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DIY: Easy Fix For Lens Creep / Slip

Happy new year everyone!

I have a used Canon EF 24-105mm and one of the issues it had was that the lens kept sliding out from its own weight (and apparently this happens a lot with this model: here’s a link to an example: Lens creep 24-105mm). This made it really annoying when I would hang the camera around my neck (or any time the camera would point upward/downward) because the lens would fully extend (or sink back down) out on its own; this problem is what camera-folk call “Lens Creep.”Apparently this happens to a lot of heavier lenses with zoom from either “wear and tear” over time or some say their lens came straight out of the box this way. If your lens is new and out of the box this way, I’d recommend you return it or contact Canon (or whoever) for a different lens, BUT! if it’s a problem that has developed overtime and you want a cheap fix without going to some fancy-expensive camera shop, then please continue on with this blog :)

The example I’ll be using is my Canon 24-105mm Lens, but this will work on any lens! So I’ve seen places recommend rubber bands or using “Lens Bands” which is a company that makes bands specifically for this fix, however, the Lens Bands run around 5-13 bucks if you go on Amazon (which a rip off for what it is) and I didn’t have good enough rubber bands that people were recommending on hand, so I found something that lots of people would already have instead! Just looking at the Band, I realized that all you really needed was a Charity Wristband. I got some, tested the theory and boom! it worked like a charm! plus, this method is super cheap and the money goes to a good cause! Charity Wristbands generally only run $1-2 bucks and you can get them in any color or support a specific cause of your choosing.

3 DIY steps for an easy and cheap fix to Lens Creep / Slip

1) Obtain a Charity Wristbands. Drug stores, sport stores, etc will generally carry these.

Image2) Get your lens, remove the lens hood if you have one (for the fastest way to put the band on with ease), and locate the Zoom Ring.” This is where the band will go around.

Image3) Place the band around the Zoom Ring. This will provide a small amount of needed friction around the zoom ring and prevent further lens creep / slip. (Ensure that the band will fit around the lens. Depending on the size of the lens or the band you have, you may have to get a smaller/bigger one.)

ImageTa daaa! Now your lens will no longer have that annoying creep/slide…hopefully!

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DIY Asian Fit Goggles – A cheap fix and solution

Your snow gear is really important when it comes to skiiing/snowboarding. You got to make sure everything fits right and is at the right comfort level.

Unfortunately for me though, being Asian, not everything fits me properly :/ With the lack of a bridge, my goggles never fit me properly; they all leave a giant gap at the nose area, that my finger could easy fish through. This basically means there’s a funnel of air that streams up that gap and into my eyes. So on windy-snowy days, or going up the lift, my goggles are basically ineffective.

We were pretty hesitant to buy Asian-Fit goggles though (and not just because most of the good looking ones are ridiculously overpriced)…The main reason for that is because the Asian-Fit goggles use completely different lenses, even if its the same model. For instance, I have Smith-Phenoms, and I have a bunch of spare lenses for it, but if I buy the Smith-Phenoms- Asian-Fits, the lenses for it are COMPLETELY different. This basically means I’d need to buy everything new and all my current goggle-gear becomes useless. Also, there are very few places that carry anything Asian-Fit in the United States, so good luck finding them in store and good luck finding lenses.

Well, instead of succumbing to buying Asian-Fit goggles, which I’ll emphasize again- there are VERY few of (especially in store), we decided on a quick and cheap solution! Here’s what I did! I’m not recommending people do this though, since I know people will end up jacking their gear up and blaming me, but here’s what I did, documented, so that people can see what others have done for a solution. So basically, what I’m saying is…don’t come crying to me if you glued this on your stuff and it didn’t work out. This is purely me showing you, what I did :D

Foam from Fred Meyers

1) So I purchased foam for 10 bucks at Fred Meyers, and started cutting a small square piece out of it. I aligned it to my goggles, to where the nose was, and with a permanent marker, outlined the cut of the nose on the foam.

