It’s that time of year again, and here’s a few ideas for gifts to buy for others, or for yourself if you got Amazon Giftcards……
WindowsPhone based SmartPhone:
Cheaper than an iPhone, and some would say having a better looking interface than newer versions of iOS, these are well worth a look with the Nokia Lumia 530 weighing in at under £70 (or if you’re lucky £40 with some case colours).
Android Based Smartphone
Having had a look around, I’d maybe go for a Samsung Galaxy Y, costing just under £60.
For this, for people on a bit of a budget, you probably can’t go too far wrong with an Amazon Fire Tablet for £50.
For this, as much as I’d prefer a Microsoft Surface tablet, I’d recommend the Linx7 Tablet for £60
The best value one I’ve spotted recently is the HP Stream 11 for £220, and the HP Pavilion X2 for not much more.
Streaming TV Stick
Well this one’s easy enough…. Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Keyboard, Mouse, Wristrest & Mousemat
I prefer wired to wireless (no batteries to run out and cause things to go haywire)…. I like my Trust illuminated keyboard, Tecknet Mouse, Kensington Wristrest, and hoping to get a new mousemat soon too.
The 1980’s eventually turned into one of the best decades ever, it was my first full decade…. Margaret Thatcher was British Prime Minister…. Ronald Reagan was American President…. Home computers started to become feasable…. VCR’s started to become common, and a deluge of some of the best movies ever made were made and released.
Here’s the ones you should make sure to have in your DVD/Blu-Ray disc collection (or via iTunes or Amazon Instant Video if you can’t wait for it)…………..
1) Crocodile Dundee (1986): The movie with Paul Hogan as Mick `Crocodile` Dundee from the Australian Outback, who then goes back to New York with a woman journalist after he showed her around the outback.
2) Ghostbusters (1984): The cult-classic comedy sci-fi about a group of university scientists who go into business catching ghosts after getting the boot from their college lab.
3) Back to the Future (1985): The cult classic movie that recently celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary, with Michael J Fox as Marty McFly, and the time travelling DeLorean.
4) Crocodile Dundee II (1988): The sequel to the original movie, where Mick goes back to the Australian outback to fight a drugs gang on his terms.
5) Stand by Me (1986): The tale of a group of boys who go on an adventure to look for a dead body.
6) Die Hard (1988): The first of the 5 Die Hard movies made so far, with Bruce Willis as Detective John McLane.
7) Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980): The 2nd of the original Star Wars movies, and now known as “Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”.
8) Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983): The 3rd of the original Star Wars movies. and now known as “Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”…. one of the first movies I ever had rented on video.
9) Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): First of the Indiana Jones movies
10) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984): 2nd of the Indiana Jones movies.
11) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989): 3rd of the Indiana Jones movies.
12) Back to the Future Part II (1989): The sequel to Back to the Future.
13) Top Gun (1986): The cult classic movie with Tom Cruise as a US Navy Fighter Pilot.
14) Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (1982)…….. the 2nd of the `proper` Star Trek movies
15) The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)… the first of the 3 “Naked Gun” movies with Leslie Neilson as Detective Frank Drebin, from cult classic comedy detective show “Police Squad: In Color”.
16) Turner & Hooch (1989): Stars Tom Hanks as a Police Detective who has to take care of a Dog to find the people who murdered it’s owner.
17) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989): A Christmas adventure featuring The Griswold Family, headed by Chevy Chase as Clark W Griswold.
18) ET: The ExtraTerrestrial (1982): Another cult-classic movie from the 1980’s, made by Steven Spielberg, and of course features an Alien left behind on Earth, waiting to go home.
19) The Great Outdoors (1988): movie starring John Candy & Tom Hanks, with a pair of families going on Holiday (one of which, the in-laws, weren’t exactly invited).
20) Gremlins (1984): The movie about cute little creatures, who when fed after midnight or exposed to water turn into mischievous little creatures who cause havoc.
This popular video site sharing website has been around for over 10 years now, and gone from short crappy quality clips of pets & people doing the sort of stuff you’d see on You’ve Been Framed, to High quality HD footage of the same stuff + even people having a crack at doing their own “Online TV Shows”.
