There has been a myriad of Sony vs Canon camera reviews released recently. If you watch an occasional YouTube video or Vlog at all, then I guarantee you have seen them.
Recently my wife and I have been making our way through some classic 80’s movie series like Beverly Hills Cop (I never knew #3 was so bad), Lethal Weapon, Tom Cruise flicks…and more.
Watching each of these in close succession, I noticed how the image got sharper as we got later in a series. Even before digital cameras, film making progressed in picture quality. Beverly Hills Cop is classic Eddie Murphy comedy and 80’s action all artfully crafted together. However, the third movie in that series, I literally couldn’t make it past the first 5 minutes before I had to turn it off. IT-IS-AWFUL.
What struck me about this particular movie was that the picture quality was MUCH higher than the very first Beverly Hills Cop…but Eddie Murphy’s stardom couldn’t overcome the choppy editing and horrendous dialogue.
Here…try watching a couple minutes of the very beginning of the movie.
I know right!!!
Who in the world did they get to put this together?
I know that people say it all the time, the tech doesn’t matter…the story does. This dichotomy between the first and third movies was a clear example of that to me. I don’t know why that fact jumped out to me so much, but it did.
Partly this makes me feel better…it should make you feel better too. Newer and “better” camera gear WILL NOT automatically make your vlogs, short films, videos better.
So what if these movies were filmed with the Canon R5?…Answer: It wouldn’t change a thing.
Story is paramount. (and in big films acting matters too)
I’ll leave you with the opening scene of Beverly Hills Cop 1…in all it’s grainy humor and glory.
I have been using DuckDuckGo for several years now. Recently I was talking to a friend about this, and she explained that while she likes the idea of DuckDuckGo, she still thinks she would occasionally need Google. “Then just bang Google,” I responded, and she looked at me like I just got off a spaceship.
Such useful trick if you don’t want Google to know everything you ever search the internet for. Duck Duck Go is a solid search engine for the privacy it gives you…knowing these shortcuts make it that much better.
I’ve written about Setapp a couple times…and that is because it keeps saving me money on applications that I use so often.
Just the other day a mac app that I use on a daily basis, Better Touch Tool, had a paid upgrade come up. Well I’ve been trying to pinch pennies recently, and wasn’t sure if I wanted to pay for the upgrade. I checked Setapp…and there it was! Part of the every growing library of applications.
About 5 minutes later I got the new version downloaded and running and all without costing me anything more than what Setapp already costs.
So amazing. This “Netflix of Apps” service is becoming more worth it every day.
I don’t get anything from writing about Setapp…I just really like their service.
I’ve been listening to the Cult of Mac podcast for quite a few years now. It’s one of the few podcasts out there that is funny, interesting, non-political, and I honestly feel like I could just hang out with the hosts.
They recently had Jon Prosser on their podcast. If you don’t follow the Apple world closely, he has been publishing some of the most accurate Apple leaks in recent memory. He has received a lot of good and bad press from it…as the apple writer world can be a bit possessive of their territory.
This podcast was interesting because he debuted some exclusive leaks…but it was more interesting because at one point Jon starts talking about his younger years and the incredibly hardships he dealt with in the death of his mother, his grandmother passing from cancer, being 19 and the legal guardian for his younger brother, and his drive to create a successful YouTube tech news channel called Front Page Tech.
I actually stopped working in my office and sat slack jawed at what I was listening to. (click on episode 441…his backstory starts about 30 minutes in but I’d encourage you to listen to the first 30 min too. episode 442 is interesting as a follow up)
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I love the fact that this company is focused on renewable, eco-friendly system of outdoor gear. This light system is pretty neat too:
Bring indoor-inspired lighting to the outdoors with this rechargeable system of modular lighting & power. Anchored by 3 edge-lit lanterns providing bright, even light without any wasted space, the NanoGrid can light multiple spaces efficiently and easily with minimal setup. Included SiteLights provide overhead illumination, replacing harsh shadows with welcome ambient light. Designed to work together seamlessly, find the right light for any job with this kit.
You can find the individual lights here on Amazon. (the minis are only $15-$20!!!)
One of the reasons I waited so long to trade in my 2015 MacBook Pro was all of the glorious ports that it had. From the SD card reader to the HDMI port, it had everything that I needed in that department.
However, as I leaned more heavily in to my Vlog, I began to see the need to upgrade my Mac for speed, hard disk space, RAM, and more.
When Apple came out with the 16 inch MacBook Pro (MBP), it fixed all of the major gripes people had (keyboard, ports, battery life, speed) since the legendary 2015 MBP. It was time for me to upgrade…and upgrade I did.
The script this guy uses to update his video title is pretty neat.
Even cooler is his explanation of how the internet has progressed in various areas in relation to scripts like these. Tom Scott has obviously been around for a while and does a great job explaining it simply.
However, the real kicker is at the end…watch the whole thing.
The message will resonate with you whether you know code or not.
My Dad works at an Apple store back in my home state. He actually told me about this before it hit the news.
We will be closing all of our retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27. We are committed to providing exceptional service to our customers. Our online stores are open at http://www.apple.com, or you can download the Apple Store app on the App Store. For service and support, customers can visit support.apple.com. I want to thank our extraordinary Retail teams for their dedication to enriching our customers’ lives. We are all so grateful to you.
I am a self admitted fan of both of these companies.
When I saw that Apple and Patagonia were both doing this, I was reminded that there is a reason these companies have “fans” like me. As Simon Sinek says, they have a why at their core that is about more than the bottom line.