Cut out nose pieces

2) I then cut out the nose pieces of foam out; these come out triangular. I had to cut out a few extra pieces as trial runs since I goofed up a few times  and wasn’t sure of what kind of cut I was making. Also, had to make sure that the width of the foam was about the right size too. I was originally planning to use an exacto-knife, but a good pair of scissors seems to work better. They didn’t need to be precise, since the foam shapes to you. Plus, everyone’s noses are different. If you look at the picture above, you’ll see that both triangle pieces are slightly different.

Insert foam pieces – then glue

3) Next step is to insert the foam pieces in and try them on!When I tried them on, I made sure that I didn’t see any gaps from the inside. If there were gaps, I just started over and cut out larger pieces. On a different pair of goggles (the neon-green-pair that is cut off on the far left of the photos, which are Smith IOs) I had to make a wider piece that extended out. Once they seemed like they fit properly, I tested them with double sided tape first. When it seemed all hunky-doory, I put a small amount of glue on, and voila (I only put a little in the middle because the glue hardens and if its around the edges, it’ll poke you).  I purchased gorilla glue for this since it says it works for foam and is also waterproof, but other glues could be a better option that I don’t know about.

I hope this helps you guys who struggle with this same problem! Oh…and as a disclaimer again, since I know there are a lot of foolios out there, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR GOGGLES. If you suck at arts and crafts, and dealing with cutting and gluing, you should probably find another solution or buy proper Asian fit goggles haha. Also, I can’t guarantee that gorilla glue works best for this either, but for me, so far, so good.

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Awareness and Inspiration

I graduated in the summer of 2009 and in the overall outlook of things, I have it pretty darn good. Even with the economy in the crapper, I’ve been fortunate enough to constantly be employed since I was willing to take a leap on a 3-month contract and always keeping my eyes out for what’s next. In the end, I’ve moved on to a different company and am now full-time working at one of the biggest corporations out there and have a pretty solid desk job…yet, I’m not fulfilled.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful everyday for having a job and a constant paycheck, but I know there is more out there, and in the end, whatever is out there…is where I want to be. Will I get to where I want to be some day? Maybe…I have a lot of responsibilities at home that I must take care of first, so I completely understand why some people can’t. But who knows…Maybe one day I can…or you can?….All I know is there are thousands of people out there like me… So whether you make that leap, or you’re dreaming of that journey…I want to open your eyes to what is out there, so for the next few posts I make, I want to focus them on specific organizations, websites and/or videos.

When I stumbled upon these organizations, I was inspired, so now I want to spread the awareness of what is out there, what you can contribute to and all of the opportunities.

Escape The City

‘Do Something Different’

Start Something You Love: Escape the City…1 year on from Escape the City on Vimeo.

This first organization was introduced to me by my friend Whitney (thanks!). When I saw the video, it struck me straight in the heart. This organization focuses on helping people who are struggling in their careers answer the question “If not this, then what?”

We are on a mission to help talented people escape from unfulfilling corporate jobs. We believe there is more to life than doing work that doesn’t matter to you.

Check out the video and the website. Get inspired. Make a difference. Do something that matters.

Good luck!

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Movie Review: Nobody Knows

Ahh. It’s good to be on Summer Vacation.

Dare mo Shiranai 誰も知らない (Nobody knows)

Synopsis:

Nobody Knows is based off a real event that occurred in Japan tagged the “affair of the four abandoned children of Sugamo.” Although the story is fictional, it gives a bases of the actual event; the movie covers the story of 4 children who all have different fathers and their survival after abandonment. Only the oldest boy Akira (Yuya Yagira) was registered at birth, so when they move into the new apartment, the landlord only knows of the existence of him and the mother, forcing the other 3 children to be sneaked in. Eventually, their mother ends up leaving a few hundred dollars and abandoning the 4 children in the apartment, leaving Akira, who is only 12 at the time, to fend for his siblings.

