So, I stumbled upon 2nd Unit TV and have been amazed with the production. As a film student, I have been taking a great interest into film production, and how a shot is made. And as has been noted in previous posts, I like the Office. The first two episodes this season deal with production on the “Obtrusive Office Space,” to give a specific look and feel to this great show.
After seeing a story here about making ringtones for your cell phone using some built in technology on an Apple computer, I thought I would take a moment to simplify some of the process. So, here it goes.
2. Drag and drop the song into iTunes.
3. If the song is to long for your taste, right-click Get Info and go to the Options tab. Adjust the start time and stop time to get to a length that you would like. Many phones don’t have a lot of space, and this may be an issue.
4. Press OK and then go to the preferences pane. (Command-,)
5. In the advanced pane, then the importing tab, make sure that your settings are turned to Import Using MP3 Encoder.
6. Press OK
7. Right click on the song and click Convert Selection to MP3. This will create a new file ant the length that you choose.
8. Drag this file to the desktop.
9. If you have your phone already set up for bluetooth connectivity, all you need to do is with the file clicked press (command-shift-b). This will pull up the send file box, and you pick which device to send the file too.
I love online services. Recently, I have been looking for more client based systems to help me be more productive. I have spent a lot of time surfing the internet, only to go to many pages over and over again, looking for updates, when I could have been using an RSS reader all along. So, I picked up NetNewsWire, and have been pleasantly surprised at how I stay more on task. With that, I took a look at MarsEdit, and have to say how happy I am with it. I can type a blog, pull content from Safari, show what I have been listening too (Currently playing in iTunes: Above Ground by Norah Jones). Quite the app.
I have to say, that I am a huge fan of the Office. Tonight’s episode was a great one. What was surprising was realizing that B.J. Novak, who’s character is Ryan the no-longer-temp is also the writer of many episodes. What a cool thing! I read an article where Kate Flannery (Meredith) wrote saying that while everyone is fooling around on MySpace, he is writing the episode for next weeks shoot. Awesome… And he happens to be a Mac user as well…
I admit, openly, that I love to ski. And, always trying to be as die-hard as I can, try to make the annual trip to the Warren Miller movie. More recently I have a hard time justifying spending $45 for two tickets to a movie… The only justification that I can find is that by doing so, I am going to get two free tickets to the canyons. So, is the value in the movie or the tickets? I suppose that people go for the movie, but, like me, appreciate the film, and then enjoy a day on the slopes as a wonderful result of a grossly overpriced movie ticket.
I have this nagging thought inside my brain that tell me I will never have a full-fledged career. Sure, I have no doubt that I will be successful, and that I will work hard for the duration of my life. The problem lies in what to make of a career.
From the time that I was brought up, I was taught to get an education, and from an education, I would get a great job. A job that would give me a salary, and insurance. With said job, my wife could live at home, and be content bearing, and raising children. The older I have gotten, bear in mind that I am only 23, the more I see that as a great fallacy. Perhaps only to push people into lofty goals of educational, and professional grandeur.
Life as it seems, is more then just education and careers. It is determined by struggle and affliction. At the time of education, we are to take great risks and stretch beyond the limits of an education. We are to reach out and ennoble our selves into the great task beyond that of learning, but living. Living is more then reading and writing, but growing into a greater person. Thus, upon graduation, and entering into a profession, we do not work, but continue to labor and to grow more. If we do not, we have nothing to gain, and are no greater then the ants that slave all day only to stay alive.
So, as to a full-fledged career, I think that life will take me in a slighter different path. I hope that it is a journey, from one place to the next. Growing, learning, and adapting from one outlet to the next. Whether it be in tech, film, business, consulting or anything, life is a journey… So dig it.
So, I really have wanted to start blogging again. I have had a lot of discussion that I wish was documented, so, here it is. This is probably how they all start, but here it goes.
Well, tonight Melissa and I headed over to the church building for some good old fasioned trunk or treating. It was fun to see some of the folks from the ward, and their cute kids. If you can’t tell, we tried to go as iPod ads. We got some funny looks from some people. To help out some of the older folks from the ward, I took my laptop, and put on loop one of the iPod ads. It was pretty fun.
This is the start of the blog for Jake and Melissa. We will use this site to post updates about the our lives, and allow us the chance to keep in better touch with our family. As it stands now, Melissa is about done with school, and we are excited about what the next few months will bring. Hopefully we (Melissa) can make it through school without to many problems.