I Want to Start a Revolution

This sounds alarming does it not? Like I want to go to war. I don't want to go to war. I want to be the change I want to see in the world. Leggo.

Scholastic Book Fair. As you read those words, all the book worms shudder in delight. It was a joyous time for so many. You would get the thin paper news letter beforehand with lists of books that you may want, and you spent time circling all the things that interest you. If you had the big bucks, you'd circle the arts and crafts offering, or the big book bundle on the back of the sheet near the order form.

God I loved looking at this every single year.

There were some of us that weren't so lucky. Your classmates who didn't even bother walking down to the book fair, because their parents couldn't afford lunch, much less the purchase of a book. I was one of those kids.

As a child who was reading beyond a high school level by third grade, the book fair brought with it a special kind of pain. All of those books, and I couldn't afford one. I'd sit in the classroom in silence, reading a book I picked up from the school library telling myself I wasn't jealous. My fourth grade year, someone noticed.

His name was Josh Huston. In later years, we didn't get along all that well, but in elementary school, you pretty much get along with everyone. He'd just returned from the book fair, and I asked to see the books he'd purchased. I don't remember what was said. I don't remember if I asked (I doubt I asked, in my house asking for something was seen as "begging" and I didn't want to beg anyone), but he handed me a book and told me I could keep it.

The book was "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler"

This was the cover my book had, it has changed in the past 30 years.

I read this book until the cover fell off. It gave me my first insight into New York City, actual museums, and all sorts of different things I'd never heard of. It showed me the independence of a young girl who was tired of everyone's shit, and just wanted to live in a museum for some peace. It also showed me the practicality of kids, because she knew her brother was cheap as hell and would have money to use on this adventure.

I too was tired of everyone's shit. But I lived in the middle of a small town with no actual culture scene. Nothing that Claudia had. Claudia's journey allowed me to have one in my mind, one where I wasn't the weird one, or the burden. That I would get to live out my dreams, if only for a little bit (she does after all return home).

I know Josh wasn't thinking of all this when he handed me that book. He saw a girl who was sad that she didn't get to buy any reading materials of her own, and he had the power to make her not sad anymore. For that, I will be forever grateful, no matter how annoying he became as we grew into young adults.

This started something in me. I swore to myself, if I ever had children, I was going to pay it forward somehow. Time has passed, seasons have changed, and I am a parent to a rather intelligent Geekybaby. This year was her first Scholastic Book Fair, and have times changed. No more thin tissue paper book list that you fill out. Things are digital. They still are allowed to roam the book fair though, searching for that special book or books.

Geekybaby has been doing virtual learning all year, but we felt safe enough that she could go to school for her end of the year testing. Speaking with her teacher previously, I explained what I wanted to do, and on that day, I sent her to school with 40 dollars in an envelope to make sure some kids who may not be able to get a book, are able to. I was able to provide six kids with a book. I want to do more.

I've told this story on my personal Facebook page twice. Once maybe a year or two ago, and once this week. People have told me, since the last time I have told it, that they send their children to school with extra money to do the same thing. I want to do more, I want this to be more. I don't know how to make that possible though. I think it would be an amazing thing that through one act of kindness 30 years ago (yeah I'm old), hundreds of kids are served.

So I am opening this to you. Do you have any thoughts? Any suggestions? Please leave them in the comments. I am also going to reach out to Scholastic to see if they can help too.

That one thing that you are doing just to be nice, may not save the world, but may reverberate years down the line. Think about that.

You Bring Me (application) Joy

Leslie talks about the different apps that are bringing her joy through the pandenomicon. 

 

Preply (Use this link to 30% off and I get a little coinage saved too)  https://preply.com?pref=MjM4MTEzMA==

Drops- https://languagedrops.com/

Mango - Check your local library

Open Shot - https://www.openshot.org/

The Bird Ass App: Twitter.com

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Music by Mark Generous - Kahlua With My Coffee - https://thmatc.co/?l=AA7D602B

 

 

 

Dancing on my own

Super short episode today as Leslie has no interview. 

 

Cat Colony Crisis trailer - https://uberstrategist.link/CatColoyCrisis-Announcement-TrailerYT

Super Seducer - https://uberstrategist.link/superseducer3-announce-trailer-YT

Preply tutoring - https://preply.com?pref=MjM4MTEzMA==

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Tech Talk: This camera ain’t doing it

Recently, along with the podcast, I have also been doing videos here and there on YouTube. Here is an example of one:

This was for a contest. I did not win.

All my life, I have had the worst luck with cameras. Currently I am using my phone and a Nikon CoolPix L830. I was super pumped when I got the camera a few years ago. It gave me the DSLR body I wanted, without having the bulky lenses, and the screen adjusted to help me take pictures.

It takes great pictures, but video, there are some issues. I am typically filming myself, and though the screen adjusts, it doesn't adjust so I can see it if I am facing the camera. So I can't really see myself, and I can't see if any adjustments need to be made. This was a lesson I learned with the most recent video that is coming out. The entire thing is blurry. It is insane. I am still going to post it because it took me forever to make and edit and practice makes perfect.

