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Friday, May 29, 2015

PHOTOGRAPHY: How NOT to Loose Your Camera



One of my other creative hobbies is photography.  I absolutely love taking pictures of nature, flowers, deer, bugs, kids, holidays, well just about everything. I always carry a camera with me. I have several and I'm hoping that some holiday brings me a GroPro. But in the meantime I am using some no name, but great cameras, oh and my one with a name is my Sony 1060 which is my favorite one.  It makes me look good.  It's been with me everywhere for the last four years, and it has recorded all of the things I love and enjoy.  But I do worry about loosing it.  I keep it around my neck, but there are many times I take it off my neck and dangle it over a fence, hold it over the walk in tub to see if the tub is backing up because I cannot stand up to see into it. That camera has gone to Yosemite and hiked up to Bridal Veil Falls. It has gone to Princeton to record my son's speech. Its been to Disneyland and back. It is almost as precious as the pictures it took.

I never want to loose it, or any camera I have.  There is a new clip out.  It is the #GoProCameraClip With 360' Rotary Backpack Mount with a Bonus Metal Thumb Screw  to go with the GoPro Camera and other camera's built like it. Although I do not own the GoPro Camera, I do own a smaller camera that is similar to the GoPro that is precious to me. I wouldn't want  to have my camera slip off and fall to depths unknown! Or shatter into pieces on the side of the road.  If this is your concern when climbing or biking, or hiking, get this clip from Nomadic Gear and that worry is gone for good. This clip is spring loaded with a hinge so tight and the grasping teeth designed to clamp on the straps on a backpack or on your hiking apparel, a baseball cap, just about anything it can put its clamping teeth on. It holds tight.
 The Clamping Teeth of the #GroProClip

 The blue peg slides through the drop down stabilizer of the GoPro camera.The peg is tightened and holds the camera securely and steady. This is great and needed as this clip does more than just attach it to your equipment. The clip has a 360 degree rotating "camera stand" which allows you to position the camera to aim and focus on the area you desire to photograph, and it holds it there are you move and maneuver while climbing, hiking, biking or whatever is your sport!  SAFE SECURE to take the most wonderful pictures from vantage points that are rarely seen. You will be the hit of Instagram!! The clip can be purchased for a reasonable cost (more cheaply than replacing your entire camera and its contents. It can be found http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=go+pro+clip+and+metallic+screw from Nomadic Gear.
Here I am wearing my GroPro Clip on my cap w a small camera
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Saturday, May 23, 2015



The Most Productive People in History: 18 Extraordinarily Prolific Inventors, Artists, and Entrepreneurs, From Archimedes to Elon Musk, by Michael Rank

I think we all have wondered at one time or another just what is that makes this person or that person so much more productive or successful, than I am. What is that magic that they seem to have? How can I get me a piece of that? What did they do or how did they live that made that difference? What gave them that genius to invent, design, be so tenacious and made them so successful, so much more like I'd like to be.

I know that, I have, many times. I still play with the thought of picking up a book on each of these successful people I admire and want to be like and analyze what it is that makes them so successful, productive, wealthy.

Michael Rank has done just this kind of research, analysis and thought with a group of inventors, artists and entrepreneurs from throughout the ages, who he, and many people, see as  prolific producers.  That book is: The Most Productive People in History: 18 Extraordinarily Prolific Inventors, Artists, and Entrepreneurs, From Archimedes to Elon Musk.

Rank defines "productivity" not as doing lots of tasks, but "doing the goal oriented work that goes about achieving the right tasks.” This definition, in my opinion, hits the nail on the head. It’s not productivity as we look at it today nor is it success or wealth, it is productivity as it was the perception of the people  who Rank considers in his book. He looks at the lives of people such as Archimedes, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Leonardo daVinci, Elon Musk and others that many people consider to have been remarkably productive during their lifetime. In determining what it is that made them productive, Rank looks at these people from the combination of  vantage points that consider:

  •  the persons biography
  •  the understanding of cultural context in which they lived in
  •  the person's methods to produce results

Although there is no one thing or magical bean that is that answer we all hope for, Rank does a magnificent job of conveying the sources of their creativity and productivity through factual accounts of their life habits, such as sleeping, organization of their working hours, goals for which they strove, degrees of tenacity and how they maintained their determination and inspiration. 

 The well-researched factual information is dotted with intriguing anecdotes from information gathered from those who witnessed the lives of these amazing people and found it necessary and valuable to document it or pass on the information. These stories combined with the facts makes for very interesting reading.  He also refers to the same methods that come from our modern day philosophers, such as episodes from the sitcom, Seinfeld. Such references bring the ideas of productivity to a very comfortable, understandable and entertaining level.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book from cover to the author's kudos and notes at the close of the book. This book won’t give you key to success, but it will give you clues that you may find useful in fashioning your own notches in your own key to help open that door.

This book, for its content, is relatively low cost and can be found at:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WWJ14XE/ 


This book was given to me as a gift in exchange for my honest review of the book. I only review products that I use myself, and always give an honest opinion. All  opinions are my own.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Cassini Fog less Shower Mirror 


I found something I've been looking and hoping for, for a long, long time.  Do you ever get out of the shower in the morning and despite the fan running, now, when you want to do something like shave or put conditioner in your hair, you can't see the mirror. You know if you swipe it, whoever cleans it is going to nail you for smears,  but you do it anyway. Despite that, it starts to re fog and all of a sudden, ow, yikes, another cut as you reach for the toilet paper, or you can’t see where you conditioned because the mirror is fogged over again, There's got to be another way, right?

