Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Year In The Life Episode 1

Alright!!! 2 blog posts in one month! Now we're getting somewhere!

Well, Janunary is just about over, for some of you it already IS over but for me I've still got another 3 hours and 5ish minutes. I just finished editing and uploading episode 1 of "A Year In The Life." For those who don't know, "AYITL" is my documentary about the best times of my life throughout the course of a year. This month we went to San Francisco to hang out for a bit (nothing too interesting there) and we spent my 21st birthday in Santa Cruz! Found a secret beach, brought some beers and some firewood and had a cool little bonfire on the beach! To watch Episode 1 you can simply click the box below and enjoy!



I'm pretty new to the whole "amateur film maker" thing so you found the first episode to be a tad bit boring at all, please just bear with me because it'll only get better from here.

Peace!

-XF91

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Bit Of Rambling Post New Years

Hey there internet, its been a while since I made a post (seems like a trend for me huh?). It seems that every time I say I'm gonna continue updating this blog on a regular basis something always comes up that hinders my progress. Not much is new in my world at the moment, but back in 2011 I came up with an idea based on the Youtube documentary "Life in a Day" where I would carry around a camcorder with me for a year and document all the interesting things I did in the span of one year. The ultimate yearbook.

The idea was planted in my brain on December 31st 2010, when hanging out with some friends waiting to bring in the new year. I began thinking of all the amazing things that had occurred throughout the year and I then thought of how those memories would be forgotten as time passed. I never really gave it much thought after that. Until I saw the trailer for "Life in a Day" and the idea came to me to document my life in short video clips. So I began working out the logistics, starting in January 2012 I will begin this project, hopefully I have the patience to see it through to the end. Shortly after committing myself to it I came up with the name, "A Year In The Life."

It was time for me to choose the weapon I would be using for the project. I chose the Samsung Full HD camcorder, it shoots 1080i, uses an SD card, and its small enough to be carried in my jacket pocket. I also may use my GoPro as well. I haven't shot any footage just yet, but I will say this, I'm very excited about this project.

Hopefully expect more updates in the future. But until then, take it easy.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Modern Warfare 3 and Need for Speed: The Run

'ello internets, once again I haven't updated my blog in a long time. Well, things have been going very well at TGSN, I've had a few of my articles published, the most recent being my reviews of Modern Warfare 3 and Need For Speed: The Run. You can check them out by clicking these links:

Need for Speed: The Run Review

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Review


That's all I've got for now guys, follow me on twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/xombiefighter91

Until next time

-XF91

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Writing Gig!

Woah, its been a while hasn't it? Well I suppose I should explain my absence from the blogosphere, the truth is I've decided to take my writing to a higher level. I have taken a position as a volunteer writer at a UK based internet magazine called TGSN. They have published one of my articles and I am about to write another so I haven't really been updating my blog lately, sorry gents. But, I'm going to try and keep the blog rolling in between articles. I'm also planning on using my twitter a lot more. 

I haven't really been posting too many more video reviews simply because I suck at talking to the camera LOL, that and my video editing skills are sub par at best. However I recently aquired Sony Vegas Pro 10 so maybe that will change sometime soon? Anyhow, I'm planning something awesome for 2012 but its still under wraps at this point, I'll post another update in early December.

For those of you who are not yet following me on twitter,  you can follow me by clicking this link!

-XF91

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Doing a little spring cleaning!

Hey blogging universe! So lately I've been doing some spring cleaning, and I found that rather than simply throwing my old stuff away that I don't use anymore, its better to try and sell it on ebay! Now, I just joined ebay and have a few things up for sale with more on the way and why not let my viewers know! I'll be posting a link to my ebay account at the end of this post so if you are interested in owning some of my stuff check out my ebay store thing!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Kisai Transit LED Watch Review

So my birthday just rolled around, and I decided to spoil myself a bit this year and buy myself something way cool that nobody in my area has. I really didn’t even know what I was looking for until I started looking into some of the uber futuristic gadgets they have over in Japan, and while doing so I stumbled upon a website called www.TokyoFlash.com, so I checked them out. TokyoFlash sells watches made by a company called “Kisai” that are quite…unusual. Allow me to explain, where a normal analog watch has a face with 12 hours in a circle around it, the Kisai watches use LEDs and interesting and difficult to read (to those not familiar with the particular watch) designs. Kisai uses only the highest quality materials to build their watches, such as stainless steel and high quality plastics.  I purchased the Kisai Transit, which is their least expensive model (I paid about $50 including shipping from Japan, some of their products are over $200) and even though it’s a cheaper model it still feels like a great quality product, which I was afraid it wouldn’t be when I ordered it. It features a plastic body and rubberized band as well as blue, orange, and green LEDs to show the time. On my watch the time is shown through a black faceplate with a labyrinth cut into it for the LEDs to shine through. The LEDs are super bright, especially at night, although one major gripe I have with the piece, is that in direct sunlight it can be quite difficult to see the LEDs, but simply shading the watch face with your hand fixes this issue. I’ve had the watch for quite a while now and it’s still tickin’ (horrible pun, I’m sorry..). Shipping was fast and very fairly priced, shipping from Japan to California was approx. $8 and came with a tracking number, the watch was ordered on a Thursday evening, shipped Friday afternoon, arrived in California Saturday night, and was in my hands by 10 AM Monday morning (no Fedex on Sundays). TokyoFlash is a great place to do business and it seems they really take care of their customers, this is evident when creating an account on TF’s website, they give you 800 yen off your first purchase (approx. $7-8), which can cover the cost of shipping depending on the item, if your order is over 10,000 yen (approx. $118.72) you qualify for free shipping. Ordering from TokyoFlash has been a great experience and I highly recommend checking out their website and products, hopefully this review has persuaded some of you to take a look into their watches.

UPDATE: As of 2/7/11 I have spoken with a representative from TokyoFlash, and they have agreed to give the viewers of my blog and video reviews a coupon code towards a purchase from Tokyoflash.com. The code is in my video review of the Kisai Transit, please click on the video below to watch the review.  


Saturday, October 9, 2010

In need of a videocard

So a few days ago the videocard on my PC up and died on me, (explaining my lack of a blog lately) and I am in need of a new one, any suggestions? The PC had an Nvidia Geforce 8300 GS, it was ok, could run F.E.A.R. on normal settings, I'm looking for something thats similar to what I had but don't want to spend more than $75 as I am not really into computer gaming as I used to be, but still want the capability.



UPDATE: I ended up going with an Nvidia 8400GS, its twice as powerful as my last one and it cost $40 bucks, not bad, the only issue was I had to upgrade the PSU to be able to run it, old PSU was 250 watts (dismal I know), the 8400GS required at least 300 watts, picked up a Thermaltake 430 watt PSU. I don't really have any intention of doing any hardcore gaming so I didn't spend too much on the PSU, just enough to get me by. So far the 8400 and Thermaltake are both great units for someone like me who just browses the internet and I'd recommend them both to anyone looking to do the same.