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Google+ or Google-

Posted in Ramble On with tags on July 25, 2011 by The Hieb

So I have had google+ for about a month now and I still don’t get it. Maybe my issue is I don’t use it on my desktop and only on my mobile device. It looks just like Facebook minus the posts. I follow about 15 people and only one of them posts so needless to say I’m not the only one that doesn’t get it. I listen to tech podcasts and they all seem to love it so maybe I’m missing something. If google doesn’t want this to turn into another buzz or wave they better give the average person a reason to use it because right now I don’t need another Facebook I already have the one.

So Says The Hieb

Why Kevin Smith Gets It

Posted in Ramble On with tags , , on July 18, 2011 by The Hieb

I have grown up watching Kevin Smith movies, never in the theaters only on DVD, and enjoying the bulk of them. Recently Kevin Smith started a podcasting empire that drew me in even more so than the movies. With his latest movie Redstate Kevin Smith decided to forgo the traditional rout of distribution and taken just about everything into his own hands. In the process the “traditional media” have claimed he has lost his mind, yet each step of the way Smiths experiment has proven otherwise. Recently on one of his many podcasts (plus one) Kevin Smith announced the next step of his release which will include a Video On Demand deal with Lionsgate. Link to  His Words. This is where I get excited.

The last movie I saw in the theater was Avatar in 3D. I went with my brother in the last weeks of its showing mainly because of the advanced 3D and my brother was shipping off to boot camp later that month. Before Avatar I can’t remember the last movie I went to the theater to see, excluding pixar movies that I have taken my sons to.

Going to the theater is not my idea of a good time. The price of admission is always on the rise, the concessions are outrageously priced, you always end up sitting next to some idiot that talks through the movie, and honestly what has Hollywood done lately that I need to go to the theater to see? I have Netflix, I can wait.

Up until today, yes I’m a few weeks late on the news thats what happens when your podcast playlist is four days long, I was expecting Redstate to be the last movie I went to the theater to see. I have enjoyed Kevin Smith for free for the last couple years via the podcasting so the least I could do is go support him in the theater. Now I don’t have to go through all that hassle, I can rent Redstate this Labor Day through iTunes and watch it the way I watch all my movies. Kudos to you Kevin Smith!

To all the other distributers: Take note, this is the future.

So Says The Hieb

Float On

Posted in Ramble On on May 16, 2011 by The Hieb

I recently had the opportunity to try out a sensory deprivation tank at Float Fresno. I have heard Joe Rogan talk about floating for the past year or so on his podcast and have been interested in experiencing it for myself. The tank is located down town in the home of Owner/Operator Sean Carter.

The Tank

The Process:

Sean greats you at the door of his very nice home shows you the tank and explains how everything works. Then you take a shower to get off any dead skin, loose hair, and any thing else you wouldn’t want to leave in his tank. You then get in a robe and sanitized flip flops that are provided for you and make your way into the basement where the tank is located. You disrobe and climb into the tank. In the tank your body is deprived of sight, hearing, and the salt water in the tank is warmed to body temperature so pretty much all your senses are cut off and you can give your brain full attention.Once your time has passed, from upstairs, Sean pipes music into the room to let you know. After you get out and re-robe you go back upstairs to shower off all the salt from the tank.

The Experience:

Being my first time in a tank I was very aware of the fact that I was in the tank so it was hard to let my mind wander as you are supposed to do. The feeling of weightlessness is also a bit distracting because you feel like you are moving when you aren’t. I would guess that about 30 min into my hour and a half session I was able to relax and let my mind wander. It was difficult to stratal the fine line of sleep and consciousness because once you start to let go you realize “oh yea, I’m in a tank”. After what felt like 40 min. I heard the music and left the tank very relaxed.

After thoughts:

I could defiantly see the potential of multiple floats, with more time in the tank you wouldn’t be so in your head about it. I would love to have my own tank but right now it is not financially possible but lucky for me Sean is hear in town and his rates are extremely affordable.

If you’re an athlete that wants to recoup faster or just someone that wants to expand your mind and the way you see the world around you, go float

So Says The Hieb

A Spark of Creativity

Posted in Ramble On with tags , , on February 7, 2011 by The Hieb

When I was a child I would look forward to Valentines Day  for the candy, then as I got older I used the day to be a romantic, but as of late I have just seen it as a stress factor. It’s the hallmark holiday aimed at guys to go get something for their significant others blah blah blah. So this year I explained to the wife that there is no need for us to participate this year and she agreed. HOORAY!