   I dye my hair every six months or so, (shhhh!) I have a walk-in tub as I am handicapped. To go in and out of the tub is easier than a regular tub, but still, if your joints ache you don’t want to do that more than once. So getting in and out and in and out to dye, to wait, to rinse, then again, to condition and then to actually bathe, It becomes quite a workout. To hold a mirror in the tub is a slippery danger. So I stay in the tub, myself, feeling, hoping, praying that I covered my hair all evenly and haven't left my dark brown hair, or worse, my gray, sticking right out there. Wouldn't it be great if there was a mirror that you could actually see yourself in without fear of it falling and breaking, fogging?

Well the wait is over. Cassini Fogless Shower Mirrors have made a mirror that will not fog while you are shaving, dying your hair or doing whatever else you do while you are in the bath or shower. It won't fog as you try to put on your makeup after a shower or bath. After awhile you won't even think about how miraculous it is.


There is another advantage for the guys. To get a great, close shave, the secret is to keep their skin wet. To keep it wet, the best place to shave would be the shower. The Cassini Fogless Shower Mirror can be hung in the shower to do just that. It can be hung at your perfect height with the metal hooks that come with it. It even comes with a hook on which to hang your razor. The Cassini people thought deeply about the design of this fog less mirror. What's more it is oval shaped like a persons' face so that it makes the most of visible mirror space.

Do you have to wait for the future to get one? NO, you can go to http://www.amazon.com/Fogless-Shower-Mirror-Nanotechnology-Exclusive/dp/B00CNOUZE2/

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 Disclosure:  I received this mirror as a gift from the sponsor in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own,










What does this mirror have to do with crafting or creating?

It is what you do when you look in the mirror and put on your make-up or shave. You create or craft your look. The Cassini Fogless Mirror can also be taken off the wall and used to help you see how some newly designed necklace looks on you.  Or if you stencil, how it will look in the mirror. It might even make a good skating rink in your miniature Christmas village, but it works and is meant for

using in a foggy bathroom when you need to see.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Creativity of a Different Kind: LUCID 8 IDLE REVOLUTION



Usually I talk of "CREATIONS" that are mine or others in the venue of being an arts and crafts, but this site is a call to creativity of all kinds. So today, I would like to suggest another area of creativity: Music.  Soothes the soul and the raging beast. Here is a review of a new group. All opinions here, as always are my own. This music was given to me as a gift for review on my blogs.


While listening to music this afternoon, I discovered Lucid 8 and their album, Idle Revolution. This group is very different in several ways. One is that each song did not sound like the last one played, as can often happen in one album. In fact, some of the songs weren't completely in the same genre.  Each song could fit into a different grouping.  What I mean is when I listened to the first track, “Normalcy Bias” I felt I could have been listening to Metallica. The start of soft keying that builds and burst forth in feelings of urgency combining with words that call us to action, to be conscious about what we are doing, what they are doing, to rise above it and see things for what they really are.
 “The Truth”, the second track, something in the rhythms made me think of Korn. The music and song making me feel the anger of the artist at the lies that he’s been told and that he can’t trust anything that is said anymore.
 The song "The Only One" reminded me of Mellencamp’s Jack and Diane, because of the light bounce in the music, a part that included rhythmic clapping. In that and the words led me to feel the excitment of meeting someone for the first time and that it might be love at first sight, and hoping, begging “let me be the only one”. “Pieces” shined, in parts, of glorious moments of Three Doors Down. Light, yet conveying joy and celebration of having a special one in your life and a true promise that they will always be “a piece of my heart’.
By this time, I’m beginning to realize the various feelings the songs have evoked in me: “The Road” through word and music conveys the yearning for a loved one while your work takes you on the road. “Cliche” gives a feeling of warning not to “fill up the spaces with so called wisdom of cliches”, and is backed by “Lucidity” another quiet but urgent call to be sure you are seeing what is really happening around us.
 This leads to the album title song, “Idle Revolution”. The music took me back to Green Day with a tender guitar and piano interludes. I began to understand the culmination of all the songs on this album and the music and words as a call to be lucid, conscious, to stand up for what we believe in, to examine our thoughts because what we have learned may be lies. We may have become too willing to believe our thoughts, our faults so much, that we don’t want to admit they may be wrong. It is time for us to look outside and around us and change what is not right in an “Idle Revolution”  
I realize that in this review, I have made many comparisons to other groups. I am by no way, saying they are copying others, not at all. I mean THIS IS A MULTI TALENTED GROUP that gives you many choices in one production album.  If one song is not your taste, listen to another, they will eventually please you. As for me, I love all kinds of music from heavy metal to country to classical and all that in between. I felt I could go to different songs to suit my different moods. I love the call to consciousness throughout the album that results in an “Idle revolution” for the betterment of life.
 I can’t wait to listen to their other works. (two previous albums) With each song, you can’t be sure what you get until you listen. I haven’t fallen for a group in quite awhile.  It’s time and this one is it, LUCID 8 - Idle Revolution. It’s the beginning of something really great! Don’t miss it. Here’s the link where you can find Idle Revolution and Lucid 8’s other albums:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K5RVUAW/http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K5RVUAW/