Review:

Slow paced and heartbreaking, this movie truly captures the sense of abandonment and heart of a child. Unless you have the patience to watch this movie, you won’t be able to grasp the beauty of it and the resilience of the children. It’s a simple and realistic film which doesn’t have any high and exciting moments, but definitely not boring since the cinematography and actors/actresses do an amazing job of portraying these light-hearted children who seem to be stuck in limbo. To say the least, this film is warming yet heart wrenching. I really don’t have anything bad to say about this movie besides it being quite slow and long. Overall though, a VERY well made movie, but definitely not for everyone.

My rating: 8.5/10
Should you watch it? If you have the patience and the time, it’s a lovely movie.

To check out other reviews on Nobody Knows check out the links below:
Rotten Tomatoes- 96%
Imdb: 8.2/10
Yahoo: B

If you’re interested, you can watch this movie with English subtitles on Crunchyroll by clicking >here<

As for the true story, please follow these links below if you are interested:

Wiki: Affair of the four abandoned children of Sugamo.

Shisso: scroll down to where it says “if you are interested in the real story that happened back in 1988″ to read about the event.

Straight: An article about the movie and real story- click >here<

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A jumbo of stuff

Since I don’t feel like writing 3 separate blogs, I will combine these 3 completely different topics into 1:

1. I’ve told several people this after didi informed me about it! So my apologies for being repetitive but here is some news:

Fox News: Yale Student Insists ‘Abortion Art’ Project is Real, Despite University’s Claims of ‘Creative Fictions’

A Yale University student who touched off a campus firestorm with her shocking claims of repeatedly artificially inseminating herself and then inducing miscarriages as part of an art project stood by her story Friday, despite statements from the university that her version of events is “creative fiction.”

Other articles claim that it was a hoax though <click here for article>…So it’s all up in the air at this point. If this is real though, ugh..I don’t even know where to start. The idea of having morals just flew out the door and it just makes me angry. I’m pro-choice, but getting pregnant on purpose in order to have a miscarraige is beyond my comprehension.

2. On a lighter note, check out this article/video:“Enterprising youngster gets himself stuck in a claw machine”

If that was my kid…I would leave him in there and put in some quarters >.> lol jk! but seriously..thats just plain dumb…

3. As I’ve mentioned many times before, I love Downtown, these Japanese comedians are just awesome. Here is an episode of “5 Rangers” =D They’re only 5-7minutes each. If you like it, you’ll find the other episodes linked on the youtube. I find it absolutely hilarious! But…maybe I just have a really weird sense of humor ho ho ho

Got to this link to watch: http://youtube.com/watch?v=xPZ1b1HcJjI

(I can’t seem to embed it in this, o well)

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KENSOSHI ケンソウシ

Yep, on my last post I used this photo and the video below too..but it’s all I have of them!
“Our voices reaches your heart through the sky…” – KENSOSHI

KENSOSHI ケンソウシ is a J-rock/J-pop band that I absolutely adore, even though I’ve only really heard 1 of their songs. Weird? Sort of.. lol But let me explain!

First off, although in this photo you see only 3 members, it’s actually a group made up of 4. I’m sad that Yo, the drummer got hidden behind in the photo, but I’m hoping 1 day I’ll get to take another photo with all 4 of them together.

So on my Spring Break trip to Japan, my friend Em and I were getting out of the Shinjuku Station on our 2nd day there and ran into these guys doing a street performance. Even though we had a long day and were super tired, when I heard their music play I had to stop and listen. I loved it so much that I recorded it and made sure I also took a close up picture of their sign, that way I could return home and get someone to translate their band name for me! As for recording videos, I don’t do it too often, so this REALLY caught my attention.

Well, I got home and got Didi to translate the photo above for me and she immediately found me their webpage, and this is how the story starts :)

Once I got their band name KENSOSHI ケンソウシ translated, I got her to translate the page that would allow me to email them! I chose a random guy (Hiro) and emailed him the photo I took and the video I uploaded onto youtube of them, telling them that I was from America and loved their music.