These range from things like Tech Reviews to DIY Electronics + Prank Shows, some of which are better than mainstream shows like Beadle’s About or Candid Camera managed to pull off.
There seems to be more & more people wanting to have a crack at it (not just because you can earn money online by Youtubing), but not quite sure how to get started, so lets see what I can do to help……….
The first thing you’ll need is a camera. It doesn’t have to be anything too special, but basically helps if you use pretty much any camera made in the last 7yrs or so that’s capable of recording in 720p or 1080p High Definition (HD).
A Digital SLR Camera (DSLR) or a “Bridge” camera is likely to be too big & heavy to lug around if vLogging (video blogging) on the move like Roman Atwood (and others) do on a regular basis, and you’re best off with either a Digital Compact camera, or a small handheld video camera such as from the Sony Bloggie range, and their equivalents from other manufacturers such as Panasonic.
A proper camcorder such as my Panasonic is acceptable and not too bad to carry around with you all day too (and the quality is quite stunning).
My long time favourite for digital compact cameras is Fujifilm, but last time I looked it appeared they’d slimmed their range down to a selection of “Bridge” cameras + some very expensive compact system cameras with interchangable lenses. They’ve got exceedingly good colour reproduction qualities though.
Most the top Youtubers appear to be using Canon + Sony Digital Compacts at the moment, and GoPro cameras for when things get a bit more sweat inducing, such as ziplining or messing about in water.
The next stage (assuming you’ve already set-up your youtube account), is to shoot some video…. that’s easy enough, just point the camera at want you want to film, and press the record button, etc.
After that, you’ll probably want to edit the video, and for that you’ll need video editing software. Some of this you can get for free (e.g. Windows Movie Maker), other higher end software can end up costing you as much as the camera did. If you’re a Mac user, you’ll probably be using iMovie. For Windows users like myself, my current personal favourite is Corel VideoStudio Pro X5, which has been succeeded by a number of newer versions, it’s up to VideoStudio Pro X8 now I think. You can buy it either as a standalone product, or bundled together with my favourite photo editing software Corel Paintshop Pro X*.
Editing isn’t really too complicated if you’ve never done it before, it’s basically just a matter of dropping the video file onto the timeline at the bottom of the software, and adding the various bits & bobs like captions as and where needed.
When you’ve finished editing, you’ll need to save the finished video file, then wait for it to start rendering. This may take a while, and it helps if you’ve got a fair bit of RAM installed in your computer….. it’ll do it, but very slowly if you’ve got the minimum 2GB of RAM needed to run Windows… and it’s best to have at least 4GB of RAM installed, and perhaps even make use of Windows ReadyBoost.
Once done, you can then start uploading the video to Youtube. This also takes what feels like forever. While that’s in progress you can add a video title, keyword tags, opt to monetise the vid (if you’ve enabled that) + put a place tag on a map to show where you shot it (though you may want to give that a miss in some circumstances).
And that’s got you started Youtubing, I hope.
Though there’s still more to do yet… you may want to gain followers & views on Youtube by promoting your video via other Social Media outlets such as Twitter + Facebook + Instagram (among others), and collaborations with other Youtubers via sites such as ChannelPages, and checking your Video Stats via Youtube + elsewhere.
AlltheInterweb now offers Web Design services, as a new part of the website, in the form of an actual business I’m setting up via the UK Government’s NEA scheme for self-employment.
You’ll find further details HERE on the website I made for the web design service.
This has been going on since…. probably since schools were first invented.
The recommended method if you’re being targetted generally goes along the lines of: 1) Tell a parent or teacher in good detail what’s been happening (this is the modern day recommended method by 1960’s/1970’s hippies who grew-up and got jobs as teachers…. it doesn’t usually work, but at least covers your ass if you have to resort to stage3).
2) If parent or teacher actually does something about it, bullies tend to keep a low profile for a few weeks before kicking off again because you told on them, in which case resort to…..
3) Beat the crap out of the bully, or find a few bigger kids to do the honours, then they usually finally start getting the message it isn’t a good idea to screw with you, and leave you alone. (this is the time honoured method recommended by the poor long suffering parents of the 1960’s/1970’s hippies, and actually works)
Vine is a social media site for posting short vids from your mobile devices.
