Have you heard of Influenster before? It’s kinda like Klout. Still not quite sure what I’m mumbling about? Well, they are websites that track and determine your level of influence online based on your activities on social media outlets and such. Based on your level and areas of high influence you may become eligible for some free perks from related participating companies, and all they ask is that you review their product.
This installment of Odds & Ends is one of those product reviews. I was recently awarded an Influenster Voxbox (their term for their swag). The product in this voxbox was a Dr. Scholl’s Active Series insole. Let me start by saying that I haven’t been wearing traditional shoes very much recently. Most of the time I’ve been wearing my Vibram Five-Fingers, but there are times where I will throw on a regular pair of shoes. Hiking is one of these occasions. My hiking shoes are a pair of New Balance trail running shoes. Since I first bought them about two years ago I’ve used the stock insole, and then after last years marathon I switched my running shoe insoles into them. I don’t recall the brand, but they were pretty pricey insoles specifically for long distance running. After I received the Dr. Scholl’s I switched them again to try test them out.
Right off the bat, they made my two-year-old trail runners feel new. This would probably happen with any new set of insoles, but it was definitely more comfortable than stock insoles, but didn’t provide quite as much support as my other running shoe insoles. I’ve only been able to test them out so far walking and jogging relatively short distances, and I will be taking them on the trail this weekend to see how they hold up to some off-road action.
Would I recommend them? Sure! As long as you’re not intending to use them for an intense long distance run, like a marathon, and the training that goes along with it. For more recreational purposes, and shorter workouts, they are a great balance of comfort, support, and affordability at just under $20.
Well, the Hawaii International Film Festival came and went. It was a glorious week and a half away from work. Over those fantastic eleven days I managed to squeeze in 40 screenings. 36 feature length films, and four short film collections totaling 34 different shorts. This was by far the most films I’ve sat through at HIFF. It’s going to be hard to top next year!
I always like to think of HIFF as a way to expand the way I think about and look at things. It helps to show me other perspectives that I normally wouldn’t consider in daily life. The collection of creative points of view, and foreign narratives helps to spark thought and contemplation, and chatting with fellow festival goers and film makers helps to really open up my mind. It’s also like a way to travel, and see the world in ways that I just don’t currently have the time or money for.
Some of the highlights for me were:
The Wind Rises http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/wind_rises_the_2013
Ken and Mary: The Asian Truck Express http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/ken_and_mary_the_asian_truck_express_2013
Sake Bomb http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/sake_bomb_2013_2
Rurouni Kenshin http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/ruroni_kenshin_2013
Maruyama, The Middleschooler http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/maruyama_the_middle_schooler_2013
Tasting Menu http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/tasting_menu_2013
A Tale of Samurai Cooking http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/tale_of_samurai_cooking_2013
One Night Surprise http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/one_night_surprise_2013
A Leading Man http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/leading_man_a_2013
Mourning Recipe http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/mourning_recipe_2013
Yeh Jawaani Hai Dedwani http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/yeh_jawaani_hai_deewani_2013
Crying 100 Times http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/crying_100_times__every_raindrop_falls_2013
The Kiyosu Conference http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/kiyosu_conference_2013
Hentai Kamen http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/hentai_kamen_forbidden_superhero_2013
Dancing Karate Kid http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/dancing_karate_kid___battle_for_the_bri_2013
Scent of a Woman (short) http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/scent_of_a_woman_2013
Peace By Piece (short) http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/peace_by_piece_2013
No More Aloha (short) http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/no_more_aloha_2013
The First Hope (short) http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/the_first_hope_2013
Requiem for Romance (short) http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/requiem_for_romance_2013
I’m Going to Mum’s (short) http://program.hiff.org/films/detail/im_going_to_mums_2013
If you get the chance to see any of these, I highly recommend them. Well, some are very specific to my geeky tastes, but it’s worth a shot. You may end up loving some of them!
Can’t wait for the Spring Showcase!!
They’ve been around for years and years, but they’ve experienced somewhat of a revival recently. I’m talking about the animated .gif. Most people pronounce it like “gift” minus the “t” sound, but the actual pronunciation is “jif” kinda like the peanut butter. Check out this CNN.com article for validation. http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/22/tech/web/pronounce-gif/index.html
Why, you ask, am I bringing this up? Well, since I have this slight disorder where I sometimes keep my finger down pressing the shoot button on my DSLR to get a whole series of photos that end up looking like pages out of a flip book, I decided to have some fun with them. Here’s a few from some nights out with the Yeeps (Yelp peeps).
Looks like you have to click on each pic to see the animation. Boo…
The awkward long hug.
The other side of the panorama.
Fun with sausage!
Moar fun with sausage!
Well, it’s been almost three months again, and still no update. Maybe I should make this a “quarterly” blog? Nah, I’ll just keep trying.
HIFF 33 is starting up this Thursday, October 10, and runs through Sunday, October 20. I’ve got a total of 40 films during the festival, and two other HIFF films screening outside of the official festival period. One of which was The Face Reader, a Korean period piece, that screened last night at the 1,400 seat Hawaii Theater. I’m impressed with the restoration and renovation efforts put forth by the Hawaii Theater Center. The new sound system is superb, and the new projector and screen are super sharp. If you have a chance to see a film at the Hawaii Theater, I highly recommend doing so. As it turns out, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so since they are planning to hold movie screenings every Monday night at the Hawaii Theater. Yet another thing to do in Honolulu. My other extra-festival movie will be screened the day after the festival, and will also be at the Hawaii Theater. This one is Spinning Plates, a documentary telling the stories of three very different restaurants in America, and the constant challenges their owners face.
One down, fourty-one to go.
Why is it so difficult to get my act together on this whole blog writing thing? It technically shouldn’t be so tough to do, but for some reason I can never seem to follow through with it. My last post was almost three months ago, and in it I had decided that I would start writing since there’s been quite a bit going on recently (at the time). But as you can see, that still has yet to happen.
Maybe for some real results I’ll have to set a schedule and stick to it. Let’s shoot for a blog post once a week. How about a post every Wednesday? It’ll be the Weekly Wednesday WordPress Writing Workshop. How’s that for alliteration? :D
It’s been a pretty hectic few weeks lately. There’s been a lot going on in Honolulu, and I’ve been fortunate enough to take part in some of the action. I’m hoping to be able to recap some of the recent events here on my blog, but you know how that goes with me… Here’s some of the things that I hope to recap: HIFF Spring Showcase 2013, Joy of Sake Aftertaste 2013: The Bold And The Beautiful, and Waikiki SPAM Jam 2013, among others.
Let’s see if I can actually get this blogging done this time around…
So, I just opened up a new account at a local credit union today. First time I’ve got an account with one. I’ve always had accounts only with private banks before this. Let’s see hoe it goes!
Does it look like the pig is pooping fish? I just looked up at it, and that thought popped into my head…