To my surprise, each member emailed me back with really kind words the day after ^^ They each introduced themselves, said thank you and hoped that one day we’d meet again. My favorite line was from SHUU,

“I watched your YouTube! We look better than real us! ^^ The lyrics of the song say, “Our voices reaches your heart through the sky…”. It is true. You showed it to us, didn’t you?”

Overall, all the messages from the members were super nice =D There was a minor mix up though because they assumed I was from Hawaii lol…and I believe that is because in a youtube video I uploaded of Em and I goofing off, I was saying how Kamogawa looked like Hawaii >_< In the end, I emailed them back and I got that corrected haha… Currently, the staff is looking into how I can purchase a CD and getting it shipped to the states.

Also, Hiro from KENSOSHI told me that some of their fans found my video and also liked it ^^ Plus, I noticed that my video was being linked on some mixi’s (basically a popular Japanese type facebook/myspace), so I got Symons to investigate! Apparently, 2 of the KENSOSHI members posted blogs about me contacting them and the video!

According to Symons translations :

On Hiro’s post:

“These kids (kinda polite, not insulting) were on a trip from Hawaii and uploaded our street live (concert) on YouTube for us. Music is amazing isn’t it. It easily breaks the language barrier. We want to connect the world (through music?)”

and on Shuu’s post:

“In March when we were doing a street live (concert) some tourist from Hawaii were walking by and stopped to listen. They uploaded this video on YouTube. That was really kind of them. Music really is a common language where we can exchange words (I dunno, that sentence is kinda weird imo) It (music) can be heard your heart. When you come to Japan again, I want to meet you”

Once again, here is their video I recorded of them:

:::To check out their music:::

If you go to their website by clicking >here<, you can be linked to their discography on their official page, which will allow you to sample some of their other songs! I recommend you use the Internet Explorer instead of Firefox for it to work better..plus it might be hard to navigate around because it’s all in Japanese.

Otherwise, if you want to stick to Firefox, you check out little clips of their current CD by clicking >here< and it should be self-explanatory from there…right? Just remember to press “Play”. Song #4, “声風” is the song I recorded!! I’m hella loving their music btw, not just because they’re nice ^^

These guys are ridiculously kind and down to earth, please take the time to listen to their stuff, although it might be hard to navigate around their official page if you don’t know Japanese >_<

My 10-day trip to Japan was amazing enough, and even though I’m home, this only made it better :) I feel very fortunate to have encountered these guys! As always, I really consider myself to be one darn lucky person =]

I apologize for this being so long lol… I had high intentions on making this short but I didn’t know what to cut out!

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For the bored and interested

Hey folks! It’s about time I throw in another random “fun read,” which is a compilation of the things I have found most interesting since the last post like this. So if you’re bored, interested and have time to waste, please stay tuned!

Google Streets:

Have you folks heard of this? It’s pretty darn rad. Google definitely has too much money. It’s a feature on Google Maps that was launched on May 25, 2007. It provides a 360degree panoramic at street view level in metropolitan areas. Click >Here< to check it out!

Bionic Contact Lenses:

Researchers at the University of Washington introduced this concept recently. Basically, it’s contact lenses that can either be used as night vision, for gaming, monitoring health, and so on and so forth. Check out the video! It’s pretty darn rad.

Religion: Star Wars
That’s right folks…Did you know that George Lucas’s sci-fi movie was made into a religion/philosophy?! In the U.K. 2001 census “more than 390,000 people across England and Wales had claimed “Jedi” as their religion.” And as they say, “”We don’t have a deity, we have the Force.” I find this..pretty damn unbelievable. Click here >Here< for an NPR article link. (Thanks didi for this!)

Get your 7 hours
Supposedly, if you sleep less than 7 hours of sleep, your body functions as “badly as someone who hasn’t slept for one to three day.” Along with this ” lack of sleep increased mortality in the study participants by 26 percent for men and 21 percent for women.”

Japanese game show: Extreme baseball

Unfortunately, this video isn’t subbed, but it won’t take much to understand. I found this hilariouss! Enjoy!

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