I’ve decided I absolutely hate it with a passion you cannot imagine based purely on the fact the videos immediately AutoPlay, complete with sound, which is “seriously awks” when randomly looking through it via your WindowsPhone from bed, forgetting where the volume is set to: Resulting in a mini heart attack as you’re subjected to a loud burst of shit music you cant get out of your fucking head (followed by a pissy mood because this happened.
Seriously, if you want to post vids online, stick to Youtube.
Previously I did a list of the Best British TV Shows, so how about now for a list of shows from the USA that are “must watch before you die”?
1) Home Improvement – The hit 1990’s American Sitcom starring Tim Allen as the accident-prone Tim “The Toolman” Taylor.
2) Seinfeld – The hit 1990’s American sitcom starring Jerry Seinfeld.
3) Frasier – The hit 1990’s American Sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer as Dr Frasier Crane, relocated to Seattle after a divorce, and of course a spin-off from the sitcom Cheers.
4) South Park – The infamous animated cartoon series set in a fictional Colorado mountain town, following the adventures of a group of kids named Stan, Eric, Kenny & Kyle and a host of other regular characters such as Mr Garrison (their teacher), Chef, Mr Mackey (the school council) + many others.
5) The Simpsons – The legendary cartoon series starring Bart, Homer, Marge, Lisa & Maggie Simpson along with Grandpa Abe Simpson, Mr Burns, and many others.
6) Family Guy – A cartoon series following the family of a fat bloke named Peter Griffin.
7) Futurama – A cartoon series set in the future, made by the creator of The Simpsons. In a theme similar to Buck Rogers, it stars a pizza delivery guy named Fry who had a slight accident where he fell into a machine that froze him for 1,000 years. Once woken up he ends up working for a courier delivery firm owned by an elderly mad Professor who also happens to be a decendent of his, and becomes friends with a messed-up robot named Bender.
8) King of the Hill – Animated Cartoon series set in Texas, following the family of propane salesman Hank Hill + his friends and neighbours Dale, Bill & Boomhauer.
9) Star Trek: Voyager – A spin off from one of the greatest SciFi franchises of all time, set on a Federation Starship named “Voyager” which gets dragged to the far side of the galaxy trying to find a missing undercover operative, then has to try to make it’s way back to the Alpha Quadrant. Includes many excellent episodes encountering The Borg, and of course “7 of 9”.
10) The X-Files – The legendary SciFi series starring FBI Agents Fox Mulder & Dana Scully investigating weird happenings & government conspiracies.
11) Star Trek: Enterprise – a Prequel series of the Star Trek franchise, set before the days of Captain Kirk & Spock, and the last Star Trek TV series made to date. It follows the adventures of the first USS Enterprise, making it’s first voyage.
12) American Dad – An animated series from the people behind Family Guy, following the family of a CIA agent named Stan Smith. It’s good to watch, but doesn’t really take off until around Series1, Episode 5.
13) Rugrats – The animated cartoon series from Nickeloden, following the adventures of a baby named Tommy Pickles and his friends Chuckie and the twins from next door named Phil & Lil, along with his cousin Angelica and the rest of their families, and their dog Spike.
14) Star Trek: Deep Space 9 – another spin off TV series in the Star Trek franchise, set on a Space Station and overseeing a planet recently released back to self-rule after being taken over by the Cardassians.
15) Star Trek: The Next Generation – the first spin off from the original series of Star Trek, set about 70yrs on from the original series following the adventures of the Enterprise-D with Captain Jean-Luc Picard in charge.
16) The Dukes of Hazzard – described by TV critics as a load of crap, but well loved by TV viewers anyway (mostly for Daisy Duke), and famous for the car too.
17) Police Squad: In Color – A cult classic comedy cop show starring Leslie Neilsen as clumsy Detective Frank Drebin.
18) The A-Team – A cult classic action adventure from the 1980’s starring a group of on the run Army commando’s who got made scapegoats for something they didn’t do, and while on the run help people out who are having trouble with bad guys.
