Come Original

The thought crossed my mind and after reading a bunch of random blogs and really getting into them, I realized that my blog has sort of diverted from the original directive; Jamaica, then everything else. But really if it isn't the content, it is the design and the aesthetics of the layout itself. I'm sure over time I'll have a layout that is more subtle and concise! Whatever, I'm going to sleep now.

- Gersh
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Commercial Success

So here I am, just minding my business, doing what any American in Jamaica would be doing with a rolling paper, half a cigarette and a sack of the islands finest; when what do I see on the T.V. ? A Visa credit card commercial, but it was put together so well, I was hooked. I wanted to be that guy in the background going "wow, that is amazing how he is twirling the dough and not looking, wow!" At least I thought it was amazing, or maybe that is what using high-definition cameras, super-slow-motion of a guy twirling pizza dough as if it were a baton and he were in the Macy's day parade and a spliff will do to you. Honestly, it was the coolest and most inspiring thing I had seen all day today! The fact that the volume was muted was even better, it added to the whole "psychological" effect the slow motion had over me. So with that, I wanted to learn Sicilian, I mean these guys looked like they were having so much fun throwing pizza dough around, the co-workers raising their hands up in the air with excitement like they had never witnessed such an event in their life times. It was truly a compelling moment. I can imagine myself chilling in Sicily or some authentic Pizza shop, laughing obnoxiously with my buddies, a loaf of bread, and twirling pizzas around and what not. . I'm not really sure what I'd use my new found skill for seeing as how I've only seen depictions of Sicilian culture in movies and The Food Network. Movies like Godfather 1,2,...3, Good Fellas, Casino, etc.. and this one kind of fat Irish looking guy who has a cooking show of all of these old things his grand mama used to make, a show that I haven't seen in about 5 years.
As I start to wrap this up, I'm losing my buzz, and my ambition to want to learn Sicilian, although it would be really awesome to be able to say a few things other than "stugots"  which probably doesn't mean what I think it means. But that's OK.
What have I learned from all of this is that when you're visually selling something , and it airs between the hours of 8 - 10 p.m. and your key demographic market is probably between the ages of 18-25, use slow motion, as much as possible, with a piano score playing in the background. And use pizza dough stunt tricks if possible.  

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5 Websites to help you Design a better Blog

Here are a few very helpful websites that I have found along the way while looking for good help designing a blog! If you want to get into blogging and or web designing with CSS (cascading-style-sheets) then these websites will offer a massive amount of info to help you do just that! Enjoy!

- Gersh

             5. Pixel Perfect - Illustrator Tutorials (video!)

Pixel Perfect  is a collection of near perfect Illustrator tutorial videos hosted by Robert Monroy.  Rober Monroy is a "master digital artist" and in each of his videos he takes you by the hand, step by oh so subtle step to create and learn a few things in Illustrator you never thought possible

              4. Blogger Buster - 100% Blogger Designing!

This website is probably the best all around tutorial site for designing and customizing blog's specifically for users.  The sites owner and operator, Amanda, writes each and every article and occaisionally shares a whole heap of free and premium ($) blogger templates. This site is a definate must if you want to get your coding feet wet.

              3. ProBlogger - Professional blogger help
Darren Rowes, a professional and full-time blogger who makes a living off of blogging! Not only does Darren show you how to better design and understand blogger, but how to generate an income! Take it from a professional blogger like Darren Rowes when you want to learn a thing or two about making a successful Internet blog.

              2. Deviant Art - Art Community & Resources has been a long standing pioneer in the online Digital Art community and culture for close to a decade! Boasting the largest online digital artist community, allowing people to host their own profile where works can be showcased. DA also has millions of digital media resources for all types of software ranging from Desktop Icons, Photoshop brushes, Illustrator Style packs, wallpapers, photography, Typography and a whole bunch more.
If there is something you really need to help further your digital design, Deviant art is your site.

              1 . Google - The best website in the world

What more is there to say , really? Google is the worlds leading search engine, and that is for a reason, it gets results! Anything that one needs to find, can be found threw simply typing in a few words, or even a question into the Search engine. All of these websites were found threw meticulous searching and redefining of "keywords." Google is by far, the best resource anyone can have!

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Huge Updates Today.

I did A HUGE UPDATE on the blog today:
  • Added Social Network "share" buttons: Digg, Delicious, more to come
  • Added Custom "Tags" spray can
  • Places recent posts to side menu
  • Added a side menu!
  • Added FEEDBURNER Feed updates
  • Started  Google AdSense
Completely changed style sheet and layout!
Things i want to do for future updates:
  • Add Header/Logo
  • More custom graphics
  • Clean up CSS
  • Minimize amount of posts per page
  • Pagesize the website instead of "older post" link showing up
  • Add more personalized design elements

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How to make a blog post look interesting.

First of all, you need to have a huge picture that you stole from another website, and slightly alter it. Of course the image has something to do with the content of the blog post, so talk about it for a little bit, give it some relivance. Once the image is posted and there is a small sentence which is a re-hashing of something you read somewhere else, go ahead and slap another big fat picture underneath just to contrast and compliment the huge one that the post begins with.
Don't forget to throw in a link back to the source of information you so willingly regurgitated. Do this long enough and you will have yourself a productive "looking" blog. 

