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US Media is a Joke

What Is American Media Doing?

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Last night, President Obama addressed the nation on how he would like to handle the chemical attacks carried out in Syria on defenseless people. The potential for another war in the oil rich region has me extremely concerned and I would like to stay up to date on what our country is going to do.

This morning, after dropping off my daughter at school I pulled up Yahoo.com to read the news and the home page and slider was void of the presidents speach. It didn’t say a thing about the war, Russia and China opposing the attacks our president and France are proposing (England is out) and it still said nothing about “proof of who set off the chemical weapons”, not even that chemical weapons killed hundreds.

Moreover, the news said nothing about the nuclear fallout from the Fukushima catastrophe and the proposed dumping of hundreds of thousands of gallons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.

Worse that all this lack of news is that Yahoo shows what searches are currently trending on their search engine. Check out the top ten searches with my responses inline after the dashes;

  • Jordon Brewster – Who is this?
  • Ann Curry – Celebrity over World War 3?
  • State Trooper Shot – Ok, I get this. Safety at home
  • Duck Dynasty – Really people? I love Duck Dynasty but there is some gnarly stuff going on the world right now.
  • 2 Million Bikers to D.C. – Bikers going to confront Muslims? Interesting but don’t you want to know what the president said last night?
  • Jurassic Park 4 – Sweet, another sequel. Hopefully they don’t put chemical weapons in the movie theaters.
  • Bloodhound Gang – Sigh…..
  • Westboro Baptist – More hate breeding publicity. Forget about these retards. They will go away if you do.
  • Rice Diet – Get skinny before you die of radiation exposure or in World War 3
  • Glacier Park murder – This is National news? Ok.

It’s hard to believe how bad the US Media is these days. It’s almost laughable.

Mildew Free Bath Time

Store Your Bath Toys Mildew Free in The Tropics

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If you’re anything like our family, bath time equals lots of fun with toys, suds, sponges, towels and squirt guns. Now that our daughter is almost four years old and we have tons of bath toys and routines I’m starting to notice some unhealthy hygiene trends…specifically, we are getting mildew all over our favorite toys.

So, what’s the solution to keeping your kids bath toys dry (even when you live in Puerto Rico? It’s the bath pad. Better than a net and way better than having to clean/dry your toys after every bath to keep them mildew and mold free.

Have a look at these (links to buy on Amazon are below the photo). We have the frog one which seems pretty gender neutral, but they also have a ladybug plastic scoop and a whale.

Have fun in the bath!


These are affiliate links and I will earn a commision if you buy these after reading my post. Happy shopping!

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Small Business Do-It-Yourself HD Video Equipment Package

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Are you looking for a good camera with HD Video capabilities with a budget under $3,000? Me too!

I needed a camera for work projects and a digital camera that I could use to take some great family video/photos on the side when it’s not set up in my office for talking head videos. So, while shopping around for a camera I kept in mind that I needed to satisfy my work needs first and the personal stuff would just be a bonus.

Here is what I recommend buying;

 

Canon 7D – Perfect for HD Video

After discussing my needs with a few boutique creative shops and a few friends that work on TV and Movies, I was told that the best bang-for-the-buck is going to be the Canon 7D SLR digital camera. Check out the look of the camera. It is very traditional looking with some modern ergonomic features like the extended handle where the trigger finger can rest while firing off 18 Megapixel photos. The Canon 7D also has awesome movie making characteristics. It captures full HD movies at 1920×1080 at up to 30 frames for second. It’s an insane video camera and takes absolutely gorgeous videos.

Great Video Without Profesional Lighting

Sure, you can turn on your camera and start shooting video but whoever is in the video will most likely have dark shadows across them and appear as if being shot in a dark cigar bar from the prohibition days (I’m picturing brown panel walls, nicotine stains etc). The combat that, you could spend $1000 in profesional grade lighting for a home project or you can buy a great Canon L Series lens that has a very low aperture. The one I recommend is the 1.2. This camera lens will allow you to shoot video as well as still shots that will look great in low lighting and create a great depth-of-feel like the real movies.

Movement Makes Your Video 100% More Appealing


The last thing I recommend when shooting your own small business videos to promote on your website and Youtube is taking dolly shots. Dolly shots add movement to a video that may otherwise not have any movement at all. For example, when I shoot my talking head video, I will sitting at my desk and will not be moving around too much. Shooting a dolly shot allows the camera to move while you stay still. This creates movement in the background of the shot and helps keep the viewer interested.

The recommended links to Amazon include all the chargers, batteries, bags etc that you will need to run your entire shoot. Also, I was not paid to make this post but if you buy the merchandise above via the links I provided, I will make a commission off the sale.

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Coffee is Delicious – Morning, Noon & Night

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It’s time to pay homage to coffee, the greatest adult beverage in the world. Yep, I said it. I think coffee is better than beer. I know some of you are booing me right now, and I don’t hold that against you. It is a very difficult thing for me to admit to myself, but it’s true. Coffee is there for me, 24/7, worldwide.

My tools of choice for a delicious cup of coffee is are; Krups whole coffee bean grinder and a French Press. This makes the best coffee. Once the coffee is ready to go, I wait two minutes, I pour it into a mug and prepare it 3 ways depending on my mood;

Coffee at Home – Three Ways

[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;"] 1. [/dropcap]Coffee with turbinado sugar and half and half – served in a pint glass
This is my usual cup of morning coffee. I tip the press at least three times before noon and enjoy them sweeter and sweeter as the morning goes on.

[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;"] 2. [/dropcap]Coffee with a teaspoon of sweetened condense mile – served in a pint glass
Lately, I have been drinking these every morning and switching to sugar and half and half for my afternoon cup. I think this is considered a Thai Coffee at coffee shops. A little goes a long way, so don’t burn yourself out of this delicious goodness provided in a can (great for car camping as no refrigeration is needed until it’s opened).

[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;"] 3. [/dropcap]Coffee with ground Mexican Chocolate andĀ aerated, sweetened law fat milk and froth. – served in a pint glass
This is desert. I love this stuff and I make it for myself and my girlfriend/baby momma Summer in the afternoons around 3:00pm to get us over the midday hump.

Make A Coffee Desert at Home

Sometimes you need to freestyle your coffee style to mix in something new and discover a new delicious coffee treat you can make yourself at home.

I made this video a bunch of years ago with a buddy. I don’t know what this coffee drink is called, but according to all the haters on YouTube, I didn’t name it correctly. Also, apparently none of the commenters are surfers that live in the tropics either, I am chastized for not having a shirt on. Oh well, you can’t win them all!

Coffee Desert at Home Video



Delicious coffee. I’m sipping on some as I type this post