Lately I have been snapping photos and recharging the creative side of my brain and it got me thinking. Then it hit me I have the perfect idea for a gift for my wife. The sketch paper came out, a schematic was made, materials were bought, and thats when I realized it might not work. I might have lofty goals and a great idea but did I really think this through. Oh well I thought I better get building and hope for the best.

I organized my hardware then spray painted it red. I printed out the pictures and trimmed the excess. Once the paint was dry I moved everything upstairs to put it all together. I figured out the order I wanted the pictures and started attaching them together with bolts, nuts and washers. After everything was in place I attached the twine to the backing for support and also an extra piece to hang it all from. I wasn’t sure if it would hold together so I crossed my fingers and lifted…and it worked, it didn’t fall apart, the pictures didn’t rip so I eagerly called Jen up to the loft and presented this to her.

Hand made heart picture frame: All pictures are 4×4 pictures, I used instagram for the iPhone to take them, so it’s quite big and you could see how I would be worried that it would come apart.

 

Now you might be thinking wait it’s not even Valentines Day.

I didn’t make this for my wife because of some dumb hallmark holiday, I did it because I love her.

So Says The Hieb

A New Hieb in 2011? Doubt it.

Posted in Ramble On with tags , , , , , on January 17, 2011 by The Hieb

It has been a crazy new year for me already and it’s still January. Since I haven’t posted in a while I’ll try to fill you in.

My newest obsession has been photography. If you follow me on twitter or if we’re friends on facebook you might have seen my instagram posts. Instagram is a pretty sweet free app for the iPhone. It takes square photos and then gives you over 10 different filters to enhance your photo. Along with that I have joined a photo taking challenge so I am taking at least one photo a day for the whole year and haven’t missed one. Then to top it all off we just bought a Nikon D5000, no more point and shoot, I want to learn the ins & outs.

Even though I haven’t been writing here I have been keeping up with my other blog over at www.nightflix.net where I review movies on netflix streaming. If you have netflix i urge you to get involved over there. Watch a movie, suggest a movie, or just leave a comment.

Then there is the house…

If you have been reading this blog you might remember when I demolished our shower, that still isn’t fixed and now we found a nasty moldy water spot in out upstairs closet. We had to rip out the carpet and might have to tare up the boards too. What I can’t figure out is where the water came from. The joys of homeownership.

It’s not really a new years resolution but I need to get off my ass and start running again. I did a little run today with the group of guys I podcast with. It was called the Robo Run, Starting downtown at Robertitos you eat a burrito then run to the next Robertitos hand off the baton and the next person eats a burrito. There are 4 runners and everyone gathers at the last robertitos by riverpark and the 4 contestants then have to dust off a big order of nachos. We raced against the roller derby girls of Atomic Assault. Needles to say we lost the race and almost lost our lunch in the process.

Here’s to a new year, lets hope its at least as good as last year.

So Says The Hieb

A New Blog

Posted in Ramble On on December 20, 2010 by The Hieb

So I started a movie review blog over at nightflix.wordpress.com Swing on by and learn about some good movies that may not have crossed your eye.

Also just to let you know the picture on the site is stock I will be changing it soon. Thanks to Roger for the quick turnover!! SWEET!!

Growing Up

Posted in Ramble On with tags , , on December 6, 2010 by The Hieb

As I am writing this people all over the globe are gearing up for the release of the new expansion for World of Warcraft. I should be a buzz right now but oddly enough I don’t really care. I have been playing this game since before the release. I was in the beta, got the collectors edition of the game and collectors editions of both expansion, I have a max level character and here is the kicker, I have many friends that work for blizzard so I don’t have to pay the monthly fee. All of this and I feel nothing. I don’t have time to play and even if I did it just isn’t enjoyable anymore.

This feeling nonplused for WoW also carries over to all games that aren’t loadable on my iPhone. I never thought this day would come but I have the sinking suspicions all this has come about because I am growing up.  Here are a few more signs of growing up that I have already come to terms with.

-I can’t remember the last time I bought an album

-I don’t listen to music anymore just talk radio

-teenage kids annoy me

-my body aches for no reason

I’m not sure if this is necessarily a bad thing, most all of us grow up at some point. I just hope I can retain enough interest in the video games till my sons get their first console and I can teach them a thing or two.

So Says The Hieb