I do not have the ability with this camera to add an external mic. Not a big deal when I was just doing pictures, but now that I am making videos, I need an external mic. The microphone on this camera is not doing me any favors. For now, I am connecting a mic to my phone, and making a loud noise so that I am able to sync up the sound in editing. I am a big proponent of working smarter, not harder, and it seems to me that a smarter option would be a camera that has the ability to have an external mic.

So What am I Thinking About Purchasing?

I am the absolute queen of impulse purchases. I see something that is close to what I need, and I grab it, and a few months later down the line, I find out it does not have all the features that I want or need. I am trying not to make that same mistake with a camera, because let's face it, cameras are pricey as hell. I am not made of money and I cannot purchase a new camera every two years because I realize that a bell and whistle that I need, I didn't get because I picked the first thing that caught my fancy.

So far, this is what I know I want/need

  1. Movable screen so I am able to see myself when I am vlogging
  2. Ability to add an external mic
  3. I would like a small form factor, something I can shove in my purse and go and won't hurt my wrist to hold up for an extended period of time.
  4. This isn't a requirement, but if I could get a small form camera that has interchangeable lenses, that would be cool.
  5. Bluetooth capability.
  6. Under $1000 closer to under $700 would be ideal
  7. Really good stabilization. I waddle. It's a fact of life. I have waddled my whole life and so video tends to be shaky.
  8. I would like something possibly over a year old so that it has a lot of tutorials out for it that I can read and learn from.
  9. Common form factor storage card - Please no cameras with their own proprietary storage card. That gives me a headache. There is no need for it. SD is here, other forms of SD are here. PICK ONE AND USE IT!
  10. I need to be able to do 4k vlogging.

I don't have a pixel requirement because in this day and age, most cameras will give you what you need in the pixel department.

With these 9 things in mind I have started looking at cameras.

The first one is the Sony ZV-1

So pretty!

As you can see straight off the bat, it has the screen that I require. It has the ability to hook up an external mic, and from the videos that I have watched on it, it takes great pictures and video.

One of the videos I watched. I haven't thought of Ijustine in YEARS

This one is the newest of the ones I have been looking at and has the highest price at roughly $800.00. I cringe at that cost. However, if you look on YouTube it has some of the best reviews. People even revisit it in videos and still enjoy it months later.

The next one is the Canon G7X Mark III.

This has everything that the Sony has. It is older, so it doesn't have all of the new shiny bells and whistles, but I don't know if I even want the bells and whistles. Its viewing screen does pull out so I could see it, but all I have seen thus far is that it pulls out above I believe. I like the ones that swing out to the side, but that isn't a deal breaker, you know? It has the small form factor and it clocks in price wise at around $650. which is a touch better, but what am I giving up for that extra money? Will I regret it when I discover I need something else?

This guy is thorough.

The final one is killing me. It's the Canon M50.

This one is a little larger, but still has a small form factor that won't hurt my wrist. It has interchangeable lenses. You can buy it with one or two (obviously the price goes up if you buy it with two. It has the swing out screen, and also runs about $650.00 (with the single lens). It's killing me because this is the one I would immediately impulse buy, but I am trying to be the adult I know I can be and do my due diligence so I am not staring at other cameras when they come out. It also does not do 4K, which is a thing I will need.

I have watched this guy's videos and will continue to do my research.

He has some good information

Do you work with cameras? Do you have opinions? I'd like to hear it!

Oh we on YouTube?

Both Quinzel and I post to Youtube on occasion. This is my latest video, unboxing the Monsta X Japanese single for Love Killa. Enjoy!

Can we appreciate how hot I look here? Yes we can.

Anime not Animae

Kat and Iris make a triumphant return to school Leslie on the ways of Anime. Who knows, with their help she may learn to spell it correctly.

TW: Adult themes are spoken about briefly in this episode dealing with hentai such as pedophilia, rape, and incest.  Listener discretion is advised. 

 

Please hop on twitter to say nice things about Hyungwon and use the hashtag #LongLeggedBitch or #YouLongLeggedBitch or #KickMeInTheChestYouLongLeggedBitch

Kat can be found on Twitter @mobilesuitKat

Iris can only be found in your subconscious. Talk to her there. If you absolutely feel a need to say something to her, shoot me an email and I will get it to her. 

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No New Episode this week

Leslie is a little out of it this week and unable to record. She will return next week with Iris and Kat where they try to introduce her to anime! 

 

We are trying to trend the hashtag #LongLeggedBitch on twitter. Please follow @crowleycakes for more details! 

Leslie’s Wishes for the New Year

Leslie is here with a short one. Wishing you all a happy and safe New Year. Let's read more, write more, and play more!

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Please Monsta X and BTS do not listen to this – Featuring Tya

One of my Discord Children, Tya, stops by to talk about Fan Fiction and one again we go completely off the rails. I learn some things I never knew about BTS. Tune in for fan fiction talk, stay for Yoongi's feet. 

 

Something I wanted to clarify really quickly. When Tya says AMBW it stands for 'Asian Man (men) and Black Woman (women). 

 

Tya's writing: https://www.wattpad.com/user/_black_gurl_magic_

 

The other writers she spoke about: https://www.wattpad.com/user/Lia9teen

https://www.wattpad.com/user/tropicalxsabotage

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