Massive Oklahoma Teachers Strike at State Capitol

There’s a massive teacher strike in Oklahoma over at the state’s capitol. They’re wanting the state legislature to increase teacher’s salaries and provide better funding for the state’s crumbling public school system. I wasn’t able to get a good picture but at one point I saw a protester’s sign that said some of his textbooks were older than his students.

Just to give you an idea as to how big the demonstration was I spent almost an hour driving around ’til finally finding a parking spot. LOL, cars were also parked on the side of neighborhood streets up to several blocks away.

 

Here’s a video recording visiting the area:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLATPptmIFA&w=560&h=315]

Why I’m For Twitter’s 280 Character increase

On November 7th, 2017 Twitter announced they were increasing the character limit on tweets from 140 to 280 characters. The internet tends to be resistant to any kind of big changes so not surprisingly a lot of people complained. Personally,  I say that it is about time!

Twitter has never been the best place in sharing certain views, especially complex geopolitical situations and that 140 character limit can be extremely frustrating. There have been plenty of times where if that limit were increased just a tad bit it would’ve made my tweeting immensely easier.

So you might be asking yourself, if you want to elaborate on something further than just setup a blog and write about it there. That’s definitely a good alternative but unfortunately writing blogs can take awhile and sometimes you just don’t have the time to do that. For example, if you’re on-the-go then it’d be a lot easier to quickly express things in 1-2 tweets.

The old limit of 140 characters was roughly about 1.5 sentences and doubling to 280 now makes it up to 3. Really… you can’t be bothered to read up to 3 sentences? In my opinion if your attention span is that short, then perhaps the issue is less with Twitter and more with you? Just something to seriously think about it…..

Equifax’s Breach: 5 Things To Do About It

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Equifax had a major data breach as many of you are now aware of. If you’re wondering what can be done to prevent this breach from affecting you well here’s the news. If you’re among the 143 million people affected, then I’m afraid you are flat-out screwed! You cannot prevent something that which has already occurred. Hackers have managed to obtain names, addresses and in some cases even driver’s license and credit card numbers.

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Seeing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

I traveled to Beatrice, Nebraska to see a total solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017. It was difficult to film due to mother nature being difficult. Fortunately the clouds cleared a bit and stopped drowning out the moon’s silhouette.

Originally, I was going to see this in Pawnee City, Nebraska but they looked even worse on weather radar so I decided to stay put. I was gonna film this at a parking lot in Beatrice however when the eclipse was about 20 minutes away another small storm cloud formed right west of us. It appeared as if the storm cloud would be right on top of us during eclipse time. Judging by the looks on ppl’s faces, everyone had the exact same thought. So basically half the crowd (me included) decided to drive a few miles south, barely missing the storm. This is the first total solar eclipse in the United States in almost a 100 years and something I’ve always wanted to witness.

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Photoshop – Easiest Way to Blend Tutorial

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Here’s a method I’ve done in Adobe Photoshop that makes blending colors in images easy and looks real nice as well. You are going to use the smudge tool and create a custom brush preset in several steps down below.

 

Step 1:  Select the Smudge tool and at the menu bar click Window>Brush.

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Historical Events Captured on Photo

This slideshow video on history is not something I usually do but it’s something I’ve been wanting to put together for sometime. Some of the earliest pictures ever made are fascinating such as the last survivors of the American Revolution for example. Before doing this, I didn’t know any of them lived long enough for the camera to be invented and to have their pics taken.

There are lots more interesting pictures out that I was unable to include due to the background music only lasting about 3 minutes. I might possibly feature the other pics and create a ‘part 2’ video sometime in the future.

This was difficult to put together because the size ratio of early 19th century photos was way different than the standard widescreen format videos we have today. After doing some tinkering around in Photoshop I was able to get them to look reasonably nice in the video. I also remove some watermarks and timestamps in some of the photos as well. As I was removing a couple of these watermarks I was starting to get a bit upset. Think about it some of these pics are almost 200 years old and people are claiming ownership in something that clearly isn’t theirs…

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Minecraft – Zombie Pigmen Mob Farm

My close friends have known this video has been in the making for a while now and finally found the time to finish it. This mob farm was built by one of the players on my private Minecraft server. After my friend showed me his creation I easily envisioned how this could make an epic music video. I was forced to downgrade my server back to 1.8.9 cuz those XP points weren’t glitching thru the glass blocks as well on the newer versions. In short this was probably one of the biggest projects I’ve done as it took about 3 weeks to make.

Really wished I had more time to do music videos as I’ve made a few in the past. Depending on the project you’re doing they can be very time consuming but yet very rewarding upon completion. I enjoy doing these and I’m a lot better at it then lets say traditional art such as drawing.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChEjClkYTK0&w=560&h=315]

Site Owners – Support Net Neutrality (here’s how)

On July 12th, 2017 there will be a massive show of support for Net Neutrality.

 

Sites from across the web will display a prominent alert on their homepage that shows the world what the web will look like without net neutrality. There are “spinning wheel of death”, “blocked”, and “upgrade” alert modals; plan to use the one that best fits your site to encourage users to send a letter to the FCC and Congress in support of net neutrality.

To use these, you need to embed a bit of javascript in the header of your site. Click here to try them out, and then be sure to grab the code on GitHub.

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Donating Free Rice

No joke the website is called freerice.com and all you do is play a word puzzle on their front page. For every answer you get right, 10 grains of rice is donated. They are working with the World Food Program to help end hunger in various regions across the globe. It is free to use and all it cost is some of your free time 🙂

 

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screenshot of FreeRice.com