Friday, June 22, 2012

Cloud Storage Pt. 2

So I started running out of space on Dropbox rather quickly. Since I do not want to pay to upgrade I have begun looking for additional cloud storage services. I stumbled across a very thorough article reviewing a variety of cloud sync storage options. I have now added Google Drive and Sugar Sync to my cloud storage repertoire. Each give me 5GB of free storage as opposed to the 2GB from Dropbox. Let me know what you use, why you use it, and HOW you use it.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Why You Should Start Using Dropbox

The adoption of technology is a funny thing. Sometimes people tell me about cool new apps, devices, or websites and I am interested, but might not have the time or motivation to explore their suggestions.

I think to myself, "I'm already juggling enough technology. I don't want to take on something else." It's kind of the same mentality I have when someone wants to show me a "hilarious" YouTube video. Sometimes it's worth clicking the link, but many times it is not.

I am confident about the suggestion I am making to you today. I think you will find that it actually makes things much easier for you when it comes to storing and sharing important files.

I am a relatively recent convert to Dropbox. A few fellow CERRA staffers have been using it for a while, but I hesitated to explore it until recently. Once I did I wondered why I waited so long.

Here's a short video explaining what Dropbox is....

5 ways I already use Dropbox to save time.

1. I no longer have to sync my phone to upload my photos. I can use the FREE dropbox app and they will quickly be available on all of my computers.

2. I no longer have to worry about e-mail restrictions on file sizes. I can upload the file and share it with anyone.

3. I have placed some important files on my desktop computer that I can now access from any other computer with internet access.

4. Each file saved in dropbox gets a link that I can use to share in an e-mail, within a webpage, or within social media updates.

5. Other Dropbox users can easily share their photos and files with me.

So are you ready to give it a try?

Friday, June 1, 2012

Top 5 Documentaries to Inspire You This Summer

When I was teaching I rarely had time for a movie. So I would spend part of my summer catching up on some of the movies I had hoped to see during the year.

Since my kids are already monopolizing the television with Team Umizoomi, XBox, or some other fine children's programming I have found myself watching movies on my laptop. A subscription to Netflix has been well worth the investment, particularly during summer months.

I'm a bit of a documentary nerd. Some folks might say I could simply leave out the word documentary, but I digress. I love documentaries, and Netflix has a pretty good selection.

So are you ready to be inspired? Well then, here is my list of 5 inspirational documentaries you should check out this summer...

#5 - Exit Through The Gift Shop (Rated R) - I won't pretend to understand abstract art, but I do love Banksy's work. If you can handle some profanity, this is an interesting journey.

"Amateur filmmaker Thierry Guetta's project to chronicle the underground world of street art takes a fascinating twist when he meets Banksy, an elusive British stencil artist, in this Independent Spirit Award winner for Best Documentary. Unimpressed with Guetta's footage, Banksy takes over filmmaking duties while Guetta reinvents himself as a street artist and -- much to Banksy's surprise -- instantly becomes a darling of the Los Angeles art scene." 

LIKE THIS? Check out:
  • Jean Michael Basquiat: The Radiant Child
  • The Art of the Steal
  • Between the Folds
#4 - Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (NR) - This movie was a wake-up call for me. The latter half of the film is wonderful. I bought a juicer about two weeks after I saw this. You probably will want one too.

"Focusing on two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, this documentary chronicles the rigorous healing path -- including a two-month diet of fruits and vegetables -- that both attempt in a bid to rescue their health."

LIKE THIS? Check out:
  • The Future of Food
  • Food Fight
  • Food, Inc.
#3 - The Quantum Activist (NR) - Are you a science geek? Are you fascinated by the idea that science and spirituality can overlap? I was absolutely enthralled by this documentary because it mixes two of my favorite subjects, quantum physics and mysticism.

"Filmmakers Ri Stewart and Renee Slade tackle a weighty subject -- quantum mechanics -- in this thought-provoking documentary that centers on visionary scientist Amit Goswami and his revolutionary theories about reality and consciousness. Without watering down too much of the science, the film illuminates the details of Goswami's work while putting forth challenging new ideas about mysticism, God and religious thought."

LIKE THIS? Check out:
  • Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (on Discovery Channel)
  • Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking 
  • The Human Experience
  • My blog post on Inner Technology (Yes, I plugged myself.)

#2 - 180ยบ South (Rated PG) - Do you love adventure? Do you love the idea of just breaking free from your normal day to day life and taking off for some remote corner of the world? 

"Inspired by pioneering outdoorsman Yvon Chouinard's freewheeling 1968 van trip to Patagonia, South America, a band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out -- in 2007, by boat -- to remake the journey in this adventure documentary. Jeff Johnson and his buddies hug the coast, stopping at the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island before arriving in Patagonia -- a region that's still breathtaking but is now besieged by environmental threats."

LIKE THIS? Check out:
  • Into the Wild - Not a documentary, but one of my favorite films.
  • National Geographic: Appalachian Trail
  • Surfwise - Available on Netflix, but not Instant Play.

#1 - Forks Over Knives (PG) - I went vegetarian shortly after watching this film. It's been about 10 months, and I feel great. I never thought of food as medicine. This film completely revolutionized the way I eat.

"Focusing on the research of two food scientists, this earnest documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of modern processed foods has led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases."

LIKE THIS? Check out:
  • The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue
  • Food Matters
  • Hungry fo Change (not available on Netflix - go to
One of the greatest outcomes of new technology is the increasing ability to share. I hope you will share some of your favorite documentaries with me. Please post a comment on this blog or e-mail your suggestions to me

A couple of other random recommendations....

Winnebago Man - Funny and oddly compelling. (If profanity bothers you, stay clear.)

Transcendent Man - I've mentioned this before. Got me interested in post-humanism and became the basis for a presentation I gave all year. 

Finally, I hope these documentaries inspire you to get out and have an amazing summer filled with adventure, revitalization, and opportunities to reinvent yourself and reignite the passion within you.