Sunday, February 10, 2008

blackberry curve 8320 review

I just had the opportunity to get a phone upgrade from t-mobile all behind a choice of getting a curve or a pearl. I really wanted a blackberry but noticed how the curve had a wi-fi connection, at the time I also thought it had GPS. To my disappointment there is no GPS but there is an option of the infamous blue tooth puck (an external global positioning system that uses blue tooth technology to refer location analysis) You can find one here: BlackBerry Accessories Store.

I absolutely love the wi-fi connection.There is a cool ability to be on a call and browse the web while connected to wi-fi. The only problem I have with wi-fi is finding an open and available signal while out and about. Well there is always T mobile hot spots around or just letting edge takeover. In wi-fi all of my pages take a noticeable, yet still minimal amount of time to load. Now after spending all the money to get the curve, I was a little disappointed in the fact that you don't have the ability to load any video or flash at all. You do, but you have to buy a third party that converts the video and its stored vids not streaming. And where is the video recorder as advertised, by the way. It would be so cool to also be able to download executable software once you get the memory upgrades. I know, I know its a PDA and to be honest the organizational options run perfectly on the blackberry. It stores every single call log and text message. In fact, there are even messages from my old phone that had long been deleted. I am going to stick with the curve for now. I even here there is going to be a new blackberry 4.3 O/S that will possibly address some of the issues I spoke of above. Like the wise man says; we'll see.

I wrote this blog entry with my blackberry curve over a wi-fi connection. If you are like me and you travel a lot and in need for T Mobile Hot Spot locations there is a list of them here: T Mobile Hot Spot Locations

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Wing Chun On Stage 6!!!!!!!!!

I ran across this really cool Wing Chun foreign television show on Stage 6. Its only up to its second episode in post presently, but for what I can see its definitely promising. Now, I absolutely love wing chun, or any martial arts (but wc is my favorite), for that matter, and I am incredibly excited about the show. The moves in this syndicate seem to be very authentic in their usage, approach and application. Unfortunately for me its 100% Chinese with no subs. Since I don't speak very much Chinese at all I try to follow along until the fabulous fight scenes come on. I did have a class in Mandarin but they speak too fast for me to catch on. Now if you don't know anything about wing chun it was the form of Kung Fu that Bruce Lee practiced before coming over to the states and then subsequently changing his technique to the "no way is way" application of styles called Jet Kun Do. It was started by a female Buddhist monk named Ng Mui, and basically, the application itself calls for the use of strikes that have an extreme power but lack brute force. There is also an emphasis using specially applied blocks that guard the bodies essential organs. So it would be perfect for people who have smaller or presumably weaker bodies and women wanting more abilities to protect sensitive feminine areas that have harsh effects upon injury. Wing Chun is rooted in calmness, a gentle delicate application with sound sensitivity and a perfect structure and alignment, and of course chi. Goto WikiPedia to find out some more detailed info ( you may just like it ). There is even a movie entitled Wing Chun starring Michelle Yoh . Below I posted a link to the episodes page so you can go back weekly to see if something else was uploaded. I also posted the stage 6 shows to view here. Check em out it's pretty dope.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

I like Light Sabers!

I am a huge Star Wars fan and I am also a huge fan of cinematography and Adobe After Effects so I wanted to make a small independent light saber compilation. Most likely these were made with the infamous particle generator from Wondertouch's Particle Illusion 3. Now I'm extremely new to particle illusion but I think its one of the coolest programs out there. I am also extremely new to Adobe After Effects and motion graphics in general but I still find this program to knock other competitive programs out the water. When working on a project in After Effects I noticed that it was incredibly difficult to create ready for television animations that were smooth, eye catchy, and brilliant. That is where the particle illusion program comes in very handy. Its not really meant for a newbie to the After Effects system but is still very easy to handle and can probably help your learning curve due to the excitement of cool tricks, particles and transitions built right in. What's also cool is that you tweak the effects for your project and they don't stand out looking cookie cutter. But you still need patience an a strong imagination.

"6 In The Morining"

"RvD2: Ryan vs. Dorkman 2"

"Wushu Duel"

"Wondertouch Particle Illusion 3 Showreel"