Category Archives: Vlogs

Neewer lapel/lavalier mic for vlogging

The Neewer lapel mic has to be one of the best bargains of 2018.  This mic is marketed for vlogging with an Android or iPhone with the standard 3.5mm jack.  On a whim, I decided to get it for my Fuji X-E3 camera.  I also bought a 3.5mm-2.5mm adapter so I can plug it into my Fuji X-E3.  To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect at all and half expected that it wouldn’t work.  Not only did it worked, it worked really well!  And here’s the kicker… you get 3 of them for $4.99!  I’m not kidding… a 3-pack of these guys go for $4.99.  The adapter cost me $5.07 – more than the mics!
Check out my YouTube video below on the sound quality.  Is it the best out there?  Probably not, but it sounds really good to me and at less than $2 a mic, you really can’t go wrong.  So yes, it’s 2018 but bargains can still be had.  Even now, this has got to be the best bargain I’ve ever bought!

2016-08-25 VLOG #0008 – The college textbook conspiracy

Companies like Pearson are ripping us off on textbooks. They charge upwards of $200 on a textbook, depending on the title, and these are for general education classes where the exact information can be had for nothing from sources like Open Books. On top of that, they’ll sell online access to their craptastic “labs” that will cost you another $25-$30. New editions come out regularly with no apparent change in content… the layout may get updated and the pages will change so students are forced to buy the new editions to complete assignments. The professors appear to be in on it or not really thinking about their students or they just don’t have a choice due to department or school policy. Either way, students are getting fleeced. With the rising cost of higher education these days, this is another area we need to shine a spotlight on.

2016-08-22 VLOG #0006 – Driving home on a Monday afternoon

It’s a new week and new day. I’m just driving home from work. It’s not even 3:00 pm yet but there’s a bit of traffic already. It’s just crazy. I think a big part of it is the curve in the 805 freeway as you go through what we call the Golden Triangle in San Diego. People are just stupid and do not know how to negotiate that. You’d think it would be easy to just maintain your speed, keep your eyes on the road and carry on. But no… inevitably some idiot will slam on his brakes and there you go, instant traffic jam. The worse part is that he probably wasn’t even affected! Yeah, that’s the rant for the new week.