From Childhood on …

We are trained for war , Every reaction is Instant and Emotional , filled with Rage and Precision . In every Movie , every game .

From cartoon to blockbuster , Good vs Evil , Fight to the death , or blow everything up trying to win or just survive .

Proof of manhood is the strength and willingness to fight ,middle school to  high school , competition , college winner takes all.

From Ninjas to Rambo , Bruce Lee to Highlander , Charles Bronson to Clint Eastwood ,All our Heroes are warriors.

Ever notice that ?

( And yes I even have to include the Jedi Knights vs Darth Vader and the Emperor)

We Glorify it . We embrace it , we Film it and remake it . Over and Over and Over .

Now when something goes wrong in society it is met with Violence of an Extraordinary nature .

Now we have cities in flames because 1 man dies at the hands of a Law Enforcement Officer.

(Oxymoron of a name now isn’t it ?)

Someone insults a Book and they are Murdered ,

Tribal Conflicts  , Financially Inspired Wars and Insurgencies , War is Good for Business . a Lot of money to be made .

I guess that makes it ok doesn’t it …….

Yes ,…… I read the News , just before I take out the Garbage ………………. ( Movie Line embedded there)

We really aren’t very far from the portrayal or image presented to us by the most Perfectly done “Mad Max ”

In that world , not even our beloved James Bond would have time to stop for a Martini ( Shaken not Stirred of course )

Yet We cry out for peace ….. Know Justice , Know Peace

The Students in Hong Kong want Justice , the People in Ferguson want Peace , the People in Afghanistan want peace

( although it may not look like it at the moment ) …………

ISIS wants Power and Control so they can pretend they have Peace .

The Rich want more Money so they can Feel like they have enough protection to be at peace ( but that doesn’t really mean Peace does it …….)

Skyrim , we kill Dragons and other Warriors … Thieves , Wizards

Call of Duty , we Kill each other …………Online , ….. only to grow up and be sent to a Zone where there is no reset button .

Then we go Shopping online ….. while the real world stores are closing their doors ,…..one …….by ……one …..by …..one .

Turn on the TV , Be Entertained , enjoy the movie … It is your training . your obligation . be Absorbed in it .Wide Eyed specimen.

Be Absorbed ………

I read the News …..do you ?

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When the people around you are irresponsible…….

It often ends up looking like you are the one irresponsible , because you are only able to answer for yourself no matter what they have done .

I work hard , and I do good work , for whomever I work . It isn’t an option for me , it is in my blood . It is in my history and in my spirit , I can’t do anything any other way .  But,…( Hate that word) ,….. when others around you do not Fill their promises or obligations out properly , it makes it very difficult for me to do my job . And it seems the world is becoming increasingly more-so  that way .

Sometimes I have to work for Barter instead of Pay . I just had a recent issue in which I will not name the parties involved nor the scenario , but an Item instead of Cash …. What did I get ? An HDMI Monitor for my Video Rig , and when I turned it on , this is what I saw .

Cracked screen , more like smashed actually . Like that is going to help me do My Job .

You have to be careful about who you deal with and How you deal with them . It is harder and harder to survive in this business.

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My Life feels like this cracked screen sometimes . Yet I keep going . ….I keep going .

Well My First two orders from Amazon came in ,aaaannnnndddddd —–>>>

The First order was the Amazon Basics , Monopod , for quick grabs of Video or Stills , and for 2000 yen delivered How can you go wrong ? It is quite tall , Lightweight and I really couldn’t ask for more at that price , It is MONO so you don’t have Alignment issues or anything else to go wrong .

The Second order >>>  A little different story . Amazon Basics , Carbon 52″ or 135 CM Collapsing tripod .

#1 Looks Great

#2 Lightweight

#3 Quick Setup ( but I know how to use the Ring type systems , some people complain about them , I like them )

#4 Weight Hook is Spring loaded to keep it from rattling around when carrying it ( Very Cool)

#5 it is a Contortionist , I mean low angle , Off angle whatever Angle you want , You have it .

#6 Panning Head , with Bubble level that is actually OK

And did I mention , It really looks cool!

Caveats , or Buyer Beware …….

This is the part I don’t like and it is only one fault but a glaring one …

When Fully Extended all clamps tight and tubes are pulled to full extension and double checked for that …….

I set the tripod up on the living room floor and started walking around it ,…..and noticed something …….

It wasn’t level ….. I mean a JUST Few Degrees off . you could clearly see that it was NOT at 90 degrees upright .

The Legs or tubes where not cut equally and two of the legs are off by different amounts .

Now ,  For some people that would be enough to send it back , and truth be told maybe I should . But ,…( there is that word again) BUT , I am willing to live with it for two reasons . Please let me explain.

#1 I can put the Pan head on my OTHER tripod and be happy with it ( That alone is worth the 100 dollars the tripod cost)

#2 For Still shots , that Slight alignment issue simply won’t matter . ( Video is a different story )

I have in fact already swapped the head from my other Velbon tripod to it to make it a still shot , steady frame video tripod .

The Panning head has a 3/8″ Hole instead of 1/4 ”  so I will need a small adapter for that , no biggie . ( 50 cents ??)

AAAnnnnnnddddd so I can live with it , as that I got a Smooth Panning head out of the deal , and this thing folds up into nothing practically so I can stick it in my Backpack and it goes where I do . Nuff Said .

Things to save up for .

What is the Best 1000 dollars you could spend ?

It would depend a LOT on what you do ,or what your goals are . For some it would be simply a DOWNPAYMENT on a Carbon Frame for their Road Bike setup. For others again a DOWNPAYMENT on a Pro Camera setup like a Canon 7D or similar .

A Good Video Camera rig ? see the previous post at 30,000 dollars plus .

Good set of Tires for your car , Hmmm now we are down in the 1000 dollars range ( key word being GOOD tires)

So I hope that sets the perspective of what 1000 dollars would mean , I mean you can Build an Moderate Gaming computer system for that amount .

So If I had 1000 dollars Right now at this moment what would I buy ( assuming my wife wouldn’t take it all from me )

This :  ——–   http://www.lindellaudio.se/index.php/channel-x/

And it would not be missing anything,…. except Cables ( Which I have a Box full) (UPDATE : Email from Lindell Audio—->>>>>>

CABLES ARE INCLUDED !!!!!   ( ok now to go wipe the egg off my face >>>>>)

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Actual Hardware , Ready to go . World Class sound . In a Box .  ( and knobs and switches YAY)

Analogue.

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Huge visible Gain reduction meter on the compressor .

Classic Pultec EQ section with definition to die for .

Here is the Back view

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Separated inputs and outputs for each section so you can use them in Series OR use each stage on its own in different scenarios channels on your recording console . ( Short Self Made XLR cables would be a Must here)

Grounded Power helping to eliminate noise issues , All Balanced connections on each stage , again Noise is gone .

Huge amounts of Gain from the Mic pre on its own ( 65 Db of Gain to be precise)  then add the Compressor stage and instead of Compressing use the In/Out to bring even MORE gain into the pathway , there isn’t a Ribbon Mic around that would not be happy running thru this , Ahhh but then you have the Pultec style EQ to finish it off, with bringing the Sweet into the Source audio path.

Yes ,….what is 1000 dollars worth .  ….I have seen single channel Mic preamps with No EQ , no Compression or control whatsoever , just two knobs In/Out that go for way more than 1000 dollars .

I am soon wishing I had a Grand to play with ……. This is what I would buy with it . Right now , no questions asked.