Tuesday, March 22, 2011

iPhone App: Everyday

This evening I splurged on a few Mega Million lotto tickets; the jackpot is $244m. I came home, changed into comfy clothes, and washed my pants. Oh yes, with the lotto tickets in the right, front pocket. FAIL.

In an attempt to feel better, I bought a new app. It is a fun, creative tool. We've all seen them: the videos of a series of daily photos posted on YouTube.  Hairstyles, wardrobe, pimples, expressions, flash across the screen as you view the daily snapshot of someone you may or may not know. Like to try it yourself?

It's called: Everyday. It allows you to take a photo, most likely a self-portrait, at least once everyday and then produce it into a video clip. Choose the frequency of your reminder for how often you should take a shot. Connect to your social network accounts and share your creations. Export video and images to your camera roll. Sales pitch!

The hardest thing about creating an everyday photo project is remembering daily; and then executing. I like being prompted, based on my preset alerts, to take my next shot. The Alignment Guides help make sure I line up my face to the previous images for seamless transitions in my video.

All-in-all it cost me $0.99 -- which was a much better investment than my wadded, squeaky clean, illegible lotto tickets. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Passenger - Divers and Submarines

I recently discovered the British band, Passenger via an iTunes Genius recommendation. The band formed in 2003 and has at least 5 CDs out, so I'm a little late on my discovery. None-the-less I feel compelled to shove.

Check out: Facebook
(I love the way he tells the story in reverse chronological order.)
Check out: The Last Unicorn
Check out: Community Centre

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Kate Nash - Made of Bricks

The first time I heard Kate Nash was in Ireland September '07. Fourteen of us had rented a castle and a friend who lives in Ireland nine months of the year threw us a party. He invited two DJ friends of his who had us dancing to a wide variety of tunes, including Ms. Nash.
She has a unique sound, but has been compared to Lilly Allen. Probably because the both have a british accent with a lyrical style that is free-flowing and sometimes conversational. However, in my opinion that is where the comparision ends. Take "We get on" for example, this stream of conciousness is genious. "and when I saw you kissing that girl, my heart, it shattered and my eyes, they watered and when I tried to speak I stu-uttered. And my friends were like, 'Whatever,you'll find someone better, his eyes are way too close together and we never even liked him from the start. And now he's with that tart, I heard she'd done some really nasty stuffdown in the park with Michael. He said she's easy and if your guys with someone that's sleazy then he ain't worth your time cause you deserve a real nice guy.'
I've heard two versions of this song: The first was a demo softly played the piano and a bit emtional, while the second is off her first full album, Made of Bricks, which has a full band and is much more lively.
If you haven't picked up this CD, I highly recomend it. Other songs to check out: Pumkin Soup, Foundations, Dickhead, and Nicest Thing.