19) Knightrider – Cult classic action adventure from the 1980’s starring a talking heavily computerised car named KITT, and it’s driver played by David Hasselhoff.
20) Airwolf – cult classic adventure series from the 1980’s featuring an extremely advanced Helicopter.
21) Streethawk – a shortlived (13 episode) action adventure series featuring a highly advanced motorbike.
22) Battlestar Galactica – the cult classic original 1970’s version of the SciFi franchise.
23) Friends – the cult classic 1990’s Sitcom set in New York.
24) Columbo – the cult classic detective series.
25) 3rd Rock from the Sun – the 1990’s Sitcom about a group of Aliens living undercover in Ohio to learn more about our Planet’s culture.
26) Mork & Mindy – The sitcom featuring the late Robin Williams as an alien sent to learn more about Earth.
27) Extreme Trains – a documentary series about locomotives, riding along a number of important Freight & Passenger routes across America, with additional segments showing the maitenance side of things.
28) Grace Under Fire – a 1990’s Sitcom featuring a tall blonde single mother.
29) Buck Rogers in the 25th Century – SciFi adventures of an Astronaut who wakes up in the future after a slight mishap.
30) Animaniacs – cartoon series created by Steven Spielberg.
With jobs becoming increasingly hard to find and difficult to keep, many are looking for ways to earn money from home. Digital photography is an excellent way to work for yourself and make extra – or even a full-time – income at home.
If you’re still undecided, this might change your mind. Here are 18 reasons why digital photography makes a great home career:
1. Minimum equipment required
To make money with digital photography, all you need are: a digital camera, a computer, and Internet access. In fact, you may already have all three.
2. No need for special training
Anybody who can take decent pictures can make money by selling digital photos. You don’t have to have formal training, or so many years of experience. You can be young or old, male or female.
3. Low start-up costs
Aside from the equipment required, you don’t need to make any other investments. This means you can get started immediately.
4. No need to leave home
If you like, you can do sell digital photographs completely from home. Yes, that includes taking photographs.
5. Money in your hard drive
You may already have pictures in your computer that you can sell right away. In fact, you should begin with those.
6. Make money when traveling
If you like to travel, you can make your trip pay for itself by taking pictures on your trip and selling them online.
7. Location independent business
You can have sell your digital photographs from anywhere, as long as you have your equipment (see number 1). This means you could be a nomad and still make a living.
8. Flexible hours
Work when you want, as much as you want. Do it full time or part time. It’s up to you!
9. No need to build websites
Although you’ll be selling digital photographs online, you absolutely don’t have to build a website – unlike other online marketers.
10. Stock photo sites do the marketing for you
You don’t have to do any marketing, either, because stock photo sites do it all for you. All you have to do is take high-quality photographs. (More on that in “Make Money with Digital Photography.”
11. No fees to sell online
You don’t have to pay any fees to sell in stock photo sites. It’s completely free to become a member and start selling your photos.
12. No need to set up a shopping cart
Again, stock photo sites take care of processing payments for your photographs. You will have to be able to accept payments from stock photo sites. A PayPal account should be enough.
13. Enhanced creativity
This business forces you to become more creative, such as in the way you choose the subjects of your pictures, to how you edit them.
14. Sharper photography skills
You have to improve your photography skills if you want to succeed in this business. The longer you keep at it, the better you’ll become.
15. Build your portfolio and expertise
Selling digital photos online helps build your reputation as a photographer. You can easily build a portfolio based on your best-selling pictures.
16. Profit from passion
You can easily combine this home business with a hobby or special interest you have. Because of the wide range of subjects that are in high demand, you don’t have to take pictures that you don’t care about.
17. Steady demand
As more and more stock photos are sold and bought, the demand for fresh photos increases. Marketers always want unique pictures for their materials, which further increases the demand for more digital photos.
18. It’s profitable
Because of low overhead costs, it’s easy to earn a full-time income from selling digital photography. University students are doing it, stay at home Moms are doing it, and you can do it too.
However, you have to know some insider secrets. Which types of photographs sell easily online? How do you avoid legal problems? How do you work with stock photo sites? How can you sell more photos?