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Thanksgiving, a time for reflection

Well, here in America we are heading into the holiday season starting with Thanksgiving in a couple days.  As always people tend to reflect on what they are grateful for, and some might even get a head start on planning their new years resolution.  I have seen many friends on Facebook do countdowns of gratitude.  And all around have seen great things in people wanting to help others.  It truly is a great season.

There are a couple things I am grateful for as well.  Teachers that have taught me skills that I can apply in work, for showing me how to find opportunities, and for the opportunities that have shown up as well.  These are actually quite numerous so I won’t post all of them here.  But one of the opportunities I am most grateful is to help on is a senior project that will help out a place I hold dear.  I have already said I help out with a nonprofit called Help Cape Verde Africa, but a group from my school is going to help out with our efforts.  And since we will be able to help more families and have better outreach to improve conditions, that makes me happy.  And I get to take some awesome footage for some projects of my own.

Check out the fundraiser here http://www.indiegogo.com/african-gardens

And a facebook event is here http://www.facebook.com/events/297610703688957

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IndieGoGo Campaigning

So right now I am in the middle of an IndieGoGo campaign, and man is it tough and easy to get a little discouraged.  But never fear, it is still in the beginning of the campaign, only four days have gone by.  For those who want to know what it is, it is a fundraiser to help the NPO Help Cape Verde Africa to teach african families how to grow a garden in urban conditions. It is a great project and worth anyone’s time and effort, cause it not only helps educate african families, but this project we have students from UVU who will be helping us and contributions help them to develop their talents.

So far we have had over 200 people look at the campaign, today we reached $200 in which was put there by a seventh funder. What makes it kind of discouraging is knowing that if everyone who had saw the campaign gave $5 we would be over a quarter of the way to our goal.  I know times are tough and not everyone is in a position to give, and it could be the case that people want to give but need to wait until payday.  It is that kind of optimism that someone needs to do these things.  And I am confident that we can get there, we have 36 days left and are campaigning with the student group from UVU.

Wish me luck and please find a little to give, a little goes a long way in helping these families improve their nutrition and finances.

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Sodadi

I have a friend who posted this on Facebook a little bit earlier in the day.  It is to a TV program from Cape Verde that is called “Nha Terra, Nha Cretxeu.” Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce it, I’m sure you have already failed miserably.  But anyways it is a program that shows places and sites of interest for tourism.  The language spoken is Portuguese, there isn’t any creole spoken in it.

Sorry that there isn’t any embed code so you will have to click over to the site using this link.

http://www.rtp.pt/programa/tv/p20608/c89362

Seeing this little program this morning gave me an overwhelming feeling of “sodadi.”  Sodadi is a strange word in that is a word based on the Portuguese “saudade” which is unique in that there is no direct translation or equivalent in any other language.  It is like a feeling of longing, or nostalgia.  Or could be used to say you miss something, but it means so much more than that.

This video pretty much makes me want to go back even more, even though the quality on some of the shots wasn’t very great, they really need to find someone who knows how to color correct.  Maybe I should apply to be their in house colorist.

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Trying To Get A Documentary Off The Ground

One thing I really like is documentaries.  I have always been fascinated by programs like Nova or The American Experience that rely on a documentary format.  And for me they do a great job at being compelling, the majority of the time I am stuck to the screen.  So I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I want to make one.

I already have the main idea.  This happened as I was checking a Facebook group page about Cape Verdians. One of the posts was about the research a woman had done tracing her family roots back to the early 1700’s on the island of Fogo.  So I looked at her website even closer and found a treasure trove of information that can be used to make a great documentary.  I got ahold of her and she thinks it is a great idea, so now to get this thing up off the ground.  It will be a retroactive telling of the history of this woman’s homeland as seen through her own genealogical history.

For starters I have already applied to two charity organizations for grants.  One being the BRITDOC Foundation in the UK and the other being Cinereach.  I should hear back from them in one to two months to see if they are interested in giving me money.  It would be great if they asked me to submit a full proposal, so here I am crossing my fingers.

Other options on the table are to pitch the idea to a couple of organizations, maybe Ancestry.com or try to find people who have connections to the History Channel or NatGeo.  So I do have my eyes open to suggestions if anyone has some leads for me on this front.