- Gersh

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Spell Check Context Check

I some times (everyay) go threw and read some of my own blog's, a sort of "post-proof-reading" if you may. Then I realize that maybe I should have done that in the first place. Right? No, completley wrong.  
If there is one thing I've learned, it's that when you live in the fast lane, you gotta be fast. So that means there is no time for correcting mispelled words, spell them right the first time. Even if they aren't used in a sentence correctly.

- Gersh

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420 : Let the Smoking Commence

You know the feeling, you get up, its 420 and there is only one thing to do, ALL,DAY, LONG. Well if you were like me, years ago, that mission would be to actually find some weed. Anyways, you know the feeling, its that pre-420 day build up, and then when it gets there, you're waiting for the media to tell you how high you should really jump. you know, no macy's day parade, no special on fax family, not even a damn public access channel is broadcasting about the significance of the day. It kind of loses its luster, you turn your head to look at a regular ol blunt, what a waste. Then suddenly, you just got a text , your homie just came up on some commercial grade "name-branded" herb, allot of it, and you are invited! Then you wake up from your long weed nap where you just realized that all of that was only a dream , and you honestly need to get a job to support your drug habit. 

- Gersh
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The River Wild (1994)

This is a movie starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon. Of course, the lil' Dude from Jurassic Park (Joseph Mazello) plays Meryl Streep's son. It starts out pretty simple, mom isn't getting a good schtuping from her husband because he is always busy at work, drawing buildings, which also effects his relationship with his son. Because of his work he is going to have to miss his son's birthday, again, for the 3rd time in a row! The family decided to visit the river (Colorado?) where the mom was a River Guide back in the 70's or something like that (Meryl streep's character being kind of in a midlife crisis). As I'm watching I'm already kind of reeled in by the cheesiness. Once the fam finally gets to their destination they are greeted by Grandma and Grandpa, only thing is Grandpa doesn't speak English, no, he talks with his hands. A little thing known as "sign language."
Just as the family is gearing up for the river ride, out of no where "dad" shows up to be a "dad" and get some work done at the same time. Oh yeah Kevin bacon plays the psycho axe murderer who wins over the affection of Meryl Streep. Just as they all head off on their respective rafts Meryl Streep throws up the horns. I mean, in sign language it is to represent " I love you" but is also associated with the devil. I mean who's idea was this? The writers ? The Director? I mean was it an obvious rewrite because the old white guy to play it didn't have any lines to begin with and they tought'd it'd be cool to pay homage to their demon lord? By their, I mean the studio and or exec. pro. running the show? Whatever the reason, seeing that totally just threw me on a tangent. Even the guy who plays Dr. Steve Brunel from Tim and Eric's awesome show great job has one of his earlier debuts supporting Kevin Bacon's character. I already know what is going to happen; Wife wants to have cougar sex with kevin bacon, son against father, father realizing he might never have sex with his wife ever again starts wanting to bang his wife, Kevin bacon attempts to scare the shit out of everyone while still being a nice guy, someone does die, the family reunites via a near death experience and dad and mom do the hanky panky one more time just before we see gramps throw up the devil horns one last time.
This move is hardly threw the middle and I'm pretty sure that if Kevin Bacon is in it  things are about to get kind of ridiculous, kind of like in Footloose.

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Jurassic the real world!

Im watching Jurassic Park this morning, it is one of my all time favorite movies growing up as a kid and still is to this day one of the best depictions of lizard birds, Dinosaur. The Park boasts about its ability to play GOD and bring dinosaurs back to life, including the giant Chicken Lizard, the Tyranosaurus Rex, better known as T-REX. Any how, there is allot of "advanced" technology in the 1993 classic, the Jeeps, on Rails, like the "It's a small world after all" Ride at Disney Land, the Giant electric dog fence to keep all of the dinosaurs in and the tasty morcels of human snacks out, I think. Not to forget the all too cool Night Vision Goggles that Joseph Mazzello (Tim Murphy in the movie) was wearing.
But if they had all of this advanced 21st century technology, why is it that when Wayne Knights character decides to go ape ship and sabotage the Park, he manages to fool everyone, even these super smart archeologists and professors by simply spinning the arrow on a sign post, that said EAST! What happened? Did the guys who installed the Satellite hook-up so that Samuel L. Jackson's character could easily see where everyone was at at any given time in the park decide that go karts his cousin Larry scored in a craps game in the Phillipines weren't suitable for some simple gps? This obvious plot hole leads me to believe that although the mad scientists could manage to bring dinosaurs back to life and turn Shaving Cream Canisters into devices in which to steal DINO-DNA samples, the fact that the Jeeps were on crappy electric go-kart tracks should have been a shear indicator that these multi-million dollar scientists and engineers just weren't smart enough.
Seriously, they managed to get hacked by a disgruntled fat man, they had to have seen that coming. Inevitably a little kid manages to override the hack that had disabled the system, all by knowing how to use a Macintosh Computer mouse.

