkour and feel the adrenaline rushing through my body. More after the jump...

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Posted In: General Stuff, Productivity

Are Web Users Getting Selfish?

Posted on Sunday, May 25th, 2008 at 7:30 am

I came across an article over at BBC.co.uk stating that web users are becoming more selfish. They're spending less time on websites, and using direct links mostly through search engines to access data.

Basically, what it's trying to say is that people in general are spending less time looking for what they want. I don't understand how this is "selfish." The web is a developing platform where infinite amounts of data can be stored and accessed by virtually anyone. Last time I checked, searching and getting info quickly was as normal as anything else.

There's a misclassification with the term "web user," and I believe it's being used too broadly. A user can jump on a computer and quickly look up something about the second world war and be done in 45 seconds. This same user may have a list of websites that he/she visits often for much longer periods of times. One cannot say that people who use the web are getting more selfish. "Savvy" is a word I prefer to call it. More after the jump...

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Posted In: General Stuff, In the News, On the Web

iPhone: The Most Useful Device I Own

Posted on Saturday, May 24th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

I've owned quite a few mobile devices, and none have been able to do what the iPhone has done for me. The iPhone has helped me with school, work, blogging, social events, and personal development. Here's how:

With School: Last semester I took a psychology course that was partially online based. Several days throughout the week, we were required to communicate on the message boards and take exams. Having the busy schedule that I did, I wasnt always in front of a computer. I've taken exams at the gym, posted replies while driving in a car, and communicated with the professor from the movie theatre. Some things just can't be done so well on other devices.

With work: When I used to work retail, there were times where I had to swap schedules, let HR know about my delays, and receive special notes from the team members regarding updates. In terms of my design clients, I can't exactly use Photoshop on the road, but helping me stay in touch with them has been a tremendous benefit. More after the jump...

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Posted In: Productivity, Technology

Getting Into Filming and Video Production

Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Sony HVR-Z1U HDV CameraEver since my brother purchased a Sony HDV video camera (HVR-Z1U), I've had the desire to somehow get into filming things. I have a few ideas about what I can capture, and hopefully I can get something done during the summer as long as my other web projects don't get in the way. From my recent purchase of the Adobe Master Collection, I now have full access to Premiere and Affter Effects. I have never used these applications but I am very eager to learn.

The things that I have in mind are mostly shorts, but I'd like to work on something a bit longer at some point. Right now, I'm contemplating on how I should distribute the works when completed. There's always YouTube and others like Viddler, Revver, and Vimeo. Maybe I can have my future videos distributed throughout all of them. I don't have any skills in this art whatsoever, so any and all advice on how to get started is welcome.

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Posted In: General Stuff, Technology

Creative Business Card Ideas

Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Using a FoldLast time, I wrote an article about the benefits of having a well-made business card for yourself. I recently came across this great compilation of creative business cards. If you're looking for ideas or just comparing your card to someone else's, this will do the job just right.

Click here to see the rest of the cards over at CreativeBits.

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Posted In: Design & Code, General Stuff

How To Be a Better Client

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2008 at 4:08 am

I recently read an article over at The Artistic Outlaw that reminded me what designers go through when freelancing. For those of you that are graphic designers out there, or provide some kind of a service, these 5 ways would come in pretty handy if they were actually honored by your clients. James made a valid point when he said that plenty of people write about becoming better at your job, but nobody writes about how clients can become better clients.

Wouldn't it be nice if the people that hired you actually let you do your job most of the time, and paid on time? Yes, it would.

Head on over and check out the article.

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Posted In: Design & Code, General Stuff, Productivity, Tips & Tutorials

Travel Plans for the Summer

Posted on Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 at 5:53 am

Traveling DudeIt has been a while since I last traveled and had a little vacation. I've done nothing but work and school, and now the time has come for me to look beyond my concrete horizon of New York. My first place of interest was Australia but once I saw the ticket prices hitting and surpassing the $2k mark, I changed my mind to a more "local" destination.

I would like to visit San Francisco and enjoy the beautiful views of places like the Golden Gate bridge, and see all the houses like how it was in Full House. =) At the moment, it's not certain where I will be going but San Francisco has always been a place I saw myself visiting. I am also considering Chicago, Seattle, and some places up in Canada. If anyone has any recommendations for places to visit within North America, let me know!

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Posted In: In the News

WWDC 2008 Right Around the Corner

Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Apple iPhone SDKThis year's Worldwide Developers Conference hits from June 9th to the 13th. In the first week of March, Apple held the "iPhone Software Roadmap" event that made a huge buzz in the tech world with their future plans. The SDK was released to developers for just under a hundred bucks, and things have been kicking along pretty well since then.

Apple demoed a few applications ranging from games to native applications, as well as some great upgrades to their own applications including exchange server support with Mail. Without getting too much into what was discussed, the idea here is that the possibilities that have been unlocked on the iPhone are phenomenal.

I put together a small list of things that I've missed on my iPhone. They're not exactly the most complicated apps out there, but most of them being the most obvious ones for general use. Check out my list after the jump...

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Posted In: Productivity, Technology

Review: Times – RSS Feed Reader

Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2008 at 4:51 am

Times by Acrylic SoftwareTimes is an RSS Reader application with a unique approach at how news/blog feeds are presented to you. Dustin MacDonald, known for creating the popular Wallet application is the man behind this cool application.

The first thing you will learn about Times is that it's very well thought out. The animation and transition effects throughout the application look very pleasing, and makes it a fun application to use. From the perspective of a traditional RSS Reader, your subscribed websites would generally be grouped into one section, while the article feeds would be displayed in a window right next to it. Times takes the approach that aggregates your feeds into a newspaper-like design.

You have the ability to create categories for the different types of websites you subscribe to right next to the ones that already exist. Times comes with a big list of popular websites/blogs you may want to follow, but you can definitely add new feeds and remove existing ones at your command. If you're an existing user of an RSS Reader, you can import your .opml feeds directly into Times so you don't waste time creating new feeds for everything. Continue reading after the jump...

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Posted In: On the Web, Productivity, Reviews

Easy Steps to Public Speaking

Posted on Sunday, May 11th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Public Speaking MicrophoneYou can probably find a million other sources that'll tell you to "own the stage" and pretend like the presentation hall is your living room. The fact is that, it's not, and never will be. Yes, my approach to good public speaking is similar to others, but I aim to cover things that they don't - the things that don't get too much attention that are just as important.

Chances are, if you're looking to become a full time public speaker, you would be taking a few courses over at the local University. For those of you that want to learn to speak publicly for self improvement and to boost confidence in your speech, these tips may be for you... Continue reading after the jump.

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Posted In: General Stuff, Productivity, Tips & Tutorials