Have you seen Sharkwater? It made me cry

Have you seen Sharkwater? It made me cry

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Bring out the Charles Darwin in you – today! This isn’t the most timely post but if you give a shit about nature, which ultimately means you give a shit about yourself, you will find this v interesting.

UNC professor Pat Davison unveiled his latest multimedia project today called “Living Galapagos.” Coined as the “first in-depth multimedia project to examine the impact of humans in the Galapagos Islands,” this Flash-based project is definitely a sight to see. Davison traveled with 21 students and four coaches to document the stories, people, places and facts of the islands.

This is probably my dream project. Great sound, video and photo, plus it’s all wrapped up in a slick map. My only complaint is in conjunction with Innovative Interactivity’s review in that it could use a navigation bar, but it’s easy enough to work around. The beauty of this piece just furthers my impatience with learning Flash better as these are the kind of projects I want to be working on but I am getting better – I think.

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Le Tour de France Videographing

I, as most people, like watching sports.  But few sporting events interest me as much as the Tour de France.  I’m not really sure what it is about it, but I just love watching it.  Maybe it’s getting to see the country side of Europe, or maybe it’s just the slow and steady pace of the whole thing.  I did take about 8 years of French through high school and college, so that probably has something to do with it.  Regardless, my enjoyment of it is unlike my enjoyment of other sports.  In baseball and football, you jump up and do fist pumps and stuff like that.  But even when I have a favorite in the Tour, I still don’t do that.  It’s just a peaceful, relaxing sport to watch. (Although, if you watch some of the fans on the sides of the roads there, they get pretty excited.) It’s interesting though how watching it really makes me want to get a road bike and become a cyclist.   Perhaps I should. I could use the exercise. Anyway, I’m not really sure where I’m going with this but I figured I’d encourage everyone to watch it if you can.  It’s a great sport and a great opportunity to see a little bit of the culture in Europe. And it gives me a wonderful please to watch a good job videographers have done.

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Elephant in the Room

Elephant in the Room

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I wrote this after midnight and finished it today. I thought I was on the right path of figuring out how to make myself better. Instead I just feel even crazier. I didn’t put gas in my truck because 1) it keeps rising and 2) I seriously thought I’d have enough to at least get to work.

There was a police officer on the side of the road, and so I switched lanes (moving into the left lane) because I was told that you’re supposed to do it to be nice… or whatever. Anyway, he made his way into the right lane, and I eventually got behind him. Once his lights began flashing, I stopped and got back into the left lane – but my truck would BARELY go. It was really scary, and my anxiety was all over the place. I finally made it over to the side of the road, I think people at work thought it was funny whilst I just thought it was embarrassing. Thankfully they understood, right?

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Spray Your Way to Inner Peace

Spray Your Way to Inner Peace

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The pressure ultimately got too much for you. What with all the television commercials (featuring young fit clones climbing mountains, wrestling alligators, and sipping lattes to the sound of victorious and brawny jingles), the print ads and the beckoning sales lots, the freeways and country roads and urban streets all swarming with emblems of your inadequacy.

Who can really blame you? All your neighbours have one. All your friends have one. Rockstars and politicians have ‘em. Even your mom probably has one. Besides, not only do the Thule racks make you look thinner but you—unlike nearly everyone else—really need the extra space.

So, like the camel with the broken back, you finally bent underneath the weight; fevered and senseless, salivating with Pavlovian lust, you signed on the 158 dotted lines and became the owner of a SUV. What complete joy it must have been to join the ranks of the millions who came before you.

I imagine it felt like being cradled within the tender bosom of a loving family or welcomed into a rarified club to the heartfelt singing of “He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”. Wherever your emotions took you, I’m sure that you went to bed with visions of mud, kayaks, and offroad paradises dancing in your head. And all those heady dreams of REI must have been sopping wet.

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Those Beauty Boxes to Try out

You’ve heard of beauty boxes, right? Those little boxes you receive in the post every month with beauty samples in. Those little boxes cost $10/month. I’m game. And I received my first one last week. There are loads of different boxes you can get, but I opted for the GlossyBox but only because it was the first one I came across! Now… I’m opted in for most of them. Before I go on, I’m all-American. So I’ve made sure I can give anyone across the pond an example – that’ll be the Birch Box.

Onto my box…

Products

  1. HD Brows Eye and Brow Palette
  2. Mary Greenwell Plum Eau de Parfum
  3. L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil
  4. StriVectin SD Eye Concentrate
  5. Nuxe HuileProdigieuse® / HuileProdigieuse Or®

I’ve not tried the HD Brows kit yet because, well, I’m not a fan of powdered eyebrow things. I’m more of an eyebrow pencil kinda gal. But as eyeshadow, I can definitely see it being a great little product.

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Nominate me for the Nobel Peace Prize

Seriously. I have figured out some serious shit today. In reading the book The Sweet Potato Queens’ Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead the author talks about “Man Ears”. To quickly sum up – Man Ears is what all men have that make it so that everything we say somehow becomes an invitation for sex. Example: “Let’s watch a movie” becomes “I want to watch nasty porn with you and have sex with you while watching it” Example: “Would you pass me the newspaper please?” becomes “I will give you a blow job” You get the idea.

So today, I get the following email from my brother Professor (of “Hi I’m Prof, wanna fuck?” famed pick up line – only continuing to prove the “Man Ears” theory): “When are you moving?? I saw Dad yesterday and he said he knew nothing about you moving until last Saturday when he was at Gma’s.”

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Why Partnerships Work, TechCrunch Part and More

1. Partnerships

Sent to me from an old friend! Researchers from the Center for Study of Entrepreneurship at Marquette University investigated a sample of nearly two thousand companies and categorized the top performers as ‘hypergrowth’ companies and those at the bottom as low growth companies. Solo entreprenuers founded only 6% of the ‘hypergrowth’ companies. Partners founded a whopping 94%, and many of those had three or more founders.” “In a poll taken a few years ago, Inc. asked businesspeople if they thought partnerships were a bad idea. Two-thirds of the respondents said they were. When asked why, the majority said they disliked co-ownership because of the partners’ ‘inevitable conflicts’ and ‘unmet expectations’.”

2. Thanks TechCrunch!

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