- Don’t try to start too many projects at once
- Don’t try to start new projects during finals week
- Don’t beat yourself up because you can’t complete said projects during finals week
- Realize that maybe next year you can produce a #21DaysofGeek series, now that you have more time to plan
- Don’t beat yourself, because it’s your birthday on Tuesday, and we (er me, myself) want to have a great time eating at one of my fave restaurants with some of my oldest and dearest friends back home.
- Now, stop blogging and go finish up your paper so we can get our first Masters Degree this summer!
Note to self: don’t try to embark on giant blogging mission while in the midst of finishing a semester/finals/degree.
Today’s memory comes from the archive of my West Los Angeles apartment. I lived in this amazing apartment off and on at the end of the last century (that sounds so weird)
It was an amazing apartment. 3 bedrooms with my amazing roomates and my cat Angel. We loved having parties and since we were right off the 10 freeway, you could barely hear the chaos from the street (our neighbors on the other hand . . well . ..)
This photo was from our halloween party where I tried to dress up as a fembot from Austin Powers. The outfit I had on was true 80s (yes, I know wrong era – but it worked). It was an outfit that I bought at 13 (1985), right in the middle of Madonnamania. I have no idea how the outfit fit still 15+ years later, but hell, I went with it! The lovely people with me are my friends Stacey and Jim.
I met Stacey at my first job in Los Angeles in 1996. It was for a record label/internet startup and despite how horrible the working conditions were, I made it out of there with a couple of friends for life. We don’t get to see each other often, but when we do it is like no time has passed (mark of true friendships, right?)
I have this weird obsession with taking photos of street signs. Is it because of my wanderlust? Or, is it to make sure that I know where I am going (or coming from?)
The problem with trying to start a cool project in the middle of finals/end of the semester, is that you get wrapped up in everything school/work related. However, my little absence gave me an idea for my next 21DaysofGeek post. On Thursday, we hosted a puppy hike through work. It was so adorable and made me miss having puppies around (although our cat THINKS she is a dog – but that is a whole other story).
The last time that I kind of “owned” a dog was when I was a teenager. Throughout my teenage years, we had a succession of puppies running around our house. For some reason, the dogs weren’t spayed and we had about 2 or 3 litters in a few years. They were adorable dogs, at times, but we had a few crazy ones.
One was called Gizmo (yes, after the Gremlins character). He was kind of like the sweet gremlin, nice in the day, but at night – watch out! One evening, my parents were out of town and my friends and I were filming a project for our class. With three kids in the house, our friends were constantly streaming in and out after school. My brother’s friend D opened the door, and Gizmo snuck out. Unfortunately, our neighbor was walking her dog and Gizmo went for the attack. The neighbor grabbed her dog, but Gizmo latched on and held on to her raincoat as she spun around a few times trying to push him off.
When we finally realized what was going on, my brother and I ran out side and grabbed the dog. I was freaking out because our parents weren’t home, and we didn’t know what to do. Our friend suggested we walk over to her house to apologize, and we did. She opened the door and we said sorry and from what I remember, I think she slammed the door quickly after that.
Another half hour went by and we saw a police car pull up in her driveway. NOW I was really freaking out. Were they going to come and take our dogs away?
The cop left her house and came over a few minutes later. He walked in and first asked us how many dogs we had. In my hometown, it was a city ordinance that you could only have 2 dogs at all times. Well, remember how I said we were puppy central? At the time, we had four dogs and four puppies living under our roof. Oops.
The cop must have been new at his job, because he wanted to give me a ticket, but he was having the hardest time trying to figure out what he was going to charge us. In the end, he decided to give me a moving violations ticket. Yes, you read that right, I was driving around on Doggy tickets for a month before court. I wish I had a video camera back then because the judge’s face was priceless. He read the charges and practically yelled at the cop for even bringing this nonsense into the court room.
My dear friends, it is coming to that time in a “young” woman’s life when she must live up to the fact that she can’t claim it’s her 29th birthday anymore. It’s a big one this year, and to kick off this momentous birthday month (yes, I celebrate the entire month, damnit), I’ve decided to take a cue from my friend Ginger Sass. Let’s twist the idea, shake it up and now we shall now commence the 21 days of geeky memories.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in terms of my love of gadgets. I blame my father for instilling the geeky tech vibe in me from a young age. His favorite films were sci-fi and he was always looking towards the future.
In the late 1970′s, the first consumer camcorders were released. Of course, my father HAD to have it and he took it everywhere! To parties, on trips, and anywhere else we ventured out as a family. I would have loved to try and film at that age, but I think the whole set up was twice my body weight at the time. You essentially were carrying around a giant camera and a VCR machine on your back.
I wish I could find some of the videos that my father took when we were young kids, but a ton of moves across the country for my brothers, my parents and myself have undoubtedly sent the tapes to never-never land. That’s too bad because there are quite a few funny moments on there. One of my favorites that I would watch over and over as a kid was from a trip that we took to Colorado. My father had the bright idea to hold the camera over his shoulder and view the road from the viewfinder while driving up Pikes Peak. I’m sure he thought it was a great idea at the time and that he was careful because my dad is a “professional driver”, but needless to say, I remember screaming all the way up the mountain, afraid that we were going to fall off the cliff.
Dad . . . thanks for setting me on my geeky ways.
Rachel Maddow pouring drinks at the #WHCD #MSNBC After-party:
The Apple Store Picks of the Week can be highly addicting (especially, when the price is FREE), and this week’s featured app is something that I think could be fun for kids, parents, friends and more.
Moment Catcher works by slyly handing over your iOS device and show a friend, a child, or coworker. They get to watch/view a funny photo or video that you filmed or a clip from Youtube. While they are watching the clip, your device is actually taking a video of them at the same time. Like I said, this would probably have worked better with an actual child, but instead, you have me trying to get my cat’s attention to the video.
You can download the app on the App Store for free right now.
Recently, the iTunes store featured this new photo editing app called RePix. It’s a nice mashup of several other editing apps that have come before it, but it is a lot more intuitive than others I have seen. It allows you to edit colors and manipulate by “painting” your photo. The app comes with a basic set of tools, but of course, I was sucked into the extras which cost a bit more but included my new favorite brush that makes your images glow.
For more examples, check out this video from RePix
It looks like the app is only available for iOS right now and you can download it directly from the iTunes store.