The moral of this story: If you ever decide to own a secret Tropical island and populate it with Dinosaur, make sure your insurance will cover disgruntled, fat, computer scientists, and get a damn GPS.
Oh yeah I almost forgot to mention the Quagmire of the whole gang was played by the infamous Jeff Goldblum, who w as the shovanistic sex offender who should have been eaten from the waste down and died but instead lives again and gets a second chance at womanizing.

"Fuck Jeff Goldblum" - Pineapple Express
- Gersh
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It's Been A while...

It sure has been a while since I had the nerve to post but it sure has been a time well spent doing allot of things.  This past Monday (the 13th) I went to Dover Raceway in St. Ann to view an all day race event! It was pretty cool, I've got allot of Pics on my myspace page, feel free to befriend me if you get the chance! Well the races were cool, there were about 7 heats of races and I didn't realize how developed the circuit was out here, but it is pretty intense! I did a little research and found a little info about the winner of the day's events, Doug Gore, a Montego Bay native and an experienced driver. I find my self even more interested in cars than before (when I never used to drive one, lol) But my dream car is 1986 TOYOTA Corolla AE86 GT-S. Like the one used in the Japanese anime series "Initial-D." It's a show about...drift racing and the main character drives an AE86!It is a beautiful gem and I've found some back in Arizona that are as old as me, and less miles than my dad's 4 year old Chevy Impala, ha!
I guess, racing is my new "thing" and drift racing is what I see myself getting into, seriously.From graphic design, Music, and painting, and onto Drift racing and Tuning cars, haha, finally right? Maybe next I'll take up sailing the high seas, or growing hydroponics ON the seas....yeah that wasn't as funny as I thought it would be, so sue me (not literal)how to Kind of reminds me of this animated 6 episode mini-series called "Golden Boy."
This kid goes around Japan taking up random odd job's while learning allot of useful skills all in the presence of extremely beautiful wemon! I'm just missing the beautiful wemon part...
So yeah, it HAS been a while, and with that here is a good note to end this one on.

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Assassin's Creed 2: Teaser Trailer

Assassin's Creed 2, the keener, wiser, and bigger brother of Assassin's Creed ...1, and by big I mean fat, massive, expansive, allowing mind body and soul to become submerged in a vast sea of possibility and constant motion. Created by ANIMUS/Ubisoft and Possibly one of the most subliminal masonic video games I have ever seen and or played, not to mention enjoyed also.
The problem with the first one was not the fact that you could clime biuldings, litterally scale a wall, jump from a top roofs and land in wooden carts full of hay, no, none of that cool stuff was the issue at all. The issue was the fact that after a while tahts all you were doing. Climbing buildings, jumping off , landing....cause trouble, kill a few guards and escape, copy, paste, repeat..
So here is a teaser, and yes it does just that, teases the hell out of you but says allot!
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A Simple Solar Setup

Posted by Youtube user: fencekid

80 watt solar panel = $475 each
Sky Blue 3 stage charge controller with mppt technology = $166
6 volt golf cart battery = $230 per set
Tri Metric 2020 meter = $140
500 amp shunt = $20
1000 watt inverter = $75
Disconnect box = $10
So after some wire and shipping it's pushing $1850. I know that buys allot of electricity, but for me it's not about saving money on my power bill. It's about becoming energy independent. Not being at the mercy of the grid = priceless.

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Zero Energy Homes (ZEH)

I was watching the news today and there was an author explaining that the new wave in inovative industries is ET, ENERGY TECHNOLOGY. Basically since there is now a recognized effort to stop "global emissions" there are now comerce caps on the production of carbons. Therefor companies who emit more carbon than is allowed, they MUST transform their operations to some form of green energy! This is a good thing, as there will be new jobs and a means to live more efficiently. The down side to all of this , I have not quite figured out. However, I found an article talking about Zero Energy Housing, a house that uses and generates its own power!

A ZEH is connected to the utility grid, but at off-peak time periods, it generates more power than it uses by combining renewable energy technologies with advanced energy-efficient construction. As a result, a ZEH lowers the power demand on its utility provider. It produces about as much energy as it consumes during a year, so it is considered to achieve "net zero" energy consumption.

source: ZD.Net

Think about it, a standard of living where one can live self sustained in a house that pays for its self! Think of it, practically no bills to pay and all of the energy you could need. The best part, building a home like this will cost you under $200k but who needs more than they can chew. My ideal House would be less than 3k square feet. But on a house like this there are so many "green" technologies to apply; Solar Panels for electricity, solar water heater, a tank less water heater system which uses the Earth's thermal temperature to effectively heat your house and cool it, all at the expense of paying attention to mother earth! The possibilities of living off of the "grid" and building or modifying a house to suit an economy with lesser means, MEANS a higher standard of living for all.
A house that generates more than it means.
Simply means one thing, I can live any where in the world and no one has to know.....
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Fast and Furious 4

This one actually looks promising. For once, a movie franchise where Vin Diesel isn't a crappy actor. Jamaica would be one of the best locations for a high speed action car movie. I mean, everyone here drives fast and furious on the open highways and small mountain roads that hang over the cliff edges of hills!
Here is a trailer anyhow, enojoy!

- Gersh
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