Another great resource I found on the topic of fundraising is from the Desktop Documentaries website, the link to them is in the blogroll sidebar.  That site has a guide of 25 ideas that can be used to raise money, you have to subscribe to a newsletter to get it, it is a pdf download.  This guide covers topics such as crowd funding, yard sales, house parties , cooking demos, and selling movie frames to name a couple.  But on the site itself and not in the guide is the suggestion to do video contests through sites like PopTent and Zooppa. Sounds like a no-brainer on that one.  Big payouts if you win and that is great to purchase gear and save up for the airfare required for this documentary project I have my heart set on.  So wish me luck, I’m filming for a couple of these contests fairly quickly.

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The Fruits of Labor: Update on the Sustainable Agriculture Experiment

Things are coming along with the bucket garden, the zucchini plants are producing zucchinis now.  Today I picked two that were ready, and a little bit down the post you’ll see what I did with them.

First things the appearance of the plants are now really varied, some are doing quite well while others aren’t doing too hot. The ones that aren’t doing too hot are the ones that were planted in regular soil.  They are still growing but at a slower rate than the others that were planted in a medium that naturally absorbs water, not drains it.  Another thing worth noticing is how much the soil has compacted, or settled, in each bucket.  The bucket doing the worst right now is the regular soil with newspaper as the wicking medium, it has compacted a little over two inches.  This is followed by the regular soil with jeans as the wicking medium, this being compacted at around two inches.  The others are doing just fine with their compaction being between 1/2  and 3/4 inches.  Also now the plant in the cocopeat mixture that started out yellow is now a healthy shade of green and doing great.  The other cocopeat mixed with regular soil is the plant that is doing the best and has grown the most.  The potting mix zucchini has the darkest green leaves of all of them.

cocopeat mixed with bullcrap

Cocopeat mixed with manure

cocopeat and regular soil

Cocopeat and topsoil mix

topsoil with jeans

Topsoil with jeans as wicking medium

potting mix

Potting mix

topsoil and newspaper

Topsoil, newspaper as wicking medium

As you can see there were a few zucchini on there. I picked two that were ready today. And here is the best part of the experiment, eating them.  What I did is I turned one of them into long curly strands and used them as noodles.

zucchinisnoodles made out of zucchini

And finally the masterpiece, not quite vegetarian but still pretty good.  Garden fresh is the best.

zucchini spaghetti

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Update on the Sustainable Agriculture Experiment

So it took a while to get started I must admit.  My brother just couldn’t deliver the buckets so I went and got them myself.  And since I was in a hurry I didn’t get any compost for the cocopeat. But I did manage to get some good old fashioned bull crap to put it in it.  After planting the zucchini it took a while for them to come up since it was a bit difficult to keep the top layer of soil from drying out, so note to not start from seed next time.

They’re all doing pretty good, the potting mix was the last to sprout and the cocopeat I didn’t add enough nutrients so the new leaves start out yellow before turning green.  But all in all it is coming along.

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Awesome Videos I Like part 2

So here I am back for another round of awesome videos.  These are really cool and and were fun for me to watch, Just love ’em, from timelapse to artsy to special FX each one is unique and well worth your time.  As usual a little commentary after each vid, and once again starting with a timpelapse.

One shot I just don’t know how he got, the one where the tree in the middle is rotating but the background is stationary. How? I loved the shots, the music was fitting as well.  I just can’t figure out for the life of me how he got that one shot.

Férias no Brasil, all I have to say to this is “Tudo Bacana.” This was shot on a Canon Rebel T2i with the underwater shots being taken from a GoProHD camera.  Just a guy filming his vacation but he got such great shots and edited in such a manner that this looks like it could be a travel commercial. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets approached by a Brazilian travel agency for a TV spot.

Ever wonder how lenses were made and why they’re sooooo expensive? Well now you know the answer to both those questions.  Really amazing to see how they do everything.

I learn new things about Cape Verde everyday and this to me was a shocker. This here is for a documentary being made on the effects of international fishing boats in Cape Verdean waters.  Because the fish are rapidly depleting a village is forced to sell the sand on their beach so that they may survive, and there once beautiful beach is no longer there but is nothing but mounds of rocks.

This was made to show off the editing power of Red Giant’s new Magic Bullet suite, third party plugins for video editing software. And I must say it looks pretty suite… I mean sweet.  I know if I had the cash that I would invest in these tools, but alas a poor college student can’t have everything can he.

 

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