Last month, I attended Coachella as a guest of Sony. I was only able to attend one day, but you bet it was worth it!
So I had been hearing about this thing called the bloggie (yes, Sony brands it in lower-case) for a few months. My friend Liam won a bloggie at a Sony event and Sukhjit has been showing me what a it could do, and it was finally my chance to check one out. At Coachella, Sony gave me a bloggie to document my time at the festival and basically show just what I could do with it.
Okay, let me tell you: I was psyched. I’ve never really ventured into video; any projects I’ve done were about being in front of the camera or having written content. Any kind of video is something really strange to me and I don’t entirely know what to look for when creating or editing video. Now, not that the bloggie is complicated — it definitely isn’t — I feel like it’s my chance to start learning how to develop an eye for creating and editing video.
I was able to take all kinds of video at Coachella, including a few clips of my favorite band, Spoon, as they performed.
I know, I know… been a while since I’ve done this. I am finding that it’s a lot more difficult to maintain a weekly series than you’d think.
So I’ll make it short and sweet this Monday.
Chocolate and Fig Preserve Cupcakes
If you like food blogs, this one is a definitely a Must Read: 80 Breakfasts, written by a woman based in the Philippines, is a great food blog of very unique and tasty recipes that go beyond breakfast. One of the recent recipes posted was quinoa pudding with mango and pineapple, preceded by a recipe for fried eggplant with sumac and garlic yogurt dip. How can you go wrong with that? While the titles sometimes sound complicated, the author breaks down the recipes with simple explanations and fascinating stories about food.
Ellen Degeneres caused a little bit of a stir with Apple for poking fun at the iPhone. I love my iPhone and think it’s wonderful, but after seeing the satirical advertisement she did on her show, I don’t think it was much to get in a tizzy about. Ellen apologized — she really didn’t need to, if you ask me — and I suppose Apple is satisfied now.
I saw the Gorillaz play Coachella in April (I know, post still forthcoming!) and one of my favorite tracks was “Stylo” from the new album Plastic Beach. The music video is pretty great — Bruce Willis! — and the beat is catchy. Plastic Beach is certainly growing on me.
Turns out I wasn’t the only person who compared the post-HCR victory threats on Democratic lawmakers to der Kristallnacht; New York Times columnist Frank Rich echoed such comparisons as he described the violent, ‘pitchfork’ mentality exhibited by opponents of health care reform.
How curious that a mob fond of likening President Obama to Hitler knows so little about history that it doesn’t recognize its own small-scale mimicry of Kristallnacht. The weapon of choice for vigilante violence at Congressional offices has been a brick hurled through a window. So far.
According to Rich, these sentiments are not actually about the health care bill itself — instead, it’s a sign that the Right is afraid of change. I’m inclined to agree with his perspective; Rich notes that the outrage over the health care bill is disproportionate compared to the actual terms of the bill, much of which has been amended to be more cooperative with Republican opponents and some of which even follows the structure of GOP-sponsored legislation.
I don’t disagree with Rich on this point. I really do feel that the incendiary attacks on Democrats are not really about health care itself; for one, many Americans don’t seem to actually understand the bill (it’s not socialism!), and two, the lack of articulation expressed by many opponents have me inclined to believe that the inability to argue points with reason means that opponents just don’t have solid, legitimate reasons to argue the bill.
Anyhow, regardless of your stance on this, it’s an interesting read.
For those of us who love our iPhones, what could be better than a gigantic iPhones? (That’s actually a pretty rhetorical question.) I mean… for those of us who love our iPhones, what could be better — besides actually being able to get decent coverage from a particular, cough, provider — than a gigantic iPhone?
By the way, yes — this is nearly a fully-functioning iPhone, with just about everything going for it besides the snap-zoom function. Because I’m a cool kid and know people, I have to say that I’m uncertain how this didn’t hit techie news sites or blogs before this mention. I hope I’ll get to see one of these someday, because I’m also aware of other gigantic iPhone out there. In fact, somebody made an iPhone costume once before — but unlike MeLLmo’s version, it looks like they have to be operated through the phone itself.
My friend John Common has a band called Blinding Flashes of Light, and in January they released a new album entitled Beautiful Emptyfor the enjoyment of the masses. My favorite track from the album is “Don’t Follow Virginia,” and I have it here for your listening pleasure. I highly suggest two things: 1) visiting John’s site and downloading the entire album, and 2) following John on Twitter (@johncommon) for a daily dose of random musings and occasional hilarity.